Canada’s Target of 1 Million Immigrants by 2021 Being Noticed Worldwide

Canada Targets of 1 Million Immigrants

Canada’s immigration ministry – Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has targeted a goal of moving one million immigrants into the country by the end of 2021 and this news has been noticed by the other countries worldwide.

Reports by BBC and CNN has brought in the notice the three-year immigration program of Canada and stated “ Canada’s friendly stance towards new residents come as many other Western nations, including the United States, are adopting more restrictive immigration policies.” New York Times has even gone to the lengths to say that the U.S must be following Canada’s example and should increase their immigrants’ intake for the sake of “economic health” of the country.

Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) in his department’s annual report to parliament last fall said,” growing immigration levels, particularly in the Economic Class, will help us sustain our labour face, support economic growth and spur innovation.”

Canada’s Multi-Year Immigration Program up to the Year 2021

Under their multi-year immigration program, Canada’s government has targeted to reach 350,000 new permanent residents in the year 2021 which represents the 1% of Canada’s population. Conference Board of Canada has said that this quota must be reached by 2030 to ensure modest population and economic growth.

With the majority of permanent residence coming this year are expected from Express entry program – that manages the profiles of the candidates who have applied under:

And nearly 75% of all economic admissions coming from express entry program and Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), the immigration program can be said well on track to achieve their target.

Express Entry Program was introduced in 2015, to give priority to the candidates who are young, highly educated, and proficient in English or French with having skilled work experience. One of the main reasons was to expedite the processing of permanent resident applications for skilled workers.

Another major program for Canada immigration is provincial nomination program via which immigrants are able to reside in the province of their own choice as a permanent residence. Via this program, provinces and territories are able to nominate economic immigrants for permanent residence and help in the economical development of the province/territory. With the growth in express entry program candidates, PNP has also shown growth in recent years. Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) has evolved from 233 new PR admissions in 1996 to issuing provincial nomination to 55,000 in 2018. With the coming year of 2019 target that has been set is 61,000 which will gradually rise to 67,800 in 2020 and 71,300 in 2021.

Family Sponsorship Programs is also one of the main Canada’s immigration programs that focus on federal government’s calls for family reunification which is states as a “Central Pillar of Canada’s Immigration Program” that “contributes to the economic, social and cultural prosperity of all Canadians.”

Under family sponsorship program, Canada’s government has set a target of 88,500 in 2019 and 91,000 for both 2020 and 2021 for spouse or common-law partners to sponsor their parents and grand-parents applications for permanent residence in the country.

IRCC in its annual report also noted for the unprecedented level for the refugees/ global displacement in 2017 and has said that their three-year immigration plan will “accommodate more refugees looking to start new lives.” For refugees this year Canadian government has set an admission target for refugees and protected person of 46,450 for 2019 which is expected to grow to 51,200 in 2021.

What were the Top 10 Most Invited Occupations in 2018?

With the figures released by the Canadian government for January to October 2018, it showcases that software engineers and designers, information systems analysts and consultants, and computer programmers and interactive media developers were some of the occupations that were leading the lists for professionals that were issued the Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for Canadian permanent residence visa via the Express entry program in 2018. Table below will illustrate which top 10 occupations were issued the invitations with number of invitations issued for that particular of occupation:

NOC Code

Occupation Number of ITA’s issued (till Oct. 2018)

Percentage of ITA’s issued (till Oct. 2018)


Software Engineers and designers




Information systems analysts and consultants




Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers




Financial auditors and accountants




Administrative assistants




Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations




Financial and Investment Analysts




University professors and lecturers




Professional occupations in business management consulting




Advertising, marketing and public relations managers



Reference for this article was taken from CIC News.

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