Notice – Supplementary Information 2017 Immigration Levels Plan

Ottawa, October 31, 2016 — Following the tabling of the 2016 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on October 31, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is pleased to release details on its 2017 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will welcome between 280,000 and 320,000 (target 300,000) new permanent residents in 2017.

Immigration Category Category Low High Target

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Beginning in 2017, this category will also include admissions resulting from up to 2,000 applications in the new Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

Admissions also include applicants who applied to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class prior to the launch of Express Entry on January 1, 2015 (i.e., applications in the inventory), as well as those who made an application using Express Entry.

Levels targets and ranges have not been established for each individual program as a majority of admissions in 2017 are expected to come from Express Entry. This approach reflects the current way that federal economic immigrants are selected under the Express Entry system. The Express Entry system determines which programs foreign nationals qualify for based on the information they provide and awards them points under the Comprehensive Ranking System for their ability to successfully enter the Canadian work force (e.g., age, education, official language proficiency and work experience).

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Includes admissions in the Caring for Children Class and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class, which are pilot programs that replaced the Live-in Caregiver Program in late 2014. Applications received under the legacy Live-in Caregiver Program will continue to be processed and resulting admissions are reflected in the 2017 target.

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Includes admissions in the Self-Employed Persons Program and the Start-up Visa Program for Immigrant Entrepreneurs, which was created as a pilot program in 2013. This category also includes admissions resulting from a small number of applications in the Federal Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneur Programs, which were cancelled in 2014.

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Includes admissions of persons selected on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, for reasons of public policy and in the Permit Holder Class.

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Economic Federal EconomicTable 1 note 1 Includes Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class and Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 69,600 77,300 73,700
Federal CaregiversTable 1 note 2 17,000 20,000 18,000
Federal BusinessTable 1 note 3 500 1,000 500
Provincial Nominee Program 49,000 54,000 51,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business 28,000 31,200 29,300
Economic Total 164,100 183,500 172,500
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 62,000 66,000 64,000
Parents and Grandparents 18,000 20,000 20,000
Family Total 80,000 86,000 84,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependants Abroad 13,000 16,000 15,000
Resettled Refugees 20,000 30,000 25,000
Government-Assisted 5,000 8,000 7,500
Blended Visa Office-Referred 1,000 3,000 1,500
Privately Sponsored 14,000 19,000 16,000
Protected Persons and Refugees Total 33,000 46,000 40,000
Humanitarian and OtherTable 1 note 4 Humanitarian and Other 2,900 4,500 3,500
Overall 280,000 320,000 300,000

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