Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino recently participated in a Question/Answer webinar with the Canadian Bar Association to discuss about the COVID-19 impact on Canadian immigration in the near future. As mentioned on CIC News, he shared various updates in this regard in a 60-minute discussion with the Canadian Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section, where he discussed international students, temporary foreign workers and immigration levels in days to come.
Will Canada accept new immigrants after COVID-19?
Mendicino mentioned, “Immigration will absolutely be key to our success and our economic recovery.” He also stated, “We continue to rely on immigration, it will be an economic driver, and this will be the North Star of our policy going forward.”
Canada’s long term demographic trends will not change after COVID-19 since the worker-to-retiree ratio is declining, and the country needs immigrants as a factor of economic growth. Also, this is not the first time Canada has been challenged with health and economic challenges, so the country is preparing itself to run despite the challenges, where immigration has a vital role to play.
The Minister said that further planning on the annual immigration levels will be conducted and announced in fall after the consultation of the federal government with the stakeholders.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is currently working remotely, which has impacted the application process, however, the remote operations have been set up for the team to access and the tools required for faster processing.
Temporary Foreign Workers
As a measure o protect and strengthen Canada’s food supply, IRCC is working closely with agriculture and seafood industries and has also been working to expedite work permits, removing barriers to the foreign workers.
He mentioned that certain things are beyond IRCC’s control such as market demand, and it is likely that certain sectors will be observing reduced demand for the products.
IRCC has recently reformed its Post-Graduation Work Permit, allowing international students whose courses have been moved to online classes, to be eligible for PGWP. IRCC is still consulting with post-secondary stakeholders to figure out ways for students who will be enrolling for the next intake in September, which is a major intake for the Canadian designated learning institutions. Further updates will be announced in this matter.
Well, the decisions are in favor of immigration, which is good news for all you willing to immigrate to Canada through various streams. We are yet to be guided on how the country plans immigration further. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to click the link below and we will get back you!
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