For the first time, Canada plans to set limits on immigrant temporary resident inflows


Mumbai: Driven by the rising cost of living, a housing crisisAnd due to the inability of its various infrastructure facilities like health care to deal with the increasing influx of immigrants, Canada continues on its path to stop such influx.
After announcing a two-year entry limit for international students in January, the move has now been expanded to cover all “temporary residents” – including international students, temporary foreign workers, people who Have fled to Canada under humanitarian programs, and are asylum seekers.
For the first time, starting in the fall (September), Canada will place a limit on the number of “temporary residents” it will accept. Until now, annual targets were set only for permanent residents who have a pathway to Canadian citizenship.
Canada's Immigration Minister Mark Miller, while addressing the media late on Thursday night (India time), said that the country's temporary resident population has grown rapidly, reaching 2.5 million (6.2% of the total Canadian population) in 2023.
“As a starting point, we are targeting a 5% reduction in our temporary resident population over the next three years. “This target will be finalized in the autumn, in consultation with our provincial and territorial counterparts and as part of our annual level planning,” he said.
Miller stressed the need to strengthen the alignment between immigration planning, community capacity and labor market needs. Thus, to support the projected population growth, targets will be set not only for the number of permanent residents but also for temporary residents.
“Beginning this autumn, we will expand the immigration tier plan to include both temporary resident arrivals and permanent resident arrivals for the first time,” Miller said.
These announcements are likely to have an impact on Indian candidates, even though recent strained relations between the two countries and the high cost of living in Canada have dampened interest.
India has been one of the top source countries under Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). During 2023, about 26,500 Indians were granted permits under the TFWP program, second only to Mexicans who secured 45,500 permits. The Philippines ranked third with about 20,600 temporary resident permits allotted to its citizens under this program. As far as international students are concerned, India was the top source country providing 2.2 lakh new students in 2022. But recent numbers have seen a significant decline – between July-October 2022, the Canadian government processed 1.46 lakh new study permit applications, up from 1.46 lakh during the same period. Decrease to only 87,000 in 2023. Annual data for 2023 has not been released yet.
In his address, Miller acknowledged the role of temporary foreign workers, particularly those who are filling job vacancies in critical industries such as construction workers, early childhood teachers and health care professionals, but called for “making the system more efficient. Pointed out the need to make it more sustainable. According to immigration experts, there is a possibility that some relaxation will be given in granting entry to temporary workers in important sectors.
“Our programs welcoming temporary residents must reflect the needs and changing demands of the labor market,” he said. “To that end, I have directed my department to review the existing programs that bring in temporary workers, and we will look to better align the streams with labor market needs and address abuses in the system. Are working.”
Miller acknowledged the need to ensure strong pathways to permanent residence for those who want to make Canada their home and avoid the pitfalls of an economy built entirely on temporary workers. To this end, he will work closely with the Minister of Employment on those immigration streams that fall under the Temporary Foreign Worker Programme.
is likely to be 'focused on' in the coming monthsProvincial Nominee Program'Invitation for permanent residence. Miller said, “On the other hand, the Provincial Nominee Program provides provinces and territories the opportunity to distribute the benefits of economic immigration and meet the specific economic needs of individuals when nominating them for permanent residence. As part of our efforts to transition temporary residents to permanent residence, we will hold more domestic draws for ourselves and ask provinces and territories participating in the Provincial Nominee Program to do the same with their allocations.
“However, if there is one thing to learn from these comments today, it is this: Canada continues to benefit from the vital contributions of newcomers every day. We want every new family and resident to be set up for success and able to access the services they need. Our ultimate goal is to ensure a well-managed, sustainable immigration system built on needs rather than profitability at the expense of integrity and stability,” he summarized.

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