(403) 452-9515
Ackah Business Immigration Law – Personal and Corporate Immigration
Contact us

Contact Information

1 (403) 452-9515

1 (800) 932-1190

Book a Consultation

More Options...

Canada's Immigration Backlog Grows to 2.1 Million

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Immigration

Canada's Immigration Backlog Grows to 2.1 Million

Canada's immigration backlog has grown to over 2.1 million applications and increased by 98,796 people between April 11 and April 29, an increase from 1.8 million in March. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reports that much of the increase is due to temporary and permanent resident applications.

  • In April 2021, the government created a new pathway to permanent residency for 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates called the TR to PR pathway.
  • The applications for temporary resident visas and work permits increased significantly when the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) temporary residency pathway to Canada was introduced in March 2022.

An email statement sent to CTVNews.ca said.

...the backlogs are partly due to closures at various processing offices and visa application centres during COVID-19. Those closures led to longer processing times for applicants, and in part were due to our growing inventory and the number of applications received by IRCC every year.

Despite considerable efforts, we know that some applicants have experienced considerable wait times with the processing of their applications, and we continue to work as hard as possible to reduce processing times.

- Rémi Larivière
IRCC Media Relations Advisor

Canada's Efforts to Reduce the Immigration Backlog

The immigration backlog was improving in March of 2022. Canada's federal government has taken steps to reduce the immigration backlog:

  • IRCC has reduced the Express Entry backlog by 4,292 persons since mid-April and plans to resume federal Express Entry draws in July.
  • IRCC received an additional $85 million to reduce wait times for new applications and reduce application inventory backlogs. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said the funds would be mainly used to hire more staff.
  • Ottawa committed $2.1 billion over five years in its 2022 budget to support the processing and settlement of new permanent residents to Canada, plus $317.6 million in new funding.
  • IRCC expanded the use of advanced data analytics to help IRCC officers sort and process temporary resident visa applications and to improve client service and processes.
  • IRCC has begun introducing new technologies to modernize the immigration system expedite application processing and reduce processing times.

In March, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said of the immigration delays:

I know that processing delays have been incredibly frustrating for many individuals. Helping clients come to Canada quickly, with predictable processing times and efficient communication with IRCC, remains a top priority for me. Immigration benefits all Canadians—it helps grow our economy and strengthens our communities across the country. Many people are choosing Canada as the place to visit and build their future, and to ensure that we stay competitive, we have introduced concrete measures to make sure those who want to come to Canada have the client experience they deserve.

Canada Remains A Top Destination For Immigrants

Canada ranks fourth in the world for immigrant-friendly policies and is a top destination for foreign workers. Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver consistently rank in the top 10 most livable cities in the world.

Book A Consultation

Do You Want To Move To Canada? Contact Ackah Law Today

An experienced immigration lawyer can save you time and stress - and prevent costly mistakes and missed deadlines. With 50+ years of immigration experience, our immigration legal team can identify and resolve potential problems BEFORE they happen.

Contact Ackah 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 ...

More About Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Canada Welcomes Record Breaking Over 430,000 Immigrants in 2022

BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION Canada announced on Tuesday, January 3 that it welcomed 431,645 new permanent residents in 2022. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said in a news ...

Read More

Canada Named A Top Destination for Global Mobility

BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION According to global mobility expert Envoy, Canada is at the very top of the list when it comes to global mobility. "Global mobility" refers to the ability ...

Read More

Now Is The Time to Move to Canada: Canada Wants to Welcome 1.45 Million Immigrants By 2025

BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION Due to Canada's ongoing labour shortage, Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced the country's new Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 ...

Read More

Don't Get Lost In The Immigration Backlog: Let Ackah Business Immigration Law Smooth Your Journey

If you are currently trying to move to Canada for work, school, or family, a primary concern is that you don't get lost in the backlog. Canada wants immigrants to fill jobs and create ...

Read More

Digital Nomad Visa: How To Be A Remote Worker in Canada

BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION The digital age has brought along many technological advances and allows people worldwide to stay connected and in communication. A new trend is ...

Read More

62% of New Permanent Residents in 2021 Were Economic Immigrants: Is Your Express Entry Profile Updated?

Economic immigration remains key to Canada's recovery after the pandemic and the solution to Canada's labour crisis. 70% of Canada’s immigrants arrived were economic immigrants ...

Read More

You guys have been amazing :).

Office manager and finance administrator
Sulvaris Inc.

View All Testimonials