Welcome To Canada: Over 300,000 New Immigrants Are Expected To Be Admitted This Year
The Canadian government has just announced its immigration plan for this year and the main focus is about reuniting families. According to the plan, the Ministry of Refugees, Immigration and Citizenship Canada will work to shorten processing times and reduce backlogs of immigration applications.
In order to achieve its stated target of welcoming more people to Canada in 2016, a number of immigration programs will be given special attention. They are the family sponsorship applications for spouses, partners and children; as well as parents and grandparents sponsorship applications. The expected number of permanent residents to be admitted to Canada by the close of 2016 will be between 280,000 & 305,000 newcomers. In comparison to the 2015 immigration levels, the 2016 plan represents an increase of 7.4 percent.
Below is a breakdown of the raw numbers of new immigrants expected to arrive in Canada this year:
- Economic Immigration Class – 160,000
- Family Immigration Class – 80,000
- Refugee Immigration Class – 55,800
- Humanitarian Immigration Class – 3,600
The Need To Reunite Families In Canada
Being a an immigrant in a another country away from your family can be quite lonely and stressful. The plan to reunite families can provide happiness and energy for immigrants to thrive in Canada. Some of the benefits of family reunification for immigrants in Canada may include positive contribution to the Canadian economy, effective integration, and social and cultural development.
The number of new immigrants to be welcomed to Canada in 2016 under the family reunification category are:
- 60,000 new immigrants for Spouses, Partners and Children
- 20,000 new immigrants for Parents and Grandparents
The Need To Provide Refuge For The Persecuted
Traditionally, Canada is known around the world for always extending a helping hand to those who are fleeing from war and oppression from any part of the world. To continue this humanitarian tradition, the government of Canada plans to work with private citizens to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees by resettling them in Canada. The plan also includes giving the refugees the necessary resources and aid to make sure that they integrate properly and contribute their fair share to the cultural and socioeconomic development of Canada.
The number of new immigrants to be allowed into Canada under the Refugees and Protected Persons Immigration Class for 2016 are:
- Protected Persons in Canada and Dependants Abroad – 11,000
- Resettled Refugees – 44,800
- Government-Assisted Refugees – 24,600
- Blended Visa Office Referred – 2,400
- Privately Sponsored Refugees – 17,800
The Need For Economic Immigration Class
Most immigration policy experts believe that properly managed economic immigration program can yield a net economic gain for a nation. Through this economic immigration program, the Canadian government plans to boost the Canadian economy and improve Canada’s competitiveness on the world stage. The new immigrants under the economic class are expected to be made up of experienced foreign professionals and skilled workers. Some of these new immigrants can start new businesses and create new jobs in Canada. Also, admitting foreign professionals and skilled workers to Canada can lead to the introduction of new technologies and innovations, and establishment of new industries. At the end of the day, the government hopes to achieve economic growth and national prosperity through this Economic Immigration program. This is the reason why the number of new immigrants expected to enter Canada under this class is larger than the numbers in all the other categories of immigrant intake in Canada this year.
The plan levels for the Economic Immigration program in Canada for 2016 are:
- Federal Economic (High Skilled) – 58,400
- Federal Economic (Caregivers) – 22,000
- Federal Economic (Business) – 800
- Provincial Nominee Program – 26,200