Canada announces ambitious immigration plan for 2024-2026

December 04, 2023
In a bold move to address pressing labor shortages, foster economic growth and develop a world-class workforce, Canada has announced an ambitious immigration plan for 2024-2026. The plan, led by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), aims to welcome a whopping 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024. The goal is to increase to 500,000 people in 2025 and maintain the same level in 2026.

Increased french-speaking immigration

In an effort to enhance linguistic diversity, the plan sets out to increase the intake of French-speaking permanent residents outside Quebec. Building on the success of achieving a 4.4% target in 2022, the new plan aims to raise this to 6% in 2024, 7% in 2025, and 8% in 2026. The core focus of the immigration plan is to bridge critical labor force gaps in key sectors such as health, STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), trades, transportation, and agriculture. Canada aims to strategically target these areas to fortify its workforce and drive economic growth.

Express entry and provincial nominee 

The Express Entry system, a crucial pathway for skilled immigrants, is set to admit 110,700 permanent residents in 2024, with the number increasing to 117,500 in both 2025 and 2026. Simultaneously, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) aims for 110,000 immigrants in 2024, rising to 120,000 in 2025, and maintaining the same target in 2026. In addition to economic immigration streams, the plan places a strong emphasis on family reunification. The Spousal, Partner, and Children sponsorship program targets 82,000 admissions in 2024 and 84,000 in both 2025 and 2026. The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is set to welcome 32,000 immigrants in 2024, followed by 34,000 immigrants in both 2025 and 2026.

Canada's proactive immigration strategy

Canada's Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 underscores the nation's acknowledgment of immigration as a pivotal driver of economic growth, social vibrancy, and innovation. By attracting skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and families globally, Canada positions itself for sustained success in the globalized economy. Grounded in principles of diversity and inclusion, Canada's immigration policies welcome individuals from all backgrounds and cultures. The country's multicultural tapestry serves as a source of strength and resilience, solidifying Canada's reputation as a welcoming and open society. The Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 sets the foundation for a dynamic and prosperous future, propelled by the talents and contributions of newcomers worldwide. As Canada continues to view immigration as a fundamental aspect of its national identity, it reaffirms its commitment to constructing a diverse, inclusive, and economically thriving society.