Canada Immigration News

  • 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 look at international tuition fee exemptions in Quebec

    Through various inter-governmental agreements and initiatives, the province of Quebec allows several groups of international students to benefit from an exemption from international tuition fees.

  • A look at international tuition fee exemptions in Quebec

    Through various inter-governmental agreements and initiatives, the province of Quebec allows several groups of international students to benefit from an exemption from international tuition fees.

  • A look at the latest PNP draw results in BC, Manitoba and Ontario

    British Columbia

    More than 167 candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in these draws.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Annual immigration report highlights of 2021

    Record breaking admission in all classes in 2021

    The Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 had targets of over 451,000 new permanent residents by the end of 2024 and nearly 432,000 for 2022.

  • Are you ready for 6th of July when Express entry selection starts?

    Although all-program Express Entry draws could resume in two weeks, it may not be the end of PNP draws forever. Before the pandemic, IRCC occasionally held PNP-only draws. IRCC sees the PNP as paramount to supporting the economic development regions across Canada

  • As of fall 2022, Citizenship applicants can apply online

    IRCC updates timeline for online citizenship application access.

  • BC PNP issued over 160 invitations

    British Columbia invited immigration candidates in four targeted draws under its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

    126 skilled workers and international graduates with a minimum score of 85 points through the BC PNP Tech stream.

  • BREAKING: Canada to allow international students to work off-campus over 20 hours per week

    Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has announced a new temporary measure aimed at alleviating Canada's historic labour shortages. Fraser says this will allow over 500,000 international students already in Canada to potentially work more hours.

  • 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.

  • British Columbia PNP changes points allocations for applicants

    The BCPNP has modified its points system to reflect NOC changes and the importance of human capital factors.

  • British Columbia, Manitoba and Alberta hold PNP draws

    Last week, Manitoba held a special Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) invitation round for citizens of Ukraine, and British Columbia as well as Alberta released new draw results.

  • British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario release PNP draw results

    Western Canada invites hundreds of candidates to apply for provincial nomination.