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172,500 aspiring Immigrants needed on Canada’s Economic Category Program


Early this year, the Government of Canada has announced that they will welcome 300,000 immigrants in 2017. But we all know that there are lots of Canadian Immigration Programs, so where do you think those numbers will fall?

The good news here is that the Government has established 300,000 as a new baseline for permanent resident admissions with the majority of these selected as economic immigrants. It means that the number of permanent residents selected in economic programs will increase. However, the number of resettled refugees will decrease compared to last year. The Canadian government also committed that processing times will be shorter and faster in the coming years.

Here is the Canada’s Immigration Plan for 2017:

Economic Class – 2017 Permanent Resident Target number

  • Atlantic Pilot Program – 2,000 (New Program for 2017)
  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – 71,700 ( 22.77% increase from the year 2016)
  • Caregivers – 18,000 (18.18% decrease from year 2016)
  • Federal Business – 500
  • Provincial Nominee Programs – 51,000 (Nationwide, both for skilled workers and business class)
  • Quebec Skilled Workers and Business – 29, 300

TOTAL – 172, 500 permanent residents to be selected

Family Class – 2017 Permanent Resident Target number

  • Spouses, Common-Law and Children – 64,000 (6.67% increase from the year 2016)
  • Parents and Grandparents – 20,000 (most of this will come from the backlogs)

TOTAL – 84,000 to be granted from Family Class

Refugees and Protected Person

  • Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad – 15,000 (36.36% increase from 2016)
  • Government-Assisted Refugees – 7,500 (a decrease of 69.51% from the year 2016)
  • Privately-Sponsored Refugees – 16,000 (a decrease of 10.11% from the year 2016)
  • Blended Visa Office-Referred – 1,500 (37.5% decrease from last year)

TOTAL – 40,000 to be awarded to Refugees and Protected Person

Humanitarian and Other Class

  • 3,500 (2.78% decrease from last year)


Economic Program – 172,500

Family Class – 84,000

Refugees and Protected Person – 40,000

Humanitarian and Other – 3,500

TOTAL of 300,000 Immigrants


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