Canada it is a country whose economy depends more and more on immigration. In their 2021 annual report, they highlight that foreigners who settle in the country are present in almost all areas: health, technology, industrial sectors, and more. And in recent years, they have stood out for receiving a large number of people of other nationalities, who come to the northern lands in search of new opportunities that allow them to develop their potential.
“Temporary and permanent residents can meet the specific needs of the Canadian labor market. According to the Conference Board of Canada, immigration will account for 100% of the growth in the workforce in the next five years”, they note.
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With these data in front, Canadian government prepares to welcome up to 451,000 new permanent residents in 2024. In this way, it will seek to generate new job positions for and a great capacity for professional protection in various areas.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets targets and ranges for the total number of permanent residents admitted to the country, as well as the number for each immigration category: economic immigration, family reunification and support for refugees or protected persons.
The ranks by immigration category remain as follows for 2024:
- Economic immigration programs: from 235,000 to 273,000.
- Family reunification programs: from 99 to 117.
- Humanitarian and refugee programs: from 56,000 to 85,000.
The 2021 Immigration Report notes that just over a quarter of the working-age population (ages 25-54) in Canada is made up of immigrants. This makes it one of the countries with the most open borders to receive foreigners in its land.
These are some of the economic, reunification and humanitarian programs to which you can apply.
1) Provincial Nominees
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) accepts foreign workers who have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of their provinces, except Quebec. Students can enroll business specialistsentrepreneurs, specialized or semi-skilled workers.
It is important to note that each province has specific requirements to participate in the program and to carry out, subsequently, a permanent residence procedure to live in Canada legally. “You may need to apply through the paper process or through the online process through Express Entry”explains the IRCC.
2) Qualified workers selected by Quebec
the province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers. Generally, it requires additional requirements such as master French 100%.
3) Family reunification
The people who are already Canadian citizens can sponsor their family members (living abroad) to obtain permanent residence in Canada. The category encompasses spouses, children (under 21), parents, and grandparents.
4) Humanitarian programs
Canada has a program help refugees. They receive people who seek asylum because they are persecuted, tortured or threatened with death. Once the crisis is over, they must return to their country.
Canada ensures that its immigrant selection programs respond “effectively” to the large number of people seeking a new life in Canada.