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2020-10-30: Notice – Supplementary Information for the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan View

Notice – Supplementary Information for the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan

October 30, 2020—Ottawa—Following the tabling of the 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is pleased to release details on the Government of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023. Canada aims to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023.

2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan

Immigrant Category 2021 2022Footnote 9 2023Footnote 9
Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range
  Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions 401,000 300,000 410,000 411,000 320,000 420,000 421,000 330,000 430,000
Economic Federal High SkilledFootnote 1 108,500 81,000 110,250 110,500 96,250 112,900 113,750 100,000 114,500
Federal BusinessFootnote 2 1,000 400 1,250 1,000 250 1,250 1,000 500 1,250
Economic Pilots: CaregiversFootnote 3; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot 8,500 4,900 9,250 10,000 4,500 10,500 10,250 4,500 11,000
Atlantic Immigration Pilot ProgramFootnote 4 6,000 3,300 6,250 6,250 3,000 6,750 6,500 3,500 6,750
Provincial Nominee Program 80,800 64,000 81,500 81,500 63,600 82,500 83,000 65,000 84,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and BusinessFootnote 5 See the Quebec immigration plan To be determined To be determined
Total EconomicFootnote 6 232,500 180,500 237,000 241,500 199,000 247,000 249,500 207,000 253,500
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 80,000 61,000 81,000 80,000 60,000 81,000 81,000 60,000 82,000
Parents and Grandparents 23,500 15,000 24,000 23,500 14,000 24,000 23,500 14,000 24,000
Total Family 103,500 76,000 105,000 103,500 74,000 105,000 104,500 74,000 106,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 23,500 17,000 25,000 24,500 19,000 25,000 25,000 19,500 25,500
Resettled Refugees - Government-AssistedFootnote 7 12,500 7,500 13,000 12,500 7,500 13,000 12,500 8,400 13,000
Resettled Refugees - Privately Sponsored 22,500 14,900 23,000 22,500 15,400 23,000 22,500 15,500 23,000
Resettled Refugees - Blended Visa Office-Referred 1,000 100 1,000 1,000 100 1,000 1,000 100 1,000
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 59,500 39,500 62,000 60,500 42,000 62,000 61,000 43,500 62,500
Humanitarian and Other Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and OtherFootnote 8 5,500 4,000 6,000 5,500 5,000 6,000 6,000 5,500 8,000
French-speaking immigration admissions necessary to meet objective in Francophone Immigration Strategy (PDF, 582 KB)Footnote 10 4.4% of total admissions outside Quebec 12,144 16,544

2020-03-13: AINP Updates and changes View

Temporary foreign workers who have been issued an open work permit by the federal government because they are experiencing abuse or at risk of abuse in their employment situation may be eligible to apply to the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS). These vulnerable workers must also meet all other AOS criteria to be nominated. Updated criteria is available on the Selection criteria page.

People needing more information can call the Immigrate to Alberta Information Service at 1-877-427-6419 or submit an email using the Opportunity Alberta Feedback form.

British Columbia
2020-09-22: Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued View

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.

Newfoundland and Labrador
2020-04-15: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador View

The below questions have been prepared to assist anyone interested in learning more about immigration changes that affect newcomers and employers in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as people immigrating to the province.

Please visit the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 website for related updates on provincial programs and services.

Provincial immigration-related updates will continue to be posted in the News and Updates section of the OIM website.

The most up-to-date federal immigration-related updates will continue to be posted on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) COVID-19 page.

Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism Operations

Is the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM) open during this pandemic?

  • OIM is closed to in-person inquiries until further notice.
  • We continue to respond to emails and telephone inquiries.
  • We continue to receive correspondence by mail, but there may be delays in receiving your mail, due to COVID-19 related periodic postal service interruptions.
  • We have online webinars for employers, international workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and international workers in other parts of the world. You are welcome to register for one of our webinars

Is the OIM accepting PNP applications during this period?

  • OIM continues to accept Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) applications through the online application portal.
  • OIM no longer accepts NLPNP paper applications. OIM will contact individual applicants who submitted paper applications before March 10, 2020, to provide next steps in the application process. For more information on the transition to the electronic system, please visit the OIM pageon NLPNP transition to electronic applications.
  • Workers and employers are required to inform OIM of any changes in their status, including reduction in working hours, temporary layoffs, or other changes in employment. The OIM team will work with employers, nominees, and endorsees, to address challenges as they arise.

Is the OIM accepting business immigration applications during this period?

  • The Expression of Interest (EOI) for the International Entrepreneur category is proceeding without interruption.
  • Please refer to the OIM website for the complete list of EOI rounds.
  • The EOI for the International Graduate Entrepreneur category is open year-round and available to Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic international graduates who own and operate a business in the province.

