The long-awaited Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 has been announced by the Immigration Minister of Canada, Marco Mendicino on 30th October.
“Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth. Canadians have seen how newcomers are playing an outsized role in our hospitals and care homes and helping us to keep food on the table. As we look to recovery, newcomers create jobs not just by giving our businesses the skills they need to thrive, but also by starting businesses themselves. Our plan will help to address some of our most acute labor shortages and to grow our population to keep Canada competitive on the world stage.”–Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Immigration Levels Plan is announced by the government of Canada every year and it gives an outline about the target number of immigrants who will be invited to apply for Canadian Permanent residence by the government in the upcoming years and also gives details about the categories under which they will be admitted. The categories under which candidates are admitted is as follows:
- Humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Canada is on its way to make history and aim for a record-breaking immigration level in its history. The high level of immigration planned is due to the steep decline in Canada’s immigration rate and its population growth caused due to the Coronavirus pandemic and to boost Canada’s economy and labor market.
As per the immigration plan, Canada is targeting the following level of new permanent residents:
In 2021, Canada is set to welcome 401,000 immigrants.
In 2022, Canada is set to welcome 411,000 immigrants.
In 2023, Canada will target the highest number of immigrants in its history by inviting 421,000 immigrants to apply for permanent residence.
60% of all immigrants in the 2021-2023 immigration plans will be invited under the economic class programs, which will include the Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program.
Express Entry Canada:
The Canadian express entry is an online system that is used to manage the applications of skilled workers for permanent residence and identifying which of them are eligible for the invite.
Express Entry oversees Canada’s three main economic classes, which are – the Federal Skilled Workers Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Invitations To Apply are issued to a certain number of top-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pools to apply for their permanent residence in the regular draws that usually takes place every two weeks and incorporates the vast majority of candidates from the three main economic classes managed by express entry.
Provincial Nomination Program (PNP):
If a candidate is interested in a specific province or territory, they can opt for the Provincial Nomination Program. In PNP, Candidates are selected based on the local labor market needs of the certain province or territory the candidate is applying in. Most provinces and territories take part in PNP.