19 10, 2017

Provincial Nominee Program Update

PNP Program

The PNPs allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals for permanent immigration.

Streams that are separate from Express Entry are known as base streams. These streams may be useful for people who are not eligible to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry.

Under Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2017, the government plans to bring in up to 54,000 new permanent residents through the PNPs this year alone. The government’s new Immigration Levels Plan will be made public within the next two weeks. This plan will provide more opportunities for provinces to nominate people for immigration to Canada.


Two popular sub-categories of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program:

  • International Skilled Worker – Express Entry,
  • International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-categories,

allow eligible individuals to apply without a job offer if they have work experience in an in-demand occupation.

Later in August, Saskatchewan increased its annual application intake for the Express Entry sub-category from 1,700 to 2,600.


Nova Scotia

Another popular Express Entry-aligned PNP option is the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (NSDEE) stream, part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). NSDEE has an eligible occupations list and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. A job offer is not required, but potential applicants must have an active Express Entry profile and satisfy other criteria.

On October 11, Nova Scotia opened this stream for up to 300 new applications. The intake was filled later the same day. Nova Scotia plans to reopen the program in the near future.


British Columbia (BC)

August and September were busy months in BC, with more than 2,000 invitations to apply to the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued to a range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs within those two months. BC has also continued to conduct tech-only draws, an initiative started earlier this year in line with the new BC PNP Tech Pilot.

The BC PNP is divided into many categories, some of which are aligned with the federal Express Entry system.Manitoba

Manitoba has continued to invite skilled workers and business people to apply for provincial nomination under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The majority of the invited candidates were invited under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category, though a substantial minority were in the Skilled Worker Overseas category.

Manitoba Business Stream offers a straightforward pathway to permanent residence — no period on temporary status is required.


New Brunswick

Last month, New Brunswick’s enhanced the Express Entry Labour Market Stream, began accepting applications for a temporary period from eligible candidates in the pool who had work experience in an eligible occupation and had attended an information session hosted by the immigration authorities of New Brunswick.



Ontario placed a hold on intake for the Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities stream in late July. This followed innovate strategies taken by immigration authorities in Ontario, among them a strategy whereby the OINP searched for candidates in the Express Entry pool with experience in certain Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations. These candidates were prioritized for selection, even if they scored less than 400 CRS points. Normally, Ontario only invites candidates with 400 or more CRS points under this stream.

The Human Capital Priorities stream — which may reopen its intake at any time — is a passive stream, whereby candidates in the Express Entry pool may be invited by the OINP to apply for a nomination.

Other OINP updates include the launch in August of a pilot, not aligned with Express Entry, for workers in high-demand construction and agriculture occupations with a job offer in Ontario. In September, the province began accepting online applications under its Corporate Stream, and in October online applications were also accepted under the International Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams.



Alberta has issued 4,300 provincial nomination certificates so far in 2017 under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Around 1,150 of these nominations have been issued over the past three months, showing the ongoing efforts of AINP staff to welcome newcomers, as well as existing temporary residents, as new permanent residents.




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18 10, 2017

Decrease in CRS Points Requirement in October 18 Express Entry Draw

Express Entry

The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has taken place, with 2,757 candidates in the pool invited to apply on October 18. The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) on this occasion was 436, down from the 438 required in the previous draw, which took place on October 4.

Invited candidates now have 90 days to submit a complete application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Accompanying family members, including a spouse or common-law partner, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant.

The total number of ITAs issued so far in 2017 now stands at 74,978, with 24 draws having taken place over this period.




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17 10, 2017

Labour Market Impact Assessment Program

LMIA Program

In Canada, all employers require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO), if they wish to hire a temporary foreign worker.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) lets employers hire temporary workers to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. If they plan on hiring a temporary worker through the TFWP they need to apply for an LMIA and also pay the fee of $1000 per worker that they hire.

An LMIA is a document that an employer needs to get before hiring any foreign worker and it acts as an approval from the government for the people they choose to hire. If their application is successful they will then be provided with a document from the Employment and Social Development Canada which states that they are allowed to hire a temporary worker to fill their shortage.

