Will Canada Stop Immigration After 2020? | Immigration Plan
2019 was an eventful year in Canada’s immigration history. Looking back at the statistics last year, we can say that Canada is not going to stop immigration programs anytime soon. In fact, the government’s immigration plan for 2020 is already creating buzz, as the agenda is to welcome more than 1 million immigrants in upcoming years.
Express Entry program was very active in 2019 and we forecast that the trend will follow into 2020 too. In the last Express Entry draw, 3200 candidates got their invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residency. In total, Canada sent 85,300 ITA’s to eligible candidates in 2019. In fact, this number exceeded the federal immigration targets set for 2019.
Looking at the statistics of the last few years, we can anticipate that the federal government of Canada will continue 2020 with ambitions immigration plan in mind and the number of invitations issued for hopeful applicants will meet expectations.
Will Canada stop immigration after 2020?
Last year, the government of Ontario has requested the federal government to increase its quota for economic immigrants twofold. The increase of the quota, which allows Ontario to invite qualified candidates under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, we can expect to see significant growth in invitations in the future through OINP.
In order to meet the labor market demands of the province, Vic Fedeli, the economic development minister, has asked for an expansion of the program. This, in turn, will help to raise the number of ITA’s from 7,000 to 13,300 during the next few years.
As the province of Ontario plans to double its immigration intake, we are hopeful that the other provinces will also follow the trend.
According to the new initiatives, the federal government now makes easier for families to reunite in Canada. Initially, with the help of the centralized intake process, protected persons who have dependent family members living outside of Canada will be eligible to submit applications to get Canadian permanent residency.
The applications can be submitted at single service centers for both protected persons and their family members.
In addition, IRCC also planning to start a one-year Centralized Concurrent Processing Pilot. The pilot will help to process the applications by protected persons and their dependent family members at the same time. In addition, we are expecting that the Parents and Grandparents program will open again in January 2020 after putting on temporarily hold by the government.
All these taken steps and initiative by the government proves that Canada considers family reunification as a top priority.
International students continue to choose Canada
We can expect that Canada will continue to be the top choice of foreign international students in 2020 too. In fact, the federal government continues to take steps in order to make studying in Canada a more attractive option for students. With the help of the post-graduate work permit, international graduates can stay in Canada after their studies.
In addition to immigration initiatives by the federal government, Canada also accepts more than 50,000 asylum seekers per year. Canada is still working on a system that can improve the application processes for those looking for refugee status in Canada.