The Canadian Immigration Prime Minister, Ahmed Hussen has announced a $440 million budget on the Multi Year Immigration Plans. This update has been provided by Hussen before the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on Thursday.
During the month of November, Canada released its Mult-Year immigration levels that revealed targets of Canada immigration from 2018 to 2020. The plan brings a fact into limelight of how important immigrants are to Canada and its federal growth. The Maple country targets to invite a larger number of immigrants each year. Hussen also added the Multi-Year Targets represent the highest entries in Canada over a century of years and the highest percentage of immigration in more than 40 years. It is believed that 60% of the growth to Canada will come from Canada’s economic immigration program. The Minister also throws a light on the vital roles of Express Entry System and Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada Immigration. “The number of skilled immigrants we select through our Express Entry system will grow over this time frame, which will mean more highly skilled talent for our labour market,” he said.
“Provincial economies are doing very well and they had asked us to help them meet the soaring demand for workers and for skilled labour”. “They’ve constantly been asking for increases and you see an increase every single year as part of the three-year plan,” he further added.
Ahmed Hussen also said that the Multi-Year approach will also benefit the government and partner organizations to prepare better and improve their capacity to welcome newcomers into the Canadian society.
“Instead of planning admissions one year at a time, as has been the norm for the last 15 years, planning admissions over three years will ensure that the government and our service provider partners are in a better position to plan for newcomer-specific settlement needs,” he quotes in this regard.
The news also reveals of the Minister’s plans to add resources that would be used to address the increased demands placed on IRCC’s global processing network and settlement programs. An additional funding of over $440 million will also enable IRCC and its partners to process more applications in a timely manner.
“We expect that higher immigration levels will allow us to improve the operations of our immigration system, help us to reduce our application backlogs and improve processing times for our clients,” he said, adding that the increased levels in certain categories will create more admission spaces and allow IRCC to process more applications each year.
Hussen also said, “In particular, we expect to see real progress in reducing processing times in family, caregiver and refugee programs,” “Faster processing also ensures that employers can more effectively get the talent they need.”
Currently, immigration in Canada accounts for nearly 65% of net population growth. Moreover, 25% of immigrants constitute to Canadian workforce.
“Canada’s demographic challenges necessitate enhanced efforts to attract immigrants with the skills Canada needs in order to grow the size of its labour force and Canada’s economy, and maintain national social programs”, says Ahmed Hussen in context to the importance of immigrants to Canada. “Immigration will also help to support our much-cherished public health care system, public pensions and other social programs in the decades to come.” “Immigration represents a major investment in our country’s prosperity… it will benefit all Canadians now and into the future,” he further added.