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Information for the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has unveiled the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan. Continuing from the 2023-2025 Plan, Canada will welcome an increasing number of permanent residents, reaching 500,000 by 2026. The plan emphasizes economic growth, family reunification, humanitarian response, and managing the recent surge in immigration. It sets progressively rising targets for French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec, reaching 8% by 2026. The plan also highlights the vital role of immigrants in the labor market and economy, especially in critical sectors and family class immigration, underscoring the importance of family support for newcomers' integration and economic contributions. Canada's commitment to humanitarian efforts and comprehensive support for newcomers, including housing and healthcare, is reaffirmed. The plan involves a collaborative approach across government and society for effective integration and support of immigrants.


  • Target to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024, 500,000 in 2025, and maintain 500,000 in 2026.
  • Focus on economic growth, family reunification, humanitarian response, and managing recent rapid immigration growth.
  • Sets progressively increasing targets for French-speaking permanent residents outside Quebec: 6% in 2024, 7% in 2025, 8% in 2026.
  • Emphasizes the role of immigrants in the labor market, particularly in sustainability, digital economy, health, STEM, trades, transportation, and agriculture.
  • Family class immigration recognized for its social and economic benefits, including workforce participation and childcare provision.
  • Continues Canada's humanitarian commitments, ensuring supports for newcomers and Canadians, including housing and healthcare.
  • Incorporates a whole-of-government and society approach for integrated planning and coordination.


Economic Category

  • Federal High Skilled: Targets increase from 110,770 in 2024 to 117,500 in 2025 and 2026.
  • Federal Business: Targets grow from 5,000 in 2024 to 6,000 in 2025 and 2026.
  • Provincial Nominee Program: Targets rise from 110,000 in 2024 to 120,000 in 2025 and 2026.

Family Category

  • Spouses, Partners, and Children: Targets increase from 82,000 in 2024 to 84,000 in 2025 and 2026.
  • Parents and Grandparents: Targets grow from 32,000 in 2024 to 34,000 in 2025 and 2026.
  • Refugees and Protected Persons:

Refugees and Protected Persons

  • Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad: Targets increase from 27,000 in 2024 to 29,000 in 2025 and 2026.
  • Resettled Refugees – Government Assisted: Targets decrease from 21,115 in 2024 to 15,250 in 2025 and 2026.
  • Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored: Targets increase slightly from 27,750 in 2024 to 28,250 in 2025 and 2026.