Marco Mendicino laid out his imaginative and prescience for Canada’s immigration system in Toronto.
It was his first main policy speech since his November 2019 appointment as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Mendicino was appointed after the Liberal Party of Canada was re-elected to a second mandate in October and he’s presently pursuing an immigration plan specified by his mandate letter.
“Vision” speeches are a long-standing custom amongst Canada’s immigration ministers. They define the federal government’s aspirational objectives and what policies and programs the federal government will pursue to attain the objectives.
Mendicino’s speech was no totally different.
Mendicino opened his speech by stating that Canada’s future depends upon immigration. As such, it’s essential to have a dialogue on how many individuals Canada needs to secure its economic prosperity.
This dialogue, Mendicino stated, is important because of Canada’s demographic realities. As an ageing nation with a low birth rate, Canadians live longer and not having enough kids to keep up the dimensions of its inhabitants.
This places higher stress on Canada’s economic system and fiscal standing. This is because of fewer workers being relied upon to fund rising government bills, such as health care, which can grow to be costlier to deliver because the number of elderly Canadians continues to rise.
Mendicino stated a significant part of the solution is to welcome immigrants. At this time, some 80 per cent of Canada’s population growth will come from immigration, and estimates suggest this may attain 100 per cent by the 2030s.
This is the reason Canada will welcome over a million immigrants over the subsequent three years, stated Mendicino, as he noted that he’ll formally table Canada’s 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan in March.
Express Entry will remain the flagship program for welcoming immigrants to Canada and has been profitable since launching in January 2015. Mendicino noted that 95 per cent of Express Entry arrivals have jobs and a few of about 80 per cent are working in their fields.
Nonetheless, there remains a need to promote the advantages of economic immigration to smaller communities throughout the nation. This explains why the federal authorities launched the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot in 2019.
The Municipal Nominee Program (MNP) is one other initiative that the federal authorities will pursue to assist financial development throughout Canada. The Minister acknowledged that the federal government is in pre-consultation on what this system will seem like and welcomes suggestions from stakeholders on tips on how to form the MNP.
Minister Mendicino urged attendees to assist a nationwide dialogue that immigration is a web positive for Canada. He noticed that Canada’s immigration system has been lauded by the OECD as the worldwide customary on the way to successfully handle an immigration system.
He concluded by stating that Canada is built on the strength of immigration.
Welcoming immigrants will assist to develop the labour market, help companies, and be sure that “Canada stays the very best nation on this planet.”