|Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces Immigration Plan for 2014
28 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.”
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Notice – Supplementary Information to the 2014 immigration levels plan
November 1, 2013 — In 2014, Canada will welcome between 240,000 and 265,000 new permanent residents who will contribute to the Canadian economy. The 2014 Immigration Levels Plan reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to jobs and economic growth. By increasing our immigration targets for 2014, we are working to address labour market needs and providing Canadian employers with the skilled workforce they need.
Following the tabling of the 2013 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on October 28, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is pleased to release details on its 2014 Immigration Levels Plan.
Image showing 2014 immigration levels plan by major category, described below
2014 Levels Plan
261K Target (240K-265K) Plan Type Low High Target
Economic Federal Skilled Workers (including Federal Skilled Trades) 41,500 47,800 47,300
Canadian Experience Class 14,000 15,000 15,000
Live-in Caregivers 14,400 17,500 17,500
Federal Business 6,000 7,400 6,000
Quebec Business 5,000 5,500 5,300
Quebec Skilled Workers 26,000 27,000 26,600
Provincial Nominees 44,500 47,000 46,800
Economic Total 151,400 167,200 164,500
Percentage Mix 63.1% 63.1% 63.0%
Family Spouses, Partners and Children (includes Public Policy) 45,000 48,000 48,000
Parents and Grandparents 18,000 20,000 20,000
Family Total 63,000 68,000 68,000
Percentage Mix 26.3% 25.7% 26.1%
Humanitarian Protected Persons in Canada 7,500 8,000 7,500
Dependants Abroad 3,500 4,000 3,500
Government-Assisted Refugees 6,900 7,200 7,100
Visa Office Referred 400 500 500
Privately Sponsored Refugees 4,500 6,500 6,300
Public Policy – Federal Resettlement Assistance 200 300 300
Public Policy – Other 100 200 200
Humanitarian and Compassionate 2,500 3,000 3,000
Humanitarian Total 25,600 29,700 28,400
Percentage Mix 10.7% 11.2% 10.9%
Permit Holders 0 100 100
OVERALL 240,000 265,000 261,000
A planning range is an estimate of the number of people CIC expects to admit each year, taking into account the differences in applicants’ behaviour both before applying and once they have received their visa (some applicants take longer than others to arrive in Canada from abroad after receiving their visa).
For each range, CIC also sets an admissions target. The work of CIC’s visa processing network is based on the admissions target so that admissions fall within the planning range. It is important to note that these are “planned” ranges and targets. Factors beyond CIC’s control can affect actual admission numbers, e.g. security issues that impact overseas processing.
EDIT : 28th November 2013.
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) will be introducing a cap on application intake. From November 9, 2013 to October 31, 2014, a maximum of 12,000 applications will be accepted for review.
This cap was announced today and is effective immediately. According to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, the cap will help ensure that processing times remain short and prevent an application backlog from forming.
“The Canadian Experience Class has allowed more than 25,000 people to stay in Canada permanently to contribute their skills and talents,” said Minister Alexander. “The government is taking concrete action to reduce backlogs and processing times. By making these changes to the Canadian Experience Class, we are moving toward a more effective and efficient immigration system.”
In addition, in order to make sure that certain occupations are not overrepresented in the program, six occupations have been made ineligible. They are:
Cooks (NOC 6322);
Food service supervisors (NOC 6311);
Administrative officers (NOC 1221);
Administrative assistants (NOC 1241);
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311); and
Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211)
Further, an intake cap of 200 applications has been instituted for all NOC ‘B’ level occupations. Occupations at the NOC A and 0 levels will not be subject to individual caps, but will be subject to the overall cap of 12,000.
Finally, while language requirements remain unchanged, applicants will have their language skills assessed upon submission of their files. Earlier screening of these requirements is expected to further enhance processing efficiency.
All changes are effective as of November 9, 2013.
Last edited by: Full House on 28-11-13 15:52:07