Okay dear @canuck78 ! maybe its not a target but according to the website they want to approve for this year between 5000/6000 applications but yes maybe it will be more or maybe less .There are no target for H&C approval. It is based on the cases. There could be a large number of approvals or a large number of denials one year. There has clearly been a new system implemented to process H&C applications faster. The shorter the time in Canada, the less time to establish yourself which is likely one of the reasons for some denials for cases from 2020. When timelines were 2-3 years there was more time to get established, have children, etc. H&C is not purely based on hardship. You can be denied H&C if you come from a 3rd world country. It is a more complex evaluation. The officers are not mean they are following the requirements of their job. H&C is not meant to be a pathway to secure PR for anyone who has failed to secure PR via other means. If that was the case anyone could arrive on a tourist visa and apply for H&C if they wanted to secure PR.