Canada: Continued Efforts to Reduce Immigration Backlogs

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • The government of Canada will add up to 1,250 new staff and provide more accurate data in an effort to reduce processing backlogs  


On 24 August 2022, the government of Canada introduced further measures aimed at reducing immigration application backlogs and addressing labor shortages throughout the country. As part of the measures, the government will hire up to 1,250 new employees to increase document processing capacity and tackle backlogs on a short-term scale. The government of Canada will also begin to publish monthly data for clients to check average processing times and delays.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Canada announced additional measures aimed at reducing immigration processing backlogs and efforts to keep clients better informed throughout the application process. According to the government announcement, around 54 percent of all immigration applications were considered in backlog as of July 2022. The government aims to process 80 percent of all new applications within standard application processing times by adding up to 1,250 staff. 

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Canada’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.