IRCC introduced the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan

IRCC introduced the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan

IRCC introduced the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan
On November 1, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released details on the Government of Canada’s 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan. According to the new plan, the Government plans to accept 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023. In addition, Canada will welcome 485,000 newcomers in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. In 2021, Canada set a new record by accepting over 405,000 immigrants in one year. This number is predicted to rise close to 432,000 this year. The proposed strategy would bring in more immigrants to help businesses with staffing shortages, as well as to attract individuals with the skills required for specific industries such as health care, skilled trades, manufacturing, and technology to address the potential challenges Canada may face economically and socially in the coming years.

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What are the main highlights of the new Immigration Levels Plan?
On November 1, 2022, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan. The new plan focuses on economic growth, intending to increase admissions in the economic class by 2025. Canada also will admit more immigrants through the Atlantic Immigration Program and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to address local labour market needs. Other new plan highlights are increasing the share of Francophone immigration outside Quebec, reuniting more families faster, and providing a haven to refugees and asylum seekers.

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More and more Hongkongers are coming back to Vancouver
The 2021 census released earlier this week showed that the population of Hong Kong-born people in Canada has increased, with most settling in Vancouver. This is a reversal of a trend where thousands of Hongkongers had been leaving Canada. Vancouver’s Hong Kong-born population has increased by 6.1% in the past five years, bucking a decades-long trend of decline. The shift is being propelled by a political crackdown in Hong Kong which came under national security law last year following anti-government protests.

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