Canada's 2016 Immigration Levels Plan


2016 immigration levels plan by major category described below.

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Canada will welcome between 280,000 and 305,000 (target 300,000) new permanent residents in 2016. The plan supports family reunification, reductions in application processing times, responds to economic needs and allows the government to meet humanitarian objectives.


Spouses, Partners and Children

Admission range: Low 57,000 High 62,000
Target 60,000

Parents and Grandparents

Admission range: Low 18,000 High 20,000
Target 20,000

Admission range: 75,000‒82,000

Refugees, Protected Persons Humanitarian and Other

Humanitarian and Other

Admission range: Low 2,800 High 3,600
Target 3,600

Admission range: Low 2,800 High 3,600

Protected Persons in Canada and Dependants Abroad

Admission range: Low 10,000 High 11,000
Target 11,000

Resettled Refugees

Admission range: (Low 41,000 High 46,000)
Target 44,800

Government-Assisted Refugees

Admission range: Low 24,000 High 25,000
Target 24,600

Blended Visa Office- Referred

Admission range: Low 2,000 High 3,000
Target 2,400

Privately Sponsored Refugees

Admission range: Low 15,000 High 18,000
Target 17,800

Admission range: 51,000‒57,000


Federal Economic  High Skilled

Admission range: Low 54,000 High 59,000
Target 58,400

Federal Economic  Caregivers

Admission range: Low 20,000 High 22,000
Target 22,000

Federal Economic Business

Admission range: Low 500 High 900
Target 800

Provincial Nominee Program

Admission range: Low 46,000 High 48,000
Target 47,800

Quebec Skilled Worker

Admission range: Low 25,500 High 27,000
Target 26,200

Quebec Business

Admission range: Low 5,200 High 5,500
Target 5,400

Admission range: 151,200–162,400

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