Will Canada remain appealing to immigrants after the pandemic?

ANALYSIS: Why Canada will likely remain a prime destination of choice for global talent when COVID-19 is behind us.

Canada was an extremely attractive destination to global talent prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over one million new permanent residents, temporary foreign workers, and international students were arriving to Canada each year.

The pandemic has, of course, changed a lot of things. Hence, it is worth re-evaluating whether these changes will impact Canada’s appeal to newcomers after the pandemic.

Generally speaking, newcomers are attracted to Canada’s high living standards including its economic opportunities, open immigration system, and welcoming attitude to people all around the world. International students have comprised an even larger share of Canada’s newcomers over the past decade. In surveys conducted by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, international students cite Canada’s reputation as a tolerant and non-discriminatory society, and reputation as a safe country as some of the top reasons why they choose to study here.