The Canadian economy lost two million jobs in April, primarily because of the damage caused by the coronavirus crisis. Almost all the unemployed were on temporary layoff and are expected to return to their former employer as the lock-down is relaxed. While the uncertainty is still looming across the world, Canada’s ambitious plan of bringing in more people as part of 2020-2022 immigration level plans is justified? Let’s take a look.
Since the late 1980’s Canada has consistently been a country that has attracted many immigrants as compared to other countries, and clearly, immigrants have become crucial to the development of Canada. Many people choose to migrate to Canada purely because of its reputation as a politically moderate and economically prosperous society. With the subsequent integration of people from different nationalities, Canada’s economy witnessed a significant growth and established an enduring aspect of Canada’s immigration policy. These immigration policies were designed in the public interest and assess its contribution to the Canada’s economy.
Canada recently closed its borders to all non-essential travel, however, the government confirmed to allow the entry of selected foreign employees whose support was absolutely necessary during this pandemic. Canada’s immigration minister “Marco Mendicino” in his recent interview shared several updates and said that “immigration will be key to our success and economic recovery”. The minister also told that the government is monitoring the coronavirus situation and finding ways to effectively process permanent residents and migrant workers application.
The recent update was from Ottawa, which allows migrant workers to work for an employer other that one on their permit while waiting for a new permit to be issued. The processing time promised by the immigration department for such application is 10 days instead of 10 weeks.
The concerns of international students were also addressed and new measures and policies will allow international students to enroll in online courses for the fall term while they are abroad and still be eligible for a Post-Graduation work permit after moving to Canada.
As part of immigration levels plan to invite 341,000 permanent residents, Canada government has adopted certain measures and policies that sound promising for all the aspiring Permanent Residents of Canada. However, these numbers may be revised in November when the government is expected to announce new immigration targets.
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