Canada has announced that it will invest hundreds of millions to ensure the success of their three-year plan to attract more than 300 000 quality migrants.
In a press conference on Thursday, Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that the government’s multi-year immigration plan is on track and CA $440 million will be committed to ensuring its success.
Last November, Canada put aside one-year immigration levels planning in favour of a three-year plan covering 2018 to 2020. The plan calls for a gradual increase in immigration levels over that time, from an overall admissions target of 310,000 in 2018 to 340,000 in 2020.
Hussen said Canada’s new multi-year targets represent the highest admissions in more than 100 years and the highest percentage of immigration in more than 40 years.
Sixty percent of this growth will come through Canada’s economic immigration programs, Hussen said, singling out the vital roles of the federal Express Entry system and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNPs.
“The number of skilled immigrants we select through our Express Entry system will grow over this time frame, which will mean more highly skilled talent for our labour market,” he said.
The Express Entry system plans to admit 74,900 applicants in 2018 and 81,400 in 2019 ending off with 85,800 in 2020.
In an effort to boost provincial nominations Express Entry candidates will receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score when applying for positions in provincial Canada.
“Provincial economies are doing very well and they had asked us to help them meet the soaring demand for workers and for skilled labour,” Hussen said. “They’ve constantly been asking for increases and you see an increase every single year as part of the three-year plan.”
IRCC has set admission targets through PNPs that will increase by a total of 23 percent over those three years.
The increased admission targets under the multi-year levels plan are projected to cost $440 million over the next three years.
The minister said these additional resources will be used to address the increased demands placed on IRCC’s global processing network and its settlement programs. The additional funding will also enable IRCC and its partners to process and screen more applications for permanent residency in a timely manner.
“We expect that higher immigration levels will allow us to improve the operations of our immigration system, help us to reduce our application backlogs and improve processing times for our clients,” he said, adding that the increased levels in certain categories will create more admission spaces and allow IRCC to process more applications each year.
“In particular, we expect to see real progress in reducing processing times in family, caregiver and refugee programs,” Hussen said. “Faster processing also ensures that employers can more effectively get the talent they need.”
He added that “Immigration represents a major investment in our country’s prosperity… it will benefit all Canadians now and into the future.”