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Nearly One Million Newcomers to welcome in Canada on 2018-2020


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government calls it “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.” According to the multi-year strategy tabled by the Liberal government, Canada will admit approximately one million immigrants over the next three years.

Under the plan, 310,000 new permanent residents will settle in Canada in 2018, up from 300,000 this year. Then in 2019, this target will be increased to 330,000 newcomers. That number will rise to 340,000 by 2020. The target for economic migrants, refugees, and family members was tabled in the House of Commons last November 01, 2017.

Express Entry 2018-2020 Immigration Plan

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made it increasingly clear that Express Entry is now the main driver of economic immigration. The target admission for the Express Entry will be the following:

Year – Target – Target Increase

2018       74,900   3,200 (4%)

2019       81,400   6,700 (9%)

2020       85,800   4,400 (5%)

The government plans 565,000 to be admitted through the economic programs, with close to a quarter million to arrive through one of the federal economic programs managed under Express Entry.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) 2028-2020 Plans

Another 184,000 or so economic migrants and their accompanying family members will be admitted through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), which allow provinces and territories to nominate individuals based on their ability to settle into the provincial labor market. PNP target admissions will be the following:

Year – Target – Target Increase

2018       55,000   4,000 (8%)

2019       61,000   6,000 (11%)

2020       67,800   6,800 (11%)

Among the other provinces, here are some that actively joined the PNP Express Entry stream:

  • Alberta is set to join other provinces and territories in offering an enhanced Express Entry stream next year.
  • Ontario has targeted candidates in certain occupations specifically in Information Technology (IT).
  • Saskatchewan has expanded its in-demand occupations list.
  • Nova Scotia recently reopened its popular Express Entry ‘Demand’ stream.
  • British Columbia launched a Tech Pilot.

Family reunification and refugee 2018-2020 Target

These Immigration programs remain important to Canada.  Through the Family Class Programs, their goal is to reunify about 265,000 spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, parents, and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The target increases are the following:

Year – Target – Target Increase

2018       86,000   2,000 (2.4%)

2019       88,500   2,500 (3%)

2020       91,000   2,500 (3%)

Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen said that the government believes that newcomers play a vital role in Canadian society. Immigration drives innovation and strengthens the economy.

“At arriving at these numbers we listened very carefully to all stakeholders who told us they want to see an increase but they also want to make sure that each and every newcomer that we bring to Canada — bringing a newcomer to Canada is half of the job. We have to make sure that people are able to be given the tools that they need to succeed once they get here,” Immigration Minister Hussen further said.



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