Yesterday, the Minister of Finance tabled Budget 2016, the first
budget of the current government's mandate. In a Chapter
entitled "Canada and the World", the Minister summarized
the Government's goal of expanding immigration to
Canada. The Government recently announced a target of 300,000
permanent resident admissions for 2016 which is a 7% increase over
the 2015 target level. The increase reflects the Government's
significant commitment to the Syrian refugee crisis and to making
family reunification a priority for 2016. The Government has
also announced that they will decrease the overall economic
immigrant admissions to Canada by 11% in 2016. As
evidenced by the Express Entry draw today, the government is making
good on its promise to reduce economic immigrants by selecting only
1,014 applicants who were assigned a minimum of 470 points.
Essentially, the same number of Invitations To Apply were issued
today as were issued in the previous draw which took place on March
9th, 2016. With approximately 1,000 Invitations To Apply
issued in each of the March 2016 draws, this is the lowest number
of Invitations to Apply issued since April of last year.
Budget 2016 specifically proposes increased spending to support
the Government's immigration priorities:
Canada's Intake of Syrian Refugees – The
Government proposes to provide $245 million over five years,
starting in 2016–17, for the identification, overseas
processing, transportation and resettlement of the additional
10,000 Syrian refugees beyond the original commitment to accept
Application Processing Times – The Government has
proposed to provide $25 million in 2016–17 to support faster
and more predictable processing times for family sponsorship. The
new funding will be used to target specific applications backlogs
in Canada and overseas, and to reduce processing times on
3.Achieving Higher Permanent
Resident Admissions - To support higher admissions levels
and to help newcomers fully integrate into Canadian life and
contribute to our economic growth, Budget 2016 proposes to provide
$56 million over three years, starting in 2016–17. New
funding would support the processing of new permanent residents and
increased settlement programming. Settlement programs provide
immigrants with critical assistance such as language courses and
skills training to facilitate their transition into the Canadian
economy and society.
The Government's decision to increase immigration funding is
long overdue. Time will tell whether this funding will
achieve the goals that the Government has identified for the
Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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