Looking at Canadian immigration trends from the past decade, they were the most significant changes. There have been many changes in immigration programs to regulations and processes, such as changing study retention conditions, changing post-Graduation Work Permit acquisition conditions, changing immigration conditions for parents and grandparents program, implementing Express Entry comprehensive ranking system, implementing Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, implementing Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, and reforming the Home Caregiver program. Given the need and importance of immigrants in Canada, more changes over the next decade are expected. Future trends will revolve around increased acceptance of immigration, small-town immigration centers, and post-school immigration.
Canada plans to receive about 1 million more immigrants over the next three years. Government of Canada plan to attract at least 3 million permanent residents over the next ten years. The reasons for its plan are the low birth rate and labor shortage, which is the future economic activity of the aging population in Canada. The Canadian population is growing by one percent every year, and new immigrants meet 80 percent of that 1 percent. Only the remaining 20 percent of births are increasing, and, over time, the population growth from childbirth is expected to further decrease from 20 percent. That means immigration can account for more than 90 percent of Canada's population growth. This trend of population growth means that Canada will have no choice but to increase the number of immigrants, and it will have to receive more than 350,000 additional immigrants every year. This forecast is expected to accommodate 3.5 million permanent residents over the next ten years, up 25 percent from 2.8 million permanent residents over the past decade.
Second, immigration is expected to be improved and increased by small cities or employers following the state government. Previously, PNP, state immigration, gave the state a lot of power to receive immigrants. Provincial governments will proceed with their immigration programs for small towns and employers. The number of immigrants selected by each province will be increased every year. Small cities will attract more immigrants, and it will lead to the growth of the population and economy in Canada.
Third, the Government of Canada anticipates more international students to immigrate to Canada after their studies. Statistics show that the number of international students entering Canada has more than tripled in the last ten years, and the number of international students is increasing every year in consideration of settling in Canada. One of the many reasons for international students coming to Canada is for permanent residency programs only open for international students, giving a lot of extra points to those who have studied in Canada. Those programs can result in supplementing young and highly educated workforce. According to Statistics Canada, more than half of 600,000 international students in Canada want to continue to stay in Canada. The government of Canada attracts more international students over a decade to immigrate to Canada favorably. International students adapt well in the labor market to help develop the Canadian economy and by being consumers as well.
Canada is a mosaic of cultures, and its economy is always heavily dependent on immigration, so the next decade is affirmative for Canadian immigration. If you are considering moving to Canada, you should prepare your application soon when the opportunity has come.