The data showed that there are now almost 700,000 more temporary residents in Canada compared to last year, as of the second quarter of 2023.
It’s expected that by the end of 2023, this number could go up and exceed 2.5 million.
Understanding the Surge in Temporary Residents
While this surge signals Canada’s attractiveness, it also presents challenges for those seeking permanent residency:
- Limited Pathways: Temporary residents face uncertainty due to the limited pathways to Canadian Permanent Residency (PR).
- Tough Competition: The growing number of temporary residents translates into fierce competition for the available PR spots.
- Express Entry Challenges: Express Entry, a prominent immigration program, has not conducted specific rounds of invitations for individuals with Canadian experience since 2021, leaving many applicants in limbo.
Factors Contributing to the Increase
Several factors have contributed to the rise in temporary residents:
- Extended Stay Options: Many temporary residents prolong their stay by enrolling in study programs or obtaining LMIA-based work permits from within Canada.
- PGWP Extension: The introduction of the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) extension allows international students to extend their work permits after graduation for an additional 18 months, encouraging them to stay in Canada.
Challenges in Obtaining Permanent Residency
- Limited PR Spots: The number of PR spots through economic immigration programs is limited, significantly less than the number of temporary residents in Canada.
- Express Entry Uncertainty: The absence of specific rounds of invitations for individuals with Canadian experience in Express Entry creates uncertainty for many applicants.
Province-Wise Distribution of Temporary Residents
Ontario has the highest number of temporary residents among all the categories.
Impact on Canadian Population
- Population Growth: Canada’s population now stands at 40,097,761 as per the latest official data.
- Regional Shifts: Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia are the primary destinations for temporary residents, leading to significant demographic shifts in these provinces.
Looking Ahead: Navigating Canada’s Immigration Journey
As Canada becomes more competitive in its selection criteria, staying updated on the latest immigration policies and pathways is vital. Here are some tips for those aspiring to make Canada their permanent home:
- Stay Informed: Keep aware of changes in immigration policies, especially related to Express Entry and provincial nominee programs.
- Explore Provincial Options: Provincial nominee programs are increasingly becoming pathways to PR. Explore options in provinces that align with your skills and experience.
- Consider Education: Pursuing higher education in Canada can enhance your chances of obtaining PR through post-graduation work opportunities.
- Consult Experts: If you find the immigration process daunting, consider consulting immigration experts or legal professionals for personalized guidance.
By understanding the evolving landscape and making informed decisions, aspiring residents can embark on a successful journey towards calling Canada their forever home.