Canada’s Immigration Goals get Global Attention

Canada has been on a global spotlight since it set a goal of issuing more than one million new permanent residency status before 2021 runs out.

Media reports contain highlights of the three-year goal, which has made the country outstanding. A CNN report noted that while some Western countries like the US are doing a great job cutting down their immigrant intake by manufacturing stringent rules for immigrants, Canada has created a welcoming atmosphere for them.

Canada's Immigration Goals get Global Attention

New York Times, however, made it clear that the US needs to imitate Canada’s line of action and pursue immigration to promote its economic growth.

Canada has a strong desire to raise its annual immigrant intake level. Ahmed Hussein, the minister for Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada, said that the rising level of International immigration which Canada is experiencing, especially in its Economic Class could help in boosting economic growth, maintaining the labor force and promoting innovation in the country.

Based on the most recent three-year level plan for immigration, the total immigration has been estimated to reach 350,000 new PRs in 2021. This migration level is just about 1% of the entire population of Canada, and the Conference Board of Canada is bent on the fact that the migration level must be achieved by 2030 to make sure Canada has a modest economic and population growth.

Multi-Year (2018 – 2021) immigration levels plan

This year, the economic immigration program is expected to usher in 60% of all the new Permanent Residents coming in. Also, four immigration programs are expected to cater for about 75% of all economic immigration. These include; The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled worker class. The last three programs are linked to the Express Entry System and have a 2019 target of 81,400 new admissions – the highest so far.

The Express Entry System was brought on board in January 2015 and is open to immigrants who, having considered their ages, skilled work experience, language proficiency, and education, are found to be qualified.

Top 10 occupations that received invitation to apply

NOC First 10 occupations invited to apply 2018 Invitations to Apply Undefined
2173 Software designers and Engineers 3,918 7%
2171 Information System consultant and analyst 3,523 6%
2,174 Interactive Media Developers and computer programmers 2,301 4%
1,111 Accountant and Financial auditor 1,581 3%
1,241 Administrative assistance 1,455 3%
1,123 Professional Jobs in Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing 1,375 2%
1,112 Financial and Investment Analysis 1,283 2%
4011 Professors and Lecturers in Universities 1,265 6%
1,122 Professional jobs in Business Management Consulting 1,223 2%
0124 Advertising, public relations management and marketing 1,138 2%

 

Canada’s Express Entry System

The Express Entry System is very helpful in speeding up the processing of applications for Permanent Residence from skilled workers. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said that it had met its target of using 6 months to process applications by 80% of all cases.

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program allows Provinces and Territories to nominate candidates for Permanent Residence. In 1996, the PNP admitted 233 new Permanent Residents, and in 2018, PNP boasts of 55,000 admissions. The program has a target of 61,000 new admissions this year. They intend to keep stepping up their targets year after year, to 67,800 in 2020, and 71,300 in the next year.

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