While economists will agree that an economic recession is under way, as Canada suffers two consecutive quarters of economic contraction, that is no different from any other first world country on earth this year. For potential Canadian immigrants concerned about how this may affect their immigration process, or their job prospects once they arrive in Canada, the Canadian government has sent the message out loud and clear, they will use every tool in their chest to prevent recession. The IRCC has marched on through their Express Entry system, inviting an average of 7,800 applicants every month so far this year to submit their permanent residency applications. The government has also introduced multiple stimulus packages to protect both businesses and employees during this time of global crisis.
Express Entry & Other Canada Immigration Options
Twice a month, every month, the Express Entry system holds a draw where on average 3,900 applicants to the fast track immigration program are invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The IRCC slowed down briefly at the beginning of March when the pandemic had its first major impact in Canada, forcing the closure of government offices, but have since returned to full operation and continue to invite technically skilled and qualified people from all over the world to boost their economy. This is a key reason why the economy is strong. Canada has more qualified and skilled people than other countries in the world, with 56.7% of adults holding a post-secondary qualification.
Other Canadian Immigration Programs
Applications continue to be accepted for a number of other immigration programs, most of which require some work experience in Canada. So, the first step to becoming eligible for these programs is to obtain a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. Second, you can apply for the program at the same time as you apply for your work permit. You can then travel to Canada and begin working. Once you meet the requirement for work experience, you can submit it and your application for permanent residency (PR) in Canada will be processed. Some of these programs include:
- The Atlantic Immigration Program: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island invite potential immigrants from Managerial, professional, skilled workers and semi-skilled workers to apply for PR in on of these maritime provinces. All you need is a valid job offer and you must be eligible for Canadian immigration. The program also allows foreigners who complete a post secondary qualification at a designated institution in one of the Atlantic provinces to apply for PR status.
- Home & Child Care Providers: a valid job offer allows you to apply for a job-specific open work permit as a care provider. You can apply to this immigration program at the same time as you apply for your work permit. Once you have two years of experience in Canada and a qualification related to the field, you are eligible for PR status
- Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot: smaller cities and towns participating in this program will motivate your application for permanent residency. Simply obtain a valid job offer in one of the participating communities and become eligible for PR status.
- Agri-Food Immigration Pilot: The launch of this program has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is expected to launch now in May. Immigrants with full-time valid job offers in positions such as butchers, harvesters and farm workers will be able to apply for PR in Canada.
While Canada’s borders remain closed for the moment, it won’t be for much longer. Now is the ideal time to secure a valid job offer and begin your immigration process. The closure caused by the CoronaVirus could give you a head start in preparing for your new journey.
Jobs in Canada
A visit to the Canada Job Bank or Indeed.com will quickly show that there is no shortage of employment opportunities in Canada. While many companies have been forced to close their doors temporarily or have their employees work remotely, the Canadian government is already opening many sectors in phases.
A classic economic recession comes about because of a lack of spending. Employers then have to lay off workers due to a lack of income, which in turn means less spending and so the vicious cycle self perpetuates. The Canadian government has already jumped ahead of this by launching stimulus packages such as salary top ups, so that people can still afford to live the same way that they have. In other words, government spending slows this down.
The Conference Board of Canada does expect the job market to take a slight downturn this year. The expected amount of jobs to be created in 2020 is 138,000. They have also said that this will mean a boom in 2021 as the country emerges from the economic slowdown, expecting over 400,000 jobs to be created.
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With all of these immigration and visa options to choose from, the process can become quite overwhelming and confusing. But it doesn't have to be. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late.
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