Canada increases economic and family based migration

Government welcomes one million new permanent residents to foster economic growth

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced the government’s plan to increase the number of permanent residents coming from economic migration as well as family reunification migration. The Canadian government is planning to welcome around one million new permanent residents to support Canadian business and labor needs. It is hoped that this move will foster economic growth in the face of slowing labor growth and an aging population.Canada increases economic and family based migration

The increase is planned carefully, beginning with 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, as well as  330,000 in 2019 and a target of 340,000 is set for 2020. This gradual annual increase will allow the settlement and integration partners some time to plan and work with all levels of government, to ensure the newcomers integrate and contribute to the Canadian economy. 

Almost 60 percent of this increase will come from the economic category of permanent residence. This will include highly-skilled workers, professionals, business travellers and tradespeople. Another 30 percent of this increase will come from family sponsorship, like accompanying spouses, common-law partners, children, parents and grandparents.

A detailed multi-year immigration levels plan has been published by the Canadian government.

Source: This update was produced using information from the Canadian government website

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini, Global Operations Director - Immigration.