Prepared by Nithin Koshy; Shi Hui Yu; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on May 15, 2021

Marco Mendicino, Canada’s minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on Monday said that the country will meet its immigration target despite the second wave of covid-19 global pandemic. He said, “I am confident that we are doing everything we can to meet that target and we will meet that target and the reason it is important to meet target is because immigrants create jobs and allow us to meet our workforce needs.”

Canada has planned 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023 as immigration levels plan with a target to being in about one percentage of the Canada’s total population each year. The IRCC has also responded by slashing scores in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in Express Entry draws, and saw five times as many Invitations To Apply (ITA) issuance than usual.

Ottawa has taken unprecedented steps to bolster immigration by launching six new pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers and international graduates. See our previous news article for the details of these six new immigration streams that have been launched recently by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

There has been a cap of 90,000 on the English-speaking applicants in three of the new streams but no cap for French-speaking and bilingual applicants. The 40,000 spots for English-speaking international graduates have already been filled. With the healthcare system now in demand of more workers, the new pathways to permanent residency allows health care workers from other countries already working in Canada to make longer-range plans and get their qualifications recognised.

Minister Mendicino said, “One in three workers in our health care system is an immigrant, that’s why this new pathway is so important”, when new pathways were launched.

Workers must have at least one year of Canadian work experience in a health care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation to be eligible. International graduates should have completed post-secondary program in Canada within the last four years. The new pathways have also opened up permanent residents to a broad range of occupations such as manufacturing and food processing.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to finding a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.

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