Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a bold new Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026, setting ambitious targets to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents (PRs) in 2024, 500,000 in 2025, and maintain the level at 500,000 in 2026.
This plan reflects Canada’s commitment to addressing labour shortages in critical sectors, promoting economic growth, and reuniting families.
Key Highlights of the Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026
1. Increased French-Speaking Immigration
Building on the success of achieving a 4.4% target of French-speaking permanent residents outside Quebec in 2022, the new plan incorporates higher annual targets for French-speaking PRs.
The aim is to have 6% in 2024, 7% in 2025, and 8% in 2026, contributing to the linguistic diversity of the Canadian population.
2. Addressing Labor Market Needs
The primary objective of this immigration plan is to address critical labour force gaps in key sectors, including health, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), trades, transportation, and agriculture.
By strategically focusing on these areas, Canada aims to strengthen its workforce and foster economic growth.
3. Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program Targets
The Express Entry system, a key pathway for skilled immigrants, will have a target of 110,700 permanent resident admissions in 2024, with an increase to 117,500 in both 2025 and 2026.
Simultaneously, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will target 110,000 immigrants in 2024, rising to 120,000 in 2025 and maintaining the same target in 2026.
4. Family Reunification
In addition to economic immigration streams, the plan emphasizes family reunification. The Spousal, Partner, and Children sponsorship program aims for 82,000 admissions in 2024 and 84,000 in each of 2025 and 2026.
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is set to welcome 32,000 immigrants in 2024, followed by 34,000 immigrants in both 2025 and 2026.
Canada’s Immigration Strategy
Canada’s ambitious immigration plan reflects the country’s recognition of immigration as a key driver of economic growth, social vibrancy, and innovation.
By attracting skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and families from around the globe, Canada is positioning itself for long-term success in the globalized economy.
Embracing Diversity and Inclusion
Canada’s immigration policies are founded on principles of diversity and inclusion, welcoming individuals from all backgrounds and cultures. The country’s multicultural tapestry is a source of strength and resilience, contributing to Canada’s reputation as a welcoming and open society.
Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 sets the stage for a dynamic and prosperous future, driven by the talents and contributions of newcomers from around the world.
As Canada continues to embrace immigration as an essential pillar of its national identity, it reaffirms its commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and economically thriving society.