Immigration Priorities Outlined in Canada’s Budget 2021

The minority government of the ruling Liberal Party in Canada had recently tabled its first federal budget since 2019. 


The Canadian federal budget contains the policy priorities that the government will pursue, the government’s spending, and revenue projections, as well as an overview of the state of the Canadian economy. 

Interestingly, Budget 2021 explicitly contains some announcements that will immensely benefit the prospectus of immigration in Canada. Experts around the globe welcome it as a positive push towards achieving the government’s immigration target of 1.2 million new immigrants by 2023.  

You may take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for immigration or continue reading the news post as we take note of important immigration priorities outlined in Budget 2021. 

Canada Proposes $430 Million To Modernize IT 

The federal government has pledged to make about $430 million investment to modernize its information technology (IT) infrastructure. Under it, the government will replace the Global Case Management System (GCMS), which is used to manage immigration applications. This will allow the federal government to respond to higher levels of foreign national arrivals in the future, better security, and improved application processing.

Express Entry Reforms

Since its launch in 2015, Express Entry has been the major pathway for economic class immigrants to attain permanent residency in Canada. The total number of immigrants in Canada through Express Entry accounts for about one-quarter annually. 

In a bid to improve the system further, the government would like to give the immigration minister more authority to “select those candidates who best meet Canada’s labor market needs.” However, exact provisions as to how it would be implemented are not specified in the Budget.

New Permanent Residency Pathways

Budget 2021 makes sharp references to the 6 new Canada PR pathways launched by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It will start operating on May 06, 2021. Some 90,000 international students and temporary workers with at least one year of work experience inside Canada will be benefitted. Additionally, candidates with excellent proficiency in French have a separate pathway to apply for permanent residence ending November 06, 2021. 

Canada will also invest some $110 million in additional spending over the next three years on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). 

If you are looking to immigrate for better work opportunities and higher life chances, Canada should be on your top priority list. As an experienced and trusted immigration consultant for over two decades, CanApprove is open to all aspiring immigrants who need assistance in visa program selection, visa documentation, career counselling, and more.  

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