What a Liberal Government Will Mean for Canadian Immigration
Immigration took some heavy hits under the Conservatives, but if the Liberals’ promises are anything to go by, Trudeau’s leadership should provide some positive changes but also some concerning ones.
Based on the platform outlined on their website, here are a few ways the Liberals intend to reinvigorate the image of Canada as a welcoming country.
The Liberal Stance on Refugees
Under the Liberals, Canada could regain its status as an inspiring place to start anew. The party has said that they will increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed into Canada by 25,000, as well as “offer more help to those providing aid in the region.” The party has also made promises that could make the process easier and more compassionate toward all refugees, such as their commitment to restoring the Interim Federal Health Program.
A Friendlier Approach to Time Spent in Canada
The Liberals also plan to make time invested in our country count more for prospective immigrants by giving international students and temporary residents credit for time already spent in Canada, as well as reducing immigration challenges for international students by altering the Canadian Experience Class.
A Focus on Family and Care
According to the Liberals’ platform, reuniting families is a “top priority”. The party intends to increase the budget for family class sponsorships by almost double the current amount allotted, while upping the number of applications for parents and grandparents to 10,000 a year. The maximum age for dependents will return to 22 from the current 19, and new spouses entering Canada will immediately be granted permanent residency. Furthermore, applicants under the Express Entry System with Canadian siblings will gain additional points.
Immigration restrictions on caregivers will also be reduced, making getting care for sick or disabled relatives easier. The Liberals say that they will eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee currently mandatory for all families seeking caregivers for family members with disabilities. The party will also make the process of hiring a caregiver easier—and make changing employers easier and safer for caregivers—by working to develop a system of regulated companies to hire caregivers for families.
What about temporary foreign workers?
There isn’t much discussion about reforming the temporary foreign worker program that was severely undermined under the Conservatives. We hope that the ability of Canadian employers to hire temporary foreign workers will be relaxed. Temporary foreign workers help our economy in all sorts of ways.
What Does This Mean for You?
This is far from an exhaustive list of the Liberal Party’s proposed immigration reforms. With the Liberals presenting a more optimistic and welcoming outlook on Canadian immigration, Trudeau’s term as Prime Minister could be a great time to come to Canada. If you are considering applying to come to Canada or to stay here longterm, VisaPlace can help.
We can make the process simpler and improve your application’s chances of success. To get started, simply our free online immigration assessment form here or contact us here. Once you fill out that form, we will get back to you (within 24 hours) to discuss your eligibility and immigration options.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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