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IRCC Aims for Reduction in Temporary Resident Population Over Next Three Years

Immigration Minister Marc Miller has announced that temporary resident targets will be added to the annual Immigration Levels Plan starting in fall 2024.

Temporary Resident Population Reduction Targeted

Canada Sets Goal to Decrease Temporary Resident Population to 5% Over Next Three Years

In a recent announcement, Immigration Minister Marc Miller outlined plans to integrate temporary resident targets into Canada's annual Immigration Levels Plan, with the aim of reducing the temporary resident population from 6.2% to 5% over the next three years.

If you were wondering what forms this 6.2% of the TR population in Canada (2.6 Million), well then here is an official breakdown:

4% Spouses of International Students

11.4% PGWP holders

9% Temporary Foreign Workers

5.3% Spouses of Skilled Workers

15.8% IEC, CUAET, and special pathways 7.5% ICT and Trade agreements

5% Asylum Seekers within Canada

More Domestic Draws for Permanent Residence

Part of stabilizing Canada’s population growth involves changes to how new permanent residents are selected.

“As part of our efforts for temporary residents to transition to permanent residency, we’ll have more domestic draws and ask provinces and territories taking part in the provincial nominee program to do the same with their allocations. This will re-align our efforts and create a pathway for those in the country to stay and contribute to the economy.”

Put another way, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, and possibly Express Entry draws, may be more likely to select or target candidates who are already in Canada as temporary residents.

He stressed that temporary residents were a strength to Canada’s economy and the changes come following a necessary review of current immigration programs and measures following the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the minister, the labor market has tightened. Canada has recovered 138% of the jobs that were lost during the pandemic.

Immigration in Canada

Canada expects to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024. This rises to 500,000 in 2025 and 2026. IRCC says that maintaining that target will help stabilize the boom in Canada’s population due to immigration and allow the federal government and provincial governments to support newcomers while balancing the need of Canada’s existing population.

“We want every new family and resident to be set up for success and be able to access the services they need. Our ultimate goal is to ensure a well-managed, sustainable immigration system based off needs,” said Miller.

IRCC has dealt with criticism in recent months regarding record-high levels of immigration as Canada copes with a shortage of affordable housing as well as a strained healthcare system.

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