The weakening of the coronavirus curve across Canada as a whole, as well as the Canadian economy's gradual reopening points to the likelihood of lifting travel restrictions on time. Canada – United States. On 21 June the border will open. Travellers from other countries could begin returning after June 30.
While the issue of the border reopening is at the forefront of many people's minds, there are more developments happening outside of Canada's immigration department such as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), and language learning centres reopening etc.,
Express Entry Draws
All three economic programs under Express, were usually used to hold on Wednesdays every two weeks.
After the implementation of travel restrictions, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has held draws allowing CEC and PNP applicants to apply for permanent residency only.
Canada has seen the trend of conducting an Express Entry draw for PNP applicants, and then a second draw for CEC applicants on the next day. About every two weeks apart, the two draws are taking place in pairs.
Canada aims to welcome global talent from all over the world, and will eventually resume draws for candidates for FSWP and FSTP. If travel restrictions are lifted, rather than later, we could see this happen sooner.
PNPs & Quebec
Provincial Nominee Plan (PNP) draws are usually difficult to forecast, as they often refer to the preferences of immigration candidates as well as the particular labour market needs of the province.
However, this is not the case with B.C. The Provincial Nominee Program of British Columbia (BC PNP) holds Tech Pilot draws practically every week. B.C.’s Tech Pilot was extended until June 2020 two years ago. This month the province is expected to release details on the pilot's future.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) appears to conduct draws around once a month, but the provinces typically don't publish the specifics until sometime after the fact. The last Alberta Express Entry Stream draw that was recorded was held on May 13.
More language test centres are scheduled for reopening
The closing of CELPIP and IELTS testing centres has been an obstacle for people who want to immigrate or study to Canada. However, more test centres are reopening, allowing more individuals to apply Express Entry profiles and applications for immigration.
CELPIP testing centres are available in B.C, Alberta, Manitoba and Hong Kong according to their websites. Some other venues are set to open later this month.
The IELTS website lists the sites that are currently running tests around the world. They also announce that this month several countries will begin opening centres.
Both CELPIP and IELTS could resume operations within the coming days in major markets such as India.
Open Work Permit Pilot renewals for spouses and partners
Canada is set to announce if it will renew the Open Work Permit Pilot for the fifth time or not. This open work permit enables Canadians to work with foreign national spouses or common-law partners while their permanent residence application is being processed. Canada's deadline to declare a renewal of the pilot program is July 31.