The year 2020 will forever be remembered for lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
It had a significant impact on immigration levels. Canada witnessed the slowest population growth since 1946 during the period. The country experienced a negative net international migration. Even though the pandemic has still not subsided, it has only magnified the need for immigration to Canada in the coming years.
The approval of vaccines will lead the way for the Canadian immigration system to return to normalcy. The country is set to vaccinate its entire population against COVID-19 by September 2021. We could see Canada making a decision to admit only those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 in the near future.
Some temporary measures taken by the government to keep the immigration system active even during the pandemic may spillover to most part of 2021. These include compulsory use of the ArriveCAN app while traveling to Canada, submission of the 14-days quarantine plan before traveling to Canada, negative testing for COVID-19 three days before boarding the flight.
However, Canada has stayed committed to welcome new permanent immigrants, temporary foreign workers, and international students throughout the pandemic. All nomination draws including Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs performed exceptionally well.
The unveiling of the new immigration levels plan for 2021-2023 has promised to welcome 400,000 new. Immigrants. Nearly 60% of the overall target will be met by economic-class immigration programs that are target groups like temporary foreign workers, business entrepreneurs, international students, and permanent residents.
This is expected to the highest immigration level in the history of Canada.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is yet to issue mandate letters to his cabinet members to set the official tone of post-pandemic recovery. In this aspect, the letter to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino will be crucial in outlining the priorities of the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the year 2021.
Additionally, Canada is holding regular federal and provincial nomination draws. Therefore, if the travel restrictions are not lifted completely by 2021, Canada would have provided the necessary approvals to eligible immigrants to travel at a later date.
Canada looks up to new immigrants to contribute to its post-pandemic recovery. The country is expecting the immigrants to play the role of skilled workers, taxpayers, entrepreneur-job creators.