Updated: Feb 15, 2021
New immigrants will be crucial in filling labour shortages across Canada post-pandemic.
In March 2020, Canada introduced travel restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. Despite this, IRCC continued to process applications for permanent residence, because Canada needed to continue attracting eligible highly-skilled individuals to make the journey to Canada, as we prepare for economic recovery.
New students are also able to apply for and obtain study permits. Canada recognizes the importance of international students to its future workforce.
Canadian employers and small businesses will benefit greatly from safely reopening our borders to new immigrants and international students.
This need for immigration is not new. Prior to the pandemic, Canada still aimed to welcome increasing numbers of new immigrants every year, and employers and industry leaders have called for more effective immigration programs. This is because Canada has an aging population creating labour shortages. The pandemic only amplified the need for new talent.
The majority of labour shortages are for occupations that require at least a college diploma or an apprenticeship, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The CFIB also suggested that small businesses often rely on immigrants and temporary workers to succeed.
People with skilled work experience have many options to choose from when immigrating to Canada. According to the latest Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023, Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents every year. Around 60 per cent will immigrate as skilled workers.
The main way for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada is through the three main economic class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). These programs are managed by the Canadian federal government’s main application management system called Express Entry. (Source CIC-News edited)
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