Latest Census Data confirms Immigration is here to stay in Canada

Stats Canada’s 2016 results confirm that the Canadian population grew by 1.7 million since the last census in 2011 to 35,151,728. Two-thirds of that increase was accounted for by immigration.

Stats Canada also confirmed that over the next several years, newcomers to Canada will account for more and more of the country’s population growth because of the country’s low fertility and the aging population.

In the future, Stats Canada indicates that all population growth in Canada will be tied to immigration. We already know that the natural increases, such as births, will no longer be a key factor.

There are regional differences in population growth. This is specifically tied to settlement. More individuals have immigrated to Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and less to Ontario. There are particular issues in the Atlantic provinces.

In order to combat this, IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) recently announced that they are piloting a project which will ease the way for applicants to become Canadian permanent residents, as long as they settle in Atlantic Canada. This program is beginning in March 2017 and will accept up to 2,000 applicants in its first year of testing.

If an immigrant agrees to settle in Canada, there will be a multiplicity of benefits that will beef up the likelihood of them being accepted:

  1. They will not need to compete with the general applicants for permanent residency through the IRCC’s Express Entry System, or through the local provincial nominee programs.
  2. They won’t need the same level of skills. Our current economic immigration programs are designed for workers who have high skilled work experience in specific National Occupational Classifications. For the Maritimes project, intermediate skills with at least one year of NOC Level C experience, within the last three years, will qualify for permanent residency, if they get a permanent job offer from an approved employer in the Maritimes.
  3. Applicants who are international graduates of a publicly funded educational institution, in one of the Maritime provinces, don’t need to show any pre-existing work experience to apply under this new program, but they will require a job offer of at least one year to be made by an approved employer.
  4. The language threshold will also be lower. Economic applications require proof of English and/or French language ability. This is often a barrier to entry where English or French is not the native language. In the case of this pilot project, only basic language ability at benchmark level will be required.
  5. They will also not need to show recruitment efforts. Often today, potential immigrants need to show they have already worked for the employer who is making them the job offer, and that the employer has already made sincere efforts to recruit Canadians for the job first. These requirements will be waived under the new program.

Howard Lichtman
Parter, Co-Founder, Ethnicity Marketing + Advertising

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