OCT 27 - IRCC ISSUED THIS MAJOR UPDATE FOR FRENCH SPEAKING EXPRESS ENTRY CANDIDATES - MAKING THEM ELIGIBLE FOR MORE CRS POINTS
Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system. French-speaking candidates will now receive 25 additional points for their language skills, up from 15. Bilingual candidates will now get 50 points, compared to 30 from before.
Canada aims to admit 4.4 percent of French-speaking immigrants outside of Quebec by 2023. This new initiative is meant to help Canada reach this target once travel restrictions eventually ease, according to a government media release.
CANADA IS PLANNING TO WELCOME 400,000+ IMMIGRANTS EACH YEAR UNTIL 2023
Over the coming three years, Canada will aim to welcome the following level of new permanent residents:
2021: 401,000 immigrants
2022: 411,000 immigrants
2023: 421,000 immigrants
A major reason why Canada needs immigrants is that all of Canada’s nine million baby boomers will reach retirement age by the end of this decade. This is where immigration comes in. Since Canada has a low birth rate, it is relying on immigration to drive the majority of its labor force growth. Hence, it still makes sense to admit high levels of newcomers even during this period. Such immigrants will likely see more employers competing for their services, which would result in much better employment outcomes and salaries.