Canadian Work Permit Programs are going strong since the start of March 2020
If we consider the year of 2019 Work permit numbers issued in the same timeframe had dropped but in 2020 it has maintained a steady pace.
The number of work permit holders in Canada appears to have been affected by COVID-19 Pandemic closures.
Canada had issued a total of 32,995 work permits back in January 2020. After the novel coronavirus was deemed a pandemic in March work permit totals went down to 19,650, about a 28 percent decrease from March 2019.
Numbers rose in April to 29,900 work permits, still about 22 percent less than 2019. A total of 25,125 work permits were issued in May, which is a 45 percent decrease from last year, and about a 30 percent decrease from the month before. The reason for the drop in May work permits is possibly due to less Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) permits. These numbers can still rise as we are heading towards the end of the year 2020.
- The Latest data includes new work permits issued to people who were eligible to work in Canada through the
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) or
- The International Mobility Program (IMP).
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) typically admits fewer foreign workers to Canada than the International Mobility Program (IMP) and was created so that Canadian employers could hire foreign talent if they are not able to fill the job vacancy with Canadian workers. It is mainly used to admit seasonal agricultural workers to Canada, but also covers other sectors.
On the Other side, the International Mobility Program (IMP) is more focused on meeting Canada’s broad economic and social needs. Most of the work permits issued under the IMP includes the Global Talent Stream (GTS), and the Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
The Global Talent Stream is for tech workers who either work for designated companies or are being hired in highly-skilled occupations. The advantage of the Global Talent Stream is that it has a two-week processing standard. Companies can hire foreign talent abroad and have them come to work in Canada in the same month.
International students also have a chance in IMP. International students can use the PGWP to gain up to three years of Canadian work experience, which is highly valued in an application for permanent residence through the Canada Express Entry immigration system.
This end semester, international students who study online will still be eligible for a PGWP which is great news for all the international students outside of Canada. Normally online study is ineligible for a PGWP, but Canada’s immigration department is making an exception this year due to the unprecedented school closures brought on by the pandemic.