Main reason is, of course, COVID-19. Canada wants to void influx of people from abroad, which makes sense. But there is more to it (keep reading).
It's been almost one year since we had the last FSW draw ("No Program Specified"), back in December 2021.
But now, with vaccinations campaigns at full steam, and borders open even for (vaccinated) tourists , why hasn't FSW draws resumed yet?
Here is my attempt of explaining what's going on.
So, the whole thing started with COVID-19.
Until March 2020, we were having "No Program Specified" draws regularly, one every 15 days or so. Life was good :)
FSW draws stopped (for the first time) in March 2020
Then, BAM! The world changed. All of a sudden, there was no toilet paper in the markets anymore. Numbers of cases skyrocketing, schools closed, planes on the ground. And, of course, FSW ("no program specified") draws stopped!
People buying toilet paper back in 2020
After the first wave, things seemed to be getting back to normal for a while. At that point, IRCC brough back FSW draws!
But only to pause it again when the second wave got bigger!
And we haven't had a single FSW draw since then.
IRCC tried to restart FSW after the first wave
Ok, we get it. COVID messed everything up! But the whole world is adapting to it! Vaccinations campaigns are at full steam. So, why hasn't FSW draws restarted yet? Even tourists can come to Canada (as long as they are vaccinated). So why can't immigrants?
As mentioned above, IRCC might just be taking extra caution with the COVID situation, which makes sense.
Also, it (IRCC) might be stacked up with applications to process.
IRCC is stacked up with applications
When the pandemic started, IRCC staffed had to adapt to the constraints (staff shortage, working remotely, etc.), just like every single entity in the world. That, of course impacted on the processing times.
So now, after one year and a half of pandemic, there might be a ton of processes waiting to be worked on immigration agents' desks.
And on top of that, since August 2021, IRCC has been focus a lot of its efforts on the Afghanistan situation.
I would say yes, you should wait.
I personally don't believe FSW will stop permanently. It is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) Canadian immigration program, and it has a huge importance on the economy class immigration.
So, I think once things get back to the (new) normal, we should se FSW draws ("no program specified") again.
Now, when that will happen, is impossible to know!
Important: This article is based on the author (Gabriel) interpretation of the current situation.