Canadian government targets to attract hundreds of thousands of new permanent residents in 2014 as part of an immigration plan to drive economic growth and position the country for success in the years ahead.
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After tabling the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on October 28 announced the immigration plan which involves attracting 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in 2014, with record admissions under both the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Under the plan, Canada aims to welcome up to 15,000 permanent residents under the CEC in 2014, the highest number since the program was launched in 2008, and between 44,500 and 47,000 permanent residents under the PNP, also the highest-ever levels for this program.
"Securing economic growth is and will remain our Government's top priority," said Minister Alexander. "Canada is in a global competition for the best and brightest immigrants, and this plan is crafted with attracting the people we need for Canada to succeed."
"While Canadians will continue to get the first crack at available jobs, getting the right people in the right places is key to addressing regional labour needs and fueling Canada's long-term prosperity. We need newcomers willing to put their skills, ideas and energies to work," the Minister explained.
According to the plan, economic immigration is predicted to increase to 63 percent (164,500) in 2014. The remaining 37 percent will consist of family class immigrants (26.1 percent ? 68,000), refugees and others admitted under humanitarian programs (10.9 percent ? 28,400).
"We will continue to drive down backlogs, reduce wait times and improve service. We will continue to reunite families. We will continue to give refuge to the world's most vulnerable," said Minister Alexander.
Annual immigration plan is developed based on consultations with provinces, territories and stakeholders across Canada every summer, as well as feedback from the Canadian public. This year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada received more than 4,700 responses between June 21 and August 31, 2013.