Canada’s Immigration minister – Marco Mendicino, participated in a Q & A session reflecting and sharing the effects of coronavirus on Canada’s immigration system in the future.
In an hour-long discussion with the Canadian Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section, immigration minister touched the topics on such as immigration levels, temporary foreign workers, and international students
Canada to remain open to immigrants after COVID-19
“Immigration will absolutely be key to our success and our economic recovery,” Mendicino said. “We continue to rely on immigration, it will be an economic driver and this will be the North Star of our policy going forward.”
Minister observed that COVID-19 will not change Canada’s long term demographic trends. With the decrease in Canada’s worker-to-retiree ratio, Immigration will be the need to drive the economy. He also noted that this is not the first time that the country has faced a pandemic and economic challenges, however, the country has continued its growth thanks to the incoming work-force through immigration. Minister states that the stakeholders will be consulted on the future of the country’s intake level in advance of its annual immigration levels plan announcement coming this fall.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s staff are currently working remotely which is impacting the department’s ability for application processing. Nonetheless, the ministry has set up remote operations to enable its staff to access the tool they need for facilitating the process. For example, IRCC has enabled the expedite the processing of seasonal agricultural workers under its Temporary Foreign Worker Permit (TFWP).
Temporary Foreign Worker and International Students
IRCC has stayed close with the agricultural and seafood sector employers in support of the federal government’s efforts to strengthen the country’s food supply.
“Is there more that we can do? Absolutely. And we are always looking at ways to create some additional flexibility around work permits, really removing any barriers that exist abroad,” the minister said.
One of the greatest challenges in the admission of foreign workers in the country is the set of circumstances that are within the purview of source countries from where the temporary workers are coming.
With the various valuable feedback from various stakeholders on how the federal government can adjust its international student policies in response to the pandemic, the minister has stated that IRCC is grateful to them for the feedback. IRCC’s recent Post-Graduation Work Permit reform enables international students who take online courses to remain eligible for the PGWP. IRCC is in consultation with the post-secondary stakeholders on how they can help in enrolling the international students in Canadian post-secondary designated learning institutions during the September intake period (the time most of the international students begin their programs).
Reference is taken from CIC News
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