New Immigration Priorities Announced | Relief for Express Entry Aspirants

New Immigration Priorities Announced | Relief for Express Entry Aspirants

Peter Seeder Published:
December 18, 2021

In his latest address, Prime Minister Trudeau conveyed optimism and confidence while confronting what he remarked as a “once-in-a-century challenge “.  The latest update will be a delight for migration and Visa Applicants and all those who are worried about the Canada Flight Ban.

Following the Canada Election 2021 results, Justin Trudeau’s Government is going forward steadily in its mission to build a strong middle class in Canada. This is a key step in the Trudeau Government’s central focus of fighting against the pandemic and the Omicron variant. The steps in this mission include ongoing work to strengthen Canada’s Immigration and refugee system to bring in more newcomers to all regions of Canada. Bringing in more newcomers is a critical part of Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and is an extension of the Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 which came into being in 2019.

The Government sees Family reunification as a key priority. The Family Reunification system will be strengthened and improved by introducing electronic applications for family reunifications and implementing a program to issue Temporary Resident Status to spouses and children abroad, as they wait for Permanent Residence application to get processed. Reducing the Citizenship application processing fee for Permanent Residents who have fulfilled requirements is going to be another measure. Existing pilot programs will extend to explore more ways to regularise the status of undocumented workers who are contributing to Canadian communities. The pathways for Permanent Residence will be expanded for international students and Temporary Foreign workers through the Express Entry System.



Through the Economic Mobility pathways pilot program, employers and communities across Canada can welcome 2,000 skilled refugees to fill labour shortages in high-demand sectors such as health care. The Government will move forward with the new Municipal Nominee program. Its purpose is to promote the broader distribution of immigration across Canada making the successful Atlantic Immigration Pilot as a permanent program.

Additionally, Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has been asked to work with the employment minister to Establish a Trusted Employer System for Canadian Companies for hiring temporary Foreign Workers. The Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) will be improved to simplify work permit renewals. The two-week processing standard will be upheld. Additionally, an employer hotline will be established.

Through the Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 Canada seeks to welcome 400,000 new immigrants each year. This is part of Canada’s mission to support economic and social prosperity. This plan came to be in 2020 following the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced in 2020 that they will be welcoming 401,000 new Permanent Residents in 2021, and 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was re-elected for a third consecutive term has been pursuing a policy of aggressively higher migration levels. The Government has promised that migration is bound to increase from 300,000 arrivals per year to a current target of over 400,000 per year. Most of these plans were prioritized as early as 2019 following the election but were delayed due to the Pandemic.


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