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Effective July 1, 2011

In order to reduce backlog and improve wait times while meeting the country’s labour market needs, Canada is adjusting the intake of applications from economic immigrants. CIC will be limiting the number of new applications it will consider in certain categories of the federal economic immigration stream effective July 1, 2011.

Federal Skilled Worker Changes

The government will further limit the numbers of new applications to be considered for processing for applicants who do not have offers of employment to 10,000 a year as of July 1st. A new sub-cap of 500 per each current occupation will be considered.

Investor Class

A cap of 700 will be introduced on new federal investor applications. Despite raised minimum net worth and investment requirements. CIC continues to receive excessive amounts of applications. This cap will allow backlog reduction while ensuring that there is a sufficient volume of new files to meet commitments.


A temporary moratorium is being introduced on new federal entrepreneur applications due to the fact that wait times for this program currently extend to eight years at some visa offices. A review of the program will be conducted over coming months to ensure Canada can more effectively attract and retain entrepreneurs.

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