With the possibility of a fourth wave of COVID-19 and its impact across the country and the re-opening of the border, there are still a lot of unknowns for Canadian immigration for the second half of this year.

However, essential occupations in areas such as manufacturing and food processing, that are usually low-paying and not always regarded as ‘important’, are providing new pathways to permanent residency.

Ottawa’s first step on August 9th, will be to allow into the country American citizens into the country, as well as those Canadian permanent residents who are currently residing in the United States and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel.

Provided cases of COVID-19 remain low, Canada’s borders will be open to fully vaccinated travelers on September 7th, provided they can show proof of having this done with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, and who meet the specific entry requirements.

Via Canada immigration news, it is reported that just over a third of new permanent residents have been welcomed in the first six months. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino still maintains that this year’s immigration target will be met.

“Against all odds, Canada continues to lead the world in immigration,” Mendicino reportedly told The Globe and Mail earlier this month. “We are going to make good on our commitment to land 401,000 new permanent residents.”

“Not only will this make a big difference for Canada’s travel and tourism industry and all those whose jobs depend on it, but it will also make it easier for those with a Confirmation of Permanent Residence letter to come to Canada and play a role in our recovery from the pandemic.”