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Weekly Canadian Immigration News Review & IRCC Updates  June 24 – June 30 2024

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A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern and a skilled litigator, Lev focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law. His immigration practice is focused on complex corporate and personal immigration and refugee law matters.

Abramovich Immigration Law presents a weekly news review, summarizing the latest updates and developments in Canadian immigration policies for the last week of June. Stay informed about changes that could affect your immigration status or application process.

Canada’s Population Growth Is Projected To Grow By 21 Million 

Statistics Canada forecasts a significant population increase for Canada, primarily driven by immigration. Projections suggest that in 2073 Canada could have a population of up to 63 million people, based on a medium-growth scenario. The data indicates that the country’s population could range between 47.1 to 87.2 million, depending on various projection models. This growth, estimated at around 21 million people over the next 50 years, will occur despite the aging of the natural population. By 2073, older adults (65 and older) could make up between 21.9% and 32.3% of the total population, while the percentage of children is expected to decrease.

One of the challenges highlighted by Statistics Canada is the country’s declining fertility rate and decreasing life expectancy. In 2022, the fertility rate reached a record low of 1.33 births per woman, far below the replacement level of 2.1 births per woman needed to maintain the population size. Additionally, life expectancy has decreased for three consecutive years, from 2020 to 2022. These factors contribute to a projected decline in the annual population growth rate from 1.12% over the past 30 years to 0.79% by 2073. Immigration is seen as a vital solution to counter these trends, contributing nearly 100% to Canada’s labour force growth and helping to balance the demographic changes.

Canada’s Parents And Grandparents Program Continue Steadily Growing 

In April, the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) saw a 4.2 percent increase in popularity, with 2,100 new permanent residents arriving in Canada, compared to 2,025 in March and 1,910 in February. January had the lowest number of new arrivals under the PGP, with just 1,840. This rise in PGP immigration coincided with a 22 percent increase in overall immigration to Canada in April. Despite this upward trend, the total for the first four months of 2024 shows a 12.8 percent decline from the same period last year, with 7,910 new permanent residents compared to 9,070. 

Ontario received the highest number of new PGP immigrants in the first third of the year, with 3,870 arrivals. Other provinces had varying numbers, such as Alberta with 1,510 and British Columbia with 1,325. Quebec experienced a 39.3 percent increase in PGP immigration in April, while Newfoundland and Labrador saw a 50 percent decrease. Canada’s ambitious immigration targets aim to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024, increasing to 500,000 in 2025 and 2026, potentially boosting PGP immigration in the future.

Atlantic Premiers Addressed Key Regional Issues 

Atlantic Premiers addressed shared priorities that significantly impact Atlantic Canadians. The discussions covered critical areas such as affordability, housing, health care, and economic growth. Led by Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dr. Andrew Furey, the meeting included Premier Tim Houston of Nova Scotia, Premier Dennis King of Prince Edward Island, and Premier Blaine Higgs of New Brunswick. The Premiers emphasized their commitment to enhancing affordability and housing through various initiatives like low-interest loans for affordable rental properties and assistance for first-time homeowners. They also highlighted the importance of sustainable housing investments and collaboration with the federal government to expand housing supply. 

The Premiers also focused on healthcare collaboration and labour market challenges. Through the Atlantic Health Accord, they aim to improve patient-centered care and system efficiency. The Atlantic Working Group on International Recruitment is a key initiative to address healthcare worker shortages. Labour shortages, particularly in health care, construction, and service sectors, were a significant concern, especially given the unexpected federal budget cut of $625 million in workforce development programs. The Premiers urged the federal government to reverse these cuts to support critical labour market needs and maintain economic growth and productivity in Atlantic Canada.

Canada Should Alert Temporary Residents About Potential Risks 

Due to recent policy changes, Canada has seen a significant rise in the number of temporary residents, including guest workers and students. This surge has created several challenges, particularly for those seeking permanent residency. Many temporary residents face difficulties in transitioning to permanent status, and if they fail, they must return home or find alternative means to stay. This has increased marriages of convenience, refugee claims, and humanitarian and compassionate relief applications. Additionally, the influx of temporary residents has contributed to housing shortages and wage stagnation. 

As the Canadian government aims to reduce the number of temporary residents, potential applicants must be aware of the associated risks and uncertainties. The growing number of temporary residents has highlighted issues within the system, making it essential for individuals to understand their potential difficulties. By being informed about these challenges, guest workers and students can make more educated decisions about pursuing temporary residency in Canada, mitigating the risks.

Canada Delays Citizenship Law Changes 

Changes to Canada’s citizenship laws, specifically regarding the first-generation limit (FGL) rule, have been delayed until at least August. The FGL rule states that children born abroad to Canadian citizens who were themselves born outside Canada do not automatically receive citizenship. The Ontario Supreme Court previously deemed this rule unconstitutional, mandating its amendment in the Citizenship Act by June 19, 2024. However, the federal government has secured an extension to August 9, 2024, under certain conditions.

Bill C-71, which aimed to revoke the FGL rule, would allow citizenship eligibility for foreign nationals with significant parental ties to Canada. The proposed changes intend to address the limitations imposed by the FGL rule and ensure that children born to Canadian citizens abroad can acquire citizenship more easily. The delay grants the federal government additional time to consider and implement these modifications, ensuring they meet constitutional requirements and the needs of affected individuals.

Abramovich Immigration Law is dedicated to helping individuals navigate the complexities of immigrating to Canada. With our extensive experience and personalized approach, we can assist you in every step of the process, from initial consultation to final settlement. Whether you are seeking to study, work, or join your family in Canada, our experts are here to ensure a smooth and successful journey. Do not leave your future to chance — contact Abramovich Immigration Law today and take the first step towards your new life in Canada.

Lev Abramovich

A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern and a skilled litigator, Lev focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law. His immigration practice is focused on complex corporate and personal immigration and refugee law matters.