• 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 Government of Canada has named 11 Canadian communities that have been selected to take ‎part in its new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. ‎
    The pilot is‏ ‏to help smaller rural and remote communities attract foreign workers of various skill ‎levels and provide them with permanent residence..‎
    The pilot’s goal is to help these communities counter labour market shortages caused by declining ‎birth rates, rising retirement rates and the out-migration of youth to more populated areas of ‎Canada.‎
    The 11 communities named on June 14 are located in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta ‎and British Columbia.‎
    • Thunder Bay
    • Sault Ste. Marie
    • Sudbury
    • Timmins
    • North Bay
    • Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee
    • Brandon
    • Moose Jaw
    • Claresholm
    British Columbia
    • West Kootenay
    • Vernon
    Each community will work with a local economic development organization to recruit and assess ‎immigration candidates based on local economic needs and job openings and endorse the ‎selected candidates for permanent residence.‎‏ ‏
    The communities selected could be in a position to begin identifying immigration candidates as ‎early as this fall and those selected are expected to begin arriving in Canada 2020.‎

  • The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, has reached its maximum allotment of 5,500 nomination certificates for 2017.

  • 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, 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 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.

  • 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:

  • New details of 2019 Alberta Express Entry Stream draws released

  • The province of Alberta has invited 197 Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking ‎System scores as low as 301 to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent ‎residence. ‎

  • Alberta is set to launch an Express Entry stream in January, 2018, allowing the province to use a portion of its allocation for the (AINP) to nominate candidates in Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry pool.

  • Alberta has announced that its maximum Provincial Nominee Program allotment for 2018 is 5,600 nominations. The AINP is currently divided into three immigration streams.

  • The Government of Alberta is extending a temporary transition period for applicants to the Alberta Opportunity Stream who hold a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

  • 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.

  • It was almost a year ago when Canada adopted a new immigration policy, changing the selection criteria of new skilled immigrants.

  • Candidates for Canadian immigration with Information and Communications Technology experience will want to take note of, a new information hub showcasing developments and research in Canada’s burgeoning Artificial Intelligence industry. The policy was recently unveiled in Toronto, Ontario, at TechTO, one of the largest gatherings of Canada’s technology sector.

  •  July, 2012-- Many Canadian immigration programs remain open, despite the Canadian government’s announcement that it will be taking a ‘temporary pause.

  • Employment figures indicate that Canada’s jobless rate fell to 6.5% in October. This is the lowest rate since 2008. Employers added 43,100 jobs in October in addition to 71,100 jobs added in September.

  • Three new Express Entry-linked PNP streams were created in 2018 and others were improved

  • Alberta Wants Cap on Economic Immigrants Raised

    Alberta requested that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) raise the number of economic immigrants it can nominate each year in order to meet its growing labour needs. The province anticipates it will need 96,000 new workers by 2023.

  • Immigration to Canada remains on the rise at both the provincial and federal level, despite a move this week by the province of Quebec to reduce the number of newcomers it will welcome next year.