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2023: A preview of Canadian immigration

December 29, 2022

By CIC News

The most recent census revealed that immigrants now make up their largest-ever share of Canada’s total population (23%), besting a record that had previously been set 100 years ago.

Heading into 2023, the Canadian government seems steadfast in its continued commitment to immigration and welcoming newcomers to this country. Canada hopes that heightened immigration will continue to help this country develop socially and economically, while also working to reunite families and assist vulnerable populations through Canada’s capacity for humanitarian aid.

Looking forward to 2023, the following is a general overview of what Canadian immigration may look like over the next calendar year.

Client Experience: Hope that IRCC application backlog continues to decrease
Since September 2022, the total application backlog at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has decreased steadily. According to data provided to CIC News, IRCC has decreased their backlog by 400,000.

Additionally, IRCC has received $85 million in additional funding to “reduce application inventories” and has, between March 2019 and November 2022, increased “front-line operations staff” by 2,521 employees. The hope remains that these factors will continue positively impacting IRCC’s service standards and application backlog in 2023.

Immigration Levels Plan Target for 2023

Canada has set a record-high immigration target within the Immigration Levels Plan for 2023, suggesting that IRCC believes it can manage the backlog while also welcoming a high number of newcomers.

By immigration category, the 2023 Immigration Levels Plan target (465,000) breaks down as follows.

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