A new article by Canada Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino and Minsiter of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains states that Canada’s progressive immigration policy framework will be the foundation of the country’s success in this century. Both Ministers are second generation immigrants. Their key roles in the federal government cabinet are a representation of the innumerable immigrant success stories, and the equality of opportunity for immigrants and their children in Canada.
The article acknowledges that while the initial period of settling and adapting to the Canadian culture and workforce can be challenging for many immigrants, the country also offers opportunities to newcomers for establishing themselves financially and socially – since the immigrant’s success, in the long-run, is an incentive to the national economy at large. This egalitarian system that enhances the potential for success is one of the major attractions for those who wish to migrate to Canada.
This is known as the ‘positive immigration cycle’, wherein a country provides resources and facilities to immigrants – so that the newcomer can gainfully contribute to the country’s economic development. This benefits both the immigrant and the country. As Ministers, the authors of the article manage important portfolios concerned with attracting and retaining immigrants in Canada – including skilled workers, entrepreneurs, investors, international students and temporary workers.
In 2017, the federal government launched the Global Talent Stream – through which tens of thousands of tech workers have moved to Canada, which in turn encouraged more employment generation in the sector. Once the pandemic passes, the federal government expects a surge in immigration of global talent to Canada – across sectors.
The Canada Immigration Levels Plan released in March set a target of welcoming 340,000 new immigrants in 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a challenge to this target, the article reiterates that immigration remains a major priority for the government – as reflected by the regular and frequent Express Entry draws, and the fact that most foreign workers are allowed to enter Canada despite global travel restrictions.