Canada extends immigration targets into 2021 with prominent roles for Express Entry, PNPs

posted on November 2, 2018

By CIC News |

Canada is increasing its immigration targets for 2019 and 2020 and will extend its multi-year immigration levels plan through 2021, setting the stage for the arrival of 1.3 million new permanent residents between 2018 and 2021.

The changes were announced as part of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s 2017 report to Parliament that was made public October 31. The report coincides with the first anniversary of IRCC’s original multi-year levels plan, which was introduced to guide Canada’s immigration planning from 2018 through 2020.

Increasing targets and extending the plan by another year positions Canada to now welcome more than 1.3 million newcomers through the country’s various economic, family and refugee and humanitarian immigration categories between 2018 and 2021, based on its annual targets.

The new 2019-2021 plan calls for gradually increasing admissions targets each year up to 350,000 in 2021. The targets for 2019 and 2020, originally set at 330,000 and 340,000, respectively, have now been increased to 330,800 and 341,000.

“Under this plan, Canada will welcome more talented workers with the skills and expertise our economy needs, reunite more family members and accommodate more refugees looking to start new lives,” Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, said in his introduction to the report.

Prominent roles for Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs
The economic immigration programs managed by the federal Express Entry economic system and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) will continue to play important roles under the plan, which expands the potential number of admissions through each program in 2019.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main federal economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Of the 1.3 million new permanent residents that Canada is planning for by the end of 2021, nearly a quarter — 331,000 — are projected to come through the three economic immigration classes managed by Express Entry, based on their annual targets.

PNPs, meanwhile, have a combined target of 255,100 over the four years, which accounts for almost 19 per cent of the 1.3 million total admissions over that period.

These programs allow participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a set number of immigration candidates for permanent residence each year based on local labour market needs.

Looked at year-over-year, PNP admissions grow from nearly 18 per cent of the overall admissions target for 2018 to 20.2 per cent of overall admissions target for 2021.

Hussen highlighted the role of PNPs in IRCC’s extended immigration levels plan, noting that it was “developed in close consultation with provinces and territories, allowing them to bring in more people through their provincial nominee programs.”

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