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432,000 Permanent Residents in 2022: Canada Releases 2022-24 Immigration Levels Plan

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Immigration

432,000 Permanent Residents in 2022: Canada Releases 2022-24 Immigration Levels Plan

The Covid-19 pandemic severely restricted immigration in 2020. The 2022-24 Immigration Levels Plan introduced by Minister Sean Fraser on February 14 plans to welcome more permanent residents and to resettle the largest number of newcomers in Canada's history with nearly 432,000 in 2022. This is an increase from the original 411,000 newcomers in 2022 announced in the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023.

The 2022-24 Immigration Levels Plan includes:

  • 431,645 permanent residents in 2022
  • 447,055 in 2023
  • 451,000 in 2024, and the high end of the 475,000 range forecast for 2024 could reach 475,000
“Immigration has helped shape Canada into the country it is today. From farming and fishing to manufacturing, healthcare and the transportation sector, Canada relies on immigrants. We are focused on economic recovery, and immigration is the key to getting there. Setting bold new immigration targets, as outlined in the 2022-2024 Levels Plan, will further help bring the immeasurable contribution of immigrants to our communities and across all sectors of the economy.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser,
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

In 2021 Canada set an immigration record and welcomed 405,000 new permanent residents, mainly immigrants who were already living and working in Canada.

Canada's ageing workforce and need for skilled talent mean that by 2031 immigration is expected to account for 80% of Canada’s population growth, up from the current 75%. Over 9 million Canadians will reach retirement age in the next decade.

56% of Planned Immigration Growth Economic Based but NOT Thru Express Entry

In announcing Canada's new immigration goals, the breakdown by immigration class and stream is:

  • 56% of new immigrants will arrive under economic class programs including Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and the Temporary to Permanent Residence (TR to PR) program
    • 83,500 newcomers will be welcomed by PNP in 2022
    • IRCC has reduced Express Entry admissions by 50% in 2022
  • 24% in family class including Spousal Sponsorship and the Parents and Grandparents Program
  • 20% under refugee and humanitarian programs

Minister Fraser recently discussed clearing Canada's immigration backlog that was caused by pandemic restrictions.

Express Entry Alternatives
IRCC recently announced there will be no new Express Entry draws of Invitations to Apply for Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST) applicants for at least 6 months, until mid-2022. There are alternatives to Express Entry to immigrate to Canada when Express Entry is not an option.

Do You Want to Move to Canada?

There are many opportunities and programs for individuals to move to Canada for economic and family reasons. An immigration professional can review your qualifications and help identify immigration opportunities that fit your education, skills and specific situation.

An experienced immigration lawyer can save you time and stress - and prevent costly mistakes and missed deadlines. With five decades years of combined immigration experience, our immigration legal team can identify and resolve potential problems BEFORE they happen. Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law today to discuss your situation at 403-452‑9515.


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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