CANADA IMMIGRATION NEWS

Nov 18th, 2019:
Please find below monthly data of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program nominations, refusals, inventory, and information sessions.
 
Abbreviations and Acronyms

BC-  Business Concept
BIS-  Business Investor Stream
EOI-  Expression of Interest
LAA-  Letter of Advice to Apply
MPNP-  Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

SW-  Skilled Worker streams


2019 Data:
 
 Nominations and Approvals – 2019
 
Month SW Nominations BIS Nominations* Business Approvals** Total Nominations
January 269 8 0 277
February 298 1 2 299
March 371 0 4 371
April 396 0 5 396
May 603 1 6 604
June 352 0 2 352
July 332 1 4 333
August 299 1 5 300
September 322 0 1 322
October 399 0 5 399
Grand Total 3,641 12 34 3,682


 Refusals – 2019
 
Month SW BIS* Total
January 41 0 41
February 26 0 26
March 59 0 59
April 42 0 42
May 65 0 65
June 36 0 36
July 0 1 1
August 142 3 145
September 29 3 32
October 40 0 40
Grand Total 480 7 487
Expressions of Interest

The number of Expressions of Interest drawn and issued a letter of advice to apply, as well as the number of business concepts submitted. For further details on Skilled Worker draws, see SW Expression of Interest draw data.
 
 
Month SW LAAs BIS BCs BIS LAAs
January 1,082 18 8
February 772 26 5
March 1,398 14 6
April 702 19 16
May 366 14 9
June 603 10 6
July 527 16 5
August 360 9 9
September 571 12 9
October 350 23 10
Grand Total 6,731 161 83


Applications Received – 2019
 
Month SW BIS Total
January 493 3 496
February 520 8 528
March 764 15 779
April 815 12 827
May 766 8 774
June 477 6 483
July 381 7 388
August 488 6 494
September 329 8 337
October 397 6 403
Grand Total 5,430 79 5,509

Information Sessions:


The number of attendees at in-house information sessions delivered by the MPNP. See the Information Sessions section for further details
 
Month SW BIS Total
January 53 19 72
February 40 22 62
March 34 26 60
April 28 23 51
May 24 16 40
June 25 26 51
July 33 25 58
August 44 24 68
September 26 35 61
October 27 25 52
Grand Total 334 271 575
Nov 13th, 2019:

Please be informed that IRCC (Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada) has conducted 21st Draw under the Federal Skilled Worker Program on November 13, 2019.

Please find below the draw details:

Draw CRS Cutoff score  Invitations to apply issued
   21st             472                                3,600

Nov 12th, 2019:

The pilot program aims to support job growth in rural and northern communities.
 
Workers will soon be able to apply to immigrate to one of the communities participating in Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program. In recent days, two of the participating programs have announced to local media outlets that they intend to begin accepting applications from workers in the next three months.
 
Brandon, Manitoba has announced they will begin accepting applications from workers as of December 1, 2019, with Claresholme, Alberta announcing it will begin accepting applications in January, 2020.
 
Those interested in applying to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program should pay attention in the coming weeks and months as it is likely the other participating communities will be making similar announcements.
 
Which communities have been selected to participate?
 
Eleven rural and northern communities across four Canadian provinces have been selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. These communities, some of which already have populations of more than 100,000, will be able to invite newcomers to make these communities their new homes. 
 
Rural and Northern Pilot communities:
 
The selected communities are: Thunder Bay (ON), Sault Ste. Marie (ON), Sudbury (ON), Timmins (ON), North Bay (ON), Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee (MB), Brandon (MB), Moose Jaw (SK), Claresholm (AB), West Kootenay (BC), and Vernon (BC).
 
The participating communities were selected as a representative sample of the regions across Canada to assist in laying out the blueprint for the rest of the country. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will now begin to work with selected communities to position them to begin identifying candidates for permanent residence.
 
Quick Facts on the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot:
 
  • Throughout the summer, the government will begin working with selected communities to position them to identify candidates for permanent residence as early as the fall 2019.
  • Communities will be responsible for candidate recruitment and endorsement for permanent residence.
  • Newcomers are expected to begin to arrive under this pilot in 2020. Communities worked with local economic development organizations to submit an application which demonstrated how they met the eligibility criteria (outlined above) by March 11, 2019.
  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched in March 2017 as part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The four Atlantic provinces are able to endorse up to 2,500 workers in 2019 under that pilot to meet labour market needs in the region.
  • Rural communities employ over four million Canadians and account for almost 30% of the national GDP.
  • Rural Canada supplies food, water, and energy for urban centres, sustaining the industries that contribute to Canada’s prosperous economy.
  • Between 2001 and 2016, the number of potential workers has decreased by 23% percent, while the number of potential retirees has increased by 40%.
Nov 08th, 2019:
MPNP under the Expression of Interest System Issued invitation under different streams.
 
EOI Draw #76

Draw #76 – November 7, 2019
 
SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA


Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 133
Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 560
 
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 23
 
SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS

Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 24 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 719
 
Of the 180 Letters of Advice to Apply issued in this draw, 23 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.
 
Nov 08th, 2019:
 
Please find below monthly data of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program nominations, refusals, inventory, and information sessions.
 
Abbreviations and Acronyms


BC-  Business Concept
BIS-  Business Investor Stream
EOI-  Expression of Interest
LAA-  Letter of Advice to Apply
MPNP-  Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

SW-  Skilled Worker streams


2019 Data – Nominations and Approvals – 2019
 
Month SW Nominations BIS Nominations* Business Approvals** Total Nominations
January 269 8 0 277
February 298 1 2 299
March 371 0 4 371
April 396 0 5 396
May 603 1 6 604
June 352 0 2 352
July 332 1 4 333
August 299 1 5 300
September 322 0 1 323
Grand Total 3,242 12 29 3,283


Refusals – 2019

 
Month SW BIS* Total
January 41 0 41
February 26 0 26
March 59 0 59
April 42 0 42
May 65 0 65
June 36 0 36
July 0 1 1
August 142 3 145
September 29 3 32
Grand Total 440 7 447
Expressions of Interest

The number of Expressions of Interest drawn and issued a letter of advice to apply, as well as the number of business concepts submitted. For further details on Skilled Worker draws, see SW Expression of Interest draw data.
 
Month SW LAAs BIS BCs BIS LAAs
January 1,082 18 8
February 772 26 5
March 1,398 14 6
April 702 19 16
May 366 14 9
June 603 10 6
July 527 16 5
August 360 9 9
September 571 12 9
Grand Total 6,381 138 73


Applications Received – 2019
 
Month SW BIS Total
January 493 3 496
February 520 8 528
March 764 15 779
April 815 12 827
May 766 8 774
June 477 6 483
July 381 7 388
August 488 6 494
September 329 8 337
Grand Total 5,033 73 5,106


Information Sessions:

The number of attendees at in-house information sessions delivered by the MPNP. See the Information Sessions section for further details
 
Month SW BIS Total
January 53 19 72
February 40 22 62
March 34 26 60
April 28 23 51
May 24 16 40
June 25 26 51
July 33 25 58
August 44 24 68
September 26 35 61
Grand Total 307 246 523
 
Nov 06th, 2019:
Below are the address and details of the Canadian Embassies and consulates in India.
New Delhi – High Commission of Canada

Street Address: 7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India.
Telephone: +91 11 4178 2000
Fax: +91 11 4178 2023
Email: india.consular@international.gc.ca

Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) – Consulate General of Canada
Street Address: World Trade Center, 22nd Floor, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram West, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore 560055, Karnataka, India
Telephone: +91 80 4924 7000
Fax: +91 80 4924 7005
Email: india.consular@international.gc.ca

Chandigarh – Consulate General of Canada:
Street Address: C413-C416, 4th Floor, Elante Office Complex, Plot No. 178-178A, Industrial & Business Park, Phase 1, Chandigarh 160002, India
Telephone: +91 172 505 0300
Fax: +91 172 505 0323
Email: india.consular@international.gc.ca

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) – Consulate of Canada
Street Address: Duncan House, 31 Netaji Subhas Road, Kolkata 700 001, India
Telephone: +91 33 2242 6820
Fax: +91 33 2242 6828
Email: india.consular@international.gc.ca

Mumbai (Formerly Bombay) – Consulate General of Canada
Street Address: Indiabulls Financial Centre, Tower 2, 21st Floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road West, Mumbai 400 013, India
Telephone: +91 22 6749 4444
Fax: +91 22 6749 4454
Email: india.consular@international.gc.ca

Nov 06th, 2019:
Planned results: what they want to achieve this year and beyond.
 
Core Responsibility: Economic development in Atlantic Canada
 
Description:

Support Atlantic Canada’s economic growth, wealth creation and economic prosperity through inclusive clean growth and building on competitive regional strengths. Help small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth through direct financial assistance and indirectly to business support organizations. SMEs become more innovative by adopting new technologies and processes and pursuing new avenues for expansion and market diversification in order to compete and succeed in a global market.

Planning highlights:

As part of ACOA’s role as a convener for economic development in Atlantic Canada and the Agency’s role in implementing the Atlantic Growth Strategy, the renewed focus on key priorities will be a central element of ACOA’s planning. The focus on these strategic priorities will have a positive impact on the Agency’s desired results and on how it achieves them. The Agency will act as a pathfinder for national programs to support Atlantic businesses to better access and benefit from federal investments. ACOA will look to invest in specific growth sectors, such as ocean, food, clean technology and tourism, while supporting advanced manufacturing, the start-up ecosystem and exports as drivers of competitiveness. The Agency will also focus on Indigenous economic development and on supporting a skilled workforce through immigration.

ACOA will support business investments in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in Atlantic Canada by:

  • Investing in businesses at various stages of development, from start-up to high-growth, to accelerate their growth, assist them in scaling up, and enhance their productivity and competitiveness in both domestic and global markets, through the Business Scale-up and Productivity stream of the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation Program (REGI Program).
  • Deploying the Regional Innovation Ecosystem stream of the REGI Program, to create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness by convening innovation ecosystem stakeholders, particularly those related to the food and ocean sectors.
  • Undertaking an initiative to target capability enhancing investments for the many SMEs across Canada that are downstream steel and aluminum users.
  • Enabling companies to adopt clean technologies and processes for increased productivity and competitiveness.

ACOA will invest in the innovation and growth of Atlantic Canadian businesses through:

 
  • Collaboration with other federal and provincial departments to raise business awareness of the need to increase digitization and use of transformative technologies, including clean technologies in Atlantic Canada, and ensure that businesses have the capital they need to implement advanced manufacturing solutions in their operations for increased productivity and competitiveness.
  • As business culture and skills development are critical to SME growth, close work with key stakeholders in the region, such as the provinces, educational institutions and industry associations, to address skills issues facing the industry.
  • The Atlantic Trade and Investment and Growth Agreement, which will invest $20 million from federal and provincial sources over five years (2017–2022), and the implementation of plans developed by pan-Atlantic sector teams, co-chaired by the Agency and industry associations, which support ATIGS export targets and objectives in key industry sectors such as food and beverage, clean growth, advanced manufacturing, and ocean technologies.
  • Collaboration with federal and provincial partners to implement the Tourism Innovation Action Plan and advance Atlantic Canada’s tourism competitiveness and productive capacity.
  • Its role as the lead federal department for the Accelerated Growth Service in Atlantic Canada, enabling growth-oriented businesses to attain their full potential. The Agency will keep building its pipeline of clients that demonstrate strong potential for growth by providing focused sales and export support.

Planned results

Departmental result Departmental result indicator Target Date to achieve target 2015-16 Actual result 2016-17 Actual result 2017-18 Actual result
Communities are economically diversified in Atlantic Canada Percentage of Atlantic Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are majority owned by women, Indigenous people, youth, visible minorities and persons with disabilities 17.0% of female ownership, 1.3% of Indigenous ownership, 10.6% of youth ownership, 4.0% of visible minority ownership, and 0.3% of person(s) with a disability ownership March 31, 2020 Not available* Not available* 17.1% of female ownership, 1.1% of Indigenous ownership, 10.6% of youth ownership, 4.5% of visible minority ownership, and 0.3% of person(s) with a disability ownership
Percentage of professional, science and technology-related jobs in Atlantic Canada’s economy 31%** March 31, 2020 30% 31% 32%
Amount leveraged per dollar invested by ACOA in community projects $1.25 for every dollar invested by ACOA in Atlantic Canada March 31, 2020 $1.38 $1.17 $1.37
Businesses invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in Atlantic Canada Value of business expenditures in research and development by firms receiving ACOA program funding, in dollars $66 million March 31, 2020 Not available* Not available* Not available*
Percentage of businesses engaged in collaborations with higher education institutions in Atlantic Canada 18% March 31, 2020 Not available* Not available* 18%
Businesses are innovative and growing in Atlantic Canada Number of high growth firms in Atlantic Canada 740** March 31, 2020 790 610 Not available*
Value of export of goods (in dollars) from Atlantic Canada $22 billion** March 31, 2020 $21.1 billion $19.5 billion $24.8 billion
Value of exports of clean technologies (in dollars) from Atlantic Canada Not available* March 31, 2020 Not available* Not available* Not available*
Revenue growth rate of firms supported by ACOA programs 8% March 31, 2020 7% 13% 8%

 

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)

2019-20 Main Estimates 2019-20 Planned spending 2020-21 Planned spending 2021-22 Planned spending
289,063,006 289,063,006 267,187,006 265,407,249

Human resources (full-time equivalents [FTEs])

2019-20 Planned 2020-21 Planned 2021-22 Planned
382 382 382
Nov 06th, 2019:

Aboriginal roots:

The name “Canada” likely comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” In 1535, two Aboriginal youths told French explorer Jacques Cartier about the route to kanata; they were actually referring to the village of Stadacona, the site of the present-day City of Québec. For lack of another name, Cartier used the word “Canada” to describe not only the village, but the entire area controlled by its chief, Donnacona.
The name was soon applied to a much larger area; maps in 1547 designated everything north of the St. Lawrence River as Canada. Cartier also called the St. Lawrence River the “rivière du Canada,” a name used until the early 1600s. By 1616, although the entire region was known as New France, the area along the great river of Canada and the Gulf of St. Lawrence was still called Canada.

Soon explorers and fur traders opened up territory to the west and to the south, and the area known as Canada grew. In the early 1700s, the name referred to all French lands in what is now the American Midwest and as far south as present-day Louisiana. Centuries before Europeans began to settle in North America, explorers who came here found thriving First Nations and Inuit societies with their own beliefs, way of life and rich history.
 
When the first European explorers came to Canada they found all regions occupied by native peoples they called “Indians,” thinking they had reached the East Indies. The native people lived off the land, some by hunting and gathering, others by raising crops. The arrival of European traders, missionaries, soldiers and colonists changed the native way of life forever. Large numbers of Aboriginals died of European diseases to which they lacked immunity. However, Aboriginals and Europeans formed strong economic, religious and military bonds in the first 200 years of coexistence which laid the foundations of Canada.
The first use of Canada as an official name came in 1791, when the Province of Quebec was divided into the colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada. In 1841, the two colonies were united under one name, the Province of Canada.
 
The naming of a nation:

Leading up to the proposed confederation, a number of names were suggested for the northern half of the continent of North America, including: Albertsland, Albionora, Borealia, Britannia, Cabotia, Colonia, Efisga
Footnote
1, Hochelaga, Norland, Superior, Transatlantia, Tuponia
Footnote
2, and Victorialand.

The debate was placed in perspective by Thomas D’Arcy McGee, who declared on February 9, 1865:

Fortunately for posterity, McGee’s wit and reasoning – along with common sense – prevailed, and on July 1, 1867, the provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick became “one Dominion under the name of Canada.”

The new Dominion of Canada:

Today, Canada is made up of 10 provinces and three territories.

However, when the British North America Act, 1867, (now the Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982) created the new Dominion of Canada, there were only four provinces – Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

 

The Northwest Territories and Manitoba:

The year 1870 – three years after Confederation – brought multiple historic changes to land ownership, including:

Canada’s purchase of Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company, which had been granted a charter to the area by the British government exactly two centuries earlier. Rupert’s Land spanned all land drained by rivers flowing into Hudson Bay – roughly 40 per cent of present-day Canada. The selling price was 300,000 pounds sterling.

Britain’s transfer of the North-Western Territory to Canada. Previously, the Hudson’s Bay Company had an exclusive licence to trade in this area, which stretched west to the colony of British Columbia and north to the Arctic Circle. When it was discovered in the mid-1800s that the Prairies had enormous farming potential, the British government refused to renew the company’s licence. With the Hudson’s Bay Company out of the area, Britain was free to turn it over to Canada.
The combination of Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory to form the Northwest Territories, followed by the creation of the Province of Manitoba from a small part of this area.
 
British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Yukon:

 

Subsequent years brought more changes to Canada’s territorial boundaries:
In 1871, British Columbia joined the union with the promise of a railway to link it to the rest of the country.
In 1873, Prince Edward Island, which had previously declined an offer to join Confederation, became Canada’s seventh province.
Yukon, which had been a district of the Northwest Territories since 1895, became a separate territory in 1898.
 
Saskatchewan and Alberta:

Meanwhile, Canada was opening up its west, just as its neighbour to the south had done before. Migrants from eastern Canada and immigrants from Europe and the United States began to fill the Prairies, which were still part of the Northwest Territories. Then, in 1905, the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta were created, completing the map of Western Canada.
 
Newfoundland and Nunavut:

 

After great debate and two referenda, the people of Newfoundland voted to join Confederation in 1949, creating Canada’s tenth province.
On April 1, 1999, Nunavut was created from the eastern part of the Northwest Territories, covering 1.9 million square kilometres of Canada’s Eastern Arctic.
Nov 06th, 2019:
The Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories has serious bragging rights for producing the biggest and brightest.
 
In October 2018, the largest diamond ever found in North America was unearthed at the Diavik mine; a 552-carat gemstone roughly the size of a chicken egg that would make even the rich and famous.
 

To put the potential of the giant gem into perceptive, a polished 37.87 carat and a 36.80 carat diamond, both brilliant-cut and pear shaped, were both auctioned for a combined $1.3 million U.S.

The 552-carat gem is roughly three times the size of the next-largest diamond found in Canada, a 187.7-carat beauty that was uncovered at the Diavik mine in 2015.
 
The Diavik mine is owned by Dominion Diamond Mines (Dominion) and the Rio Tinto Group. Dominion also owns and operates the nearby Ekati Diamond Mine. Both mines are located approximately 200 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle.
 
The discovery proves that the Northern Lights aren’t the only phenomenon that shine bright in Canada’s North.
 

In fact, the Northwest Territories’ sparkling diamonds are well-known around the world. Their quality, colour and texture tell of an extraordinary journey through time, from deep volcanic eruptions billions of years ago, to a polished engagement ring that symbolizes everlasting love.

 
Pounds says Dominion exports most of its stones to India, a country that has expertise in cutting and polishing. In total, the company employs or contracts 1,700 people in the Northwest Territories (at the Ekati mine), and in its offices in Calgary, Yellowknife, Antwerp, and Mumbai.
Nov 06th, 2019:
Please find below the PNP updates for the Month of October 2019 – Date Wise:-
  • Oct 31: Saskatchewan invited another 858 candidates through the  Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand streams. Invitations were issued to candidates with a variety of NOC codes.
  • Oct 29: British Columbia invited 413 skills immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP. BC also invited 24 candidates through the PNP’s entrepreneurial streams.
  • Oct 28: Nova Scotia invited candidates with experience as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012) in a draw for the Labour Market Priorities stream.
  • Oct 25: Quebec announced the results of the latest round of invitations issued through the new Quebec Skilled Worker selection system, Arrima. The most recent draw took place on Sept 25 and issued 169 invitations.
  • Oct 24: Saskatchewan invited another 922 candidates through the  Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand streams. Invitations were issued across a wide array of NOC codes. The province has issued nearly 4,000 invitations in the past month.
  • Oct 24: Manitoba invited 157 candidates, including 12 Express Entry candidates, to apply to the MPNP, with invitations issued under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, the International Education stream, and the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.
  • Oct 23: Alberta announced the results of an Alberta Express Entry draw that took place on October 9. As well, Alberta announced that it has issued 4,862 nomination certificates so far in 2019.
  • Oct 22: British Columbia invited 62 Skills Immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP Tech Pilot, with invitations issued across four categories.
  • Oct 17: Saskatchewan invited 986 Express Entry candidates from the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream. The following NOCs were included: 0621, 0631, 0711, 0821, 1114, 1311, 2171, 4212, 4214, 4214, 6221, 7312, 7321.
  • Oct 17: PEI invited 146 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates to apply for provincial nomination under the PEI PNP, with another 12 business candidates also invited
  • Oct 15: British Columbia invited 277 skills immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP, with invitations issued across five categories.
  • Oct 11: Manitoba invited 193 candidates, including 24 Express Entry candidates, to apply to the MPNP, with invitations issued under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, the International Education stream, and the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.
  • Oct 11: Alberta announced the results of an Alberta Express Entry draw that took place on September 25. As well, Alberta announced that it has issued 4,633 nomination certificates so far in 2019.
  • Oct 8: Saskatchewan invited 559 candidates, including 231 Express Entry candidates and 328 Occupations In-Demand candidates.
  • Sept 8: British Columbia invited 64 Skills Immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP Tech Pilot, with invitations issued across four categories. 7 invitations were also issued through the Entrepreneur Regional Pilot.
  • Oct 3: British Columbia added more approved communities to the list for the BC PNP Regional Entrepreneur program, which began issuing invitations earlier this year.
  • Oct 3: Quebec announced the results of the latest round of invitations issued through the new Quebec Skilled Worker selection system, Arrima. The most recent draw took place on Sept 4 and issued 32 invitations. .
  • Oct 2: Saskatchewan invited 610 candidates, including 396 Express Entry candidates and 214 Occupations In-Demand candidates.
  • Oct 1: British Columbia invited 402 skills immigration candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP, with invitations issued across five categories.
Nov 05th, 2019:
 
The Patent Collective, one of the key initiatives of the Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy, is a $30M, 4-year pilot program intended to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with their patent and other IP needs. As the Patent Collective is a pilot program, participants will have an opportunity to shape how it will support member businesses, customize services to suit members’ needs and innovation environments, and identify how best to support the strategic use of IP in scaling businesses. The Government of Canada, in soliciting applications, is seeking input from entities to determine how the Patent Collective can be best structured to achieve the program’s objectives. For more information or to apply, please review the Patent Collective Program Guide.
 
Program objectives:

The Patent Collective pilot program will help its members better leverage IP in their drive to grow to scale and will also provide the Government with insight to better support SMEs in this regard going forward. This program contributes to the objectives of the IP Strategy which is intended to help Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs better understand, protect, and commercialize IP.3
 
Why this program is important:

The objectives of the Patent Collective pilot program and of the IP Strategy more broadly are directly aligned with priority areas under the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan. In particular, it supports companies, investment and growth; for Canadian businesses to grow and create good, well-paying jobs, they need the ability to turn their ideas into new goods and services that can compete in the marketplace. The Patent Collective pilot program will be a new resource that businesses can access to enable this objective.
Nov 01st, 2019:

Saskatchewan has conducted EOI selection rounds of draw as on 31st October 2019 through the SINP’s EOI system.

International Skilled Workers sub categories:

Occupation In-Demand

Total Invitation Issued: 231

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 68 Points

Express Entry

Total Invitation Issued: 627

Lowest Rank Score to invite: 68 Points.

The following NOCs have been included:

1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1252, 1253, 1254, 1313, 2171, 2172, 2222, 2234, 2242, 2251, 2253, 2263, 2281, 2282, 3212, 3219, 3223, 3237, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4211, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6235, 6316, 6331, 6342, 7245, 7246, 7315, 8222, 8255, 9212, 9213, 9226, 9241

Please find the source link & attached PDF for your reference: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/saskatchewan-immigrant-nominee-program/international-skilled-worker-eoi-system

 
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Oct 31st, 2019:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced 20th EE Draw under the Federal Skilled Worker Program on 20th October 2019.

3,900 ITAs have been issued to applicants in the pool with 475 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Oct 30th, 2019:

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream selects candidates in the federal Express Entry system who meet provincial labour market needs to apply for nomination on 28th October 2019 for Nurses (NOC: 3012).

Please find below list of client who received a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Immigration to apply for further application process.

All below listed clients has CRS Rank below 400 and 3 years and above work experience in occupation code 3012.

Oct 29th, 2019:

Please find below Guidelines on LETTER OF INTEREST FROM NSOI:

To be eligible to apply to the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream, you must have received a Letter of Interest in your IRCC online account indicating that Nova Scotia is inviting you to apply under the NSNP.

Letters of Interest will only be offered to candidates:

• With a valid Express Entry profile,

• Who meet a Labour market priority identified by Nova Scotia?

• Who have indicated their interest in moving to Nova Scotia in Express Entry?  

Letters of Interest will remain valid for 30 calendar days.

Supporting Documentation:

Copy of the valid Letter of Interest received from Nova Scotia in Express Entry.

PASSPORT: Valid regular passports for all accompanying family members. Include copies of pages showing the passp Copy of the valid Letter of Interest or number, date of issue and expiry, your photo, name, date and place of birth, any amendments in name, date of birth, expiration, etc., and any previous visas and/or visits to Canada.

 A copy of your valid visa or work permits, if you are not a citizen of the country where you currently live (including Canada).

Correspondence from previous attempts to immigrate to Canada through provincial or federal immigration categories. Include correspondence received from the provincial or Canadian government associated with each previous application.

SETTLEMENT FUNDS: Applicants must demonstrate sufficient funds to successfully establish themselves and their family in Nova Scotia and to pay the  immigration costs and travel expenses (if applicable)

Supporting Documentation:

  • Official banking statements from financial institutions for the past three months indicating the account(s) balance and transnational history.
  • Statements for investment portfolios and fixed deposits and the terms and conditions for withdrawing these funds prior to maturity (if applicable).
Number of Persons in Household (in Canadian dollars)
One person $12,669
Two people $15,772
Three people $19,390
Four people $23,542
Five people $26,701
Six people $30,114
Seven people $33,528

Letters of Reference from all employers to demonstrate you meet the work experience job duties criteria for the Express Entry stream.

Letters must be written on company letterhead. Be signed by the responsible human resources officer, supervisor, or manager. 

Show company’s full address, telephone number, e-mail and website addresses and be stamped with the company’s official seal (if applicable).

Include all of the following information in one document:

  • the specific period of your employment with the company.
  • the positions you have held during the period of employment and time spent in each position
  • your main responsibilities and duties in each position
  • your annual salary plus benefits in each position
  • the number of hours worked per week in each position
  • the number of hours worked in total for each position
  • proof that your work experience meets the lead statement and the majority (at least 51%) of the main duties as set out in NOC 2016, found here: noc.esdc.gc.ca/English/home.aspx

Supporting Documents listed below:

  • Offer/Appointment letter.
  • Experience/Service/Relieving/Resignation letter.
  • Promotion letter/Role change letter/Transfer letter.
  • Salary Hike/Appraisal letters.
  • Recent employer 3 months’ pay-slips.

Language tests: IELTS/CELPIP/TEF with CLB 8 or higher bands. 

Proof of education: Proof of education must include an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada if your educational credential was obtained outside of Canada.

  • ECA /IQAS Report.
  • Secondary, higher secondary, Degree, Diploma Mark-sheets
  • Degree certificate

Application Fee: There is no provincial application fee under the NSNP. You must, however, pay all the required Government of Canada immigration fees when you submit your file to IRCC

Application Process.

Apply to NSNP under the Labour Market Priorities Stream.

After you receive a Letter of Interest from Nova Scotia through your IRCC online account, you have 30 calendar days to apply to NSNP under the Labour Market Priorities stream.

To apply, you must submit your application through Nova Scotia’s online service (www.novascotia.ca/ensnp) and ensure that you include all the required supporting documents.

All supporting documents must be provided as portable document format (PDF) files. You will have to scan paper documents into PDF files and convert electronic documents into PDF files. Note that all documents must be clear

When documents are not in English or in French, you must submit a copy of the original document and a copy of the certified translation. NSOI will only accept translations prepared by certified translators.

Oct 29th, 2019:

Please find the below Information on Nova Scotia draw on Oct 28, for Nurses (3012):

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream selects candidates in the federal Express Entry system who meet provincial labour market needs to apply for nomination.

Only candidates who receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may apply.

CRITERIA FOR THE OCT. 28, 2019, DRAW FOR NURSES ARE AS FOLLOWS.

