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Canada Announces Immigration Levels for 2013

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.

2013 Plan Admissions Ranges
Immigrant Category Low High Admissions Target % Mix*
Federal Skilled Workers 53,500 55,300 55,300
Federal Business 5,500 6,000 6,000
Canadian Experience Class 9,600 10,000 10,000
Live-in Caregivers 8,000 9,300 9,300
Provincial Nominee Program 42,000 45,000 42,000
Quebec-selected Skilled Workers 31,000 34,000 33,400
Quebec-selected Business 2,500 2,700 2,600
Total Economic 152,100 162,300 158,600 62.3%
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
Total Family 63,800 73,500 73,300 27.2%
Protected Persons in Canada 7,000 8,500 8,500
Dependants Abroad of Protected Persons in Canada 4,000 4,500 4,500  
Government-assisted Refugees 6,800 7,100 7,100
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
Total Humanitarian 24,000 29,000 28,500 10.5%
Permit Holders 100 200 100
Total 240,000 265,000 260,500  

* 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.


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