The purpose of an LMIA is to justify the hiring of foreign workers by demonstrating that there is no qualified Canadian worker available to do the job and there is a need for the foreign worker to fill the job that they are offering.

LMIA applicants should be able to display their efforts in hiring Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker.

In order to demonstrate this, the employer must follow the recruitment’s requirements that display their efforts in hiring Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker.

LMIA applicants should also be able to demonstrate that they have active engagement within the business that they are planning on hiring the temporary worker. They must also be able to prove that working conditions meet the provincial labour market standards and they should also be able to provide benefits that hiring a foreign worker would bring to Canada.

When an employer is given a positive LMIA they can then forward it to the foreign worker who they wish to hire so that they can submit it with their work permit application.


Before an individual applies to be a temporary foreign worker there are a few things that they should be able to prove such as:


  • Must be able to prove to an officer that they will leave Canada when their work permit expires.
  • They must be able to prove that they have enough money to provide for themselves during their stay in Canada.
  • They should have no record of criminal activity and they cannot be a danger Canada’s security


An advantage to being a temporary foreign worker is that they have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency if that is something they wish to do. It is also encouraged, especially if they are filling short-term positions that limit their stay in Canada.



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10 10, 2017

IRCC Invites 2,801 Express Entry Candidates

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited 2,801 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence, in an Express Entry draw that took place on October 4. Candidates in the pool with 438 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points have issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) on this occasion.

Invited candidates have 90 days to submit a complete application, including supporting documentation. IRCC aims to complete the processing of these applications within six months, a time frame that has successfully been met in the majority of cases.

The October 4 draw, the 23rd to take place this year, comes as we enter the final quarter of 2017. So far this year, a total of 72,221 ITAs have been issued, far surpassing the total number issued over the first two years of Express Entry, which was first introduced in January 2017. This number also more than doubles the 25,982 ITAs issued over the first 23 draws of 2016.


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4 10, 2017


Global Talent Stream

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What is The Global Talen Stream?

The Global Talent Stream is now available to employers in the province of Quebec. It allows them to hire skilled foreign workers with a two-week processing time.

The Global Talent Stream is a part of the government of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, to give an access to specialized foreign workers in order to promote Canada’s economic growth and job creation. It is also part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

The two-week processing standard also applies to open work permits for accompanying spouses/common-law partners, and study permits for accompanying dependents, if applicable.

Employers in Quebec can now benefit from the Global Talent Stream’s streamlined process to help them hire people with specialized skills or fill vacant positions for high-demand occupations.

What Are The Benefits Of The Global Talent Stream?

The Global Talent Stream offers priority application processing, a flexible recruitment procedure and accelerated processing of work permits so that businesses can get the talent they need. It helps companies in Quebec and in all Canada to rapidly build or develop specialized skills to be more innovative and develop their expertise.

To apply, innovative Quebec companies will be able to turn to one of three partners designated by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion:

  • Investissement Québec,
  • Montréal International,
  • Québec International.

According to a federal government statement, these organizations have excellent knowledge of the entrepreneurial and business community in Quebec and are already working with the government of Quebec in terms of talent recruitment. Alternatively, Quebec employers can also submit applications for positions on the Global Talent Occupations List. This list of occupations was developed in collaboration with all provinces and territories, including Quebec.

List of Occupations:

0213       Computer and information systems managers  

2147       Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)             

2171       Information systems analysts and consultants   

2172       Database analysts and data administrators          

2173       Software engineers and designers          

2174       Computer programmers and interactive media developers         

2175       Web designers and developers                

2241       Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians        

2283       Information systems testing technicians              

5231       Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations

5241       Digital Media and Design (positions requiring a minimum of five years’ industry experience and specific skills only)


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3 10, 2017

Canada Wants More Immigrants!

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The Conference Board of Canada releases a news 2017 report that states that Raising the current level of immigration to Canada in an annual intake of 300,000 immigrants could greatly help Canadians overcome the mounting challenges posed by an aging population and low birth rate.

Using the current annual rate immigrates arriving to Canada is 0.82 percent of the population as a base, the study predicted that with the latest changes in Canadian demographics a higher percentage of consumption, 1 percent, and 1.11 percent, would affect the population of Canada, its population aged 65 and over, for workers – the ratio of the parties, GDP, GDP per capita and health expenditure.

