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Canada announces that it has more than 100 pathways for economic class immigration

News - Canada has more than 100 immigration pathways

More than 100 Canadian economic immigration pathways and streams offer a great range of opportunities for immigration enthusiasts.

In a recent survey, it has come into light that Canada now has 104 economic immigration pathways.

The Canadian government and every Canadian province and territory have been making great strides over the past three decades by introducing many economic immigration programs.

The aim of the study was to provide a variety of immigration pathways so that Canada can meet the needs of a more significant number of potential immigrants who, in turn, can bring a range of skills and add to the country’s growth in the Canadian economy.

Canada’s migration system welcomes permanent residents via the three main avenues: 

  1. New immigrants who bring both capital and labour skills
  2. Family members who are sponsored under the family reunification program 
  3. Refugees who are accepted to come into the country on compassionate and humane grounds.

The economic class contributes to the largest portion of immigration to Canada. About 6 in 10 immigrants are selected based on their capability to bring positive influence to the Canadian economy. Most of the economic immigrants are highly skilled workers who apply from abroad and are highly proficient temporary workers and international students who are already residing in Canada.

Those who are interested in becoming permanent residents in Canada can submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. They are screened electronically to check their eligibility to get one of the three principal economic immigration programs:

  1. The Federal Skilled Worker program
  2. The Federal Skilled Trades program
  3. The Canadian Experience Class

Eligible candidates who entered into the Express Entry pool are ranked based on a score awarded under the Comprehensive Ranking System popularly known as CRS.

The CRS gives points for elements like age, work experience, education, and proficiency in either English or French, both the official languages of Canada and other factors.

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Besides, the Canadian government has a multitude of pilot programs that come under the economic immigration category, like the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).

An increasing number of immigrants are being admitted through PNPs.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of Canada has grown substantially since its introduction in the 1990s. It has now become the second most crucial pathway for skilled foreign workers to get a permanent residence in Canada, after the Express Entry system. In 1996, only 233 candidates were admitted to Canada through the program. Today, the admission targets for the program are set at above 60,000.

PNPs allow participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a set amount of immigration candidates for permanent residence each year.

These programs were developed to give Canada’s smaller provinces struggling to attract immigrants greater flexibility and tailor economic immigration to their specific labour market needs and overall economic development priorities.

All Canadian provinces and territories with a PNP now have at least one “enhanced” nomination stream linked to the federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which effectively fast-tracks them for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Recent weeks have seen PNP streams in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Ontario issue more than 2,500 invitations to workers with a range of skills and professional experience to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

This year, Canada aims to welcome nearly 200,000 economic immigrants through its more than 100 immigration streams, of which about 90,000 are expected to arrive through its three Express Entry programs and 65,000 through provincial nominee programs.

Earlier this week, Canada hosted two Express Entry draws.