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Considering the shortage of workforce in the country, the Canadian Government reveals that it has drafted a 2023-2025 immigration plan to recruit 1.45 million migrants from Nigeria and other countries across the world into different sectors of its economy by 2025, therefore setting a record immigration goals. This was disclosed in its recent Immigration Levels Plan notice released on Tuesday, noting that migrants would be welcomed as permanent residents to work in businesses and government sectors across the country. Focus areas for employment of the anticipating migrants include Federal High Skilled Department for Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Business, Economic Pilots, and Caregivers. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, explained in a statement that the plan would attract the skills required in fundamental sectors across the country, including health care, manufacturing, and technology, amongst others, as well as setting the country on a path that will contribute to its long-term progress.
The plans focus on attracting more migrants into the country. In the statement, Fraser also noted that in the previous year, Canada welcomed over 405,000 newcomers, the most ever welcomed in a single year and therefore continuing that ambition by setting targets in the new levels plan of 465,000 permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. The plan also brings an increased focus on attracting newcomers to different regions of the country, including small towns and rural communities, and enables the country to make good on crucial commitments to vulnerable people fleeing violence, war and persecution. Executive Director of Canada’s Building Trades Union (CBTU), Sean Strickland, while also speaking on the levels plan, noted that CBTU’s are thrilled with the announcement to increase immigration levels in Canada. Historically, the country has always been able to grow its workforce through immigration, fill the union halls and develop Canada’s infrastructure. Strickland emphasized that increased economic immigration is essential to addressing labour availability across the country. He said CBTU’s look forward to working closely with Minister Fraser and the federal government to find the necessary solutions moving forward.
Immigration accounts for more than half of Canada’s labour force growth. Some key aspects of the levels plan are a focus on long-term economic growth, with just over 60% of admissions in the economic class by 2025, and an increase in regional programs to address targeted local labour market needs through the Provincial Nominee Program. It also includes the Atlantic Immigration Program and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, the requirement that at least 4.4% of new permanent residents outside of Quebec are Francophone, and the provision of support for global crises by offering a haven to those in need. More than half of the increase in Canada’s labour force is attributed to immigrants, and by 2032, immigration is expected to be accountable for all of the country’s population growth. Nearly one-quarter of Canadians in the 2021 Census were either current or former landed immigrants or permanent residents, the most significant percentage since confederation and the highest percentage among G7 countries. The 2016-2021 period saw the largest influx of recent immigrants to Canada, with over 1.3 million new legal immigrants.
Nigerians are expected to be among the top beneficiary of the level plan. The levels plan is a projection of how many permanent residents will be admitted to Canada in a given year and sets targets for overall admissions per immigration category. It takes into account extensive engagement with provincial and territorial representatives, as well as public opinion research and stakeholder consultations. Moreover, considering the fact that Canada is one of the top preferred countries for Nigerians, especially the youths, it is believed that Nigerians would be among the top beneficiaries of Canada’s migrant plan.