What to expect in 2023 in regard to Canadian immigration
It is estimated that immigrants now make up 23% of all Canadians, which is higher than the previous record of 13% set 100 years ago. As 2023 approaches, the Canadian government appears unwavering in its dedication to immigration and to embracing newcomers to this nation. Aside from reuniting families and supporting vulnerable populations, Canada hopes that increased immigration will contribute to the social and economic development of the country.
The following provides a general summary of what Canadian immigration would entail in 2023.
Hope that the backlog of IRCC applications keeps shrinking
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) total backlog of applications has consistently shrunk since September 2022. The IRCC's backlog has been reduced by 400,000.
In addition, IRCC has secured $85 million in extra money to "decrease application inventories" and has hired 2,521 more "front-line operations professionals" between March 2019 and November 2022. It is expected that the IRCC will continue to improve its service standards and application backlog in 2023.
Immigration Levels Plan 2023
The Immigration Levels Plan for 2023 has set a record-high immigration goal for Canada, indicating that IRCC is confident it can handle the backlog while simultaneously welcoming a large number of newcomers.
The objective for immigration in 2023 (465,000) is broken down into the following categories.
- Express Entry users: 82,880
- 105,500 participants in Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
- 28,500 people are parents or grandparents.
- Children and Partners/Spouses: 78,000
Preview for 4 Important Canadian Immigration Pathways in 2023
The PNP is expected to replace Express Entry as Canada's preferred immigration route, we learned around the end of this year. PNPs are essential to helping Canada solve the unique labour market needs that are surfacing all across the nation. Therefore, it is anticipated that in 2023, Canada will accept slightly less than 23,000 more PNP immigrants than Express Entry applicants.
In order to better support Canada's ambition to address certain labour market shortages and gaps, IRCC is anticipated to launch "targeted" Express Entry drawings in 2023. These draws will target candidates who have certain professional experience, linguistic abilities, and/or educational backgrounds rather than issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) based on a candidate's (Comprehensive Ranking System) CRS score.
Canada will still be dedicated to family reunification in 2023. This is seen by how well-liked Canada's Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). According to Canada's most recent Immigration Levels Plan, the PGP will aim to welcome more than 28,000 entrants next year in combination with other immigration paths including the Super Visa.
The precise selection procedure that the IRCC will employ for the PGP in 2023 is not yet known in any official capacity.
International Students in 2023
A change to the IRCC's off-campus employment hours regulations for foreign students studying in Canada was made public in October.
International students who are enrolled in courses in Canada from November 15, 2022, through December 31, 2023, "shall be allowed to work more than 20 hours per week off-campus while classes are in session."
Over half a million international students may be able to work more hours while attending their classes between now and the end of next year thanks to a change that was made to help Canada better deal with labour shortages. Canada currently faces "historic labour shortages and an unemployment rate that is low by historical standards."
How will these developments impact Canada in 2023?
Immigration has a positive impact on Canada's population and labour force, and this trend should continue in 2023.
For instance, the anticipated increase in immigration to Canada via PNPs and specific Express Entry draws should enable Canada to reduce some of the pressure that is currently stifling the country's labour market. The natural cycle of spending that takes place when individuals are employed will help Canada's economy as more capable skilled immigrants arrive, especially those working in high-demand professions.
In addition, the temporary easing of the off-campus work hours restriction could lead to an increase in the number of foreign students coming to Canada in the future as a result of this action, which is anticipated to make Canada an even more alluring destination for foreign students. This change in work hours legislation will eventually result in more foreign students contributing to the strengthening of Canada's economy and labour market should it result in more international students remaining in Canada after graduation (much like the Express Entry and PNP immigrants described above).
Accordingly, there should be many reasons for all Canadians to be more optimistic about a strong labour force and a bright economic future in this nation in 2023 as a result of immigration.
To determine how immigration will specifically affect the nation during the coming year, all Canadians should also keep an eye on the status of the Canadian economy and labour market.