Outline for 2021-2023

Canadian Immigration- outline for 2021-2023 upcoming!

Two major milestones of Canadian Immigration are expected to take place in a month from now. These events over the coming month will really shape Canada’s immigration system for upcoming years. New Immigration Mandate Letter; Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 both are expected to have a great impact on Canadian Immigration as a whole at least for the next three years.

Immigration Mandate Letter:

Mandate letters tend to be issued to each minister every two to four years. They are typically issued when a new government takes office and when a minister is assigned a new portfolio.

In Canada, the prime minister outlines the responsibilities that the government would like their respective cabinet members to pursue. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will provide the Immigration minister, Mendicino with the mandate letter that will guide Mendicino’s efforts to lead the operations of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

In August, however, Trudeau ended the last session of Canada’s parliament as he wanted to reset the government’s priorities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. As such, PM will now define new immigration priorities for Immigration Minister and IRCC to pursue.

We can expect the forthcoming mandate letter to heavily emphasize the coronavirus. Namely, the government will likely provide an overview of how it seeks to adapt Canadian immigration policy and how it will process applications moving forward in the wake of the pandemic.

Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023:

The levels plan is usually announced each fall around the last week of October. This is stipulated by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In another rare occurrence, Canada will announce its Immigration Levels Plan for the second time in the same year.

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act stipulates that the levels plan announcement can be delayed in election years, as was the case in 2019 when Canadians went to the polls. However, the Immigration Minister will follow the 2020-2022 levels plan announcement he made in March of this year with a similar announcement that will likely come by Friday October 30th.

Though there is uncertainty as to the number of immigrants that Canada will be able to welcome amid the pandemic. While Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws and application processing continue, the actual number of immigrants completing their permanent residence landing process is greatly impacted by COVID-19. Now this a big question, how will COVID-19 impact Canada’s immigration levels?

Canada is expected to return to high levels of immigration over the period due to the matter of fact that Canada needs immigration to support the economy. The latest speech of Prime Minister from the throne also conforming to Canada’s intend to return to high newcomer levels.

2nd Mandate Letter along with 2nd Immigration Levels Plan (2021-2023) announcement will give us more clarity in terms of how quickly the Canadian government believes the immigration system will be able to return to normal.