In case you’re wondering, the number of work permit holders in Canada has felt a sting of the covid-19 pandemic. Here’s why- the start of January 2020 had a staggering 32,995 work permits issued. On the other hand, the numbers reduced almost by half to a paltry 19,650. The pandemic resulted in a decrease of the permits, about 28% from March 2019.

However, things started looking up in April 2020, with 29,900 work permits issued. While this was progress, it still showed a decrease of about 22% from 2019. The month of May had 25,125 work permits issued- a 45% decrease from 2019 and a 30% reduction from April 2020. The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) permits decrement has a role in influencing the overall decrease in work permit levels. Less workers got the work permits, with the effects of the pandemic.

If you have been successful in obtaining a work permit, it could stem from the issuance of the immigration programs. The programs include the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP) whose approvals are part of the new work permits.

If there is no Canadian worker to fill a job vacancy, you could be lucky for admittance to Canada through the TWFP. The main sector that TWFP addresses is the agricultural sector, where you can get a work permit with a job as a seasonal agricultural worker.

However, do not worry about lacking an opportunity through agriculture. The TWFP also addresses different industrial sectors. Additionally, the TWFP attracts lesser foreign workers into Canada than the IMP. Therefore, you are still eligible to obtain a work permit through the IMP which addresses the broader Canadian social and economic needs. The needs are a culmination of major industries in Canada.

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