Canadian Immigration Expectation in December

The year 2020 is going to be a busy and eventful year for Canadian Immigration.

As per internal reports, Immigration, Refugees. and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be having regular Express Entry draw throughout this holiday season as well. If we take last year into account, there were at least two draws that were held in the month of December. Other activities like the PNP draw are also expected to take place in the month of December as well. The previous year, PNP draws were held on the day of Christmas.

There is some news by the Canadian Minister as well. There are going to be some new programs for international students and temporary foreign skilled workers that are currently residing in Canada. The Parents and Grandparents Programs will also be going to have new changes as well.  

Given below are the five major immigration stories that are going to follow the rest of the year.


The first one that is expected is by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prime Minister Justin is going to issue a new mandate before Christmas. The mandate will be outlining the objective that all minister has to accomplish. The mandate is also made public so that the Canadian citizen can hold the government accountable for the work.  

A letter will be given to the Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino which will be giving more detailed information about the agenda of the immigration this year.

The new mandate will be guiding IRCC efforts towards provinces and territories, and immigration stakeholders across Canada to bring back the immigration levels to normal as they were before the coronavirus pandemic.

This mandate is adamant for the implementation of the Immigration Levels Plan for the years 2021-2023. There has been a discussion about the new initiatives like removing citizenship fees and Municipal Nominee Program.


For the month of December, two more Express Entry draws are anticipated.  Canadian Immigration Department has also thrown its normal frequency of draws i.e. having draws every two weeks. In the recent draws, the frequency was just seven days after the invitation round. An invitation of 5000 candidates was sent on November 25 to apply for permanent residency with a relatively low CRS of 469. 

Taking into account this draw, it is expected to have another draw around 16 December 2020. There has always been a gap of 3 to 4 weeks between the last draw of the year and the first draw of the new year as per the trends of previous years.

Despite this pandemic, this year has turned out to be pretty amazing in regards to immigration. This year is considered as the banner year for Express Entry as the total number of immigrants has reached to 92,350 bringing the stats to the highest till now. It is estimated that Canada may overpass the figure of 100000 invitations by the end of the year 2020.  


The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is expected to be held throughout the holiday season.  Although it is uncommon to see PNP draws till the date of 25 December 2020.

There is a draw scheduled on the date of 17 December by the Prince Edward Island. The stream that will be included in this draw are the Labour impact,  Express Entry, and Business Impact streams.

British Columbia will be having their weekly draw through the Tech Pilot program.

Ontario is going to have its draw in the month of December as well.

Currently, there are around 386 nominations left for the annual allocation. This allocation is left after giving the additional 250 nominations for temporary workers in the occupation of intermediate skilled profile.   

Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba have also been planning to implement the draws in the PNP program.


IRCC has opened the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). This sponsor form was implemented from the month of October and got closed in the month of November. The Canadian government will be having a PGP draw in the month of December only. The selected applications will then receive the invitation in the month of January and February 2021. 

For the year 2020, IRCC has decided to give the invitation to around 10,000 sponsors for sponsoring their parents and grandparents. It is expected that the IRCC will be increasing the sponsors to around 30,000.  


Minister Mencidino recently announced the Canadian Immigration department will be opening more pathways for temporary residents to settle in Canada with a Permanent Residency (PR) visa. This step is taken to compensate for the decline in the number of immigrants during this coronavirus pandemic. 

Well, as we all know that there are a number of federal government programs that can help temporary workers and international students to style in Canada on a permanent basis. Given below are the number of changes that IRCC can deploy so that the Permanent Residency status can be attained more easily. 

  1. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS):

CRS scores are awarded to profiles for both foreign and Canadian working experience as well as for educational qualification. In order to make it easy for temporary residents and international students to get permanent residency, the points for the above-stated factors can be increased. This will make their Express Entry profile more eligible for a PR visa and citizenship.

Earlier this year only, Canada Immigration Department has made changes regarding the French language as well. From now on French-speaking candidates will be getting more CRS points for their Express Entry profile.

  1. More Specific Canadian Experience Class draw:

To give more PR Visa for temporary residents, IRCC can also do more specific draws capturing these applicants. This step has already set in motion by IRCC as they held specific draws for (Canadian Experience Class) CEC and  Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates.

  1. Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Eligibility Criteria: 

Modification of eligibility criteria is one of the options for attaining the required target as well. The changes can be done by reducing the Canadian experience required to at least 12 months of skilled workers.

Due to COVID-19, it might difficult for candidates to get the required Canadian experience. Hence it will help candidates a lot of the experience requirement is reduced, making them eligible for CEC. 

  1. PNP allocation increase:

One other thing that can be done by IRCC is increasing the number of allocations for the provinces. There is a certain number allocated to provinces for selecting candidates from the Express Entry pool. If this number is increased, the changes for applicants in this particular stream will be far more. 

  1. New Federal Pilot Programs:

In order to support the Canadian labour market needs, the Federal Government has the power to launch new pilot programs. The pilot programs have the provision for running to around five years and inviting around 2750 applicants on an annual basis. Hence launching a new program will help the current need to be fulfilled.

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