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The Canadian government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – IRCC (formerly, CIC) admit approximately 300,000 immigrants to Canada annually. From 2019 to 2021, Canada will welcome over one million new immigrants to Canada through it’s various immigration programs.

There are more than 60 Canadian immigration programs available to those seeking to immigrate to Canada, however many Canadian immigrants receive Canadian permanent resident (PR) status under the Economic Class and the Family Class.

Canadian Immigration – Economic Class

This includes:

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) – Express Entry: Find out how the FSW Express Entry program works,
  • Federal Skilled Trades.
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – Express Entry: Established for foreign/international graduates and temporary foreign workers with qualifying Canadian work experience. Learn more about immigrating to Canada through studying in Canada.
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – Express Entry: Learn more about this Canada immigration pathway here.
  • Quebec Skilled Worker Class.
  • Business, Investment-based programs.

IRCC manages the economic class immigration using the Express Entry System. Learn more about Canada Immigration through Express Entry.

Canadian Immigration – Family Class

Under the federal family class, a Canadian Citizen or a Canadian resident can sponsor their family members to relocate to Canada. Those that can be sponsored include:

  • Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner (over the age of 16).
  • Unmarried dependent child under the age of 22.
  • A parent or grandparent.
  • A brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandchild who is orphan, unmarried and under 18 years of age.
  • Any other relative. This is only applicable if the sponsor does not have any of the above relatives or family member, whether in Canada or abroad.

Humanitarian and Refugee pathways

If you are fleeing prosecution, then this will be a viable option for you.

Which is the right Canada immigration program for me?

The right Canadian immigration program for you will depend on your personal situation, characteristics (e.g. age, financial situation, etc.), and your goals.

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As the Canadian government is constantly updating their immigration programs, it is important that you do a proper assessment of yourself in order to determine which option will work best for you.