Canada’s Immigration Target by 2017


Canada’s Immigration Target by 2017

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced that they will maintaining their immigration numbers at the current 2016 level. However, a redistribution has been done across the categories of the Canadian Immigration. Particularly, the Refugees and Protected Persons numbers has been reduced to 40,000 from 55,800 while Humanitarian and Other has been cut down to 3,600 from 3,500.

Also, the Economic Immigration targets, on the other hand has been stepped up to 172,500 from 160,600. Similarly, the Family Class targets has been increased to 84,000 from 80,000. While we at Visas and Work Permits predicted that the overall targets will likely be increased, given the green light given by the Federal Immigration Minister, this is really not an announcement that is unexpected. The Minister of Innovation, Sciences and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, has also beckoned on Canada to upgrade Immigration from being just a social policy to an economic imperative. Also, the Advisory Council on Economic Growth shared the same views and recommended that the government increase immigration numbers by 15,000 in 2017 in order to support the economy of Canada.

It is expected that the 11,900 increment in the Economic Immigration numbers would help to reveal the shift recommended by Minister Bains and the ACEG. IRCC is definitely prioritizing Economic Immigration in 2017 more than any other immigration program in 2017. Also, all the programs that had increased numbers within the Economic Immigration program were those aligned with the Express Entry System.

As it is, we await an official announcement of the numbers for 2017 and while we wait, we expect the numbers to be larger than what we had in 2016 since John McCallum, the Immigration Minister, has made it clear that there will be a substantial increase in immigration numbers. If they were to go by the recommendation of ACEG, a 50% in immigration numbers will be effected over the next 5 years and that will mean we could have as much as 315,000 migrants in 2017 out of which we expect Economic Immigration to take the king share, followed by the family class.

Quebec Immigration Target 2017

According to the announcement made by Minister Kathleen Weil on the 27th of October 2016, the Quebec province will keep the numbers of immigrants welcomed to Quebec at 51,000. The numbers will be increased to 52,500 in 2019. However, Quebec is investing an extra $31 million on French-language training programs to help newcomers easily integrate into the Quebec system socially and economically. Also, the Quebec government expects 63% of the immigrants to be economic migrants. Currently, Quebec only has 59% economic migrants.


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