Canada Targets 285,000 New Immigrants In 2015

Immigrating to CanadaIf you’re thinking about immigrating to Canada, 2015 could be the ideal time, perhaps even to Nova Scotia. Last month, the Canadian government lifted the veil on its 2015 immigration plan which proved to be good news for prospective immigrants. The government aims to bring in up to 285,000 new permanent residents next year – a 20,000 increase from last year.

Opportunities for New Immigrants

The new year brings with it exciting new opportunities for immigrants, with the highly-anticipated Express Entry immigration program set to kick off on January 1, 2015. If you’re hoping to become one of the lucky 260,000 – 285,000 to become permanent Canadian residents next year, read on, as we’re going to detail about these brilliant opportunities.

At the end of every year, the Canadian government announces its plans for immigration for the coming year, including how many immigrants it will aim to welcome to the country, along with a breakdown of the programs and channels they will be able to use, and how many will be able to apply for each.

The programs involved cover skilled workers and economy-focused immigration, along with family sponsorship, humanitarian and refugee programs. The 2015 immigration plan will cover the largest part of the immigration plan, with very close to 65 per cent of immigrant admissions.

Breaking it Down

Canada is mostly on the lookout for workers who can boost the Canadian labor market and also integrate well into the society. This type of immigration is largely based on an individual’s current skills, work experience, and allows foreign workers and their families to enter the country via many different programs. For 2015, we’re expecting around 169,000 to 185,000 economic immigrants to seek new lives in Canada. 

These economic immigrants are split into various classes, such as the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) that enables temporary foreign workers who already have a year of Canadian work experience to then submit an application for a Canadian permanent resident visa. In 2015, the number of applications allocated to CEC has gone up from 15,000 last year, to 23,000, which is brilliant news for those foreign workers and students who one day hope to become permanent residents themselves.

However, it’s not all bad for those who don’t have a year’s work experience in Canada, as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has estimated that about 51,000 federal skilled workers will also be selected next year – as part of the Express Entry program – along with another 48,000 via provincial nominee programs (PNPs).

Are You Interested in Immigrating to Canada?

Are you interested in immigrating to Canada? VisaPlace works with qualified immigration lawyers who can help. All you need to do is fill out our free eligibility online assessment form here and then one of our immigration professionals will get back to you with your results within one business day.  Additionally, you can contact us here.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more


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    • owen

      Hello Shahrukh,

      Thanks for the question. It appears that you are eligible for express entry. We would be happy to guide you through the complex and lengthy application process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further assistance.


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