Canada Immigration News

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.

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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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