Your Roadmap of Immigration to Canada in 2021


Earlier this year, Canada announced its Immigration Level Plan 2021-2023. Canada will focus on the highest level of immigration in its history.

Over the next three years, Canada will strive to accept the next level of new permanent residents:

  • 2021: 401,000 immigrants
  • 2022: 411,000 immigrants
  • 2023: 421,000 immigrants

The Immigration Level Plan is the most critical immigration announcement the Canadian government makes every year. It indicates the number of new permanent residents that Canada intends to admit in the coming years and the categories to which Canada wants to admit them. 

Canada accepts immigrants in the following categories: economic, family, and refugees.

Earlier this year, on the 12th of March, the federal government announced that Canada intends to accept more than one million new permanent resident applicants between 2020 and 2022. A few days later, Canada was forced to close its borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To compensate for this year’s drop in immigration, Canada has developed the most ambitious immigration plan in its history, which lists all the best and easiest ways to immigrate to Canada and get Canadian PR in 2021.

Most Essential: Immigrant’s Toolkit

  • To participate in the Federal Program “Qualified Worker,” an applicant must score at least 67 points on the Comprehensive Ranking System.
  • Permanent residents and citizens of Canada may sponsor an immediate relative or one other person associated with a blood bond or adoption.
  • Proficiency in English or French is a requirement for almost all visa programs.
  • If you feel lost in information and details, find a Canada immigration consultant and get proper advice.

There is no shortage of reasons to migrate to Canada. In terms of jobs, Canada offers skilled workers many opportunities and better prospects for life. The country boasts a variety of landscapes, from rocky mountains to Niagara Falls.

The country has an excellent education system and free basic health care. It is also known as one of the safest countries globally and the country that takes 1st place in terms of personal freedom.

Let’s discuss some ways to immigrate to Canada.

Ways To Immigrate To Canada And Get A PR In 2021

Over the last several years, the process of immigrating to Canada has been streamlined, and in some instances, it has been a matter of choosing the right category/stream to apply to. 

Since early 2017, Canada has opened its doors wide, and there are many ways to make Canada a new home from 2021. Although at first, it sounds exciting, at the same time, it confuses people in what option to apply. Given this, there is no better time for applicants to immigrate to Canada. Let’s consider each of the Canadian immigration flows and their prospects:

The Express Entry Option

Express entry is one of the most widely used immigration flows among skilled migrants. It began in 2015 and has become a source of growing numbers of skilled immigrants for the Canadian government.

Canadian Express Entry is a scoring system where candidates are ranked according to a predetermined set of parameters that ultimately converge to a final score. Candidates are then invited to the Express Pool based on their points.

Who can apply?

  • Anyone with a bachelor’s, master’s, or postgraduate (Ph.D.) degree can apply. The bigger the degree, the more points you score.
  • A minimum of 2 years (within the last five years) of Canadian or international experience in a skilled occupation in key NOC B groups (Federal Skilled Labor Program).
  • If you have one year (within the last three years) of Canadian experience with NOC 0, A, B (Canadian Experience Class), you get more points.
  • Candidates under 29 years of age get more points, and 5 points are deducted for every year after that.

Note: A letter offering a full-time job with a positive LMIA score from an acceptable Canadian employer will add significant points to the job application. Thus, candidates with skills in demand are encouraged to contact potential employers first.

Processing time: It will vary from country to country (although 6-8 months is a good score).

Tariffs: $1040 per person

Path to citizenship: Almost sure. Because you get PR after being invited and approved in express delivery, you become a Canadian citizen after living three years of the last five years in Canada.

Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP)

Provincial nomination programs (PNPs) allow Canadian territories and provinces to nominate candidates who want to immigrate to Canada. 

These candidates are also interested in settling in a particular province. Each Provincial Nomination Program has at least one immigration category that matches the Federal Immigration Express Entry process.

Each province of Canada, except Quebec and Nunavut, has its own unique PNP. Under Canadian law, Quebec is free to choose immigrants who want to settle in the provinces. 

However, to be accepted into Canada, immigrants must meet certain federal requirements. For more information, see the Immigration to Quebec section.

To be selected by a province or territory, you should follow the instructions on their website and contact them directly:

The Family Sponsorship Option

Who can be the one to sponsor?

  • Canadian Citizen
  • Canadian PR holder

Someone can be sponsored only if he/she is related to the sponsor as:

  • Spouse/common-law partner
  • Child/grandchild
  • Parent
  • Brother/sister
  • Nephew/niece
  • Uncle/aunt

Processing time:

  • 12 months for spouse
  • 20–24 months for parents/grandparents
  • 10–12 months for a dependent child.


