2019 had a very good start for immigration and we see it as a sign that Canada will hit the target of welcoming one million immigrants by the end of 2021.
In January, the IRCC allowed more than 40,000 potential applicants to enter the country. Most of them came to Canada through the main immigration programs and family sponsorship programs. These two streams are key elements for Canada’s new three-year immigration levels plan, which has a goal of admitting 331, 000 new permanent residents for 2019.
This target will likely rise by 341,000 in 2020 and by 350,00 in 2021, which is 1% of Canada’s population. It is important that the government of Canada remains this space in order to ensure the continued growth of Canada’s workforce and economy in the following years.
Many immigrants usually come through the federal Express Entry system and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program.
If you want to immigrate to Canada as a skilled foreign worker, then you should do that through the Express Entry, which accelerates permanent residence applications from immigration applicants with the talents and skills needed to integrate quickly into Canada’s labor market.
January reached its peak when 11,150 invitations were issued to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The IRCC evaluates candidates based on their age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French and then, awards them CRS score (Comprehensive Ranking Score). The higher the score is the better it is for an applicant.
Last year saw the highest increase of invitations issued – 89,800 invitations to apply for permanent residence. This is the biggest number over the five-year period. In the light of this information, it is clear that Canada will not give up its initial admission targets, but rather raise them for 2019 and 2020.
- Renewed Fast-Track System for Managing Refugee Claims
- Canada’s Rural and Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
- Nova Scotia’s Immigration Shows Positive Trends
Similarly, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) also added to the existing statistical data. The PNP awards extra 600 scores to selected candidates. Approximately 5,000 immigration candidates received ITAs last month in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
Also, in January, the IRCC again opened the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) to a new expression of interest. Permanent residents and citizens of Canada can invite their close relatives to immigrate through the PGP. Eligible applicants over 18 years can sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada.
Nearly 27,000 expressions of interest (invitations for the PGP) were issued to eligible sponsors to submit their applications for the program.
Canada immigration priorities
Family reunification is one of the highest priorities of Canada’s immigration program. Later in January, Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen twitted: “Our government is committed to family reunification, which is why we increased the intake of parent and grandparent applications from 5,000 under the Conservatives to 20,000 this year”.
Ahmed Hussen strongly believes that newcomers help Canada develop into a strong and vibrant country. For this reason, the IRCC seeks to add about 1 million immigrants from 2019 to 2021.
The Minister also advocates for refugees. His empathy towards people fleeing from their home countries for certain reasons is defined by his own experience. This was especially obvious when he responded to Donald Trump’s announcement that he didn’t want the U.S. to admit immigrants from Africa. And Somalia, where he comes from, is in Africa.
Indeed, Canada is the best country for immigrants with the most liberal and welcoming immigration regulations. Foreign nationals coming to the country as newcomers are treated based on non-discriminatory principles, regardless of their race, nationality, ethnic origin, color, religion or gender.
1 out of 5 current Canadians are immigrants, based on the IRCC report, and Canada has already welcomed more than 6 million since 1990.