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  • 450,000 new international students in 2021

    Canada's international student population has recovered quickly amid the pandemic.

    Canada saw nearly 450,000 new study permits take effect last year, a staggering figure that easily broke the previous all-time record set in 2019.

  • 919 invitation was issued for PNP candidates

    Canada invited 919 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on March 30.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 lifts restrictions on temporary foreign workers

    Effective May 1st, Alberta is lifting restrictions on the hiring of new temporary foreign workers.

  • Am I a Canadian citizen if my parent is a Canadian?

    You are eligible for Canadian citizenship if your parent is a Canadian, but you need to apply.

  • Are you eligible for Canadian citizenship?

    Here is how to determine if you can apply for Canadian citizenship.

    Over 85% of Canadian immigrants become citizens, one of the highest rates in the world.

    The benefits of Canadian citizenship include being able to live permanently in one of the world’s most peaceful and economically, socially, and politically stable societies, enjoying one of the world’s most powerful passports, and having the right to vote, among a host of other advantages.

  • As of fall 2022, Citizenship applicants can apply online

    IRCC updates timeline for online citizenship application access.

  • BREAKING: Sean Fraser provides update on Canada’s immigration system

    IRCC has also launched a new website to allow the public to track the immigration backlog.

  • British Columbia invites 160 candidates in PNP draws

    British Columbia has now issued over 1,300 invitations to apply for provincial nomination since the start of the year.
    British Columbia invited 160 immigration candidates through Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws held on February 22.

  • Canada announces new immigration fees for 2022

    Canada’s fees are oftentimes less expensive than countries with similar immigration systems, such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    Canada is increasing fees for all permanent residence applications on April 30.

  • Canada fastest growing country in G7 thanks to immigration

    In five years Canada's population grew 1.8 million, mostly due to immigration.

  • Canada increases the selection cap for 2022

    The Canadian government has just announced its Immigration Levels Plan 2022Canada is increasing its immigration targets yet again. It will look to welcome almost 432,000 new immigrants this year instead of its initial plan to welcome 411,000 newcomers.

  • Canada invites 829 PNP candidates after announcing all-program draws will resume in July

    All invited candidates had previously received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of at least 772. Without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidates would have had 172 base points.

  • Canada is offering an open work permit to PGWP holders

    Eligible Post-Graduation Work Permit holders will be able to get an additional open work permit that can be valid for up to 18 months.

  • Canada landed 35,000 immigrants in January 2022

    New IRCC data shows Canada is off to a strong start to the year.
    Canada landed 35,260 new permanent residents in January 2022, according to new IRCC data.
    Obtained by CIC News in an information request to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the data shows Canada has gotten off to a strong start as it seeks to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants for the second consecutive year.

  • Canada launches special temporary residence pathway for Ukrainians

    A fast-track visa processing pathway for Ukrainians is now accepting applications.

    Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced the launch of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), an accelerated temporary residence pathway for Ukrainians fleeing war.

    Ukrainians and their immediate family members of any nationality may stay in Canada for up to three years. Overseas applicants need to apply online for a visitor visa and provide their biometrics.
    The Canadian government encourages CUAET applicants to apply for a three-year open work permit at the same time as their visa application. This will allow them to work in Canada for any employer.

  • Canada opens new PR pathway for overseas family members of air disasters

    Families of the Canadian victims of Ethiopian and Ukrainian air disasters may be eligible for permanent residency.