An Immigration Levels Plan is published annually by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and serves as a guide for how many immigrants will be permitted to enter Canada annually. This year Canada intends on releasing its most recent immigration plan for the years 2023 to 2025. The immigration levels plan offers a breakdown of immigration from the next three years by economic class, family class, and humanitarian class programs. It will display predictions for 2023, 2024, and 2025 this year.

According to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), which is Canada’s primary immigration statute, the government is required to declare this by November 1 of each year. After the most recent federal election on September 20, 2021, the first Immigration Levels Plan was announced in February of 2022.

This year, why are there two announcements?
Instead of the regularly scheduled announcement due by November 1, 2021, the 2022-2024 plan was not made public until February 2022. Parliament did not convene again following the election until November 22, 2021, and even then it only met for 19 days before the Christmas break. In these circumstances, the proposal must be disclosed in accordance with IRPA within 30 days of Parliament reconvening. Parliament reconvened on this case in the middle of January 2022. The administration will proceed with the most recent Immigration Levels Plan release on time now that Parliament is in full gear.

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