Canada to welcome Up to 305,000 new permanent residents
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum recently announced that a greater number of new immigrants will be welcomed to Canada in 2016.
The Canadian Government ambitious immigration plan includes welcoming between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents to Canada with a focus on family reunification.
According to McCallum, improvements in the new immigration plan will reunite families faster, reduce the systems currant backlogs, and continue to show our global leadership, and offer a place of refuge to those fleeing persecution, and support Canada’s long-term economic prosperity.
The plan will include multiple immigration programs including those for: spouses; partners and children; and parents and grandparents, it’s anticipated that overall processing times of applications will be improved and current backlogs will go down across the boards allowing more people to be welcomed into Canada.
Through the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration—which includes the 2016 immigration levels plan—the government outlined how it will increase levels of family class immigration, which will address the application backlog and reunite families more quickly. The 2016 immigration levels plan is a 7.4% increase in planned admissions over the 2015 levels.