The Canadian Immigration Plan for 20242026 was recently published on the official website of the federal Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). According to the document, Canada plans to accept around 500,000 immigrants annually, which is the highest number in the country's history.
In the period 20242026, Canada wants to increase the number of immigrants admitted. If in 2023 the IRCC planned to grant residence permits to 465,000 foreigners, in 2024 this number will increase to 485,000, and in 2025 and 2026, 500,000 new permanent residents are expected per year. The country's immigration goals include strengthening the economy, family reunification and helping refugees.
As for the categories of migrants, the plan prioritizes highly skilled professionals, family members of Canadian permanent residents and refugees. It is worth noting that, according to the plan, the number of Frenchspeaking migrants will increase significantly over the next two years. Canada plans to host 36,000 Frenchspeaking expatriates in 2026, compared to 26,100 in 2024.
Canada is seeking to increase the number of immigrants and maintain economic development due to its aging population and low birth rate. By 2030, the retirement age population is expected to increase significantly, leading to rising health and social costs. Additionally, the COVID19 pandemic is impacting the Canadian economy and increasing the need for more immigrants in the coming years.
To make moving to Canada easier, there are around 60 immigration programs divided into federal and provincial levels. Federal programs like Express Entry target qualified professionals, while provincial programs offer less stringent requirements and financial support. Popular programs include the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), Canadian Experience Class, provincial programs and programs for refugees, skilled workers, caregivers, businesses and families.
These programs represent the most accessible and convenient ways to immigrate to Canada, with the country's authorities providing clear guidance on requirements for immigrants.