According to the Canadian government’s immigration targets for this year, Canada is set to welcome over 3,00,000 latest permanent residents to Canada in a year.
John Mc Callum told that Canada is planning to accept around 2,80,000 to 3,05,000 new permanent residents in 2016, it is an increase of 7% from the target of previous year.
He also said that it outlines a key shift in the immigration policy of Canada towards reuniting additional families, building the economy of Canada.
As pledged during the previous year’s election campaign, the Canadian government would raise the number of slots which is available for the arrivals of family reunification and refugees as well.
Immigrants could arrive to Canada through any one of the three categories which are Family Class, Economic and Refugee and Humanitarian.
The target under Economic category will be to allow around 1,60,600 immigrants, around 80,000 immigrants would be allowed under Family category and around 59,400 individuals under Refugee and Humanitarian would be allowed to settle in Canada.
The Canadian government is targeting to welcome around 80,000 new arrivals through the program of family reunification. Around 60,000 would be spouses and children and the remaining 20,000 slots are kept reserved for parents and grandparents.
The boost to the family reunification comes under the stream of economic immigration. The government is planning to welcome around 1,60,600 economic immigrants in this year.
Canada would also see an increase in the number of refugees as it plans to resettle around 59,400 people this year under the Refugee and Humanitarian category.