By comparing the Canadian government's immigration levels for 2021 and 2022, it becomes clear that the number of economic immigrants increased, but the number of federal economic immigrants decreased.
The government increased the total number of economic immigrants in 2021 to 232,500, with 204,800 Federal applications, but decreased the number of Federal applications to 196,900 in 2022, a decrease of 6.5%. This was mainly because of the increase in economic immigration in Quebec.
As part of the Francophone Immigration Strategy, they are working to reach a target of 4.4% of French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec by 2023.
The plan include:
overall admissions amounting to 1.14% of the Canadian population by 2024
a long-term focus on economic growth, with nearly 60% of admissions in the Economic Class
help for vulnerable populations, like the special measures for granting permanent residence to refugee claimants working in health care during the pandemic
support for global crises by providing a safe haven through humanitarian immigration to those facing persecution
talent retention of those already in Canada by granting permanent status to temporary residents accepted through the time limited pathways for essential workers launched in spring 2021
This plan determines how many permanent residents will be admitted to Canada and sets targets and ranges for all immigration categories.