Immigration to Canada

  • A number of changes in Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

    Manitoba has announced a number of changes to its Provincial Nominee Program, including the creation of an in-demand occupations list and a new pathway aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system and the creation of a new International Education Stream.

  • A Preview of the Rest of 2021 IRCC selection

    ANALYSIS: Canadian immigration will be guided by Canada's ability to defeat COVID-19 and whether a federal election is called.

  • A Record Number of Nova Scotia Immigrants in 2017

    Nova Scotia says its Provincial Nominee Program nominated a record number of immigrants in 2017. The Atlantic Canada province nominated more than 1,400 people through its 5 provincial nominee programs.

  • A snapshot of job vacancies across Canada

    The job vacancies portion of this update revealed that Canada had over 1,000,000 job vacancies in May of this year.

  • According to the Business Council of Canada survey, increased immigration is vital to Canada’s economy

    Two thirds of Canadian businesses surveyed hire talent from abroad

    Canada works hard to position itself as an ideal home for the best and the brightest global talent across all industries.

    The Business Council of Canada (BCC) recently released a report in which 80 Canadian businesses were surveyed about how they use Canada’s immigration programs to hire skilled workers. The businesses surveyed cumulatively employ over 1.6 million workers. Two thirds of companies surveyed say they recruit talent overseas using Canada’s immigration system. The remaining third hires immigrants who have already relocated to Canada.

    Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 looks to welcome over 450,000 new permanent residents per year by 2024. Canada offers a multitude of work permit and economic class immigration pathways.

    According to the BCC survey, all employers agree that Canada’s labour shortage is widespread, and they face real difficulty finding skilled workers across all industries. Labour shortages are particularly pronounced in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.

    Canada’s tech sector has been hit hardest by labour shortages as industry growth and demand is outpacing the number of skilled workers. Professions such as computer science, engineering and information tech are in high demand.

    Improvement factors:

    Only half of respondents agree that the Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024 is adequate to address their business needs and the growing labour shortages. The remaining half indicated that the number of economic immigrants needs to be increased but acknowledged that this is not practical until the government has a plan in place to ensure there is adequate housing and other infrastructure to support new immigrants, such as childcare and healthcare.

    Employers also believe they have a role to play in helping immigrants settle. This can take the form of language training, assisting employees in obtaining recognition of foreign credentials and relocation assistance.

    Canadian businesses expect that competition for skilled immigrants will intensify over the next few years. This is especially true of recent graduates who they say face significant barriers in obtaining permanent residency in Canada due to the time it takes to gain sufficient work experience.

  • Action required by July 15, 2021: Changes to requirements for proof of settlement funds for Express Entry

    Dear Candidate,
    This is to notify you that the requirements for proof of settlement funds have changed for 2021. Proof of funds is how you show us that you have enough money to settle in Canada. If we invite you to apply, you must give written proof that you have this money. Settlement funds are only required for certain candidates depending on the program(s) you qualify for.

  • Additional points in Express Entry

    The Honourable Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system.
    This change will help deliver on the government’s commitment to reach the target of 4.4% French-speaking immigrant admissions outside Quebec by 2023.

  • Advantages to become international student in Canada

    Canada is one of the world's most attractive destinations for international students.

    Last year, Canada welcomed 450,000 new international students, an all-time record.

  • Ahmed Hussen highlights Canada's role in resettling refugees as his proudest success in office

    Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, played up the positive impact of immigrants and refugees on the country and its economy in an address this week to international immigration experts gathered in the nation’s capital city, Ottawa.

  • Air travelers basic information, now is collected by CBSA

    Canada now collects basic biographic information on travellers who move in and out of the country by land and by air.

  • Alberta invites 320 applicants in April

    Two Alberta draws have taken place so far in April, inviting a total of 320 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

  • Alberta and British Columbia each issue over 100 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

    Alberta invites 120 Express Entry candidates and BC targets tech occupations. 

  • Alberta could bring 40,000 newcomers to rural communities by 2024

    Rural communities around Alberta could get a boost of around 40,000 newcomers over the next four years under policies being proposed by the province’s United Conservative Party.  

  • Alberta creates a new immigration program for tech workers

    Express Entry candidates who work in tech may be eligible for Alberta's new expedited immigration program.

  • Alberta CRS requirement drops slightly to 301

    So far in 2021, Alberta has invited 1,409 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

  • Alberta forbids Use of Temporary Foreign Worker Program for 29 Skilled Occupations.

    Alberta, with federal approval, has launched a 2 year pilot project on Temporary foreign workers in order to keep job positions open for local permanent residence and citizens who are living in Alberta. As part of this two-year pilot program, Albertan companies will not be allowed to avail of the temporary foreign worker (TFWP) when hiring in any of 29 high-skilled occupations.

  • Alberta has announced its 2016 immigration programs

    Alberta will soon reopen its doors to applicants who wish to settle in one of Canada’s most beautiful and vibrant provinces. The province will begin accepting new applications from January 27, 2016.

  • Alberta has Provided a New Way to Appeal Rejected Immigration Applications

    A new appeal process for immigration candidates whose applications have been refused was introduced by Alberta. The new process allows candidates to submit a request for reconsideration if the grounds for their appeal are:

  • Alberta invited 352 Express Entry candidates

    The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program invited a total of 159 Express Entry candidates to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream. Invited candidates only needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 352. These candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination, which will bump them to the top of the Express Entry pool.

  • Alberta invites 132 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

    Express Entry candidates needed a CRS score of 400 and up to receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.