On November 1, 2023, the Canadian government's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada department has unveiled the details of its Immigration Levels Plan for the years 2024 to 2026. This plan is a continuation of the 2023-2025 Plan and outlines the goal of welcoming new permanent residents to Canada. The target is to admit 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024, 500,000 in 2025, and maintain a level of 500,000 in 2026. The plan emphasizes the importance of fostering economic growth, facilitating family reunification, addressing humanitarian crises, and acknowledging the recent surge in immigration.
One key aspect of the plan is the commitment to increasing the number of French-speaking permanent residents outside Quebec. In 2022, a target of 4.4% was achieved, and the new plan includes progressive targets of 6% in 2024, 7% in 2025, and 8% in 2026 for French-speaking permanent residents.
The plan highlights the significant role immigrants play in Canada's labor market and economic development. Immigrants are crucial for meeting various goals, such as supporting sustainability initiatives for a green and digital economy and addressing labor shortages in critical sectors like healthcare, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), trades, transportation, and agriculture. The plan recognizes that immigrants bring valuable skills and contributions to these areas.
In the context of family reunification, the plan acknowledges the importance of family support for the well-being and social adaptation of newcomers. Spouses and partners often join the workforce, contributing to household income, while parents and grandparents often assist with childcare, allowing their sponsors to participate in or remain in the workforce. This family support also has economic benefits.
2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan