Government tables annual immigration plan
OTTAWA—Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the Government of Canada’s annual immigration plan tabled today features this year the highest planned level of admissions in recent history. The Government of Canada is planning to welcome between 260,000 and 285,000 new permanent residents in 2015, an increase of approximately 19,000 planned admissions over last year.
These higher levels respond to the government’s strategy of supporting economic growth by addressing labour and skills shortages, as well as helping to ensure labour force growth. The economic category will account for the largest segment of the 2015 levels plan, at almost 65 percent of overall admissions. The remaining 35 percent will consist of family class immigrants, refugees and others admitted under humanitarian programs.
• Every year the Government of Canada, in consultation with the provinces and territories, sets the total number of permanent residents that are expected to be admitted to Canada the following year.
• The levels plan reflects the objectives of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and balances priorities by allocating admissions space to the economic, family and protected persons/humanitarian classes, as well as to the programs comprising these classes.
• The 2015 plan features the highest planned level of admissions in recent Canadian history.
• Record admissions are forecasted for the Canadian Experience Class in 2015.
“The Government of Canada is proud to table our immigration plan for 2015, which strengthens our government’s focus on long-term economic growth for all Canadians. Through the 2015 immigration plan we will welcome a record number of individuals who will contribute to our economy and labour market, while also ensuring that we reunite more families and continue to provide assistance to the world’s most vulnerable populations. As we prepare to launch Express Entry in January 2015, this plan will help us attract skilled immigrants who are most likely to succeed.”
Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister
• Backgrounder – Ensuring Long-Term Prosperity and Economic Growth
• Backgrounder – Reuniting More Families
• Backgrounder – Providing Protection to Those in Need
• Backgrounder – Reducing Backlogs and Improving Processing Times
• News Release – Improving Canada’s Caregiver Program
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