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  • Writer's pictureHossein Alavi, RCIC

Canada Targets Decrease in Temporary Resident Population by 2027

Updated: Apr 10

Navigating the Future of Canadian Immigration: Understanding the Shift in Temporary Residency Policies

The Canadian government has announced a significant policy shift aimed at reducing the proportion of temporary residents in the country's population. As detailed in a CBC News report by Darren Major on March 21, 2024, this move by Immigration Minister Marc Miller seeks to decrease the temporary resident population from 6.2% to 5% by 2027. This blog post explores the implications and strategies behind this decision.

In 2023, temporary residents comprised 6.2% of Canada's population. This includes individuals on work and study permits, as well as refugee claimants. The government’s new target represents a reduction of roughly 19%, a significant shift aimed at rebalancing Canada's approach to immigration and labor market needs.

Key Policy Changes and Goals

  • Temporary Residents in Annual Immigration Levels Plan: For the first time, temporary residents will be included in Canada's annual immigration levels plan, expected to be released in the fall of 2024.

  • Review of Temporary Work Permit Programs: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will conduct a review of the government's temporary work permit programs to better align with labor market needs.

Impact on the Labor Market

  • Adjustments in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault announced that starting May 1, 2024, the cap for low-wage workers under this program will be reduced from 30% to 20% for most sectors. Construction and healthcare sectors, as well as seasonal industries, will be exempt from this change.

  • Changes to Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs): New LMIAs will now be valid for only six months, compared to the current one-year period. Employers will face more stringent requirements to prove they have exhausted local labor options.

Implications for International Students

Two-Year Cap on International Student Permits: This policy, announced earlier in the year, is part of the effort to achieve the 5% target. The cap is expected to control the growth of the student category, which forms a large part of the temporary resident population.

Broader Objectives

Minister Miller's strategy reflects a broader aim of managing the sustainable growth of Canada's population, balancing the influx of temporary residents with the needs of the local labor market and the overall economic vibrancy of the country.

Miller plans to convene a meeting in May with provincial and territorial counterparts to discuss the 5% reduction target, emphasizing a collaborative approach to immigration and population management.

Statistics Canada reported a significant population increase in the third quarter of 2023, fueled by international migration, including a large number of non-permanent residents. This historic growth rate underlines the urgency of reevaluating immigration policies to maintain a balanced approach.


The Canadian government's plan to reduce the temporary resident population signifies a pivotal shift in its immigration policy. This approach seeks to balance the country’s economic needs with the welfare of both permanent and temporary residents. As these policies evolve, it’s essential for all stakeholders, including prospective immigrants, employers, and policy analysts, to stay informed and adapt to these changes.

How Immigrative Can Help You in Navigating the New Temporary Resident Policy Changes

With the Canadian government’s recent strategy to reduce the temporary resident population, navigating the altered landscape of immigration policies requires expert guidance. At Immigrative Visa Services, we are uniquely positioned to assist you through these evolving challenges and opportunities.

  • Customized Consultation and Strategy: Our initial consultations are geared towards a deep understanding of how these policy changes affect your individual situation. We focus on crafting personalized strategies that explore all possible avenues, ensuring we consider every option available under the new regulations, including work and study permits.

  • Expertise in Complex Regulations: Our team's expertise extends to the intricate details of both federal and provincial immigration laws. We excel in guiding clients through the complexities of these new policies, ensuring that your application process aligns with the latest requirements.

  • Focused Support for Policy Adjustments: In light of the adjustments to labor market impact assessments and international student permits, we offer targeted assistance to help you understand and adapt your immigration strategies effectively.

  • Meticulous Application Preparation: We go beyond simply navigating policy shifts; our consultants meticulously prepare each application, ensuring full compliance with the new, more stringent requirements, thereby bolstering your chances of success.


This blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized advice regarding your specific immigration situation, it is recommended to consult with an authorized immigration professional.

About the Author:

This blog post is authored by Hossein Alavi, RCIC, a seasoned Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the founder and CEO of Immigrative Visa Services Inc. and EduPal Canada. With over ten years of experience in the education and immigration sectors, he is dedicated to assisting individuals and companies with their Canadian immigration needs. Contact Immigrative Visa Services Inc. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward realizing your Canadian dream.


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