Visa Crunch

Expected amendments in the immigration policies of Canada post federal elections

In 2019, immigrants accounted for more than 80% of Canada’s population growth, making it the G7 country with the highest population growth. According to a new survey released on Saturday, Canada will vote on September 20, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Conservative opponent campaigning for power. According to a recent Sondage Lager poll performed for the Journal de Montreal and the National Post newspapers, Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives received 33 percent of the vote, one percent more than Trudeau’s Liberals.

The Liberals did not fare well in the 2019 elections, as their seat total fell short of the 170 needed to establish a majority government, falling to 157. In the 2015 elections, it received 184 seats. According to an article in The Quint, the Liberals have governed mostly with the assistance of the New Democratic Party (NDP), led by Jagmeet Singh. Singh is the first visible minority leader to lead a major federal political party in Canada. He is a devout Sikh. It is expected that, as in the last four elections, a minority administration will win this election as well. Smaller parties will decide who will be Prime Minister in this case.

According to the report, the Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau, has increased immigration into Canada since 2015, notably through its Express Entry program. According to data, Canada granted permanent residency status to 3.4 lakh people in 2019. India continued to be the top source country for these immigrants, accounting for 25%, followed by China (9%), and the Philippines (3%). (8 percent). Immigrants also contributed to more than 80% of Canada’s population growth in 2019, making it the G7 country with the highest population growth. When the Covid-19 epidemic ravaged the world in 2020, Canada’s immigration fell by half compared to 2019.

In 2020, 1.8 lakh people will have immigrated. It prioritized in-Canada Express Entry candidates and relaxed travel limits to let authorized permanent residents enter the nation during the Covid-19 outbreak. In the first quarter of 2021, however, immigration came again, with 70,500 people awarded permanent status. Immigration isn’t a huge electoral issue in this election, according to the report, because of strong support for immigration in Canada. Housing affordability, pandemic recovery, healthcare, and climate change continue to be the most pressing challenges.

The Conservative party manifesto does not include immigration goals because the liberals have already achieved them. Instead, it proposes to expand the ‘Super Visa’ program, which permits new Canadians’ family members to join them in Canada. International students and temporary foreign workers are expected to gain from the move.

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