Today, on November 1, 2023, Immigration Minister Marc Miller announced Canada’s New Immigration levels plan for 2024–2026.
You can watch Minister Miller’s official announcement below, along with a detailed breakdown of the annual targets by category provided after the video.
You Can Watch The Announcement Here👇
Today at 11:30 am EST (Toronto time), Quebec has confirmed that they will keep the immigration levels unchanged at 50,000 for the years 2024 and 2025.
New Canada Immigration Targets
Canada will maintain its current immigration levels plan without any changes. In 2024, the country will aim to admit 485,000 new immigrants. In both 2025 and 2026, Canada’s objective is to welcome 500,000 new immigrants each year.
Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026
These targets align with the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, with the new information released today pertaining to the 2026 target. Additionally, there have been updates to the number of immigrants to be admitted under each class and program for the period spanning 2024 to 2026.
Canada’s 2024–2026 Immigration Levels Plan
Breakdown Of Immigration Targets By Class:
Here’s a breakdown of the immigration targets by class:
In 2024, the economic class is expected to receive approximately 281,135 immigrants, representing 58% of the annual target. By 2026, this number is projected to increase to 301,250 immigrants, constituting 60% of the annual target.
The family class target for 2024 is set at 114,000 immigrants, accounting for 24% of all admissions. This figure will rise to 118,000 immigrants by 2026, still comprising 24% of all admissions.
In 2024, the humanitarian admission target is 89,865 immigrants, making up about 19% of all admissions. This category includes refugees, protected persons, and individuals admitted for humanitarian, compassionate, or other reasons. By 2026, the target will be 80,832 immigrants, constituting 16% of admissions.
Please note that the percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Express Entry and PNP Targets Increases
In 2024, the Express Entry program aims to admit 110,700 permanent residents, and this number will grow to 117,500 in both 2025 and 2026.
Similarly, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has a target of 110,000 immigrants in 2024, which will rise to 120,000 in 2025 and remain at 120,000 in 2026.
For Spousal, Partner, and Children sponsorship, the target is 82,000 admissions in 2024, increasing to 84,000 in both 2025 and 2026. Meanwhile, the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) aims to admit 32,000 immigrants in 2024, followed by 34,000 immigrants in each of 2025 and 2026.
Canada’s Immigration Strategy
The Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 was introduced a day after Canada revealed its updated immigration strategy. On October 31, Immigration Minister Marc Miller acknowledged the deficiencies in the existing immigration system while outlining the fundamental principles of a new strategy aimed at its modernization.
This fresh approach, titled “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future,” focuses on three key objectives:
- Enhancing the newcomer experience to make it more inclusive and inviting.
- Aligning immigration policies with the requirements of the labor market.
- Creating a comprehensive plan for future growth and development.
Yesterday, on October 31st, Marc Miller announced that immigrants are not responsible for the housing crisis.
Addressing Concerns and Criticisms
While there have been concerns raised by some critics regarding immigration amid ongoing housing crises and affordability issues, the government aims to strike a balance.
While immigration targets remain high, specific policies and measures might be introduced to address these concerns and ensure a smooth integration process for newcomers.
Addressing Labor Shortages:
One of the primary objectives of the 2024–2026 Canada Immigration Levels Plan is to address labor shortages across various sectors, particularly in construction and skilled trades.
The new plan is expected to focus on attracting professionals who can fill these labor gaps and contribute to the country’s infrastructure development.
What To Expect From The Announcement
While the official announcement is yet to be made, there are speculations and possibilities regarding the upcoming Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026:
- Increased Targets: There is a likelihood of immigration targets being raised even further to accommodate the growing demand for skilled professionals.
- Category Adjustments: To meet specific sectoral needs, there might be adjustments in the allocation of immigration numbers among various categories, ensuring a balanced approach.
- Unlikely Reduction: A reduction in annual targets seems improbable, given the ongoing demand for skilled workers and the economic benefits of immigration.