New Canada Immigration Levels Announced!

January 27, 2023


  • Kayla Peters

New Canada immigration levels for 2023-2025 announced: Canada has increased its immigration targets for the coming years. This comes as a result of Canada's overwhelming immigration response in 2022. Initially, Canada was set to welcome 411,000 immigrants as permanent residents in 2022. By the end of 2022, that number increased to over 437,180.

The Importance of Canadian Immigration

Immigration is an important part of the government’s plan to assist with Canada's economy's continuous growth and development. The country plans to invite over 1.4 million foreign nationals as permanent residents in Canada. This total set a record-high number for Canada’s immigration plan.

Although ambitious targets have been set, Canada has proven that it can meet them, as shown in 2022 when inviting more than 437,000 immigrants.

See below for the targets set by Canada for the next three years:

  • 2023 - 465,000 permanent residents;
  • 2024 - 485,000 permanent residents; 
  • 2025 - 500,000 permanent residents.

Also take a look at a more in-depth breakdown of the Canadian immigration targets for 2023-2025:

2022 - 2025 Immigration Levels Plan
  2023 2024 2025
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions
  465,000 485,000 500,000
Economic Programs  
Federal High Skilled 82,880 109,020 114,000
Federal Economic Public Policies 32,000 - -
Federal Business 3,500 5,000 6,000
Economic Pilots: Caregivers, Agri-food Pilot, Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot 8,500     12,125 14,750
Atlantic Immigration Program 8,500 6,500  
Provincial Nominee Program 105,500 110,000 117,500
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business To be determined To be determined To be determined
Total Economic 266,210 281,135 301,250
Spouses, Partners and Children 78,000 80,000 82,000
Parents and Grandparents 28,500 34,000 36,000
Total Family 106,500 114,000 118,000
Refugees and Protected Persons
Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 25,000 27,000 29,000
Resettled Refugees - Government-Assisted 23,550 21,115 15,250
Resettled Refugees - Privately Sponsored 27,505 27,750 28,250
Resettled Refugees - Blended Visa Office-Referred 250 250 250
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 76,305 76,115 72,750
Humanitarian and Other
Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other 15,985 13,750 8,000

How Will New Immigration Targets be Reached?


Over 56 percent of foreign nationals will be invited to Canada through economic programs, such as the Provincial Nominee Program, Express Entry, and the Temporary to Permanent Residence stream. However, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be the main driver for the economic class, as the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) goal is to invite around 83,500 immigrants through the PNP for this year.

The IRCC continues with its Express Entry draws every two weeks.

Even though economic class immigration may be Canada’s top priority, the government is still progressing its responsibility to family reunification through the Family Sponsorship Program. The program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their common-law partner, spouse, children, parents, or grandparents.

Over 105,000 newcomers, 24 percent of the total admission target, is what Canada aims to reach in 2022 through the Family Sponsorship Program. This is slightly higher than last year’s admission number.

Canada also has a goal of becoming a global leader in the resettlement of refugees and asylum seekers. The country's commitment shows as Canada increases its refugee and protected person target to over 76,545 for 2022.

Why Foreign Nationals Are Moving to Canada

Canada’s aging population and high retirement rate play a big factor in its need for immigrants. This is why the new Canada immigration levels for 2023-2025 announced are critical to know, especially for those seeking to journey to Canada.

Canada is a country of diversity and opportunity. The country has over 100 visas and immigration programs for foreign nationals. Whether you want to travel, study, immigrate, or work in Canada, you have a visa.

Go ahead and see if you are eligible for a Canadian visa today!