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Sunday, 15 November 2020

Welcome to more than one million new residents in Canada over 3 years


It should be noted that since the beginning of the epidemic, the number of applications to enter Canada has jumped. The federal government says it cannot process “the number of applications that are late due to the pandemic,” but, according to Canadian Refugee Council Director Janet Dench, since March, at least 6,000 people have not been able to see progress in their application status.

 “There are a lot of people out there who find themselves in a miserable situation,” Janet Dench explains. There are many people - migrant workers, people who have been accepted in principle for permanent residency, and asylum seekers - who will be able to remain in the country, but whose work permits have not been renewed. When “things freeze up like this at a certain point where the immigrant has no rights,” the danger is to Canada's credibility.

On Friday, the Canadian government unveiled its plan to welcome more than 1.2 million new permanent residents over the next three years to fill the deficit caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Canada plans to receive 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023, according to the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan presented by Immigration Minister Marco Mendesino in Parliament. The previous roadmap predicted 351,000 admissions in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.

About 60% of those admitted under the new immigration levels scheme will be in the economic category. "Immigration is necessary to transcend the repercussions of the epidemic on the Canadian economy, as well as for our short-term economic recovery and long-term economic growth," Mendocino said in a statement. He added that Canadians "saw how the newcomers play a very important role in our hospitals and nursing homes and help us in all productive sectors."

The plan will help make up for the shortfall and make sure Canada has the workers it needs to address the acute labor market shortage and maintain its global competitiveness.