TORONTO: Canada plans to admit between 240,000 and 265,000 new immigrants in 2013, according to Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
It will be the seventh straight year that Canada will admit this number of immigrants, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)’s 2012 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration tabled in the House on October 31.
“Our Government’s number one priority remains economic and job growth. Newcomers bring their skills and talents, contribute to our economy and help renew our workforce so that Canada remains competitive on the world stage,” the minister said, tabling the report.
But it looks like the thrust of immigration seems to be shifting towards the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The CEC, which was created in 2008, facilitates the transition from temporary to permanent residence for those with high-skilled work experience in Canada, including international students and temporary foreign workers.
While previously, foreign workers and international students had to apply from outside of Canada, they can now apply from within Canada under the CEC. Any international student, who gets work experience of two years after his studies, is eligible to apply for permanent residence under the CEC.
While only 2,500 people were given permanent residence under the CEC in 2009, this number jumped to more than 6,000 in 2011. In 2013, CIC says it plans to accept “a record high of up to 10,000 permanent residents” through this program.
The CEC program will be a boon for about 23,000 Indian students currently studying in Canadian institutions.
“Immigration plays a vital role in our country’s long-term prosperity. Our 2013 Immigration Plan will build on our economic success by bringing in more of the world’s top talent who already have a successful track record in Canada,” the immigration minister said.
Over 30,000 Indian immigrants make Canada their home each year, and India is about to become the largest source of immigration for Canada.