Canada’s immigration backlog down slightly to 2.6 million

IRCC stock has declined for the first time since July 2021.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reporting a shortfall in its August 31 list.

An IRCC spokesperson sent inventory data to CIC News suggesting that the backlog has been reduced by 95,204 persons in a matter of six weeks.

Inventory across all segments of the business has progressed since last July as follows:

  • August 31, 2022: 2,583,827 persons
  • July 15-17, 2022: 2,679,031 persons
  • June 1-6, 2022: 2,387,884 individuals
  • April 30-May 2, 2022: 2,130,385 individuals
  • April 11-12, 2022: 2,031,589 persons
  • March 15 and 17, 2022: 1,844,424 individuals
  • February 1, 2022: 1,815,628 individuals
  • December 15, 2021: 1,813,144 individuals
  • October 27, 2021: 1,792,404 individuals
  • July 6, 2021: 1,447,474 individuals

IRCC has recently come up with a new webpage which keeps track of inventory. According to that webpage IRCC had 2.4 million in inventory as on 31st July. Of these, 1.1 million were within service standards and 1.3 million were in the backlog.

CIC News has approached IRCC to inquire about the apparent discrepancy in the data of the media department as compared to the data reported on the government website. This article will be updated when clarification is received.

Immigration categoryPersons as of August 31, 2022
Permanent residence513,923
Temporary residence1,698,284
Grand total2,583,827

The citizenship list as of September 1 has 371,620 applicants, compared to 444,792 on July 15.

The permanent residency list stands at 513,923 people as of August 31, while it was 514,116 on July 17.

Also as on 31 August, the temporary residence list stood at 1,698,284 people, while as on 17 July there were 1,720,123 persons.

Therefore, cuts have been made in all three major groups.

Express Entry and PNP Inventory

A total of 40,180 express entry applicants are waiting in the queue, which is a decrease compared to last month when there were 51,616 persons in the list.

IRCC continues the round of invites for Express Entry candidates from all the programmes. Between September 21, 2021 and July 6, 2022, the IRCC invited only Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for immigration. Under the PNP, some programs (Advanced PNP) are managed by the Express Entry system, while others (Aadhaar PNP) are managed by the provinces’ own systems.

Express Entry-managed PNPs have seen a reduction in inventory, but base PNPs have increased from 35,599 in July to 41,832 in August.

Family category list continues upwards

The list of all family-class immigration programs is 125,746 as of July, when it was 118,251.

The Wives and Partners program has the second largest list of all immigration programs at 61,073. Privately Sponsored Refugees have the largest inventory of 68,123 individuals.

In the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), 53,029 people are waiting to be decided, up from 47,025 in July.

IRCC efforts to reduce backlog

On 29 August, Fraser highlighted how Canada is addressing the backlog by hiring 1,250 new employees by the end of the fall, modernizing IRCC operations, introducing application status trackers and publishing monthly data on the IRCC website. and working to reform the immigration system.

Inventory in tables

The following tables show more details of IRCC’s inventory.

Permanent residence inventory

Permanent residency classPersons as of August 31
Economic class206,688
Family class125,746
Humanitarian and compassionate29,224
Permit holders class16
Protected persons class152,249

Economic class inventory

Immigration categoryPersons as of August 31
Agri-Food Pilot Program866
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs1,528
Atlantic Immigration Program210
Canadian Experience Class (EE)5,214
Canadian Experience Class (No EE)118
Caring For Children Program29,179
Federal Investor4
Federal Self Employed4,022
Federal Skilled Workers (C-50)120
Federal Skilled Workers (EE)11,669
Federal Skilled Workers (Pre C-50)23
High Medical Needs Program4
Live-in Caregiver Program832
Provincial/Territorial Nominees (EE)22,998
Provincial/Territorial Nominees (No EE)41,832
Quebec Entrepreneur259
Quebec Investor10,727
Quebec Self Employed82
Quebec Skilled Workers23,559
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot1,103
Skilled Trades (EE)299
Skilled Trades (No EE)5
Start-up Business1,314
TR to PR50,721

Express Entry inventory

Immigration programPersons as of August 31
Federal Skilled Workers (EE)11,669
Canadian Experience Class (EE)5,214
Skilled Trades (EE)299
Provincial/Territorial Nominees (EE)22,998

Family class inventory

Immigration programPersons as of August 31
Children & Other Family Class8,880
FCH-Family relations – H&C2,764
Parents and Grandparents53,029
Spouses & Partners61,073

Humanitarian and compassionate class inventory

Immigration programPersons as of August 31
HC & PH class-ADM Dependant Person Overseas8,880
Humanitarian & Compassionate Straight2,764
Humanitarian & Compassionate with Risk or Discrimination53,029
Public Policy With RAP61,073
Public Policy Without RAP4,385

Permit holders class inventory

Immigration programPersons as of August 31
Permit holders class16

Protected persons inventory

Immigration programPersons as of August 31
Blended Visa Office-Referred148
Dependants Abroad of Protected Persons26,919
Federal Government-assisted Refugees32,365
Privately Sponsored Refugees68,128
Protected Persons Landed In Canada23,572
Quebec Government-assisted Refugees1,117

Temporary residence inventory

Application typePersons as of August 31
Study Permits152,147
Study Permits Extensions23,896
Temporary Resident Visas896,772
Visitor Record96,598
Work Permits359,247
Work Permits Extensions169,624

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