Canada is increasing its immigration targets after a significant decline in new permanent residents in 2020 due to Covid-19 in a bid to underpin an economic recovery and fill job shortages in some sectors, including healthcare. It was reported by Reuters.
Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said that the country would look at broadening and accelerating the pathway for immigrants already living in the country to obtain permanent residency.
As we reported earlier, Ukraine’s visa-free regime with Canada for 2020 is in jeopardy.
"There will be no visa-free regime this year. Anyone who is familiar with how Canada works on this issue understands that it will take years, not months, and perhaps many years because the country is quite conservative on this issue. Nevertheless, we are working on it, and it will definitely happen. It will happen in the foreseeable future because both Ukraine and Canada need it," the Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada Andrii Shevchenko said.
He added that it was possible to reach an agreement on youth mobility, which would allow students to come to Canada for the academic year. The Youth Mobility Agreement is set to provide for simplified entry permits and simplified work permits.