Canada’s immigration ministers agreed to work on a multi-year PNP levels plan. Even though Canada sets its goals for permanent residents over a three-year period, PNP allocations are made every year. The ministers agreed that PNP allocation goals would also be set for the next three years. The ministers decided on the PNP plan for the next few years by March 31, 2023.
The Forum of Ministers Responsible (FMRI) for Immigration met on July 28 in Saint John, New Brunswick, to discuss important immigration policy issues. The FMRI is a group that makes decisions. Its goal is to help Canada have an immigration system that is flexible, quick, and effective. PNP was one of the most critical specialties they talked about. Ministers talked about Canada’s immigration response to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. They also discussed federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) measures to attract immigrants to Canada to meet labor market and demographic needs, as well as recent settlement and integration efforts. Ministers looked at how the FPT is working together to welcome and settle over 405,000 immigrants by 2021.
The FMRI stressed that governments must work together to ensure that these newcomers are welcomed in a coordinated and complete way. A multi-year PNP plan makes sense for the same reason that Canada brought back a multi-year Immigration Levels Plan in 2017. Canada is now guided by the Immigration Levels Plan for 2022–2024, and Minister Fraser will present the plan for 2023–2025 on November 1.
Over the past year, immigration has continued to help Canada’s economy and population grow. However, Canada’s immigration system is still based on FPT consultations on shared priorities for the immigration levels plan. Ministers agreed that they needed to build on the work they had already done to consult and ask stakeholders, partners, and Indigenous Peoples for their opinions in a better way.
Currently, Canada’s PNP goals for the next three years are written down in the levels plan. But the amount of PNP money each province and territory gets is set every year. This will let each province and territory plan ahead, including figuring out how best to use their allocation to reach their economic development goals and what operational steps they need to take to process PNP applications as quickly as possible.
Ministers also thought about distinguished ways to meet regional requirements and increase immigration to Canada’s smaller, rural, or remote communities. This included mapping and coordinating economic and settlement capacity across the country. PT Ministers also called for timely increases in PNP allocations to help meet the growing need for workers in different parts of the country. They also agreed on the need for more control over PNP programs and how economic immigrants are chosen.
Thus, without a doubt, PNP has advanced remarkably since its inception. With the idea of expanding and allocating immigration across Canada, the immigration ministers are strongly involved to reinforce the public services in Canada for new arrivals.
As a province or territory’s PNP allocation goes up, it needs to ensure it has enough staff and the right technology to handle the higher PNP volumes while still meeting its service standards. In 1999, the PNP only brought in about 400 new immigrants. By 2022 and 2024, it is expected to bring in over 80,000 new immigrants and over 90,000, respectively. The PNP is one of the two main pathways for people from middle-income countries to move to Canada. The other is the federal Express Entry system.