New immigration plan for 2019-2021

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The Government of Canada has announced its new multi-year immigration plan, whereby by the end of 2021 Canada will accept 1.3 million new permanent residents under various immigration programs.

The plan revises its previous goals for 2019 and 2020 and contains detailed information on target enrollment rates for permanent residents by economic, family, humanitarian immigration and refugee categories.

The overall immigration targets for 2019 and 2020 were increased by 800 and 1000, respectively. The plan also sets a total target of 350,000 new permanent residents in 2021, which the Canadian government equates to almost 1 percent population growth.

As part of the updated multi-year plan, the Canadian Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has set a new target for accepting immigrants in 2021, which is 18 percent higher than in 2018 for the programs held through the Express Entry system.

Changes to the new Canadian immigration plan for 2019-2021

  • 2019 The federal government plans to accept 1,000 vulnerable women and girls as refugees. The quota for the category “Refugees and Protected Persons” has been increased by 800 people.
  • 2020: The Government of Canada will transfer 700 applications from the Blended Visa Office Referred Program to the Government-assisted Refugee Program.
  • 2021: The IRCC also increased the quotas allocated to the Economic class by 6,500 compared with the previous multi-year plan and 2,500 for humanitarian immigration categories.