The projections were made assuming the composition of immigrants remains unchanged: 60 percent of an economic class, 28 percent in family class and 12 percent as refugees.

In the status quo scenario, the country’s GDP, or economic performance, would grow at an average annual rate of 1.85 per cent between 2017 and 2040.

In 2016, people age 65 and over made up 16.5 percent of Canada’s total population. The share will continue to rise in the coming years, reaching 24 percent by 2040.

The country’s current natural population increase (births minus deaths) adds roughly 114,000 people to the population, but the report said it will progressively drop to nearly zero by 2033 as the number of deaths surpasses births.

The report says that immigration will begin to account for all of Canada’s population growth by 2033, assuming that the annual immigration rate remains around 0.82 percent of the population.

Under the status quo, seniors would reach 24 percent of the population by 2040, with the workers-to-retirees ratio dropping from 3.64 in 2017 to 2.37. Over the same period, aging will cause health-care costs to rise by an average of 4.66-percent annually, accounting for 42.6 percent of provincial revenues, up from 35 percent in 2017.

As Canada becomes more dependent on immigrants to meet its labor market needs (see Permanent ResidenceStartup visa, Childbirth In Canada and Express Entry Programs), the success of its immigration system will largely depend on its ability to improve immigration outcomes in the labor market, expand its absorption capacity and improve public support for immigration.

26 09, 2017

Atlantic Immigration Program

Atlantic Canada

Atlantic immigration program

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Atlantic Canada has the oldest population in Canada and the region’s workforce is expected to decline sharply between now and 2035. A new Conference Board of Canada report suggests Atlantic Canada needs to successfully attract and retain more immigrants to improve the region’s population growth.

A small labour force and aging population could have negative effects, such as weaker economic growth, difficulties for provincial governments to cover social services, the decline of rural communities.

Atlantic Canada’s aging population, coupled with its low birth rate and out-migration, is resulting in weak population and labour force growth, which is hampering its economic growth. At the same time, health care costs are expected to rise due to population aging.

Immigration is a major part of the solution to spurring population and economic growth to ensure a bright future in Atlantic Canada.

The Atlantic region also has the smallest immigration population and the fewest number of newcomer arrivals amongst the Canadian provinces. Historically, the region has had higher unemployment rates and its small immigrant population has made it a less appealing destination for newcomers compared with other parts of the country.

Despite the region’s immigration challenges, however, Atlantic Canada has many strengths that can make it appealing to prospective immigrants. The region’s immigrant unemployment rates and wage gaps are low, and wages are nationally competitive. Moreover, immigrants who stay in the region tend to earn more than those who leave.

The report, Immigration to Atlantic Canada provides immigration policy suggestions in four areas to assist the region’s efforts to boost immigration:

  • Raising public and employer awareness about immigration benefits to Atlantic Canada;
  • Promoting life in the region to prospective immigrants to highlight why they should settle in the region;
  • Attracting immigrants who are most likely to stay in the region;
  • Prioritizing temporary residents by addressing the challenges that may hinder their transition to permanent residence.


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25 09, 2017

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)


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Free trade between Canada and the European Union (EU) starts this September. It increases opportunities for businesses, services suppliers, independent professionals, and short-term business visitors to work in Canada.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) — a free trade agreement between Canada, the European Union and its member states — will eliminate 98 percent of the tariffs between Canada and the EU. The “provisional application” of CETA came into effect on September 21, though many member states are yet to ratify the agreement. The government of Canada estimates bilateral trade will increase by 20 percent as a result of CETA.

With regard to immigration matters, CETA facilitates entry for certain business persons who are citizens of Canada and EU member states by removing the requirement for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to be obtained before that person can legally perform work in Canada.

The LMIA process ensures that companies in Canada may only hire internationally if it is determined that no Canadian citizens or permanent residents were ready and able to perform the role.

The LMIA process also includes advertising requirements and processing times.

The maximum length of stay for short-term business visitors and business visitors for investment purposes is 90 days in any six-month period, unless otherwise eligible for other durations.

