As Canada immigration aspirants were waiting for the Immigration Plan for 2018, the Canadian Government was indeed chasing for something larger. On November 1, 2017, the Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan was tabled in the House of Commons, which details "the one million target" of Canada immigration up to 2020. The plan unveils of 310,000 permanent residents being invited to Canada as permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 newcomers in 2019 and a more of 340,000 getting chance to make Canada permanent home in 2020.
Undoubtedly, as termed by the Canadian Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen "it is the most ambitious immigration levels in recent Canadian history." In this similar context, at a press conference in Toronto, the Immigration Minister said "This historical multi-year immigration levels plan will benefit all Canadians because immigrants will contribute their talents to support our economic growth and innovation, helping to keep our country at the front of the global economy, "stated Minister Hussen at a press conference in Toronto.
Express Entry Applicants- Next Year is coming with all good for you
While 2017 has been a wonderful year for majority of the Express Entry applicants, 2018 will have all treasures. With a higher target set for the coming year, it can be expected that the CRS cut-off thresholds will decrease and provinces will open more frequently.
As of figures, approximately 565,000 candidates with be approved to Canada through economic programs in the next three years span. Canada Express Entry has played a great role in fulfilling Canada's need for skilled workers at the fastest pace. Since its introduction in 2015, it has experienced nothing but more improvements which have given way to more flexible entry for immigrants. We can not miss out saying that Canada Express Entry 2017 was a significant year during which the largest number of ITAs for Canada PR were ever issued in history.
Figures 1: Express Entry Target Estimate
Year 2018- 74,900 (4% increase)
Year 2019- 81,400 (9% increase)
Year 2020- 85,800 (5% increase)
The power of Provincial Nomination to get superior
2017 has been a busy year for provinces. Starting from January till date, various provinces have opened their arms wide to invite large number of candidates. They did their best in making eligible candidates a part of their economy by upoting their skills and talent through nomination certificates.
While that's the story of the past, the coming year has something more exclusive. According to the plan, nearly 184,000 economic immigrants and their accompanying family members will obtain a chance for Canada PR through Provincial Nominee Programs in the years to come. What's more is the provinces will go an extra mile to make it all easier for candidates in the coming year. The recent announcement of Alberta aligning one of its AINP stream with Canada Express Entry is an evidence enough to raise new hopes.
Figures 2: Provincial Nomination Estimate
Year 2018- 55,000 (8% increase)
Year 2019- 61,000 (11% increase)
Year 2020- 67,800 (11% increase)
Another blessing in disguise- The Quebec Immigration Plan for 2018
Now, Quebec is back in the immigration race. The Quebec province which operates as a sole entity and has its own immigration policies is expected to open in 2018 for new applications. As of the released plan, the province will accept 94,000 applications of skilled workers and business immigrants in the coming three years. This means that candidates who have been dreaming for a permanent stay in Quebec, your time is now. Get ready with your applications now so you may have an instant take during the submission.
From the Immigrant-Friendly to Immigrant-Full- Canada aims
According to the Canada 2016 census, around 22% of Canada's population is made up by first generation immigrants. Among these, many have become naturalized citizens. With the growing interest of people in Canada and the efforts of government in inviting newcomers to the country at a faster pace, we can expect that by 2036, the share to Canada's population by immigrants may reach as high as 30% of the overall population- giving millions of skilled workers, businessmen and their families the joy of living in Canada and benefits of an international permanent residency status.