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Canada Immigration: What to expect in 2022?

Canada Immigration

Having achieved annual immigration target set for 2021, of welcoming 401000 new immigrants to the country, Canada is now pursuing an even more ambitious target set for the current year, which is admitting 411000 new immigrants. However, it is undoubted that the pandemic which still looms large, will continue to have a strong influence on the immigration policies of Canada this year too.

Now let’s look into what we can look forward to in the year 2022, when it comes to Canada immigration.

Immigration Levels Plans for 2022-24, 2023-25

It is likely that Canada will announce two Immigration Levels Plans in the year 2022. The plans will reveal the Canada immigration targets for each of the plan years. As of now, Canada will be welcoming 411000 new immigrants in 2022 and 421000 new immigrants in 2023. However, these figures are likely to be revised in the new plans to be announced this year.

Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser will be tabling Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-24 on February 10. Though the Immigration Plan announcements are made in the autumn of each year, it was delayed this time owing to September 2021 Canada elections. The second announcement will be made on November 1st.

Considering the fact that Canada is facing a high level of labour market shortage and application backlogs, it is highly likely that the immigration targets would be raised when the Immigration Levels Plans are revised.

Resuming FSWP Express Entry draws

The year 2021 was one in which not even a single Federal Skilled Worker Program(FSWP) draw was held. According to an IRCC memo released in September 2021, Canada is now focusing on cutting down Express Entry application backlogs before resuming draws inviting candidates from Programs other than PNPs. For the past few months, Canada Express Entry draws have been inviting only Provincial Nominee Program candidates. It is expected that Canada will be able to cut down backlogs at least by half in early 2022. As per the mandate letter issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Immigration Minister to the Immigration Minister, certain new Express Entry pathways are likely to be introduced for international students and temporary residents this year.

TEER System

Another major change being looked forward to in the year 2022 is replacing the NOC Skill system with TEER System. The National Occupation Classification system of Canada will be replaced with Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) by the fall of 2022.


Canada may implement its promise of making Canadian citizenship applications free. The application process for all citizenship candidates including family members is also likely to be made online.


It is expected that Canada will be admitting 23500 persons through Parents and Grandparents Program in the year 2022 too.

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