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An immigration system for Canada’s future: Strengthening our communities

Key Takeaway
IRCC’s new whole-of-government strategy to reshape Canada’s immigration system creates a more welcoming experience, aligns with labour market needs, and includes developing a growth plan.


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) unveiled a new strategy to “reshape Canada’s immigration system.” The plan sets out three primary objectives that are central to the country’s immigration vision:

1. Create a more welcoming experience for newcomers.

This entails addressing challenges that newcomers may face in navigating the immigration process. To that end, this part of the strategy outlines steps to improve service standards, reduce wait times for application reviews, and make the entire immigration process more user-friendly. The plan also aims to eliminate barriers faced by newcomers who are trying to integrate into Canada’s labour market. This will benefit Canada’s future growth and success, particularly for in-demand occupations.

2. Align immigration with labour market needs.

The IRCC strategy recognizes the importance of attracting and retaining top talent from across the globe to maintain Canada’s competitiveness in international markets. With that in mind, this part of the strategy emphasizes the need to streamline immigration pathways, making it easier for individuals with the desired skills and qualifications to come to Canada. Further, the strategy underscores that aligning immigration with labour market demands is essential for economic growth and innovation.

3. Develop a comprehensive and coordinated growth plan.

This aspect of the strategy seeks to integrate immigration planning at all levels of government. It emphasizes the importance of supporting communities; providing adequate housing, health care and infrastructure for newcomers; and positioning the immigration system to respond swiftly and equitably to global humanitarian crises.

By adopting a whole-of-government approach, the strategy aims to ensure that immigration not only contributes to economic growth, but also strengthens Canada’s social fabric.

March, 2024 | The Daily
Key Takeaway: From 2006 to 2021, educational attainment among racialized immigrants in Canada surged. During that period, there was a noteworthy increase in the number of racialized immigrants who earned bachelor’s (or higher level) degrees. This correlates with the development of immigration programs that prioritize higher education.
April, 2024 | The Daily
Key Takeaway: The Provincial Nominee Program has reshaped economic immigration in Canada by targeting regional labour needs and prioritizing nominees with Canadian experience.
April, 2024 | Borrelli, E.
Key Takeaway: Migrant farmworkers are vital to Canada's agricultural sector, but they face limited legal protections, restrictive work permits and inconsistently enforced standards.
March, 2024 | Century Initiative, Environics Institute for Survey Research, Diversity Institute and Future Skills Centre
Key Takeaway: Second-generation Canadians are optimistic about their careers, but concerned about the high cost of living. Their reflections underscore the need for immigration and integration policies that address broader societal issues.
March, 2024 | Hardy, V.
Key Takeaway: In the period from October to December 2022, an average of 871,000 Canadians had a main job involving gig work.
April, 2024 | Janzen, N.
Key Takeaway: Slower population growth could reduce price pressures in Canadian markets, especially in housing, but may heighten challenges related to the aging population.
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