A recent report by Statistics Canada titled ‘Canada’s Population Estimates, Fourth Quarter 2020’ shows that international migration accounted for more than three-quarters (about 85.7%) of the total population growth of Canada since 2016. However, in the wake of COVID-19 related border and travel restrictions since March 2020, the percentage fell to 58.
In another report from Statistics Canada, the population growth rate of the country in 2020 was recorded lowest since 1945. Among the Canadian provinces and territories, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories witnessed zero population growth rate last year. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the population was reduced by .6 percent. The increase in the death rate owing to COVID-19 is also a reason for the dismal rate of population growth in Canada.
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An Opportunity To Attract More Foreign Immigrants
Canada has opened a floodgate of opportunities for about 1.2 million new immigrants to work & settle in Canada in the next three years. The country is targeting about 401,000 in 2021 alone. It is expected that nearly 60% of target newcomers will be invited under economic-class programs. These include Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skills Trades Program, Canada Experience Class, Provincial Nominee Programs, and Business Immigration programs.
IRCC on its website mentioned, “As we confront the pandemic’s second wave and chart a course for our recovery, attracting skilled immigrants who bring the talents and skills our economy needs to thrive is a central part of our plan.”
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Canada is looking up to foreign skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and international students for economic recovery. Speaking on the importance of immigration, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino in an interview earlier said,
“Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth. Canadians have seen how newcomers are playing an outsized role in our hospitals and care homes and helping us to keep food on the table. As we look to recovery, newcomers create jobs not just by giving our businesses the skills they need to thrive, but also by starting businesses themselves. Our plan will help to address some of our most acute labor shortages and to grow our population to keep Canada competitive on the world stage.”
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Canada Immigration Options
Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs are two significant pathways for skilled immigration to Canada. Any eligible candidates can create an online profile for the Express Entry system or submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile to the respective provincial program.
These profiles are ranked against each other based on human capital factors like age, education, work experience, language proficiency in English or French. To receive a provincial nomination, provincial ties need to be demonstrated. Provincial ties could be any relatives living in the province, prior work experience in the province or graduated from any institution within the province, etc.
Additionally, foreign individuals looking to establish business or start their new business need to submit a detailed business plan to apply for a temporary visa before obtaining a permanent residence visa in Canada.
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