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How Budget 2021 Will Affect Canadian Immigration

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"The Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth and Resilience was released by the Canadian government in March 2021 to ensure that the Canadian economy makes a robust recovery post-pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic which caused almost all countries around the world to impose travel restrictions and border control since last March 2020 is still overwhelming nations around the world with its second or third wave."
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Published on:  Jun 18, 2021
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The Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth and Resilience was released by the Canadian government in March 2021 to ensure that the Canadian economy makes a robust recovery post-pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic which caused almost all countries around the world to impose travel restrictions and border control since last March 2020 is still overwhelming nations around the world with its second or third wave. 

The Budget 2021 is targeted towards low-wage workers, young women and racialized Canadians who were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Immigration is a vital part of the Canadian economy. Immigrants bring the necessary skills and experience required to meet the labour market shortages. They are an important part of the job market and play a significant role in the development of the Canadian economy. 

Here Are the Investments Made in the 2021 Budget for Canadian Immigration

The 2021 Budget has allocated certain investments towards different areas of immigration to make it more easily accessible and efficient for foreign nationals who want to immigrate to Canada. Investments will be allocated to improve the following areas of Canadian immigration:

  • Developing a modern and electronic platform for the processing of immigration applications
  • Developing new ways to support racialized young women who are new to Canada
  • Enhance the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
  • Expedite processing for immigration pathways
  • Streamline Express Entry nominations
  • Enhancing the processing and service standards of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Client Support Center

The 2021 Budget will allocate the following amount of investments to different immigration agencies:

  1. $428.9 million to be invested over 5 years, in addition to $398.5 million in remaining amortization to develop an online platform to replace the legacy Global Case Management System to improve the processing of applications by 2023
  2. $49.5 million to be invested over 3 years in the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to support community-based organizations in improving their migrant worker-centric programs and services through the new Migrant Support Worker Program (MWSN)
  3. $54.9 million to be invested over 3 years to ESDC and IRCC to ensure regular inspection of employers to ensure appropriate working conditions and fair wages for temporary foreign workers
  4. $6.3 million to be invested over 3 years to IRCC for developing better service delivery options for vulnerable foreign workers to receive their open work permits
  5. $15 million to be invested over 2 years to IRCC to enhance their Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot Initiative to improve their employment and career opportunities
  6. $74 million to be invested over 3 years to enhance the Client Support Center of IRCC to ensure that immigrant applicants receive all the required support and information for their inquiries 
  7. New proposed amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IPRA) to improve the selection process of the Express Entry system to better reflect the needs of the local labour market
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