COVID19 pandemic has altered various objectives explained in Mendicino’s present letter of mandate. The immigration minister was about to implement the state’s immigration agenda as he launched the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan during early match. The novel coronavirus has delayed priorities like launching the Municipal Nominee Program and getting rid of application charges for Canadian citizenship.
Expect Merco’s upcoming mandate letter to heavily focus on the pandemic. For instance, the state will probably give an overview of how it plans to enact Canadian immigration policies and how it will address the application procedure in the wake of the coronavirus.
2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan
Canada is set to release its immigration Levels Plan for 2021 to 2023. It typically announces this plan in each fall towards the end of October every year and is stated within the IRPA (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act). IRPA is the most significant regulatory that governs the Canadian immigration system.
However, IRPA also states that the announcement of the immigration levels plan may be delayed during election years, as was the scenario during 2019 when Canadians cast their votes. Thus, Merco will adhere to immigration policies that he announced in March together with the 2021-2023 immigration levels plan.
Although IRPA stipulates that the minister should launch the plan by 1st November annually when the parliament is meeting, that date falls on a weekend this year. Thus, the announcement may be scheduled for an earlier date.
The immigration minister has incessantly disclosed Canada’s interest in immigration during the pandemic. This interest is evidenced by the current Express Entry pools held by IRCC which show record levels of individuals receiving invitations to apply for Canadian Permanent residence.
The question on each one’s mind concerning Merco’s upcoming announcement is: How will the pandemic alter immigration levels in Canada?
In the medium- and long-haul, expect Canada to revert to welcoming huge numbers of immigrants. This is because of Canada’s demand for labor to uplift the economy. A recent throne speech strongly suggests that Canada may return to welcoming high levels of immigrants.
However, the exact figure of Canadian immigrants amid the Covid19 crisis is still unclear. Despite the ongoing application process and the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) and Express Entry draws, the number of immigrants who have completed the landing procedure for permanent residence is low owing to COVID19.
The letter of mandate and immigration Levels plan for 2021-2023 will shed more light on how Canada plans to improve her immigration system.
Canada has been friendly to her visitors, for instance in February last year, Ontario police freed forty-three men who were caught in the hands of traffickers to work as restaurant cleaners in Innisfil, Cornwall, Collingwood, and Oro-Medonte.