Clarity for Better Organization: The 2021 Immigration Census Report
Statistics Canada gives a detailed immigration census report every five years. The last time they released this data was in October 2017. Generally, the organization collects and analyzes data from all Canadian each year to know the current population, the number of people they reside with, their income brackets, the language they use, etc. After analysis, the data is forwarded to the Canadian government for a comprehensive assessment of the citizens’ living conditions. This way, the government can better anticipate and meet citizens’ needs.
This year’s immigration census data will give precise details on the total number of immigrants living in the country, their most preferred places of residence, how many people they reside with, and their basic language of communication. These details will give the government a clearer picture of the state of immigration, making it easy to lay down the outlook of future immigration initiatives, including the immigration levels plan. The data will be provided and made public towards the last weeks of October.
Back to the Easy Days: The Incredible Express Entry CRS Score set to Drop!
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada recommenced all-program Express Entry draws in July. This was after an indefinite 18-months pause due to the worldwide pandemic. The first draw after the hiatus was held on 6 July, when IRCC invited 1500 immigrants to apply for permanent residence. The minimum CRS score for that draw was 557. If you have been meaning to apply for permanent residents, here is some good news.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score has been reducing by the day since 6 July. The initial five draws saw a significant drop of 8 or 9 points, while the two recent ones held on 14 and 28 September recorded a 6-point decrease for each draw. The 28 September draw recorded the lowest CRS score of 504. The trend is expected to continue, after which the score for an all-program draw could soon decrease to below 500. This will be the lowest draw recorded since 23 December 2020, when the Comprehensive Ranking System score stood at 468.
Even with the significant decrease in the CRS score, 504 is still a significantly high score compared to the draws held before the pandemic stroke. Before the pandemic, a typical SCR score ranged between 450 to 500 points. While the score keeps reducing, the number of Invitations To Apply (ITA) keeps increasing with every new draw. Well, the first few draws recorded a significant increase of 250 candidates, while the most recent three draws have seen a significant increase of up to 500candidates for each draw. The 2020 all-programs draws held before the pandemic invited 3400-4500 candidates.
Updated Immigration Levels Plans for 2023 to 2025
Every year, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada releases a Levels Plan for immigration to serve as a basic guideline for the exact number of immigrations that will be invited and allowed into Canada every year. The plan mainly includes an extensive breakdown of the number of immigrants for economic, family, and humanitarian classes covering the next three years. It appears that IRCC is likely to set incredible record-breaking targets. It targets nearly 432 000 new permanent residents by 2022 and up to 451000 by 2024.
According to Sean Fraser, the Canadian immigration minister, IRCC is likely to record higher targets in the next few years, anticipating up to 500000 new residents. However, he did not provide the exact dates or years when the change is likely to happen. All the same, the targets are unlikely to reduce given the country’s massive number of job vacancies and labor shortage. The Immigration Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) states that IRCC has until 1 November to announce the updated Levels Plans. However, the Canadian parliament is expected to have a sitting for four continuous weeks after thanksgiving, meaning the update might happen sooner than expected. IRPA is the legislation piece regulating Canadian immigration.
Generally, IRCC partners with other Canadian stakeholders and departments to generate balanced immigration Plans Levels. The plans will determine how the permanent resident’s chances are distributed over every immigration class. They will then decide how the spot are distributed per program.