CANDIDATES MUST:

  • Have a primary occupation of registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012)
  • Provide letters of reference from employers, as outlined in the application guide, to demonstrate that they have 3 or more years of experience as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse.
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 8 or higher in English or French in all language abilities as demonstrated by providing results from a language test approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.*
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree OR have completed a program of three or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute.*
  • Have submitted an expression of interest to the Express Entry pool on or after Nov. 1, 2018
  • You must include copies of language tests and proof of education to meet a bachelor’s degree or higher with your application. Proof of education must include an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada if your educational credential was obtained outside of Canada.ELIGIBILITYTo apply you must:
  • receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program within the Express Entry system;
  • submit your application within 30 calendar days of the date on which your letter of interest was issued;
  • meet the minimum work experience requirements of the Express Entry stream for which you have qualified;
  • demonstrate sufficient funds to successfully establish yourself and your family in Nova Scotia and to pay your immigration costs and travel expenses;
  • have legal status in your current country of residence;
  • meet eligibility criteria in place at the time you are issued a Letter of Interest; and
  • have a valid Express Entry number and meet all IRCC criteria for the Express Entry pool.Source Link: https://novascotiaimmigration.com/move-here/labour-market-priorities/

HOW TO APPLY

If you have received a Letter of Interest, complete the online application form and include all required information and attachments.

https://accesstobusiness.snsmr.gov.ns.ca/a2b_web/immigration/startUp.jsf

Oct 25th, 2019:

MPNP under the Expression of Interest System

Draw #75 – October 24, 2019

SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 117
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 567

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 16

SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 24 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 685

Of the 157 Letters of Advice to Apply issued in this draw, 12 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.

Note:

  1. Expressions of Interest from Skilled Worker Overseas candidates have not been considered in this draw unless they:
    • were directly invited by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.
    • Candidates invited under the Express Entry sub-stream who do not have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code and verifiable experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list will be refused.
  2. If your score is higher than that of the lowest-ranked candidate, but you have not received an Letter of Advice to Apply, this could be because:
    • You have indicated that you have taken an approved third-party language test to demonstrate your language ability in English/French, but have not provided a valid Test Number in your EOI or your language test is no longer valid
    • You have indicated that you have received an Invitation to Apply to the MPNP under a Strategic Initiative, but did not provide a valid Invitation Number
    • Please note that for each question in EOI, help text is available, providing detailed information on the information you should enter. If one of these scenarios applies to you, you may wish to update your EOI with the correct information in order to be considered for the next draw from the EOI pool.
  3. Candidates who indicated that they are working in a regulated occupation and are fully licensed to work in Manitoba have been selected in this draw. However, the MPNP may not accept or may refuse full applications from those candidates who are not actually working in a regulated occupation and/or fail to provide proof of having undergone all necessary licensing steps to be employed in Manitoba. If this applies to you, you may wish to consider declining your Letter of Advice to Apply.
Oct 25th, 2019:

SINP International Skilled Workers:

Expression of Interest (EOI) Selection Results See below for information on the selection rounds that have occurred through the SINP’s EOI system. This document will be updated whenever a new selection is made. Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

Date of Invitations to Apply Category Score of Lowest Ranked Candidate to Apply Total Candidates Invited to Apply Other Considerations 24-Oct-2019.

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY CATEGORY SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
24th  Oct 2019 Express Entry 69 372 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0132, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1253, 1311, 1313, 2134, 2142, 2144, 2148, 2171, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2222, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2251, 2252, 2253, 2262, 2263, 2264, 2272, 2281, 2282, 3143, 3211, 3212, 3214, 3215, 3217, 3219, 3223, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6235, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 6344, 7201, 7202, 7204, 7231, 7235, 7236, 7237, 7241, 7242, 7243, 7244, 7251, 7271, 7281, 7294, 7305, 7311, 7312, 7313, 7321, 7322, 7381, 7384, 8211, 8222, 9213, 9231, 9232
24th  Oct 2019 Occupations In-Demand 69 550 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0111, 0112, 0113, 0114, 0121, 0122, 0125, 0131, 0132, 0212, 0213, 0421, 0423, 0601, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0651, 0711, 0714, 0731, 0821, 0912, 1114, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1252, 1253, 1311, 1313, 2134, 2142, 2144, 2148, 2171, 2172, 2174, 2221, 2222, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2251, 2252, 2253, 2262, 2263, 2264, 2272, 2281, 2282, 3143, 3211, 3212, 3214, 3215, 3217, 3219, 3223, 3234, 4011, 4021, 4033, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4169, 4211, 4212, 4214, 4214, 4215, 4216, 6221, 6235, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6332, 6342, 6344, 7201, 7202, 7204, 7231, 7235, 7236, 7237, 7241, 7242, 7243, 7244, 7251, 7271, 7281, 7294, 7305, 7311, 7312, 7313, 7321, 7322, 7381, 7384, 8211, 8222, 9213, 9231, 9232
Oct 24th, 2019:

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals for immigration to Canada. Provinces and territories search the pool of Express Entry profiles to find candidates to nominate. Many provincial immigration streams target candidates with work experience in a specific occupation. Candidates with work experience in any skilled occupation may be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through Canada’s Express Entry system, irrespective of CRS. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The entry of new permanent residents through the PNP is scheduled to continue growing in 2020 and 2021.

From Jan 2019 to date more than 34,000 Invitations have been issued by Provinces.

Please read carefully, you will note that the detailed notes shared on every province further reassure the importance of being in the EE pool for every Canada aspirant client. 

About some of the Popular PNPs – Provincial Nominee Programs: 

Alberta Express Entry Stream: 

Alberta announced that the allocation for 2019 is 6000 nominations, through its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).Applicants who are in the Express Entry pool are getting notifications from Alberta; candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 have been invited.

We have assisted clients to submit their applications and we are happy to inform you all that we have started receiving success too.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must have an active profile in Express Entry Pool
  • Intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
  • Must be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development
  • Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300.
  • There is no fee to submit an application
  • Upon getting a notification, the application must be submitted in 30 days to the Alberta Immigration office.

Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):  

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has expanded the number of occupations that are eligible under its popular Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories from 19 to 218, opening the door to Expressions of Interest from a broad range of candidates with high-skilled work experience who had previously been excluded. SINP is currently accepting applications under, International Skilled Worker sub-categories of Occupations in Demand and Express Entry. To file EOI for SINP, basic eligibility criteria are applicant must score 60 points on SINP’s assessment grid and NOC/occupation must be listed in the SINP demand list. Upon receiving invitation applicant will be asked to submit required documents and fees to SINP.

Nova Scotia: 

Nova Scotia’s Express Entry-linked Labour Market Priorities Stream has invited Express Entry candidates with work experience as financial auditors or accountants- NOC 1111 and who have work experience in NOC 4214, Early childhood educators and assistants.

Prince Edward Island (PEI):  

Prince Edward Island – PEI is open for applicants who have an existing active profile under the express entry. PEI issues invitations in regular intervals to applicants in Express Entry pool, upon getting invited applicants can apply to PEI’s provincial nominee the program, for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Manitoba:

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is accepting EOI and inviting internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. Interested applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of 60 points and also demonstrate a strong connection in Manitoba. The connection can be a friend or close relative, staying in Manitoba on a permanent resident or citizenship status for at least one year/previous work experience of 6 months in Manitoba/Completed education post-secondary program in Canada/ Regional Immigration/Invitation to apply received from the MPNP as part of a recruitment mission or exploratory visit.

Ontario: 

6900 nominations to be issued in 2019.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) regularly searches IRCC Express Entry pool to find applicants to issue the notification of interest(NOI) who may meet one of the criteria of Ontario’s Express Entry immigration streams.

NOIs issued in 2019 to till date:

Human Capital Priorities Stream – 6958

French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – 549

Skilled Trades Stream – 732

as of September 12, 2019, 5,200 nominations have been issued.

New Brunswick:

New Brunswick will, on occasion, invite candidates directly from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labor-market needs.

Eligibility requirements:

1. Are living in New Brunswick and are working, paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC;

2. Have an offer of continuous, paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC;

or

3. Have been selected, from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labour market needs and received a Notification of Interest via federal Express Entry account.

Candidates selected under factor 3 will receive a Notification or Letter of Interest (LOI) from the Province of New Brunswick via their Federal Express Entry account.

PNP With Job Offers 

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program has a range of streams targeting foreign nationals with specific skills and experience, applicants applying under all the streams mentioned below must have a Job Offer.

  • Critical Impact Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP): 

The Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream is a key component of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program. Applicants applying for this category must have a job offer from Newfoundland and Labrador.

British Columbia: 

To apply for Provincial nomination under the BC PNPs various categories mentioned below a job offer is required.

  • Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry BC – Healthcare Professional.
  • Express Entry BC – International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration (SI) – Skilled Worker
  • SI – Healthcare Professional
  • SI – International Graduate
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
Oct 23rd, 2019:
What to expect from the immigration system in the coming years.
The Liberals’ minority victory in the October 21 federal election means Canada’s immigration system will likely remain stable as long as they are able to maintain the confidence of Parliament.
Immigration Levels: 370,000 immigrants by 2023?

Immigration levels are poised to rise even further under a Liberal minority government.

Under their current plan, the target will increase from 330,800 in 2019 to 350,000 by 2021, and their election platform suggested this pattern would continue if they attained a new mandate.

Given the incremental approach employed by the Liberals in recent years, we can expect immigration targets to increase by an additional 10,000 newcomers or so each year beyond 2021, which means that Canada could aim for approximately 370,000 immigrants by 2023.

Pilot Programs: All eyes on the Municipal Nominee Program:

In their first term, the Liberals launched several economic class immigration pilot programs. The most notable among these was the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), which the Liberals pledged would become permanent if they earned another mandate.

All eyes will now turn the Municipal Nominee Program (MNP), which the Liberals pledged to help smaller cities across Canada attract more immigrants.
Few details about the MNP have emerged, but it is sure to garner national interest given the challenges that most cities across Canada face in attracting immigrants.
Other than New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and Alberta (each of which has at least two main cities), Canada’s remaining seven provinces see at least 80 per cent of their newcomers go to their main city.
The MNP’s selection criteria are likely to be modelled after the AIP and Rural Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), which was also launched by the Liberals. This means the MNP will enable employers in municipalities designated by the federal government to support the immigration applications of newcomers who meet their labour needs.
One of the major questions surrounding the MNP is how the Liberals would distribute 2,750 principal applicant spots (the maximum number of immigrants that can be selected under a pilot program) across a country with 35 census metropolitan areas — cities with at least 100,000 people — and 117 census agglomerations, which have a population of 10,000 people or more.
The Liberals may decide to narrow the MNP’s eligibility by precluding the Atlantic provinces and all designated communities under the RNIP from using the MNP.

This would mean that only small and medium-sized cities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia would be able to benefit from the MNP.

 Settlement funding: Expect further increases:
Conservative and Liberal governments alike have overseen substantial increases to federal settlement funding over the past 20 years, with the Liberals continuing this policy during their first term in office.

The federal settlement envelope, which funds services aimed at fostering economic and social integration, currently stands at $1.5 billion and is slated for further increases as the Liberals continue to increase immigration levels.

Oct 23rd, 2019:
New Brunswick will, on occasion, invite candidates directly from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labour-market needs. 

Eligibility requirements:
To be considered under the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream, applicants must have any one of the following factors.
1. Are living in New Brunswick and are working paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC;
2. Have an offer of continuous, paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC; or 
3. Have been selected, by PETL, from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labour market needs and received a Notification of Interest via your federal Express Entry account.

Candidates selected under factor 3 will receive a Notification or Letter of Interest (LOI) from the Province of New Brunswick via their Federal Express Entry account. Candidates who do receive a Letter of Interest from the Province of New Brunswick should proceed in the following manner:

  1. Register in INB and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Express Entry Stream.
  2. Once your EOI is successfully submitted, contact us at entree.express.entry@gnb.ca with the subject lineNB LOI.

Include in your message:

– Your full name, as it appears in your INB profile;
– a pdf copy or screenshot of the Letter of Interest that you received to your Federal Express Entry account;
– your federal Express Entry Profile Number (E00*******).

Once we verify your LOI and acknowledge receipt of your message, we will then send you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream via your INB Notification Centre.

All candidates invited in this manner must meet regular eligibility requirements of the program and submit a complete and correct application to be considered for provincial nomination.

Oct 22nd, 2019:
Canadians return Liberals to power with minority government. Liberal immigration policies will continue, but they’ll now need opposition support.
Canadian voters elected a minority Liberal government Monday night, bringing an end to a 40-day election campaign that heard many promises on immigration but never saw it emerge as a top issue.
 The Liberal minority led by Justin Trudeau will face an opposition led by the Conservative Party of Canada. Polls had both parties effectively tied for most of the campaign period and each earned around 34 per cent of the popular vote Monday night.
Liberal immigration priorities
One priority issue is Canada’s annual immigration levels, which the Liberals have pledged to raise through “modest and responsible increases.”
The multi-year approach to immigration levels planning that was introduced by the Liberals in 2017 has the number of newcomers to Canada reaching 350,000 by 2021 — a total annual increase of around three per cent over 2020.
This level of increase could continue beyond 2021 if the Liberals can gain majority support for their immigration targets moving forward.
Nearly 60 per cent of newcomers will be admitted through Canada’s Economic Class immigration programs and the Liberals’ election platform said they will keep this focus on “highly skilled people who can help build a stronger Canada.”
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer referred to the Liberals’ immigration targets as “reasonable” during the election campaign. He also said Canada’s immigration targets should not be “politicized,” which suggests some cooperation between the two parties on Canada’s targets may be possible.

Express Entry

The Liberals aren’t expected to introduce major changes to Canada’s Express Entry system, which was introduced by the Conservatives in 2015 to manage the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic immigration programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Class.
The points-based system issues eligible candidates a score based on their age, education level, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors, and a set number of the highest-ranked candidates are invited to Apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.
In 2016, the Liberals reduced the number of points awarded for a job offer from 600 to a maximum of 200 to ensure that those invited to apply for permanent residence are highly skilled and more likely to find economic success in Canada.

The Conservatives pledged to reverse this change in their election platform, a promise that could spark some friction between the two top parties in Parliament.

Oct 19th, 2019:
Please find the latest SINP draw update on 17th Oct 2019:
Cut off Score: 67 Points.
NOC: The following NOCs have been included:

0621, 0631, 0711, 0821, 1114, 1311, 2171, 4212, 4214, 4214, 6221, 7312, 7321

Total Invites: 986
Oct 17th, 2019:
The 2019 Canadian federal election (formally the 43rd Canadian general election) is scheduled to take place on October 21, 2019, to elect members of the House of Commons to the 43rd Canadian Parliament.
 Governor General Julie Payette dissolved the 42nd Parliament on September 11, 2019, on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the traditional action that commences an election.
The 40-day campaign will see the incumbent Liberals attempt to retain the majority they won in the 2015 election. The Conservative Party, under Andrew Scheer, the New Democratic Party under Jagmeet Singh, the Green Party under Elizabeth May and the People’s Party under Maxime Bernier will contest the in-power, Liberal government.
Background:
The 2015 federal election resulted in a Liberal majority government headed by Justin Trudeau. The Conservatives became the Official Opposition (with Stephen Harper announcing his resignation as party leader) and the New Democrats (NDP) became the third party. While members of the Bloc Québécois and the Greens were elected to the House, both failed to achieve the required number of MPs-twelve- for official party status. Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe announced his resignation shortly after the election, and was succeeded by Parti Québécois MNA Martine Ouellet.  After losing a leadership review, Ouellet announced she would step down as Bloc leader on June 11, 2018,  and was succeeded by Yves-François Blanchet on January 17, 2019.

Tom Mulcair was rejected as NDP party leader; he gained only 48% of the vote at the NDP’s April 2016 leadership review. The party held a leadership election on October 1, 2017, electing Ontario MPP and the former Deputy Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh as Mulcair’s successor.

Name Ideology Leader 2015 result At dissolution
Votes (%) Seats
Liberal Liberalism Justin Trudeau 39.47% 184 / 338 177 / 338
Social liberalism
Conservative Conservatism Andrew Scheer 31.89% 99 / 338 95 / 338
Economic liberalism
Fiscal conservatism
New Democratic Social democracy Jagmeet Singh 19.71% 44 / 338 39 / 338
Democratic socialism
Bloc Québécois Quebec sovereigntism Yves-François Blanchet 4.66% 10 / 338 10 / 338
Social democracy
Green Green politics Elizabeth May 3.45% 1 / 338 2 / 338
Green liberalism
People’s Conservatism Maxime Bernier N/A 1 / 338
Libertarianism
Classical liberalism
Populism
Co-operative Commonwealth Social democracy N/A N/A 1 / 338
Independents N/A N/A 0.28% 0 / 338 8 / 338
Vacant seats N/A N/A 5 / 338
Oct 11th, 2019:

Canada will be opening, closing, and making changes at visa application centres (VACs) in the coming weeks.

Two new VACs will open in the Caribbean:
  • Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: this location will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays starting Oct. 9;
  • Castries, Saint Lucia: this location will be open from Monday to Friday starting Oct. 10.

In addition, current contracts with VACs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will expire next month. New contracts will result in changes to fees, services, locations and websites.

Starting Nov. 2, VACs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will charge a separate fee to submit applications and send documents.

Other services and fees may also be introduced at these locations.

Also, they will no longer collect biometrics on a walk-in basis. An appointment will be required and can be made on their new webpages.

New VACs opening, 2 closing
New VACs are scheduled to open in:
  • Manama, Bahrain
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Yekaterinburg, Russia

VACs in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Podgorica, Montenegro, will close permanently on Nov. 29.

The following are important dates for the Sofia and Podgorica centres:
  • November 1 is the last day they will accept applications and collect biometrics;
  • November 4 to 29, the centres will let applicants know when they can pick up their documents;
  • After November 29, documents will be returned directly to applicants and they will get all the services they’ve paid for until this date.

New websites coming for all VACs

All VACs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will keep their existing service provider, according to the Government of Canada webpage.
Service providers will launch new websites for all VACs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The new websites come online November 2 and will allow users to book appointments to submit biometrics. These appointments are mandatory.
The new websites will also contain updated location information.

Existing VAC websites will remain functional until November 1.

Oct 09th, 2019:
Please find the latest SINP draw update on 8th Oct 2019:

SINP International Skilled Workers:

Expression of Interest (EOI) Selection Results See below for information on the selection rounds that have occurred through the SINP’s EOI system. This document will be updated whenever a new selection is made. Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

Date of Invitations to Apply Category Score of Lowest Ranked Candidate to Apply Total Candidates Invited to Apply Other Considerations 8-Oct-2019.

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY

CATEGORY

SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY

TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

8th Oct 2019

Occupations In-Demand

69

328

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0111, 0112, 0114, 0122, 0821, 1114, 1221, 1241, 1311, 2171, 2174, 2251 6235, 6332, 7321

8th  Oct 2019

Express Entry

69

231

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0111, 0112, 0114, 0122, 0821, 1114, 1221, 1241, 1311, 2171, 2174, 2251 6235, 6332, 7321

Oct 04th, 2019:
32 candidates invited by Quebec through the ‘Skilled Worker Program’

The Ministry of Immigration, Quebec released the details of inviting 32 candidates of the Arrima profiles. This round was held on the 4th of September, 2019.

All candidates who had a valid job offer along with the expression of interest, foreigners working as consular officers, intergovernmental organisation’s representatives (United nations of Quebec) and diplomats were all considered.

Compared to the previous draws the number of people was way less. 259 invitations were sent to the same kind of eligibility candidates on 17th July, 2019.

Arrima – Know what is it

1. Arrima started in 2018. It was started towards receiving the EOI (Expression of Interest) profiles for the QSWP (Quebec Skilled Worker Program) and manage the pool of these candidates.

2. The Expression of Interest is not an application. It is how the Quebec Ministry of Immigration notifies candidates that they are considered for the Quebec Selection Certificate or CSQ (Certificat de sélection du Québec)

3. Candidates can apply for PR Quebec through the CSQ.

4. The ‘first come, first serve’ approach of accepting applications towards the Quebec Skilled Worker Program was replaced by Arrima.

5. Under Arrima’s EOI system, candidates who create a profile get points based on factors like Education, Age, Area of Training, French proficiency and Work experience.

6. After this, the candidates are allowed to apply for the CSQ based on the scores secured or based on the shortage of labour in the outlying regions of the province.

7. Candidates can apply for a PR only if they receive a CSQ from the Canadian Federal Immigration Ministry, which also scrutinizes criminal and medical history

Oct 03rd, 2019:

SINP INTERNATIONAL SKILLED WORKERS: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) SELECTION RESULTS

See below for information on the selection rounds that have occurred through the SINP’s EOI system.

This document will be updated whenever a new selection is made. Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

SINP Draw Update Source Link: –  https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/saskatchewan-immigrant-nominee-program/international-skilled-worker-eoi-system

DATE OF INVITATIONS TO APPLY CATEGORY SCORE OF LOWEST RANKED CANDIDATE TO APPLY TOTAL CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
2nd Oct 2019 Occupations In-Demand 68 214 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0016, 0121, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0421, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0711, 0712, 0714, 0731, 0811, 0912, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1242, 1243, 1251, 1252, 1254, 1313, 2112, 2172, 2222, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2262, 2263, 2281, 2282, 3212, 3214, 3219, 3223, 3237, 4033, 4153, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4169, 4211, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6342, 7232, 7305, 7311, 7315, 7381, 8222, 9212, 9213, 9232, 9241
2nd Oct 2019 Express Entry 68 396 Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. The following NOCs have been included: 0013, 0014, 0016, 0121, 0125, 0131, 0212, 0421, 0621, 0631, 0632, 0711, 0712, 0714, 0731, 0811, 0912, 1121, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1215, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1226, 1242, 1243, 1251, Updated: October 2, 2019 1252, 1254, 1313, 2112, 2172, 2222, 2233, 2234, 2242, 2253, 2262, 2263, 2281, 2282, 3212, 3214, 3219, 3223, 3237, 4033, 4153, 4161, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4169, 4211, 4216, 6221, 6222, 6315, 6316, 6321, 6331, 6342, 7232, 7305, 7311, 7315, 7381, 8222, 9212, 9213, 9232, 9241

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Oct 03rd, 2019:

SASKATCHEWAN INTERNATIONAL SKILLED WORKERS: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) SELECTION RESULTS: SINP – Draw Update 2nd Oct 2019

EOI can be filed for 2 subcategory streams under Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker. An applicant needs to score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment factors and occupation must be on the demand list of Saskatchewan.

1). Occupations In-Demand: The client needs to meet 60 points criteria without Express Entry. We can file if the client meets 60 points with current IELTS scores.

2). Express Entry: Client needs to meet 60 points criteria without Express Entry. We can file if the client meets 60 points and if the profile is in the Express Entry pool.

SINP INTERNATIONAL SKILLED WORKERS: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) SELECTION RESULTS

Please note that the SINP limits the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do not exceed employment demand.

The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at a minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.

Category: Occupations In-Demand

The score of the lowest-ranked candidate to apply: 68

Total Candidates invited to apply: 214

Category: Express Entry

The score of the lowest-ranked candidate to apply: 68

Total Candidates invited to apply: 396

Oct 03rd, 2019:

IRCC has Conducted 19th CRS Draw on 02nd October 2019:

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada) has conducted 19th Draw under Federal Skilled Worker Program on 02nd October, 2019

Source link for draws: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/become-candidate/rounds-invitations.html

Please find below the draw details:

 CRS Draw  CRS score   Invitations to apply issued
  19th    464               3,900

F

Sep 27th, 2019:

BC Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Draw Updates till date:-

Total NOI issued so far till date:- 6607 Candidates

Source Link:- https://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate-to-B-C/B-C-Provincial-Nominee-Program/Invitations-to-Apply

Date

Category

Score

NOI

24-Sep-19  (Tech Pilot draw) SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – International Graduate 90
EEBC – Skilled Worker 90
EEBC – International Graduate 90

Total number of invitations issued:

65

17-Sep-19 SI – Skilled Worker 92
SI – International Graduate 97
SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled 77
EEBC – Skilled Worker 97
EEBC – International Graduate 101

Total number of invitations issued:

481

10-Sep-19  (Tech Pilot draw) SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – International Graduate 90
EEBC – Skilled Worker 90
EEBC – International Graduate 90

Total number of invitations issued:

57

3-Sep-19 SI – Skilled Worker 93
SI – International Graduate 98
SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled 77
EEBC – Skilled Worker 96
EEBC – International Graduate 100

Total number of invitations issued:

546

Guaranteed invitations

If you achieve or exceed these registration scores, you are guaranteed to receive an invitation to apply in the next draw for your category. Invitations to apply may be issued for scores lower than these minimums. Guaranteed invitation scores are subject to change.

Category

Guaranteed Registration Score

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker

135

Skills Immigration – International Graduate

105

Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

(includes Northeast)

95

Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker

135

Express Entry BC – International Graduate

105

Sep 27th, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  11/09/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/09/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also, find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

OCCUPATION CEILINGS Released for the year 2019-20: Please go through the attached document for the new Occupation Ceilings for the year 2019-20.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

    • 2211 Accountants* out of 2746 – 113 already invited
    • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1552 – 65 already invited
    • 2247 Management Consultant – 5269 – only 6 already invited
    • 2321Architects and Landscape Architects – 2171 – 125 already invited
    • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 19 already invited
    • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3772 – 57 already invited
    • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 29 already invited
    • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 42 already invited  
    •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1600 – 67 already invited
    •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 40 already invited
    •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 2587 – 107 already invited
    •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 8748 – 361 already invited
    •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2887 – 71 already invited
    •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2553 – 103 already invited
    •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 34 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa under 189, 190 & 489 subclasses.

Sep 26th, 2019:

Saskatchewan International Skilled Workers Application selection rounds that have occurred through the SINP’s EOI system as on 25th September 2019.

Occupation In-Demand :

  • Score Lowest Ranked  Candidate to Apply:79
  • Total Candidates Invited to Apply:365

Express Entry:

  • Score Lowest Ranked  Candidate to Apply:70
  • Total Candidates Invited to Apply:404

How the EOI System Works?

The first step in applying for the Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories is the submission of an EOI profile through the SINP’s online application system, OASIS.

Candidates who are selected from the SINP International Skilled Worker EOI system pool receive an Invitation to Apply for a provincial nomination.

Invitations to Apply:

Applicant must submit your full application, including payment of the non‐refundable processing fee online with in 60 days.  

Not all candidates who submit an International Skilled Worker EOI will be invited to apply to the SINP. There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an EOI; however, candidates can only have one EOI profile.

The SINP reserves the right to limit the intake of EOI. As well, the SINP may limit the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and applications do not exceed employment demand.

Sep 23rd, 2019:

We are happy to announce new service deliverables to CAN-MRPS range of products called “CAN-MRPS All Provinces” wherein we will be assisting on all Provinces that client may be eligible for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) thereby increasing the client’s chances of successful Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

About Provincial Nominee Program (PNP):

The Canadian federation consists of ten provinces and three territories that are as below:

Ten Provinces: Alberta | British Columbia | Manitoba | New Brunswick | Newfoundland and Labrador | Nova Scotia |  Ontario | Prince Edward Island | Quebec | Saskatchewan |

Three Territories: Northwest Territories |Nunavut | Yukon

Provinces and territories are actively searching the pool of Express Entry profiles to find candidates to nominate. Provincial immigration streams target candidates with work experience in a specific occupation some of which are linked to the Express Entry system. Every Province has its own eligibility criteria and Occupation list; they are coming up with innovative strategies to welcome newcomers from the Express Entry pool.

Many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are only available to candidates in the Express Entry pool and applicants who have filed their application online will continue to benefit. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

About 28,199 invitations have been issued by the Provinces from January 2019 to date.

What’s new in “CAN-MRPS All Provinces” as compared to “CAN-MRPS”?  

  • Assist clients with all Province applications that he may be eligible to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program(PNP) in place of just one province i.e. Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • Extended Services for up to one year till the time the client’s application is valid in the pool
  • This is a non-refundable product with the exception of ECA going negative

We make the client PNP Ready by guiding him/her on the mandate documents, critical information, funds, and fees required for Provinces as the pre-requisites and the eligibility criteria vary and Notifications/Invitations usually have limited valid time. Also, some of the provinces accept limited applications for a short duration. Our PNP Ready services will ensure the client has all the information and documents ready to submit his/her application to Provincial authorities without any delay. This is the best way to increase his chance for Provincial Nominations.

Why all Provinces?

We aim to better the client’s chance of successful Invite and PR Visa success.

Track the latest PNP updates and share them with clients.

Extended Service for 12 months:

As per MRPS deliverables, we close the client’s account upon the filing of the application in the Express Entry Pool and profile registration for Prince Edward Island.

Under this new product “CAN-MRPS All Provinces”, clients account will remain active with us up to one year till the time his/her profile is valid in EEP.

We will assist clients to track the Express Entry profile and on all possible options under PNP and the other programs during this one year.

Product details, Fee and Refund policy:

 

Product

List Price

Discount

Offer Price

Refund terms

Standalone

CAN MRPS

INR 53000

15%

INR 45,050

Upon ECA negative – 70% refund

Solution

CAN MRPS + IELTS Live Coaching

INR 53000

INR 9500

20%

INR 50000

Upon ECA negative – 70% refund

Please note:

  • There are NO Complimentary Services offered on this product;
  • CAN-MRPS product is being deactivated with immediate effect;
  • The New product “CAN-MRPS All Provinces” comes with more deliverables including services for provinces for almost the same fee charged for MRPS. This has more value for the same fees.
  • This New product “CAN-MRPS All Provinces” and Agreement is available on SF.

