The last immigration announcement was in Oct 2020, and the next will be on Feb 11, 2022. The Canadian Government will provide a major update in the announcement.
The Canadian government’s next immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 is likely to be announced on Feb 11, 2022. The immigration targets announcement for this year will seek to invite applicants to various economic, family, and humanitarian class programs. This is going to be the first announcement after the surprise announcement in October 2020, where IRCC stated that it would be inviting over 400,000 new immigrants per year, adding 40,000 more per year to the previous set figures.
As per Canada’s immigration law, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), The deadline for making such an announcement every year is Nov 1, when the parliament is sitting. If the parliament is not sitting, then in the next 30 days of parliament reconvening, the announcement needs to be made. In 2021, This announcement didn’t happen as the Canadian government dissolved the parliament because of the September election. The new session of the parliament began on Nov 22, 2021. Then the parliament sat for only 20 days and went for a holiday break.
On Jan 31, parliament will reconvene, and immigration minister Sean Fraser will announce the latest target on Feb 11. Going by history, the deadlines have always been met by the government unless it was a weekend. If that will happen, then the announcement this year will happen in the second half of the week of Feb 7.
As per the latest Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a target of 411,000 new permanent residents to Canada in 2022. This year, IRCC has met the 401,000 immigrants target, which is the highest level in Canadian history. It was challenging to meet the target in the wake of the pandemic, but by converting temporary residents to permanent residents, the IRCC managed to meet these targets.
As per the ongoing Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023, 241,500 economic class immigrants need to be welcomed in 2022 through Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, Quebec’s programs, and other programs pathways. This is 59 % of the total immigration targets. The IRCC will also invite 103,500 family class immigrants, 26 % of the immigration targets and 66,000, or 15 percent of the newcomer target.
It is speculated that the Canadian government may want to refrain from significant increases as there is a huge number of backlog applications which currently stand at 1.8 million permanent and temporary resident applicants waiting in the queue.