The size of this invitation round which is 3000 ITA’s continues the trend seen through the last three draws, all of which also issued Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, to 3,000 Express Entry candidates.

In 2017, IRCC had an admissions target of 71,700 and finished the year having issued a total of 86,023 ITAs. One can speculate about the recent draw being an indication of how IRCC will conduct future draws. Last year, April proved to be one of the Express Entry system’s busiest months with three draws and a total of 11,341 ITAs issued. Last April also saw the CRS minimum cut-off score drop to 415.

International migration continued to drive Canadian population growth in the final quarter of 2017, accounting for nearly 70 per cent of the increase seen during that three-month period, new Statistics Canada data reveal. The federal agency said international migration, which includes immigration, return emigration and net non-permanent residents, “remained the main driver of population growth” between October 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018. During that period, Canada’s population increased by 78,805 people, or 0.2 per cent. Of that number, nearly 70 per cent (55,048) was attributed to what Statistics Canada calls “international migratory increase.”

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says it is slated to receive $747 million to support Canada’s 2018-2020 Immigration Levels Plan under the 2018 federal budget. The $747 million that IRCC will receive is part of an overall $875 million over six years that Canada’s federal government has set aside for its transition.

Canada’s plan to increase admissions through economic immigration programs by 60 per cent is also expected to help balance the costs of the multi-year immigration levels plan by addressing labour shortages and supporting economic development.

“Higher immigration will contribute to more economic growth, and therefore to increased taxation revenues,” IRCC spokesperson Lindsay Kemp said.

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