Immigration is and will continue to be fundamental aspect in Canada’s economic growth and societal development. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized this on the governments supplementary mandate letter furnished to the immigration minister, Marco Mendicino.
The mandate letter is a crucial policy document in the immigration sector. It defines the goals that the Prime Minister expects the immigration minister and the IRCC to pursue as their government remains in power. It also contains crucial information such as: Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan, new immigrations for IRCC to create and Improving IRCC’s application processing times.
The letter was released shortly after Canada revealed the phenomenal 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. According to the new plan, Canada targets to welcome over 400000 immigrants per year which will be recorded as the highest in history.
The new letter is a supplement to the one that the Prime Minister previously handed the immigration minister in December 2019. It is particularly important as it as the government opened a new parliamentary session in September. Besides, it also includes new objectives emanating from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Key Priorities as Stated By the Letter
To Welcome More Immigrants
Bringing in more newcomers will enhance Canada’s economic recovery and growth as tabled in the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan through:
- Intensifying pilot programs which will attract more skilled refugees landing through economic immigration streams
- Keep supporting expediting family reunification
- Continue to work on sectorial and regional pilot programs
Permanent Residence Guaranteed to All Covid Health Care Workers
The Canadian government has been working to provide permanent residence pathways to those who were in the frontline during the Covid crisis. These are the health care workers who offered their services in health facilities and long term care homes.
The government is working in solidarity with the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Health. Together, they are determined to protect and enhance the health and safety of the Canadian people. As such, each of Canada’s ports of entry will be guarded responsibly, fiercely and compassionately.
Explore Additional Permanent Residence Pathways for Foreign Workers
Here is some good news for the temporary foreign workers as the Prime Minister insists on exploring pathways for their proper settlement. He also stresses in the need to continue working with the Minister of Employment, Disability Inclusion and Workforce Development. By doing so, they will be able to protect workers who are most vulnerable to coronavirus. At the same time, they will be able to secure enough labor force to fill the gaps in the farming and food processing industry.
Empowering and Integrating Foreign Workers Through PNP Streams
Work with provinces and territories to provide high-quality settlement support and services to the newcomers. This includes French language training while paying attention to the jurisdiction and complementary measures.
The new letter does not include any new goals and plainly entails the goals pursued by the Canadian government during its time in power. However, it includes a few additional goals stated in the December 2019 supplementary letter, which the immigration department is still pursuing. The parting shot of today’s release is Canada’s commitment to operating its immigration system amid the pandemic. The goal is to heighten the new comers’ skills and talents in rebuilding and supporting its economy after the pandemic.