Canada’s new annual immigration plan

Canada’s new annual immigration plan

The Government of Canada announced new 2015 Immigration Levels Plan, which features significant reforms to the Caregiver Program along with the highest planned level of overall admissions in recent history.

The Government of Canada is planning to welcome between 260,000 and 285,000 new permanent residents in 2015, an increase of approximately 19,000 planned admissions over last year.

These higher levels respond to the Government’s strategy of supporting economic growth by addressing labour and skills shortages, as well as helping to ensure labour force growth. The economic category will account for the largest segment of the 2015 levels plan, at almost 65 percent of overall admissions. The remaining 35 percent will consist of family class immigrants, refugees, and others admitted under humanitarian programs.

This plan will also feature changes to the Caregiver Program, which include ending the live-in requirement and providing eligible caregivers with two pathways that will lead to permanent residence. One pathway features criteria for child care providers that are very similar to current requirements, but without the need for the caregiver to live in the home of their employer.

In addition, caregivers in a variety of health care occupations, including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, orderlies, patient service associates, and home support workers will also have a pathway to permanent residence.

“Our Government values the important contributions of caregivers and is committed to protecting the integrity of the Caregiver Program, while improving processing times and reducing backlogs for all permanent resident applications,” said MP Toet. “We will continue to take action to improve Canada’s immigration system by making it more effective and better suited to our country’s needs.”

For more information on the 2015 Immigration Levels Plan and Caregiver Program, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/.