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Increased Immigration Targets For the Next Three Years Among the Top Priorities Addressed in New Mandate Letter

The Canadian Prime Minister has addressed the newly appointed Minister of Immigration in a new mandate letter. The mandate letter outlines the top priorities for the future of Canadian immigration, which includes increasing immigration targets to welcome more than one million newcomers to Canada from 2020 to 2022 and introducing a new Municipal Nominee Program. 

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The top priorities outlined in the mandate letter are in line with the immigration goals that the current Liberal government emphasized during this year’s campaign period. Minister of Immigration, Marco Mendicino, will be expected to “advance the Government’s plan to welcome more people to Canada […] and make it easier for communities to welcome the workers they need most.”

One of the significant goals the Liberal government had addressed during its campaign period was the aim to welcome more new immigrants per year than ever before. Canada’s increased annual Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022 is set to attract more than one million new permanent residents in the next three years, with a target of increasing annual immigration admissions to 350,000 by 2021. 

Another immigration goal will be the introduction of a Municipal Nominee Program. This new program would allow cities, chambers of commerce, and labour councils to elect new immigrants to fill labour needs, with at least 5000 spots to be available for applicants and their families. 

Making the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) a permanent program was also mentioned in the letter. Having launched in 2017, the pilot has been successful in attracting and retaining newcomers to Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces. 5,000 yearly spots will be made available to applicants who have a job offer from a designated Atlantic employer.

Additional priorities outlined in the letter include the elimination of citizenship fees for those who have fulfilled the requirements and the creation of more pilot programming to bring skilled newcomers to the country’s rural communities.

We are pleased to see the Liberal government’s re-commitment and expansion of its ambitious yearly immigration targets. With the goal of welcoming over one million newcomers in the next three years, now is the best time for skilled workers interested in living and working permanently in Canada to get started!  

 

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