Canada’s annual immigration plan has just been tabled in Parliament (31 October 2014), which sets out how many new immigrants will be admitted to Canada in 2015 under their various migration categories and on humanitarian grounds.
Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Chris Alexander has announced that the new plan includes the highest planned level of admissions in recent history. The Government of Canada is planning to welcome between 260,000 and 285,000 new permanent residents in 2015, an increase of approximately 19,000 planned admissions over the last year.
In developing the immigration plan, the Canadian government considers a number of factors including Canada’s economic needs, family reunification and humanitarian goals. In developing the immigration plan, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) consults extensively with other government departments, public stakeholders, provinces and territories. Each year, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism tables the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on or before November 1.
Estimated immigration increases for 2015
- 64.9% for economic immigrants (eg Federal Skilled Workers, Federal Skilled Trades Workers) (181,300),
- 24.4%t for family class (68,000), and
- 10.7% for humanitarian and compassionate cases (29,800).
The increase of admissions for 2015 also demonstrates the government’s commitment to reducing wait times and continuing to make progress on the last of the large economic immigration program backlogs.
Increasing admission levels will also help with the launch of Canada’s new application management system, Express Entry, on January 1, 2015. The 2015 levels plan allows admissions space to process existing applications as well as new applications that will be received for key economic programs under Express Entry. The new system will enable Canada’s immigration system to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of employers, as well as to changing economic conditions and priorities.
Record admissions are also forecasted for the Canadian Experience Class in 2015.
Minister Chris Alexander said:
“The Government of Canada is proud to table our immigration plan for 2015, which strengthens our government’s focus on long-term economic growth for all Canadians. Through the 2015 immigration plan we will welcome a record number of individuals who will contribute to our economy and labour market, while also ensuring that we reunite more families and continue to provide assistance to the world’s most vulnerable populations. As we prepare to launch Express Entry in January 2015, this plan will help us attract skilled immigrants who are most likely to succeed.”
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Govt of Canada.
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