October 2020 is important for Canadian immigration. Two major upcoming events, expected to take place this month, could affect Canadian immigration for years to come.
The first will be a new mandate letter written by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. The mandate letter containing Canada's new immigration policy is expected to be published soon.
This will be the Canadian Prime Minister's second mandate letter in 2020. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government's immigration agenda, announced on March 12 as part of the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan, has been affected to some extent.
The COVID-19 situation has delayed the start of the new municipal program for Canada. The waiver of Canadian citizenship application fees has also been put on hold.
Since the new session of the Canadian Parliament begins on September 23 with the "Speech from the Throne", the mandate letter will in all probability be made publicly available in October.
In addition, in another rare event, the Canadian federal government is expected to announce its immigration plan for the second time in the same year. The Canadian Immigration Plan 2021-2023, which sets out the new goals for permanent residency in Canada for the next three years, is scheduled to be announced by October 30th.
As Marco Mendicino confirmed several times, Canada has remained committed to immigration throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Even in the COVID-19 scenario, 32 express draws have been carried out so far in 2020. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 82,850 application invitations (ITAs) in 2020, a record compared to ITAs issued at the same time in previous years.
Immigration is vital to Canada. Supporting facts and figures from the IRCC state: “With an aging population and falling birth rates, as well as labor and economic challenges, Canada's workforce and population growth will become even more dependent on immigration. In fact, immigration accounts for 100% of Canada's workforce growth, and immigrants will account for up to 30% of Canada's population by 2036, compared to 20.7% in 2011. "
Canada is aiming for high levels of immigration despite the COVID-19 pandemic as it relies on immigration to keep the economy going.
Marco Mendicino is reportedly not going to reduce the government's immigration targets in the next three-year plan, due to be presented shortly before the Canadian parliament.
In order to gauge current demand for immigration, Mendicino's office has entered into consultations with several business, labor and settlement organizations.
In the past, Canada has successfully used immigration over the years to fill gaps in the labor market and encourage population growth.
Previously, Mendicino categorically stated that immigration in the post-coronavirus scenario in Canada will remain "a permanent asset".
According to the 2020-2022 immigration plan announced on March 12, one week before the introduction of the COVID-19 special measures in Canada, the overall immigration target has been set at 341,000 new arrivals to be welcomed in 2020. Of these, 91,800 were to be highly qualified, another 67,800 should be accepted through the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
For Quebec Skilled Workers and Business, an allocation of 25,250 places has been planned.
With new immigration levels to be announced shortly, there is much speculation about any adjustments the Canadian government might make to its immigration destinations for the next three years.
Given the Canadian government's commitment to immigration, it is expected that immigration targets for the next three years will also be set at higher immigration levels.
According to the IRCC's 2019 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, “Canada's future economic success will depend in part on an immigration system that helps ensure that people with the right skills are in the right place at the right time to evolve to meet labor market needs. Immigration has increased and will continue to empower Canada as it helps keep our country globally competitive by promoting innovation and economic growth by supporting diverse and inclusive communities. "
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