Canada Announced Annual Immigration Plan 2015
Canada Government announced its annual immigration plan today. The Government of Canada is planning to welcome between 260,000 to 285,000 new immigrants in 2015. which is approximately 19,000 more admissions planned over the year of 2014.
The 2015 levels plan achieved the highest planned level of admission in recent Canadian history. The increase of admissions for 2015 also demonstrates the government’s commitment to reducing processing times as well as the large economic immigration program backlogs.
Here is a brief summary of estimated immigration increases for 2015:
- 64.9 per cent for economic immigrants (181,300),
- 24.4 per cent for family class (68,000), and
- 10.7 per cent for humanitarian and compassionate cases (29,800).
Increasing admission levels will also help with the launch of Canada’s new application management system, Express Entry, on January 1, 2015. The 2015 levels plan allows admissions space to process existing applications as well as new applications that will be received for main economic programs under Express Entry. The new system will enable Canada’s immigration system to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of employers, as well as to changing economic conditions and priorities.
“The Government of Canada is proud to table our immigration plan for 2015, which strengthens our government’s focus on long-term economic growth for all Canadians. Through the 2015 immigration plan we will welcome a record number of individuals who will contribute to our economy and labour market, while also ensuring that we reunite more families and continue to provide assistance to the world’s most vulnerable populations. As we prepare to launch Express Entry in January 2015, this plan will help us attract skilled immigrants who are most likely to succeed.”
Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister
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