After many months of anticipation, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney broke the news regarding Canada’s 2013 immigration intake levels on October 31, 2012. Following the tabling of the 2013 Immigration Levels Plans, the Minister announced the government’s decision to keep Canada’s immigration levels steady in 2013.
For the seventh year in a row, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) plans to admit between 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents by the end of next year. While the total numbers will remain relatively the same, the government plans to admit fewer foreign nationals applying under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) stream.
Instead, CIC will be increasing the number of allowable applications under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. CIC announced that it intends to admit up to 10,000 permanent residents through CEC. This will be a record high compared to both, the 2009 (2,500 people) and 2011 (6,000 people) targets.
The CEC program was created in 2008 as a means for international students and temporary foreign workers to transition from temporary to permanent residence. As the Government of Canada continues to find ways to increase the productivity and economy of Canada, Minster Kenney believes that the 2013 Immigration Levels Plan will play a key role in Canada’s long-term prosperity:
“Our 2013 Immigration Plan will build on our economic success by bringing in more of the world’s top talent who already have a successful track record in Canada,” said Minster Kenney during a news conference in Ottawa last week.