Planning for Canada provides information and guidance to family and economic-class immigrants before your arrival so you can be better prepared to live and work in Canada. We offer information sessions, planning services and ongoing connections to Canadian organizations through our free three-step program funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) runs Planning for Canada. We connect clients to different partners for province/territory-specific information and guidance on settlement and employment. We also connect clients to employment services to ease the job search process for immigrants. Each year, we help thousands of eligible immigrants arrive and settle with confidence. Since 2007, we have served more than 58,000 clients from 111 countries.

Our Impact


clients said Planning for Canada services helped them be better informed.


clients said Planning for Canada helped them settle in Canada.


clients found employment in Canada in less than six months.

Our Reach

We have a network that enables us to serve immigrants anywhere in the world. Our global teams deliver live online sessions, allowing you to ask questions and connect with other immigrants in real time. We also offer in-person sessions at our two field offices in India and the Philippines. No matter where you are, our highly trained international team can help you.

Where our clients come from

Top 10 countries of residence of participants


Based on a total of 5648 participants

Types of clients and where they settle

We serve many immigrants and their dependants in different immigration classes. Most of our clients are economic class immigrants in the Federal Skilled Worker and Provincial Nominee programs, followed by the family class category. The rest of our clients belong to the Atlantic Immigration Program and other economic classes.

The different categories of immigrants we serve are:

  • Federal skilled workers are economic class immigrants (and their dependants) who have been approved for permanent residence based on their education, work experience, language skills in English and/or French, and other adaptation factors.
  • Provincial nominees are economic class immigrants (and their dependants) who have been nominated for permanent residence by their intended province or territory of residence based on provincial or territorial economic and demographic needs.
  • Family class immigrants are close relatives of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and who have been sponsored to come to Canada as permanent residents based on this relationship.

Data source: Planning for Canada 2019-2020

Arrive With Confidence

Want to learn more? In the following video, you can hear an expanded overview of how our pre-arrival services help immigrants prepare for their move, settlement and employment in Canada. You can also learn what makes Planning for Canada different from other pre-arrival services and how our program can support you wherever you are in the world.

Planning for Canada was outstanding, helping us prepare and make sure our journey is on the right track.

Rutu and Kevin from Mumbai, India

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