Target number of refugees and protected persons to be admitted to Canada announced for 2018-2020
On November 1, 2017, the Government of Canada announced its immigration targets for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Calendar 2018 targets
For calendar 2018, the targets are 18,000 (66.7%) PSR (Privately Sponsored Refugee), 1,500 (5.6%) BVOR (Blended Visa Office Referral) and 7,500 (27.8%) GAR (Government Assisted Refugee) newcomers, for a total of just 27,000 in these three categories.
In addition, the Government is targeting 16,000 “protected persons in Canada & dependents abroad”, for a grand total of 43,000 refugees and protected persons. The forecast also provides for this total to be as low as 36,500 and as high as 48,000, with PSRs ranging from 16,000 to 20,000.
Calendar 2017 targets
By comparison, the previously announced target for the current year (2017) is 16,000 PSR, 1,500 BVOR, 7,500 GAR newcomers, for a total of 25,000 refugee newcomers, plus 15,000 “protected persons in Canada & dependents abroad”.
2018 compared to 2017
The target of 27,000 refugee newcomers for 2018 is up 8% over the 2017 target (with the actual number still to be determined.) However, the target for PSRs is up 12.5%.
The annual targets for 2017 through 2018 are all below the recent high of 55,800 refugees and protected persons in Canada & dependents abroad admitted in 2016.
Breakdown by province
No breakdown has yet been provided by province or city of initial settlement for these future newcomers.
Ottawa, November 1, 2017— Following the tabling of the 2017 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on November 1, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is pleased to release details on its 2018 multi-year Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.
Note: The table below does not include the targets for 2019 and 2020, which may be viewed in the source document.
|Immigration category||2017 target||2018 – Low||2018 – High||2018 – Target|
|Resettled Refugees – Government Assisted||7,500||6,000||8,000||7,500|
|Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office Referred||1,500||1,000||3,000||1,500|
|Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored||16,000||16,000||20,000||18,000|
|Sub-total – all refugees||25,000||23,000||31,000||27,000|
|Protected Persons in Canada & Dependents Abroad||15,000||13,500||17,000||16,000|
|Total Refugees and Protected Persons||40,000||36,500||48,000||43,000|