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Sean Fraser announced the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan
On November 1, 2022, The Government of Canada released the Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025 which stated that they plan to accept 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023. In addition, IRCC will welcome 485,000 newcomers in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. Last year, Canada set a new record by accepting over 405,00 immigrants within a year. The number of immigrants is expected to reach almost 432,000 this year. The plan would be to increase immigration rates to help businesses staff shortages and also bring people with the skills required for specific high-demand industries such as health care, skilled trades, manufacturing, and technology. This new strategy will address some of the potential challenges Canada may face economically and socially in the upcoming years.
The government’s new plan focuses on economic growth, and part of that involves increasing admissions in the economic class by 2025. Additionally, Canada will admit more immigrants through the Atlantic Immigration Program and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to help with local labour shortages across the country. The new plan also includes goals such as increasing the number of Francophone immigrants outside Quebec, a reunion for more families and providing safety to refugees and asylum seekers.
Canada’s labour force is constantly growing because of immigration
In the five years from 2016 to 2021, Canada welcomed 1.3 million new permanent immigrants – more than any other period in Canadian history. In the most recent census taken in 2021, nearly one-quarter of those counted were either current or former landed immigrants or permanent residents. Because the Canadian population is aging, it is projected that by 2032, immigration will be the only driving force behind Canada’s population growth. In 2035, the share of working adults relative to retirees will decrease to 2:1.
Previous census data has shown that many newcomers to Canada in the past year prefer settling down in one of the nation’s 41 metropolitan areas, which boast populations greater than 100,000 individuals. Of these cities, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver have been the most welcoming to recent immigrants. The number of recent immigrants who chose to live in Canada’s three largest metropolitan areas has slowly decreased over the last few years, from 56 percent settled in 2016 to 53.4 percent in 2021. This decline was especially notable in Montreal, dropping from 14.8 percent to 12.2 percent during that time frame.
Newfoundland and Labrador is looking to hire nurses from India
On November 3, 2022, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced a plan to recruit internationally educated registered nurses from India. In the next few weeks, officials will travel to southwestern India to set up a recruitment desk in Bengaluru, located in Karnataka. A representative from the College of Registered Nurses will be available on-site to help with licensing and increase awareness of Newfoundland and Labrador as an immigration destination for nurses and nursing students.
The Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is leading a mission to India to recruit internationally educated registered nurses to fill vacancies within the province. This initiative supplements ongoing national and international recruitment activities that target healthcare professionals. The recruitment desk in India is based on the success story in Poland. Being accessible on-site proved to be a key in building relationships and finding candidates with high potential for immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Immigration increases Canada’s population
Canada’s population has increased by 4,049,402 in the past decade and is currently home to 38,929,902 people. With the average birth rate of 1.49 children per woman, this growth can be attributed to immigration policies. In 2021, 23% of all Canadians were immigrants. In the next two decades, that number might rise to 34%. Just last year, 430,000 people became permanent residents of Canada. The top destination province for new immigrants is Ontario.
Canada’s top source countries for immigrants in the last decade were China, India, and the Philippines. In 2011, China led with 33,018 immigrants. The Philippines had 32,747 people immigrate to Canada that year. Lastly was India, with 28,943 immigrants. A record number of 406,000 immigrants moved to Canada in 2021, with India in the lead with 127,933 immigrants. China had significantly fewer immigrants than usual – only 31,001 people, while the Philippines lagged even more behind with a mere 18,021 citizens immigrating.
Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan held new draws under the Entrepreneur Programs
On November 1, 2022, the Government of Nova Scotia invited 6 entrepreneurs under the first draws in the Entrepreneur Stream and 6 candidates through the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). On November 3, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) conducted the sixth invitation round in the Entrepreneur Program and invited 55 candidates, with a minimum score of 85. This year, Saskatchewan invited 325 entrepreneurs.
The Provincial Nominee Program includes eleven subprograms, each run by a different Canadian province or territory. Every area of Canada except Quebec (which has its own immigration system) and Nunavut (which is too small to support a program) participates in this nomination process. Every PNP features 4-10 streams specifically for different kinds of immigrants, like international graduates or skilled workers. As of November 2022, there are 81 active stream options! And out of those, 19 are linked to Express Entry— meaning the nominee could get 600 points and apply for PR through that process. Nominees using other streams can still apply for PR but have to go through the non-Express Entry procedure. If you consider immigrating to Canada but do not know if you are eligible, Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can help you determine which PNP is best for your needs.
Full-time job growth was highest among immigrants
On November 4, Statistics Canada released Labour Force Survey data for October. The overall unemployment rate has returned to its original number after the increases from May-September but is still at 5.2%. Based on the survey’s findings, immigrants have found immense success in getting employed and filling various labour shortages across Canada. Nearly 62% of all immigrant adults are employed, and those who arrived within the past 5 years had an even higher employment rate of 70.7%.
In addition, according to Statistics Canada, there is an unprecedented number of vacancies in healthcare jobs. As of August 2022, 152,000 positions were vacant in the healthcare and social assistance sectors. A large portion of these positions is filled by immigrants. Even though 36% of physicians and 25% of registered nurses were born outside Canada, it can be challenging for foreign-trained medical professionals to get appropriate licensing from Canadian authorities. As a result, many of them find it hard to find work in the healthcare system.
Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan does not include the repetition of the TR2PR draws
Following the recent announcement of immigration levels, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), answered questions about the TR2PR pathway. In April 2022, Canada announced a new pathway to convert existing temporary residents and workers into permanent residents. The immigration minister said that the current immigration levels plan would not have another TR2PR pathway, which was designed as a response to COVID-19. TR2PR’s purpose was to help Canada reach its immigration goals and support economic recovery.
The Canadian Government has set aside $1.6 billion to process and settle new immigrants in the next six years under its extensive 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan – with an additional $315 million every year after that. Furthermore, the Fall Economic Statement allocated $50 million toward reducing the current backlog of applications. Within six years, annual immigration levels are projected to reach 500,000 people – most of whom will be in the Economic Class category.
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