October 30, 2020

Canada Immigration – Level Plans for 2021-2023

The level plans every year is important for the economy of Canada and fill the skilled labor shortage. The 2021 to 2023 levels plan aims to continue welcoming immigrants at a rate of about 1% of the population of Canada as following:

401,000 permanent residents in 2021,

411,000 permanent residents in 2022

and 421,000 permanent residents in 2023

These are the high targets Canada has ever welcomed

Family reunification and refugee settlement is also an important part of Canada’s immigration level plan.

As the borders are closed due to pandemic and travel restrictions are in place for the safety of Canadians, There is a big shortfall in 2020, therefore, an increase in admissions over the 3 years has been planned to make up the shortfall in 2020. The biggest economic growth of about 60% will be from the Economic class.

a focus on economic growth, with about 60% of admissions to come from the Economic Class.  Innovative and community-driven approaches will be in focus to meet the labor and demographic needs of the provinces.

A commitment has been shown to transform the immigration system of Canada into a digital system to enhance the processing of applications.

An innovative approach, Economic Mobility Pathway, will be adopted to admit 500 Refugees over the next two years. Qualified refugees would be able to apply for permanent residency through the existing economic immigration pathways.

a pathway to permanent residency for eligible asylum claimants who were working on the front lines of the pandemic between March 13 and August 14, 2020, providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions.


October 20, 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)Update:

Designated learning institutions reopening to international students

Some of the Designated Learning institutions are now ready to reopen to International students as of October 20, 2020.

Students who:

COVID-19 readiness plan for DLIs

All the DLIs must have a readiness plan to open their campuses to international students which must be approved by their province or territory that:

  • protects the health and safety of all students and the surrounding community
  • describes how they will manage the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international students, including arrangements for transportation to the students’ quarantine location
  • provides information and support to international students about
    • how they can get the items they need for their quarantine, like food and medications
    • health insurance
    • remaining healthy while in Canada

Studying at an approved DLI

If your DLI isn’t included below, you can’t travel to Canada to study at this time.

Family members who will be coming with you to Canada can’t travel to Canada before you do.

We’ll update this page as more DLIs are approved by their province or territory to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada. If your DLI isn’t on the list yet, check back regularly to see if it’s been added. Any DLI that no longer meets its provincial or territorial public health requirements will be removed.

Find out if your DLI is approved


Ottawa, October 5, 2020

The government of Canada announces details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program

October 5, 2020—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program.

Over a 3-week period, from 12 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020, to 12 p.m. EST on November 3, 2020, Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada will have an opportunity to submit an interest to sponsor form online.

A maximum of 10,000 applications will be accepted for processing as part of the 2020 PGP intake. In 2021, IRCC will open a new intake of interest to sponsor forms to accept a total of 30,000 new applications.

Click on the link below for further details:


The Minimum Necessary Income Level (MNI)

The minimum necessary income required varies, depending on the number of family members you support in Canada, the number of family members you wish to sponsor, and where you live (Quebec or the other Canadian provinces).

To be eligible to sponsor your parents and Grandparents, you MUST exceed the minimum required income for each of the last 3 years; in 2020, 2019, and 2018.

The minimum income is calculated as the LICO +30%. However, considering hardships and impact during COVID 19, a temporary public policy was introduced for the 2020 tax year only, the MNI for 2020 is just LICO, and not grossed up by 30%.

​The Minimum Necessary Income is given in the table below:

Family Members MNI MNI MNI
2020* 2019 2018
2 persons $32,270 $41,007 $40,379
3 persons $39,672 $50,414 $49,641
4 persons $48,167 $61,209 $60,271
5 persons $54,630 $69,422 $68,358
6 persons $61,613 78,296 $77,095
7 persons $68,598 $87,171 $85,835
Each additional person $6,985 $8,875 $8,740

International Students studying online from abroad due to travel restrictions, COVID 19

There are a number of international students who have received their study permits but due to travel restrictions and online delivery of instruction. There is uncertainty about the eligibility for PGWP after studies completion which IRCC recognizes and introduced 3 new measures on post-graduation work permit eligibility for students beginning programs online.

Changes introduced are:

  1. Students may now study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50% of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada.
  2. Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length, with a start date from May to September 2020, will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
  3. Students who have enrolled in a program with a start date from May to September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study, may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a post-graduation work permit in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies are completed in Canada.

To be eligible for these measures, students must have submitted a study permit application before starting a program of study in the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semester, or the January 2021 semester. All students must eventually be approved for a study permit.

IRCC will continue to closely monitor the situation and assess whether further changes are needed.