Sep 23rd, 2019:

All EOIs submitted for Saskatchewan must be updated on SF.
We have a field on Opportunity page, State /Province Nomination applied, please select the province – Saskatchewan from the drop-down values and save it.
For clients who are not meeting the eligibility criteria, please raise a task to your TL with the points scored.
Please ensure to complete the activity for all the Application filed online and IELTS pending cases.
We will publish a daily report by EOD on the department id with the list of EOIs submitted by each PC.
Our Auditor – TL Vyshnavi will audit all the EOIs submitted and pending to be completed.

Sep 21st, 2019:

Saskatchewan In demand list – Exclused Regulated & Licensure professional NOC codes
0013 – Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
0014 – Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
0016 – Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
0111 – Financial managers
0112 – Human resources managers
0113 – Purchasing managers
0114 – Other administrative services managers
0121 – Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations manager
0125 – Other business services managers
0131 – Telecommunication carriers managers
0132 – Postal and courier services managers
0212 – Architecture and science managers
0213 – Computer and information systems managers
0421 – Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
0423 – Managers in social, community and correctional services
0601 – Corporate sales managers
0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
0632 – Accommodation service managers
0651 – Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
0711 – Construction managers
0712 – Home building and renovation managers
0714 – Facility operation and maintenance managers
0731 – Managers in transportation
0811 – Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0821 – Managers in agriculture
0911 – Manufacturing managers
0912 – Utilities managers
1112 – Financial and investment analysts
1114 – Other financial officers
1121 – Human resources professionals
1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123 – Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1211 – Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
1212 – Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
1213 – Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
1214 – Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
1215 – Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1221 – Administrative officers
1222 – Executive assistants
1223 – Human resources and recruitment officers
1224 – Property administrators
1225 – Purchasing agents and officers
1226 – Conference and event planners
1241 – Administrative assistants
1242 – Legal administrative assistants
1243 – Medical administrative assistants
1251 – Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
1252 – Health information management occupations
1253 – Records management technicians
1254 – Statistical officers and related research support occupations
1313 – Insurance underwriters
2112 – Chemists
2121 – Biologists and related scientists
2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
2211 – Chemical technologists and technicians
2212 – Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2222 – Agricultural and fish products inspectors
2223 – Forestry technologists and technicians
2224 – Conservation and fishery officers
2231 – Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232 – Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233 – Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2234 – Construction estimators
2241 – Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2244 – Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
2252 – Industrial designers
2253 – Drafting technologists and technicians
2254 – Land survey technologists and technicians
2255 – Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
2261 – Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
2262 – Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
2263 – Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
2264 – Construction inspectors
2272 – Air traffic controllers and related occupations
2281 – Computer network technicians
2282 – User support technicians
2283 – Information systems testing technicians
3212 – Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214 – Clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3217 – Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219 – Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3223 – Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3237 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
4011 – University professors and lecturers
4021 – College and other vocational instructors
4033 – Educational counsellors
4153 – Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4156 – Employment counsellors
4161 – Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4162 – Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
4163 – Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
4164 – Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4165 – Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4166 – Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4167 – Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4169 – Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
4211 – Paralegal and related occupations
4216 – Other instructors
6211 – Retail sales supervisors
6221 – Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
6222 – Retail and wholesale buyers
6235 – Financial sales representatives
6312 – Executive housekeepers
6313 – Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
6315 – Cleaning supervisors
6316 – Other services supervisors
6321 – Chefs
6331 – Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
6342 – Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
6344 – Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
6345 – Upholsterers
7232 – Tool and die makers
7245 – Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246 – Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7282 – Concrete finishers
7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7295 – Floor covering installers
7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7304 – Supervisors, railway transport operations
7305 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
7311 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7313 – Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314 – Railway carmen/women
7315 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7332 – Appliance Servicers and repairers
7333 – Electrical mechanics
7334 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
7335 – Other small engine and small equipment repairers
7362 – Railway conductors and brakemen/women
7381 – Printing press operators
7384 – Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
8211 – Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8231 – Underground production and development miners
8241 – Logging machinery operators
8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
9211 – Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
9212 – Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213 – Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
9215 – Supervisors, forest products processing
9226 – Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
9231 – Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
9232 – Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
9241 – Power engineers and power systems operators

 

Saskatchewan In demand list – Exclused Regulated & Licensure professional NOC codes
0013 – Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
0014 – Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
0016 – Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
0111 – Financial managers
0112 – Human resources managers
0113 – Purchasing managers
0114 – Other administrative services managers
0121 – Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations manager
0125 – Other business services managers
0131 – Telecommunication carriers managers
0132 – Postal and courier services managers
0212 – Architecture and science managers
0213 – Computer and information systems managers
0421 – Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
0423 – Managers in social, community and correctional services
0601 – Corporate sales managers
0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
0632 – Accommodation service managers
0651 – Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
0711 – Construction managers
0712 – Home building and renovation managers
0714 – Facility operation and maintenance managers
0731 – Managers in transportation
0811 – Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0821 – Managers in agriculture
0911 – Manufacturing managers
0912 – Utilities managers
1112 – Financial and investment analysts
1114 – Other financial officers
1121 – Human resources professionals
1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123 – Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1211 – Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
1212 – Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
1213 – Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
1214 – Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
1215 – Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1221 – Administrative officers
1222 – Executive assistants
1223 – Human resources and recruitment officers
1224 – Property administrators
1225 – Purchasing agents and officers
1226 – Conference and event planners
1241 – Administrative assistants
1242 – Legal administrative assistants
1243 – Medical administrative assistants
1251 – Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
1252 – Health information management occupations
1253 – Records management technicians
1254 – Statistical officers and related research support occupations
1313 – Insurance underwriters
2112 – Chemists
2121 – Biologists and related scientists
2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
2211 – Chemical technologists and technicians
2212 – Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2222 – Agricultural and fish products inspectors
2223 – Forestry technologists and technicians
2224 – Conservation and fishery officers
2231 – Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232 – Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233 – Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2234 – Construction estimators
2241 – Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2244 – Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
2252 – Industrial designers
2253 – Drafting technologists and technicians
2254 – Land survey technologists and technicians
2255 – Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
2261 – Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
2262 – Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
2263 – Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
2264 – Construction inspectors
2272 – Air traffic controllers and related occupations
2281 – Computer network technicians
2282 – User support technicians
2283 – Information systems testing technicians
3212 – Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214 – Clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3217 – Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219 – Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3223 – Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3237 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
4011 – University professors and lecturers
4021 – College and other vocational instructors
4033 – Educational counsellors
4153 – Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4156 – Employment counsellors
4161 – Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4162 – Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
4163 – Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
4164 – Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4165 – Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4166 – Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4167 – Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4169 – Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
4211 – Paralegal and related occupations
4216 – Other instructors
6211 – Retail sales supervisors
6221 – Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
6222 – Retail and wholesale buyers
6235 – Financial sales representatives
6312 – Executive housekeepers
6313 – Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
6315 – Cleaning supervisors
6316 – Other services supervisors
6321 – Chefs
6331 – Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
6342 – Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
6344 – Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
6345 – Upholsterers
7232 – Tool and die makers
7245 – Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246 – Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7282 – Concrete finishers
7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7295 – Floor covering installers
7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7304 – Supervisors, railway transport operations
7305 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
7311 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7313 – Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314 – Railway carmen/women
7315 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7332 – Appliance Servicers and repairers
7333 – Electrical mechanics
7334 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
7335 – Other small engine and small equipment repairers
7362 – Railway conductors and brakemen/women
7381 – Printing press operators
7384 – Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
8211 – Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8231 – Underground production and development miners
8241 – Logging machinery operators
8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
9211 – Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
9212 – Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213 – Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
9215 – Supervisors, forest products processing
9226 – Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
9231 – Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
9232 – Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
9241 – Power engineers and power systems operators

Sep 21st, 2019:

Minimum requirement for Sub categorys-Occupation In-Demand & Express Entry.

International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand (English Language Test Pending)

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid. Please refer to attached PDF.
  • Have a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
    • Employers and regulatory bodies may ask for language scores that are higher than CLB 4;
  • Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree with this.
    • For education obtained outside Canada, such as an academic or technical degree, diploma or certificate, you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, as per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
    • Individuals who have completed trades or vocational training as part of their high school education are not required to submit an ECA, but must instead apply for licensure.
    • Please refer to PDF Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for SINP requirements related to professional status and licensure requirements.
    • For additional information on working in Saskatchewan in a trade, regulated or non-regulated occupation, please refer to PDF Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements.
  • Have at least one of the following in your field of education or training occupation:
    • One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades);
    • Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
    • Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Have work experience in a high skilled occupation and in-demand occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0”.
    • Please refer to PDF Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements & Excluded  Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements. If you are requested to provide proof of licensure, your application will be held for processing until such proof is provided – all other required documents must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.

International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry (Application Filed Online for EE)

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Are accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry Pool, have an Express Entry profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code.
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid. Please refer to attached PDF.
  • Provide valid language test results from a designated testing agency. The results should match what you declared in your Express Entry profile.
  • Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree.
    • For education obtained outside Canada, such as an academic or technical degree, diploma or certificate, you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, as per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
    • Individuals who have completed trades or vocational training as part of their high school education are not required to submit an ECA, but must instead apply for licensure. Please refer to Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for SINP requirements related to professional status and licensure.
    • For additional information on working in Saskatchewan in a trade, regulated or non-regulated occupation, please visit Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements.
  • Have at least one of the following in your field of education or training occupation:
    • One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades);
    • Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
    • Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Have work experience in a high skilled and in-demand occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0”.
    • Please refer to PDF Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements & Excluded  Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements. If you are requested to provide proof of licensure, your application will be held for processing until such proof is provided – all other required documents must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.

Please refer the attached PDF SINP’s Excluded Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements & SINP’s Regulated Occupations and Licensing Professional Requirements.

Settlement Funds and Settlement Plans

Proof of funds: IRCC has increased their settlement fund amounts. As of October 1, 2019, all Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand applicants must meet these new settlement fund requirements. You must have this amount for a minimum of three months before you apply to the SINP.

Proof of funds must be attached to your application. They must:

  • be official letters, official statements, and/or certificates from one or more financial institutions.
  • have been maintained at least 3 months prior to submitting your application and maintained throughout the entire immigration process.
  • be in the name of the principal applicant and/or spouse only.

Fund statements must show a detailed transaction history for at least three months before the date your SINP application is submitted and must include the type of currency, fund holder’s name, contact information of the financial institution, account numbers, transactions and balances.

  • One person: $12,669
  • Two people: $15,772
  • Three people: $19,390
  • Four people: $23,542
  • Five people: $26,701
  • Six people: $30,114
  • Seven people: $33,528
It is advised to mention the updated proof of funds in application.

Settlement Plan: You need to attach a settlement plan to your application. You must use the IRCC Living In Canada tool to create your settlement plan.

The Living in Canada tool is intended for general guidance and reference only. The Living In Canada answers you provide will be used to provide you with resources and services that can help you plan for residency in Saskatchewan.  If you are living outside of Canada, to use the Living in Canada tool to create a settlement plan, you must select “No, I applied but am still waiting” when asked “Has IRCC approved your application to come to Canada?”

After you answer the questions, the Living in Canada Tool will create “Your settlement plan”.  You can print or email the plan to yourself from that page in order to attach it to your application.

Sep 20th, 2019:

New Brunswick has announced its upcoming national & international recruitment events.

To attend these events applicants have to register or signup: https://livinginnb.ca/

Attached is the pdf document for upcoming national & international recruitment events and following details to sign up for event.

Before the registration process, applicant needs to follow below instructions:

Applicant needs to have .jpg or .pdf copies of the following documents organized and ready for upload:

  • The photo page of your current Canadian passport or your Canadian permanent resident card (required)
  • If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, a copy of your current passport and your valid Canadian work or study permit (required), and:
  • Your language test results (required if you have complete a language test)
  • Your ECA report (required if you have completed an ECA assessment)
  • Your CV (optional)
  • Your Spouse’s CV (optional) (if applicable)

Once you’ve registered, you will receive an email confirming we have received your information.  THIS IS NOT AN INVITATION. Only individuals selected will receive an invitation to attend. By registering for this event, you understand that there is NO GUARANTEE or IMPLIED EXPECTATION that you will receive an invitation.

For further information about submitting complete and correct applications, visit our section titled “Are you PR ready?”

For further information about all of New Brunswick’s economic immigration programs, please visit www.welcomenb.ca

UPCOMING NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT EVENTS
Event Date Country Signup
Saturday, 28 September, 2019 – 08:00 Destination New Brunswick – Montreal, Canada New Brunswick companies are looking for professionals with recent 5 year experience in the following occupations: 0211,0311,1221,1252,2132,2133,2231,2234,2282,3011,3012,3124,3125,313,1,3142,3143,3214,3233,3413,3414,4031,4032,4151,4152,4212,4412,6322,6342,6342,6513,6552,7205,7271,7284,7511
Thursday, 3 October, 2019 – 09:00 Paris, France – Paris pour l’emploi Please note that this event will take place in French only but staff will be available to answer questions in English
Friday, 4 October, 2019 – 09:00 Paris, France – Paris pour l’emploi Please note that this event will take place in French only but staff will be available to answer questions in English
Saturday, 5 October, 2019 – 09:00 Paris, France – Le Salon du PVT Please note that this event will take place in French only but staff will be available to answer questions in English
Monday, 7 October, 2019 – 10:00 Belgium – Information Session on Immigration to NB Please note that this event will take place in French only but staff will be available to answer questions in English
Tuesday, 8 October, 2019 – 13:00 Belgium – Information Session on Immigration to NB Please note that this event will take place in French only but staff will be available to answer questions in English
Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 – 08:00 Guadalajara, Mexico New Brunswick companies are looking for professionals with recent 5 year experience in the following occupations: 2225,2271,7282,7315,7321,8431,9411,9463,9617,9619
Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 – 08:00 Guadalajara, Mexico New Brunswick companies are looking for professionals with recent 5 year experience in the following occupations: 2225,2271,7282,7315,7321,8431,9411,9463,9617,9619
Friday, 25 October, 2019 – 08:00 Mexico City, Mexico New Brunswick companies are looking for professionals with recent 5 year experience in the following occupations: 2225,2271,7282,7315,7321,8431,9411,9463,9617,9619
Saturday, 26 October, 2019 -08:00 Mexico City, Mexico New Brunswick companies are looking for professionals with recent 5 year experience in the following occupations: 2225,2271,7282,7315,7321,8431,9411,9463,9617,9619
Saturday, 26 October, 2019 – 08:00 Manila, Philippines New Brunswick companies are looking for professionals with recent 5 year experience in the following occupations: NOC 9463 – Fish and seafood plant workers
Sunday, 27 October, 2019 – 08:00 Manila, Philippines New Brunswick companies are looking for professionals with recent 5 year experience in the following occupations: NOC 9463 – Fish and seafood plant workers
Monday, 28 October, 2019 – 08:00 Manila, Philippines – Business People – Entrepreneurs Only This event is only for Entrepreneurs – Business People

Sep 20th, 2019:

Update on Provinces and other Programs as on 19th Sep- 2019:

S. No. Province Current Status Express Entry Linked NOC Required Eligibility Requirement
1 ALBERTA Active Yes  NOC Skill level O, A & B CRS above 300
2 BRITISH COLUMBIA Active Yes NOC Skill level O, A & B Job Offer is Required
3 MANITOBA Active Yes https://www.immigratemanitoba.com/immigrate-to-manitoba/in-demand-occupations/ Support of family members or friends, through previous education or work experience in the province or through an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
4 NEW BRUNSWICK Active Yes NOC Skill level O, A & B Job Offer is Required,
Must register to attend Job Fair Session
5 NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR Active Yes NOC Skill level O, A & B Job Offer is Required
6 NORTHWEST TERRITORIES Active Yes NOC Skill level O, A & B Job Offer is Required
7 NOVA SCOTIA Active Yes NOC Skill level O, A & B Job Offer is Required
8 NUNAVUT NONE No NO Frozen Area Complete Year
9 ONTARIO Active YES NOC Skill level O, A & B CRS 400 or more/ French Language/With Job Offer
10 PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND Active Yes NOC Skill level O, A & B With/Without Job Offer
12 SASKATCHEWAN Active Yes https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/saskatchewan-immigrant-nominee-program/applicants-international-skilled-workers/occupation-requirements#human-capital-exclusion-list Can apply without Express Entry also.
Must score 60 Points on SINP Grid
13 YUKON Active Yes NOC Skill level O, A & B Job Offer is Required

 

Other Programs
S. No. Program Current Status Requirement Eligibility NOI & NC Issued
Requirement
1 Atlantic Immigration Pilot – AIPP Active LMIA is not required. AIPP Designated Employers. AIPP is until December 31, 2021
IELTS CLB-4 & Above Job Offer.
2 Global Talent Stream- GTS Active Categories A – Designated Partners. B – 12 NOC Job Offer(LMIA) is required and Employer will file the Application
3 Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot – RNIP Closed 11 Communities So Far Closed after March 11, 2019.

Sep 19th, 2019:

Please find information on the current status of Provinces and other Programs.

S. No.

Province

Current Status

Express Entry

Linked

NOC Required

Eligibility

Requirement

1

ALBERTA

Active

Yes

 NOC Skill level O, A & B

CRS above 300

2

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Active

Yes

NOC Skill level O, A & B

Job Offer is Required

3

MANITOBA

Active

Yes

Manitoba In-Demand Occupations

Support of family members or friends, through previous education or work experience in the province or through an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative

4

NEW BRUNSWICK

Active

Yes

NOC Skill level O, A & B

Job Offer is Required,

Must register to attend Job Fair Session

5

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Active

Yes

NOC Skill level O, A & B

Job Offer is Required

6

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Active

Yes

NOC Skill level O, A & B

Job Offer is Required

7

NOVA SCOTIA

Active

Yes

NOC Skill level O, A & B

Job Offer is Required

8

NUNAVUT

NONE

No

NO

Frozen Area Complete Year

9

ONTARIO

Active

YES

NOC Skill level O, A & B

CRS 400 or more/ French Language/With Job Offer

10

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Active

Yes

NOC Skill level O, A & B

With/Without Job Offer

12

SASKATCHEWAN

Active

Yes

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/saskatchewan-immigrant-nominee-program/applicants-international-skilled-workers/occupation-requirements#human-capital-exclusion-list

Can apply without Express Entry also.

Must score 60 Points on SINP Grid

13

YUKON

Active

Yes

NOC Skill level O, A & B

Job Offer is Required

 

Other Programs

S. No.

Program

Current Status

Requirement

Eligibility

Requirement

NOI & NC Issued

1

Atlantic Immigration Pilot – AIPP

Active

LMIA is not required.

IELTS CLB-4 & Above

AIPP Designated Employers.

Job Offer.

AIPP is until December 31, 2021

2

Global Talent Stream- GTS

Active

Categories A – Designated Partners. B – 12 NOC

Job Offer(LMIA) is required and Employer will file the Application

3

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot – RNIP

Closed

11 Communities So Far

Closed after March 11, 2019.

Sep 19th, 2019:

Canada issues 3,600 ITAs in latest September 18 draw.  Minimum CRS required was 462. With this draw, the total number of ITAs issued so far in 2019 stands at 63,400. The admission target for the Federal High Skilled categories set by Canada are – 81,400 for 2019; and 85,800 for 2020.

Sep 19th, 2019:

International Skilled Worker Application – SINP :

Sub Category: Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation

Please note that the list of occupations eligible through the EOI system has expanded. Please find attached the excluded Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation.

Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements:

The Occupations In-Demand (OID) and Express Entry (EE) program sub-categories are for individuals who have education and work experience in a high-skilled and in-demand occupation. Eligible occupations for the OID and EE program sub-categories are high-skilled occupations in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix levels, with the exception of the ineligible occupations listed in the SINP Excluded Occupation List below. High skilled occupations include:

NOC “A” (occupations that usually require university education);

NOC “” (occupations that usually require college education or apprenticeship training); or

NOC “0” (management).

Eligibility Criteria:

Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.

  • Have a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
  • Employers and regulatory bodies may ask for language scores that are higher than CLB 4;
  • Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree with this.
  • For education obtained outside Canada, such as an academic or technical degree, diploma or certificate, you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, as per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
  • Individuals who have completed trades or vocational training as part of their high school education are not required to submit an ECA, but must instead apply for licensure.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.
  • Application Fee: $ 350 application fee online by Visa or Mastercard. It is the last step required in order to submit your application.

Please refer to Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for SINP requirements related to professional status and licensure requirements: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/saskatchewan-immigrant-nominee-program/applicants-international-skilled-workers/occupation-requirements

For additional information on working in Saskatchewan in a trade, regulated or non-regulated occupation, please visit Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements. https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/working-in-saskatchewan/regulated-occupations-and-licensing-requirements

For more information on how to select your NOC and which occupations are not eligible for this category, please see Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements.

You may be required to provide proof of Professional Status or Licensure (for regulated occupations or those with professional certification standards in Canada and/or Saskatchewan) for your occupation. Please see Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for these requirements. If you are requested to provide proof of licensure, your application will be held for processing until such proof is provided – all other required documents must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded. Do not provide licensure documents unless you have been advised by the SINP.

Sep 13th, 2019:

Nova Scotia has created a new pathway for physicians looking to immigrate to Canada. The province requires physicians, general practitioners, and specialists. The new Labor Market Priorities for Physicians Stream offers eligible candidates registered with Canada’s federal Express Entry system a chance to migrate to Nova Scotia.

Sep 13th, 2019:

The focus in the recent Manitoba Expression of Interest draw was Skilled foreign workers and international graduates. In the August 15 draw, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued 360 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) of which 32 were given to candidates registered with the federal Express Entry system.

Sep 13th, 2019:

In the latest Alberta Express Entry selection draw, 300 candidates received invites for provincial nomination. The minimum score for selection was reduced by 38 points compared to the minimum score of 438 in the January 30th  round of this year.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can E-mail us on Info@y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

Aug 30th, 2019:

Please note, below information on India PCC for residents of Punjab is removed in IRCC website and now they have updated that if you are resident of India, you can apply for a Police Clearance Certificate from the Passport office. 

Previous India PCC procedure for residence of Punjab information removed:

Current update on India PCC:

You can apply for a Police Clearance Certificate from the Passport office. The website lists what information and documents you need.

You must also pay any applicable fees.

Note: Character Certificates are not accepted.

Aug 20th, 2019:

PEI PNP’s August 15 draw invited more Express Entry and Labour Impact invitations than last month

The Government of Prince Edward Island sent out 143 invitations to Expression of Interest candidates in the Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories of its Provincial Nominee Program.

Candidates who obtain a nomination from the province are awarded 600 additional points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

The 143 invitations were broken down as follows:

  • 133 Express Entry and Labour Impact
  • 10 Business Impact

The PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category is linked to the federal Express Entry system and allows the province to nominate Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class candidates for permanent residence.

PEI’s Labour Impact category is for foreign nationals with a valid job offer in the province and support from a PEI employer. Candidates in this category may fall under three possible streams: Skilled Worker, Critical Worker and International Graduate. The Labour Impact program is not tied to Express Entry.

The Province also issued 10 invitations to Business Impact candidates with a minimum score of 112 on the program’s points system, under the Work Permit Stream.

Everyone who wants to be considered for a provincial nomination through the Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories must first submit an Expressions of Interest (EOI). Eligible candidates in each category are entered into a pool and assigned a score based on the answers provided in their EOI.

An EOI is not an application but rather a way of notifying the PEI PNP that you would like to be considered for a provincial nomination.

The highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply through monthly draws from each pool.

The August 15 Express Entry draw saw 15 more invitations than the previous draw on July 18, when 118 invitations were sent out.

The July 18 draw sent out a total of 17 invitations with a minimum score of 112, which has remained consistent since the previous draw on June 20.

Aug 20th, 2019:

The August 15 draw issued invitations to candidates from 10 occupations including accountants, public relations managers, and registered nurses

Ontario, home to both Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and the country’s largest city, Toronto, issued 997 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates on August 15.

Express Entry candidates who received an invitation were required to have work experience in one of 10 occupations, as well as a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 439 and 465.

The 10 targeted occupations were:

  • 0114 Other administrative services managers
  • 0601 Corporate sales managers
  • 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
  • 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
  • 0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
  • 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
  • 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 0111 Financial managers
  • 1114 Other financial officers
  • 0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c

Since the draws are a part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, a job offer is not required.

In order to be considered for selection by the OINP through its Human Capital Priorities Stream, or its other Express Entry streams, the first step for candidates is to submit a profile in the Express Entry pool.

Candidates have to meet federal and provincial eligibility criteria for the Human Capital Priorities Stream before being issued a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Express Entry candidates who are invited to apply for provincial nomination will receive an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

“The Human Capital Priorities Stream demonstrates how immigration is a necessary means to help fill gaps in the labour market,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

“It’s encouraging to see the Province of Ontario facilitating the connection between skilled immigrants and job vacancies.”

Aug 20th, 2019:

Saskatchewan held two draws through the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories issuing a total of 150 invitations.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) uses a unique Expression of Interest (EOI) points grid to rank candidates in its Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories.

The break down for Saskatchewan’s August 15 provincial nomination draws are as follows:

  • 45 Express Entry
  • 105 Occupations In-Demand

Candidates had to have a minimum Saskatchewan Expression of Interest score of 78.

Candidates receive a score out of 100 based on factors including their education, skilled work experience, proficiency in English or French and connections to Saskatchewan. The highest-scoring candidates in both sub-categories are then invited through regular draws from the pool.

Express Entry

Saskatchewan’s Express Entry stream is linked to the federal Express Entry system. Candidates who are already in the Express Entry pool and who meet the requirements to succeed in Saskatchewan may be selected for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Given that most federal draws require CRS scores over 400, a provincial nomination practically guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Occupations In-Demand

Candidates eligible for the Occupation In-Demand sub-category who receive a provincial nomination have their applications for Canadian permanent residence processed outside the Express Entry system.

Though a job offer is not required for this sub-category, a key eligibility requirement for both the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories is to have experience in one of the 19 occupations currently listed as in-demand in Saskatchewan.

The SINP has issued 1,789 invitations through its Occupation In-Demand sub-category, and 1,315 through its Express Entry sub-category so far in 2019.

The number of invitations issued in the August 15draw (150) shows a marked decrease from the previous draw on July 24, which saw 381 invitations issued.

Aug 16th, 2019:

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) regularly searches Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool to find candidates who may meet the criteria of one of Ontario’s Express Entry immigration streams.

If we identify you in the pool, you will receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) in your IRCC online account.

Note: Receiving an NOI does not mean that you qualify for one of our streams.

After you receive an NOI, you may submit an online application to the OINP if you qualify under one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams. You must submit your application within 45 calendar days of receiving your NOI.

Please note that not all applicants who meet Ontario’s stream criteria will receive a NOI.
NOIs issued in 2019 to date

  • Human Capital Priorities Stream – 6958
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – 549
  • Skilled Trades Stream – 732
August 15, 2019 10:00 a.m. EST 997 August 15, 2018 to August 15, 2019 439-465 Targeted draw – Priority Occupations*
August 1, 2019 1:00 p.m. EST 1773 August 1, 2018 to August 1, 2019 435-458 Targeted draw – Tech Draw

Please refer to the OINP Tech Draw page for a list of targeted occupations

July 12, 2019 10:00 a.m. EST 1623 July 12, 2018 to July 12, 2019 439-459 Targeted draw – Tech Draw

Please refer to the OINP Tech Draw page for a list of targeted occupations

May 31, 2019 2:00 p.m. EST 1072 May 31, 2018 to May 31, 2019 439-469 Targeted draw*
January 14, 2019 1:03 p.m. EST 1493 January 14, 2018 to January 14, 2019 439-448 General draw

* The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following priority occupations:

0114 Other administrative services managers
0601 Corporate sales managers
1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
1111 Financial auditors and accountants
3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
0111 Financial managers
1114 Other financial officers
0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c

Aug 9th, 2019:

Please find below instructions needs to be followed by applicants with Indian credentials.

Also, WES (World Education Services) has added a few specific instructions to certain Indian institutes.

Important Information:

Required Document Update: WES has changed our required documents as of December 1, 2018.

Before you send documents, you must complete an application and obtain a reference number.

You must include your WES reference number on all envelopes and correspondence.

WES is not responsible for documents that arrive without a reference number.

WES reserves the right to verify all documents submitted for evaluation. WES will contact your institution or other authorized source to authenticate your documents. Once a response is received, WES will proceed with your evaluation.

You are responsible for the documents submitted under your name. If the documents submitted under your name are found to be fraudulent, WES will not provide evaluations for other documents you submitted. It is WES policy not to issue a second evaluation report once your account has been closed due to authenticity issues.

  • For applicants submitting an Indian Master’s Degree or Postgraduate Diploma for evaluation, you must also provide your bachelor’s degree documents. WES cannot complete an evaluation without these documents. The only exceptions where your bachelor’s degree documents are not required are: Master of Education, Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy, and Master of Technology.
  • For study completed at the I.K.Gujral Punjab Technical University
  • For study completed at the University of Mumbai, Gujarat University, or Goa University
  • WES does not evaluate study in Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha indigenous medical systems.
  • If you had lateral entry into the second year (or third semester) of a Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Engineering, you must also provide documentation for prior study, e.g. Diploma in Engineering from a State Board of Technical Education.
  • WES reserves the right to verify all documents submitted for evaluation. If it is determined that verification is required, WES will contact your institution or other authorized source to authenticate your documents. Once a response is received, WES will proceed with your evaluation.
  • WES has no affiliation with companies, persons, or agencies in India. We are not responsible for claims made by third parties, and we urge applicants to deal directly with WES regarding documentation or the evaluation process.

