The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Jason Kenney, has presented the Annual Report on Immigration to Parliament. In this report, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) examined immigration levels for 2012 and set goals for the upcoming fiscal year. The goals laid out in this report will play an important role in shaping Canada’s immigration policies on both local and national levels.
Following the tabling of the 2012 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on October 31, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada released further details on its 2013 Immigration Levels Plan today.
This year, the presentation of the detailed plan has been re-organized slightly to better reflect:
- The number of new permanent residents who are spouses/partners and children of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. For example, spouses and partners who used to be under the “Humanitarian & Compassionate/Public Policy” stream, are now included in the larger Family Class (under Spouses / Partners / Children).
- The characteristics of the different humanitarian programs. Previously, the “Humanitarian & Compassionate Considerations (H&C)/Public Policy” stream was not broken down into its distinct programs, so it was unclear how many persons were admitted under which program. Under the new presentation, H&C and public policies are now counted alongside refugees and protected persons, under the general Humanitarian Category. Public policies have also been separated into two streams to differentiate between those with federal resettlement support and those with other support.
A planning range is an estimate of the number of people CIC expects to admit each year, taking into account the differences in applicants’ behaviour both before applying and once they have received their visa (some applicants take longer than others to arrive in Canada from abroad after receiving their visa).
For each range, CIC also sets an admissions target. The work of CIC’s visa processing network is based on the admissions target so that admissions fall within the planning range. It is important to note that these are “planned” ranges and targets. Factors beyond CIC’s control can affect actual admission numbers, e.g. security issues that impact overseas processing.
Please see below for CIC’s immigration planning ranges and admissions targets for 2013.
|Immigrant Category||Low||High||Admissions Target||% Mix*|
|Federal Skilled Workers||53,500||55,300||55,300|
|Canadian Experience Class||9,600||10,000||10,000|
|Provincial Nominee Program||42,000||45,000||42,000|
|Quebec-selected Skilled Workers||31,000||34,000||33,400|
|Spouses, Partners and Children (including Public Policy on in-Canada spouses/partners without status)||42,000||48,500||48,300|
|Parents and Grandparents||21,800||25,000||25,000|
|Protected Persons in Canada||7,000||8,500||8,500|
|Dependants Abroad of Protected Persons in Canada||4,000||4,500||4,500|
|Visa Office Referred Refugees||200||300||200|
|Public Policy–Federal Resettlement Assistance||500||600||600|
|Privately Sponsored Refugees||4,500||6,500||6,300|
|Public Policy–Other Resettlement Assistance||100||400||400|
|Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations||900||1,100||900|
* Percentage of mix is derived using the midpoint of the planning ranges.
The Government of Quebec published its 2013 Levels Plan after CIC. For 2013, Quebec planned 31,400-32,700 admissions for Quebec-selected skilled workers, and 3,400-3,700 for Quebec-selected business. Quebec’s ranges will be accommodated within CIC’s existing total planning range.