2017 Canada Immigration Targets

2017 Canada Immigration Targets

IRCC has announced that they are maintaining overall immigration levels at their 2016 level. However, they have redistributed targets across the categories of Canadian immigration. In particular,  the Refugees and Protected Persons target has been decreased from 55,800 to 40,000, and Humanitarian and Other has decreased from 3,600 to 3,500.

On the other hand, the target for Economic immigration has increased from 160,600 to 172,500. Similarly, Family class immigration will be increased from 80,000 to 84,000.

While we predicted that overall targets would likely be increased, given previous statements from the federal Immigration Minister, this is not an unexpected announcement. Minister of Innovation, Sciences, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains has called on Canada to shift immigration from a social policy to an economic imperative. The Advisory Council on Economic Growth (ACEG) recommended a 15,000 increase in immigration in 2017 to support the economy.

The 11,900 increase in Economic immigration would reflect the shift recommended by Minister Bains and the ACEG. IRCC is prioritizing Economic immigration in 2017 more than ever. And almost all of the increases within Economic immigration were in programs that are aligned with the Express Entry system.

Some of IRCC’s 2017 Immigration Targets.

  • Federal Economic (includes Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class and Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program)
  • Federal Caregivers
  • Federal Business
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Quebec Skilled Workers and Business


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