In an unprecedented move, the minority government headed by Justin Trudeau announced fresh federal elections a few weeks back, nearly two years ahead of the mandated time.
The Liberal party which constitutes the minority federal government in Canada is confident to gain a majority that they had lost after the 2019 polls. However, some recent public surveys also saw the Conservative party gain equal momentum in terms of public popularity.
Ahead of poll campaigning for September 20 federal elections, all major political parties were seen routing for immigration of foreign skilled workers & international students to complement Canada’s economy & demography.
The following is an overview of the analysis that first appeared on CICnews and is largely based on the outcomes of the 2015 and 2019 federal elections.
How will Canadian Immigration be Affected?
We can expect IRCC and provincial authorities to continue holding nomination draws under the Express Entry programs, Provincial Nominee Programs, and other immigration pathways. No policy decisions will be taken unless the new cabinet and the new government are in place, which could take up to 1-2 months.
The new Prime Minister could issue a mandate letter to their Ministers to carry out tasks in line with the vision outlined in the letter. As Canada recovered from the initial phases of lockdown due to avert major public health crisis, incumbent Prime Minister Trudeau issued a new mandate letter to the Immigration minister Marco Mendicino which called to boost immigration levels and processing time in Canada.
The next big task for the new government could be to table the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan. The incumbent government had earlier rolled out a historic 2021-2023 immigration levels plan and continued work to fulfil it even during the public health crisis owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the liberals were to win the consecutive third term, more likely will the same targets to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants each year pass on.
The new government will also be in charge of the federal budget to be tabled to the Parliament every year. The total allocation to immigration departments and works related to improving immigration levels to Canada will depend on the money allocated to it. For instance, budget 2021 introduced by the current government allocated a total of $430 million to update IT infrastructure to improve application processing for the immigration system. This includes the digital processing of applications both at federal and provincial levels to fast track immigration to Canada.
Whichever party comes to power after September 20 elections, the Canadian immigration system will see significant positive changes as the federal government is largely responsible for immigration. Even though the provinces and territories across Canada are seen active in recruiting and settling newcomers, the federal department named Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) national immigration levels as well as allocations for each province, and processing times. It also handles the infamous Express Entry system that is popular among foreign skilled workers without a job offer in Canada to directly obtain permanent residency.
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