The Canadian immigration system is set for a busy period that will most likely culminate into an eventful 2020. And Canada’s immigration ministry is expected to keep conducting Express Entry draws throughout the holiday season.
In previous years, there has been a minimum of two draws in December. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) activities are also expected to continue. In previous years PNP draws were carried out leading up to the Christmas period, which is a nationwide statutory holiday in Canada.
In addition, there may be some upcoming announcements on mandate letters for Canada’s ministers, the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), and additional immigration pathways for temporary foreign workers and international students residing in Canada.
Here are five major Canadian immigration events to follow for the rest of 2020.
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New Mandate Letter for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino
We anticipate Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau to release new mandate letters to his cabinet ministers before Christmas. The mandate letters from the prime minister state the policy objectives that each minister will follow. They are announced to the public so that Canadians can hold the government to account.
The letter to Mr. Marco Mendicino will give more insights into what is on the government’s agenda in terms of immigration.
The new mandate letter to Mendicino will guide his efforts as well as the efforts of immigration, refugee, and citizenship Canada (IRCC), provinces and territories, as well as immigration stakeholders across the country as they work to bring the immigration system back on track following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada’s immigration priorities will include implementing the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, and may include discussions on new initiatives such as waiving Canadian citizenship fees and introducing Municipal Nominee Program.
Express Entry System
Two more Express Entry draws are expected in December. The next draw is expected around December 2, two weeks after the last Express Entry draw when Canada invited a record-breaking 5,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Following that, there is likely going to be another draw on or around Dec. 16. In previous years, there have been intervals of three (3) to four (4) weeks between the last draw of the year and the first draw of the new year.
This has been a banner year for Express Entry in spite of the coronavirus crisis with Canada having already invited 92,350 Express Entry candidates in 2020, the highest level ever. Canada could end the year by exceeding the 100,000 marks of invitations to apply (ITA) for the very first time since Express Entry was launched in 2015.
Provincial Nominee Program
Canadian provinces are also expected to hold PNP draws throughout the holiday period. It is not uncommon to see PNP activities up until days before the Christmas holiday on Dec. 25.
Prince Edward Island already has a draw scheduled for Dec. 17, where they will likely invite immigration candidates through the Labor Impact, Express Entry, and Business impact streams.
British Columbia is also expected to continue to hold weekly draws, inviting PNP candidates through the Tech Pilot.
Ontario province is expected to conduct a draw next month. Presently, the popular destination for new immigrants has about 386 nominations left of their annual allocation. This, after receiving an extra 250 nominations for temporary workers in intermediate skilled occupations.
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia may also conduct draws in December, based on these provinces’ PNP activities the year before.
Parents and Grandparents Program draw
Canada’s immigration department opened the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) Interest to Sponsor forms in Oct 2020 and closed it in early Nov 2020.
It will likely conduct its PGP 2020 draw by December and then expects it will receive applications from sponsors who were drawn from the lottery in the first quarter of 2021.
For 2020, IRCC will welcome up to 10,000 sponsors to apply to sponsor parents and grandparents for Canadian immigration. Next year, the immigration department is expected to invite up to 30,000 sponsors.
Canada to offer more PR pathways to Temporary Residents
Minister Marco Mendicino recently said that Canada is looking into more ways to allow temporary residents residing in Canada to transition to permanent residents.
This is supposed to help make up for the deficit in new immigrants expected for Canada immigration during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also resulted in a hit to Canada’s population and economic growth.