By CIC News |

Canada’s more than 100 immigration programs and streams in the economic class offer a wide range of opportunities for prospective immigrants.

CIC News has conducted a new analysis since January and there are now 104 economic immigration pathways in Canada.

The federal government and every Canadian province and territory have been making great strides over the past three decades with the introduction of many economic immigration pathways.

The goal: Provide a variety of immigration pathways so that Canada can meet the needs of a larger number of potential immigrants who, in turn, can bring a variety of skills and contribute to the country’s economic growth.

Canada’s immigration system welcomes permanent residents through three main avenues: as economic immigrants bringing both capital and labour skills, as family members sponsored under the family reunification program, and as refugees who are accepted into the country on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

The economic class accounts for the largest share of immigration to Canada, with about 6 in 10 immigrants selected for their positive impact on the economy. Most economic immigrants are highly skilled workers who apply from abroad, as well as highly skilled temporary workers and international students already living in Canada.

Those interested in becoming permanent residents in Canada can submit a profile to the Express Entry pool, where they are electronically screened for eligibility to one of the three main economic immigration programs—the Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

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