February 16, 2021

A land of opportunity

Immigration has long been one of the pillars of Canada’s strategy to diversify and grow its economy. The government’s #ImmigrationMatters campaign highlights its advantages, chief among which are contributing to the economy and creating jobs for Canadians, supporting an aging population, and filling labour-market needs. It’s no surprise, though, that due to unforeseen circumstances of the past year, 2020 saw a record drop in immigration to Canada: after border restrictions took effect in April, Canada’s population saw its lowest growth in a first quarter since 2015.

In October, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino tabled the government’s 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan, which sets out a path for responsible increases to immigration targets to help the Canadian economy recover from COVID-19, drive future growth, and create jobs for middle-class Canadians.

With over 95% of Canadians living within 50km of their local college or institute, many of those newly arrived in Canada can benefit from specialized language-training, skills upgrading, bridging programs, and special services offered by colleges and institutes to strengthen their potential for success:

When newcomers are given the tools to succeed, all of Canada benefits. In the context of the pandemic, newcomers to Canada – including those who came to Canada as international students – will be especially important to kickstarting recovery efforts and meeting current and future labour-force needs across the country.