1. IRCC staffing: @legalfalcon might know more about why covid restrictions are leading to slower processing time? It does seem like most of the work would be able to be done remotely?Got an extremely generic reply to a web form I sent 24 days back. 30 days up and GCMS notes are still not here. How long can Covid be used as an excuse and why are IRCC still on reduced staff? What is the scientific proof behind closure of the border for over a year despite politicians’ requests and letting hundreds of COPR’s expire every day with no option but waiting for a manual extension or an AL? And how is it that Canada is vaccinating just 130,000 people a day compared to 2.5 million in the US?
2. Border closure: opening the border is extremely unpopular in Canada - it would be political suicide for Trudeau to do this before vaccines are widely available https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/one-year-on-poll-suggests-canadians-still-deeply-wary-about-allowing-u-s-visitors-1.5358580
3. COPR expirations: this IMO is the biggest failure by IRCC during the whole pandemic... this has really played havoc on those receiving COPR and there should have been a way to get those people to Canada. It is not many people and the quarantine system here is good
4. Vaccines: There are no approved vaccines manufactured in Canada at this time, despite efforts from the Trudeau government to get Pfizer or Astra Zeneca to produce here. So Canada is forced to get vaccines from other countries. The US is not exporting any vaccine to anyone, so the EU is the only option. Canada is lucky that the EU is being as generous as they are. Vaccination has picked up significantly over the last few weeks and we are on track to have the whole country vaccinated by late June/early July