Notice - Supplementary Information for the 2012 Immigration Levels Plan

November 4, 2011 — Following the tabling of the 2011 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on November 1, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada released further details on its 2012 Immigration Levels Plan. Since the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act’s coming into force, this is the first time CIC is including admissions targets along with planning ranges.

A planning range is an estimate of the number of people CIC expects to admit each year, taking into account the differences in applicants’ behaviour both before applying and once they have received their visa (some applicants take longer than others to arrive in Canada from abroad after receiving their visa).

For each range, CIC also sets an admissions target. The work of CIC’s visa processing network is based on the admissions target so that admissions fall within the planning range.

Please see below for CIC’s immigration planning ranges and admissions targets for 2012.

* Percentage of mix is derived using the midpoint of the planning ranges.

2012 Plan Admissions Ranges
Immigrant Category Low High Admissions Target % Mix*
Federal Skilled Workers 55,000 57,000 57,000  
Federal Business 5,500 6,000 6,000  
Canadian Experience Class 6,000 7,000 7,000  
Live-in Caregivers 8,000 9,300 9,000  
Quebec-selected Skilled Workers 31,000 34,000 33,400  
Quebec-selected Business 2,500 2,700 2,600  
Provincial and Territorial Nominees 42,000 45,000 42,000  
Total Economic 150,000 161,000 157,000 61.6%
Spouses, Partners and Children 38,000 44,000 44,000  
Parents and Grandparents 21,800 25,000 25,000  
Total Family 59,800 69,000 69,000 25.5%
Government-assisted Refugees 7,500 8,000 7,500  
Privately Sponsored Refugees 4,000 6,000 5,500  
Protected Persons in Canada 7,000 8,500 8,500  
Dependants Abroad of Protected Persons in Canada 4,000 4,500 4,500  
Total Protected Persons 22,500 27,000 26,000 9.8%
Humanitarian & Compassionate Grounds/ Public Policy 7,600 7,800 7,800  
Permit Holders 100 200 100  
Total Other 7,700 8,000 7,900 3.1%
Total 240,000 265,000 259,900  

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