Will immigration help Canada recover from the pandemic?

February 25, 2021

By HR Reporter |

Canada is well poised to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic by relying more on new immigrants to help alleviate the labour shortage, according to the immigration minister.

“We believe that immigration generates growth, that it creates jobs and our entire plan is focused on trying to accelerate our economic recovery coming out of the pandemic because we’re operating in a very complex environment right now,” says Marco Mendicino, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.

“There is a real thirst for immigration [and] a desire to look at new innovative pathways to attract hard-working newcomers who want to lend their efforts to the cause of building this country.”

Mendicino was speaking in a recent webinar, put on by Envoy Global, an immigration services provider based in Chicago.

“We have a three-year plan that breaks down by percentage: 60 per cent focused on economic class immigration; a little bit more than 25 per cent that’s focused on family reunification, some of which are sponsored by our economic class immigrants; and then we’ve got the remaining percentage which is dedicated to resettling refugees,” says Mendicino.

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