Updated: Canada Immigration Digitization Initiative Introduced

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

This article was originally published on 2 Feb. 2022 and updated on 15 Feb. 2022, and 11 Feb. 2022 to reflect new information.    

15 Feb. 2022 Update: On 14 Feb. 2022, Canada released the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan, increasing the target goal of permanent residents to 431,645 for the year 2022. According to the government, this increase will be made possible through the digitization of the Canadian immigration system. The digitization of the system aims to reduce backlogs and create more predictable processing times for current and new immigrants in Canada.  

11 Feb. 2022 Update: On 8 Feb. 2022, the government of Canada announced plans to launch a new digital case status tracker that will allow some family class permanent residence applicants, sponsors, and their representatives to check application status online. Initially, the tracker will be made available to the spouses, partners, and dependent children of permanent residence applicants. For access to the tracker, eligible applicants should visit the Permanent Residence Family Class Application Tracker site. The government aims to use the tracker to reduce application processing time and create a more transparent immigration system.  

Key Points 

  • Digitalization of the Canadian immigration system aims to increase government efficiency 


On 31 Jan. 2022, the government of Canada announced measures aimed at improving client experience and modernizing the Canadian immigration system. The following changes have been or will be introduced: 

  • The government will provide CAD $85 million in new funding aiming to reduce application delays; 
  • Approximately 500 new immigration processing staff will be hired; 
  • A new Permanent Residence Application Tracker will also be introduced in Feb. 2022 that will allow spouses and dependents to check their application information and status online; 
  • An online process for permanent residence applicants to finalize and receive their permanent residency cards will be introduced; and 
  • Introduction of online testing, application tracking and citizenship ceremonies for citizenship applicants. 

What are the Changes? 

On 31 Jan. 2022, the government of Canada released a statement concerning the modernization of the Canadian immigration system. Multiple changes will be introduced to help reduce application backlogs and digitize the application process for permanent residency and citizenship.   

Looking Ahead   

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

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.