From the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website: Notice – Supplementary Information to the 2014 immigration levels plan In 2014, Canada will welcome between 240,000 and 265,000 new permanent residents who will contribute to the Canadian economy.
The 2014 Immigration Levels Plan reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to jobs and economic growth. By increasing our immigration targets for 2014, we are working to address labour market needs and providing Canadian employers with the skilled workforce they need. Following the tabling of the 2013 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on October 28, 2013,
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is pleased to release details on its 2014 Immigration Levels Plan. A planning range is an estimate of the number of people CIC expects to admit each year, taking into account the differences in applicants’ behaviour both before applying and once they have received their visa (some applicants take longer than others to arrive in Canada from abroad after receiving their visa). For each range, CIC also sets an admissions target.
The work of CIC’s visa processing network is based on the admissions target so that admissions fall within the planning range. It is important to note that these are “planned” ranges and targets. Factors beyond CIC’s control can affect actual admission numbers, e.g. security issues that impact overseas processing. For details on the plan, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2013-11-01.asp