IRCC releases the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released the Government of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026. Following the trajectory of the 2023-2025 Plan, Canada aims to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024, 500,000 in 2025 and another 500,000 in 2026.

This strategy focuses on fostering economic growth and facilitating family reunification, while also addressing humanitarian crises and acknowledging the substantial rise in immigration over the past few years. The government achieved the success of a 4.4% target for French-speaking permanent residents outside Quebec in 2022. The plan will set new annual targets for French-speaking permanent residents outside Quebec, with a progressive increase to 6% in 2024, 7% in 2025, and 8% in 2026.

According to information on Canada.ca, the plan emphasizes the role of immigrants in the labour market and economic growth. The website states, “Immigrants have an important role to play in the labour market and growing our economy now and into the future, helping to ensure Canada has the skills needed to meet key goals such as supporting sustainability initiatives to transition to a green (net-zero) and digital economy, and so that labour force gaps in critical sectors (e.g. health, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), trades, transportation and agriculture) are not a barrier to the success and expansion of Canadian businesses.”

In the context of the Family Class, the presence of familial support plays a crucial role in enhancing the well-being and social integration of newcomers, offering not only social advantages but also economic benefits. Spouses and partners frequently participate in the workforce, contributing to household income supplementation. Additionally, parents and grandparents often contribute by providing childcare, facilitating their sponsors’ engagement or sustained involvement in the workforce.

The website further states, “Canada has a strong and proud tradition of offering protection to those in need, and the Government’s dedication to fulfilling humanitarian commitments continues. Welcoming newcomers is not just about the admissions targets set, but must also consider support and services required by newcomers and Canadians alike, including housing and healthcare. Coordination, collaboration, communication, and partnerships are instrumental to welcoming newcomers, and ensuring that appropriate supports are in place to help them achieve positive outcomes.”

In line with this, IRCC has undertaken early efforts to establish a “whole-of-government” and “whole-of-society” approach to admissions planning to promote integrated planning and coordination across levels of government and with partners and stakeholders.

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