How will the 2022 budget impact the Canada Immigration

APRIL 21, 2022 02:42:11 PM

Canadian Minister Chrystia Freeland released the 2022 federal budget of Canada on April 7, 2022. The budgets focusses on Canada government revenue and spending plan for 2022. This budget also outlines an array of immigration priorities to seek in the current fiscal year. The priorities include recommendations for Express Entry, Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), enhancing the application processing and others.

Canada government plan to welcome and settle over 400,000 new permanent residents each year and to achieve this, Canada will infuse CAD 2.1 billion over five years and CAD 317 million in continuous financing.

The 2022 budget proposes to spend CAD 187.3 million over five years and CAD 37.2 million on an ongoing basis on tools and technologies to strengthen IRCCs (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) ability to manage incremental enquiries and applications for permanent residency of Canada.

Under this budget the government proposes to engage in making variety of improvements to the current immigration programs and systems:

Express Entry: The federal government of Canada proposes to postulate ministerial instruction to the immigration minister to help select candidates suitable to labor market needs. The bill is yet to passed in the federal legislature.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP): The federal government wants to invest in three areas to upgrade the TFWP - invest CAD 29.3 million over three years create a Trusted Employer Model to repeat employers who meet the highest standards to working, protections and wages in in demand areas, invest CAD 48.2 million to create a new streams such as agriculture and fish processing employments in TFWP, and finally CAD 64.3 million over the next three years to augment the capacity of the program to handle infusion of more applications.

Over and above there were five other changes announced for TFWP on the 4th of April 2022, which are:

  • The validity of the Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) will now be extended from 9 moths to 18 months.
  • The high-wage Global Talent Stream Employees will now be hired for three years as against two years.
  • The firms will now be able to hire as many low-wage workers in the seasonal sectors as they need, the CAP on the same is removed.
  • The employers will now be able to hire teams comprising of 20%-30% foreign workers up from 10%.
  • Canada will not deny LMIA applications for places where the unemployment rate is 6% or greater..

Canadian Citizenship: The federal government agenda is to amend the Citizenship Act to automate the safe and secure collection of documents, processing of applications and for use of biometrics. This is will help IRCC to accommodate higher number of applications and also process them seamlessly.

These proposed changes and amendments will be only be executed after it is voted by majority in the Canadian Parliament.

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