In 2019, approximately 62 percent of immigrants had indicated that they would love to settle in Ontario. This, among other factors, indicates that Ontario will experience a major recovery in its permanent residence records. Besides Express Entry and Ontario Immigration Nomination Program (OINP), Ontario can also welcome numerous immigrants through family class immigrant landing to enhance its recovery. What’s better, Canada’s family immigrants are exempted from the countries coronavirus travel restrictions.

British Columbia

British Columbia also anticipates an incredible recovery in 2021 as Ontario. Every week, the province holds Provincial Nominee Draws, inviting its numerous temporary immigrants to apply for permanent residence.


Alberta also expects a surge in immigration through Express Entry. All the same, the province has decided to decrease its Alberta Immigration Nominee Program to give time for economic recovery.

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Atlantic Provinces

It is still unclear whether Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the four Atlantic Provinces will recover their immigration levels this year. This is because all the six provinces mainly depend on their PNP programs to welcome immigrants. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible for PNP to supply enough arrivals to the provinces from abroad. Of course, PNP challenges are also common in the above-mentioned Provinces. Even so, the provinces can take advantage of Express Entry to counteract the deficits.

Despite the challenges with PNP, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces have strong chances for solid recoveries in 2021. The six Provinces expect to enjoy the benefits of IRRC’s transition program as all of them are homes to significant international students. IRRC is determined to go over and beyond the Express Entry program to achieve this year’s immigration target. The measures are also aimed at boosting Canada’s smaller provinces. Besides, the Provinces could collaborate with IRRC to transition their current temporary residents into permanent immigrants. They can do this through their PNP streams or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.


Quebec should also adjust its tactics to attain its 44500 immigrants target for 2021. Covid19 Boarder closure and travel restrictions create obstacles when welcoming newcomers through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. However, the province can still attain this year’s target by boosting permanent residence transition through such channels as the Quebec Experience Program. They can also take advantage of the family class intake and the new “guardian angel program” for asylum seekers working in the front line to combat Covid19 in the province.

IRRC and Canadian provinces are working to enhance the number of newcomers landing from overseas amid the pandemic. Recently, IRRC reported that this is a temporary policy to help welcome new immigrants when travel restriction bans are lifted. Meanwhile, those abroad can submit their applications, while those with approvals should anticipate an invite to Canada as soon as the pandemic crisis is over.

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