Building a stronger immigration system – Permanent residence

405,000
new
permanent residents
welcomed in 2021.

Our performance

We made over half a million decisions and welcomed over 405,000 new permanent residents in 2021—the greatest number of newcomers in a year in Canadian history. In 2022, we’re on track to meet our record-setting target of 431,000 new permanent resident admissions.

Reducing backlog

We’re taking steps to make the process of applying for permanent residence in Canada a better experience for our clients.

  • Information on this page is up to date as of , 2022. Data is approximate and subject to change.
  • IRCC is working toward our goal to process 80% of applications within our service standards, which allows for expected delays in very complex cases or when more information is needed from clients before finalizing their files.
  • Our projections are estimates based on current operating conditions. They don't account for sharp increases in received applications, urgent shifts in priorities, or other unforeseen circumstances affecting our operations.
Federal High Skilled

2022 Percentage of backlog of federal high-skilled applications – Actual and projected

2022 Percentage of backlog of federal high-skilled applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 89% -
Feb 22 92% -
Mar 22 98% -
Apr 22 99% -
May 22 100% -
Jun 22 100% -
Jul 22 99% -
Aug 22 90% 86%
Sep 22 68% 72%
Oct 22 45% 59%
Nov 22 - 46%
Dec 22 - 20%
Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry)

2022 Percentage of backlog Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry) applications – Actual and projected

2022 Percentage of backlog Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry) applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 56% -
Feb 22 55% -
Mar 22 54% -
Apr 22 51% -
May 22 47% -
Jun 22 45% -
Jul 22 43% -
Aug 22 42% 39%
Sep 22 40% 35%
Oct 22 42% 31%
Nov 22 - 28%
Dec 22 - 20%
Spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec)

2022 Percentage of backlog of spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec) applications – Actual and projected

2022 Percentage of backlog of spouses, partners and children (except for Quebec) applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 34% -
Feb 22 32% -
Mar 22 30% -
Apr 22 29% -
May 22 27% -
Jun 22 27% -
Jul 22 26% -
Aug 22 25% 24%
Sep 22 25% 23%
Oct 22 24% 22%
Nov 22 - 20%
Dec 22 - 19%

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