Canada as a country has got a successful immigration history and has welcomed millions of people seeking a better life and more opportunities for themselves and their families. Canada is the world’s second largest country with 10 provinces and three territories, and one of the world’s richest nations. Canada has continued to accept immigrants through well-developed immigration programs.

Canada Immigration Levels Plan

The Government of Canada produces every year an immigration levels plan that outlines the number of new Canadian permanent residents it aims to admit through the country's various immigration programs.

The first multi-year immigration levels plan was introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2017 and set out admissions targets for 2018-2020 for Canada’s economic, family, refugee and humanitarian immigration programs. This plan was later replaced in 2018 with IRCC’s immigration levels targets for 2019-2021. Economic immigration, which is a major driver of Canada’s economic growth, accounts for more than half of planned admissions through the multi-year levels plan. The majority of projected economic admissions would be issued through the federal Express Entry system programs:

  • the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program
  • the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
  • the Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Canada is set to welcome more than 1.3 million new immigrants over the next three years.

As a skilled worker or professional, there are several options to consider. For example, one may be eligible to apply under Canada's Federal Skilled Worker Class or, if intended for a specific destination then it can be the Quebec Skilled Worker Program which may be the pathway for oneself and the family, if applicable. Moreover, if one knows in which province or territory can plan to reside, one may be able to submit an application through one of the Provincial Nominee Programs. Below, are the list of those programs which can be explored for necessary migration.

Federal Skilled Worker Program: This program is for individuals with certain work experience who intend to reside in any province or territory outside of the province of Quebec.

Quebec Skilled Worker: Applicants who plan to immigrate to the province of Quebec may be eligible to submit an application through this program.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): Most provinces and territories have created their own skilled worker programs for those intending to live and work in their particular province or territory.

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