Canada welcomed a total of 40,069 new immigrants in the third quarter of 2020. The intake in Q3 is more than the second quarter where only 34,271 immigrants were welcomed.
Despite all these, Canada’s population growth rate stood still in the Q3 of 2020. The country saw a negative net international migration on the account of the pandemic since March 2020. This meant more people left Canada than those who moved to Canada.
The largest impact on Canada’s population growth was the sharp drop in the net number of non-permanent resident migration. International students typically form the largest proportion of non-permanent resident migration in Canada.
Statistics Canada noted a drop in population in eight provinces and territories: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
However, the slow growth means that Canada will depend on immigration, now more than ever, for its post-pandemic economic recovery.
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Canada Immigration In 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic and the slow population rate merely magnified the need for increased immigration.
During the same period, Statistics Canada witnessed a rise in population in five provinces and territories – Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, and Yukon.
Recent measures are taken by the federal government to boost immigration in the upcoming decade:
- The revised Immigration Levels Plans for 2021-2023 target 400,000 new immigrants to be welcomed each year until 2023. Out of which over 60% would be nominated for permanent residency under economic immigration programs like Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skills Trades Program, Provincial Nominee Programs, Entrepreneur programs.
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- Provincial Nominee Programs are innovating by launching new pilots that attract various classes of economic immigrants. New Entrepreneur Immigration program like British Columbia Regional Pilot is an attractive option to settle and start a business in British Columbia. Canada PR can be obtained with five years.
- Canada PNP had an excellent year of nominations in 2020. Canada is targeting invite over 80,000 new permanent residents through it in 2021.
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- Canada is favoring bilingual candidates to apply for permanent residence. It is in line with its target to increase the french-speaking population by 4.4% outside the Quebec region.
- Family immigration programs are targeting 10,000 sponsors in 2020 for the Parents & Grandparents Program and the same is expected to jump up to 30,000 sponsors.
- The approval of the coronavirus vaccine by Health Canada will help authorities relax the travel restrictions and hence make immigration programs even more attractive.
Apart from the government initiatives, public confidence in welcoming more immigrants to Canada has increased and is now at an all-time high.
It gives additional incentive for policymakers to focus on simplifying immigration laws to attract more foreign skilled workers, entrepreneurs, international graduates.
Canada may have recorded the slowest growth rate since 1946, but the COVID-19 pandemic and slow population growth has merely magnified the need for increased immigration. There are plenty of opportunities for skilled workers, international students to work & settle in Canada. The provinces are equally attracting business entrepreneurs to invest in the economy and settle permanently in the country.
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