Important changes in Canadian immigration policy under new administration

Important changes in Canadian immigration policy under new administration

October 19 marked the third consecutive victory of the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau. This result is extremely important for Canadian immigration policy.

The spectacular victory ushered in a critical change in Canadian immigration policy.

The Liberal Party of Canada won a convincing victory, ending nearly a decade of rule by the Conservative Party of Canada. During the campaign, immigration was the most talked about alongside climate change, affordable housing and economic recovery.

Both the Liberals and the Conservatives promise positive changes in immigration policy because of the social and economic benefits. Critical changes are: increasing migration numbers and addressing the backlog of increasing the number of new permanent residents.

Change or continue with strong points in the current policy?

The election results will lead to some major and unexpected policy changes for Canadian immigrants in the years to come. However, these changes are expected to inherit and promote the strengths of the immigration policy of the Liberal Party since 2015.

This means a commitment to welcome high waves of immigration to support Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery, as well as family reunification, refugees, newcomers, other global talent including temporary foreign workers and international students.

Recruiting foreign workers in Canada

The Liberals will support foreign workers and Canadian employers by setting up a Trusted Employer to optimize the application process. single. They are also committed to improving the Global Talent Streams by simplifying visa renewals, maintaining two-week processing standards, and setting up an employer hotline for companies to attract and hire workers.

Family reunification

Throughout the election campaign, the Liberal Party has always pledged to change the family reunification immigration policy towards a more open and rapid direction, including:

  • Introducing online applications to improve the family reunification application process.
  • Double the budget for family group immigration and cut down on review and approval time.
  • Doubled the number of immigration sponsorship for parents and grandparents from 5,000 to 10,000.
  • The maximum age for sponsored dependents is under 22, instead of under 19

Federal Express Entry

The Liberals want to widen the path for temporary foreign workers and international alumni through the Express Entry scoring system (known as the Comprehensive Ranking System).

In addition, Mr. Justin’s party promised to review Express Entry’s CRS and proposed to give additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada. The Liberals also want family reunification factors to be convertible into points in Express Entry programs.

Temporary work permits

The Liberals propose to improve Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, while stressing that the government should focus on tackling the transition from temporary status to permanent immigration.


As for refugees, the Liberals promised they would work with employers across the country to welcome 2,000 skilled refugees to fill labor shortages in needed areas, including healthcare. In addition, they want to double down on their commitment to Afghan refugees and raise the resettlement target from 20,000 to 40,000.

The Canadian immigration plan for 2022-2024

The next major event to watch is the release of the Immigration Plan 2022-2024. This plan will announce IRCC’s immigration targets for the next 3 years, the number of immigrants will be allocated into groups (economic, family, refugee and humanitarian) for provinces and territories.

The announcement will be made by March 2022 at the latest. The Liberals will most likely stay committed to their plan to increase immigration beyond 400,000 newcomers each year.

Around that time, we will also receive notification of the spending budget of 2022 on new immigration policies, programs and projects that are being pursued by the government. For example, the 2021 Budget said the government intends to invest nearly $430 million in IT infrastructure upgrades to improve the way immigration applications are handled.

The French-speaking immigrants

The Liberals also promised to support French-speaking immigrants in both Quebec and many other provinces in Canada. However, they did not provide many details about their “ambitious national strategy”.

Above is all you need to know about the expected changes in immigration policy when Mr. Trudeau is re-elected. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately at Hotline: 0937-168-599 or visit the Website:  for advice and comprehensive support.



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