Throne Speech: Immigration remains a driver for Canada's economic growth, says Governor General Julie Payette
Governor General Julie Payette delivering Throne Speech

Throne Speech: Immigration remains a driver for Canada's economic growth, says Governor General Julie Payette

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to formally open the second session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada. The event took place on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 2:10 p.m., at the Senate of Canada Building.


The Governor General acknowledged the fact immigration remains a driver for Canada’s economic growth. With other countries imposing restrictions on immigration, Canada remains open for global talent to help its economy. There is no doubt that Canada has an opportunity to become world’s top destination for talent, capital and jobs. The Canadian government has reciprocated in recognition of efforts of those who chose Canada as their home by easing their immigration pathway when it allowed permanent residency to those who assisted the most vulnerable in the long term home and other health facilities. The Governor reaffirm the pledge that the government will continue to bring newcomers and support family reunification. The statement has come at a crucial time when Canadians are anxious about delays in family class applications where spouses, children, parents and grandparents applications are experiencing delays due to the impact of COVID-19.  She acknowledged that there is an economic and human advantage to continue to support the family reunification programs.

The Throne Speech confirming Canada will continue to leverage the immigration advantage to its benefit is reissuing. The short term economic and long term growth, the Canadian government remains committed to immigration to remain competitive on the global stage. Canada has continued to invite applicants to apply for permanent in Canada through Express Entry system selecting applicants in Federal Skilled Worker Program, Provincial Nominee Program and business immigration programs and this trend is expected to continue.

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