Canadians have returned the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to office in Ottawa in an election that took place Monday, October 21.
The Liberal platform contained a few interesting proposals when it comes to Canada’s immigration policy, including:
- modest and responsible increases to immigration;
- the establishment of a new Canadian immigration program, the Municipal Nominee Program, which would allow smaller cities and towns to nominate people and families for immigration to Canada;
- making applying for Canadian citizenship free for permanent residents (the current total fees are $630); and
- making the Atlantic Immigration Pilot permanent.
There is every possibility that any or all of these proposals will be realised over the coming months and years.
Though the Liberals now move from majority to minority status, they have the opportunity to build a lasting legacy of ensuring that Canada remains one of the most attractive destinations in the world for workers, families, and international students.
The Liberals’ multi-year immigration levels plan calls for Canada to welcome 341,000 new permanent residents in 2020, rising to 350,000 in 2021. Further increases could continue beyond 2021 if the Liberals can muster support for this approach in the House of Commons. Such support could come from the NDP.
Among these newcomers, and in contrast to many other developed countries, Canada is expected to contin
Immigration Levels: 370,000 immigrants by 2023?
Immigration levels are poised to rise even further under a Liberal minority government.
Under their current plan, the target will increase from 330,800 in 2019 to 350,000 by 2021, and their election platform suggested this pattern would continue if they attained a new mandate.
Given the incremental approach employed by the Liberals in recent years, we can expect immigration targets to increase by an additional 10,000 newcomers or so each year beyond 2021, which means that Canada could aim for approximately 370,000 immigrants by 2023.
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