Key Developments that Will Drive Canada’s Immigration in the Remaining Part of 2023 and Beyond

Key Developments that Will Drive Canada’s Immigration in the Remaining Part of 2023 and Beyond

Canada is well on track to break previous records by welcoming a historic number of new immigrants in 2023. The remaining part of 2023 promises exciting developments in the Canadian immigration landscape.

Canada is planning to bring new changes to immigration priorities besides new changes in the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program. There are changes on the anvil for work permits and international students’ programs. Discover what’s in store for Canadian immigration in the rest of 2023 and beyond.

The upcoming Immigration Levels Plan

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada must announce a new Immigration Levels Plan each year by November. The Immigration Levels Plan to plan the number of annual permanent resident approvals. IRCC breaks down the immigration objectives across family, economic, refugee, and humanitarian classes of immigration.

The current Immigration Levels Plan aims to welcome 500,000 permanent residents by 2025. There is a strong possibility of increasing the immigration targets for the 2024-26 Immigration Levels Plan, as Canada aims to leverage immigration to tackle its economic and labor market concerns.  

Changes in the Express Entry system

Canada’s Express Entry system is a vital driver of skilled immigration. There are exciting changes on the anvil for implementing future Express Entry draws. The most notable development is the beginning of category-based Express Entry draws. Besides a dedicated category for French-speaking candidates, the Express Entry draws began focusing on skills and work experience in the following sectors:

  • STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Healthcare
  • Trades
  • Transport
  • Agri-food and agriculture

Canada will target professionals from the STEM category by welcoming nearly 40 percent of new immigrants from the sector, including data scientists and software developers.

Attracting tech professionals through the Tech Talent Strategy 

The latest announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of the new Tech Talent Strategy paved the way to boost the immigration of professionals in Tech occupations. IRCC will unveil the new Innovation Stream through its International Mobility Program (ISP). It will facilitate the hiring of foreign workers without Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) approval.

IRCC will identify Canadian employers that can boost Canada’s economic goals for issuing employer-specific work permits to candidates having job offers from these employers. Canada is aspiring to become a global destination for digital nomads. There will be a specific strategy to enable digital nomads to arrive in Canada on temporary work permits and help them become permanent residents.

Clearing the backlog of PGP applicants

There is a massive backlog of PGP applications because of the travel restrictions during the pandemic. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced it will begin the PGP 2023 process on October 10, 2023. IRCC will target PGP applicants who expressed sponsorship interest in 2022 by sending 24,200 Invitations to Apply. It aims to receive up to 15,000 complete applications for PGP admissions. The existing Immigration Levels plan allocates 28,500 new PR approvals in 2023. It will rise to 36,000 PGP admissions by 2025.

International Students Program (ISP)

According to the new Minister for Immigration, Canada is in a solid position to welcome 900,000 international students in 2023. Global Affairs Canada and IRCC are jointly reviewing the International Students Program (ISP). There are concrete plans to boost the integrity of Canada’s International Students Program. Canada plans to facilitate faster processing of study permit applications to help Designated Learning Institutions that satisfy IRCC criteria for Trusted Institutions.  

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