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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces Immigration Plan for 2014

October, 2013

On Monday, October 28, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander oversaw the tabling of the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration. The report includes important information on the Canadian Government’s plans for immigration in 2014.

The report outlines target immigrant admissions both overall and per immigration category. It also provides further information about Canada’s gradual transition to an Expression of Interest (EOI) model of immigration in 2015. For prospective immigrants, this report helps to paint a fuller picture of what can be expected in the upcoming year.

The Overall Picture

According to the report, Canada expects to welcome between 240,000 and 265,000 new permanent residents in 2014. This is roughly equivalent to target immigration levels over the past few years.

Immigrants arrive to Canada under one of three general categories: economic, humanitarian, and family sponsorship. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that for 2014, a full 63% of new immigrants will receive permanent residency through an economic immigration program. This means that next year, economic immigrants will make up a higher percentage of newcomers to the country than ever before.

“Securing economic growth is and will remain our Government’s top priority,” said Minister Alexander. “Canada is in a global competition for the best and brightest immigrants, and this plan is crafted with attracting the people we need for Canada to succeed.”

Why Economic Immigration?

Canada is seeking to attract workers who will succeed in the Canadian labour market and integrate smoothly into Canadian society. Economic immigration presents an opportunity for qualified foreign workers to come to Canada through a variety of programs targeting their professional backgrounds, thus benefitting both themselves and Canadian workers.

A wide variety of programs fall under the spectrum of economic immigration. These include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, Business Immigration Programs, and Provincial Nominee Programs. Over the past year, significant changes have been made to a number of programs in this area. These include modifications to the popular Federal Skilled Worker Program, as well as the creation of new programs like the Federal Skilled Trades Program and Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program. All changes have been made with the goal of ensuring that today’s new arrivals are better equipped to start their lives in Canada and succeed professionally.

While economic immigrants will be drawn from all of these programs, CIC anticipates record levels of admissions from Provincial Nominee Programs and the Canadian Experience Class program.

“This immigration plan underscores the fact that Canada is willing to fight for the talented immigrants it needs,” said Attorney David Cohen. “By renewing an emphasis on economic immigration across the board, the government is putting growth and prosperity, for both immigrants and Canada as a whole, at the forefront of its immigration policy.”

Family Reunification, Refugees Remain a Priority

The planned increase in economic immigration will in no way reduce Canada’s commitment to families and individuals seeking permanent residency on humanitarian grounds.

Minister Alexander reassured individuals that “we will continue to drive down backlogs, reduce wait times and improve service. We will continue to reunite families. We will continue to give refuge to the worlds most vulnerable.”

The family sponsorship stream is expected to welcome 69,000 new permanent residents, accounting for over a quarter of total visa issuances. In fact, CIC anticipates that 2014 levels of parent and grandparent permanent resident visa issuances will be the highest in almost 20 years. This does not include the recent introduction of the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa program, which issues over 1,000 long-term visitor visas monthly to the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Moving Forward: the EOI System

The goals laid out in this week’s report are part of numerous efforts that have been undertaken as Canada moves towards an EOI model of immigration. Canada is expected to transition to an EOI immigration model for its economic immigration programs by 2015.

CIC News first outlined what a Canadian EOI system is likely to consist of when it was first announced earlier this year.

It is anticipated that the EOI system will provide immigrants with greater support during the application process and through their landing in Canada. It will also allow Canadian officials to select immigrants that are most likely to succeed in the country’s labour market and society.

To find out if you are eligible for one of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.

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Ranajoy Biswas October 31, 2013 at 8:02 am

Hi David,
The news article is quite encouraging. Its good to know that 63% of the immigrants will be given permanent residency through economic immigration program. Out of this how much do you think will be through Federal Skills Worker (FSW) specifically? Do you see any addition in the list of occupations in the FSW category from the last year (which was only 24)?

Thanks and Regards,
Ranajoy Biswas

Anis Uddawla October 31, 2013 at 9:14 am

Is there any change in parents visa policy? I have daughter and son who are immigrants in Canada. Can they get us (parents) PR visa?

Thanks and regards.
Anis.

SAKA MORAKINYO October 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm

This is a kind gesture by the Canadian government

imdad ali October 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm

immigration plan for 2014 is very nice for over all.

jose rodrigo ortiz campo October 31, 2013 at 6:26 pm

thanks for information….l am a mechanical degraded a institute technical called SENA at Colombia..l want to know about possibilities labours there …l have 20th years of experiencie ..Canada is a great country .and l looking for a new oppottunite for me and my family .