1. Degree Certificate (Final or Provisional)

 What you need to do:

From Applicant

For completed study, you send a clear and legible copy of this document to WES. Do not send your original document.

2. Mark Sheets/Statement of Marks

This is an official document issued by the institution responsible for conducting the examinations (e.g. university or autonomous college). It lists all subjects/papers taken and marks earned for each year of study and must include your university student identification number.

College-issued mark sheets/result cards are not accepted unless from an autonomus college.

Send Directly

For completed, incomplete and in-progress study, ask the institution responsible for conducting the examinations to attest and send your documents directly to WES in a sealed envelope that is signed or stamped across the back flap by the appropriate authentication officer at the institution that conducted the examination. WES will not accept documents sent by colleges (except autonomous colleges), students themselves, third party agents, or anyone else.

Download and complete the top section of the Academic Records Request Form. This form will help you request your documents.

Important Information:

  • WES only accepts documents issued, attested and sealed by the designated official at the institution that conducted the examination (e.g. Controller of Examination or Registrar’s Offices). Attestations by individual professors or external notary publics will not be accepted.
  • If you have completed less than one year full-time post-secondary academic study, WES highly recommends that you also send secondary school documents.

Sending Documents:

Before you send documents, you must complete an application and obtain a reference number.

Enter your WES reference number on all envelopes and correspondence. WES is not responsible for documents that arrive without a reference number. Documents that arrive in our office without a reference number may encounter processing delays.

Do not send original documents unless specifically requested by WES. All documentation received becomes the property of WES and cannot be returned.

By Postal Mail or Courier Delivery

WES Reference No. _ _ _ _ _ _ _
World Education Services
Attention: Documentation Center
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1400
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3
Canada

All documents must be mailed to WES. WES does NOT accept documents delivered in person. No exceptions.

Aug 8th, 2019:

Please find below instructions needs to be followed by applicants with Indian credentials.

Also, ICES (International Credential Evaluation Service) has added a few specific instructions to certain Indian institutes.

India Secondary Education Higher Secondary Certificate/Intermediate Certificate/Pre-University Certificate and
Marks card/Statement of Marks issued by board
Post Secondary Education

Diploma and
Mark cards issued by the State Board of Technical Education

Degree (Bachelor, Master, Ph.d) and
Mark cards for each year of study issued by the university

Note: College-issued mark sheets/result cards will not be accepted unless from an autonomous college. Please note the mode of delivery (regular/distance education/part-time/full-time) and campus location must also be included on the official documents or in an accompanying letter.

*Special Instructions:

This is a list of deemed universities that cannot be evaluated by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES): Indian Institutions. 

ICES can only evaluate credentials that are specified by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The UGC website provides a list of approved specified degrees [PDF].

Amity University

  • ICES has suspended all evaluation requests for applicants. ICES has insufficient and inconsistent information regarding the status of Amity University. In light of this, ICES cannot provide assessments for degrees awarded by Amity University.

Magadh University, CMJ University, and ICFAI University

  • ICES has insufficient information regarding the validity and authenticity of degrees from Magadh University, CMJ University and ICFAI University. At a later date, should ICES receive more conclusive information, ICES will resume assessing degrees from Magadh University, CMJ University, and ICFAI University.

Sikkim Manipal University

  • ICES has suspended all evaluation requests for applicants. ICES has insufficient and contradictory information regarding the status of Sikkim Manipal University. In light of this, ICES cannot provide assessments for degrees awarded by Sikkim Manipal University.

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)

  • ICES has suspended all evaluation requests for applicants. ICES has insufficient information about the institution’s status with regard to quality assurance. In light of this information, ICES cannot provide assessments for degrees awarded by the Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL).
Special instructions for Punjab Technical University graduates:
  • ICES will evaluate on-campus and distance education credentials from Punjab Technical University. However, the outcome of the assessment will depend on a variety of factors including (but not limited to): University Grants Commission, All India Council of Technical Education, Distance Education Council/Bureau institutional and program recognition, mode of study (distance or on-campus); degree nomenclature, and the timeframe in which the credential was completed.
  • ICES requires all graduates and former students of Punjab Technical University (now I.K.Gujral Punjab Technical University) to requisition official confirmation of their studies. These documents must confirm the dates of study, mode of study, and the award of the final degree. Applicants may also choose to have copies of their academic documents attested by I.K.Gujral Punjab Technical University (formerly Punjab Technical University) and then arrange to have them sent directly to ICES.
  • Please contact I.K.Gujral Punjab Technical University at the address below to requisition these documents:
    I.K.Gujral Punjab Technical University
    Office of the Controller of Examinations/Registrar
    Jalandhar – Kapurthala Highway
    Post Bag No. 01
    Kapurthala (PB.)
    INDIA – 144601
  • Official documents MUST confirm the mode of study and the campus the study was completed at.
  • In cases where detailed mark sheets are not included in the official confirmation, applicants will be required to submit a complete set of original documents.
  • Transcript Request Link
  • NOTE: In order to complete a comprehensive evaluation that includes an overall grade point average (GPA) applicants will need to supply evidence of the courses failed/improved during their studies (original marks cards and transcripts) for EACH examination or course attempt. Applicants that do not provide this information will receive a report with n/a listed as their GPA.
Special instructions for Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences graduates:
  • The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) requires all graduates and former students of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences to requisition for official confirmation of their studies. These documents must confirm the dates of study, mode of study, and the award of the final degree. Applicants may also choose to have copies of their academic documents attested by Rajiv Gandhi University and then arrange to have them sent directly to ICES.
  • Please contact Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences at the address below to requisition these documents:
    Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka
    4th “T” Block, Jayanagar
    Bengaluru – 560 041
    Karnataka
    India
  • Transcript Request Link
  • In cases where detailed mark sheets are not included in the official confirmation, applicants will be required to submit a complete set of original documents in addition to the officials.
  • NOTE: In order to complete a comprehensive evaluation that includes an overall grade point average (GPA) applicants will need to supply evidence of the courses failed/improved during their studies (original marks cards and transcripts) for EACH examination or course attempt. Applicants that do not provide this information will receive a report with n/a listed as their GPA.

Aug 7th, 2019:

Please find below set of instructions to be followed by applicants with Indian credentials for ECA through CES assessing body.

CES (Comparative Education Service) has added a few specifications for some Indian institutes.

Required documents Required Format Mode of Submission Notes
1. Final or provisional diploma/degree certificate Scanned colour copy of both sides of the award Submitted by you (the applicant) with the application Please ensure that every page is in colour and that the entire page scanned.
University Education Document size can be reduced if necessary, but do ensure that everything is clear and legible and that no information is cut off.
(e.g. Bachelor, Master, Ph.D)
Scan the back of the document as well, even if it is blank.
State Boards of Technical Education
(e.g. Diploma in Engineering, Diploma in Technology issued by a State Board of Technical Education)
State Boards of General Nursing and Midwifery (e.g. Certificate of General Nursing and Midwifery)
2. Mark sheets/statement of marks for each year of study issued by the State Board of Technical Education, and/or the awarding university/institution Scanned colour copy of both sides of the document Submitted by you (the applicant) with the application
(College-issued mark sheets/result cards/transcripts/records will be rejected unless from an autonomous college.)
3. Verified/attested mark sheets or statement of marks issued by the State Board of Technical Education, and/or the University Registrar/the Controller of Examinations, or one of their deputies Verified/attested copy of your mark sheets/statement of marks (stamped, signed, and dated by the Registrar/the Controller of Examinations, or one of their deputies at the institution responsible for conducting the examinations) Verified/attested mark sheets or statement of marks sent to the CES directly from the State Board of Technical Education, and/or the awarding university/institution; Documents inside the envelope must bear original stamps and signatures of the institution issuing the official academic records.
(College-issued mark sheets/result cards/transcripts/records will be rejected unless from an autonomous college.)
or Plain photocopies are not acceptable for this requirement.
NOTE:
If you graduated from the following universities, check the Additional Information below. You can forward the verified/attested mark sheets or statement of results to the CES, but it must be sealed in an original institution’s envelope if the State Board of Technical Education, and/or the awarding university/institution has released the attested mark sheets/statement of results to you. The envelope must be sealed by the institution issuing the official academic records with a stamp and signature over the flap.
*Sikkim Manipal University
*Sikkim Manipal University of Health Medical and Technological Sciences
*ICFAI University (all campuses)
*I.K.Gujral Punjab Technical University (PTU)
*Gujarat University
*University of Mumbai

 

Additional Information

 Note: CES does not assess credentials from the following institutions:

  • Sikkim Manipal University
  • Sikkim Manipal University of Health Medical and Technological Sciences
  • ICFAI University (all campuses).

If you have educational credentials received from another institution or another country, you are welcome to submit your application with complete documentation.

  1. If you have graduated from I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University (formerly known as Punjab Technical University).
    In order to safeguard the integrity of our assessments and to ensure fairness to our applicants who are graduates of I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University (PTU), CES will only issue assessments for PTU documents for which we have obtained verification directly from the institution. To request for a transcript, please refer to university website for more details: http://support.ptu.ac.in.
    This will likely result in delayed processing times, we will do our best to ensure the timely processing of your application and keep you informed of any new developments affecting your application status.
  2. If you have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce degree from Gujarat University.
    The official mark sheets or statements of marks for the second year may be issued by the college you attended.  However, they must be issued by Gujarat University for the first and third years. Note:  The official mark sheets or statements of marks must be issued by Gujarat University for all years of study for other degrees.
  3. If you have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai. The official mark sheets or statements of marks for the first and second years may be issued by the college you attended.  However, they must be issued by the University of Mumbai for the third year. Note:  The official mark sheets or statements of marks must be issued by the University of Mumbai for all years of study for other degrees.
  4. Official mark sheets or statements of marks issued by autonomous colleges An autonomous college has a greater level of authority in managing the plan, curriculum structure and evaluation schemes. Official mark sheets or statements of marks issued by an autonomous college are acceptable by CES. Please note that very few colleges are autonomous; unless your college claims to be autonomous in its documentation, you can assume that it is not autonomous and that your official documents will have to be issued by the university and not the college.
  5. The cost of ordering the official mark sheets or statements of marks. You will be responsible for contacting the institution(s) and making the appropriate payment.
Secondary Education (Optional)
Required documents Required Format Mode of Submission Notes
1. Final certificate issued by the appropriate examination board. Scanned colour copy of both sides of the certificate Submitted by the applicant with the application Please ensure that every page is in colour and that the entire page scanned.
(e.g. Higher Secondary Certificate/Intermediate Certificate/Pre-University Certificate)
Document size can be reduced if necessary, but do ensure that everything is clear and legible and that no information is cut off.
2. Statement of marks issued by the appropriate examination board. Scanned colour copy of both sides of the certificate Submitted by the applicant with the application Scan the back of the document as well, even if it is blank.
(School Record is not sufficient)
3. Official/attested mark sheets for higher/intermediate secondary education certificate (e.g. Standard 12) Official statement of marks Sent directly to CES office by the appropriate examination board (results sent by the school are not acceptable) Documents inside the envelope must bear original stamps and signatures of the institution issuing the official academic records.
or or Plain photocopies are not acceptable for this requirement.
Verified/attested copy of your statement of marks (stamped, signed, and dated by an examination board) Applicant can forward the official academic records to the CES, but it must be sealed in an original examination board’s envelope if the examination board releases the official transcript to applicant The envelope must be sealed by the institution issuing the official academic records with a stamp and signature over the flap.

Notes

  • Submitting an incomplete application and/or documentation will delay the assessment process.
  • Complete documentation must be provided for the program(s) of post-secondary study you wish to have assessed and verified. In most cases, CES will assess the credential selected without requiring documents for credentials you have previously earned. We do, however, reserve the right to request documents related to credentials earned prior to a higher award if we feel they support the assessment.
  • CES reserves the right to contact the issuing authority at any time during the assessment process to obtain information about the program completed and/or verify the documents, irrespective of the method by which they are received.
  • All documents submitted become the property of CES and will not be returned or released to you.
  • Contact Us if you require clarification of our requirements.

Required Supporting Documents

Supporting documents required within your application vary by country and region. Please carefully review the requirements for credentials from your country of education. We strongly recommend you download our supporting document checklist and use this to help you in preparing your application. Click here to download this document.

Include:

Scanned copy of Government-issued identification (ID)

  • Must clearly indicate your full name and date of birth. Example: Passport (information pages), Driver’s Licence, or National Identity Card
  • Scan both sides of the document
  • Ensure all pages are clear and legible and that no information is cut off
  • We do not accept government-issued health cards
  • Translation of document if not in English or French (See Translation Guidelines)

Scanned copy of Proof of name change

  • If your name on your ID appears differently on your academic documents. Example: Marriage Certificate, Official Government Name Change Document, Affidavit
  • Scan both sides of the document
  • Ensure all pages are clear and legible and that no information is cut off
  • Translation of document if not in English or French (See Translation Guidelines)

Aug 2nd, 2019:

In continuation to below Ontario tech draw announcement, below is the Human Capital Priorities Application Process:

Applicants must have received a NOI from Ontario through their Express Entry profile in order to apply through this stream. A NOI is valid for 45 calendar days, which means that an application to the OINP must be submitted within 45 days.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool who have been issued a NOI are advised to become acquainted with the document checklist in advance and prepare accordingly.

Process Overview:

Step 1: Satisfy eligibility criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class.

Step 2: Create an Express Entry profile.

Step 3: OINP identifies candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Step 4: Receive a NOI from the OINP.

Step 5: Apply to the OINP under the Human Capital Priorities Stream within 45 calendar days after receiving a NOI from Ontario. you have to apply through the OINP e-Filing Portal and have to pay you have to pay $1,500 to apply.

Source link: https://www.oinp.citizenship.gov.on.ca/oinp_index/resources/app/guest/index.html#!/

Step 6: If nominated, candidates obtain a Nomination Approval Letter and an OINP Certificate of Nomination by email. Candidates have 30 calendar days to accept the nomination in the Express Entry system.

Step 7: If a nomination is accepted, Express Entry candidates are awarded an additional 600 CRS points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a future draw from the pool.

Step 8: Submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to IRCC within 60 days of receiving the ITA.

Application instructions

Once you click “Submit an application”:

  1. Choose whether you are a returning user or a new applicant
  2. Choose Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream
  3. If you are a new applicant you must pre-register with your name and date of birth (not required if you are already registered)
  4. Log into your ONe-key account. If you do not have one, click “Sign up now!”
  5. Once you’ve logged into your ONe-key account, you will be sent back to the OINP e-Filing Portal
  6. Create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal
  7. Once you’ve completed your profile, click “Finish” and you will be sent to your main page in the e-Filing Portal
  8. Click on the file number beside the Human Capital Priorities Stream to begin your application

Please note:

It takes about three hours to complete your application. You don’t have to do it all at once but you must submit your application within 45 calendar days of receiving your NOI from Ontario.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream, candidates must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements for one of the Canada’s Federal High Skilled programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC);
  • Candidates applying through the FSWP must meet the pass mark of 67 points based on IRCC’s Federal Skilled Worker selection factors: language skills, education, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada, and adaptability.
  • Meet the stream’s work experience requirements;
  • Have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization indicating that the foreign education credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD;
    Note: The ECA report must not be more than five years old as of the date of applying to the OINP.
  • Demonstrate a language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening);
    Language proficiency must be proved by test results from one of the following designated testing agencies taken within the two years prior to submitting the application to the OINP:
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (General Training Test only) or
    Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (General Test only) for English, and
    Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) or
    Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF Canada) for French.
  • Intend to reside in Ontario, by providing documentation to demonstrate ties to Ontario;
  • Hold legal status in Canada (and maintain it until the time of nomination) if they are residing in Canada at the time of applying;
    The OINP accepts applications submitted while on implied status.
  • Have obtained a minimum CRS score under the Express Entry system as determined by the director;
  • Meet the additional criteria under either the FSWP or CEC; and
  • Possess sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario. This requirement can be met by one or a combination of factors listed by the OINP, such as bank statements, annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario, and/or a job offer in Ontario.

The required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed for each family size. Requirements for settlement funds are updated annually.

Supporting Documents list:

When applying to Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream of the OINP you need to scan and upload copies of the following mandatory documents with your application:

  • Notification of interest from Ontario
  • Identity documents
  • Status documents in Canada
  • Education documents
  • Language test results
  • Documents to support your employment in Ontario (if applicable) and your work history
  • Documents to demonstrate that you meet the settlement funds requirement
  • Resumé
  • Other optional documents (if applicable)

If you have any dependent family members, you must also scan and upload the following documents:

  • Passports for all dependent family members
  • Status documents for your spouse or common-law partner
  • If applicable, documents to support your spouse or common-law partner’s
  • Education in Canada
  • Work experience in Canada
  • Language test results
  • Documents if you or your spouse or common-law partner have relatives in Canada
  • Other optional documents

Work Experience Requirements: Federal Skilled Worker Program

If candidates in the Express Entry pool choose to be assessed under the FSWP, they must provide proof of:

  • Continuous, paid, full-time work of at least one year, or part-time equivalent, within the past five years in Canada or abroad prior to the date of the NOI from Ontario;
  • Full-time work consists of at least 30 hours of work over a period of one week in one job and consists of at least 1,560 hours of paid employment in one year.
  • Note: Work experience that amounts to 1,560 hours but is obtained in less than a year or as volunteer work does not qualify or count as valid work experience.
  • Continuous work means there are no gaps between periods of employment. Work experience may consist of back-to-back jobs with the same or different employer(s) (with no gap in between), but at least one year must be in the same National Occupational Classification (NOC) occupation as the primary NOC declared in the Express Entry profile.
  • Part-time equivalent work means at minimum 15 hours of work over a period of one week in one job and consists of at least 1,560 hours of paid employment in two years; or
  • at least 30 hours of work over a period of one week in multiple concurrent jobs and consists of at least 1,560 hours of paid employment in one year.
  • Work experience was in an occupation classified under NOC Type/Level 0, A or B; Activities performed in the job must match the activities described in the lead statement for the occupation and the main duties outlined in the NOC; Target tech occupation codes: 2173, 2174, 2147, 2175, 2172, 0213.

Source link:https://www.ontario.ca/document/oinp-document-checklists/ontarios-express-entry-human-capital-priorities-stream-applicant-checklist

Cost to apply: The application fee is $1,500 and covers the cost of processing the application.

Ontario only accept Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard and MasterCard Debit.

Refunds: Ontario will only refund the fee if we find that your application is incomplete or you withdraw your application before we start processing it.

Ontario will not refund the fee if your application is unsuccessful. You can check the status of your application through your account in the OINP e-Filing Portal.

Source link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-express-entry-human-capital-priorities-stream

As on August 1, 2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following NOC codes:

  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
  • 2147 Computer engineers
  • 2175 Web designers and developers
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers

Date/time NOIs issued: August 1, 2019 1:00 p.m. EST

Number of NOIs issued: 1773

Profiles created in IRCC’s Express Entry system: August 1st, 2018 to August 1st, 2019

CRS score range: 435-458

Notes: Targeted draw – Tech Draw

IRCC Source Link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-express-entry-notifications-interest

July 26th, 2019:

1. The New Brunswick Express Entry Program is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from individuals who meet all of the below following submission criteria:

a. The applicant has submitted an Express Entry Profile and has a valid Federal Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code: these must be provided on the EOI form;

b. The applicant is currently living and working in New Brunswick and a letter of employment from the employer must be included with the EOI

c. The NOC Code for this current employment is for a position that matches NOC Level 0, A, or B: NOC Code must be provided on the EOI form

d. The applicant has a valid Canadian Work Permit; a pdf copy must be included with the EOI submission

e. The applicant has valid language test scores (IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF Canada) with scores equivalent to CLB 7 in all four language competencies: a pdf copy of these test results must be included with the EOI submission

f. The applicant has a valid Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) which attests to the minimum equivalent of a Canadian High School diploma: a pdf copy of the ECA must be included with the EOI submission

All candidates invited in this manner must meet regular eligibility requirements of the program and submit a complete and correct application to be considered for provincial nomination.

If you do not meet all of the above-posted submission criteria, do not submit an EOI at this time. Please continue to monitor this page for changes and updates. Any EOI submission received that does not meet all of the above submission criteria will be rejected and immediately deleted.

2. New Brunswick will, on occasion, Invite candidates directly from the Federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labor-market needs.

Candidates selected in this manner will receive a Letter of Interest from the Province of New Brunswick via their Federal Express Entry account. Candidates who do receive a Letter of Interest from the Province of New Brunswick should contact entree.express.entry@gnb.ca and include a copy of the Letter received, as well as their federal Express Entry Profile Number, to then receive an Invitation to Apply to the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Express Entry Labour Market Stream.

All candidates invited in this manner must meet regular eligibility requirements of the program and submit a complete and correct application to be considered for provincial nomination.

July 24th, 2019:

The entry of new permanent residents through the PNP is scheduled to continue growing in 2020 and 2021. Here are some of the facts about Invitations and Nominations issued by Provinces so far in 2019.

Alberta:

  • The AINP has announced 17 draws through the Alberta Express Entry Stream so far this year and issued a total of 3,996 NOIs.
  • Alberta has chosen Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 through the Alberta Express Entry Stream four times in 2019. Three draws had a minimum CRS score of 301 and one had a cut-off CRS score of 302.
  • Alberta has issued 180 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score as low as 425 on July 5.

Ontario:

  • Ontario’s allocation for 2019 is 6,900 nominations.
  • The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) regularly searches Express Entry pool to find candidates who may meet the criteria of one of Ontario’s Express Entry immigration streams.
  • If an applicant receives an NOI from OINP, he/she must submit an application within 45 calendar days of receiving NOI.
  • The OINP’s first Tech Draw was held on July 8 and a total of 1,623 Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 439 was issued NOIs — a new NOI record for the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
  • NOIs issued in 2019 to date:
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream – 4188
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – 549
  • Skilled Trades Stream – 732

Nova Scotia:

  • The NSNP used its Labour Market Priorities Stream on three occasions to search the Express Entry pool and identify candidates with work experience in specific occupations.
  • In June, Nova Scotia invited 312 Express Entry candidates with work experience as early childhood educators and assistants and did not have a CRS requirement. A January 25 draw for financial auditors or accountants had a CRS cut-off of 400.

Saskatchewan: The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held eight invitation rounds through its Express Entry sub-category during the first half of 2019 and issued 1,166 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.

Manitoba: The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program issued more than 4,500 invitations to the skilled worker candidates over the course of 12 draws, of which at least 300 went to Express Entry candidates.

Prince Edward Island: Prince Edward Island held six draws between January and July and issued a combined 671 invitations to candidates in its Express Entry and Labour Impact categories.

British Columbia: The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program also issued invitations through it’s Express Entry B.C. Stream on a weekly basis in the first half of 2019.

Please be informed that IRCC (Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada) has conducted the 14th CRS draw in 2019 under the Federal Skilled Worker Program on 24/July/2019. 

Please find below the draw details 

Draw

CRS score

Invitations to apply issued

14th

459

3600

July 19th, 2019:

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program nominations, refusals, inventory, and information sessions for the year 2019. 

Abbreviations and Acronyms:

BC-  Business Concept

BIS- Business Investor Stream

EOI– Expression of Interest

LAA- Letter of Advice to Apply

MPNP– Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

SW- Skilled Worker streams

2019 Data

Nominations and Approvals – 2019

Month

SW Nominations

BIS Nominations*

Business Approvals**

Total Nominations

January

269

9

0

278

February

298

0

2

298

March

371

0

4

371

April

396

0

5

396

May

603

6

6

609

Grand Total

1,937

15

17

1,952


Refusals – 2019

Month

SW

BIS*

Total

January

41

0

41

February

26

0

26

March

59

0

59

April

42

0

42

May

65

0

65

Grand Total

233

0

233

 

Expressions of Interest

The number of Expressions of Interest drawn and issued a letter of advice to apply, as well as the number of business concepts submitted. For further details on Skilled Worker draws, see SW Expression of Interest draw data.

Month

SW LAAs

BIS BCs

BIS LAAs

January

1,082

18

8

February

772

26

5

March

1,398

14

6

April

702

19

16

May

366

14

9

Grand Total

4,320

91

44

Applications Received – 2019

Month

SW

BIS

Total

January

493

3

496

February

520

8

528

March

764

15

779

April

815

12

827

May

766

8

774

Grand Total

3,358

46

3,404

 Information Sessions

The number of attendees at in-house information sessions delivered by the MPNP.

Month

SW

BIS

Total

January

53

19

72

February

40

22

62

March

34

26

60

April

28

23

51

May

24

16

40

Grand Total

179

106

285

July 13th, 2019:

On July 12, 2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream.

Tech draws are a new Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) opportunity that falls under the Human Capital Priorities Stream. The purpose is to identify applicants with technological skills in the Express Entry pool.

Date/time NOIs issued

Number of NOIs issued

Profiles created in IRCC’s Express Entry system

CRS score range

Notes

July 12, 2019 10:00 a.m. EST

1623

July 12, 2018, to July 12, 2019

439-459

Targeted draw – Tech Draw

 The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following NOC codes:

  • 2173   Software engineers and designers
  • 2174   Computer programmer and interactive media developers
  • 2147   Computer engineers
  • 2175   Web designers and developers
  • 2172   Database analysts and data administrators
  • 0213   Computer and information systems managers

To be eligible for nomination, applicants must demonstrate work experience in one of the 6 eligible NOC codes.

If candidates receive an NOI

The applicant must submit an online application to the OINP within 45 calendar days of receiving the NOI.

Cost to apply

The application fee is CAD $1,500 and covers the cost of processing your application and is non-refundable.

To know more on the above information you may refer to source link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-tech-draws

July 12th, 2019:

New Ontario draws will target Express Entry candidates with tech experience

The Government of Ontario has revealed its plans for nominating Express Entry candidates with work experience in 6 tech workers occupations for Canadian permanent residence.

Ontario had previously announced that it would create a dedicated stream for tech workers. Instead, it will hold targeted draws for Express Entry candidates with work experience in six tech-related occupations through its existing Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Ontario is the most popular destination for new permanent residents of Canada, including those admitted through the Express Entry system. In 2018, 65% of new immigrants admitted through Express Entry had Ontario as their destination province.

To be considered for an invitation through an OINP tech draw, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile.

Tech draws will reflect employer needs.

Interest in the tech-focused draws is high in Ontario, which is home to major tech hubs located in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Ontario is currently facing a shortage of tech workers, as is the rest of Canada. It is estimated that up to 220,000 skilled workers will be needed in Canada’s Information and Communication Technology sector by 2021.

The OINP uses its Human Capital Priorities Stream to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who match specified federal and provincial criteria.

OINP tech draws will search the Express Entry pool for eligible candidates with work experience in one of six targeted occupations:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

IRCC Source link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-tech-draws

The OINP said the six occupations reflect current needs in Ontario and were selected based on consultations with employers and other stakeholders across the province.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream does not require a job offer and has a history of inviting Express Entry candidates with CRS scores that haven’t been high enough for an ITA in one of the federal government’s regular Express Entry draws.

Express Entry candidates selected by the OINP will receive a Notification of Interest from the OINP and have 45 days to apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario.

Nominations on the rise

Ontario receives an annual nomination allocation through the federal government’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Ontario’s allocation under the PNP has grown in each of the last six years and stands at 6,900 for 2019.

Admissions of new permanent residents through the PNP are slated to continue growing in 2020 and 2021, as are admissions through the three programs managed by the Express Entry system.

Overall, Canada could welcome more than one million newcomers between now and 2021.

July 10th, 2019:

Please be informed that IRCC (Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada) has conducted the 13th draw in 2019 under the Federal Skilled Worker Program on 10/July/2019. 

Please find below the draw details 

Draw

CRS score

Invitations to apply issued

13th

460

3600

July 8th, 2019:

A Provincial Nomination is the only valuable factor under the Express Entry system and results in an additional 600 CRS points for candidates who receive one, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

  • A total of 10,802 Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination received an ITA in 2018.
  • Canada has also expanded its admissions target for the PNP, which increased to 55,000 in 2018 and is scheduled to increase each year through 2021.

Please find important updates on PNPs.

Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):  

SINP is currently accepting applications under, International Skilled Worker sub-categories of Occupations in Demand and Express Entry. To file EOI for SINP, basic eligibility criteria is applicant must score 60 points on SINP’s assessment grid and NOC/occupation must be listed in the SINP demand list.

Upon receiving invitation applicant will be asked to submit required documents and fees to SINP.

Manitoba:

Interested applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of 60 points and also demonstrate a strong connection in Manitoba. This connection can be a friend or close relative, staying in Manitoba on a permanent resident or citizenship status for at least one year/previous work experience of 6 months in Manitoba/Completed education post-secondary program in Canada/ Regional Immigration/Invitation to apply received from the MPNP as part of a recruitment mission or exploratory visit.

A candidate having at least 6 months of recent experience in Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations will be prioritized during Expression of Interest draws.

