Prepared by Veronica Laurent, Abhilash Varghese; Edited by Peter Seeder on December 18, 2020

Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said, “We passionately believe in the development of Canada through immigration. Immigration is helping us to solve the pandemic which will be the answer to both our short-term economic growth and long-term stability”.

Despite the current coronavirus pandemic, Canada is going high on immigration, with more than 400,000 new permanent residents each year. Over the next three years, Canada will accept more than 1.2 million new permanent immigrants, a record-setting number. Immigration drives an economic rebound from the effects of COVID-19 and offsets the potentially adverse fiscal impacts of the ageing population of Canada and the low birth rate.

For years, Canada has accepted hundreds of thousands of new permanent residents every year, most of whom come from skilled worker economic pathways. 4 key takeaways from the current Proposal for Canadian Immigration Levels:

   In Canada’s history, the plan seems to be the-most ambitious

Immigrant lawyers as well as aspiring candidates waited to see if the effect of COVID 19 would decrease Canada’s rate of immigration, but this is not the case. Instead, within the next three years Canada is able to accept 1,233,000 new permanent residents. In addition, these figures only account for new permanent residents; hundreds of thousands of temporary residents—students, staff, visitors—are still coming to Canada every year.

  Many new permanent residents are going to come through economic pathways

Almost 60% of new permanent residents will come through pathways of economic immigration that prioritize qualified workers and their families. This is consistent with the immigration-level plans of Canada for the past few years. The Express Entry system would provide more than 100,000 of these immigrants per year, with a further 80,000 or so arriving through Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) that allow provinces and regions to nominate newcomers that suit their economic and demographic needs.

  Family sponsorship immigration targets have been increased

Family reunification has long been a cornerstone of Canadian immigration reform, so it is no wonder that at about 80,000 new annual arrivals, the objectives remain high. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are often able to sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, and dependent children for Canadian immigration.

However, an improvement in the goal for parent and grandparent sponsorship is especially notable. Recently the government revealed its goal of accepting more than 30,000 new applicants through the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) in 2021, another record-high number that would feed into admissions over three years of around 24,000 annually.

  Higher targets for refugees and asylum seekers

Canada is doubling its reputation for accepting refugees and asylum seekers in relatively large numbers by bucking a global trend among peer-developed countries. The 2021-2023 Canada Immigration Levels Plan calls for the annual granting of permanent residence status to about 60,000 such individuals, a record high target for modern times. More than one-third of the refugees accepted would be privately funded, with permanent residence given to a comparable number of protected persons in Canada, plus their family members. Much of the rest would be government-assisted.

Overall, an ambitious project is the 2020-2023 Immigration Levels Strategy in Canada.

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