Canadian immigration minister announces 2013 immigration target

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued a report in which it states its intention to admit between 240,000 and 265,000 permanent residents in 2013, as it has done every year for the last seven years.

Jason Kenney, the Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister said 'newcomers bring their skills and talents, contribute to our economy and help renew our workforce so that Canada remains competitive on the world stage'.

Today, CIC presented its Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration 2012 in the Canadian parliament. The report has not yet been released. CIC states that the main change from previous years is an expansion of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

The CEC was established in 2008. Its purpose is to offer a pathway from temporary resident status to permanent resident status for highly skilled migrants including students and skilled workers.

The programme has grown steadily since it was established. In 2009, 2,500 people gained permanent residence. This grew to around 6,000 in 2011. CIC hopes to offer permanent status to 10,000 people.

The admissions targets for other immigration programs have not been announced.

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