Canada announced its 2020-22 Immigration Levels Plan despite the pandemic novel coronavirus (nCoV-19) scare. The country aims to welcome nearly 341,000 immigrants in 2020 alone and over 1 million newcomers in the next three years.
However, the announcement is seen to be overshadowed by the major economic and social turmoil that nCoV-19 is causing in Canada and abroad.
Why should Canada still welcome more newcomers despite the nCoV-19 scare?
The immigration policy until the 1980s was to welcome higher levels of immigration when the economy was strong and lower the levels of immigration when the economy was heading into a recession.
However, the proactive measure of welcoming higher levels of immigration even during the COVID-19 scare and economic recession is fairly a new one.
Yes, Canada’s economy looks set to contract in 2020 and welcoming new immigrants may only cause more burden on the labour market. However, current events serve as a reminder that Canada’s immigration policies are largely proactive in nature, and since the late 1980s, the decision of the number of immigrants to welcome has been largely detached from economic conditions on the ground.
Canada’s present demography is ageing and will soon retire from the productive labour workforce. The country is addressing it by welcoming more number of immigrants and grooming them to be the frontrunners in expanding its economy.
Canadian immigration policies are designed to meet long-term plans while fulfilling immediate goals along its way. Hence, even if newcomers arrive during an economic downturn, Canada expects the same newcomers to be catalysts for economic growth in the future.
IRCC is being more lenient by allowing more time for Canada PR applications. Those unable to submit a complete application for permanent residence before the deadline can claim for an additional 90 days in some cases.
Restrictions put in place in regard to the nCoV-19 scare
On Monday, March 16, Canada closed its borders to most people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Whereas the status of those who possess valid study and work permits and who are currently overseas is unknown,
Border restrictions will not apply to cargo and goods transportation.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, only four Canadian airports will be open to international flights: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport.
In-person permanent resident landing appointments will be closed until April 13.
Canada understands the importance of maintaining higher levels of immigration in order to sustain its economy. Coronavirus and economic slowdown alone cannot hamper the spirits of liberal Canadian Immigration. Keep planning your immigration for a better career and life chances in Canada.