In 2020, Canada saw its lowest level of immigration since 1998, and the pandemic is largely to blame for this significant dip. But the country is ready to turn things around in 2021 with new programs and pathways, as well as many other changes, with the aim to welcome at least 400,000 new immigrants.
If you are interested in what these changes are and whether they will affect your immigration plans in 2021, your trusted immigration agency in Toronto will explain them to you:
Pathways to Permanent Residency for Workers With Temporary Status
Whether you are a graduate or a worker in Canada to sponsor permanent immigrants directly, you would benefit if the pathway to becoming Canadian can be accelerated.
There have already been some moves that work towards the achievement of this goal in the first few weeks of 2021. The new temporary policy allowed thousands of international students to apply for a work permit that they can use for 18 more months. This should allow temporary residents to work towards gaining the experience they need for permanent residency qualification.
New Municipal Nominee Program
In 2019, the Liberals wanted to scrape citizenship fees. But perhaps more important than that, they wanted to allow local communities, local labour councils, and chambers of commerce to directly sponsor immigrants for permanent residency.
That said, both the chambers of commerce and local labour councils are yet to sponsor an immigrant. Only the local communities have supported some, and these were mostly approved through other programs like the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. However, you can expect to see in 2021 that the Municipal Nominee Program actually will be part of the action and give immigrants the economic and social boost they need.
Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement Ratification
Presently, British people cannot access the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. There’s also no alternative agreement set in place right now. However, the two countries have already expressed their mutual intention to continue to allow each other to access the other’s labour markets. This should be similar to what’s indicated on the CETA.
Called the Canada-UK TCA, or the Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement, this should be, in essence, the version of CETA that applies to Britons. As such, you can expect British service providers, professionals, investors, and visitors to be allowed to work in Canada, and this ratification is expected to take full effect in 2021.
Quebec’s Shift to Electronic Processing and Introduction of New Pilots
Starting January 26, 2021, the Quebec Experience Program applications must be submitted electronically because the Ministry of Immigration of Quebec no longer accepts paper applications. This also applies to foreign students who wish to study in the province.
It’s also worth noting that the province aims to launch three new pilot programs in the first quarter of 2021. These programs are for workers in the following industries:
- Artificial intelligence
- Information technologies
- Visual effects
- Food processing
Ontario’s Points System for OINP Streams
For 2021, Ontario is ready to adopt a points system for selecting candidates via five streams of the OINP (expression of interest style), which is similar to Express Entry. They’ll implement a points-based EOI system for ranking when choosing candidates for:
- Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills
- Employer Job Offer: International Student
- Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker
- Masters Graduate Stream
- Ph.D. Graduate Stream
The Expression of Interest style streams is common across the country as it offers potential applicants a better understanding of what they have to do or achieve to succeed through the program.
At this point, you now know some of the things that you should watch out for if you or anyone you know is interested in immigration-related topics. If you want more in-depth explanations for these changes and any other questions you might have about immigration in Canada, consider speaking with an immigration consultant who can give you the answers and provide you with reliable assistance.
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