Last Updated on November 23, 2018
November 3, 2018 – Immigration to Canada is dominated by the Economic Class, with consistently more than half of new immigrants coming in that way, new federal government figures show.
But the latest annual immigration levels report tabled by Ottawa last week, shows that the number and proportion of new permanent residents in the Economic Class has actually declined somewhat, since 2015.
It means that while the federal government is clear in its intention to welcome more and more Economic Class immigrants, it is also making good on its promise to reunite more families.
When the system was introduced in 2015, officials did not yet know how the number of Invitations to Apply issued for permanent residents would translate into people arriving in Canada.
Now they have three years of data in hand, with regular draw sizes increasing and the size of the Economic Class continuing to increase under the latest immigration levels plan.
In 2016, the drive to welcome Syrian refugees also meant fewer Economic Class immigrants could be accepted.
The Economic Class dropped from 63 per cent of the 2015 total to 53 per cent in 2016, while the Refugee Class proportion jumped from 13 per cent to 21 per cent respectively.
The breakdown reveals how Canada has to work hard to appease many stakeholders under its planned immigration levels.
Both 2016 and 2017 saw a target of 300,000 new immigrants, with real figures showing 296,379 and 286,479 new permanent residents actually landed.
The levels plan for 2018 shows a target of 310,000 new immigrants, including 177,500 in the Economic Class, 86,000 in the Family Class and 46,500 Refugees and Humanitarian Class newcomers.
Future increases will be seen in every category if the planned levels become a reality.
Canada’s 2018 Immigration Levels Plan
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