Canada is all set to welcome more economic immigrants through its Provincial Nominee Programs.
In recent events, the Immigration Levels Plan Canada has announced that there will be a significant increase in the number of permanent residents coming to Canada. It is expected to exceed over 500,000 by the year 2025.
A major part of the overall target surge is the growth/increase in allocations under the PNPs. The program invited a total of 83,500 new permanent residents in 2022, while the Immigration Levels Plan for 2023–2025 predicts a dramatic increase of 20,000 new permanent residents in 2023, bringing the total to 105,000. More moderate PNP target increases of 110,000 and 117,500 will be made in 2024 and 2025, respectively. This indicates that by 2025, a PNP will be used to admit 1/5th of all new permanent residents.
While it is the provinces that select immigrants on the basis of how well they can contribute to the provincial labour force, the ultimate say is always of the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada whether the candidate can become a permanent resident or not.
On the other hand, Express Entry programs will choose up to 114,000 new permanent residents by 2025, starting with 82,880 in 2023. This builds on the lofty goals set for 2022 when PNP targets surpassed Express Entry.
Even though Canada decides on its PR targets over a three-year period, PNP allocations were decided annually before the Immigration Levels Plan 2022–2024. In the future, PNP allocation targets would also be determined on a three-year basis, the ministers agreed.