It fell by 26%. That is how much lower the total number of permanent resident visas were issued to immigrants by the government of Canada for the month of March 2020. The data is in comparison to the number of permanent resident visas issued for February 2020. The data has also been published by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (which is also known as the IRCC). Looking at the data, it definitely shows just what the effect of the pandemic brought about by the coronavirus has been on Canada and its system for immigration.
In the first half of March 2020, Canada still did not go into lockdown. But despite that, the lockdown had been a huge factor in the more than a quarter percent decline in the number of issued permanent resident visas. This really does show just how important movement is to Canada and to the rest of the world and the pandemic has put the entire world at a standstill. With the need for more immigrants in the country, the government of Canada has to make do with what they have on hand.
The numbers of immigration
In March 2019, the number of permanent resident visas issued by Canada had gone up 33% as compared to the number for February 2019. This is sure quite the opposite of what has happened this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. With almost all provinces in the country seeing immigration rates go down by 30% for the month of March. The lockdown surely has affected the entire country. Only two provinces were spared with New Brunswick experiencing no change in numbers as well as Alberta which got only an 8% decrease.
This definitely means that with Canada’s need for more immigrants, this has been a setback for the country. However, it definitely means that the country would be ramping up their programs until it is able to reach its immigration target. Canada has been increasing the immigration levels for several years already and it has been aiming at bringing in more immigrants to help the country with its labor market and with its aging population.
The effect of the pandemic
Immigration of those from the economic class had suffered because of the pandemic and it happened all around the country. Immigration via family reunification as well via refugee class also felt the effects of the lockdown in all provinces. There were some gains but there were more losses.
Alberta had the most minimal change in terms of immigration across Canada. It experienced a 9% decrease for economic class immigration, 8% decrease in family class immigration, and a 5% decrease in refugee class immigration. Following Alberta is New Brunswick with only a 9% decrease in economic class immigration, a 40% increase in family class immigration, and a 43% increase in refugee class immigration.
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