Canada’s Immigration System 2023

How are immigrants selected?

The Government of Canada is pursuing an immigration plan that allocates the benefits of immigration in Canada. As a result, immigrants are selected according to their contribution to the country's economy, family reunification needs and humanitarian needs.

New objectives are set annually for the number of immigrants who may be admitted to Canada under each immigration category.

Prior to setting objectives, consultations are conducted with the public, territories, provinces, businesses and organizations that help immigrants settle in Canada.

In 2023, the goal is to welcome 465,000 permanent residents to ensure that Canada has the workers it needs to address serious labour shortages and build a strong economy.

Canada anticipates welcoming 485,000 and 500,000 permanent residents in 2024 and 2025, respectively, representing approximately 1.2% of the country's population.

What type of screening are immigrants subjected to?

In order to protect the safety and health of Canadians, the Government of Canada ensures that prospective immigrants are carefully screened before being allowed to come to Canada.

However, anyone seeking permanent residence in Canada must provide:

  • A criminal record check or police certification;
  • Fingerprints (biometrics) and picture.

How do we help immigrants succeed?

The Government of Canada wants newcomers to succeed and contribute to Canada's cultural wealth and society. For this reason, the government is funding services to help immigrants settle in their communities.

Today, Canada is home to over 500 settlement service providers.

Settlement services help newcomers adjust to their new lives in Canada and place them on the path to Canadian citizenship.

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