Election Day in Canada!

It is October 21st, election day in Canada! Today, and in the days leading up to this, Canadians have headed to their local polling stations, mailed in their vote, or voted from their place of residence for the political party they want to represent them. In Canada, voting is a right afforded to all citizens over the age of 18, and Elections Canada works tirelessly to reduce barriers to voting for citizens at home and abroad.

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What has the Former Government Done for Immigration?

Four years ago, Canadians resoundingly voted in a majority Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The 2015 election saw the highest voter turnout in decades, with a huge increase in youth voters. Today, young people are again expected to play a significant role in deciding Canada’s leading party.

Liberal leadership over the past four years has been characterized by significant increases in economic immigration levels to Canada, as well as more refugees resettled than any other country in 2018. Under Liberal leadership, Canada introduced its most ambitious yearly immigration targets for skilled workers, which seek to welcome around 350,000 foreign nationals each year until 2021. With an aging working population and low fertility rates, the current government has made clear efforts to grow the Canadian workforce with international talent by facilitating faster and more efficient skilled immigration both federally and provincially.

What Could Happen in Today’s Election?

Today Canadians will vote from a handful of potential party representatives in their municipal riding. The candidate that gains the majority of votes in a riding will earn a seat in Canada’s House of Commons. The federal party that holds the most seats will make up a majority or minority government and hold power in introducing and passing legislation in Canada.

Currently, no major party has announced plans to increase or decrease the yearly skilled immigration targets, which is good news for those interested in making their homes in Canada in coming years. However, several parties remain vague about their plans for Canadian immigration, such as the Conservative party which promises to “set immigration levels consistent with what is in Canada’s best interests”. At this time, Conservatives poll competitively at the top, largely neck-and-neck with the Liberal party in opinion polling.

The results of today’s election promise to have significant outcomes for those interested in Canadian immigration in the coming years. With skilled immigration to the country being in such a favorable place, we hope to see continued to see dedication to growing Canada’s immigration system under new leadership.

 

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