Will Job Vacancy Assessment (JVA) applications be processed during this period?

  • The processing of Job Vacancy Assessment (JVA) applications is the responsibility of Labour Market Development Officers (LMDOs) with the Employment and Training Programs Division of the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, which is currently operating in a limited capacity. As a result, employers should expect a processing delay.

Will new Job Vacancy Assessment (JVA) applications be considered?

  • The Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour (AESL) reserves the right to determine whether individual JVA applications will be considered, including applications for vacancies that may have been advertised prior to the outset of the most recent COVID-19 situation.
  • Employers are invited to contact the OIM prior to considering JVA to address their needs, in order to determine the best approach for their workforce needs during this period.

Is the OIM accepting new AIP designation applications?

  • Yes, OIM will continue to accept new AIP designation applications, but employers must scan and email AIP applications to as paper applications are no longer accepted.
  • Any applications OIM received before this decision was made, will continue to be processed.
  • If you are a designated employer, your designation will remain valid until further notice.
  • Designated employers can contact their assigned Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Officer with the Federal Dedicated Service Channel.
  • For provincial enquiries regarding AIP designation, please email
  • Workers and employers must inform OIM of any changes in their status, including reduction in working hours, temporary layoffs, or other changes in employment. The OIM team will work with employers, nominees, and endorsees, to address challenges as they arise.

Is the OIM accepting new AIP endorsement applications?

  • Yes, OIM will continue to accept new AIP endorsement applications, but employers must scan and email AIP applications to, as OIM no longer accepts paper applications.
  • Any applications OIM received before this decision was made, will continue to be processed.
  • Employees who are in the process of providing documentation to employers as part of an AIP application should do so electronically.
  • Workers and employers must inform OIM of any changes in their status, including reduction in working hours, temporary layoffs, or other changes in employment. The OIM team will work with employers, nominees, and endorsees, to address challenges as they arise.

If I am not able to obtain some required documents (transcripts, language test, personal net worth verification report, etc.) before the deadlines, would OIM consider extending the deadlines?

  • OIM is aware that some applicants may have difficulty in obtaining the required documents to apply to either the PNP or the AIP.
  • If you are experiencing a delay in applying, please email OIM describing your specific circumstances. We will take this into consideration when assessing your application.

I understand that OIM processing times may be delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Will my MCP coverage be impacted because of the delay?

  • On March 31, 2020, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced Medical Care Plan (MCP) coverage has been extended for residents, including temporary workers and international students, until June 30, 2020.
  • The extension also preserves coverage for international students and workers whose study or work durations have ended, but who may not have a reasonable means of departing the province at this time or who wish to leave temporarily to be with family. It also helps them in the event that they are experiencing difficulties obtaining the documentation necessary from their education institutions or employers to renew their MCP coverage.
  • Full details of the extension, including information on MCP contacts for further questions, is available here.

Provincially Funded Settlement and Integration Programs and Projects

Are provincially-funded settlement and integration programs and services still available?

  • OIM has extended all annual agreements beyond the March 31, 2020, timeline to accommodate community partners to provide organizations with an opportunity to adjust to new delivery methods, including online and via phone.
  • If you have questions regarding settlement and integration services in Newfoundland and Labrador, please contact the Association for New Canadiansor the COMPAS Francophone settlement service via phone or email.

Federal Operations Affecting Employers, Workers, and International Students/Graduates

Is IRCC processing study or work permits for workers and students in other countries?

  • IRCC overseas processing capacity is significantly reduced, with some IRCC offices closing temporarily and others with reduced capacity.
  • IRCC offices in Canada are operating with essential staff only. Applications will not necessarily be refused for non-compliance, and all applications currently in the process at IRCC offices will be processed.
  • However, due to office closures and some offices working with essential staff only, there will be processing delays. Some Visa Application Centers are closed until further notice. See which IRCC offices are temporarily closed: Find a visa application center.

Are visitors or temporary foreign workers and international students allowed to travel to Canada now?

  • Temporary foreign workers and some international students are exempt from travel restrictions, and can enter Canada by air or land. If travelling by air, workers need to pass a health check conducted by the airlines before being allowed to board the flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.
  • When arriving in Canada, workers and students will be assessed prior to leaving the port of entry. It is important that workers confirm that their employer continues to be operational, and that they have a plan to self-isolate upon arrival, before travelling to Canada.
  • If you are a worker, and your employer is no longer offering you a job, please do not travel to Canada.
  • Workers whose employment offer still stands and who enter Canada must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. This is mandatory.
  • Employers are responsible for ensuring that workers that come to the province self-isolate for 14 days. The Federal Government has circulated information to employers hiring migrant workers.
  • We encourage you to follow thelatest federal COVID-19-related immigration updates  and how it is affecting the flow of temporary residents into Canada by visiting the federal website.

