According to news agencies like CTV and CBC, Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has won Canada's election for the third time in a row. After a 36-day campaign, the news networks forecast that the Liberals will form another minority administration.
In what has been a very close contest, the Liberals and Conservatives have switched places in national polling throughout the campaign. They are the only two political parties to have ever controlled the country since its founding in 1867.
What does the election result mean for Canadian immigration?
We should anticipate the Liberals' immigration program, which has been in place since 2015, to continue. This involves continuing to welcome high levels of immigration to aid Canada's post-pandemic economic recovery, as well as reuniting families, assisting refugees, and inviting other international talent such as temporary foreign workers and international students.
The platform of the Liberal Party includes various pledges that are significant to newcomers and future citizens. For example, they reaffirm their vow to abolish citizenship costs throughout the 2019 election campaign.
They claim to be able to cut COVID-19-related processing times to less than a year. They plan to implement electronic applications to improve family reunification applications.
What are the next steps for Canadian immigration?
We can get a sense of what to expect on the Canadian immigration front in the next six months or so based on what happened following the 2015 and 2019 elections.
The introduction of the Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024 is the next key event to watch. The IRCC's immigrant admissions targets, the number of immigrants targeted under each admissions class (economic, family, refugee, and humanitarian), and allocations for each province and territory are all guided by the levels plan. This announcement is expected in the first quarter of next year, and no later than March 2022. The announcement next year should be routine, with the Liberals expected to stick to their ambition to increase immigration beyond 400,000 arrivals per year.
Around that time, the government should also present Budget 2022. This document will provide an overview of the Canadian government's economic and fiscal prospects. New immigration policies, programs, and projects that the government intends to pursue are occasionally included in the budget release.
As we near the end of 2021, it is surely an exciting moment to begin your Canadian immigration application, and New World Immigration is the best partner to employ in assisting with this life-changing decision.