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Immigration Announcement

Highlights Of Canadian Immigration 2020 Annual Report

Isabel Rice

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With the world unable to escape from the clutches of the coronavirus, 2020 was definitely a dismal time for many. Canadian immigration suffered losses that will not be recovered for a while.

The following immigration highlights stand out from the rest.

Border Shutdown

Canada was forced to shut its border because of the coronavirus pandemic back in March. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on March 16 in a dramatic speech. As the reality of the pandemic sank in, coronavirus control measures became compulsory. The travel restrictions have already affected Canadian immigration drastically and it is expected that its effects would trickle into the new year too.

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In order to deal with the immigration losses suffered this year, Canada published their Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 on October 30. Canada is planning to welcome more than 400,000 new immigrants annually for the next three years. Not only will this restore immigration to its regular levels, but it will also speed up Canada’s economic recovery.

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International Students

On October 2, Canada decided to exempt international students from the existing travel restrictions. Canada is being accommodated towards international students who had their plans thwarted because of the pandemic. In fact, IRCC announced on May 14 that international students could study virtually at Canadian DLIs until the end of this year without damaging their chances of a PGWP.

Express Entry success

Nobody expected 2020 to be a record-breaking year for Canadian immigration once the country introduced travel restrictions because of the pandemic. However, to the country’s credit, Express Entry draws have continued to take place regularly. The draw sizes have been unusually large because Canada wants to compensate for the low immigration levels. IRCC hosted the biggest draws in Express Entry history, resulting in over 100,000 invitations being issued.

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PNP Draws & Updates

DateProvinceInvitations
OntarioJune 11244 invitations
QuebecJune 10 (invitations issued on May 30)1441 invitations
ManitobaJune 6254 invitations
British ColumbiaJune 468 invitations
British ColumbiaMay 2871 invitations
Check Out the Full List of PNP Draws➜

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Recent Express Entry Draws

DrawNumber Of InvitationsMinimum CRS Points
297 (CEC)3000522
296 (PNP)2985676
295 (French Lang.)1400410
294 (All Program)2095529
293 (STEM)4500491
All Express Entry Draw Results ➜

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