 Is any individual exempt from the requirement to isolate?

  • Only people who provide essential services and truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods are exempt from the isolation requirements.

I am a temporary residents (student/migrant worker/visitor). How can I extend my stay in Canada?

  • Temporary residents who are currently in Canada are able to apply to extend their status online. A temporary resident who has applied to extend their status is allowed to remain in Canada until a decision is made on their new application, even if their initial status expires while they are waiting for that decision. This is called implied status.

Can a worker currently in Canada travel to the nearest port of entry to obtain immigration services?

  • Temporary foreign workers must not travel to a port of entry (POE) to apply directly to a Border Services Officer.
  • Travelling to a POE from inside Canada to obtain immigration services is not considered essential travel, and workers will not receive these services.
  • The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada COVID-19 pagewill be updated to provide alternative options for you to obtain immigration services, as they are developed.

Is the Federal Government prioritizing Temporary Foreign Worker applications?

  • For all employers availing of the Temporary Foreign Worker program, the Government of Canada will be extending the period of validity of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from six to nine months, to allow employers more time to identify candidates and bring them to Canada.
  • For employers of workers in the low-wage stream, a three-year pilot will be in place, allowing the maximum duration of Labour Market Impact Assessments to increase from one to two years.
  • For employers of workers in occupations related to agriculture and food processing, removing minimum recruitment requirements until October 31, 2020, and offering priority processing.
  • The Government of Canada will accelerate the name change process, reducing the processing time from five to one business day to allow employer to switch candidates.
  • Employers are responsible for extraordinary costs incurred to meet the public health requirements for temporary foreign workers. If there are any additional measures to support employers, the Federal Government will provide information on such measures.
  • Currently, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is prioritizing LMIAs for the following 10 National Occupational Classification (NOC) Codes for temporary foreign workers:
    • 6331 – Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
    • 7511 – Transport Truck drivers
    • 8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • 8431 – General farm workers
    • 8432 – Nursery and greenhouse workers
    • 8611 – Harvesting labourers
    • 9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
    • 9463 – Fish and seafood plant workers
    • 9617 – Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
    • 9618 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing

If I lose my job during this period, will I be eligible for Employment Insurance or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

  • The Government of Canada has announced changes to benefit workers by changing some Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility requirements as well as by creating the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). International students and graduates, as well as workers (migrant workers, nominees, and endorsees) are eligible for both programs, as long as they meet minimum hours and other requirements outlined in the federal criteria.
  • The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is applicable for employees who are facing unemployment; who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation; or who are unable to work due to COVID-19.  Full details are available on the Canada Revenue Agency CERB application page.
  • Any temporary residents, including international students, graduates, and workers who wish to apply for EI or the CERB, and following an online review, meet minimum program criteria, are encouraged to apply online, or via phone, if they are unable to do so online.

How can I obtain biometrics during COVID-19?

  • All biometric collection services at Service Canada locations have been suspended until further notice. Some Visa Application Centres are closed as well.
  • Please continue to visit the Government of Canada biometrics pagefor updates on when biometrics will be available.

What will happen if my Permanent Residence application is/has been approved during COVID-19?

  • Individuals who were approved for permanent residence on or before the travel restrictions were implemented on March 18, 2020, but who have not landed yet, will be exempt from the travel restriction measures. However, if you are unable to travel to Canada before your documents expire, IRCC is currently developing a process to facilitate this. More information will be made available on the IRCC COVID-19 Special Measures page when this process is in place.
  • Individuals who had their Permanent Residence application approved, and are already in Canada, will receive alternative landing information from IRCC shortly. In the meantime, individuals must NOT go to a port of entry for landing.

What will happen to dependents of individuals approved for Permanent Residence if they are not in Canada?

  • Dependents of individuals in Canada, if overseas, will be able to come to Canada if they were approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were implemented on March 18, 2020.
  • Please note the principal applicant mustbecome a permanent resident before the arrival of their dependents. More information on this is available on the IRCC COVID-19 Special Measures page on Permanent Residents.

Nova Scotia
2020-02-12: Nova Scotia Welcomes Record Breaking Number of Immigrants View

Nova Scotia welcomed a record setting 7,580 new permanent residents in 2019 helping to grow the population and strengthen the province’s economy and communities.

