Canada’s Immigration Plans for 2024

Canada is well-known in the immigration industry for its attainable and high-quality immigration system. Nearly 100% of the county’s labor growth is through immigration and the Canadian government has released immigration plans for 2024-2026 to increase immigration even more.

Canada’s Immigration Targets

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) brought forward the 2024-2026 Immigration Plan on 1st November 2023. This plan gives an estimate of the permanent residents accepted by Canada within the given years and gives us their targets for immigrants of certain categories. IRCC has retained its target of 485,000 permanent residents admitted in 2024 and has said it will readjust the number of temporary residency visas to maintain its benefits. The Immigration Plan also intends to increase the number of permanent resident visas of the economic programs by 60% around 2025.

Reforms to Temporary Foreign Worker Program Workforce Solutions Road Map (TFW)

The Canadian government has also announced multiple changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Workforce Solutions Road Map. These changes are already in effect and are to be so until the end of August 2024:

  • Seven sectors with labor shortages have been specified and will be permitted to hire a maximum of 30% of their workforce using the TFW program.
  • The duration of employment for foreigners under the provincial or territorial median hourly wage rate will be capped at up to 2 years.
  • The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) eligibility timeframe has been decreased from 18 months to 12 months maximum.

The seven sectors specified for permission to hire a maximum of up to 30% of their workforce with the TFW program are:

  • Construction (NAICS 23)
  • Accommodation and Food Services Sector (NAICS 72)
  • Food Manufacturing Sector (NAICS 311)
  • Wood Product Manufacturing Sector (NAICS 321)
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing Sector (NAICS 337)
  • Hospitals Sector (NAICS 622)
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities (NAICS 623)

Although these changes are temporary a few permanent changes have also been brought forward including requiring employers to annually adjust temporary foreign worker’s wages to maintain them in accordance with the prevalent wage rates of workers field at the time.

The immigration system plans for the future.

IRCC released a document to show the changes IRCC plans to make in the near future. The Immigration System for Canada Future mentions the changes listed below:

  • I was adjusting the immigration system to allow better adaptability in cases of the growing international humanitarian crises.
  • Introducing a new Francophone Immigration Policy to give better services to the French-speaking minority
  • Creating a Recognized Institutions Framework to bring high-quality universities more priority in terms of visa processing for their international students.
  • Taking into mind the factors of housing, health care, infrastructure planning, and various other government services when planning Canada’s immigration levels and targets.
  • Creating a new body of experienced immigration experts to better reform policies and programs as well as improve their standard of immigration service.
  • Bringing forward a new government position (Chief International Talent Officer) focused on better synergizing immigration programs and pathways by the labor market.
  • Improving the official IRCC website to allow applicants more ease and simplicity in finding relevant information.

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