By the end of January, Canada – federal and all provinces across the country – have received a total of 40,000 immigrants via strategic economic immigration as well as sponsorship programs for families. At this rate, Canada is well poised to achieve the goal of receiving a million immigrants between 2019 and 2021.
Canada earmarked both family sponsorship program and economic immigration as key ways of achieving its three-year immigration plan, with a target of 331,000 new permanent residents set for the starting year – 2019. Targets for 2020 and 2021 are 341,000 and 350,000 respectively.
The 350,000 target for 2021 is about one percent of the total Canadian population. One percent rate of increase in population is deemed important to maintaining the continued labor force, and ultimately the economy, growth of the country.
Biggest Start Ever
Canada’s economic immigration program includes the Provincial nominee program and federal express entry system which is the primary source of skilled foreign labor to the country.
The country saw the most significant start ever to its express entry system in January. Via the system, 11,150 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued. This appears to be a take-off from last year when a record 89,800 ITA were announced, representing the highest since its inception – five years ago.
Provincial nominee program (PNP) also contributed about 5,000 invitations to apply (ITA) in January. The reopening of the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is another major factor in January.
Speaking on the January record, senior partner at a Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal – David Cohen, said January’s figure is really impressive and is a start to what is expected to be a great immigration year for the country.
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