136: The Future of Immigration in Canada 2024

Show Notes for Canadian Immigration Podcast Episode 136: The Future of Immigration in Canada 2024

Welcome to Episode 136 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast. In this episode, Mark Holthe and Alicia Backman-Beharry discuss the future of immigration in Canada as we continue into 2024, focusing on recent announcements by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser and the potential impact on temporary and permanent residency pathways.

Key Highlights:

  1. Minister's Speech on Immigration Intentions: Immigration Minister Sean Fraser delivered a speech outlining the government's intentions for immigration, emphasizing the need to balance economic needs with humanitarian commitments.

  2. Breakdown of Temporary Resident Numbers: Analysis of temporary resident numbers reveals that 42% are international students, 9% are under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, 44% are under the International Mobility Program, and 5% are Asylum seekers. The government aims to align temporary residence with economic goals.

  3. International Student Restrictions: The government has implemented restrictions on international students, including caps on study permits, increased minimum funds requirements, and limitations on spousal work permits. These measures aim to reduce the number of international students and ensure that schools focus on programs contributing to the workforce.

  4. LMIA Restrictions: The government has reduced the LMIA validity period from 18 months to 6 months, forcing employers to be more efficient in their recruitment and limiting the number of temporary foreign workers.

  5. Asylum and Humanitarian Restrictions: The government is considering restrictions on asylum seekers and humanitarian pathways, focusing on linking internationally recognized refugees with Canadian employers through the Economic Mobility Pathway for Refugees (EMPP).

  6. Future Plans for Temporary and Permanent Residency: Minister Fraser announced plans to expand the immigration levels plan to include both temporary resident arrivals and permanent resident arrivals. The government aims to ensure a robust pathway to permanent residency for those wishing to make Canada their long-term home.

  7. Practical Advice for Temporary Residents: Temporary residents in Canada should focus on improving their language skills, especially French language, securing employer support for LMIAs, and applying for work permits and post-graduation work permits promptly to maximize their chances of transitioning to permanent residency.


The future of immigration in Canada is undergoing significant changes, with the government aiming to align temporary and permanent residency pathways with economic needs while maintaining humanitarian commitments. International students, temporary foreign workers, and asylum seekers should stay informed about policy changes and seek legal advice to navigate the evolving immigration landscape.

For more information and assistance with Canadian immigration matters, you can book a consultation with Mark Holthe or Alicia Backman-Beharry through the following link: https://www.holthelaw.com/consultation