Despite restrictions due to the COVID pandemia, Canada has reaffirmed their plan to welcome over 1,200,000 immigrant newcomers between 2021 and 2023. In the Fall of 2020, Canada announced their Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 and plans to increase immigration to Canada over the coming three years.
IRCC will welcome over 400,000 immigrant newcomers per year beginning in 2021:
- 2021: 401,000
- 2022: 411,000
- 2023: 421,000
More than 9 million Canadians will reach retirement age in the next decade. With an ageing workforce and a need for skilled talent, by 2031 immigration is expected to account for 80% of Canada’s population growth, up from the current 75%.
Improved IRCC Services To Meet Immigration Goals
Canada has initiated new programs and services to help reach its immigration goals.
Expedited Family Class
IRCC has expanded offices in Nova Scotia in order to process more applications and shorten the processing times that have grown longer during the pandemic and will be primarily dedicated to family class overseas applications.
Expanded Express Entry Draw for Immigrants Living in Canada
Canada held an Express Entry draw from the candidate pool and issued invitations for 27,332 people: five times the previous high of 5,000 for promising skilled workers who already live in the country.
New Open Work Permit for Hong Kong Residents
IRCC issued several new initiatives to help more Hong Kong residents come to Canada including a new open work permit for Hong Kongers and exemption to the 12-month bar on a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) for Hong Kong residents.
New Work Permit Policy for Foreign Graduate Students
International graduate students who were unable to get work due to COVID but who hold or held a PGWP the opportunity to apply for an open work permit.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) New Pathways To Permanent Residency
AINP has opened to now opportunities that encourage international graduates to invest in the local economy, open businesses in Alberta that create new high-paying jobs for Albertans in the tech sector and help diversify the local economy.
Immigrants Working in Healthcare Have More Opportunity For Permanent Residency
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requested that IRCC find more pathways for Permanent Residency for immigrant healthcare workers.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) New Expression of Interest (EOI) System
OINP is launching a new, fairer system for applicants to express an interest to apply to the points-based system for skilled economic immigrants to meet the province’s labour market needs.
Canada business immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah welcomes the changes to immigration programs and policies:
"Expediting and streamlining the immigration process is vital - the system is not working now. None of the programs met their standard last fiscal year, and the trend is getting slower and slower. Processing times for Express Entry were getting longer before the pandemic hit. When they first launched it a few years ago, it was incredible - but processing times grew, and now with COVID people and businesses are in jeopardy. Canada needs immigration to grow our economy and create jobs for Canadians."
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