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Canada’s Target to Welcome Almost One Million New Immigrants By 2020

By November 3, 2017 May 19th, 2022 No Comments

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Between 2018 and 2020, nearly one million new immigrants will come to settle in Canada. According to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, this target is the most ambitious immigration levels in recent Canadian history.

These numbers are being set in the federal government’s new multi-year Immigration Levels Plan, which was formally presented on November 1 in the House of Commons.

The majority of newly admitted permanent residents will be economic migrants. Most of these economic newcomers would immigrate through the Express Entry immigration selection system. The targets in the economic categories will generally increase year until 2020.

The table below shows the target admission for Express Entry from 2017 to 2020.

Year Target Target Increase
2017 71,700*
2018 74,900 3,200 (4%)
2019 81,400 6,700 (9%)
2020 85,800 4,400 (5%)

*This number does not include the target number for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

In 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have made itself clear that the Express Entry program is currently the main driver of economic immigration. This has been shown through an increased number of issued Invitations to Apply this year, more than the last two years together.

The increased target for 2017 Express Entry candidates was contributed as a result of a decrease in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off thresholds this year. This is because an increased intake places downward pressure on the CRS cut-off thresholds.

Between 2011 and 2016, the percentage of recent immigrants to Canada by category looked like the following:

  • Economic immigrants – 60.3%
  • Family Class immigrants – 26.8%
  • Refugees – 11.6%
  • Other – 1.3%

Family Reunification

Another important highlight from Canada’s multi-year Immigration Levels Plan includes a target to reunite spouses, parents, common-law partners, grandparents and dependent children of permanent residents and Canadian residents through the Family Class programs, including sponsorship. There will be a slight increase in the Family Class target admissions year over year, as seen in the table below.

 Year Low High Target Target Increase
2017 80,000 86,000 84,000
2018 81,000 89,000 86,000 2,000 (2.4%)
2019 82,000 91,000 88,500 2,500 (3%)
2020 82,000 96,000 91,000 2,500 (3%)


Canada’s Progression Over the Years

It is targets like the proposed that has grown the percentage of immigrants to Canada. According to Statistics Canada, nearly 22 percent of Canada’s population is currently made up of first-generation immigrants, whom all settled as permanent residents and many have gone on to become naturalized citizens. There are many more residents in Canada on a temporary status, such as on a work permit or student visa.

By 2026, it’s projected that the share of Canada’s population made up by immigrants will reach as high as 30 percent of the overall population.

This is a significant number in comparison to that in the past 30 years, which is shown in the graphic below.

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