Recent Hype Over Canada’s Immigration Initiatives
May 6 marks the first of a series of livestream presentations aimed at providing information regarding permanent residence. The first target groups are college graduates and essential workers, both of whom will be accessing live presentations through the internet. The target numbers will max out at 50,000 for essential workers and 40,000 for international students who have already graduated from college. The deadline to meet these quotas will be on November 5, but if it happens before then, it will end sooner.
The Positive Economic Impact of Immigration
Canada’s post pandemic economic recovery depends on the government’s ability to meet these goals. Bouncing back from the severe economic hardship imposed by the worldwide lockdowns means bringing in new people is needed. Jobs creation for new residents will help secure Canada’s economic future and keep the country running strong.
There are now more immigrants than ever seeking Canadian citizenship, and the demand for English and French language classes is now on the rise. This demand will open the door for more jobs in the education department and lead to more economic growth as new teachers are being sought. Helping new applicants prepare for an exam in both tongues requires some level of tutoring in a few cases.
Anyone looking for permanent residency is now required to pass an exam that demonstrates competency in both tongues. This is true even for those who grew up with English or French as a native language. Since there are now more applicants than ever, officials administering these exams online began to notice a spike in the number of people registered.
Glitches in the System
The vast number of people registered soon began to pose a problem for the proctors. There were so many people needing to take the test that a computer backlog followed. Servers crashed, and officials scrambled to tackle the problem right before the looming May 6 deadline. It appeared as though nothing were being done and progress was slowing. All of this followed the news of government programs launched at assisting current foreign residents in the achievement of citizenship goals.
The government understood that Canada’s immigration goals weren’t going to be met in time. There were pandemic related safety factors to consider. Registration had to be limited by nearly a half since the tests were in person rather than being done from a remote location. A vast majority of this huge percentage lie in the amount of people who were granted a work permit and either have been employed or were seeking employment within that time frame.