2020 – Big Year for Provincial and Regional Immigration Programs

With the new decade, many new Canadians are expected to arrive through various immigration programs and new expected policy updates in immigration will help the way to set for the year 2020.

Let’s take a look at the notable developments that can be expected in the next 12 months and can help is shaping the future of Canada immigration.

New Immigration plans 2020-2022 Announcement

Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada, Marco Mendicino, is in position to table 2019 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration by the month of March. One of the major aspects of this report will be the insights into the government’s immigration priorities with highlights on Canada’s 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan.

Immigration targets for upcoming years 2020 and 2021 have been set at 341,000 and 350,000 respectively. Mendicino in his mandate letter has outlined that we should expect a modest increase to 2022 target that could be around 360,000 immigrants.

PGP Changes

The federal government is expected to announce new intake process plans for Parents and Grandparents Program – PGP. Under PGP, the government welcomes about 21,000 immigrants but managing the intake of the applications has been challenging as the demands exceed far more than the immigration spots available. The federal government is expected to announce the new intake process to tackle the shortcomings of the previous intake process.

Regional PNPs Streams

Government of Canada under its 2019-2021 Immigration level plans has looked to welcome 67,800 immigrants through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in 2020 that is an increase of 11 percent when compared to 2019.

Most provinces in Canada see a minimum of 80 percent of immigrants settle in the biggest municipalities in respective provinces. To counter this, most of the provinces and territories have introduced regional PNP streams. Province of Ontario has recently selected three communities to take part in its new Regional Immigration Pilot.

The Canadian government has also been complementing the PNPs with additional efforts in order to promote the broader distribution of immigrants across the country, known as “regionalization”.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was introduced in 2017 that enables the Atlantic provinces of Canada to welcome more than 4,000 immigrants. Federal Minister of Immigration has also mentioned in his mandate letter, that AIPP can become a permanent program in the upcoming time.

The federal government of Canada has also launched a new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) to ramp up in 2020 as 11 designated communities across the country to begin recruiting newcomers.

Minister has also mandated about a new Municipal Nominee Program. Details of the program have not been yet made available, but we can expect it to operate in a similar fashion as RNIP, to designate municipalities to be able to recruit newcomers who are able to meet the demands of the local labour market. The mandate also indicates an additional pilot by the federal government to promote more immigrants to rural communities.

Noteworthy observations of these various new programs by the federal government is how the government has opted to provide with just over 50% of economic class section powers. This development underscores the federal government’s commitment to ensure the benefits of immigrants spreading equally around the country.

Citizenship fees waived in 2020?

Mendicino’s mandate letter has also mentioned about eliminating citizenship fees. The current cost of applying for Canadian citizenship is CAD $360 per adult. It is not mentioned when the fees will be waived, but we can expect the citizenship uptake rate to temporarily stagnate or decline as eligible immigrants waiting their time for this policy to be implemented. When this policy comes into effect, the citizenship rate could shoot up to 40 percent by 2024.

The year 2020 can become the year for you when you finally decide to move to the country of your dream – Canada. For more information on Canada immigration, call the ICCRC registered immigration firm – Nationwide Visas the Best Immigration Consultant @ 92-92-92-92-81.

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