Canada Outlines Immigration Plans for 2020-2022|Set to welcome one million immigrants.
The Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino has successfully laid out his future visions for Canada’s immigration system today in Toronto.
It was his first major public speech since he was appointed in November 2019 as Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. Mendicino was appointed after the Liberal Party of Canada was re-elected to a second mandate in October 2019.
“Vision Speeches” are a concurrent scheme amongst Ministers, it expresses the government’s immigration targets and the techniques intended to achieve such goals. So Mendicino’s speech had been highly anticipated.
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He started off his address by buttressing on the importance of Immigration on the future of Canada. Also, the number of immigrants Canada has to secure to boost its economic development. He went further to express that the immigration targets keep expanding due to Canada’s Demographic realities- as an aging country, with a low birth rate, Canada is living longer and not enough children to maintain the size of its population.
Mendicino attested that a major part of the solution is to welcome immigrants. Today, about 80 percent of Canada’s population growth will come from immigration, and estimates suggest this will reach 100 percent by the 2030s.
This is why Canada will welcome over one million immigrants in the next three years, said Mendicino, as he noted that he will formally table Canada’s 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan in March.
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Express Entry will remain the major program for welcoming immigrants to Canada as it has been successful since its launch in January 2015.
Mendicino noted that 95 percent of Express Entry arrivals have jobs and some 80 percent are working in their fields. This goes to support the notion that immigrants have rapid economic assimilation contrary to what most immigrants fear based on unemployment.
In addition, programs such as the Global Talent Stream and Atlantic Immigration Pilot have been key to supporting Canada’s economy.
Nonetheless, there remains a need to promote the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities across the country. This explains why the federal government launched the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot in 2019.
He concluded by stating that Canada is built on the strength of immigration. Welcoming immigrants will help to grow the labor market, support businesses, and ensure that “Canada remains the best country in the world.”