Among the major tasks assigned to Marco Mendicino, the new immigration minister of Canada, are the implementation of the annual Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022 and the new Municipal Nominee Program. All the priorities of the new Liberal government with regard to immigration are outlined in the Mandate Letter to Mendicino, which was published by the government recently.
The tasks that are assigned to the immigration minister align with the immigration policies of the Liberal Party, which were enacted during its first mandate. The tasks are also in line with the election promises made by the Liberal government.
Considering the recent developments, we can assume that the federal government will continue to increase the annual immigration levels, almost by 10000 by the year 2022.The annual immigration target of Canada is expected to be 41,000 in 2020, 350,000 in 2021, and around 360,000 in 2022.
Canada is spending a huge amount, more than any other country, on its efforts to facilitate the smooth integration of immigrants to the Canadian society.The government has now plans to find out if these efforts had been successful in meeting their goals.
Introduction of the Municipal Nominee Program was yet another election promise of the Liberal party. The program would allow local communities, chambers of commerce and local labour councils to sponsor immigrants directly. Around 5000 new spaces are expected to be allocated for this program.
The new Liberal Government also has plans to make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program permanent. At least 5000 new spaces are expected to be allocated for this program as well.
The Liberal Party, in its election campaign, has also promised to waive the citizenship fees completely, after it received the feedback that the application fee is too high. The government expects that this would lead to 40 per cent more immigrants obtaining citizenship by around by 2024.
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