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Canada’s Immigration Ministers Discuss 2025-2027 Plans

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Emphasis on Collaboration

The ministers agreed on the importance of continued cooperation between the levels of government, noting that “strong collaboration and coordination between orders of government are key to leveraging federal, provincial, and territorial immigration programs, including the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).”

Asylum and Humanitarian Efforts

The meeting also focused on the management of asylum claims and the provision of support for displaced individuals. It noted that an increase in collaboration between the federal and provincial governments could improve outcomes for refugees, particularly in light of the housing crisis. Ontario and Quebec, in particular, were in focus for these discussions.

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What Might Newcomers to Canada See In the 2025 Immigration Policy? 

For current temporary residents, these developments may signal a shift towards more permanent settlement opportunities.

 

Here are some key takeaways:

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Increased PNP Allocations Welcome

The focus on reducing temporary residency levels and increasing demand for PNP allocations suggests that there may be an increase in the number of economic migrants through Canada’s PNP in 2025. Many of Canada’s provinces have been seeking higher PNP allocations in recent years, so this would be a welcome change for them.

We note that PEI has voluntarily decreased its PNP allocation in 2024, so not all provinces or territories are likely seeking higher allocations. It also shows that higher allocations won’t necessarily mean higher immigration levels since the provinces and territories can elect not to use the allocation.

Targeted Immigration Priorities May Continue

Canada has been increasingly introducing targeted immigration priorities at the federal and provincial levels. Based on the news release, this trend may continue throughout 2025-2027. Regional labor market needs, as well as cultural and societal objectives, were key themes throughout the discussion. Since Canada’s approach to these priorities has been to introduce increasingly targeted immigration draws, it seems likely that this trend will continue.

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