Canada is moving close to the 2019 election, in few months the country will be choosing its new leadership. (Currently the ruling party in Canada is Federal Liberal Party, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)
But will the election of 2019 will impact the immigration system in Canada?
In this article we are looking to the changes we can expect in Canadian Immigration and how the changes will affect the immigrants based on the election 2019.
The Election 2019 will elect the Canada’s governing party for the next four years and all are excited to see the changes in the most important topic in debates, Canadian Immigration.
The ruling prime minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have centered immigration in several of their party goals, with particular emphasis on encouraging immigration of skilled workers, keeping families together through changes to sponsorship, and responding to an increase in Asylum seekers in the wake of increased immigration restrictions in the United States.
Canada has two major political parties with a shot to win the October elections in addition to Trudeau’s Liberal Party:
The Conservative Party is seen as the largest right – wing party with fiscal conservatism – focused policies. The party is led by Andrew Scheer, who has not expressed strong views on the current immigration goals of Canada, and is likely to maintain similar levels of immigration to the current government. Recently, in the wake of the shootings in New Zealand, Scheer was criticized for not condemning Islamophobia.
The New Democratic Party is regarded as the largest left – wing of the major parties, with policies based on democratic socialism. The party is led by Jagmeet Singh, a Canadian immigrant of the second generation. Although Singh’s party has traditionally supported high – level immigration, the NDP now has the lowest chance to win the fall election.
What can we expect if there is still the Liberal Party?
The Liberal Party of Canada has delivered on several of its initial immigration promises. Parent and Grandparent sponsorship’s intake quota has increased four times its initial 2014 cap. Changes made by the Liberals to the Canadian Experience Class have made transitioning to permanent resident status easier for international students after studying in Canada through receiving more CRS points for Canadian education and work experience.
The Liberals also introduced new federal programs like the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to attract skilled workers across the country. The introduction of Canada’s Express Entry system in 2015 has allowed only four – month application processing times, which is currently the fastest and most effective route to permanent resident status in Canada. Canada has implemented a historic multi – year immigration plan under the current government to welcome more than one million newcomers between 2019 – 2021, most of whom will be skilled workers who will address Canada’s aging working population.
With the success of the Express Entry system and the goals of increasing the number of skilled immigrants accepted each year, we can expect to see increased federal and provincial quotas and more achievable minimum requirements.
What can we expect from a government change?
One of two federal parties, the Conservative or New Democratic Party, may unseat the Liberal Party this fall. Both parties claim different immigration system criticisms as they are, and advocate for their own changes. While both parties promise different approaches to skilled immigration than the current government, it is important to note that none of them have committed to reducing or dismantling the current skilled immigration quotas. Although many Canadian news sources continue to describe immigration as a contentious, hot – button issue leading up to the federal election, it is important to recognize that most Canadians are more likely to be positive about immigration and its impact on making Canada a better place.
Three out of four Canadians believe that immigration has a positive impact on the Canadian economy, and this positive view remains largely the same as those recorded eight years ago in 2011.