May 11, 2021

Canada focuses on immigration to encourage its economic recovery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Immigration has contributed a great deal in terms of forming the Canadian population, but it also plays a critical role in stabilizing Canada's economy and creating jobs.

Because of Canadian borders being closed as well as the strict travel restrictions which followed the Coronavirus outbreak, Canada has struggled to achieve its recent ideal immigration target, causing the Canadian economy remarkable costs. Similarly, Canadian businesses and employers have been facing issues concerning shortages of qualified and skilled labour across all skill levels and fields. 

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) a number of 185,000 immigrants moved to Canada in 2020 and the majority of them did so prior to the establishments of the traveling restrictions. Meanwhile, 340,000 immigrants were welcomed to Canada in 2019. Due to travel restrictions which are in place to limit the coronavirus cases and even travel to Canada, there has been a significant drop in the number of immigrants that moved to Canada after the COVID-19 pandemic. This significant drop in Canadian immigration since the start of the pandemic has resulted in the lowest level which immigration has reached in Canada over the past 20 years, or since about 1998.

Many qualified foreign professionals or international students have received approval to immigrate to Canada but are actually not able to enter the country. In response to this however, IRCC has reported that it intends to welcome about 1.2 million new immigrants over the course of three years, in addition to more skilled workers from abroad once the current pandemic situation has enhanced. 

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An overview of the 6 new Immigration streams

A full guide which consisted of instructions regarding how to apply for the offered limited-time immigration programs were posted by the government of Canada, explaining the six new immigration streams which were opened on May 6th, for international graduates and essential workers. These pathways allow those in Canada who consist of work experience within an essential occupation, the health or health services field, or those who have recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution to be able to apply for permanent residency.

Not surprisingly, new International Graduate stream for English-speakers has already reached its limit of 40,000 applications as the quota was reached on May 7, at 1:01 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Qualified applicants for any of the under streams ought to be present in Canada and occupying a job position with authorization in the duration of their application. They are also required to have proficiency in either French or English.

 Keep in mind that each of these six streams under this Public Policy has its own different requirements.

  1. Workers in-Canada: Stream A (20000 applications for healthcare workers)
  2. Workers in-Canada: Stream B (30000 applications for essential non-healthcare)
  3. International Graduates (40,000 applications)
  4. French-speaking Workers in-Canada: Stream A (healthcare, unlimited applications)
  5. French-speaking Workers in-Canada: Stream B (essential, non-healthcare, unlimited applications)
  6. French-speaking International Graduates