The 2019 Canadian Immigration Summit was held in Ottawa the capital of Canada earlier in this month. Here are the major updates from the summit:
The Express Entry system may change after the federal election
The Federal Elections in Canada will be held in October this year. Matt de Vlieger Director General of Strategic Policy and Planning IRCC said that changes can be expected to the point system of Express Entry after this. A new Government can decide to modify the system, he added.
Immigration to soon account for all net labour force growth in Canada
The Conference Board of Canada published its comprehensive report just prior to the summit. It was titled ‘Immigration is crucial to the growth strategy of Canada: Can’t go it alone’. The labour force in Canada would shrink to 18 million in 2040 from 19.8 million in 2018. This is without immigration and betterment in the participation of groups that are underrepresented. Thus, immigration will be responsible for all the net growth of labour force in Canada with 3.7 million workers.
Roughly 60% of all Canadians will be fresh migrants or the child of a fresh migrant
Nearly 21% of the population of Canada today consists of naturalized citizens and PR holders. Add to this the children of immigrants and future immigrants and their children. The result is that soon an easy majority of the Canadian population will consist of immigrants and their kids.
PNP allocations have increased by 33% and will go up further higher
Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen said that PNPs – Provincial Nominee Programs have succeeded greatly. This is in spreading the advantages of immigration across Canada and not mere to big cities he added. The allocation of PNPs to select fresh immigrants will further increase, said the Minister.
“Winners” for the Program Rural and Northern Immigration to be announced prior to May end
This announcement was made by the Immigration Minister on the first day of the Canadian Immigration Summit. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was launched in 2015 as a 5-year initiative. It aims to assess approaches driven by the community to cater to the needs of labour market in smaller communities. The winners here refer to communities that have applied for a designated status through the program. If granted, they will be able to bring in new immigrants under the program, as quoted by the CIC News.
Canada received 3.2 million visa applications in 2018, up from 1.9 million in 2015
IRCC has gradually shifted to online submissions from paper-based applications. It has permitted more work to be done by the roughly same number of staffs and quickly. The Express Entry system is a major example and was launched in 2015.
Multi-year Canadian immigration levels plans are here to stay
The present Government shifted to the multi-year immigration levels plan in 2017. It covers a period of 3 years replacing the annual plans. The transition has been overall a welcome success said Ahmed Hussen. The multi-year immigration levels plan for Canada will mostly remain, added the Immigration Minister.
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