On average, Canada approves approximately 10,000 refugee
applications for permanent residence each year. Due to the Syrian
refugee crisis, the Government of Canada announced last year that
it would admit 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by December 31,
2015. The Government of Canada also arranged for privately
chartered aircrafts to safely transport these approved individuals
for landing in either Toronto or Montreal, both having the capacity
to receive and process large volumes of refugees in a short time.
Canadian Government officials worked tirelessly and devoted
significant resources to achieve this. It soon became evident that
the proposed plan was overly ambitious due to the volume of
applications and the self-imposed deadline was adjusted to March
On February 27, 2016, the Government of Canada reached its
target of admitting 25,000 Syrian refugees and promised to continue
processing more applicants in 2016. So far, over 28,400 Syrian
refugees have been approved for permanent residence in Canada and
over 26,200 have arrived in Canada. Despite the 99 flights that
have already been made, there are still over 2,200 Syrian refugees
approved and waiting for their turn to travel to Canada and over
13,000 Syrian refugee applications in the queue waiting to be
The majority of the Syrian refugees arriving in Canada are
government-assisted refugees and, following initial processing at
airports in Toronto or Montreal, they are transferred to 1 of the
36 identified destination communities across Canada with an
existing Resettlement Assistance Program and provided with
accommodations. Alberta has 5 destination communities which are
Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Since
November of 2015, Alberta has admitted over 2,000
government-assisted refugees to destination communities and over
1,000 privately sponsored refugees to 25 other communities in
Canada has a long tradition of humanitarian action and has
developed respected programs to assist the world's most
vulnerable through government operations, private sponsors and
volunteers, while ensuring the health and safety of Canadians.
Recently, Canada's 2016 Immigration Levels Plan was released
outlining the Government of Canada's projected immigration
targets and their intention to resettle 44,800 refugees this year
from all over the world; a significant increase over last
years' initial target of 14,000. More information to assist
with refugee efforts can be found at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/welcome/help.asp.
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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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