  • $1040 (for 22+ years old sponsee)
  • $150 (for child)

Optional: The sponsor must have a personal or family income that meets LICO (Low-income cut-off) requirements based on his/her dependents or family members.

Startup Visa

Five business owners or I can apply if they have an excellent business idea and they can get a letter of support from any of them:

  • Venture Capital Fund (with a minimum of $200,000)
  • Angel Investor Group (with a minimum of $75,000)
  • Needs to be accepted into one of IRCC mentioned list of Business Incubators

Term of processing: from 12-16 months

Cost from $1,540

Optional: While an individual is applying for PR, they may apply for a temporary work permit to enter Canada and start building their own business.

Caregiver Visa

Visa for caregivers is a unique program, which is considered the only option that provides access to PR status for foreign caregivers after two years of full-time employment in their specialty. 

Attaining PR is a bonus that compensates for unpleasant working conditions and relatively low wages.

In 2021, child caregivers worked in Canada in three areas, and in 2019 the other three regions expired.

1. Caregiver Case Management Program (LCP)

The “Live-in Caregiver” program is closed for new candidates.

You can apply for this program if you have two years of experience as a caregiver if:

  • You are already working on an LCP work permit.
  • You have received an LMIA work permit by November 20, 2014.

2. Home Care Provider Pilot and Home Care Provider Support worker Pilot

3. Extension of a temporary work permit


I can apply, if I am one of the following professions:

  • Author/writer
  • Creative and performing artist
  • Musicians
  • Painter
  • Sculptor / visual artist
  • Technical support or another job in motion pictures
  • Creative designers / craftspeople

Required experience: At least two years from the last five years.

Processing time: 24 months

Cost from $1,540

Selection criteria: 35/100 points

The class of self-employed people is not subject to any immigration conditions. Upon arrival in Canada, you must have enough money to support yourself and your family.

A self-employed person’s financial assets may also be a measure of intent and economic feasibility in Canada. It has no minimum investment level for self-employed individuals. The capital you need depends on the nature of your job.

Student Route To PR

Students enrolled in a two-year program at a Canadian tertiary institute have many immigration options. Employers in Canada are more attracted to students with previous work experience in Canada. Because of Canadian education’s impeccable quality, Canada tries to retain foreign talent that graduates from its institutions.

Students are often advised to apply for a dual purpose, i.e., both temporary (work and study) and permanent residence in Canada. Dual Mindedness allows students to obtain temporary study permission while they apply/wait for their permanent residency. 

It makes Canada an even more advantageous place to study for students. Students can take any of the following immigration routes to obtain permanent residency:

  • Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class)
  • Provincial nomination

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Canadian Government, in partnership with the subsequent 4 Atlantic provinces, has launched an employer-focused program to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire skilled foreign workers for jobs they could not fill on the ground:

  • Prince Edward Island
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland
  • Labrador

Processing time: 6 months

Cost: $1,040

This program is divided into three streams based on individuals’ qualifications, experience, and education. The requirements that remain unchanged in all these streams are:

  • Good results in the test of language proficiency in both English and French.
  • The candidate must have sufficient funds to support himself and any dependents.

High-Skilled Worker

This category is intended for candidates who have at least one year of professional, managerial, or qualified work experience and have a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent.

Intermediate Skilled Worker

This category is intended for candidates with experience in positions requiring secondary education or completed at least one year of specialized training.

International Graduate

This category is intended for candidates who have been in the Atlantic province for at least 16 months before obtaining a diploma, degree, or another diploma from a publicly funded institute in the Atlantic province.

Agri-Food Pilot

Canada has launched the Agrifood Sector Pilot Project to address the needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. The following are eligible:

  • Butcher
  • Food Processing woкker
  • Livestock worker
  • Farm supervisor
  • Harvesting worker
  • General Farm Labourer

Required experience: 1-year off-season experience in Canada is a mandatory requirement.

To Sum Up

Canada’s friendly attitude towards new immigrants, when other countries, such as the U.S. and Australia, limit immigration policy, contributes to Canada’s success and helps the country expand its talent pool. 

If you see that you are eligible for one or more programs, then you should get ready and start the process to move to this friendly, beautiful, and safe place in the world. And with all the information you need, you should succeed because Canada is looking forward to meeting you!

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