Earlier this week Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, released Canada’s 2023–2025 Immigration Levels Plan. The Government of Canada has set new targets in the levels plan of welcoming 465,000 permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. We’ll be reviewing the details of the plan and will provide updates in the coming weeks. For more information:
- New Release: An Immigration Plan to Grow the Economy
- Supplementary Information for the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan
- 2022 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration
- 2022 consultations on immigration levels – final report
- Infographic: Immigration: a path to a stronger Canada
It is important to note that the announced Levels Plan only tells half the story of arrivals to Canada, as temporary residents ranges are not included in the immigration targets.
The new Plan raises some questions for longer-term planning purposes within the immigration sector. For example, should future three-year immigration plans include temporary resident ranges for each category? From Jan 1 to Aug 30, 2022, there were 97,740 Temporary Foreign Workers, 72,955 International Mobility Work permits, and 452,000 International Student Visa’s issued – a total of 622,695 individuals. These newcomers, some of which will convert their status to Permanent Residency, are invisible in this plan.
Within the context of British Columbia, should the BC Government develop its own multi-year immigration plan to help prepare for future infrastructure and service needs? One that highlights projected Permanent Resident and Temporary Resident arrival flows and settlement patterns based on historical context? It is clear BC remains a popular destination for immigration. In 2021, BC had the 2nd highest international migration rate on record with over 67,000 new arrivals.
Regardless of these new immigration targets, ISSofBC will continue to serve immigrants and refugees find jobs, housing and develop language skills through its broader range of programs and policies so that Canada and BC remains a welcoming place for all newcomers.