IMMIGRATION MINISTER TABLES THE 2005 ANNUAL REPORT TO
PARLIAMENT ON IMMIGRATION
OTTAWA, October 31, 2005 — The Honourable
Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today
announced that Canada reached its targeted annual immigration
levels for the fifth consecutive year, attracting 235,824 new
permanent residents in 2004. The details on the immigration
levels reached, as well as the Department’s activities in 2004
to attract and welcome newcomers, are outlined in the
Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration tabled today.
The report presents the overall immigration ranges for
2006, including the commitment to admit from 225,000 to
255,000 newcomers to Canada as permanent residents. It also
provides the target ranges for permanent residents to be
admitted in each immigration class for 2006.
The report speaks to the need for a new long-term approach
to immigration planning. Strengthened partnerships to improve
the current immigration system so that applicants can be
processed more quickly, and ensure a modern service delivery
system that is efficient and responds to the needs of all
Canadians, are a priority.
“Canada needs the drive, ambition and skills many newcomers
bring to our country every year and we need to make sure they
succeed once they arrive,” said Minister Volpe. I am fully
committed to delivering the results Canadians need and want to
secure the economic and social prosperity of our country for
this and future generations.”
The department’s annual report, and its performance report
for 2004-05, is available at
For more information (media only):
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
- Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration — 2005
Acrobat PDF (236 K)
- Departmental Performance Report for the period ending
March 31, 2005
Acrobat PDF (791 K)
2005 Annual Report to
Parliament on Immigration
The 2005 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration
announces the government’s immigration plan for 2006; provides
information on immigration activities for the calendar year
2004 (for both permanent and temporary residents); gives a
mid-year update on the permanent residents admitted in 2005;
and summarizes key activities undertaken in collaboration with
the provinces and territories. Under section 94 of the
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Citizenship and
Immigration Canada (CIC) 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:
- Canada’s immigration plan for 2006. The
report gives the overall immigration range for the coming
calendar year and provides the target ranges for permanent
residents to be admitted in each immigration class in 2006.
Overall, the government is committed to admitting between
225,000 and 255,000 permanent residents in 2006 and plans to
have a 56%/44% balance between the economic and non-economic
- CIC’s partnerships with provincial and
territorial governments. This overview includes a
list of the federal/provincial-territorial agreements
currently in force and summarizes the key joint initiatives.
In 2004, 6,248 permanent residents were admitted
under the Provincial Nominee Program to fill
regional or local needs.
- The 235,824 new permanent residents admitted to
Canada in 2004. This section includes breakdowns by
immigrant class, province of destination, country of origin
and linguistic profile.
- 133,746 newcomers admitted under the economic
class in 2004 (57% of the total). This includes
skilled workers, business immigrants, provincial nominees
and live-in caregivers.
- 62,246 newcomers admitted under the family
class in 2004 (26% of the total).
- 32,685 refugees and other protected persons
admitted in 2004 (14% of the total).
- 6,945 people granted permanent resident status
on humanitarian and compassionate grounds in 2004
(3% of the total).
- The 13,598 temporary resident permits issued in
2004 to persons seeking to enter Canada but found
to be inadmissible.
- Key information on the temporary residents
admitted in 2004. In 2004, CIC admitted
90,688 foreign workers, granted 56,536 new
study permits to international students, and issued
684,341 temporary visitor visas.
- A mid-year report for 2005 on the number of
permanent residents admitted from January to June,
by immigrant class. There were 130,906 newcomers admitted in
the first half of the year, based on a planned target range
of 220,000 to 245,000 new permanent residents.
- An overview of gender-based analysis activities.
A gender-based analysis (GBA) is an analytical framework
that assesses the different impacts of proposed or existing
policies, programs, legislation and regulations on women and
men. This section describes CIC’s policy framework for GBA,
reports on key GBA activities undertaken by CIC and provides
gender breakdowns for the key immigration statistics
provided in the report.
For more information, including historical landing
patterns, see the publication entitled Facts and Figures
on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Web site at