There are 2 major events lined up to happen in the near future in Canada. These are significant and will influence the course of Canada immigration in the coming future.
One of these is a new mandate letter from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Marco Mendicino. It will have the new immigration priorities of Canada, that’s expected to be released soon within the coming week.
The other one is Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023. The plan will outline the targets to be achieved in the next 3 years in terms of Canada’s permanent residence. This is due to be announced by October 30, 2020.
What will the new immigration mandate letter bring?
The new immigration mandate letter will cut out the roles and responsibilities of cabinet members as the ruling party manages the government. Trudeau’s letter will guide Mendicino in his efforts with operating IRCC.
It’s indeed interesting to observe that this is the second immigration mandate letter Trudeau has issued in less than a year’s time. The common practice is to issue such a letter once in 2 or 4 years, when a new government comes to power and when a portfolio is assigned to a minister.
Trudeau has already worked towards resetting the government’s priorities with the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has defined its new priorities on September 23, 2020, as the new session of Parliament was started with the speech from the throne. Quite ambitiously, the speech reaffirmed the intent of welcoming more migrants to Canada to maintain its competitive economic standing.
COVID-19 has already toppled Mendicino’s plans to implement the government’s agenda for immigration when he announced Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for 2020-2022 in March 2020.
This time, the mandate letter is expected to emphasize the pandemic. The concerns as to how to adapt Canada’s immigration policy and how to process applications in the future during the COVID-19 crisis will be addressed.
Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023
The IRPA stipulates that the Levels Plan must be announced each fall towards the last week of October. In March 2020, Mendicino has already announced Canada’s 2020-2022 Levels Plan. By October 30, 2020, another announcement will very possibly come on 2021-2023 Levels plan.
What has to be seen is the impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s Immigration Level plans. As Canada is largely dependent on immigration to sustain and develop its economy, it’s expected of the country to go back to high immigration levels.
The greatest concern the pandemic has brought up is the number of immigrants who will be arriving to live, study, and work in Canada during these crisis days. Nevertheless, Canada is keeping its immigration programs running, which includes Express Entry and PNP draws.
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IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
IRPA – Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program