Canada continues its immigration program through its various immigration pathways
Posted on July 28, 2020
Canada is a favorite destination for immigration and continues to be in spite of the Coronavirus pandemic. The country plans to take in more than 1 million migrants in the next three years so this is your best chance to migrate to the country.
To help immigrants to come and settle down in the country, Canada offers many economic immigration pathways. The motive behind offering so many economic pathways so that a greater number of potential immigrants can apply and they can come to Canada with a variety of skills that will contribute to the country’s economic growth.
Routes to immigrate
Canada’s immigration system welcomes permanent residents through three main avenues. One as economic immigrants who will bring both capital and labor skills to the country, two as family members who are sponsored under the family reunification program, and three as refugees who are admitted on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Economic class migrants
The economic class accounts for the largest share of immigration to Canada, with around 6 in 10 immigrants chosen for their positive effect on the economy. Many economic immigrants are highly skilled workers who come from overseas and also include highly skilled temporary workers and foreign students already residing in Canada.
Immigrants willing to come to Canada under the economic program can apply through the Express Entry pool which offers three programs-Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
The profiles in the Express Entry pool are ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Factors such as age, work experience, adaptability, etc. determine your CRS score.
Apart from this, the government has introduced several pilot programs that come under the economic class. These include the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
Provincial Nominee Program
Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has evolved significantly since its implementation in the 1990s and has now become the second most popular avenue for qualified foreign workers to gain permanent residence in Canada, after the Express Entry scheme.
In 1996, only 233 citizens were admitted to Canada via the PNP. Today, enrollment goals for the program are set at over 60,000. This program allows each province to meet its immigration needs by nominating a certain number of immigration candidates for PR visas based on their economic and skill requirements. They usually look out for immigrants with experience in occupations that are in demand in their provinces.
Apart from this, the PNP is linked to the Express Entry system, an applicant can get 600 additional points if he gets a PNP nomination. This will be added to his CRS score under the Express Entry system.
All Canadian provinces and territories with a PNP have at least one ‘enhanced nomination program’ that is connected to the federal Express Entry program.
In spite of the Coronavirus pandemic, PNP streams in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Ontario have issued more than 2,500 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to immigration candidates.
Canada proposes to invite 200,000 economic immigrants through its economic immigration streams that amount to more than a hundred. The country is keen to involve immigrants in its economic growth once the pandemic is over. It is eager to continue its immigration programs despite the pandemic, especially its economic programs.