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Canada ranks No 1 in world for immigration policies and investment

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The 2021 Anholt-Ipsos Nation Brands Index (NBI) has ranked Canada as top country in the world for its immigration practices and investment climate.

Canada also claimed second place, behind Germany, in the Nation Brands index. Canada also scored high in the Exports, Tourism, and Culture index.

The index ranks 60 countries based on a variety of factors, such as governance, friendliness, culture, and quality of life.

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Canada has rounded out the top three for the past couple of years, but this is the highest in the rankings.

“First place rankings on the Governance, People, and Immigration and Investment indices, as well as relatively steady rankings on Exports, Tourism, and Culture contributed to Canada’s record ranking in 2021,” Ipsos says.

Japan follows behind to take third spot overall, while Italy comes in fourth.

Germany has held onto the top spot for five years now.

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Canada’s Immigration Policies

Canada needs immigrants in order to recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, Canada is looking for skilled workers and international students to help the recovery effort.

The government of Canada continues to emphasize that immigration is the cornerstone of Canada’s plan to get the economy moving again and accelerate recovery from the devastating economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

In October 2020, the government of Canada announced dramatic increases to Canada’s immigration levels for 2021 to 2023, to boost its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Canada aims to welcome more than 1.2 million newcomers between 2021 and 2023: 401,000 newcomers in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023.

See also Canada to spend Millions on immigration to spark economic recovery.

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Canada’s immigration levels plan for 2021–2023 – the plan forward

Canada’s immigration levels plan for 2021–2023 sets out a path for responsible increases to the number of immigrants to help the Canadian economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic and lay the foundation for future growth. Highlights of the plan include:

  • A focus on how immigration can help our economy, with approximately 60 per cent of immigrants to be chosen under economic immigration programs
  • A continued focus on innovative approaches where communities and businesses are encouraged to work together to welcome immigrants in communities across the country to help meet worker shortages
  • A renewed commitment to improve the processing of immigration applications, including spousal applications, by maximizing digital solutions
  • An increase in admissions over the three years of the plan to make up the shortfall in 2020
  • Additional points for French-speaking candidates under Express Entry, to promote the growth of Francophone communities outside of Quebec
  • A commitment to admit up to 500 refugees over the next 2 years through the Economic Mobility Pathways Project, an innovative approach that helps qualified refugees apply for permanent residence through existing economic immigration pathways
  • A pathway to permanent residency for eligible asylum claimants who were working on the front lines of the pandemic between March 13 and August 14, 2020, providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions.

The government remains committed to these goals. Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser reiterated Canada’s commitment to its ambitious immigration target for this year shortly after being sworn into Cabinet.

“Roughly three quarters of the way through 2021, we’re on track to meet our goal of welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents this year,” said Alexander Cohen, the immigration minister’s press secretary, in an e-mail last week. 

“Against all odds, we’ve managed to keep our immigration system working in the face of a once-in-a-century pandemic, while ensuring rigorous health protocols are in place and enforced.”

Canada remains committed to welcome more than 1.2 million newcomers between 2021 and 2023 with 401,000 new permanent residents to Canada this year, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023.

About Canada Express Entry Immigration System

Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It also is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

Express Entry draws for Canada permanent residence occur regularly, but approximately every two weeks.

In each draw, Canada issues qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) approves your application and you complete the landing process. Thereafter, you are officially a Canadian permanent resident.

To enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile on IRCC website.

As well, you must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs. These are: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

You do not need a job offer to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool. However, IRCC awards additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points to those who already have a job.

Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200. It is generally determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your

  • age
  • work experience
  • educational background
  • ability to adapt, and as well as,
  • language skills

Importantly, only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool get Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

See also Eligibility for the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry) – 2021 Guidelines

We advise that you continue to improve your Express Entry CRS scoring. See, for instance, Tips for Improving Express Entry CRS Scores.


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