While immigration has been a Canadian advantage long before the pandemic hit, it is more important than ever in Canada’s economic recovery during COVID-19, according to the Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration.
In a meeting on Friday, federal, provincial and territorial ministers discussed the importance of immigration, attracting newcomers and the new plan for the upcoming years.
The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Strategic Plan for Immigration 2020-2023 highlights how “newcomers contribute to building vibrant communities and an inclusive and prosperous” country through Canada’s immigration system.
“Not only is immigration helping to deliver food, fuel and health supplies, it is also going to be key to our long-term economic recovery,” said Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
“Together, we will continue welcoming newcomers to ensure we build a nation that is diverse, prosperous and strong.”
International students and skilled workers are among the important newcomers who are “vital” in helping Canada boost its economic recovery and to help communities move forward in the long-term, said IRCC in a media statement.
While addressing the challenges of attracting newcomers to Canada, the ministers referenced the development of a new Municipal Nominee Program to help further the country’s Provincial Nominee Programs, a program for workers who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province of territory.