The discussion was headed by Chris Alexander, the Citizenship and Immigration minister. It covered issues such as transition to a new immigration model and changes/modifications in its target admissions.
Expectations for the Year 2014
The Canadian government is expecting a few changes in the immigration trends in Canada for next year, although some things are bound to remain.
What will remain: The country is expecting around 240,000 to 270,000 immigrants and permanent residents next year, fairly similar to the numbers during the previous years.
What will change: Of the three categories through which immigrants come to Canada (family sponsorship, humanitarian and economic), it is expected that the latter will be the avenue through which almost two thirds of new immigrants will receive permanent residency next year. A surge in economic immigrants is bound to happen, which is actually Canada’s goal in order to attract the best talents worldwide and promote global competence.
Economic Immigration: Canada’s Choice
The Canadian government has great preference for economic immigrants because it offers great benefits not only to the immigrant but also to the country. Because of this, Canada is offering many appealing programs under this avenue. Among these are the following:
∎ Federal Skilled Worker Program
∎ Federal Skilled Trades Program
∎ Canadian Experience Class
∎ Business Immigration Programs
∎ Provincial Nominee Programs.
Of the outlined programs, the government is expecting the Provincial Nominee Programs and the Canadian Experience Class program to bring the most number of economic immigrants to the country. Many of these programs are constantly undergoing changes to provide more benefits to immigrants and to ensure new residents have a good experience as they settle in Canada.
What to Expect in the Family Sponsorship and Humanitarian Immigration Programs
Although much focus is being given to economic immigrants at this time, those who plan to come to Canada through the other two categories will still be entertained.
In fact, the government is expecting the highest number of visa issuances for parents and grandparents next year in almost two decades. More than 25% of the expected new permanent residents next year (pegged at almost 70,000) is bound to come from the family sponsorship program. Additionally, this number is even boosted by the launch of the new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa Program, which offers 1,000 long-term visitor visas every month.
As for refugees, the government promises to remain committed to the protection of those who are seeking to become permanent residents for humanitarian reasons.
The Expression of Interest (EOI) Immigration System: Looking Forward to the Future
Canada has long planned to transition into an EOI model of immigration. EOI, or ‘Expressions of Interest’, is aimed at helping to better match immigrants to specific industries to fill the needs of the labour market. This system is aimed at providing better support to all immigrants during their application and during their entry in the country.