Immigration will be key to Canada’s recovery during post-pandemic phase
Immigration will be key to Canada’s recovery during post-pandemic phase. This is what Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, is reiterating in numerous statements. Mendicino stated: ‘Immigration will absolutely be key to our success and our economic recovery’.
As Mendicino pointed out, the pandemic has not significantly altered Canada’s demographic trend. As the worker-to-retiree ratio keeps declining, Canada will need newer migrant flows to sustain economic growth. ‘We continue to rely on immigration, it will be an economic driver and this will be the North Star of our policy going forward’, remarked Mendicino.
Mendicino also highlighted how this is not the first time pandemics impact the country, but despite that, economic growth and development remain strong. Mendicino shared these statements at a 60-minute discussion with the Canadian Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section. Here, he championed for the country not to close off because of fear and distrust, and to embrace its diversity.
Canada to remain open
Immigration in Canada has a rich and powerful history. A country built on migrant flows, it is estimated over 20 per cent of Canadians are second, third or fourth generation Canadians. Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal being strong hubs for migrants. Canada welcomes many more migrants than its more famous cousin, the USA. While the USA succumbed to fear, halting immigration during the pandemic, Canada is to remain open.
While there are measures in place to ensure the safety of Canadians, closing doors is not the solution. Many believe immigration to be the only significant solution to Canada’s demographic problem. Canada has one of the oldest populations, as well as one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Therefore, migrants keep the country young and productive. This is why, rather than an issue, in Canada it’s an exciting opportunity.
Canada’s 2020-2022 Plan
While the US opts for isolation, Canada is, on the other hand, planning to increase its immigration levels over the next three years. The country is set to welcome up to 1 million migrants between 2020 and 2022. The official scope of the 2020-2022 plan is to welcome up to 390000 people in 2022. This once again confirms Canada’s positive approach and outlook on immigration. Marco Mendicino submitted information on how the annual intake. In short, Canada will welcome 341,000 permanent residents in 2020, 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.
This is an ambitious plan, as it means by the end of 2022, new permanent residents will account for 1 per cent of Canada’s population. A major demographic and economic shift, these new migrants are to boost Canadian growth in the long term. And while the reasoning might appear economic in the short term, there’s no doubt a cultural element to Canadian openness. As a country famed for its politeness, liberal mindset and open-mindedness, Canada sees diversity always as a resource rather than as a potential issue.