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Canada Commits $440 Million for Increased Immigration in the next 3 Years

February 2018, 16
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Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister Canada, has stated that the multi-year immigration levels plan, of the federal government, is on target, and there will be a commitment of $440 million for ensuring its success.

He stated this before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration of the Parliament.

During November 2017, Canada set aside its single year immigration planning, to adopt a three-year plan, starting from 2018. The plan will witness a steady increase, in the immigration level, during the period, and the target taken for total admissions will be 310,000 (2018) and 340,000 in (2020).

These targets are the highest admissions seen in a century and account for the highest percentage of immigration in four decades.

Sixty percent growth is set to be achieved through economic immigration programs; the federal Express Entry system along with Provincial Nominee Programs will play a major role in it.

He added that the number of skilled immigrants, selected by using the Express Entry system, will increase during this period, resulting in the availability of, additional highly skilled talent, for meeting the needs of the labor market.

IRCC presently has a target of 242,100 admissions in the next three years by using these three economic immigration programs which are administered by the Express Entry system. They are the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class.

Express Entry target admissions

The Yearly Target for 2017 was 71,700 and in 2018 the Target Increase would reach 74,900 registering a growth of 3,200 (4%), and for 2019 it would be 81,400  registering a growth of 6,700 (9%) followed by 2020, 85,800 registering a growth of 4,400 (5%).

The PNPs permit the provinces and territories, to seek nomination for immigrants, every year for attaining permanent residence status. The programs contributed to the multi-year level plan in a big way.

Candidates figuring in the Express Entry pool, and having a provincial nomination, get 600 points more, towards their CRS score, providing a better chance to them, to obtain an invitation, to apply for seeking Canadian permanent residence.

The economies in the Provinces were performing well and had sought help in meeting the additional demand for skilled labor and workers. They invariably seek increased targets every year as a part of the plan.

Presently IRCC has an admission target, using the PNPs, which will increase by 23 percent in three years.

Better plans needed

He went on to add that the multi-year approach permitted the partner organizations and the government, to prepare well for such an increase, to ensure that they have the required capacity to welcome and integrate such newcomers into the society.

Planning admissions for one year every year had been the custom for 15 years, but the plan to admit over the next three years will put the government and its partners, in a better position, for planning the settlement, for newcomer-specific requirements.

These targets, at an estimate, will cost $440 million in the future. Additional resources mobilized here will be used to meet the increased demands, put on the global processing network, and settlement programs of IRCC. This funding will also enable IRCC, to schedule and process, more applications for PR.

High immigration levels, will lead the way to improve the process of the immigration system and help in the reduction of the backlogs in applications. Moreover, it will improve processing time, create more admission spaces, and permit IRCC to opt for more applications every year. There will be a substantial progress in decreasing the processing time required for family, refugee and caregiver programs.

This will ensure that all employers effectively get the talent they seek.

A day earlier the Minister also announced, that the government was successful, in meeting the 12-month deadline, for reducing the heavy backlog, of Spousal Sponsorship applications, by 80 percent as promised.

Immigration is crucial for Canada’s future

The Immigration Minister stated that the immigration objectives were supported by independent studies, which reported that Canada required, increasing its immigration levels, to one percent of its population, for the next two decades, to maintain better economic growth in the country.

The immigration in MYL plan represents 0.9 percent of its population by 2020.

In 1971, 6.6 people of working age existed for each senior; but by 2012, this ratio decreased to 4.2: 1. It is projected that the ratio would be 2:1 by 2036. 5.5 million Canadians will retire by that and a great share of net population growth will be achieved through immigration only.

Today the Immigration accounted for 65 percent of net population increase and immigrants at present constitute a quarter of the Canadian workforce.

Canada needs to attract skilled immigrants, to produce a good labor force, to manage its economy, and maintain national social programs. Immigration will help in supporting the public health care system, pensions, and social programs in the next decades.

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