New 2022-2024 Canadian Immigration Plan Released!

Breaking News: It seems that 2022 will be a year to remember in the history of Canada's immigration system. Canada’s latest Immigration levels plan shows that 1,329,700 newcomers will become permanent residents of Canada by 2024! And to top it off, this year, there will be not one but two immigration level plans announcements!

Every year, Canada announces a three-year plan, outlining how many people it intends to invite to apply for permanent residency in Canada. This will be the first announcement since October 2020. Last year, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) surpassed its immigration target of inviting 401,000 newcomers to Canada.

Under the 2021 - 2023 immigration levels plan, IRCC had aimed to originally bring 411,000 newcomers to Canada in 2022. This total has since been revised and was increased to an incredible 431,645 people to be invited by 2022 in the new 2022 - 2024 immigration levels plan.

Below is an overview for immigration to Canada over the next three years:

  • 2022 - 431,645 ITAs for permanent residency
  • 2023 - 447,055 ITAs for permanent residency
  • 2024 - 451,000 ITAs for permanent residency
“Immigration has helped shape Canada into the country it is today. From farming and fishing to manufacturing, healthcare and the transportation sector, Canada relies on immigrants. We are focused on economic recovery, and immigration is the key to getting there. Setting bold new immigration targets, as outlined in the 2022-2024 Levels Plan, will further help bring the immeasurable contribution of immigrants to our communities and across all sectors of the economy.” - The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the new immigration target levels for the next three years:

2022 - 2024 Immigration Levels Plan
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions
Economic Programs
Federal High Skilled55,90075,750111,500
Federal Economic Public Policies40,00032,000-
Federal Business1,0001,0001,500
Economic Pilots: Caregivers, Agri-food Pilot, Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot10,25011,25012,750
Atlantic Immigration Program6,2506,5006,500
Provincial Nominee Program83,50086,00093,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and BusinessSee the Quebec immigration planTo be determinedTo be determined
Total Economic241,850253,000267,750
Spouses, Partners and Children80,00081,00081,000
Parents and Grandparents25,00028,50032,000
Total Family105,000109,500113,000
Refugees and Protected Persons
Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad24,50025,00025,500
Resettled Refugees - Government-Assisted19,79017,26013,000
Resettled Refugees - Privately Sponsored31,25530,79523,000
Resettled Refugees - Blended Visa Office-Referred1,0001,0001,000
Total Refugees and Protected Persons76,54574,05562,500
Humanitarian and Other
Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other8,25010,5007,750

The second announcement is expected to happen later this year in November 2022.

Immigration to Canada: Outlook for 2022 & Beyond


There have been some major changes in the recent immigration levels plan. It seems the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be issuing the most ITAs for permanent residency in Canada in 2022.

In 2021, Express Entry programs accounted for the most ITAs issued. It seems that IRCC is shifting its focus to ensure the specific labour needs of each province is filled by increasing the number of ITAs issued through the PNP to 101,400 by 2024.

The number of Federal High Skilled program levels have therefore been decreased to allow for the TR2PR program as well as to tackle the current backlog of applications. Express Entry draws continue to take place every two weeks and, despite the decrease in ITAs, IRCC aims to welcome 243,150 skilled workers to Canada by 2024.

Almost a quarter of Canada's immigration admissions will be through family sponsorship as it plans to reunite 327,500 people with their family members in Canada. IRCC immigration target leaves 213,100 spots for refugee and humanitarian resettlement by 2024.

Immigration remains an important part of the development and economic growth of Canada. As the pandemic took a huge toll on the economy, the immigration plan has allocated nearly 60 percent of its admissions to the Economic Class. With nearly 5 million Canadians set to retire by 2030, the worker to retiree ratio is set to decrease to 3:1.

Now more than ever, Canada is in need of skilled immigrants to help boost its economy.

Ready to start your visa application and become one in a million making their way to Canada by 2024?