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  • CIC News is profiling Canada's various provincial nominee programs over the coming weeks
    Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program has grown exponentially since its creation in the 1990s and now stands second only to the federal Express Entry system as the leading pathway to Canadian permanent residence for skilled foreign workers.

    Recent weeks have seen nominee streams in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia issue more than 2,500 invitations to workers with a range of skills and professional experience to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
    Quebec is the only Canadian province that does not take part in the PNP. It has a separate agreement with the federal government that gives it sole responsibility for the selection of economic-class immigrants.

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    Since the PNP’s first year in operation in 1996, when only 233 people were admitted to Canada through the program, it has evolved to the point where its admissions target for 2019 is 61,000.
    Looked at over the next three years, Canada could receive as many as 213,000 new permanent residents through the PNP alone.
    The reasons for this expansion are clear: Canada’s population is ageing, its birth rate is declining and labour shortages are expanding as a result. This trend is especially heightened in smaller provinces, which are also struggling with the loss of residents to other parts of Canada.

  • The Quebec government has passed a contentious immigration bill in an early-morning vote of 62 ‎to 42.‎

  • International students hoping to remain in Canada on a Post-Graduation Work Permit now have six months to apply once they obtain their notice of graduation and are no longer required to have a valid study permit.  

  • Quebec plans to implement an online 'virtual waiting room' in time for the approaching application intake period for the Quebec skilled worker , which is scheduled to begin June 13, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. EST (Montréal time).

  • Newly، elected Prime Minister,of Canada , Justin Trudeau, proposed liberal reforms to Canada's immigration system with a support of 500,000,ooo dollars increase in budget for these changes.

  • By 2021, it is estimated that Quebec will have to find about 1 million skilled workers to fill the jobs and retirements. However, according to a document obtained by Le Devoir, 52% of applications for immigration of skilled workers were dismissed or denied from the beginning of the year and September 30, 2014.

  • The number of job vacancies in Canada rose again in the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, with increases reported in six provinces and the territory of Nunavut.

  • 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.

  • The settlement funds requirement for applicants under the Express Entry and Skilled trade programs has been updated by the Canadian Government. Candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) under the Canadian Experience class (CEC) are not required to show settlement funds.

  • Candidates in the Express Entry pool may find themselves selected by provinces . specialized immigration streams in Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia started selecting qualified skilled workers from Express Entry selection pool.

  • More than 91,000 immigration candidates have submitted expressions of interest through Quebec’s online Arrima portal since it opened last September — a six-month period dominated by the rise of the province’s new Coalition Avenir Québec government.   

  • British Columbia PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Invitations to Apply  (Since November 2015)

  • A total of 405 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued this week to candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program in an invitation round that took place on August 8. If a candidate obtains a successful nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)skilled worker and International graduates categories, he or she will receive an additional 600 points under the comprehensive ranking system (CRS toward their Express Entry profile.

  • Federal skilled worker program will reopen in May, 2013

  • The (QSWP) will reopen in under a week, with postal applications to be accepted from November 4, 2015. The QSWP is a popular Canadian immigration program, with successful applicants and their families obtaining Canadian permanent resident status.

  • The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has called on the government of Quebec to increase the overall annual intake of immigrants to the province, from around 50,000 to 60,000. The recommendations were presented yesterday to the Committee on Citizen Relations as part of consultations on immigration planning in Quebec for the period 2017-2019.

  • Quebec’s Minister of Immigration Kathleen Weil has announced a new promotional campaign to encourage immigrant enrollment in French-language courses. The $750,000 initiative will focus on promoting courses through social media and community websites, as well as in newspapers, on the radio and on public transport. Ms Weil outlined the plan on Monday July 11.

  • Every year more international students are coming to Canada to study than to the United Kingdom (UK). Tighter immigration rules in the UK could be named as one of the main reasons why the country has now been overtaken by Canada in the competition for these students.

  • On march 4th ,Canada is extending its Atlantic Immigration Pilot to December 2021 in a bid to maintain the program’s momentum, the federal government has announced.  

  • Canada is in search to find ways to make it simpler and more straightforward for international students in Canada to obtain permanent residency once they have completed their studies in Canada.