Canada experienced a severe impact on its economy that led to a recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As companies began mass layoffs of workers, the country’s unemployment rate was at 13.7 percent in May 2020, the highest it has been since 1976.
The government now depends on foreign nationals likely already living in Canada to support long-term economic recovery. In fact, it has set out to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents by the end of 2021. It has high immigration targets for the year. Unfortunately, border restrictions make it challenging for approved permanent residents abroad to enter the country. Because of this, it struggles to overcome the challenge of meeting the targets without heavily relying on overseas candidates.
What Are the Challenges Faced by the Canadian Government in Admitting Immigrants?
The pandemic continues, leading to tight travel restrictions that hinder the Canadian government from easily admitting overseas immigrants. Many people who have been already approved for a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) are still unable to enter the country. Some newly approved permanent residents from other countries are also still unallowed to complete their landing. However, there are exemptions for some essential workers, family members, and international students.
Additionally, lockdown safety measures have urged many immigrants, particularly those working in food and accommodation services, out of work. Unfortunately, their occupations are not considered “skilled work,” so many temporary residents who are already in the country have limited ways to permanent residency.
What Is the Role of Immigrants in Canada’s Economic Recovery?
Despite the challenges, the Canadian government maintains its support for immigration. Immigrants fill gaps in the labour market and create jobs. They can significantly contribute to building a strong economy.
If you are already living in Canada, you are likely to have Canadian work experience. This may be caused by various factors. For instance, those with Canadian work experience are favoured by employers because they have become more proficient in English or French, already settled in the country, or learned more about Canadian work culture.
I Am Already in Canada. How Can I Become a Permanent Resident?
As a candidate living in Canada, you have various options to become a permanent resident. Here are some ways you can choose from:
The Quebec Experience Program is a program for international students who have graduated from a provincial post-secondary institution. You may also apply if you are a temporary foreign worker with eligible experience. It also has a program specifically made for international student graduates and skilled workers who want to immigrate to the province.
- Express Entry
Express Entry draws are held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Candidates of these programs are likely to be in the country already.
You are eligible for the CEC if you have at least one year of experience in Canada, have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of either five or seven, and intend to live outside Quebec. On the other hand, PNP lets provincial governments nominate individuals who are helping to address labour shortages for permanent residency.
- New PR pathways
Canada has introduced six immigration streams that are launching on May 6, 2021. Here are the streams with their corresponding quotas:
- PR pathway for health care workers (20,000 applications)
- PR pathway for workers in other essential occupations (30,000 applications)
- PR pathway for French-speaking health care workers (no quota)
- PR pathway for French-speaking international graduates (no quota)
- PR pathway for French-speaking workers in other essential occupations (no quota)
- PR pathway for international graduates (40,000 applications)
Canada is facing challenges due to the global pandemic that caused strict travel restrictions and high immigration targets. Despite them, the country continues to open its pathways for immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence. If you are one of those, remember the information in this article and work with immigration consultants like us for a hassle-free application process.
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