Back in January 2015, the Canadian government launched a new permanent residence initiative for permanent economic immigration outside of Quebec: the Express Entry system. The immigration programmes are the same as before, but this new initiative should allow for an initial selection of the best candidates for permanent economic residence in order to grant rapid entry into Canada (within 6 months of being selected).
Note: Express Entry is NOT for those of you who are interested in an IEC permit (WHV, Co-op or Young Professionals) or immigrating permanently to Quebec. The same applies to those who wish to apply for a temporary work permit.
That said, if you plan to settle permanently in Canada (outside of Quebec), Express Entry may be of interest to you. Express Entry is mainly managed by the Canadian immigration department known as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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