October will tell us which path will the federal government take regarding future immigration
In October, two major events could redefine the country’s economic and social future. That’s because of: 1) the new mandate letter from Prime Minister Trudeau to Immigration Minister Mendicino and 2) the announcement of the new Immigration Plans 2021-2023. The new mandate letter will contain new priorities regarding economic recovery and immigration. Therefore, many expect Mendicino to release its contents shortly, perhaps as soon as the coming week. The new Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 will tell us just how much can take in over the next three years.
What to expect from the new mandate letter and the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023?
So what will be the contents of the new mandate letter? First of all, it’s important to highlight this is the first time the PM will issue a second immigration mandate in less than one year. Also, the prime minister tends issue every two to four years: this underlines the exceptionality of the pandemic situation. During the September 23rd speech from the throne, the government set again immigration high among priorities that will ensure economic recovery and long-term competitiveness.
The new letter will without a doubt define new immigration priorities that Mendicino and the IRCC should pursue. The coronavirus will likely be highly emphasised. In short, we should expect the mandate letter to provide an overview on how the government plans to adapt Canada’s immigration policy.
But what about the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023? Following Mendicino’s strong and constant affirmation of immigration as key to Canada, we cannot expect anything different. Rather, people will be tuned in on the plans to understand just how much did the pandemic impact previously-set targets. On the medium- to long-term, there’s no doubt Canada remains committed to high levels of immigration. As we highlighted in a previous article, the special relationship between Canada and immigration has deep roots.
The announcement of Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 will bring clarity to the federal government’s claims and commitment to immigration. Therefore, you can expect October to be a key month for Canada’s future. A lot is a stake for many immigrants seeking to complete their permanent residence applications. But there’s thousands more (international students, temporary workers) waiting eagerly to understand just how much opportunity awaits them in Canada.