flagsCitizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced plans to maintain its record levels of immigration. CIC plans to admit a total of 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in 2013, matching its targets for the seventh year in a row.

In addition to ensuring high immigration levels, the Immigration Levels Plan for 2013 will create more room for the rapid growth in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The program, which was launched in 2008, facilitates the transition from temporary to permanent residence for those with high-skilled work experience in Canada, including international students and temporary foreign workers.

The number of people who applied under the CEC program has increased from about 2,500 people in 2009 to more than 6,000 in 2011, with more expected this year than ever before. In 2013, CIC intends to accept a record high of up to 10,000 permanent residents through this popular program.

“Our Government’s number one priority remains economic and job growth,” said Minister Kenney. “Newcomers bring their skills and talents, contribute to our economy and help renew our workforce so that Canada remains competitive on the world stage.”