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2020-12-17: Issued invitations to apply to the entrepreneur stream View

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has reached its 2020 nomination allocation and continues to notify successful applicants. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program issued a total of 8,050 nominations to successful applicants across all streams in 2020, including 400 additional nominations received through an in-year reallocation and 50 additional NOC skill level C nominations.

New applications, and applications already submitted to the OINP, will continue to be accepted and considered under the program’s 2021 nomination allocation.

You can check the status of your application at any time through the OINP e-Filing portal.

Please monitor this page for news, announcements and program developments.

Issued invitations to apply to the entrepreneur stream

On December 15, 2020 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 19 invitations to apply the entrepreneur stream. You were eligible for consideration for this round if you submitted your expression of interest between November 22, 2019 and December 10, 2020.

You received an invitation to apply if your expression of interest got a score between 140 and 200.

If you received an invitation to apply, you do not need to contact the program. You will receive two emails. One email contains login information. The second email will contain instructions on how to submit a complete application. Carefully follow the instructions in both emails.

If your expression of interest was eligible but you did not receive an invitation to apply this round it is still eligible to receive an invitation to apply for future rounds for 12 months from the date you submitted it.

Please visit the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to learn more about the Entrepreneur Stream (PDF) and Expression of Interest scoring criteria.

Prince Edward Island
2019-11-01: Office of Immigration expanding to Summerside View

A new office of immigration is opening in Summerside to improve access to services for newcomers and employers in the region.
The office, located at 268 Water St., will open with five staff including: 
“Immigration is really important to the overall growth and success of Prince Edward Island and newcomers contribute greatly to our social and economic fabric. Newcomers are working when they arrive and many are young adults with young families, which bring positive changes to our province. An office of immigration in Summerside, encourages more of this growth in Prince County.”
- Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay
“We are very excited to have this new office opening in the heart of our city that will provide critical services for newcomers and help them feel more at home in the area,” said Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart. “The collaboration between municipal and provincial governments to create this office means people will have easier access to services and immigration in the Summerside area will be strengthened.”
The office will open at 268 Water St. by end of this year.
Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture

2020-10-29: Québec's immigration plan for 2021 View

On October 29, the Québec Immigration Plan for 2021 (French only - PDF, 743 kB) was tabled in the National Assembly, in accordance with the provisions of the Québec Immigration Act.

The annual immigration plan establishes the selection targets in the immigration categories under Québec’s selection powers, that is, economic immigration (primarily skilled workers and businesspeople) as well as refugees selected abroad. The immigration plan also stipulates the number of people that will be admitted to Québec as permanent residents.

The Québec Immigration Plan for 2021 is the second plan arising from the orientations adopted on the basis of the public consultation on immigration planning in Québec for 2020-2022, held by the Committee on Citizen Relations in summer 2019.

Admissions below target levels for 2020

The year 2020 has been marked by an unprecedented health crisis. The economic slowdown combined with the closing of borders and travel restrictions had an impact on achieving the Québec Immigration Plan for 2020. Indeed, the number of immigration admissions was significantly curbed. In 2020, only 59 to 70% of planned admissions were achieved, that is, between 25 600 and 30 500 people. The estimated range of unfulfilled admissions is between 13 000 and 18 0001.

Maintaining the focus on the multi-year planning targets for 2021

The Québec Immigration Plan for 2021 will aim for a permanent immigration level of 44 500 to 47 500 admissions as set out in the current multi-year plan. A rebalancing is also planned with the admission of an additional 7000 people, representing the deferment of some of the admissions that were not fulfilled in 2020 due to the health crisis. Economic immigration should represent 62% of all immigration in 2021. In order to ensure the flow of admissions in the future, the MIFI plans to issue, in 2021, between 26 500 and 31 200 Québec selection certificates in the categories under its jurisdiction.

This rebalancing solution was adopted because even though the health crisis has caused an unexpected economic crisis, labour shortages are gradually resurfacing in several sectors. A deficit in immigration admissions could exacerbate labour scarcity when Québec emerges from this crisis and weaken its economic rebound. This solution also takes into account the demographic challenges facing Québec.

You can consult the Québec Immigration Plan for 2021 in the Publications administratives section (in French only).

1 Estimate based on the actual admission data as at August 31, 2020

Yukon Territory
2020-10-20: Public engagement on the future of immigration in Yukon set to begin View

Yukoners are being asked to contribute their ideas and experiences with the Yukon Nominee Program to help inform immigration in the territory for the next 10 years.

The Government of Yukon is modernizing its economic immigration strategy to guide policy and program development and to ensure immigration programming continues to be responsive to the needs of Yukon’s economy.

Individuals can provide input by visiting Survey responses will be accepted until December 4, 2020.