Alberta Express Entry Stream: Alberta is issuing notification of interest

Alberta announced that the allocation for 2019 is 6000 nominations, through its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from Express Entry system.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must have an active profile in Express Entry Pool
  • Intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
  • Must be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development
  • Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300.
  • There is no fee to submit an application
  • Upon getting a notification, the application must be submitted in 30 days to Alberta Immigration office.

Prince Edward Island (PEI):  

PEI is open for applicants who have an existing active profile under the express entry.
PEI issues invitations in regular intervals to applicants in Express Entry pool, upon getting invited applicants can apply to PEI’s provincial nominee the program, for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

PNP With Job Offers 

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program has a range of streams targeting foreign nationals with specific skills and experience, applicants applying under all the streams mentioned below must have a Job Offer.

  • Critical Impact Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP): 

The Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream is a key component of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program. Applicants applying for this category must have a job offer from Newfoundland and Labrador.

British Columbia: 

To apply for Provincial nomination under the BC PNPs various categories mentioned below a job offer is required.

  • Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry BC – Healthcare Professional.
  • Express Entry BC – International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration (SI) – Skilled Worker
  • SI – Healthcare Professional
  • SI – International Graduate
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Alberta Opportunity Stream:

The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for foreign nationals working in Alberta and international graduates who have completed their studies at an approved Alberta post-secondary institution.

New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream:

The New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from candidates who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have a valid Express Entry profile and Job Seeker Validation code;
  • Currently living and working in New Brunswick in an occupation categorized as skill level 0, A, or B under the National Occupation Classification (NOC)
  • Provide a letter of employment from the employer;
  • Have a valid Canadian work permit;
  • Must have valid language test) with scores equivalent to CLB 7 in all four language abilities: listening, speaking, reading and writing;
  • A valid Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).

July 6th, 2019:

In continuation to the below update, we would like to inform you that there is no update regarding the draw conducted /first invitations issued by Quebec Authorities in their official website.

We are anticipating Invitations/draw information to be conducted soon as announced earlier by Quebec Ministry.

We shall update once the information on the first round of invitation is announced on the official website of Quebec immigration.

Quebec has started issuing its first invitations to Quebec Skilled Worker Program candidates with an Expression of Interest profile in the province’s Arrima system.

Invited candidates began receiving email notifications on Thursday, July 4.

Those who received an invitation have 60 days to submit a complete application for a Quebec Selection Certificate(Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ).

June 16, 2019, was the date when reforms to Quebec’s immigration laws were passed that cancelled around 16,000 pending applications to the QSWP.

The cancelled applications had all been filed prior to the introduction of Arrima, which Quebec’s Immigration Ministry (MIDI) says is more conducive to matching immigration candidates to the specific labour needs of employers around the province.

Candidates who fall into one of the two prioritized groups affected by the reforms and who have not yet created an Arrima profile have until December 16, 2019, to create one if they wish to be invited to apply for a CSQ.

MIDI said there will be several invitation rounds between now and January 16, 2020, for the prioritized candidates described above.

June 17th, 2019:

Launching 2 new pilots: Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker.

Toronto – Canada is caring for its caregivers by launching 2 new pilots that will help caregivers who come to this country make it their permanent home.

The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots will open for applications on June 18, 2019, replacing the expiring Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots.

Caregivers will now only receive a work permit if they have a job offer in Canada and meet standard criteria for economic immigration programs. Once working in Canada, caregivers will be able to begin gaining the required 2 years of Canadian work experience to apply for permanent residence.

Through these new pilots, caregivers will also benefit from:

  • occupation-specific work permits, rather than employer-specific, to allow for a fast change of employers when necessary;
  • openwork permits and/or study permits for the caregivers’ immediate family, to help families come to Canada together; and
  • a clear transition from temporary to permanent status, to ensure that once caregivers have met the work experience requirement, they will be able to become permanent residents quickly.

These new pilots provide caregivers from abroad and their families with a clear, direct pathway to permanent residence.

Canada is committed to improving life for immigrants and supporting jobs for the middle class.

Quick facts

  • The expiring pilots will close to new applications on June 18, 2019. Caregivers who have applied before this date will continue to have their applications processed through to a final decision.
  • Caregivers who have been working toward applying to the soon-to-be-expired pilots can now apply through either the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot.
  • The Interim Pathway for Caregivers, the short-term pathway for caregivers who came to Canada as temporary foreign workers since 2014 but were unable to qualify for permanent residence through an existing program, will be extended. It will re-open on July 8, 2019 and accept applications for 3 months.
  • The new pilots, Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker, will each have a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants, for a total of 5,500 principal applicants per year, plus their immediate family.
  • Initial applications to the new pilots will have a 12-month processing service standard. A 6-month processing standard will apply for finalizing an application after the caregiver submits proof that they have met the work experience requirement.
  • With the move to occupation-specific work permits under the Home Child Care and Home Support Worker pilots, employers will no longer need a Labour Market Impact Assessment before hiring a caregiver from overseas.

Canada Immigration News

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Since being introduced in June 2017, nearly 40,000 people have moved to Canada under the Global Talent Stream, Canada’s answer to an economy in need of highly-skilled workers. Of these newcomers to Canada, nearly 24,000 are highly skilled workers in occupations such as computer programming, information system analysis and software engineering.

The GTS, part of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, is an immigration program that allows Canadian employers to expedite the hiring of foreign workers to fill specialized occupations when Canadians aren’t available for specific roles.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to process Global Talent Streamwork permit applications in only two weeks, making the program the fastest immigration pathway for workers seeking a new life in Canada.

Consequently, it’s easy to see why more than 1,100 Canadian employers have used the Global Talent Stream between June 2017 and June 2019. These employers have committed to creating more than 48,000 jobs and more than 12,500 paid co-op positions while dedicating over $113 million in skills development and training.


Eleven communities to attract newcomers to support middle-class jobs.

June 14, 2019—Sault Ste. Marie, ON — Eleven rural and northern communities have been selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to invite newcomers to make these communities their forever homes.

As the Canadian population ages and the birth rate declines, rural Canada’s workforce has seen a significant decrease in available workers. This pilot will help attract people that are needed to drive economic growth and help support middle-class jobs in these communities.

The participating rural and northern communities will have access to a range of supports to test this new innovative, community-driven model that will help fill labor gaps. The selected communities are:
Thunder Bay (ON)
Sault Ste. Marie (ON)
Sudbury (ON)
Timmins (ON)
North Bay (ON)
Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee (MB)
Brandon (MB), Moose Jaw (SK)
Claresholm (AB)
West Kootenay (BC)
and Vernon (BC).

The participating communities were selected as a representative sample of the regions across Canada to assist in laying out the blueprint for the rest of the country.

To complement the Rural and Northern Pilot, Canada is also working with the territories to address the unique immigration needs in Canada’s North.

Canada is committed to attracting the best talent around the world to fill skill shortages and drive local economies in rural Canada that will benefit all Canadians.

Quick facts

  • Throughout the summer, the government will begin working with selected communities to position them to identify candidates for permanent residence as early as fall 2019.
  • Communities will be responsible for candidate recruitment and endorsement for permanent residence.
  • Newcomers are expected to begin to arrive under this pilot in 2020.
  • Communities worked with local economic development organizations to submit an application which demonstrated how they met the eligibility criteria by March 11, 2019.
  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched in March 2017 as part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The four Atlantic provinces are able to endorse up to 2,500 workers in 2019 under that pilot to meet labour market needs in the region.
  • Rural communities employ over four million Canadians and account for almost 30% of the national GDP.
  • Rural Canada supplies food, water, and energy for urban centres, sustaining the industries that contribute to Canada’s prosperous economy.
  • Between 2001 and 2016, the number of potential workers has decreased by 23% percent, while the number of potential retirees has increased by 40%.

June 4th, 2019:

June 3: Nova Scotia conducted a draw under its NSNP Labour Market Priorities stream. Letters of Interest (LOI) were issued to Express Entry candidates who have work experience in NOC 4214, Early childhood educators and assistants (ECEs).

Category/Stream Aligned with EE? Job Offer Required? Recent update Current Status
Demand: Express Entry (Category A) Yes Yes Has remained open for a long time Open
Demand: Express Entry (Category B) Yes No Open for 225 new applications on Sat, Nov 17, 2018, closing the same day. Closed
Experience: Express Entry Yes No Application guide updated July 10, 2018 Open
Express Entry Labour Market Priorities Yes No June 3: Letters of Interest (LOI) issued to candidates with work experience in NOC 4214, Early childhood educators and assistants (ECEs) Issuing periodic invitations

Ontario invited 1,072 Express Entry candidates to apply under the Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on 31 May 2019. Notifications of Interest were issued to candidates across 10 targeted occupations.

Category/Stream Aligned with EE? Job Offer Required? Recent update Current Status
Human Capital Priorities Yes No May 31: 1,072 candidates invited (CRS score range: 439-469).
Targeted occupations for May 31 draw:
Accepting applications & issuing invitations

10 Targeted Occupation list:

0114 – Other administrative services managers
0601 – Corporate sales managers
1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
1111 – Financial auditors and accountants
3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
0111 – Financial managers
1114 – Other financial officers
0651 – Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.

June 1st, 2019:

Below is the update of Nova Scotia issuing invitations in different streams:

Province Stream/category Express Entry-aligned Job required Canadian work experience required Canadian study required Current/recent Canadian residence required Business
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (Category A) Yes Yes No No No No
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (Category B) Yes No No No No No
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry) Yes No Yes No Yes No
Nova Scotia Express Entry Labour Market Priorities Yes No No No No No
Nova Scotia Skilled Worker No Yes No No No No
Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nova Scotia Entrepreneur No No No No No Yes
Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand No Yes No No No No
Nova Scotia Physician No Yes No No No No

OINP Express Entry Notifications of Interest:

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) regularly searches Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool to find candidates who may meet the criteria of one of Ontario’s Express Entry immigration streams.

If we identify you in the pool, you will receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) in your IRCC online account.

Note: Receiving an NOI does not mean that you qualify for one of our streams.

After you receive an NOI, you may submit an online application to the OINP if you qualify under one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams. You must submit your application within 45 calendar days of receiving your NOI.

Please note that not all applicants who meet Ontario’s stream criteria will receive a NOI.

NOIs issued in 2019 to date

  • Human Capital Priorities Stream – 1493
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – 549
  • Skilled Trades Stream – 732

The popular Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is being extended to the end of 2021, following a so-far successful three-year run that has led to more than 2,500 principal applicants and their accompanying family members welcomed as new Canadian permanent residents.

And in further good news for potential applicants and local employers and communities alike, some of the eligibility requirements have been loosened up, potentially bringing the option to move to Atlantic Canada a step closer for more individuals and families. Notably, in the spring of 2019 Canadian immigration authorities announced that more spouses and partners of applicants would be able to work in Canada as the family unit settles into life here.

Now easier for spouse/partner to get an open work permit:

Officers may issue an open work permit, under LMIA exemption code C41, to the spouse or common-law partner of an Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program participant if that participant is employed in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A, B or C position. The open work permit should have a validity that matches the principal applicant’s work permit, up to a maximum of one year or until the expiry of the spouse or common-law partner’s passport or travel document, whichever is earlier. The spouse or common-law partner’s work permit may be issued at a port of entry (POE).

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program updates timeline

  • June, 2019: As of June 1, 2019, spouses and common-law partners of Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) participants in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) C skill level position may apply for an open work permit under Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption code C41. This is an expansion of the previous eligibility criteria, under which only spouses of AIP participants in a NOC 0, A or B skill level position were eligible for an open work permit.
  • May, 2019: More spouses and partners of principal applicants will be able to work sooner under the AIPP. Those with intermediate skill level, such as food and beverage servers or long-haul truck drivers, have an opportunity to apply for an open work permit. Previously, only the spouses and partners of those in high-skilled positions, such as managers, medical doctors or architects, were able to apply for such a work permit.
  • March, 2019: Many changes, including program extension to 2021 and looser eligibility requirements outlined below under About the AIPP.
  • July, 2018: Increased allocation from 2,000 spots to 2,500.
  • March 2017: First applications received.
  • January 2017: Program details announced.

Since launch, 1,896 employers in Atlantic Canada have made 3,729 job offers through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. So far, a total of 4,769 applicants and their families have applied for permanent residence status and IRCC has already approved 2,535.

Everyone in Ottawa and out East agrees that the program has, so far, been a roaring success. As immigrants and Canadians alike gravitate towards big cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, the federal government and its provincial counterparts in Atlantic Canada have been doing their part to bring more newcomers to smaller communities.

About the AIPP

Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)

Must have the following work experience:

within the last three years, you have accumulated at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) work experience in your main occupation at National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0 (management jobs), skill level A (professional jobs) or skill level B (technical jobs and skilled trades);

  • you have performed the actions in the lead statement of the NOC;
  • you have performed a substantial number of the main duties of the NOC, including all of the essential duties;
  • your work experience must be from paid work (volunteer work or unpaid internships do not count);

you worked overseas or in Canada (as long as you were legally authorized to work in Canada as a temporary resident).In addition, you must have a high-school diploma, post-secondary certificate or degree that is valid and equal to a Canadian equivalent and must have a level 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

For the AISP, in the last three years, you must have worked at least 1,560 hours.

Here is how to calculate your hours:

  • Count hours worked in part-time and full-time jobs
  • The hours must be in one occupation, but they can be with different employers
  • You must have been paid for these hours. Volunteering or unpaid internships don’t count
  • Don’t count hours where you were self-employed
  • These working hours can be inside or outside Canada.

This work must have been:

At NOC skill level C. NOC skill level C is a type of job that usually requires a secondary (high school) education and/or job-specific training; OR
You can also qualify for the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program if you have experience working at a higher skill level in one of the following fields: a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC skill level A), or a licensed practical nurse (NOC skill level B), and you have a job offer as a nurse’s aide, orderly or patient services associate, or a home support worker (both NOC C).

Applicants now have 24 months after obtaining their education credential to apply for the AIGP.

Recent changes to the AISP also allow applicants to include work experience at skill level B acquired while working as a:

  • registered nurse (NOC 3012)
  • registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012)
  • licensed practical nurse (NOC 3233)

This experience can only be included if the applicant has a job offer as a:

  • nurse’s aide (NOC 3413)
  • orderly (NOC 3413)
  • patient services associate (NOC 3413)
  • home support worker (NOC 4412)

In addition, you must have a high-school diploma, post-secondary certificate or degree that is valid and equal to a Canadian equivalent and must have a level 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for listening, speaking, reading and writing.

May 31st, 2019:

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has launched an Occupations in Demand immigration stream, which will allow the province to welcome newcomers from abroad who have experience in specific occupations.

The Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand stream is part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through the PNPs, provinces can nominate individuals for immigration to Canada based on criteria set by the province. Nominees and their accompanying family members can then settle permanently in the destination province.

The Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand stream targets specific workers in intermediate-skilled (National Occupational Classification [NOC] C) occupations that are in high labour market demand in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand stream: Eligibility

To apply you must:

  1. have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in either NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers);
  2. have 1 year of work experience related to the job;
  3. be 21 to 55 years old;
  4. have a high school diploma;
  5. have the appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job;
  6. prove language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4, even if your first language is English or French; and
  7. show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand stream is not aligned with the Express Entry immigration system, meaning nominated applicants will not receive 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Indeed, because the Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand stream targets workers with experience in specific NOC C occupations only, and Express Entry is for candidates with experience in NOC 0, A or B occupations only, the Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand stream offers a Canadian immigration route for those who may not be eligible to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry.

May 25th, 2019:

May 25: Alberta released new data for their Express Entry stream, showing that 197 invitations were issued under this stream in a May 15 draw; candidates with CRS scores as low as 301 have been invited.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Category/Stream Aligned with EE? Job Offer Required? Recent update Current Status
Express Entry Yes No
May 25, 2019: AINP published data for a May 15 draw, with 197 candidates invited with CRS scores as low as 301 points.
May 8, 2019: AINP reveals invitation history showing candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 have been invited this year. 14 draws have taken place this year.
Open (candidates must receive invitation before applying)
Opportunity Stream No Yes
May 8, 2019: 950 applications are in the queue, and AINP staff are assessing applications received before Jan 3.
Nov 1, 2018: Income requirement has been removed & adjustments made to language requirements (to come into effect in 2020)
Open
Self-Employed Farmer No No Remains open into 2019 Open

May 20th 2019:

Canada Family Class Immigration Application Process.

The process for Family Class Sponsorship for Canadian immigration differs depending upon where the Sponsored Person is currently residing and where her or she intends to reside in Canada.

A Sponsored Person can apply from:

  • Outside Canada; or
  • Inside Canada, if the applicant is the spouse or common-law partner of the Canadian Sponsor.

For Sponsored Persons applying from outside Canada:

  • The Canadian Sponsor must first submit the Sponsorship Application to the Canadian Immigration Case Processing Centre (CPC) located in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • The Sponsored Person’s Application for a Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa must also be submitted to the Canadian Immigration Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • Upon approval of the Family Class Sponsorship Application, Citizenship and Immigration Canada authorities will forward the Sponsored Person’s Permanent Resident application to the appropriate Canadian Immigration Visa Office located outside of Canada.

For Sponsored Persons applying from inside Canada (spouses or common-law partners and their dependent children only):

  • The Canadian Sponsor must submit the Sponsorship Application to the Canadian Immigration Case Processing Centre located in Vegreville, Alberta.
  • The Sponsored Person’s Application For Permanent Residence In Canada must also be submitted to the Canadian Immigration Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta.

For Sponsored persons applying to Quebec:

The same conditions will apply as those listed above, but the Sponsorship application will not be approved until it has then been forwarded to the Province of Quebec and approved by Quebec immigration authorities.


Another 2,172 International Experience Canada (IEC) invitations were issued over the past week, and as more spots get filled up, more pools see their quota dwindle. Indeed, a few more pools are now out of spots altogether. Full details per country are in the table below. As of this week, some pools have received additional quotas, so if you were out of luck previously, check your pools quota once more.

Here are some more highlights from the latest IEC invitation round:

  • In total, 2,172 invitations to apply were issued across more than 40 IEC pools, bringing the total for the 2019 IEC season so far to 86,460.
  • There were large invitation rounds for Working Holiday candidates from Ireland, Australia, Germany, Japan, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, with each of those pools receiving at least 100 invitations last week. Many other Working Holiday invitations were issued to candidates from other countries.
  • Several country pools received additional quotas this week. 50 spots each were added to the Chilean Working holiday and Young Professionals pools, as well as the Hong Kong Working Holiday pool. 200 spots were added to the Taiwanese Working Holiday pool, 35 to their Young Professionals pool and 15 to the International Co-op pool. And finally, France received a massive 7,750 additional spots to their Working Holiday pool!
  • Austria IC, Costa Rica YP, Costa Rica IC, Estonia YP, Greece WH, Greece YP, Latvia YP, Lithuania YP, Slovakia YP and UK WH are out of spots now.
  • Despite that fact that many of the Working Holiday pools had chances of invitation listed as ‘Very low’ entering the week, many of pools (including each pool listed in the above paragraph) received invitations nonetheless, showing that ‘Very low’ does not mean impossible.
  • Don’t forget about the other two IEC categories — Young Professionals and International Co-op — as a diverse range of candidates received an invitation through these categories.

With the IEC 2019 season, the upper age limit for Australians wishing to participate in the IEC program has been increased to 35 years of age, up from 30.


Prince Edward Island invited 90 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates to apply for provincial nomination under the PEI PNP, with another 14 business candidates also invited.

Category/Stream Aligned with EE? Job Offer Required? Recent update Current Status
Express Entry Yes No, but increases chances of being invited / nominated May 16: 90 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates invited to apply Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
International Graduate (sub-category of Labour Impact category) No Yes May 16: 90 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates invited to apply Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
Skilled Worker Outside Canada (sub-category of Labour Impact category) No Yes May 16: 90 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates invited to apply Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
Skilled Worker in PEI (sub-category of Labour Impact category) No Yes May 16: 90 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates invited to apply Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
Critical Worker (sub-category of Labour Impact category) No Yes May 16: 90 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates invited to apply Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
Business Work Permit Entrepreneur No No May 16: 14 invited (107+ points required, maintaining the record-low minimum points threshold) Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
May 17th, 2019:

Ottawa, ON—The Government of Canada is committed to a well-managed asylum system that’s fair, fast and final. Effective today, Canada is removing all countries from the designated country of origin (DCO) list, which effectively suspends the DCO policy, introduced in 2012, until it can be repealed through future legislative changes.

Claimants from the 42 countries on the DCO list were previously subject to a 6-month bar on work permits, a bar on appeals at the Refugee Appeals Division, limited access to the Interim Federal Health Program and a 36-month bar on the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment.

The DCO policy did not fulfil its objective of discouraging misuse of the asylum system and of processing refugee claims from these countries faster. Additionally, several Federal Court decisions struck down certain provisions of the DCO policy, ruling that they did not comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Removing all countries from the DCO list is a Canadian policy change, not a reflection of a change in country conditions in any of the countries previously on the list.

De-designating countries of origin has no impact on the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement.

Quick facts

  • Claimants from former DCOs who are awaiting a decision on their claim need not take any action. The Immigration and Refugee Board will continue to process these claims as efficiently as possible.
  • Each asylum claim is unique and is determined in accordance with the law by an independent decision-maker based on the evidence presented, and the individual merits of the case.
  • De-designating countries of origin has no impact on:
    • visa policy decisions.
    • the outcomes of decisions at the independent Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
  • Asylum claims continue to be decided on the basis of an assessment of the merits of the individual’s claim.
  • From January 1, 2013, to March 31, 2019, 12 percent of asylum claims were from citizens of designated countries of origin.
  • Budget 2019 announced $208 million to increase the capacity of the asylum system and shorten wait times at the Immigration and Refugee Board. This is the largest-ever investment into the IRB and builds on funding announced in Budget 2018, as well as a series of measures implemented to improve the efficiency of the asylum system following an independent review.
May 16th, 2019:

Express Entry draw figures for May 15 are below.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited Express Entrycandidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 332, in a program-specific draw that took place on May 15.

A total of 500 candidates were issued an invitation to apply (ITA) in the May 15 Express Entry draw, all of whom were eligible under the Federal Skilled Trades Program, one of three federal economic immigration programs aligned with Express Entry. The Federal Skilled Trades Program allows qualified tradespersons from around the world to immigrate to Canada permanently.

A tie-break was applied for the May 15 draw, meaning that not all candidates with 332 CRS points may receive an ITA. As multiple candidates may have 332 CRS points, those who had their profile in the pool before August 29, 2018 at 8:32:03 UTC were prioritized.

This was the tenth draw of 2019 so far. With 31,750 invitations issued so far, 2019 looks set to be another big year for Express Entry, as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) ramps up invitations to reach its economic immigration targets. This may result in reductions in the CRS cut-off threshold as the year moves on.

The record low Express Entry cut-off threshold ever for an all-program draw is 413.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Skilled work experience eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program falls under the following categories of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC):

Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades

Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades
Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
Minor Group 632: Chefs and cooks
Minor Group 633: Butchers and bakers
May 15th, 2019:

More than a million new permanent residents will be admitted to Canada over three years from 2019 to 2021, under an ambitious plan announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on October 31, 2018.

In total, Canada plans to admit around 1,021,800 new permanent residents over the three-year period, with as many as 1,080,000 to be admitted if the government hits the upper range of its targets.

The target for 2019 has been set at 330,800, with another 341,000 to obtain permanent residence in 2020, and a further 350,000 to follow in 2021.

Of these, the majority (approximately 58 percent) are set to be admitted as economic migrants, encompassing a range of programs at the federal and provincial levels. The most well-known of these are the federal economic programs managed under the Express Entry system, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class.

Increasing intake targets for these Express Entry programs over the coming years may place downward pressure on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold in Express Entry draws, as more people will be invited to apply.

The number of newcomers immigrating to Canada through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is also set to increase year-on-year. Canada’s provinces have been eager to exploit the opportunity afforded to them by the federal government by welcoming applications across a wide and ever-growing range of PNP streams, some of which are aligned with Express Entry, and some of which exist outside that federal system

Canada will also welcome around 270,500 spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents under its Family Class programs over the three-year period. Finally, Canada will continue to uphold its tradition of being a safe haven for those in need by settling up to 147,850 refugees, as well as up to 13,750 for humanitarian and other reasons.

Figures for economic immigration to Quebec have been designated as ‘to be determined’, with the government of Canada stating that levels were not able to be finalized in conjunction with the recent election in Quebec. Targets are expected to be established following consultations between the government of Canada and its counterpart in Quebec, now led by the Coalition Avenir Quebec, which plans to reduce overall immigration levels to the province to around 40,000 per year, down from around 50,000 per year.

Canada Immigration Levels Plan: 2019-2021

Immigration category Category 2019 Range 2019 Target 2020 Range 2020 Target 2021 Range 2021 Target
Economic Programs FSW, FST, CEC (Express Entry) 76,000 – 86,000 81,400 81,000 – 88,000 85,800 84,000 – 91,000 88,800
Atlantic Pilot 1,000 – 5,000 2,000 2,000 – 5,000 4,000 To be determined
Caregivers 8,000 – 15,500 14,000 4,000 – 7,000 5,000 To be determined
Business 500 – 1,500 700 500 – 1,500 700 500 – 1,500 700
PNPs 57,000 – 68,000 61,000 62,000 – 71,000 67,800 67,000 – 74,000 71,300
Quebec (Skilled Worker & Business) To be determined
Total Economic 174,000 – 209,500 191,600 181,000 – 206,000 195,800 189,000 – 212,000 202,300
Family Class Spouses, Partners, and Dependent Children 66,000 – 76,000 68,000 66,000 – 78,000 70,000 66,000 – 78,000 70,000
Parents and Grandparents 17,000 – 22,000 21,000 18,000 – 24,000 21,000 18,000 – 24,000 21,000
All Family Class Programs 83,000 – 98,000 88,500 84,000 – 102,000 91,000 84,000 – 102,000 91,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada & Dependents Abroad 14,000 – 20,000 16,500 16,000 – 20,000 18,000 17,000 – 22,000 20,000
Government Assisted 7,500 – 9,500 9,300 9,000 – 11,000 10,700 9,000 – 11,000 10,700
Blended Visa Office Referred 1,000 – 3,000 1,650 500 – 2,500 1,000 500 – 2,500 1,000
Privately Sponsored 17,000 – 21,000 20,000 18,000 – 23,000 20,000 18,000 – 23,000 20,000
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 39,000 – 53,500 46,450 43,500 – 56,500 49,700 44,500 – 58,500 51,700
Humanitarian and Other Total Humanitarian & Other 3,500 – 5,000 4,250 3,500 – 5,000 4,500 4,000 – 6,000 5,000
Overall Planned Permanent Admissions 310,000 – 350,000 330,800 310,000 – 360,000 341,000 320,000 – 370,000 350,000

 


The future of immigration to Canada, revealed.

Earlier this month, the annual Canadian Immigration Summit in Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital city.  New information and insights about Canada’s immigration system — present and future — and how the needs and goals of new arrivals and those wishing to move to Canada can continue to be met.

The Express Entry points system may change after the federal election, but is unlikely to change before then.

Canada must hold a general election this year, likely in October. At the time of writing, the opposition Conservatives are leading in most polls, with CBC giving them a 70 percent chance of winning the most seats. This, of course, is subject to change, but it gives some insight into which party may form the government less than six months from now. With immigration to Canada set to be a hot-button issue in the run up to the election, changes may be on the horizon.

IRCC’s Director General of Strategic Policy and Planning, Matt de Vlieger, is the top IRCC employee when it comes to Express Entry. During a Q&A following a session on ‘Preparing for tomorrow’s labour market,’  asked Mr de Vlieger this question: 2016 and 2017 saw two sets of changes to Express Entry in terms of points allocation and weighting. Does the department (IRCC) plan on making any further changes? If not now, could a new government make changes based on its priorities?

This was his response, in full:

A: We’re not far away from a big electoral event. I wouldn’t expect any new changes to the [Express Entry] points system before then. Absolutely, a new government — a new government or returning government — could decide to make some changes to the system.

He added: “Changes to the system take a little while. There’s a lot of technology to it. We only change our Global Case Management system about three or four times a year, so there’s always a queue to make changes, they don’t happen on a dime.”

Immigration will soon account for all of Canada’s net labour force growth.
In its comprehensive report titled ‘Can’t go it alone: Immigration is key to Canada’s growth strategy,’ published just before the summit, the Conference Board of Canada painted a stark picture of Canada’s economic future if immigration was to play a marginal role.
The report states: ‘School leavers (11.8 million people) will account for the lion’s share of Canada’s new workers during our forecast period, but they will not be enough to compensate for those leaving the labour force (13.4 million people). Without immigration and improvements to the participation rates of under-represented groups, Canada’s labour force would shrink from 19.8 million workers in 2018 to 18 million in 2040. Hence, immigration will account for all of Canada’s net labour force growth—3.7 million workers.’
Approximately 60% of all Canadians will be a recent immigrant or the child of a recent immigrant.

