Canada Immigration—5 Things to Expect in 2021 After a Chaotic 2020
2020 has exposed the dangers of making predictions or planning for the future. Yet, as a skilled worker or young student seeking a foreign degree, you cannot afford to plan ahead. So, here’s what you can expect in the world of Canadian immigration in 2021.
Economic Revival and Stronger Job Growth
The pandemic saw unemployment levels spiking from around 5.5 percent in February to 13.7 percent in May 2020. By December, job growth had brought the level down to 8.6 percent, although quality of revival in the job market could have been much better.
With the pandemic done and dusted and as the vaccine rollout gains speed, there will be a significant improvement in quality of economic revival and job growth. This is very relevant for Canada because its economy is dependent on young foreign skilled workers to boost economic productivity.
Churn in the Economy and its Sectors
The pandemic may finally come under control in 2021 but that doesn’t mean things will go back to the way they were. There will be greater focus on healthcare, tech, service industries, and other new-age sectors as the world focuses on being better prepared for such emergencies.
There’s scope for a lot of innovation in sectors like tourism, travel, hospitality, and dining that have been hit hard by the pandemic. An immigrant worker prepared to back his/her bold ideas may benefit from the churn.
On the other hand, those waiting for the status quo to return may find themselves unable to get back into the job market as employers may demand a completely different set of skills from their staff.
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Boost to Rural Immigration
Why go to office when work-from-home (WFH) works? And if going to office is optional, then why live in crowded and expensive cities? Not all jobs can be done from home but the growing popularity of WFH means 2021 will see more demand for rural immigration programs.
Canada is probably the only country in the world that’s actively encouraging its immigrants to move to rural areas. Further, Canada has a decentralized approach where rural communities are free to determine eligibility and other rules and conditions.
The lure of easier immigration combined with the financial and lifestyle benefits of living in clean and spacious rural communities should see a major shift in demand for rural immigration.
Canada Continues to Attract US Immigrants
The new administration in the US will struggle to undo the damage done to its immigration system over the past four years. Why will students and skilled workers gamble with their future when an anti-immigrant government may return in just four years?
Immigrants seek stability, transparency, and predictability, and Canada ticks all these boxes. Going ahead, the flood of skilled workers and students from India, Vietnam, and other emerging countries is likely to continue in 2021 as well.
No More Travel and Immigration Restrictions
The Covid-19 vaccine is a done deal, which means we will see a quick and comprehensive rollback of all restrictions on global travel and immigration.
Canada did not suspend its immigration process, which means all skilled workers, family members, students, and other persons who received approval to enter can start traveling to the country.
Hidden inside every crisis is a fantastic opportunity, which means 2021 may be the best chance to transform your life by planning a future in Canada.