Canada May See 320,000 New Permanent Residents in 2017. What Does This Mean?
Canada may see 320,000 new permanent residents in 2017. What does this mean? The general population mostly won’t notice, but these numbers may impact those seeking work in Canada.
How will this impact Foreign Workers?
Foreign workers will have to try and maximize their Comprehensive Ranking System (“CRS”) points (i.e. enhance language skills and education assessment). Applicants who achieve sufficient CRS points are advised to enter the Express Entry pool without delay, in order to be invited to apply for permanent residency and hopefully become eligible for an Open Bridging Work Permit.
The Labour Market Impact Assessment criteria remain stringent and positive Opinions from Employment and Social Development Canada will continue to be difficult to obtain, particularly with the perception of high unemployment in Canada.
As the Federal Government has increased the target of the Provincial Nominee Class, employers are advised to make applications on behalf of their foreign workers as soon as possible, as the vetting process can sometimes become backed up.
What are the New Immigration Numbers?
The target number of 300,000 remains unchanged from 2016. However, the maximum range of immigrants has increased from 305,000 to 320,000. The Levels Plan projects an increase of 0.86% of Canada’s population, which is less than the 1% projected increase. And while 300,000 is the new base target for annual immigration to Canada, these changes in the migration ceiling indicates possible future increases to the overall target.
Economic immigration will increase by only 7% overall in 2017, while family immigration programs will see an overall increase of 5%. And while these numbers are encouraging for anyone hoping to work in Canada, applicants will be competing with applicants in perhaps record numbers, as the overall economic stability and high quality of life makes Canada an attractive destination for people all over the world.
What should I do next if I want to Work in Canada?
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