Already today, around 21 percent of Canada’s population is comprised of permanent residents and naturalized citizens. Add in their children, as well as the immigrants of tomorrow and their children, and it becomes the case that soon enough (perhaps a generation from now, or sooner) a comfortable majority of Canada’s population will be made up of immigrants and their children.

This point was delivered by IPSOS CEO Darrell Bricker, whose recently-published book ‘Empty Planet’ (co-written with John Ibbitson of Globe and Mail fame) outlines that Canada’s current natural population replacement rate of around 1.6 births per woman is far below the 2.1 rate required to maintain a steady population. Without immigrationto make up the difference, Canada would suffer hugely; immigrants and their children work, pay taxes, and support social programs such as health care for the benefit of current and future populations.

PNP allocations have gone up 33%, and they’ll go up further.
Minister Hussen noted that the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have been a great success when it comes to “spreading the benefits of immigration right across the country, and not just in the big cities.” Future Canadian immigration levels plans are set to reveal further increases again, as Canada entrusts its provinces to select newcomers and their families who can settle quickly.
The feds absolutely love the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (and so do the Atlantic provinces).

Again and again, IRCC staff, from the Minister of Immigration down to those working on the front line with applicants, lauded the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). This program was launched in 2017 with the aim of attracting and retaining international talent in Atlantic Canada, which had been experiencing the dual problems of more people leaving the work force than entering it, and lower immigrant retention rates than the rest of Canada (about 60 percent, versus 90 percent in other provinces).

“We are very, very happy with the progress in the Atlantic immigration program,” stated Minister Hussen. “It’s about inviting families, and not just the skilled immigrant. It’s about moving from temporary foreign worker regimes to permanent residency. It’s about providing settlement support. It’s about keeping them there [in the Atlantic provinces] and hanging on to international students.”

“Winners” for the Rural and Northern Immigration Program will be announced before the end of May.
This was confirmed by Minister Hussen on the first morning of the summit. First launched in January, 2019, the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a five-year initiative aimed at testing community-driven approaches to address the labour market needs of smaller communities. The “winners” that Minister Hussen referred to are communities that applied for designated status under the program, which, if granted, would allow them to bring in newcomers under the program.
Canada received 3.2 million visa applications in 2018, up from 1.9 million in 2015, with a similar staff size and while reducing processing times.
A gradual shift from paper-based applications to online submissions has allowed more work to be done by approximately the same number of people, and quicker. One example is the introduction of the Express Entry system, which since 2015 has replaced a largely paper-based application system for skilled workers with an online version. Other initiatives include simpler online visitor visa and work permit application procedures.
Multi-year Canadian immigration levels plans are here to stay.

Prior to 2017, governments of Canadian published an annual immigration plan for the coming year, including allocations (quotas) for each of the categories and programs that make up the overall immigration pie. Since 2017, however, the current government has shifted to immigration levels plans that cover a three-year period. This has given applicants, provinces, IRCC staff, employers, and other stakeholders (such as us here at Moving2Canada) a much better idea of the government’s overall strategy over the medium term, rather than just a few months.

Overall, the shift has been a welcome success, and Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen outlined that multi-year Canadian immigration plans are likely here to stay.

May 11th, 2019:

One of the International Experience Canada (IEC) categories of work permits is known as ‘Young Professionals’. It allows young people from more than 20 countries to live and work in Canada for up to two years.

It is designed for those who wish to further their careers by gaining professional work experience in Canada. IEC Young Professionals candidates will need to have a valid job offer in Canada prior to their arrival, and participants will need to work for the same employer, in the same location, during their stay in Canada.

The IEC Young Professionals permit offers a number of advantages compared to the IEC Working Holiday Visa in Canada:

  1. Demand for these permits usually does not exceed supply, meaning eligible candidates enjoy a high chance of obtaining one.
  2. In some countries, a second participation in IEC is allowed, so long as it’s in the Young Professionals or International Co-Op category. This means former IEC Working Holiday participants can avail of additional time in Canada.

IEC Young Professionals:

Citizens of the countries below can create a profile to be considered for a Young Professionals work permit. Age eligibility and maximum validity varies from country to country.
Country Age eligibility Maximum validity
Australia 18-30 24 months
Austria 18-35 12 months
Chile 18-35 12 months
Costa Rica 18-35 12 months
Croatia 18-35 12 months
Czech Republic 18-35 12 months
Estonia 18-35 12 months
France 18-35 24 months
France (VIE) 18-35 24 months
Germany 18-35 12 months
Greece 18-35 12 months
Ireland 18-35 24 months
Latvia 18-35 12 months
Lithuania 18-35 12 months
Netherlands 18-30 12 months
Norway 18-35 12 months
Poland 18-35 12 months
Portugal 18-35 24 months
Slovakia 18-35 12 months
Slovenia 18-35 12 months
Spain 18-35 12 months
Sweden 18-30 12 months
Switzerland 18-35 18 months (Total of two permits)
Taiwan 18-35 12 months

IEC Young Professionals: Eligibility

  1. Have a signed letter proving a job offer, or a contract of employment, for a role which, as IRCC states, “adds to your professional development”. This is defined as a job with a National Occupational Classification (NOC) code of skill level 0, A, or B. A NOC C job might be accepted if the applicant can submit a post-secondary diploma, certificate or degree with their work permit application, demonstrating a direct link to their field of study. This rule also applies to those intending to work in the agricultural industry. Under the IEC Young Professionals category, the candidate must always demonstrate that an employer-employee relationship exists.
  2. The employment offer must be within the applicant’s field of expertise.
  3. Be a citizen (passport holder) of one of the countries that participate in IEC and have a profile Young Professionals pool.
  4. Have a valid passport for the duration of their stay in Canada (the work permit issued will not be longer than the validity of the passport).
  5. Be between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35 (inclusive) at the time of application. The upper age limit depends on the applicant’s country of citizenship, as outlined in the ‘Who can apply?’ section above.
  6. Have the equivalent of at least CAD$2,500 on landing to help cover initial expenses.
  7. Be able to take out health insurance for the full duration of their IEC permit (participants may have to present evidence of this insurance at the point of entry in Canada). View providers and get quotes on our travel insurance for Canada page.
  8. Be admissible to Canada.
  9. Have, prior to departure, a round-trip ticket or the financial resources to purchase a departure ticket for the end of their authorized stay in Canada.
  10. Not be accompanied by dependants.
  11. Pay the appropriate fees.
  12. Citizens of certain countries are also required to be resident in their country of citizenship at the time they apply for their IEC work permit.

How to get a permit:

Interested candidates will first need to complete the ‘Come to Canada’ questionnaire on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. This will give an initial indication of eligibility for an IEC Young Professionals work permit.

You may then create a profile, and choose to be entered into the IEC Young Professionals pool for your country.

IRCC will select candidates at random from the pool, and provide them with an ‘invitation to apply’, or ITA, for a work permit.

At this stage, applicants will need to upload all supporting documentation, and pay the IEC participation fee. For 2019, this fee is C$150.

Employers will also need to pay a C$230 Employer Compliance fee through their online Employer Portal. Once this is paid, they’ll receive an Offer of Employment number, which the applicant will then need to supply along with their application.

Once you submit your application, staff at IRCC will spend approximately eight weeks assessing it, and may request additional documents during this process.


International Experience Canada: Participating Countries List.

The full list of participating countries in the International Experience Canada (IEC) work permit program for 2019.

  1. There are between one and three categories available for each country (Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-Op), with the exception of France, where a fourth is also available.
  2. Open work permits allow the permit-holder to be employed with an eligible employer of their choosing. Employer-specific work permits are tied to the particular employer mentioned during the application process.
  3. Medical exams are required if you have lived or travelled in certain countries for six months, in the year before you come to Canada.
  4. If you have spent six months or more in a country not featured in this list, you may require a medical exam.

If your country of citizenship is not listed, you may be able to participate in the IEC program with the assistance of one of these IEC recognized organizations.

 

International Experience Canada participating countries:

Country International Experience Canada Category Age eligibility Type of work permit Maximum validity Participation frequency in International Experience Canada Medical Exam needed?
Australia Working Holiday 18-35 Open 24 months Two participations maximum in International Experience Canada. A participation of 24 months in either Working Holiday or Young Professionals; a second participation of 12 months in International Co-op. These two participations can be carried out in the order of the applicant’s choice. No
Young Professionals (Graduates) 18-35 Employer-specific 24 months No
International Co-op 18-35 Employer-specific 24 months (unless it is the applicant’s second participation since 2015, in which case, 12 months) No
Austria Working Holiday 18-30 Open 12 months One participation per category No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months One participation per category No
International Co-op 18-35 Employer-specific Internship or work placement must be in forestry, agriculture, or tourism 6 months One participation No
Belgium Working Holiday 18-30 Open 12 months One participation No
Chile Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations – Repeat category is permitted No
Young Professionals (Supplementary graduate training) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Young worker exchange program) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Costa Rica Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two International Experience Canada participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Croatia Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two International Experience Canada participations. Repeat category is permitted. No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Czech Republic Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Denmark (Danish citizens who reside in Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also eligible) Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months One participation No
Estonia Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two International Experience Canada participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op  (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
France Working Holiday 18-35 Open 24 months Two participations in International Experience Canada maximum: A participation of 24 months in either Working Holiday or Young Professionals or Young Professionals (VIE); a second participation of 12 months in International Co-op. Applicant can choose the order of these two participations No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 24 months No
Young Professionals – VIE 18-35 Employer-specific 24 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Germany Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two times. Repeat category is not permitted. No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Greece Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two International Experience Canada participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Hong Kong Working Holiday 18-30 Open 12 months One participation Yes
Ireland Working Holiday 18-35 Open 24 months To avail of two International Experience Canada participations, one must be under the International Co-op (Internship) category. No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 24 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Italy Working Holiday 18-35 Open 6 month work permit, may apply to stay an additional 6 months as a visitor One participation No
Japan Working Holiday 18-30 Open 12 months One participation No
Latvia Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted Yes
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months Yes
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months Yes
Lithuania Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted Yes
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months Yes
International Co-op  (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months Yes
Mexico The youth mobility agreement between Canada and Mexico is currently under review. As a result Invitations to Apply for an International Experience Canada permit are not being sent at this time. No
Netherlands Working Holiday 18-30 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-30 Employer-specific 12 months No
New Zealand Working Holiday 18-35 Open 23 months One participation (if you participated in IEC before April 2, 2015, you are no longer eligible to apply) No
Norway Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Poland Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Portugal Working Holiday 18-35 Open 24 months One participation No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 24 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 24 months No
San Marino Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations No
Slovakia Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Slovenia Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
South Korea Working Holiday 18-30 Open 12 months One participation Yes
Spain Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months No
Sweden Working Holiday 18-30 Open 12 months Two participations. Repeat category is not permitted No
Young Professionals 18-30 Employer-specific 12 months No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-30 Employer-specific 12 months No
Switzerland Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 18 months (Total duration of the two permits combined cannot exceed 18 months) Two participations. Repeat category is permitted if the sum of the two participations is within the 18-month total limit. No
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific No
Taiwan Working Holiday 18-35 Open 12 months One participation Yes
Young Professionals 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months Yes
International Co-op (Internship) 18-35 Employer-specific 12 months Yes
Ukraine The youth mobility agreement between Canada and Ukraine is currently under review. As a result Invitations to Apply for an International Experience Canada permit are not being sent at this time. Yes
United Kingdom Working Holiday 18-30 Open 24 months One participation No

The International Experience Canada (IEC) provides youth with the opportunity to travel and work in Canada.

Recognized Organizations offer guidance and support to candidates who are hoping to live and work in Canada on an International Experience Canada work permit. They are private companies, authorized by the government, to provide these services. They are useful for those who feel they would benefit from additional help as they prepare their work permit application and become settled in Canada.

Additionally, the participation of applicants from an IEC participating country with an employer-specific Recognized Organization is not included in that country’s quota. This means that if your country has exceeded its quota for Young Professionals or International Co-Op work permits, then a Recognized Organization may still be able to assist.

Note however that candidates wishing to apply through a Recognized Organization must still meet all IEC eligibility requirements and are subject to normal processing times.

If your country is not one of the IEC participating countries, then a Recognized Organization may be in a position to help you participate in the program as they can utilize their own private quota of work permits.

On December 4, 2018, Canada changed the list of Recognized Organisations and added information on Recognized Organisations receiving applications from citizens of specific countries, including the United States, Brazil, India, China, Ecuador, Iceland, Singapore, Pakistan and Uganda.

The 10 recognized organizations that offer their services to participants under specific IEC categories are listed below. All recognized organizations offer services to and from countries and territories that have a youth mobility agreement (YMA) with Canada. Conditions listed below are for IEC participation in Canada. In some cases, recognized organizations have been granted nomination quotas for work permit categories that are not part of the negotiated youth mobility agreements. In these cases, the maximum validity period for a participation is 24 months.

IEC work permits are issued through three categories: Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-Op.

Recognized Organisations:

  1. AIESEC CANADA
  2. GO INTERNATIONAL WORK & TRAVEL PROVIDERS
  3. IAESTE
  4. INTERNATIONAL RURAL EXCHANGE (IRE)
  5. MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUNDLAND
  6. STEPWEST
  7. SWAP WORKING HOLIDAYS
  8. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
  9. UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK

 

AIESEC Canada

AIESEC Canada is a non-profit organization that develops leadership in youth through international exchanges.

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 30 years Young Professionals Follows YMA limits
Brazil 18 to 30 years Young Professionals 12 months
India 18 to 30 years Young Professionals 12 months

 

GO International Work & Travel Providers
GO International Work & Travel Providers is a Canadian organization that offers work and travel opportunities to Canadian and foreign nationals.
Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years Working Holiday Follows YMA limits
International Co-op (Internship)
Young Professionals
Brazil 18 to 35 years Working Holiday 12 months
International Co-op (Internship)
Young Professionals
Ecuador 18 to 35 years Working Holiday 12 months
International Co-op (Internship)
Young Professionals
United States (U.S.) 18 to 35 years Working Holiday 12 months
International Co-op (Internship)
Young Professionals
IAESTE
IAESTE offers student and professional-internship opportunities in technical-career-related fields to Canadians and foreign nationals.

 

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) Follows YMA limits
Young Professionals
Other non-YMA IAESTE country partners 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) 12 months
Young Professionals

 

IRE
IRE is a Canadian organization that offers paid placements in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture to individuals with experience or education in Canada or overseas.

 

Memorial University of Newfoundland
Memorial University provides international internship opportunities to students and recent graduates.

 

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) Follows YMA limits

 

Stepwest
Stepwest and Stepabroad, a program for Canadian youth, facilitate work experiences in Canada and abroad. Their multi-award nominated program portfolio ranges from paid ski resort jobs to industry-specific student internships.

 

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years Working Holiday Follows YMA limits
International Co-op (Internship)
Young Professionals

 

SWAP Working Holidays
SWAP Working Holidays facilitates working holidays, young professional work and travel opportunities for Canadians and foreign nationals.

 

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years Working Holiday Follows YMA limits
Young Professionals
U.S. 18 to 35 years Working Holiday 12 months
Young Professionals
University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia provides internship opportunities to students and recent graduates.

 

Country or territory Age Type of work permit Maximum validity period
All YMA countries and territories 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) Follows YMA limits
Young Professionals
Brazil 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) 12 months
Young Professionals
China 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) 12 months
Young Professionals
Iceland 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) 12 months
Young Professionals
India 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) 12 months
Young Professionals
Pakistan 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) 12 months
Young Professionals
Singapore 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) 12 months
Young Professionals
Uganda 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) 12 months
Young Professionals
U.S. 18 to 35 years International Co-op (Internship) 12 months
Young Professionals
University of New Brunswick
Through the Student Abroad Program, the University of New Brunswick supports international work experiences by facilitating the following:

 

  • academic placements
  • internships
  • service learning
  • research opportunities

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) offers several immigration streams targeting a diverse range of potential newcomers to Canada. From international graduates and temporary foreign workers in Nova Scotia, to skilled workers and entrepreneurs outside Canada, many people find their route to Canadian permanent resident status through a Nova Scotia immigration stream.
Category/Stream Aligned with EE? Job Offer Required? Recent update Current Status
Demand: Express Entry (Category A) Yes Yes Has remained open for a long time Open
Demand: Express Entry (Category B) Yes No Open for 225 new applications on Sat, Nov 17, 2018, closing the same day. Closed
Experience: Express Entry Yes No Application guide updated July 10, 2018 Open
Express Entry Labour Market Priorities Yes No Mar 20 invitation round: bi-lingual candidates invited Awaiting results of Mar 20 draw. Candidates who submitted their expression of interest before September 20, 2018 & have selected French as their first official language with a CLB score of 7 or higher & English as a second official language with a CLB score of 5 or higher & hold a bachelor’s degree OR have completed a program of three or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute.
Jan 24 invitation round: Candidates in NOC 1111 (financial auditors and accountants) invited Awaiting results of Jan 24 draw. Candidates in NOC 1111 who entered the Express Entry pool on or after July 1, 2018 & with CRS score from 400 to 450, with additional education, language and work experience requirements.
Launched August 2, first invitations sent August 8
Skilled Worker No Yes Application guide updated July 5, 2018 Open
International Graduate Entrepreneur No No Jan 7: 1 invited, 54+ points Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
Entrepreneur No No Apr 4: 27 invited, 112+ points Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
Physician No Yes New (and first) application guide available as of Feb 22. Open

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) offers a route to Canadian permanent resident status for foreign nationals who wish to make this vast territory their home.

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program has a range of streams targeting foreign nationals with specific skills and experience:

  • Critical Impact Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream
  • Business Stream

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)

Category/Stream Aligned with EE? Job Offer Required? Recent update Current Status
Express Entry Yes Yes New application guide effective as of September, 2018 Open
Skilled Workers No Yes New application guide effective as of September, 2018 Open
Critical Impact No Yes New application guide effective as of September, 2018 Open
Business Stream No No, but must invest in or
create an eligible business
New application guide effective as of Jan, 2018 Open

The Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream is a key component of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program.

Federal Express Entry pool

Potential applicants will need to be eligible under one of the following federal economic immigration programs.

 

  1. The Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC);
  2. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC); or
  3. The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

Once in the Express Entry pool, candidates are assigned a CRS score.

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
Category/Stream Aligned with EE? Job Offer Required? Recent update Current Status
Express Entry Skilled Worker Yes Yes New $250 application fee as of May, 2016 Open
Skilled Worker No Yes New $250 application fee as of May, 2016 Open
International Graduate No Yes Most recent application guide is from June, 2016 Open
International Graduate Entrepreneur No No Launched July 30, 2018 Open
International Entrepreneur No No The Expression of Interest system
opened on February 22
EOI system is closed currently

British Columbia invited 187 candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP, with invitations issued across five categories. A further 20 invitations were issued under the Entrepreneur category.
Category/Stream Aligned with EE? Job Offer Required? Recent draw results Current Status
EEBC – Skilled Worker Yes Yes May 7: 105+ points required to receive an ITA Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
EEBC – Healthcare Professional Yes Yes N/A Accepting applications
EEBC – International Graduate Yes Yes May 7: 105+ points required to receive an ITA Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
EEBC – International Post-Graduate Yes No N/A Accepting applications
Skills Immigration (SI) – Skilled Worker No Yes May 7: 95+ points required to receive an ITA Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
SI – Healthcare Professional No Yes N/A Accepting applications
SI – International Graduate No Yes May 7: 105+ points required to receive an ITA Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled No Yes May 7: 75+ points required to receive an ITA Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
SI – International Post-Graduate No No N/A Accepting applications
Tech Pilot The BC PNP Tech Pilot uses some of the categories listed above to prioritize workers in priority tech occupations.
Entrepreneur No No May 7: 109+ points required to receive an ITA (20 invitations issued) Accepting EOIs & issuing invitations
Entrepreneur Regional Pilot No No March 14: program launched Matching communities with applicants (see program guide for more information)

Alberta announced that its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) nomination allocation for 2019 is 6,000 nominations, up from 5,600 last year.

As of May 8, 1,783 nominations have been issued so far this year. Approximately 2,100 applications await assessment for eligibility. In addition, fresh Alberta Express Entry data shows that more than 3,000 invitations have been issued under this stream through 14 draws that have taken place so far this year; candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 have been invited.

Job Offer Required? Recent update Current Status
No May 8, 2019: AINP reveals invitation history showing candidates with
CRS scores as low as 300 have been invited this year.
14 draws have taken place this year.
Open (candidates must receive
invitation before applying)
Yes May 8, 2019: 950 applications are in the queue, and AINP
staff are assessing applications received before Jan 3.
Open
Nov 1, 2018: Income requirement has been removed & adjustments
made to language requirements (to come into effect in 2020)
No Remains open into 2019 Open

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), with invitations issued under the Skilled Workers Overseas stream, the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, and the International Education stream.

Draw #65 – May 9, 2019

SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 101
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 569

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 17

SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS

  • Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 52 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
  • Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 616.

Of the 170 Letters of Advice to Apply issued in this draw, 15 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code.

May 8th, 2019:

Immigration combined with efforts to improve the participation of under-represented groups in Canada’s labour force is “the best path” for ensuring the country’s economic growth and high living standards over the next 20 years, says a new Conference Board of Canada study.

Conference Board of Canada says immigration will account for all net labour force growth between 2018 and 2040.

This 22-year period will see all 9.2 million Canadian baby boomers reach retirement age and demand for Canada’s publicly funded social services reach new heights. “Nearly one-quarter of the population will be 65 or older in 2040 — compared to 17 per cent today — which means that in the absence of labour force growth solutions, Canada would face even greater pressure to fund the health care that its citizens increasingly rely on in their senior years,” the study says.

While the 11.8 million students leaving Canadian schools between 2018 and 2040 will provide the bulk of the country’s workers and tax base, they will not be enough to make up for the 13.4 million workers who are forecasted to leave the labour force during this period.

Four scenarios

The Conference Board of Canada study looked at four scenarios for overcoming this gap: a first counterfactual scenario imagined Canada with no immigration over the 22-year period, while the others considered the results of an immigration level of one per cent and increased labour force participation rates of women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities — three groups that experience “large and chronic gaps” in labour force representation.

The study concluded that a fourth scenario that combined gradually rising immigration levels and increased labour force participation of women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities was the “best path forward” for Canada and would produce a net labour force increase of 5.9 million workers.

This would represent an annual labour force growth comparable to that experienced between 2000 and 2017 and average annual real GDP growth of 1.9 per cent between 2018 and 2040.

“This scenario is important not only in terms of benefitting the Canadian economy, but also because it would promote inclusive economic growth, alleviate poverty, and strengthen social inclusion and cohesion,” it reads.

 

1% immigration

Immigration that reached an annual rate equal to one per cent of Canada’s population by 2030 will remain “a formative solution” for the coming labour market crunch, the study says, accounting for all of Canada’s net labour force growth — 3.7 million workers — and one-third of Canada’s economic growth rate over the next two decades.

On the strength of one per cent immigration alone, “Canada’s labour force size would stand at 23.3 million workers in 2040 compared to 19.8 million in 2018,” the study says.

Improving the participation rates of women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities would add roughly 2.2 million workers and $101 billion to Canada’s economy by 2040.

Other under-represented labour pools could also contribute to labour force growth, the report says, such as disengaged workers and people between the ages of 55 and older.

A combination of immigration and the increased labour market participation of women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities would grow Canada’s labour force to 25.5 million workers in 2040.

Kareem El-Assal, one of the study’s authors, told CIC News that the study shows that an emphasis on unemployed and underemployed Canadians, while important, would not be enough to meet Canada’s long-term labour market needs.

“It highlights that when we consider Canadians first, as we should, this is what the story shows — we just don’t have enough future Canadians to meet our future labour force needs,” he said.

“While we absolutely need to tap into Canadians, we’re going to have to rely on immigration to drive our labour force and economic growth moving forward.”

The federal government’s immigration levels plan for 2019 to 2021 responds to this demographic challenge and has Canada reaching an immigration rate of just over 0.9 per cent in its third year, with the majority slated to arrive through its various economic class immigration programs.

El-Assal also said it’s important to remember that new arrivals would be just one aspect of immigration’s contribution to Canada’s labour force growth in the coming years.

Many of the 11.8 million Canadians who will be leaving school and entering the workforce between 2018 and 2040 will be the sons and daughters of immigrants, as well, he noted.

“There’s a dividend that comes through immigration,” he said. “We often think of the principal applicants arriving through the economic class, but we sometimes forget about their children. One of the most important stories to be told from their children is, for all intents and purposes, they become Canadians within the labour market.  They perform very strongly, which helps Canada’s economy.”


Canadian immigration authorities have completed inviting new applications for the popular Parent and Grandparent Program, through which Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aimed to invite enough sponsors to receive 20,000 complete applications this year.

The popular Parent and Grandparent Program for immigration to Canada reopened to interested sponsors on January 28, 2019 at 12 noon EST, using a new system.

Just a few minutes later, however, the ‘interest to sponsor’ form — used to gather submissions of interest in the program from would-be applicants — was quickly closed ‘for now’ as IRCC had received enough submitted forms.

IRCC now states that invitations are being issued in the same order that Interest to Sponsor forms were received during the submission period held on January 28.

The first-in, first-served approach is designed to keep the application process fair for all, while remaining an easy-to-access electronic method for applicants.


Below is the latest update on SINP province issuing invitations to client under various streams:

Category/Stream Aligned with EE? Job Offer Required? Recent update Current Status
International Skilled Worker (ISW): Express Entry Yes No May 1: 81 invitations issued (67+ points required). Occupations included in this draw: Managers in social, community and correctional services, Conference and event planners, Medical sonographers, Psychologists, Instructors of persons with disabilities, Butchers and Bakers. Accepting expressions of interest & issuing invitations in periodic draws
May 1: revised occupations list
ISW: Occupations In-Demand No No May 1: 121 invitations issued (67+ points required). Occupations included in this draw: Managers in social, community and correctional services, Conference and event planners, Medical sonographers, Psychologists, Instructors of persons with disabilities, Butchers and Bakers. Accepting expressions of interest & issuing invitations in periodic draws
May 1: revised occupations list
ISW: Employment Offer No Yes As of April, 2019: 3,615 applications currently being accepted (out of 4,000 for 2019 as a whole) Open
Saskatchewan Experience: Existing work permits and Health Professionals No Yes As of April, 2019: 1,145 remaining applications to be accepted this year (out of 1,200 for 2019 as a whole) Open
Saskatchewan Experience: Students No Yes As of April, 2019: 1,190 remaining applications to be accepted this year (out of 1,200 for 2019 as a whole) Open
Saskatchewan Experience: Hospitality Workers No Yes As of April, 2019: 195 remaining applications to be accepted this year (out of 200 for 2019 as a whole) Open
Saskatchewan Experience: Long Haul Truck Drivers No Yes As of April, 2019: 49 remaining applications to be accepted this year (out of 50 for 2019 as a whole) Open
Entrepreneur No No May 2: 43 invited, 120+ points required. Accepting expressions of interest
Draws scheduled for July 4, Sep 5 and Nov 7 (all 2019)
Farm Owner and Operator No No As of Jan 2, 2019: max. 50 applications to be accepted in 2019 Open

Please find below on the latest update on PNP’s issuing and issued invitation for April and May 2019.

Latest PNP Canada updates:

  • May 2: Saskatchewan invited 43 candidates to apply through the SINP Entrepreneur stream.
  • May 1: Saskatchewan invited another 202 skilled workers, including 81 Express Entry candidates, to applying under the SINP Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories, with invitations issued to candidates in key targeted occupations. The same day, Saskatchewan tweaked its occupations in-demand list.
  • April 30: British Columbia invited 64 candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination in a Tech Pilot draw.  .
  • April 30: Ontario reopened the OINP Masters Graduate stream for 667 new registrations. Those spots were filled quickly, and the stream is no longer accepting registrations at this time.
  • April 26: Ontario has paused intake to both the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream and Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream as of April 26. No new applications can be submitted as of this date.
  • April 25: Manitoba invited 299 candidates, including 30 Express Entry candidates, to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), with invitations issued under the Skilled Workers Overseas stream, the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, and the International Education stream.
  • April 23: British Columbia invited 157 candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP, with invitations issued across five categories.
    • April 18: PEI invited 113 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates to apply for provincial nomination under the PEI PNP, with another 17 business candidates also invited.
    • April 17: Saskatchewan invited 334 candidates to apply to its International Skilled Worker sub-categories: Express Entry (114 candidates) and Occupations In-Demand (220 candidates). The same day, Saskatchewan once again revised its eligible occupations list for these sub-categories.
    • April 16: Ontario has proposed a range of regulatory amendments that, if passed, would lead to changes to criteria for all OINP streams.
    • April 16: British Columbia invited 71 candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination in the largest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw on record.  .
    • April 16: Saskatchewan provided an update on annual quotas for a range of SINP streams.
April 11: Manitoba invited 403 candidates, including an unspecified number of Express Entry candidates, to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), with invitations issued under the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.
  • April 11: Ontario announced a range of immigration initiatives in its provincial budget, including plans to launch an Ontario tech stream under the OINP.
  • April 9: British Columbia invited 142 candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination under the BC PNP, with invitations issued across five categories.
  • April 5: Ontario invited 22 candidates to apply under the OINP Entrepreneur stream.
  • April 4: Nova Scotia invited 27 candidates to apply to the Entrepreneur stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).  .
  • April 4: Saskatchewan revamped its eligible occupations lists for the SINP Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories, adding many new occupations.
  • April 2: British Columbia invited 26 candidates, including Express Entry candidates, to apply for provincial nomination in a Tech Pilot draw.

