Immigrants are needed to help the Canadian economy recover from the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino repeated this over and over
Canada needs immigrants!
As over 9 million people have reached retirement age over the next ten years, Canada’s response has been to announce immigration levels in 2020–2022.
It is planned to receive more than one million immigrants to Canada by the end of 2022.
This need for immigrants was highlighted before the pandemic.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Canada will be more dependent on immigrants than ever.
Some argue that Canada needs to tighten immigration due to rising unemployment rates across the country because it makes no sense to have so many people and fewer jobs.
But it will be similar to the step taken by the US president to freeze immigration for the remainder of the year, citing unemployment as the reason.
However, the rebuttal is that this is offset by Canada’s aging population and low birth rates.
As more and more baby boomers leave the labor market over retirement over the next decade, more people will be needed for the labor market.
Most immigrants are younger than the average age in Canada, which means that upon arrival here they will spend several decades developing the economy.
In the first quarter of 2020, over 80% of Canada’s population growth came from immigration alone. The country's population is currently 38 million.
Many immigrants who are eligible to come to Canada are well educated and have relevant skills.
They also arrive in an entrepreneurial spirit, open stores, help develop the Canadian economy, and create jobs for Canadians.
Immigrants do important work that Canadians do not want to do, for example, in the agri-food sector.
Therefore, it makes sense to welcome immigrants even with rising unemployment. Simple, for example, the presence of international students creates 170,000 jobs in Canada every year. Immigrants have a very big influence on job creation.
The growth of immigration has historically stimulated Canada's economic growth, and it will not be an exception after the pandemic.
Many of these immigrants come to Canada through the Express Entry program and the provincial candidate program (PNP).
Many also become immigrants upon arrival as temporary foreign workers and foreign students. These people are ideal immigrants due to their youth, Canadian work experience, fluency in English and French, and a high level of education.
As immigration minister Marco Mendicino recently said when asked about Trump’s latest visa freeze, “Come to Canada.”