Tandu S. Chisuse October 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Canada has always been my dream country from my childhood days in Northern Zambia. Now with these upcoming changes, I see myself becoming a fully fledged Canadian citizen in the near future. God is indeed wonderful!

david olalekan lawal November 1, 2013 at 6:46 am

I just wanna say am looking forward to the reality of this opportunity.

Lenore Cadena November 1, 2013 at 6:56 am

Having a grandfather Stewart McClain who fought and died for Canada. I have been visiting your country and have fallen in love with it. I would like to know if at 72 I can apply to be a duel citizen?

Devon November 4, 2013 at 2:38 am

The proposed plan for 2014 seems to be great overall and hope it becomes a success. Many skilled people will get opportunity to share their knowledge and have a bright future,after all Canada is the land of many dreams and wealth.

Navaid Ahmed Khanzada November 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

It’s really meaning full information & thank for updating related to Canadian immigration process, this is really great to get immigration to Canada! because after having 15 years experience in Saudi Arabia, could not settled down with family as always floating enviourment, Now since I was planning to out back to country, so now preparing mind to move to Canada, as my spouse family settled there and convincing that you will find more promising people, with supporting, clean & more professional enviourment with supporting people and off course such a nice & social society with healthy, developed economy with all peace of mind.

Amadi Nyerere B November 5, 2013 at 5:46 am

I want express my appreciation to the Canadian government for this wonderful gesture but would be more happy if the chances of skill worker is increased through the Federal skill work (FSW) Program so as give chances for skill workers to apply.

Amar Damle November 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Nice to read about the current plans for immigration in 2014. looking forward to be there.

Kanwal Kamran November 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I found this gesture of yours quite encouraging for the immigrants.

MD. RUBEL HOSSAIN November 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Good plans for immigration in 2014.

Noman Ayoub November 11, 2013 at 7:50 am

Dear David
any idea when the 2014 plan will be started and which occupation are eliglbe for FSW , are they maintaning the same list of 2013 or increase the category as well as the numbers of applicats so more people will get the chance to migrate

Tania November 14, 2013 at 11:42 am

Good plans for immigration in 2014 thanks

mwangemi preftone November 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thanks for the news

olorunpomi folake November 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

What a great opporturnity for everyone,God bless canada

hatem daffalla elebied abazeina November 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

best news

Elisha aftab November 19, 2013 at 5:41 am

canada is my dream for doing work there and get education there and will get high success in the life.

Bully Janneh November 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

What a wonderful gesture and a humanitarian ground for everybody,may God bless Canada.

neeraj marjara November 25, 2013 at 6:59 am

nice plans for 2014……thanks

Odusuna Olugbemiga Adeolu December 7, 2013 at 12:29 am

This is a good development. This is an assurance for a stable, vibrant and progressive economic growth of Canada in few years to come.

Odusina Olugbemiga Adeolu December 7, 2013 at 12:51 am

A good plan from Canada. Professionals across the world will befit from it.

sejiro December 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

nice plan. I hope the list for FSW expands. Canada my dream country!

Khandaker Akramul Huda December 19, 2013 at 8:17 am

Congratulations to Canada Govt.

TUSHAR DABHAT December 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD A GREAT START AFTER AUSTRALIA TO CANADA

ayoola ajayi January 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Hi, wonderful plans for this year! Would love to know when the FSWP would start off, and the outlay of acceptable professions. I am a real estate consultant with about 7 years experience. Thanks

Rajandeep January 6, 2014 at 7:55 am

Canada is my dream country since childhood. Hope to see the expanded FSW List.

Tenzin January 13, 2014 at 5:29 am

Is there any chance that cic will add any more profession list in federal skilled worker programme this year??

noor sarker January 22, 2014 at 12:41 am

I want to sponsor to my parents. They are 66 and 74. So could I file a sponsorship and a last date of application.
Thank you

Ghassan January 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm

It’s really nice to welcome us as FSW in Canada but what I want to know is that why it’s difficult for the skilled workers to start in Canada? And why there are too any obstacles which is time consuming put on the way?
For example a doctor needs to pass 5 exams to be licensed and to be able to practice in Canada, and training or observer position is so difficult to get. Why all of this?

MJ August 16, 2014 at 6:12 am

canadian immigration policy is best for only economic category but it is world worst polycy fot family sposorship category for parents and grant parents. Also numbers of families are waiting to meet thejr love one since more than 7 years but still they don’t get permanant residency. Many families suffer so many problems due to this worst family reunification system. canada’s family reunification is only on paper but in real it is already proved nothing. Now many peopled left their hope for permanant redidency under parent and grand parents family sponsorship category. Many people had completed their medical examination and submitted their passport with original documents since more than 2 years but they can’t get even reply from respective embassy in their country.

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