May 6th, 2019:

The Government of Canada has finished issuing invitations to potential sponsors to its Parents and Grandparents Program — and those invited now have less than 60 days to submit a complete application.

Known as the PGP, the program allows eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a target of 20,000 complete applications to the PGP for 2019.

In order to be considered for an invitation to apply to the PGP, interested individuals must first submit an Interest to Sponsor form during the annual submission period in January.

This year, IRCC accepted 27,000 Interest to Sponsor forms on a first-in, first-served basis during an intake held on January 28 and interest was so strong that IRCC reached its intake quota in less than 10 minutes.

IRCC began issuing invitations on April 24 and completed the process on April 27.
Interested sponsors who were invited to apply have 60 days from the date they received their invitation to submit a complete application, including all supporting documentation.

In 2018, IRCC held a second round of invitations to apply to the PGP at the end of July and increased its annual target from 10,000 to 17,000 complete applications.

May 3rd, 2019:

Ontario reopened its Masters Graduate Stream to new registrations April 30 and quickly reached its limit. The OINP accepted 667 new registrations before ending intake.

The Masters Graduate Stream gives international graduates with an eligible Ontario master’s degree the opportunity to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The opening completed the intake of 1,000 new registrations that originally began March 5 but ran into technical difficulties before the quota was reached.

A total of 333 registrations were submitted successfully on March 5 and the April 30 intake accepted the remaining 667 registrations before closing.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said successful registrants will receive a confirmation number from its e-Filing Portal within three business days. Once you receive a file number you have 14 days to submit an application to the OINP or your registration will expire.


Saskatchewan invites Express Entry, Occupation In-Demand candidates with specific work experience. Conference and event planners removed from In-Demand Occupations List following May 1 draw.

Saskatchewan invited 202 candidates with work experience in seven occupations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on May 1. The draws through the province’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories targeted candidates with work experience in the following occupations. NOC refers to the profession’s code under Canada’s National Occupational Classification:

NOC Occupation Title
423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
1226 Conference and event planners
3216 Medical sonographers
4151 Psychologists
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
6331 Butchers
6332 Bakers

All seven occupations were on the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)’s In-demand Occupations List. Work experience in an occupation on the list is among the eligibility requirements for both the SINP’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories. A job offer, however, is not required. The SINP followed the draw by removing conference and event planners (NOC 1226) from the list — the third time that the SINP has updated its In-demand Occupations List since the start of April. The May 1 draw was the SINP’s second to target candidates with work experience in specific occupations on the list. An earlier draw held April 17 invited Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates with work experience in four occupations, all of which were removed from the list after the draw.

The lowest-scoring Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates invited in the May 1 draw had a score of 67.

April 29th, 2019:

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot allows the technology sector in BC to attract and retain the talent it needs to grow the sector further.

Launched in 2017, the BC PNP Tech Pilot came about due to the fact that the demand for talent in BC’s tech sector is increasing faster than the supply. The initiative supports the attraction of skilled workers and to satisfy the demand for tech talent by expanding BC’s talent pool of skilled workers. The BC PNP Tech pilot is being extended until June 2019.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot features:

  • Dedicated concierge service
    • Tech employers have access to relevant immigration information.
  • Weekly invitations for tech registrants to apply
    • Tech employers have timely access to qualified individuals in the 29 eligible tech occupations.
  • Priority processing
    • Dedicated BC PNP Tech Team and next business day assignment of tech applications in the 29 occupations. The BC PNP says most applications are processed within two to three months.
  • Focused outreach and engagement
    • BC PNP sessions and events tailored for the tech sector, including one-on-one employer support.

How it works

The BC PNP will issue invitations on a weekly basis to qualified registrants who have a valid job offer in one of the 29 eligible occupations.

As of June 26, 2018, job offers under the BC PNP tech Pilot must:

  • be for one of the 29 eligible occupations under the BC PNP Tech Pilot;
  • be at least one year in duration (365 days); and
  • have 120 calendar days remaining at the time of application.

The free registration process includes providing information about the applicant’s supporting B.C. employer. In order to be issued an invitation to apply, both the applicant and his or her employer must meet all program requirements at the time of registration. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee that the applicant will be invited to apply.

The BC PNP will continue to invite non-tech candidates through its other immigration initiatives. Also, job offers that are for longer than year will continue to be eligible for the BC PNP Tech Pilot. To learn more about immigrating to BC, see our complete BC PNP section.

The BC PNP supports employers to attract and retain needed talent by prioviding an expedited immigration pathway for internationally trained workers who have the critical skills, experience and qualifications needed by B.C. employers, as well as international students who have completed their education in BC or elsewhere in Canada and have the critical skills required for BC’s technology sector.

Applicants to the BC PNP categories need a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an eligible employer in BC (with the exception of the 29 eligible occupations under the BC PNP tech pilot). The BC PNP offers different categories for individuals under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), depending on their job, work experience, and level of education education.

The Process:

  • Once a candidate has determined his or her category, he or she may register online and receive a registration score. Registration is free.
  • Every week (subject to processing capacity), the BC PNP will conduct a tech draw to invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply.
  • Invited candidates have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application. The government application fee is $700.
  • The BC PNP will process the application on a priority basis.
  • If approved, the applicant receives a nomination that he or she can use to apply for permanent residence.
  • Individuals who have been nominated and who meet the conditions of their nomination will receive a work permit support letter that allows them to obtain or renew their current work permit allowing them to work throughout the process.

Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot

Occupation NOC
Telecommunication carriers managers 131
Computer and information systems managers 213
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 512
Civil engineers 2131
Mechanical engineers 2132
Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 6221

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) application processing times are based on the latest information available from Canadian immigration authorities.

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals for immigration to Canada. Each PNP is designed in order to respond to the province’s/territory’s specific needs, with provinces attracting individuals and families who will be able to settle into life and work in the region and to effectively contribute to the community.

Most PNPs contain at least one stream aligned with the federal Express Entryimmigration selection system

Provincial Nominee Program Processing Times:

Was the application made online via the Express Entry system? Application processing time
Yes, the application was made via Express Entry 6 months
No, the application was made through a ‘base’ PNP stream outside the Express Entry system 15 to 19 months

Visa Offices

The following is a list of visa offices where Provincial Nominee Program applications may be processed.

Americas
Bogota, Colombia
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Havana, Cuba
Kingston, Jamaica
Lima, Peru
Los Angeles, United States
Mexico City, Mexico
New York City, United States
Ottawa (Case Processing Center), Canada
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Santiago, Chile
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Africa and the Middle East
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Accra, Ghana
Amman, Jordan
Ankara, Turkey
Beirut, Lebanon
Cairo, Egypt
Dakar, Senegal
Nairobi, Kenya
Pretoria, South Africa
Rabat, Morocco
Tel Aviv, Israel
Asia and Pacific
Beijing, China
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Hong Kong, China
Islamabad, Pakistan
Manila, Philippines
New Delhi, India
Singapore, Singapore
Sydney, Australia
Europe
Bucharest, Romania
Kiev, Ukraine
London, United Kingdom
Moscow, Russia
Paris, France
Rome, Italy
Vienna, Austria
Warsaw, Poland


Canada Family Class Immigration Application Process.

The process for Family Class Sponsorship for Canadian immigration differs depending upon where the Sponsored Person is currently residing and where her or she intends to reside in Canada.

A Sponsored Person can apply from:

  • Outside Canada; or
  • Inside Canada, if the applicant is the spouse or common-law partner of the Canadian Sponsor.

For Sponsored Persons applying from outside Canada:

  • The Canadian Sponsor must first submit the Sponsorship Application to the Canadian Immigration Case Processing Centre (CPC) located in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • The Sponsored Person’s Application for a Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa must also be submitted to the Canadian Immigration Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • Upon approval of the Family Class Sponsorship Application, Citizenship and Immigration Canada authorities will forward the Sponsored Person’s Permanent Resident application to the appropriate Canadian Immigration Visa Office located outside of Canada.

For Sponsored Persons applying from inside Canada (spouses or common-law partners and their dependent children only):

  • The Canadian Sponsor must submit the Sponsorship Application to the Canadian Immigration Case Processing Centre located in Vegreville, Alberta.
  • The Sponsored Person’s Application For Permanent Residence In Canada must also be submitted to the Canadian Immigration Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta.

For Sponsored persons applying to Quebec:

The same conditions will apply as those listed above, but the Sponsorship application will not be approved until it has then been forwarded to the Province of Quebec and approved by Quebec immigration authorities.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents may bring their parents and grandparents to Canada through one of two popular programs: the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) and/or the Super Visa program.


Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP):

Canada’s Family Class sponsorship program includes a stream dedicated to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Parents and grandparents approved under this program receive Canadian permanent residence and may eventually be able to apply for Canadian citizenship.

To be eligible for Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program, an individual must meet:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be residing in Canada (potential applicants will need to provide a proof of status during the Interest to Sponsor phase);
  • Exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program (if married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both the sponsor and spouse can be included) and provide proof of income to IRCC; and
  • Sign an undertaking
    • to financially support the sponsored for 20 years (starting when they become permanent residents); and
    • to repay any social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored family members (if applicable) for a period of 20 years.
    • If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional “undertaking” must be signed with the province of Quebec.

Applicants to the PGP will have to prove that they meet the minimum income requirements by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their application.

PGP Updates for 2019:

In an effort to improve the application process, IRCC replaced its controversial randomized application process with a “first-in, first-served” model for the 2019 in-take cycle.

IRCC has a 2019 quota of up to 20,000 complete applications through the PGP. Invitations to apply to the program will be issued based on the order Interest to Sponsor forms were received once the forms are reviewed for eligibility.

Completing the online Interest to Sponsor Form on IRCC’s website was the first step to the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship process.

PGP 2019 Interest to Sponsor Form

Prior to submitting the Interest to Sponsor form, IRCC encourages potential sponsors to gather the required information, including proof of status in Canada.

Individuals completing the form will need to provide the following information:

  • Family name(s) (also known as last name, surname) and their given name(s) (also known as first name).
  • Date of birth
  • Country or territory of birth
  • Primary residential address in Canada
  • Email address for communication with IRCC
  • Number of family members
  • Total number of persons the individual wishes to sponsor, including dependents (spouse/partner and children)
  • Names of the parents and grandparents the individual want to sponsor and their date of birth
  • Electronic signature; and
  • Proof of status in Canada document number.

For the January 2019 Interest to Sponsor Form submission period, potential sponsors were able to submit one of the following documents as proof of status in Canada:

  • Permanent resident card (both sides)
  • Record of landing (IMM 1000) (only if the interested sponsor didn’t receive a PR Card)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate or card (both sides)
  • Canadian birth certificate
    • If the interested sponsor was born in Quebec, IRCC will only accept a birth certificate from the Directeur de l’État civil.
  • Canadian passport (pages showing passport number, date of issue and expiration, photo, name, surname, place and date of birth)
  • Secure certificate of Indian status

Learn what to do if you receive a PGP Invitation to Apply.

As part of the Government of Canada’s multi-year immigration levels plan, the 2019 admission target for the PGP is set at 20,500 and will rise to 21,000 in 2020.

Who is not eligible to sponsor a parent or grandparent

Individuals are not eligible to sponsor a parent and/or grandparent if they:

  • Are less than 18 years old;
  • Will not live in Canada when applying to sponsor the parent and/or grandparent and/or when the sponsored parent and/or grandparent becomes a permanent resident;
    • A a potential sponsor, an applicant’s primary residential address must be in Canada at the time of applying and until a decision is made on the application.
  • Are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or a registered Indian in Canada;
  • Are a temporary resident who is visiting, studying or working in Canada on a visa or permit;
  • Have a permanent residence application that is still in process
    • A potential sponsor must have permanent resident status at the time of submitting the sponsorship application.
  • Cannot show proof of income that demonstrates they has the required Minimum Necessary Income (MNI).

In addition, individuals may not be eligible to sponsor a parent and grandparent if they:

  • Are in jail, prison, or penitentiary
  • Did not pay back:
    • an immigration loan
    • a performance bond
    • court-ordered family support payments such as alimony or child support
  • Did not give the financial support they agreed to when signing a sponsorship agreement to sponsor a relative in the past
  • Declared bankruptcy and are not discharged
  • Receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability
  • Were convicted of a violent criminal offence, any offence against a relative or any sexual offence inside or outside Canada
  • Cannot legally stay in Canada and must leave the country because they received a Removal Order.

IRCC may have additional reasons for considering a person ineligible to sponsor a parent and/or grandparent.

Parents and Grandparents Super Visa Program:

Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents have another option to bring a parent or grandparent to Canada.

The Super Visa Program allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada as long-term visitors on a multi-entry visa that remains valid for up to 10 years. Unlike standard visitor visas, a Super Visa allows visa holders to stay in Canada for up to two years on initial entry to Canada.

To be eligible for the Super Visa program, parents and grandparents must meet standard visitor visa requirements. In addition, they must:

  • Provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada;
  • Show that the sponsor in Canada meets minimum income requirements;
  • Prove they have purchased Canadian health insurance for at least one year; and
  • Complete an immigration medical examination.

Depending on their nationality, parents/grandparents may require a Temporary Resident Visa in addition to the Super Visa.

April 27th, 2019:

Below is the update on the latest PNP issuing invitation:

Province Category / Stream What’s new Date
Manitoba Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers
Overseas and International Education Stream
299 invitations issued in the latest Expression of Interest (EOI) Draw. 25-Apr-19
British Columbia Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC 157 invitations issued to Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates. 23-Apr-19
Prince Edward Island Various Streams 17 Business Work Permit Entrepreneur invitations and 113 Labour Impact
and Express Entry invitations issued.
18-Apr-19
Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand 324 invitations issued through occupation-specific draw . 17-Apr-19
British Columbia BC PNP Tech Pilot 71 invitations issued to Skilled Worker, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled and
International Graduate candidates.
16-Apr-19

Manitoba issues new invitations to immigration candidates in three MPNP streams.

299 invitations issued in April 25 draw, raising 2019 total to nearly 4,000. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program issued new invitations to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held April 25.

The April 25 draw invited 299 candidates from the MPNP’s Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

Those invitations broke down as follows:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 208
  • International Education Stream: 25
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: 66

The MPNP said all candidates invited through the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream were invited directly through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. These initiatives include overseas recruitment missions led by the MPNP, often in association with employers in Manitoba.

The lowest score drawn in the April 25 draw was 510 for Skilled Workers in Manitoba and 632 for Skilled Workers Overseas candidates.

The April 25 invitations bring the total issued by the MPNP through these streams so far this year to 3,901.

MPNP under the Expression of Interest System

Draw #64 – April 25, 2019

SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA

Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 208
Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 510

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STREAM

Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 25

SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS

Number of Letters of Advice to Apply issued: 66 who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative
Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 632

April 26th, 2019:
Many provincial immigration streams target candidates with work experience in a specific occupation. Immigration candidates with work experience in any skilled occupation may be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through Canada’s Express Entry system, but experience in a specific line of work can be an advantage at the provincial level.

The Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class are three of Canada’s main federal pathways to permanent residence. The pool of candidates for all three programs is managed by the Express Entry system.
Eligible occupations are those rated skill type 0 (managerial), skill level A (professional) or skill level B (technical) under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Provincial Nominee Programs

Work experience in a specific occupation is required by a number of provincial nominee streams, some of which are linked to the Express Entry system.

These streams allow participating provinces and territories to nominate foreign workers with the required work experience for Canadian permanent residence.

Many operate on an Expression of Interest system, which requires all candidates — including Express Entry candidates — to register a profile with the provincial nominee program in question.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

Nearly every Canadian province has at least one immigration stream that uses a list of in-demand occupations to determine eligibility.
These lists are based on current labour market needs and opportunities in the respective province and — as we saw twice this month in the case of Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List — they can change without warning.

Here are some popular examples of provincial nominee streams that require specified work experience:

  • British Columbia: Tech Pilot
  • Alberta: Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Saskatchewan: International Skilled Worker — Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories
  • Manitoba: Skilled Worker Overseas
  • Ontario: Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  • New Brunswick: Express Entry Labour Market Stream (sometimes, not always)
  • Nova Scotia: Demand — Express Entry (Category B)

Professions targeted by these lists vary, but there are occupations that a number have in common:

  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
  • Administrative assistants (NOC 1112)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Social and community service workers (NOC 4212)
  • Early childhood educators (NOC 4214)

Tech occupations

British Columbia’s dedicated Tech Pilot is an example of the growing prioritization of tech-related occupations in Canada.

Work experience in one of the pilot’s 29 in-demand tech occupations is a key eligibility requirement for the program, which provides a fast-tracked, permanent immigration pathway for foreign workers and international students — many of whom are also Express Entry candidates.

B.C.’s list reflects actual labour demand in the province based on labour market research conducted by the BC Tech Association and the Vancouver Economic Commission.

Tech-related professions also feature prominently on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations List.

Eligible work experience in an occupation on the list is a requirement for the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, which has been among Canada’s most active provincial pathways so far this year and invites Express Entry candidates on regular basis.

Ontario recently announced that it will create a dedicated immigration stream for tech workers but no details have been released as to its criteria or whether it will target specific occupations.

Occupation-specific draws
A number of provincial streams have also held occupation-specific draws.

Nova Scotia’s Express Entry-linked Labour Market Priorities Stream was created for this purpose and allows the province to search the Express Entry pool for candidates with the required work experience.

Since its introduction in August 2018, Nova Scotia has held targeted draws for early childhood educators and assistants and financial auditors and accountants.

New Brunswick has also accepted profiles from candidates with experience in specific occupations through its Express Entry Labour Market Stream.

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program has employed a list of specified occupations, including a draw last July that targeted a range of tech-related positions, among other professions.

April 25th, 2019:
The Government of Canada is now issuing invitations to apply to its Parents and Grandparents Program. Canada has a target of 20,000 complete applications for 2019.

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said invitations are being issued in the same order that Interest to Sponsor forms were received during the submission period held on January 28.

The first invitations were issued April 24 and IRCC said that it will take a few days to send all potential sponsors their invitations. Invitations will be sent to the email address used on the Interest to Sponsor form. However, IRCC said it is possible that some invitations could end up in the junk mail folder, so be sure to check there.

Interested sponsors who receive an invitation from IRCC will have 60 days from the date of their invitation to submit a complete sponsorship application.

IRCC has a target of 20,000 complete applications to its Parents and Grandparents Program for 2019.

If necessary, IRCC has said that it may conduct other invitation rounds to meet its 2019 target.

The unemployment rate in Guelph, Ontario, was the lowest in Canada once again last month, maintaining a trend that’s attracting an increasing number of immigrants to the so-called “Royal City.”

Located 100 kilometres west of Toronto, the city of nearly 132,000 people had an unemployment rate of just 2.2 per cent last month — the lowest in Canada, according to a monthly labour market report card compiled by BMO Capital Markets.

The average unemployment rate for the 33 Canadian cities listed was 5.3 per cent.

Manufacturing:

There is a “huge need” for labour in Guelph’s manufacturing sector. Two companies in particular — the auto parts maker Linamar and Danby Appliances — regularly hire immigrants.

Work for skilled professionals

The high demand for blue-collar workers in Guelph does not mean there aren’t opportunities for skilled professionals.

The city is a hub for agricultural research and is home to Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, “so you see a lot of people with veterinary backgrounds and biotech backgrounds coming and settling in Guelph,” he noted.

The University of Guelph is another source of potential employment for professionals, notably academics and researchers.

The university placed fourth among Canada’s comprehensive universities in last year’s university rankings by Maclean’s Magazine. Comprehensive universities are defined as those that conduct some graduate-level research and offer a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

With a growing number of skilled workers coming through Canada’s Express Entry system, Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington is developing a “connectors program” that Rahmaty said will connect internationally trained professionals with a professional currently working in their field locally with the goal of linking them to three other professionals.

April 22nd, 2019:
Prince Edward Island issues 130 invitations in April 18 draw. Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact candidates invited.
A total of 130 invitations were issued to candidates in PEI’s Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact immigration categories in the April 18 draw, bringing the number of invitations issued so far this year by the PEI PNP to 570.

The 113 Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates who received an invitation in today’s draw can now apply to PEI’s provincial nominee program, the PEI PNP, for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Entrepreneur invitations

PEI’s Business Impact: Work Permit Stream is for eligible foreign entrepreneurs with business ownership or eligible management experience who would like to invest in and run a business in PEI.

The Work Permit stream also operates on an EOI basis and the lowest-ranked candidate in the April 18 draw had a score of 107.
April 18th, 2019:

New Express Entry draw issues 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Minimum score stays at 451 in April 17 draw.

Canada has now issued a total of 27,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates in 2019.

In 2018 — a year that saw Canada set the current Express Entry ITA record of 89,800 — a total of 21,000 ITAs had been issued by April 17.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has higher admissions targets for its three Federal High Skilled classes in 2019 and 2020, so it is possible that the 2019 ITA total will surpass 2018’s record.

IRCC used its tie-break rule in the April 17, with the time and date set at 15:01:49 UTC on April 2, 2019. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 451, as well as those candidates with scores of 451 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

Saskatchewan draws candidates with specific work experience, revises In-Demand Occupations List.

Three of four occupations targeted were added to the province’s In-Demand Occupations List April 4.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program broke new ground April 17 with its first Expression of Interest draw for immigration candidates with work experience in specific in-demand occupations.

Work experience in an occupation on the list is a requirement for both the SINP’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories.

4 occupations targeted in April 17 EOI draw

A total of 324 invitations were issued to Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates with eligible work experience in one of the following occupations. NOC in the table below refers to the profession’s code under Canada’s National Occupational Classification.

NOC Occupation Title
2154 Land Surveyors
2255 Technical Occupations in Geomatics and Meteorology*
6342 Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners*
7332 Appliance Servicers and Repairers*

The SINP later announced that it had revised its In-Demand Occupations List to remove the four occupations targeted in the April 17 draw.

In-Demand Occupations List revised
Saskatchewan said the In-Demand Occupations List is typically updated yearly but noted it can change “at any time based on the number of invitations issued and labour market demand in Saskatchewan.”

It added that candidates who received an invitation to apply prior to the removal of their occupation from the list can still apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The newly revised list now contains 20 occupations, including Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers.

NOC Occupation Title
423 Managers in Social Services and Community Services
1226 Conference and Event Planners
1311 Accounting Technicians
2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
2251 Architectural Technologists and Technicians
3211 Medical Laboratory Technologists
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3216 Medical Sonographers
3234 Paramedics
4151 Psychologists
4212 Social and Community Service Workers
4214 Early Childhood Educators
4215 Instructors of Persons with Disabilities
5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness*
6331 Meat Cutters
6332 Bakers
7292 Glaziers
7312 Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics/Technicians
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers
7322 Motor Vehicle Body Repairers

April 17th, 2019:
New growth and innovation network in Ontario to help create 18,000 jobs.

Canadian businesses drive innovation, create good, middle class jobs, and generate economic growth that improves the lives of all Canadians. To succeed in the global innovation race, we need to help promising companies take the next step and grow into global firms. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in a growth and innovation network along the Waterloo–Toronto–Ottawa corridor.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an investment to bring together three top innovation hubs—Communitech, MaRS Discovery District, and Invest Ottawa. Together, they will implement the Scale-Up Platform to help innovative companies grow more quickly and create 18,000 high-quality, skilled jobs.

Through the Platform—the first of its kind in Canada—the three organizations will pool their resources to help 30 Ontario companies scale up and achieve revenues of $100 million or more by 2024, as well as to provide services to thousands of others. From coaching and advice to greater access to capital, talent, and global markets, the Platform will give businesses the tools they need to grow. It will also strengthen partnerships with post-secondary institutions, preparing young Canadians for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
By making strategic investments in Canada’s technology sector, the Government of Canada is helping secure our position as a world leader in innovation and creating the right conditions for continued growth in our evolving economy.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, is investing $52.4 million in the Scale-Up Platform over five years. As part of the investment, Communitech will receive $18 million, MaRS Discovery District will receive $17.5 million, and Invest Ottawa will receive $16.9 million.
  • The Scale-Up Platform will support 30 companies in southern Ontario to grow and achieve revenue objectives of $100 million or more by 2024.
  • Over the last 10 years, Communitech has helped transform the regional economy by supporting more than 3,000 companies and helping them attract $1.7 billion in investment and create over 16,000 new jobs.
  • The Waterloo–Toronto innovation corridor currently ranks as one of the top 20 technology clusters in the world. This investment will leverage the strengths of the Ottawa region and link it to the corridor, creating economic growth by combining forces.
  • Southern Ontario is among only three start-up ecosystems in the world that is strong in four of the most in demand areas in tech today: financial technology, artificial intelligence and big data, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing and robotics.
  • Through the Innovation and Skills Plan, the Government is making strategic investments to build innovation ecosystems in Canada, including the Innovation Superclusters Initiative, the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative and the Global Skills Strategy.

April 13th, 2019:
Express Entry candidates issued invitations April 11 Skilled Workers Overseas draw issues 403 invitations.

Manitoba issued 403 invitations to immigration candidates in a draw held April 11 through its Skilled Workers Overseas stream. The Skilled Workers Overseas stream is a key component of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), which allows the province to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence each year.

The April 11 draw issued 352 invitations to two groups of candidates, including an unspecified number with a profile in the federal Express Entry system.Express Entry candidates invited in the April 11 draw were required to have a valid Express Entry ID and job-seeker validation code, and at least six months of recent work experience in an occupation listed as in-demand by the MPNP.

The lowest-ranked candidate in these two groups had a score of 561.

The April 11 draw also issued 51 invitations to candidates through one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. These include overseas recruitment missions conducted by the MPNP in association with Manitoba businesses.

The lowest-ranked candidate invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative was 695.

Charges laid against an individual for organizing illegal entries into Canada via Roxham Road.

Montréal, Quebec. Canada Border Services Agency

Charges were laid today by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu court house against a woman, Olayinka Celestina Opaleye, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) for organizing illegal entry into Canada, via Roxham Road in Montérégie, Quebec, for refugee protection claimants in exchange for compensation.

As a result of an investigation carried out by the CBSA, it is alleged that in the summer of 2017, Opaleye organized the illegal entry of several individuals into Canada. It is further alleged that Opaleye was operating as part of a network of smugglers who organized travel for these people in exchange for compensation.

When it comes to irregular migration, the CBSA works in close cooperation with other government departments and agencies, as well as international partners to uphold the integrity of the border crossing process and to ensure the border is safe and secure.

April 12th, 2019:
Fingerprint verification at Primary Inspection Kiosks now available at Vancouver International Airport.

Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada Border Services Agency / Vancouver Airport Authority

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Vancouver Airport Authority are pleased to announce the implementation of fingerprint verification for biometrically enrolled foreign nationals and permanent residents using Primary Inspection Kiosks at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

The Government of Canada is now using fingerprint verification technology through its Primary Inspection Kiosks to establish that a person seeking entry into Canada is the same person that was issued their visa, permit or permanent residence documentation. This will prevent individuals from using a stolen, borrowed, or altered visa or permit on their attempt to enter Canada.

Canadian citizens and citizenship applicants are not required to provide biometrics and are therefore not required to complete fingerprint verification while seeking entry to Canada.

Biometric enrollment became a requirement for new visa a

d permit applicants from Europe, Africa and the Middle East effective July 31, 2018; while applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas became subject to the same requirements starting December 31, 2018.

All temporary resident visa, work permit, study permit, and temporary resident permit applicants (excluding U.S. Citizens) and all permanent resident applicants are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and digital photograph) when submitting an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or to the CBSA.

Fingerprint verification with Primary Inspection Kiosks will be phased-in at all major Canadian airports throughout 2019, with the first in Canada being implemented at YVR on January 29, 2019.

Biometric-enabled Primary Inspection Kiosks are next generation technology that offer self-service options for international air travellers arriving in Canada.

The 151 Primary Inspection Kiosks at YVR strengthen border security and simplify the border experience.

Fingerprint verification at Primary Inspection Kiosks now available at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Toronto, Ontario. Canada Border Services Agency / PortsToronto

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and PortsToronto are pleased to announce the implementation of fingerprint verification for biometrically enrolled Foreign Nationals and Permanent Residents using Primary Inspection Kiosks at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ).

The Government of Canada is now using fingerprint verification technology through its Primary Inspection Kiosks to establish that a person seeking entry into Canada is the same person that was issued their visa, permit or permanent residence documentation. This will prevent individuals from using a stolen, borrowed, or altered visa or permit on their attempt to enter Canada.

Canadian Citizens and citizenship applicants re not required to provide biometrics and are therefore not required to complete fingerprint verification while seeking entry to Canada.

Biometric enrollment became a requirement for new visa and permit applicants from Europe, Africa and the Middle East effective July 31, 2018, while applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas became subject to the same requirements starting December 31, 2018.
All temporary resident visa, work permit, study permit, and temporary resident permit applicants (excluding U.S. Citizens) and all Permanent Resident applicants are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and digital photograph) when submitting an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or to the CBSA.

