The Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has encouraged prospective migrants to Canada to submit their application before the March, when he meets with federal, provincial, and territorial officials to review economic data and to determine if immigration levels should be changed.
Although he has promised the high levels of immigration would remain during 2009, Kenney has warned that the Canadian immigration system must remain flexible and responsive to the economy, and as such is subject to contraction. Therefore, the Minister is encouraging prospective migrants to lodge their visa applications sooner rather than later.
Currently, the Minister has given the go-ahead to the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) to approve between 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents during this year so that the skills gaps can continue to be filled and the economy can benefit from growth.
"We don’t want people coming to Canada and facing unemployment. We need to be sensitive to the changing labour market, and if we need to make modifications, we will," Minister Kenney said.
"We need to be flexible, prudent and ensure that our response to short-term conditions does not counter out long-term goals, in which immigration will play a significant role," he said.
"We don’t want to turn off the tap of the future growth that is represented by immigration."