On 28 July, FMRI (the Forum of Minister Responsible for Immigration) convened in Saint John, to discuss the potential for Canadian Immigration in the future and strategies to address the labor shortage around the country.
The minister talks about the immigration level plan a more adaptable immigration system to address regional and economic requirements as well as resettlement of refugees.
The main finding is that Canada’s immigration ministers decided to create a multi-year Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) distribution strategy. Despite the fact that Canada determines its permanent residence goals over more than a three-year period, the PNP allocations are now made annually. The ministers decided that PNP distribution priorities will now be determined on a three-year basis as well. By March 31, 2023, the governments agreed to approve the multi-year PNP plan.
The ministers reviewed the steps taken to realize the FPT Strategic Plan for Immigration (SPI) 2020–2023, and they confirmed their determination to make sure an immigration system is a successful tool for economic recovery, helping to protect the populations of the vulnerable areas, and assisting immigrants in fully integrating and succeeding in a friendly and open Canadian society. Ministers backed increased FPT cooperation on immigration laws, settlement assistance for temporary residents, and initiatives and routes for changing from a temporary status to permanent residency.
In the news conference that followed the meeting, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser, added that the actual figures for the increased PNP allocations for each province and territory are now uncertain. The federal government needs to follow up with the provinces and territories, he explained, to make sure they have the settlement capacity required to welcome additional immigrants.
The justification for a multi-year PNP plan is similar to the one Canada used to reintroduce its multi-year Immigration Levels Plan in 2017. The Immigration Levels Plan 2018-2020 and succeeding plans were created to give stakeholders, such as the government, the settlement industry, and employers, the ability to prepare in advance for rising immigration levels. The Immigration Levels Plan 2022–2024 presently serves as Canada’s policy framework, and by 1 November 2022 Minister Fraser expects to present the 2023–2025 plan.
Canada’s PNP objectives for a three-year period are now included in the levels plan. On the other hand, each province and territory’s PNP allotment is decided upon annually. The federal minister of immigration sends a letter with the province and territory colleagues’ allotment every year during the initial three months of the financial year.
But as of right now, the nation’s immigration ministers have agreed that by the end of March 2023, federal ministers will notify every province and its PNP allotment during a three-year period. Each province and territory will be able to make long-term plans as a result, including figuring out how to use their allotment to best achieve their economic development objectives and figuring out what administrative processes they must take to process PNP applications as quickly as possible. A province or territory must make sure they have adequate employees and the necessary technology in place to process increased PNP traffic within their service standards as their PNP allocation grows.
The ministers also thought about how to map and coordinate economic and settlement potential across the nation as well as address regional needs, taking into account lessons acquired from the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. How to Increase Immigration and Achieve Goals. Canadian small, rural, or isolated settlements. The well-known and effective PNP continues to be the key tool for regional economic immigration and enables the testing of novel strategies to address a wide range of demographic and labor market demands. The necessity for more agency over PNP programs and the process for choosing economic immigrants was unanimously agreed upon by PT Ministers, who advocated for timely increases in PNP allocations to help solve the country’s growing labor shortages.
Since it was first put forth in 1998 to encourage more immigration to Canada, the PNP has gained in popularity. It was difficult for the Atlantic and Prairie provinces to promote their economic development by immigration before it was introduced because the majority of immigrants landed in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. Only over 400 new immigrants arrived as a result of the PNP’s contributions in 1999, but by 2022 and 2024, it is anticipated to have welcomed almost 90,000 newcomers. The PNP is one of the two primary routes for economic class immigrants to enter Canada, along with the government Express Entry system.
According to the press release issued following the meeting, the immigration ministers also spoke about helping Afghan refugees, assisting Ukrainians, reducing the amount of time it takes to process applications, and taking steps to increase public support for immigration in Canada, among other things.