Fingerprint verification with Primary Inspection Kiosks will be phased in at all major Canadian airports throughout 2019.

Biometric-enabled Primary Inspection Kiosks are next generation technology that offer self-service options for international air travellers arriving in Canada.

The Primary Inspection Kiosks at YTZ strengthen border security and simplify the border experience.

Two people accused of fraudulent use of a Canadian passport.

Montréal, Quebec, Canada Border Services Agency.

Two people were summoned to appear today at the Granby ourthouse after being charged on February 12, 2019, with offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

Saliou Diallo of Montréal is facing four charges, and Madina Barry of Montréal is facing two charges. According to a Canada Border Services Agency investigation, between December 1, 2016 and February 16, 2018, at the Saint-Armand/Philipsburg border crossing, Mr. Diallo is alleged to have knowingly aided or abetted or attempted to aid or abet a person in misrepresenting a material fact, namely that person’s identification.

According to the investigation, the two accused were also allegedly using a document that establishes or purports to establish another person’s identity, namely Mr. Barry’s passport.

Fraudulent use of a Canadian identity document is a serious offence. Any offender is subject to penalties up to and including imprisonment.

Fingerprint verification at Primary Inspection Kiosks now available at Ottawa International Airport.

April 5, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario– Canada Border Services Agency / Ottawa International Airport Authority.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Ottawa International Airport Authority are pleased to announce the implementation of fingerprint verification for biometrically enrolled foreign nationals and permanent residents using Primary Inspection Kiosks at Ottawa International Airport (YOW).

The Government of Canada is now using fingerprint verification technology through its Primary Inspection Kiosks to establish that a person seeking entry into Canada is the same person that was issued their visa, permit or permanent residence documentation. This will prevent individuals from using a stolen, borrowed, or altered visa or permit on their attempt to enter Canada.

Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants, as well as U.S. citizens are not required to provide biometrics and are therefore not required to complete fingerprint verification while seeking entry to Canada.

Biometric enrollment became a requirement for new visa and permit applicants from Europe, Africa and the Middle East effective July 31, 2018; while applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas became subject to the same requirements starting December 31, 2018.

All temporary resident visa, work permit, study permit, and temporary resident permit applicants (excluding U.S. Citizens) and all permanent resident applicants are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and digital photograph) when submitting an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or to the CBSA.

Fingerprint verification with Primary Inspection Kiosks will be phased in at all major Canadian airports throughout 2019.

Biometric-enabled Primary Inspection Kiosks are next generation technology that offer self-service options for international air travellers arriving in Canada.

The 21 Primary Inspection Kiosks at YOW strengthen border security and simplify the border experience.

Provincial Nominee Programs: New opportunities in 2019. A look at key updates in the first quarter of 2019, and beyond, in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

Provincial nominee programs, or PNPs, allow participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence each year.

Over the 2019-2021 period covered by the plan, admissions of new permanent residents admitted through provincial nominee programs are slated to increase each year, from 61,000 in 2019 to 71,300 in 2021.

This article looks at four key PNP developments that have taken place this year:

  • The revision of Saskatchewan’s list of in-demand occupations unveiled April 4;
  • Ontario’s record nomination allocation for 2019;
  • Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities draw targeting financial auditors and accountants;
  • The ongoing renewal of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.

Saskatchewan:
The revisions to Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List affected its enhanced International Skilled Worker: Express Entry sub-category and its base International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand sub-category.

The update saw the list of in-demand occupations grow from 20 to 24, with the addition of 13 new occupations and the removal of nine.

Saskatchewan has issued a total of 817 invitations over the course of five draws through these streams so far in 2019.
Ontario:

Ontario revealed in March that it will be able to nominate a record 6,900 economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence in 2019.

The province’s 2019 allocation is an increase of 300 over the year before and consists of a principal allocation of 6,650 nominations plus an additional 250 spaces for intermediate-skilled temporary foreign workers (TFWs) under a new initiative by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

All three streams — the Human Capital Priorities Stream, French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Skilled Trades Stream — allow the OINP to search the Express Entry pool and invite candidates who match their provincial and federal criteria.

All three Express Entry-linked streams have been active in 2019 and the Human CapitalPriorities Stream alone has issued 1,493 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination so far.

Ontario’s popular base nomination Masters Graduate Stream has also been active, opening on March 5 to 1,000 new registrations from individuals with a master’s degree obtained at an eligible university in Ontario.

The opening was cut short by a technical problem, however, and only 333 were submitted successfully before the intake system crashed. The OINP said it will reopen the Masters Graduate Stream as soon as possible.

Nova Scotia:
Another key development in the first quarter of 2019 was the use of Nova Scotia’s Express Entry-linked Labour Market Priorities Stream to invite Express Entry candidates with work experience as financial auditors or accountants.

Those selected in the January 24 draw submitted their Express Entry profiles on or after July 1, 2018, and had an Express Entry ranking score between 400 and 450, among other criteria.

Introduced in August 2018, the enhanced Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the Nova Scotia Nominee Program(NSNP) to search the Express Entry pool for candidates with work experience in occupations that are experiencing labour shortages in the province.

Prior to the January 24 draw for financial auditors and accountants, the NSNP had used the stream to search for and invite Express Entry candidates with work experience as early childhood educators or assistants.

Manitoba:

The last 17 months have witnessed the gradual rollout of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)’s renewal program.

Two new pathways were added to both the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams as part of the renewal program, including the enhanced nomination Manitoba Express Entry Pathway.

The Human Capital Pathway is for international skilled worker applicants with work experience in a position that’s listed as in-demand by the MPNP, among other criteria. In the meantime, the MPNP has continued to issue invitations under its existing criteria for the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream.

Canada strengthens regulation of immigration and citizenship consultants.

Ottawa, April 10, 2019— The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement:

“Our government is taking decisive action to hold immigration and citizenship consultants to a much higher standard as we do with other professions, such as lawyers and doctors. By introducing new legislation, we are going to protect Canadians, prospective newcomers and good-standing immigration and citizenship consultants against the fraudulent consultants who are preying on the most vulnerable.

The new legislation would make the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants the official watchdog of consultants across the country and give them both the powers and tools they need for vigorous oversight, enforcement, investigations and punishment to root out fraudulent immigration and citizenship consultants and hold them accountable for their actions.

In addition, we will work with the College to: implement a mandatory and robust course for those wishing to obtain an immigration and citizenship consulting license; introduce transparency on fees; and provide a better system for people to make formal complaints against a consultant.

These changes will protect both Canadians and prospective newcomers as well as the many good-standing consultants that are providing immigration and citizenship services ethically and professionally.

While practicing law, I have seen the devastating effect that fraud has had on people and I am committed to holding immigration and citizenship consultants to the highest standard.”

Settlement in class-action lawsuit against Quebec Immigration Ministry up for court approval in June. Class-action sought compensation for CSQ applicants rendered ineligible by criteria changes in 2013 and 2017.

The class action sought compensation for Quebec Skilled Worker Programcandidates who paid the application fee for a Quebec Selection Certificate(Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) but were later disqualified by changes to the province’s selection criteria that came into effect on August 1, 2013, and March 8, 2017.

The lawsuit alleged that the Immigration Ministry and the Government of Quebec were “unjustly enriched, committed a fault and acted in bad faith by refusing to offer to reimburse the application fees,” a notice published April 11 on the ministry’s website states.

The class action was authorized by the Superior Court of Quebec in February 2018 and a settlement that would reimburse up to 50 per cent of the application fees paid was reached between the plaintiffs’ legal representatives and lawyers for Quebec’s Immigration Ministry.
The application for court approval of the settlement will be heard June 19 in Montreal.

Class action eligibility and settlement agreement:

The class action recognizes three groups of individuals who may be eligible for compensation:
Group 1: Individuals whose CSQ applications were filed between February 1, 2012, and May 31, 2013; whose CSQ application contained an immigration form A-1520-AA or A-1520-AF indicating that their CSQ application would be processed in accordance with the regulations in force at the time of filing with Quebec’s Immigration Ministry or the language “Your application for a selection certificate will be processed based on the regulations in effect when it was submitted”; and whose CSQ application was refused subsequent to the entry into force of the selection grid on August 1, 2013.

Group 2: Individuals whose application for a CSQ was filed before February 1, 2012, or between June 1, 2013, and July 7, 2013, and whose CSQ application was refused subsequent to the entry into force of the selection grid on August 1, 2013.

Group 3: Individuals whose application for a CSQ was filed between July 8, 2013, and March 8, 2017, and whose CSQ application was refused subsequent to the entry into force of the selection grid on March 8, 2017.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, partial compensation would be issued as follows:
Group 1: 50 per cent of the fees paid by a member of Group 1 to submit his or her CSQ application;
Group 2: 25 per cent of the fees paid by a member of Group 2 to submit his or her CSQ application;
Group 3: 25 per cent of the fees paid by a member of Group 3 to submit his or her CSQ application.

April 10th, 2019:
The Global Talent Stream allows certain skilled workers to obtain a work permit within two weeks of applying. It is one of the pillars of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy.

Among other initiatives, this new work stream establishes a two-week standard for processing of work permit applications (and temporary resident visas, if applicable) for highly skilled talent. The GlobalTalent Stream is part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Eligibility for Category A of the Global Talent Stream:
or Category A of the Global Talent Stream, an innovative company must be referred by one of the Stream’s designated referral partners on the basis that the position being requested requires unique and specialized talent to help the firm scale-up and grow.
In order to be eligible for Category A, a designated referral partner must validate that a company meets the following eligibility criteria at the time of each referral to ESDC:

  1. Is operating in Canada;
  2. Has a focus on innovation;
  3. Has a willingness, and is capable of growing or scaling up;
  4. Is seeking to fill a unique and specialized position in the company; and
  5. Has identified a qualified foreign worker for potential hire into that unique and specialized position.

A unique and specialized position is indicated by:

  1. A highly paid position with an annual salary of at least $80,000, or an annual salary equivalent to the prevailing wagefor that occupation if it is higher than $80,000; and
  2. Advanced knowledge of the industry; and
  3. Advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest to the employer; and/or
  4. Minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of specialized experience.

List of Designated Partners for referral to Category A of the Global Talent Stream (as of February 14, 2019)
For Category A of the Global Talent Stream, employers must be referred by one of the Steam’s designated referral partners. The role of designated referral partners is to refer innovative Canadian companies with whom they are able to vouch for in terms of legitimacy and eligibility for Category A. The list of designated referral partners for the Global Talent Stream includes the following organizations (as of February 14, 2019):

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • BC Tech Association
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  • City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Economic Development Winnipeg
  • Edmonton Economic Development
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Genesis (Newfoundland)
  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  • Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour
  • Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  • Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training
  • Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Investment Office
  • Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.
  • Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Immigration and Career Training – Employer Services Branch
  • Halifax Partnership
  • ICT Association of Manitoba (ICTAM)
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  • Invest Ottawa
  • Invest in Canada
  • London Economic Development Corporation
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
  • Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team
  • Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Venn Innovation
  • Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation
  • WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

For the list of designated referral partners located in Quebec for the Global Talent Stream, employers from Quebec are invited to consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only).

Employers should note that applications to Category A cannot be processed until ESDC has confirmed that a designated referral partner has submitted a referral vouching for the employer’s legitimacy and eligibility for Category A of the Stream.

Global Talent Occupations List for Category B of the Global Talent Stream (as of June 12, 2018):
For Category B of the Global Talent Stream, applications will be accepted from firms in Canada that need to hire highly skilled foreign workers for occupations found on ESDC’s Global Talent Occupations List, which have been determined to be in-demand and for which there is insufficient domestic labour supply.

Note that applications for positions in occupations that are on the Global Talent Occupations List will not be processed if those occupations are also under refusal to process orders in the Province of Alberta for work locations in that province.

Canada celebrates 40 years of the refugee sponsorship program. More than 327,000 refugees have found safe haven in Canada.

April 9, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – As Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program marks 40 years, Canadians are being celebrated for their immense contributions and dedication to provide a safe haven for vulnerable refugees around the world.

Canada has also become a model for other countries across the globe. The success of the program is a direct result of the extraordinary partnerships and cooperation among Canadian organizations, businesses, governments, communities and individuals.

Private sponsors have welcomed more than 327,000 refugees since the start of the program in the late 1970s and it is one of the oldest and best known resettlement programs in the world.Up until 2016, Canada was the only country in the entire world with such a program. Through the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, sponsorship programs have grown significantly with Argentina, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany now developing or operating new community sponsorship programs for refugees.

Quick facts:
The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program officially began in 1978 and marked the first time Canadians were able to get involved in the resettlement of vulnerable refugees.

1. Between 1979 and 1980, more than 60,000 people found refuge in Canada after the Vietnam War. Of those, over half were supported by private sponsorship groups.

2. Since 1980, more than 160 communities have welcomed privately sponsored refugees from more than 175 countries.3. Since 2015, more than half of the 62,000 Syrian refugees who have been resettled to Canada were privately sponsored.

Launched in 2016, the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative – a partnership between Canada, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the Open Society Foundations, the Giustra Foundation and the University of Ottawa – aims to increase global refugee resettlement spaces, strengthen host communities, and improve the narrative about refugees by engaging governments and private citizens in refugee sponsorship.

Every Canadian deserves to have a safe and affordable place to call home. That is why the Government of Canada launched Canada’s very first National Housing Strategy – a once-in-a-generation investment to fight homelessness and improve access to affordable housing for Canadians.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced a new $1.3 billion partnership with the City of Toronto – the largest federal housing investment with a municipal partner in Canadian history– to support the renovation of more than 58,000 affordable housing units. The renovations, scheduled to begin in spring 2019, will ensure that these units remain available to those who need an affordable place to live, while improving living conditions, safety, accessibility, and comfort for tenants, and making the units more energy efficient.

In Budget 2019, the government also announced measures to make it easier for more Canadians to buy their first home, including increasing the Home Buyers’ Plan withdrawal limit from $25,000 to $35,000. This measure will provide first-time home buyers with greater access to their Registered Retirement Savings Plan savings to buy a home. The Budget also proposes the new First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, where eligible first-time home buyers could share a part of the cost of buying a home with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), reducing the size of their insured mortgage and lowering their monthly mortgage payments.

By making smart investments in housing initiatives that put people first, the Government of Canada is making it easier and more affordable for more Canadians to rent or buy a home, while keeping markets accessible for future generations.

Quick Facts:

  • This investment in Toronto is part of CMHC’s $13.2 billion National Housing Co-Investment Fund, an initiative under the National Housing Strategy and the Investing in Canada Plan, and the largest program of its kind in Canadian history.
  • The units being renovated are managed by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the largest social housing provider in Canada, and second largest in North America.
  • The $1.3 billion partnership with the City of Toronto is in addition to the $4.2 billion Canada-Ontario Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy.
  • As part of the agreement with the City of Toronto, the Government of Canada will provide $810 million in loans and $530 million in contributions over a 10-year period.
  • The National Housing Co-Investment Fund provides low-cost loans and financial contributions to support and develop affordable housing that is energy efficient and accessible.
  • Through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, in addition to making renovations to existing affordable housing spaces, the Government of Canada will work with partners to build up to 60,000 new affordable homes, and repair up to 240,000 existing affordable and community homes across Canada over the next 10 years.
  • In 2017, the Government of Canada announced a 10-year National Housing Strategy that will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need. The strategy sets clear goals to remove 530,000 Canadians from housing need.
  • Additionally, the Strategy will protect the affordability of 385,000 existing housing units, repair 300,000 homes, build another 100,000, and provide direct support for those in housing need.
  • The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, administered by the CMHC, would help eligible Canadians with a household income under $120,000 per year afford to buy their first home.
  • Through the new Incentive, the CMHC would provide 5 per cent of the value of a home for a first-time homebuyer through a shared investment.
  • To encourage the construction of new housing supply, the Incentive would increase to 10 per cent for a newly-built home.

Canadians seize 2.5 tonnes of hashish (Drug used for smoking) in the Indian Ocean.

April 9, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation ARTEMIS, the Canadian Armed Forces ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

HMCS Regina spotted a suspicious fishing vessel, known as a “dhow”, off the coast of Oman and proceeded to stop the boat to investigate further. The ship deployed its Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) team. The NTOG is a dedicated Royal Canadian Navy unit that specializes in advanced boarding operations at sea. A search of the dhow was conducted, during which 119 bags of hashish were located in the ice hold. The narcotics were transferred to HMCS Regina and subsequently destroyed.

This is the first seizure for HMCS Regina since it joined Operation ARTEMIS at the end of March 2019.

HMCS Regina is operating in the region as part of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150 is a task force under Combined Maritime Forces, a naval coalition of 33 nations that promotes security and stability in Middle Eastern and East African waters.
IRB’s Forward Regulatory Plan for 2019 to 2021 – Modernizing the IAD Rules.
The Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) is developing new IAD Rules. Please read the IRB’s Forward Regulatory Plan for a description of the initiative as well as information on the impacts for Canadians, the regulatory cooperation and the public consultation opportunities.

The new Rules will support the IAD in better fulfilling its mandate to make well-reasoned decisions fairly and efficiently. It will also directly benefit the parties of IAD proceedings by:

  • Enabling shorter wait times as a result of earlier disclosure, focus on informal resolution and modernizing how clients access the tribunal; and
  • Enhancing access to justice through plain language, active adjudication (where appropriate) and reinforcing informal resolution practices.

Suzanne Gilbert
Acting Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Appeal Division
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Quick facts:

  • The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) has a set of divisional rules for each of its tribunals whichestablishes the practices and required procedures for each division. Rules provide direction to decision-makers and serve to direct users of the tribunals in their presentation of cases before the IRB.
  • The IAD Rules establish the processes to be followed in appeals on immigration-related matters before the IAD.

Warning to refugee and immigrant communities about fraudulent calls. Ottawa, ON Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is warning people about an escalating scam targeting members of the immigrant and refugee community.

Victims have reported receiving telephone calls from persons claiming to be representatives of the IRB and being told they are under investigation and owe money. In some cases, these calls seem to be coming from the IRB or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Recently, fraudulent calls are being made to appear more legitimate by using the publicly available names and contact information of IRB representatives.

The IRB will never ask its clients for money. If you get a call from someone saying they are with the IRB and asking for payment of any kind, it is a scam. Immediately hang up and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

The Board is continuing to work with law enforcement agencies to identify the perpetrators and bring an end to this scam. The Board asks the media and stakeholders to share this message to help others avoid becoming victims.

April 04th, 2019:
IRCC has announced 7th Express Entry draw under FSWP:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced 7th EE Draw under Federal Skilled Worker Program on 3rd April, 2019.

3,350 ITAs have been issued to applicants in the pool with 451 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

March 21st, 2019:
IRCC has announced 6th Express Entry draw under FSWP:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced 6th EE Draw under Federal Skilled Worker Program on 20th March, 2019.

3,350 ITAs have been issued to applicants in the pool with 452 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

March 15th, 2019:
Please find below the Express Entry Draw details for 2019.

DRAW MONTH EE DRAW DATE ITA CUT OFF Points
1ST JAN 10-Jan 3900 449
2nd JAN 23-Jan 3900 443
3rd JAN 31-Jan 3350 438
4th FEB 20-Feb 3350 457
5th MAR 6-Mar 3350 454

March 07th, 2019:
Cut-off score decreases in latest Express Entry draw. 3,350 Express Entry candidates invited to apply for permanent residence.

Canada held a new Express Entry draw on Wednesday, March 6, issuing 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 454.

The Government of Canada has now issued 17,850 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) this year through the Express Entry system — an increase of 6,350 over the 11,500 ITAs that had been issued by this same juncture in 2018.
Canada Immigration News
Today’s cut-off CRS score of 454 was a decrease of three points over the minimum score of 457 in the previous invitation round held on February 20.

Less time between draws means the Express Entry pool has less time to replenish with higher-scoring candidates, which can have the effect of lowering the cut-off score.
Canada Immigration Latest News
Services coming home to newcomers in Prince Edward Island.

March 6, 2019 – Charlottetown, PEI – Newcomers in Prince Edward Island will soon have access to citizenship, immigration and settlement services with the reopening of an office in Charlottetown.

As a result of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, the province is attracting more immigrants and new Canadians. Today’s commitment to newcomers will provide them with access to services closer to home.

The employees will work on permanent residency, settlement services and citizenship testing. They will also be able to provide services to more remote and rural locations with roving capabilities.

In addition, the new office will allow us to support and build closer relationships with local employers and educational institutions looking to attract top talent and new skills to Canada, creating economic growth and more middle-class jobs for Canadians.

Quick facts:
Over the last three years, the province has seen the number of new immigrants close to double in numbers. As well, close to 400 PEI residents have become new citizens in the last 2 years.

In the Atlantic Provinces, the department has offices in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Fredericton, New Brunswick; and St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship office in PEI closed in 2012.

RBC Royal Bank recognized for its work with newcomers to Canada. One of 3 Employer Awards given out by IRCC.

March 6, 2019 – Toronto, ON – The Government of Canada is recognizing RBC Royal Bank for its support of newcomers to Canada, including hiring newcomers, providing them with valuable advice about the local labour market, and assisting newcomer employees to advance in their careers and achieve their full potential.

The Toronto business was named today as one of 3 winners of the 2019 Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment for its exemplary work in helping newcomers find and retain jobs, an enhance their employment skills.

This year, RBC also released a free, easy-to-use platform called Arrive, where newcomer employees can access essential information on a variety of topics, from employment to housing, and have the ability to book time and chat with qualified specialists to help guide them through their transition to life in Canada.

Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, in collaboration with Hire Immigrants Ottawa, recognizes local businesses’ innovative efforts to improve the integration of newcomers into the labour market across Canada. This year’s winners – a small, medium and large employer – help reduce the barriers faced by newcomers entering the labour market and improve their overall settlement in Canada.

Winners were announced at the 2019 Employer Council of Champions Summit and Awards, organized by Hire Immigrants Ottawa. The summit brings together business, government and civic leaders to engage in a dialogue about the effective integration of refugees and immigrants into the labour force, and to celebrate employer excellence.

Quick facts:
Since 2015, IRCC has been recognizing private businesses that support the successful labour market integration of newcomers in Canada through these awards.

Winning employers are chosen based on nominations from settlement service provider organizations. RBC was nominated by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

Considered a large employer, RBC has hired 214 newcomer mentees since the beginning of their partnership with TRIEC Mentoring Partnership, 37 of whom were hired this fiscal year.

March 06th, 2019:
Canada extends Atlantic Immigration Pilot. Key changes also introduced to increasingly popular pathway to permanent residence.

Canada is extending its Atlantic Immigration Pilot to December 2021 in a bid to maintain the program’s momentum, the federal government has announced. Launched in 2017 for an initial three-year run, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) was created to address labour shortages in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The pilot allows designated employers in those provinces to hire eligible foreign skilled workers and international graduates of universities and colleges in the Atlantic Canada region.

According to statistics released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 1,896 employers in the Atlantic Canada region have made 3,729 job offers through the AIP since its launch in 2017 and 2,535 principal applicants and their families have been approved for permanent residence.

Demand for the AIP last year led IRCC to increase its annual allotment of new admissions to Canada through the pilot by 500 spaces.

IRCC also introduced the following strategic program changes to the AIP:

  1. International graduates will now have 24 months post-graduation to apply for the AIP.
    1. IRCC said this change will increase the number of eligible international graduates that can participate in AIP and give them the time they need to complete the PR application process.
  • Employers in the health-care sector will be able to hire internationally trained nurses to work as continuing care and home care support workers in order to fill job vacancies.
  • The Atlantic provinces will have new authorities to focus their AIP spaces on in-demand labour market needs. This change will lead to better oversight of the pilot and give provinces greater ability to manage designated employers.
  • Beginning May 1, 2019, IRCC will require that applicants meet the language, education and work experience requirements of the AIP prior to being approved for a work permit.

In order to be eligible, foreign workers must have a full-time job offer from a designated employer and possess at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) paid work experience in an occupation designated Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or Skill Level B under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Interim permanent residence pathway for caregivers now open to applications. One-time pathway will remain open until June 4, 2019.
Canada’s Interim Pathway for Caregivers is now open to applications for permanent residence from eligible in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers who came to Canada after November 30, 2014.

The temporary pathway will remain open until June 4, 2019, and there is no limit to the number of applications that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept.

IRCC said the Interim Pathway for Caregivers responds to concerns raised by some caregivers who came to Canada under the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot programs after November 30, 2014, and did not qualify for permanent residence.

Who is eligible?
The temporary program is for individuals who have acquired work experience through Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program that matches the initial description and list of main duties for Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411 or 4412.

In order to be eligible, candidates must intend to reside outside of Quebec and have the following requirements:

  • authorization to work in Canada on a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit (at the time of applying); or
  • applied for a renewal of a work permit other than a LCP work permit; or
  • applied and is eligible for restoration of status, and held a work permit other than a LCP work permit as their most recent work permit; and
  • language skills of at least a CLB/NCLC 5 in English or French; and
  • 12 months of full-time work experience in Canada since November 30, 2014, in a relevant occupation; and
  • a minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or non-Canadian educational diploma, certificate or credential that’s equal to a Canadian high school diploma.
    1. Foreign credentials will require an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) — issued within five years before the date of application by an approved organization — that indicates that the foreign diploma, certificate or credential is equivalent to a completed Canadian secondary school diploma.

Note that candidates whose educational credential was obtained outside Canada and who cannot obtain an ECA before the Interim Pathway for Caregivers closes on June 4, 2019, are still eligible if they provide proof that they have applied to get an ECA. Proof includes written confirmation from agency that they have submitted a request for an ECA and/or receipt of payment.

Caregivers whose current or most recent work permit is through the Live-in Caregiver Program will not be eligible for consideration through the interim pathway.

Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream reopens briefly. Popular stream was to accept 1,000 registrations when it reopened March 5.

Ontario had announced the previous day that the popular stream would open to 1,000 registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. It is unclear, however, if this quota was met before the technical problem occurred.

Registration periods typically end quickly for the Masters Graduate Stream, which is a popular permanent residence pathway among international students because it does not require a job offer in order to be eligible.

The stream is open to international graduates with a master’s degree obtained at an eligible university in Ontario and allows them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The stream met its quota and closed within an hour when it last opened in April 2018.

Those who register successfully then have 14 calendar days to submit a complete application for a provincial nomination.

In order to be eligible, graduates must be living in Ontario with legal status or living outside Canada, among other criteria. Graduates living in a province or territory in Canada other than Ontario are not eligible to apply.

The Masters Graduate Stream is one of two immigration programs offered under the OINP’s International Student Category. The other stream is open to PhD graduates who have completed a degree from an eligible Ontario academic institution.

Manitoba holds fifth expression of interest draw of 2019. Express Entry candidates among 403 people invited in March 1 draw.

The province of Manitoba held its third Expression of Interest draw in less than three weeks on March 1, inviting 403 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Express Entry candidates were among a group of 216 Skilled Workers Overseas candidates who received LAAs in the March 1 draw.

Express Entry candidates who received an LAA were required to have a valid Express Entry ID and job-seeker validation code and at least six months of recent work experience in a profession on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations List.

Subset of Skilled Workers Overseas candidates who received invitations on March 1 had the following credentials:
A close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
At least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; and
A minimum language proficiency in English or French of CLB/NCLC 5 unless the work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation, in which case the requirement is a minimum of CLB/NCLC 7, or a compulsory trade, in which case the minimum is CLB/NCLC 6.
The lowest-ranked candidate among this group of Skilled Workers Overseas candidates had an EOI score of 565.
Another 41 Skilled Worker Overseas candidates were issued LAAs through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative in the March 1 draw. These initiatives can include overseas recruitment missions conducted by the MPNP.
The lowest-ranked candidate among this group had an EOI score of 621.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education Stream:
The MPNP also issued 126 invitations to Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates with scores as low as 566 in the March 1 draw.

The Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream is for eligible qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job with their Manitoba employer.

An additional 20 invitations went to International Education Stream candidates.

This stream provides faster pathways to permanent residence for international graduates of Manitoba post-secondary institutions who have skills required by employers in the province.

March 6th 2019:
Students from India now outnumber those from China at Canadian schools. H1-B crackdown in U.S. leading many Indian students to apply to Canadian schools instead.

Statistics provided to the Globe and Mail newspaper by the Canadian High Commission in India show that 172,000 Indian citizens held a Canadian study permit in 2018 compared to 142,000 from China.

The Globe and Mail reports that 107,795 Indian citizens arrived in Canada on a student visa in 2018 alone — a more than 300 per cent increase over 2015. New students arriving from China in 2018 totalled 85,825.

A key factor driving Indian students to Canadian universities is the ability to access an open work permit once they graduate and Canada’s simplified pathways to both permanent residence and citizenship.

Such policies stand in stark contrast to efforts by the United States government to limit H1-B work visas for foreign workers, which have largely benefitted Indian nationals.

Other drivers that were mentioned included the quality of Canada’s universities, its multicultural, diverse population and the fact an international education is cheaper in Canada than the U.S. thanks to the weaker Canadian dollar.

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