One milion newcomers by 2021

Immigration columnist, Leann Iamartino

Canada’s Express Entry system had an incredible year in 2018 and 2019 could be even more outstanding. Canada is pledging to welcome over ONE MILLION newcomers by 2021.
Express Entry, manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades. These streams issued a record 89,800 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in 2018.
The admission target is set to increase in 2019 by 6,500. It will rise again in 2020, by another 4,400.

2019: Bigger draws? More draws?
If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is to issue more Invitation to Apply (ITAs) in 2019, draw sizes will need to increase, or IRCC will have to hold more draws more frequently than the current interval between draws, which is typically every two weeks.
Over the past 12 months, IRCC established a pattern of increasing draw sizes that began at 2,750 ITAs at the start of the year and were then increased by increments of 250 or 500 ITAs every two to three months to a peak size of 3,900 ITAs. This size then remained largely stable between Sept. 5 and the last draw of 2018 on Dec. 19.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Growth for 2019
Express Entry PNP has also increased the number of candidates with a provincial nomination. Each Canadian province operates their own immigration programs and interested applicants can pick from many streams at once. Each PNP is particular to what jobs are most needed in their province.

Eleven Canadian provinces participate in Canada’s Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), which they use to nominate a set number of economic immigrants for Canadian permanent residence each year. Some of these allowances are assigned for ‘enriched’ provincial programs that nominate candidates through the Express Entry system. Alberta joined this program in 2018 and is expected to grow further in 2019 with more nomination invitations.

When you are selected by a province within the Express Entry pool, the result is the Express Entry candidate receives an additional 600 points towards their overall Express Entry ranking score, essentially guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Express Entry PNP is expected to increase to 6,000 additional admissions for 2019.

The PNP target will rise again in 2020 and 2021, when admissions through Canada’s PNP are expected to reach 71,300 — an increase of nearly 30 per cent over 2018’s target of 55,000.

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Written by:

Leann Iamartino; Senior Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant; Commissioner of Oaths
Foothills Immigration Inc.