Canada’s Immigration Targets 2016

Immigrants in all classes make meaningful contributions to our economy and our communities. John McCallum. March 2016.

The Canadian government is seeking a record number of newcomers this year. On March 8, 2016, John McCallum announced that Canada will admit between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents this year. This is the highest projected level in decades.

According to the immigration minister, immigration is critical to Canada’s economic future that’s why the economic class will continue to account for the majority (53%) of all admissions in 2016.  Family class will account for 26.7% and the humanitarian and refugee categories 20%.



The 2016 annual immigration levels plan significantly increases admissions in two categories:

In addition to the 25,000 Syrians the government has resettled, the government has also pledged to resettle another 10,000 government-assisted Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.

Doubling the number of sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents that it will accept for processing to 10,000 a year. 20,000 admissions are planned under the Parent and Grandparent Program and by the end of 2016.

Canada Immigration Targets 2016
Immigration Category Target
Federal Economic High Skilled 58,400
Caregiver 22,000
Business 800
Provincial Nominee 47,800
Quebec Skilled Worker 26,200
Quebec Business 5,400
Economic Total 160,600
Spouses, Partners and Children 60,000
Parents and Grandparents 20,000
Family Total 80,000
Government-Assisted Refugees 24,600
Privately Sponsored Refugees 17,800
Other 13,400
Protected Persons and Refugees Total 55,800
Humanitarian and Other 3,600
OVERALL 300,000
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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