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Will The Immigration Levels Plan For 2020-2022 Due To COVID-19
In the last week of April 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada released details on the Government of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022 via an amended notice giving supplementary information on the plan even as the COVID-19 pandemic continued its onslaught on the global economy. What can we look forward to?
Immigration Levels Plan For 2020-2022: What Is Likely To Change?
While the substance of this Plan is overshadowed by the economic and social turmoil wrought by the pandemic not only on Canada but globally, there is insightful information in it for anyone prospecting to immigrate to Canada.
Since March 4’2020 to date (May 15’ 2020), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been issuing Invitation to Apply (ITA) exclusively to candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nomination Certificates under the Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP). This has left many in doubt as to whether the Immigration Levels Plan For 2020-2022 will be met. While the CRS points for those issued ITA during this time have ranged widely with a spread of over 200 points (an upper threshold of 698 points and as low as 447 points in another), the draws have remained confined to the CEC program in response to COVID-19.
Can we conclude therefore that this trend is likely to continue indefinitely? No. We might conclude that this trend will continue until the public health crisis comes to an end or at least some semblance on an end.
The simple reason why this is the trend is because most applicants under the CEC stream are already in-country and won’t face the same challenges of entry, resettlement and quarantining that those under say the FSW or FST streams would face. The restrictions in the issuance of ITA to other categories (FSW and FST) will likely remain for as long as the public health crisis that COVID-19 has created continues to play out.
Immigration Levels Plan For 2020-2022: So Much To Look Forward To!
Like most governments, Canada’s initial responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic were not concerted at the federal and county levels. COVID-19 was first confirmed to be in Canada on January 27‘ 2020 and by March 11′ 2020, the same date when the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, Prime Minister Trudeau’s government begun activating measures to bolster the country’s health-care system (at both national and provincial levels), including a pledge of $1 billion in COVID-19-related assistance package with funding for much-needed COVID -19 research and funding to the WHO. This was quickly followed by the invocation of the country’s Quarantine Act by the Minister for Health which then cascaded into the declaration of states of emergency across all provinces and territories in an endeavour to control the spread of the disease.
Canada is hurtling towards an economic recession which analysts describe as potentially “apocalyptic”. Exacerbated by rock-bottom oil prices, which were initially brought on by a price war between the major oil producers globally, the Canadian economy will feel the effects of the pandemic for a while.
The weakened economy will hurt nearly every sector with the tourism and hospitality sector bearing the brunt. To soften the blows, Bank of Canada, in under a fortnight, announced a series of steep reductions in lending rates in quick succession. Forecasters predict these measures to be a foretaste of other decisions policymakers will institute to cushion the country’s economy and ride out the storm caused by COVID-19.
The public health crisis has set off unprecedented issuance of health alerts, declarations of national states of emergency, travel restrictions implemented on a global, regional and national scale, shut down of businesses, severe social disruption and the threat of global economic recession on an unprecedented scale. The Kenyan government has adopted some of these measures to cushion the country against the risks of a massive public health crisis.
Immigration Levels Plan For 2020-2022: Why Canada Isn’t About To Slow Down
In the midst of a pandemic, the announcement of the Immigration Levels Plan For 2020-2022 to welcome 1 million+ additional immigrants over the next three years might be seemingly ill-timed, curious and even misplaced. Nonetheless, the reasoning for the decision is regarded as fundamental to Canada’s economic resilience. While the global anti-immigration sentiment is currently at its peak, and perhaps more so during this crisis when the labour market might struggle to absorb them, history reminds us that Canada’s immigration policies have been proactive in nature. Since the early 1990s, the decision of the number of immigrants to allow into Canada has never been dictated by the economic conditions on the ground but rather by a sound economic policy that firmly embraces immigration.
Canada welcomes immigrants not only to help plug gaps in its job market but also to expand consumption/expenditure, increase productivity and investment within its borders and bolster the country’s economic power. Immigration is deemed both a catalyst and driver for economic growth. With an increasingly ageing population and a low birth rate in the country, the government is relying on the immigration “pipeline” to grow the labour force and to build the economy.
This is why it makes perfect sense to admit thousands of new immigrants even during periods of economic distress. And there are several key areas of focus including in health care the technological space. While immigrants arriving in Canada post-COVID-19 may face more difficulties than usual in finding work commensurate to their skills, education, and work experience, they will soon face the prospects of working in a country where the supply of labour will be increasingly constrained as more baby boomers leave the labour market. This means that such immigrants will likely see more employers competing for their services, which would result in much better employment outcomes and salaries.
The current immigration policy is a fairly new approach for Canada. Up until the late 1980s, the Canadian government deployed an “on and off policy” increasing and decreasing admissions on the basis of the demand. However, it moved towards its current approach in the early 1990s after determining that sustained high levels of immigration were required to mitigate the fiscal and economic strain that was soon to come due to its rapidly ageing population and low birth rate. Since then, Canada has maintained high levels even during several recessions including the 2008-09 recession.
The proponents for a sustained immigration policy have argued that the short-term benefits of welcoming immigrants into the country, even during events such as the COVID-19 crisis, will still help the economy by stimulating demand for goods and services in Canada and increasing consumption since it will help both relieve short-term economic stress (being caused by the corona crisis) and offer longer-term benefits into the future.
Announcing such an ambitious immigration levels plan during the crisis may not have appeared to be ideal timing on the part of the policymakers but, the timing of the announcement will prove immaterial. Higher immigration levels, even in the midst of the crisis and economic pain, will result in greener economic pastures down the road.
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Immigration Levels Plan For 2020-2022: Why This Should Matter To You
As a potential immigrant to Canada, this is strategic information. How can we take advantage of this window of opportunity? Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing information on the programs that have been given preferential status, and what potential immigrants from Kenya can do to position themselves. We anticipate the growing trend of pilot programs to continue with new programs being announced, perhaps some very specific to certain industries where the greatest needs and gaps exist. If you want to be looped-in, feel free to contact us for more information on developing a pathway process and plan.
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