If you’re considering moving to Canada, it will be useful to know that the country have set some very significant immigration targets for the next three years. Immigration Minister for Canada Sean Fraser has announced that Canada will be aiming to welcome 1.45 million new permanent residents during the next three years (2023-2025.) This will be from across all immigration categories.
Canada is setting higher immigration targets every year; so the target for 2023 is 465,000 new residents; 485,000 in 2024 and the intention is to admit 500,000 newcomers in 2025. As Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) gears up to meet these targets, it provides an exciting prospect to those looking to make the move to Canada. Whether its students studying abroad, people moving due to work or to relocate to reunite with families, the announcement is important news.
Canada does, however, have an ‘immigration backlog.’ In total, it is thought that the backlog is around the £2.6 million mark and includes temporary residents, citizenship applicants and some applying for permanent residency. In September it was stated that 47% of permanent residence applications are being processed within the service standard. IRCC have set a goal of increasing this to 80%. Some applications will be more difficult and it was noted that it was primarily temporary residence applications that had been caught up in the backlog. The Immigration Minister commented that they were in the midst of a ‘hiring blitz’ to recruit extra staff to process the applications.
In 2021 IRCC admitted a record 405,999 new immigrants into Canada and this year it is expected that they will meet their new target of over 431,000 permanent residents. The upward trends of immigration targets, reflects the importance Canada is placing on immigration as a means to grow the Canadian workforce and, in turn, to support the long term prosperity goals of the country. Indeed, immigration into the country accounts for almost all of the country’s growth in labour force. It is also expected to account for most of Canada’s population growth by 2032.
If you are moving to Canada, it will be important to call upon the services of a professional removal company to co-ordinate the international shipping of your household effects and/ or vehicles. Remember to find a company which are members of the British Association of Removers and members of FIDI to ensure that they operate within the highest standards and have experience of shipping to and from Canada. Talk to Burke Bros Moving Group’s Canadian moving experts on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01902 714555. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and arrange a free no obligation pre-move survey either in-house or remotely if you would like to ascertain an accurate quotation. Further information on the moving process can also be found here.