Immigration to Canada is important for population growth
After the highest rise in numbers of newcomers in the last quarter of 2018, Canada’s population is 37,314,442 by the beginning of 2019
Canada’s population, during 2018, increased more than half a million. 80.5 percent of the increase is made up of international migration. They represent a combined total of 425,245 new immigrants and temporary residents to Canada.
The natural growth numbers of Canada recorded for the year was 103,176. According to statistics immigration numbers overlaps natural growth figures of the country.
The reason for such an important increase in population growth by immigration could be due to the Government’s attempts to develop an immigration system.
One of these initiatives is the Express Entry system for immigration which started in 2015
Through the Express Entry system, the federal government selects qualified candidates who can meet Canada’s labor market. Later the applicants receive invitations to apply to become Canadian permanent residents. The system simplifies the process of applications through Canada’s major economic immigration programs. These are the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience class. The process of applications takes less than six months to maintain.
A record number of Invitations to Apply for Canadian permanent residency sent in 2018. Eligible candidates who applied through the Express Entry system received 89,800 invitations.
IRCC introduced its three-years immigration levels plan in the last quarter of 2018. According to the plan the Government of Canada targets to receive 330,800 new permanent residents for 2019. This figure slightly increases up to 350,000 by 2021 finalizing the aim of one million immigrant goals.
Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program is another major factor of the immigration levels plan. Accordingly, with the help of PNP, which started in 1998, eligible candidates who can meet the province’s labor market needs can get nominations from the participating provinces. These nominations allow them to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
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