The Forum of Ministers Responsible (FMRI) for Immigration met in Saint John, New Brunswick on July 28. Immigration ministers from across Canada came together to identify and discuss major policy issues to boost Canadian immigration.
The meeting of Immigration Ministers focussed around increasing Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan alongside agreeing on multi-year PNP levels plan.
The current plan is targeting to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants annually till 2024. Over 60% of the target is to be met through economic-class and family-class immigration programs.
Specifically, PNP is targeting 80,000 intakes in 2022 and would increase to 90,000 intakes next year.
Other topics on agenda were how to build a more agile economic immigration system, and how to boost regional economic immigration.
Economic-class immigration programs help Canada identify and target talented overseas skilled workers to fill the labor demand gap in the country.
Usually, skilled talent with no Canadian experience nor a job offer may stand a chance to qualify for Canadian permanent residence through one of these programs, including Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, and Quebec Immigration.
Canada PNP To Issue Multi-Year Intake Plan
The FMRI is the annual decision-making body of Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial immigration ministers. They meet to discuss immigration issues with the goal of sustaining an effective immigration system for Canada.
The ministers took a collective decision to develop a multi-year Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allocation plan. Presently, though Canada sets its permanent residence targets over a three-year period, PNP allocations are determined on an annual basis.
With the latest agreement between the Immigrtaion ministers, PNP allocation targets will also be set on a three-year basis. The ministers agreed to determine the multi-year PNP plan by March 31, 2023.
However, no PNP allocation targets were fixed. Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser added that the federal government needs to have follow-up conversations with provinces and territories to ensure they have the settlement capacity necessary to welcome more newcomers.
We are expecting the 2023-2025 federal immigration plan to be tabled by November 1st, 2022.
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Provincial Immigration Pathways for Canadian Permanent Residency
PNP provides equal opportunities for advanced provinces like Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia and the Atlantic and Prairie provinces like Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island to support their economic development through immigration.
After receiving provincial nominations from any of the provincial streams, candidates can apply to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to qualify for permanent residency.
Among various Canada PR options, provincial pathways are in most demand.
Between 2021 and now, Canada Express Entry draws have relied majorly on Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Even the two most recent all-programs draws issued over 50% (1400 ITAs for Canada PR) to candidates with provincial nominations.
Provincial nominees with active Express Entry profiles are awarded 600 points over and above their usual Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This may guarantee an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency in upcoming PNP-specific Express Entry draws.
If you’re planning to immigrate to Canada, choose Canada PNP as your preferred pathway. Book a free appointment with CanApprove to choose a suitable provincial stream based on your work or academic profile.