CETA sets forth conditions whereby persons may transfer to work in Canada within the same company.

The intra-company transferee provisions of CETA, described under the key personnel category, are similar to the already existing Intra-Company transfer program, with the addition of graduate trainees.

Senior personnel and specialists may also to Canada without a LMIA.

Under CETA, all intra-company transferees must:

  • have been employed by an enterprise of, or have been partners in an enterprise of, an EU member state for at least one year; and
  • be temporarily transferred to an enterprise (that may be a subsidiary, branch, or head company of the enterprise) in Canada.

Under the agreement, eligible investors may stay in Canada for one year, with possible extensions at the officer’s discretion if the applicant is able to provide documentation that satisfies the processing officer of their need to have their stay extended.

The investor provisions of CETA apply to applicants who:

  • will establish, develop, or administer the operation of an investment in a capacity that is supervisory or executive;
  • are the investor;
  • are employed by an enterprise that has committed or is in the process of committing a substantial amount of capital.

Under CETA, applicants in both categories may stay in Canada for a cumulative period of no more than 12 months in any 24-month period or for the duration of the contract, whichever is less.


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20 09, 2017

September 20 Express Entry Draw

Express Entry Draw, September 20th 2017


The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry selection system has decreased to 433 in the latest draw from the pool, which took place on September 20, 2017. This is the lowest CRS cut-off t since early June. The previous draw, which took place on September 6, had a threshold of 435.

Candidates who receive an ITA have 90 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence. The processing of applications will take six months. Since Express Entry was first introduced in January 2015, the vast majority of applications have been processed within this six-month timeframe.

The latest draw brings the total number of ITAs issued so far this year to 69,420, more than double the 33,782 that were issued in the whole of last year. The total number of ITAs issued since January 2015 now stands at 134,265.



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18 09, 2017

Canada Immigration Plan 2016-2019

Canada immigration plan, The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum

Canada immigration plan, The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum

Update On Canada immigration plan

September 15, 2017- Toronto, ON — The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum of Ministers responsible for Immigration (FMRI) met to reflect on Canada’s immigration system.

To make progress on Canada immigration plan 2016-2019, all Ministers agreed to work in partnership to ensure a fast, flexible, and efficient economic immigration system; strategic immigration levels planning; and effective settlement and integration support for newcomers. This work will further Canada immigration plan legacy as a diverse, inclusive and welcoming country.


Ministers highlighted the critical importance of a pan-Canada immigration plan approach to dealing with the current influx of asylum seekers, including enhanced intergovernmental collaboration to support orderly migration and scenarios planning, while protecting Canada’s border and the safety and security of Canadians. Given the growing influx of asylum seekers to Canada, Ministers articulated that, while Canada is an open and welcoming country, people must use the proper channels to come to Canada and could face significant risks entering Canada through irregular means. While anyone who claims asylum in Canada has the right to due process, Ministers stressed that there are no guarantees that an asylum seeker will be allowed to stay in Canada at the end of that process.


Ministers reached consensus on the importance of multi-year levels planning and increasing immigration levels to help meet Canada’s labour market needs, address demographic changes, and generate long-term economic growth. A multi-year approach to levels of the Canada immigration plan would provide increased certainty and help inform long-term planning. Ministers reiterated support for Canada’s international obligations and humanitarian tradition with respect to refugees.


Enhanced collaboration across governments is needed to support the delivery of high-quality settlement services and successful outcomes for all newcomers. To this end, Ministers agreed to strengthen partnerships and explore new models for collaboration. It was agreed in the Canada immigration plan that an important piece of this work will be the development of a federal-provincial-territorial plan to clarify how settlement priorities are set, and how information is shared among all orders of government.


Ministers also discussed issues related to the federal Excessive Demand policy and committed to continue the dialogue so that the policy continues to recognize the need to protect health, education and social services while treating applicants fairly.


Ministers discussed the promotion of Francophone immigration to communities outside of Québec with the goal of increasing Francophone immigration. Building on the momentum that was established in Moncton earlier this year, Ministers look forward to meeting with Francophonie ministers in 2018 in Ontario to assess progress.



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