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

  • 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.

  • 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 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 for Canadian immigration with Information and Communications Technology experience will want to take note of Canada.ai, 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.

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

  • 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.  

  • Canada’s population broke the 37 million mark in the first four months of 2018, growing by a million people in record time thanks largely to immigration, Statistics Canada reports. New preliminary estimates from Statistics Canada put Canada’s population at 37,067,011 on April 1, 2018.

  • A new report on the Government of Canada’s Express Entry economic immigration system shows candidates from India and China led their fellow Express Entry candidates in invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in 2017.

  • Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia (BC), and Alberta have all seen significant activity in their PNPs in recent weeks, as more than 2,500 individuals have either submitted an application for a provincial nomination certificate, or have been invited to do so.

  • EDMONTON - International students in Alberta are seeing wait times for processing their study permits soar to nearly three months, leaving many “stranded” in Canada, unable to visit their home countries or travel elsewhere in the world. Students can’t leave the country without renewing their permits and visas without risking lengthy delays upon re-entry, jeopardizing their standing in university programs where many have studied for several years.

  • Significant increase in the number of international students enrolling in Canadian universities for the 2017/2018 academic year. Many stakeholders believe this increase to the growing perception of Canada as a stable and welcoming study destination in addition to Canada's international policies . In recent months, increasing numbers of international students are choosing to study in Canada. and immigrate after graduation.

  • A majority of Canadians continue to hold positive views about immigration and its impact on Canada’s economy, a new public opinion survey has found. Conducted in February, the annual Focus Canada survey by the Environics Institute and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation interviewed 2,000 Canadians over the age of 18.

  • 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.

  • There were 462,000 job vacancies across Canada in the first quarter of 2018, with Quebec reporting the largest year-over-year increase for the three-month period, according to new figures from Statistics Canada. Job vacancies in Quebec were up by 25,000 in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 37 percent over the first three months of 2017.