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Canada’s Immigration Priorities for 2022: To Continue with Higher Immigration

Posted on December 20, 2021
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A Summary of Canada's new immigration priorities

Laying down the aim of building a healthier, more resilient future”, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has – on December 16, 2021 – issued a total of 38 mandate letters, one for each of the Cabinet ministers.

Available publicly, mandate letters lay down the commitments that each of the ministers will be expected to accomplish, as well as the challenges to be addressed in their role.

Mandate letters outline the expectations that the Canadian PM has from each of the Ministers, along with giving Canadians a clear idea as to how the Government of Canada plans on delivering its agenda.

As per the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Mandate Letter, there is a need to bring in more newcomers to all regions of Canada. Newcomers that will support the economic recovery of Canada from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strengthening of family reunification and the reduction of application processing time – especially for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – are also on the agenda.

As per the mandate letter by PM Justin Trudeau, certain commitments are to be achieved as part of Canada’s new immigration priorities.

New Canada Immigration Priorities for 2022

Key commitments to be met by the Canadian Immigration Minister in the coming year include –

  • To continue bringing in newcomers into Canada, as laid down in the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.
  • Reduction of Canada visa application processing time, to account for delays due to COVID-19
  • Working to strengthen family reunification, through – [1] the introduction of electronic applications for family reunification, and [2] the implementation of a program for issuing Canada temporary resident status to spouses and children abroad while awaiting the processing of their Canada PR visa application.
  • To make the Canadian citizenship application process free for PR visa holders that had fulfilled the requirements to obtain the same.
  • Establishing a Trusted Employer system for Canadian employers hiring temporary foreign workers
  • Improving the Global Talent stream by – [1] simplifying permit renewals, [2] upholding the two-week processing time, and [3] establishing an employer hotline.
  • Continuing to work with provinces, territories and other regulatory bodies for improving foreign credential recognition.
  • Building on existing pilot programs of the Canadian government.
  • Continue working with the Quebec government to implement an ambitious national strategy for supporting Francophone immigration in Canada, supporting the French-language knowledge of immigrants in Quebec etc.
  • Expanding pathways to Canadian permanent residence for international students and temporary foreign workers through the federal Express Entry system.
  • Building on the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot.
  • Ensuring that Canadian immigration better supports medium- and small-size communities requiring additional immigrants to enhance their social vibrancy and economic growth.
  • Expansion of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).
  • Moving ahead on the Municipal Nominee Program.
  • Making the successful Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) a permanent program.
Canada is well-set on its way to complete economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada’s GDP is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by the first quarter of 2022.

As per the Economic and Fiscal Update 2021 – recently released by the Department of Finance Canada and announced in a December 14, 2021 News Release – “Canada has exceeded its goal of creating a million jobs, well ahead of expectations; Canada has the second-fastest jobs recovery in the G7; and Canada has recouped 106 per cent of the jobs lost at the depths of the pandemic …”.


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