A new report from Yves Giroux, Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer, states that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) possess 65% more staff than necessary to meet their Express Entry goal. The federal government aims to process 80% of applications received under Express Entry immigration programs within six months. As a result, the total expenditure predicted to achieve the processing target amounts to $792 million over five years. With fees collected (743 million), this amount will be reduced to an approximate net cost of $48 million.