Canada’s PNP immigration targets will continue to exceed Express Entry

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Canada is increasing the number of economic immigrants it welcomes through provincial nominee programs.

In 2022 the program invited a total of 83,500 new permanent residents but the Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025 shows a sharp spike of an additional 20,000 new permanent residents, up to 105,000, for 2023.

Until the Immigration levels Plan 2022-2024, even though Canada sets its permanent residence targets over a three-year period, PNP allocations were determined annually. This is a continuation of the high targets for 2022 when PNP targets overtook Express Entry.

PNP targets are broken down into allocations for each province.

The Immigration Levels Plan announced on November 1 will significantly increase the target of permanent residents arriving in Canada by up to 500,000 per year by 2025. This means that by 2025, one-fifth of the total number of new permanent residents will be admitted through a PNP.

Provinces asked for larger PNP targets

By increasing the number of immigrants provinces can select and invite through these streams, they are better equipped to fill their most urgent job vacancies, which can differ between each province.

Provinces typically offer immigration streams that target specific occupations that are in demand within the region.

Earlier this year the provinces met and called upon the government for a drastic increase in immigration targets through the PNP, citing Canada’s historic labour shortage.

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