April 23, 2021

Canada’s 2021 Investment in Immigration

The Canadian government recently issued its federal 2021 budget, and it includes several proposals for investment in immigration. With a drive to facilitating Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery through immigration, priorities include investing in technology and the modernization of the IT infrastructure for immigration processing, reforms to express entry, investment in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, extending the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot initiative and accelerating pathways to permanent residence.

The annual budget typically contains policy priorities, spending and revenue projections and an overview of the Canadian economy. It also includes the proposed immigration priorities over the coming year, which will need to be approved by a Parliamentary majority before they can be pursued. Highlights include the following:

    • Nearly $430 million in modernizing the IT infrastructure with an aim to replace the legacy Global Case Management System (GCMS) for immigration applications. The investment will enable the authorities to process a higher number of foreign nationals, offer better security and more streamlined processing.
    • A further $110 million is proposed to enhance the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) over a 3-year period. The focus will be on supporting vulnerable workers and increasing inspections of employers and their treatment of employees, ensuring temporary workers are provided with appropriate working conditions and salary.
    • Supporting racialized women, as newcomer women often face struggles with gaining employment in Canada due to language skills, experience, lack of childcare and discrimination. A further $15 million is proposed to develop existing initiatives to improve newcomer women’s career opportunities.
    • Launching new programs by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to accelerate permanent residence pathways for essential workers and international graduates.

For further information on proposed investment into Canadian immigration policy, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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