Canada will now experience a new government and new changes as Justin Trudeau will be Canada’s next prime minister after leading the Liberal Party to a stunning majority government win, dashing the hopes of Stephen Harper, who had been seeking his fourth consecutive mandate, but will now step down as party leader. The Liberals were elected in 184 ridings, having won seats in every province and taking the lead in all provinces except Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Liberals finished with 39.5 per cent of the popular vote.

This will be the second time for Canada to be led by a Trudeau, as the 43-year-old Liberal leader follows in the footsteps of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served as prime minister for almost 16 years before retiring in 1984.

It was made clear during the election campaign that there will be a huge change on immigration file. Significantly now, that Canada has a new government (Liberal party) that has a strong desire in the society and economic reimbursement of the nation as a whole. According to research, the first point system introduce in 1967, some of the most basic and long standing improvement in Canadian migration procedure has been administered by the Liberal party.

Due to the change of government, many prospective applicants for the Canada visa have the feeling that the eligibility requirements might be modify but no one really knows when it may happen. Although the Liberal group consist of some proposals that would likely increase the total number of new permanent residents in Canada.

Below are some of the areas the liberal platform plans to modify

Canadian Citizenship

There have been some changes to the requirements for applicants seeking for Canadian citizenship by the previous government, with the opposition parties, potential applicants and large part of the Canadian citizens oppose to those changes. The changes was introduce by force in the month of June, 2015 but since then the physical residency requirements for application to be made was increased to four years from three and also the time spent in Canada on study permits or work permits is not counted anymore.

During the campaign the liberal platforms have promise to redeem the citizenship time credit for distant students and other impermanent residents applying to become Canadian citizens. Moreover, the liberal party spoke their motive to Repeal the Bill C-24 which also known as the “The Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act.” Trudeau said, will be to repeal some elements of the contentious amendments to the Citizenship Act made under Bill C-24, which passed into law in May and created a two-tiered citizenship system. The amendments give elected officials the power to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals convicted abroad of certain serious offences, such as terrorism or treason.

Canadian immigration, present and future

Mr. McCallum said after a period of ten consecutive years of Stephen Harper, Canadians know that our immigration system is broken. Harper froze family reunification applications for two years, and then made the rules extremely strict.

The Liberals pledged to make family reunification easier for new immigrants in an apparent effort to court voters who have been critical to the Tories’ advances, especially in the seat-rich regions surrounding Toronto and Vancouver and the overall number of economic migrant may increase. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have become discouraged by oppressive requirements, processing times that have increased on yearly basis, little application intake caps and a perceived lack of precision are now very happy about this good news.

The liberal platform has come to encourage the application of permanent residence in Canada and also seeking to create changes to the Express Entry system, although those changes have not yet been define. As a result of this changes some candidates’ points may increase, decrease or unchanged, reducing the competitiveness of their profile. Certainly, eligibility requirements to even enter the pool could be altered if the federal economic programs are distorted. So, therefore, it is now very important for everyone who is eligible to enter the pool to do so before the new government can draft new rules and regulations and put them into operation.

Express Entry

Under the liberals platform family reunification may enter into the economic migration policy because the liberal party has promise to recheck the system and also proposes that candidates with relatives in Canada should be given extra points under the Express Entry System.

Family Reunification

During the campaign the liberals also make a promise to work on family reunification in Canada for it to be more expose to individuals who are greatly in need of and for it be access and process quickly. Some of the measures the liberal party included are:

  • Twice increase of the application intake capacity for the grandparent, parent scheme/program, from 5,000 to 10,000.
  • The maximum age for dependents will be redeem back to under 22, as replacement for under 19
  • Almost double the budget for family class migration processing in order to decrease the time of processing
  • Eliminate the conditional requirement from the permanent resident status of spouses, wedded partners in a relationship of two years or less with their sponsor and those who have no children in common with their sponsor at that particular time they submit their sponsorship application, as is at presently the case.

Temporary Work Permits

The Liberal platform has planned to transform the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), at the same time emphasizing that the government should focus on permanent migration.

The number of temporary work permits issued over the past years has increased to a large extent from previous levels. Last month, Justin Trudeau the Liberal leader repeats that his party would put into operation a five-point plan to change the TFWP. If implemented, the measures would:

  • Ensure mandatory and standard workplace audits
  • Require compulsory discovery of investigations into abuses of the program;
  • Establish a compulsory complaint tracking system;
  • Require mandatory disclosure of federal employer compliance reviews; and
  • Establish a monthly disclosure administration that indicates the number of temporary foreign workers in Canada by (i) employer, (ii) region, (iii) National Occupation Classification code.

It will be a great a delight for the Canadian citizens and other foreign citizens for what the new government is set to do.

Changes to Canadian Immigration