As per the latest data provided by the Canada immigration, the country invited 11,315 permanent residents in August. In comparison to the month of July, this was quite lower.
The main reason for the low number of invitations is the coronavirus pandemic. Canada imposed travel restrictions in March to prevent the spread of the virus. Ever since then the number of invitations keep fluctuating. At the beginning of 2020, Canada was targeting to invite 341,000 immigrants. Based on the current scenario the prediction is that this time Canada will fall short of 200,000 immigrants. But this fall is temporary because of travel restrictions and COVID-19. Apart from that, Canada is determined to welcome a high number of immigrants.
Even during the pandemic, the immigration is ongoing through Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. In addition to that, the bi-weekly Express Entry draws issuing the invitations to skilled worker candidates during the 3rd quarter of 2020.
PNP programs are very active. Provinces like British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Alberta continues to hold the draw. The province of Quebec follows a separate immigration system. This year it held its largest draw.
Earlier this week Canada also introduced the reopening of PGP i.e. Parents and Grandparents Program. You can refer to our recent blog on the PGP program. By the ending of this month, Canada will also present the immigration plans of 2021-2023.
We don’t know for how long the Canada immigration levels will be low. But we can certainly expect the bounce-back of Canada immigration.