May 2, 2020

After COVID-19: Immigrants Are Going To Be Key To Canada’s Economic Recovery

Why the worldwide economic slowdown is unlikely to vary Canada’s immigration plans post-corona virus.

The corona virus pandemic is having a devastating effect on economies overall the world.

The IMF projects the worldwide economy will contract by 3 per cent in 2020, in what it calls the worst economic downturn since the serious Depression.

Just days before it announced travel restrictions to assist contain the spread of COVID-19, Canada said it might welcome over 1 million immigrants between 2020-2022, mainly to assist grow its economy.

Of course, little did Canadian officialdom know at the time of the declared that the worldwide economy would be heading towards such a serious contraction.

Should Canada welcome further immigrants?

The present state of affairs may lead one to legitimately question whether Canada should continue with its immigration plan, or scale it back.

There is no dubiety that COVID-19 would require Canada to regulate its immigration plan.

Nevertheless, it would not be sound economic policy to significantly lower Canada’s immigration levels beyond the corona virus crisis.

The reason for this is often that Canada require further immigrants it ever has in its modern history to encourage economic process.

Why Canada requires more immigrants? 

Canada’s desire to welcome over 300,000 immigrants per annum is supposed to assist alleviate its demographic challenges.

Canada one of the world’s lowest birth rates and one of the world’s oldest populations. As more Canadians retire, it’ll struggle to exchange them within the labour market since the country isn’t having enough children. This is where often where immigration comes in.

Immigration has been the major driver of Canada’s population increase since the 1990s, and would be the just driver of it by the untimely 2030s.

Population growth is vital because it fuels labour force growth. The two ways to extend an economy is by including more workers and using these workers more productive.

Today, immigration tends to account for all of Canada’s labour force growth, or the overwhelming majority of it, during a given year. This suggests that Canada would constrain its economic process potential if it welcomed fewer immigrants.

Canada will see a full economic recovery?

The consensus between economists is that the Canadian and worldwide economy must be rebound fairly rapidly once social distancing measures are eased.

This suggests that further Canadians would be back to work, and there’ll even be further job opportunities for immigrants.

The Canada’s economy pre-coronavirus is extremely telling of what we may expect once the economy is back to normal.

Leading up to the coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s joblessness rate was at lows and its economy enjoyed a decade of growth following the 2008 global financial crisis. Remember that Canada keep up high levels of immigration even following that crisis, which in hindsight, was the right economic decision to form.

One significant cause for the low  joblessness rate pre-coronavirus is many of Canada’s over 9 million baby boomers were retiring, which reasoned a reduce of workers because the economy was expanding. This gained Canadian-born workers and immigrants alike.

Similarly, Canadian-born workers and immigrants are poised to gain from the post-coronavirus economic rebound. Within the coming years, it’s realistic to expect Canada to affect worker shortages again, and even more so than before COVID-19 as all of Canada’s 9 million baby boomers reach the age of retirement within subsequent decade.

Immigration policy always has lengthy economic implications and that we must not lose sight of that even within the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Immigrants will help to build further jobs post-coronavirus

Canada’s economy is facing hard times, but immigration will play a important role in supporting Canada’s economic recuperation since immigrants will help to fill newly-generated jobs and also support job making in other ways.

Statistics Canada research shows that immigrants have a big propensity to begin businesses. In one among its recent studies, Statistics Canada found that immigrant entrepreneurs generated 25 per cent of latest private sector jobs between 2003 and 2013, albeit they accounted for 17 per cent of companies studied. In other words, immigrant entrepreneurs punched above their weight when it came to job creation.

Consequently, immigrant entrepreneur’s post-coronavirus would generate businesses which would generate new jobs for fellow Canadians.

At last, immigrants bring significant savings with them which helps to fuel the economic activity that’s critical to fueling job creation in Canada.

Consider the useful proxy of international students. Consistent with the federal govt, the over 600,000 international students in Canada contribute over $22 billion in economic activity annually which supports nearly 200,000 Canadian jobs.

Canada has over 8 million immigrants, who make a good bigger contribution to economic growth and generating job than international students.

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