Why 2019 is Best for Canada Immigration?

Canada Immigration Levels Plan: 2019-2021

Canada’s goal of admitting more than a million new permanent residents by the end of 2021 is gaining new attention internationally.

More than a million new permanent residents will be admitted to Canada over three years from 2019 to 2021, under an ambitious plan announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on October 31, 2018.

Total Admission Targets for all immigration categories in 2018: 310,000 Total Admission Targets for all immigration categories in 2019:


Total Admission Targets for all immigration categories in 2020:


Total Admission Targets for all immigration categories in 2021:


Total Admission Targets for all immigration categories in 2018-2021 Immigration Levels Plan: 1,330,800

The target for 2019 has been set at 330,800, with another 341,000 to obtain permanent residence in 2020, and a further 350,000 to follow in 2021.

In total, Canada plans to admit around 1,021,800 new permanent residents over the three-year period, with as many as 1,080,000 to be admitted if the government hits the upper range of its targets.

Increasing intake targets for these Express Entry programs over the coming years may place downward pressure on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold in Express Entry draws, as more people will be invited to apply.

The number of newcomers immigrating to Canada through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is also set to increase year-on-year. Canada’s provinces have been eager to exploit the opportunity afforded to them by the federal government by welcoming applications across a wide and ever-growing range of PNP streams, some of which are aligned with Express Entry, and some of which exist outside that federal system.

Quebec Economic Immigration Plan 2019

The table below shows total admissions, including ranges and targets per category for 2019. This table also highlights the percentage of economic admissions against the overall number of admissions under all Quebec immigration categories:

Economic Immigration category 2018 2019
Minimum Minimum Target
  • Skilled Workers
24,300 18,000 19,500
  • Business people
4,000 3,100 3,400
  • Other Economic categories
900 600 750
Economic immigration totals 29,200 21,700 23,450
Percentage of overall: 58.4% Percentage of overall: 57% Percentage of overall: 58.6%

Under the Quebec Immigration Plan 2019, the province is allotting between 12,500 and 15,000 CSQs for economic immigration candidates. A target of 23,450 admissions is also set for economic immigration candidates for 2019, which represents 58.6 per cent of the 40,000 target for total admissions to Quebec.

There are a number of ways to secure a CSQ through the economic programs. But first, let’s clear up some common misnomers:

  • Quebec does not participate in the Express Entry immigration system.
  • Quebec does not have a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
  • French ability is not a requirement for immigration to Quebec (but it may make things much easier).
  • Participants in the International Experience Canada (IEC) program can live and work in Quebec.

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