2023 A preview of Canadian Immigration
An overview of what we can expect to see in the immigration space over the next year.
2023, The Canadian government seems steadfast in its continued commitment to immigration and welcoming newcomers to this country. Canada hopes that heightened immigration will continue to help this country develop socially and economically, while also working to reunite families and assist vulnerable populations through Canada’s capacity for humanitarian aid.
Looking forward to 2023, the following is a general overview of what Canadian immigration may look like over the next calendar year.
Since September 2022, the total application backlog at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has decreased steadily. According to data provided to CIC News, IRCC has decreased their backlog by 400,000.
Immigration Levels Plan Target for 2023
Canada has set a record-high immigration target within the Immigration Levels Plan for 2023, suggesting that IRCC believes it can manage the backlog while also welcoming a high number of newcomers.
By immigration category, the 2023 Immigration Levels Plan target (465,000) breaks down as follows.
- Express Entry: 82,880
- Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP): 105,500
- Parents and Grandparents: 28,500
- Spouses/Partners and Children: 78,000
How will these developments impact Canada in 2023?
Immigration significantly benefits Canada’s population and labour force, which should continue in 2023.
For instance, the expected increase of newcomers to Canada through both PNPs and targeted Express Entry draws should allow Canada to relieve more of the pressure currently hindering the country’s labour market. As more capable skilled immigrants enter the country, especially those working in high-demand occupations, Canada will benefit economically through the natural cycle of spending that occurs when people are employed.
Additionally, temporarily lifting the off-campus work hours rule means more international students may come to Canada over time, as this move is expected to make Canada an even more attractive international student destination. Should this lead to more international students also staying in Canada after graduation, this work hours policy change will mean that more foreign students eventually contribute to the improvement of Canada’s economy and labour market (much like the Express Entry and PNP immigrants described above).
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