MINISTER TABLES THE 2004 ANNUAL REPORT TO PARLIAMENT ON
OTTAWA, October 28, 2004 — Citizenship and
Immigration Minister Judy Sgro today tabled the Annual
Report to Parliament on Immigration. The report
highlights the Department’s activities in 2003 to attract
immigrants, who provide both economic and cultural benefits to
Canadians. It also includes the Government of Canada’s
immigration plan for 2005.
“Our immigration plan for 2005 will help Canada’s economy
grow, while promoting family reunification and refugee
protection,” says Minister Sgro.
The Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration,
which must be tabled at the latest by November 1 each year, is
a requirement under the Immigration and Refugee Protection
Act (IRPA), in effect since June 28, 2002. The report
indicates that Canada welcomed 221,352 permanent residents in
2003 and includes the linguistic profiles of these permanent
residents, an update on the gender-based analyses of the
impact of IRPA, and the number of temporary resident permits
issued. CIC expects to select between 220,000 and 245,000 new
permanent residents in 2005.
Key provincial and territorial collaborative initiatives
are included in the report, along with a complete list of
“Canada is one of a small number of countries to deliver a
permanent immigration program,” explained the Minister. The
year 2003 marked the fourth year in a row that the planned
immigration levels have been met. “This success indicates that
Canada continues to be a destination of choice for
immigrants,” adds Minister Sgro.
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2004 Annual Report to
Parliament on Immigration
The 2004 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration
provides information on immigration activities for the
calendar year 2003 and includes the government’s immigration
plan for 2005. The report is a requirement of the
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which came into
effect on June 28, 2002. Citizenship and Immigration Canada
must table the report on or before November 1 of each year.
Highlights of the Report
This year’s report provides information on the following
- The 221,352 immigrants who became permanent
residents in 2003. This includes breakdowns by
immigrant class, gender and province of destination, and the
top 10 source countries of origin.
- The linguistic profiles of the permanent
residents welcomed to Canada in 2003. The report
indicates that 56% (123,018) stated they spoke English
and/or French, while the remaining 44% (98,334) stated they
spoke neither language on arrival.
- The 39,551 permanent residents admitted to
Canada under the Canada-Quebec Accord in 2003. The
Quebec plan calls for 44,400 permanent residents for 2005.
More detailed information by class is also provided.
- The 5,265 individuals granted permanent resident
status on humanitarian or compassionate grounds in 2003.
- The 12,069 temporary resident permits issued to
persons seeking to enter Canada and found to be
- Key information on the temporary residents of
2003 (foreign workers, students and visitors) has
also been included to provide a more complete picture of the
government’s immigration activities. In 2003, there were
244,922 entries as temporary residents and refugee
claimants. Among these, 34% were foreign workers, 25% were
foreign students, 12% were humanitarian cases and the
remaining 29% were from other categories (primarily
individuals who had only visitor records).
- A status report on the number of permanent
residents admitted in 2004 (from January to
August), by immigrant class. There were 165,691 new
permanent residents admitted in that time period,
representing 75% of the annual target for 2004.
- Plan for 2005: to land 220,000 to 245,000 new
permanent residents. This number is further broken
down into the number of people the government plans to
accept in Canada as protected persons or under the economic
or family class.
- A gender-based analysis section. A
gender-based analysis is an analytical framework that
assesses the different impacts of proposed or existing
policies, programs, legislation and regulations on women and
men and on different groups of men and women. It compares
how and why men and women might be affected differently by
- The minister of Citizenship and Immigration has the
authority to sign agreements with the provinces and
territories that will facilitate the coordination
and implementation of immigration policies and programs. In
recent years, bilateral agreements have been signed with
nine provinces and one territory. The report includes a
complete list of federal-provincial-territorial agreements
currently in effect.
For more information, including historical landing
patterns, see the publication entitled Facts and Figures
on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Web site at