Liberals Win Snap Fall Election

28 Sep 2021

What effect will this have on immigration in both the short and long term?

Immigration was a hot button topic on the campaign trail with many of the parties laying out plans for upgrading the immigration process with more technology and consistency. Canadians responded to the abrupt fall election by changing very little. The makeup of the government is almost exactly the same as it was before the election. 

So, what does this mean for immigration in the short term?

Since coming to power in 2015 the Liberal Party has consistently raised it’s immigration targets. During the COVID pandemic they doubled down on their past actions by increasing the target to 400,000 over the next three years. The Liberal Party has also promised to accept 20,000 Afghan refugees that have fled their home country since the Taliban government took over. Since the 2019 election the Liberals have not had much resistance to these immigration targets. This means that you should expect an ongoing commitment to high levels of immigration as a part of Canada’s post-pandemic recovery. 


“Canada’s immigration system is critical to supporting our economic recovery and building a stronger Canada for all. We want to make it easier for newcomers to come to Canada, and our immigration system needs to reflect that.”

‒ The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


What will change in the long term?

  • The liberal party was elected to a minority government. This means they got less than 170 of the 338 total seats available in Parliament. That is going to limit their ability to make long term changes unless they have the support of one of the other parties on the hill. 

  • Look forward to the new government’s plan for 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan which will be an update to the existing plan.

  • Updates to technology are coming! In their 2021 budget the Liberal Party outlined 430 million dollars to develop and launch a new digital platform to replace the Global Case Management System.

  • Immigrant workers are crucial to Canada’s economy. To learn more about this, check out our other blog, looking into immigrant unemployment rates versus Canadian unemployment rates. 


What if I don’t have a job offer from a Canadian employer and still want to come to Canada?

  • There are different types of immigration applications and other routes that can help you come to Canada. If you are looking to be a Canadian worker but do not have a job offer, there are immigration programs that do not require job offers. 

    • These include Provincial Nominee Programs, Federal Skilled Worker programs, Study Permits, and Investor Programs.

The experts at Immigrate can help you identify your best options to ensure you have the best opportunity to come to Canada. We will work with you to identify your goals and give you professional options to choose from. We always represent the best interests of our clients. If you would like an example of the level of expertise and quality of service we provide, read our blog about us working with the government to achieve application approval.

If you have questions or concerns about your immigration application or want to learn how to apply we are here for you. Our team of experts can help you. Click here to get started.