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Express Entry Draw Update

A new round of Express Entry invitations was issued on April 3, marking the 7th Express Entry draw of 2019.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ukrainian Immigrants Stem Forestry’s Labour Shortage

New Brunswick’s shortage of forestry workers has felt some relief after 48 newcomers have settled in Saint-Quentin. READ MORE

Monday, April 15, 2019

Vancouver Attracts Newcomers Despite Lack of Affordable Housing

Vancouver’s high cost of housing hasn’t deterred newcomers from flocking to the city — the 2016 census shows that 79% of the 30,000 new residents annually are recent immigrants. READ MORE

Friday, April 12, 2019

Ontario’s PNP Skills Stream to Include Truck Drivers

Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program will now include the trucking industry in its skills stream, allowing trucking companies to hire foreign labour. READ MORE

Thursday, April 11, 2019

New Legislation to Strengthen Immigration Consultant Regulation

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced changes yesterday that will result in tougher legislation on immigration consultants. READ MORE

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Waterloo is Canada’s Second Fastest-Growing City

According to data released last month by StatsCan, the Waterloo, Ontario, region is the second fastest growing metropolitan area, surpassed only by Peterborough. READ MORE

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Immigration Prevents Population Decline in St. John’s

An increase of 1,233 people since the 2016 census is mostly thanks to newcomers who have chosen St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, as their permanent home. READ MORE

Monday, April 08, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: March 22–April 8

Another four PNP draws were held in the last two weeks, inviting a total of 908 newcomers to BC, Ontario, and Manitoba. READ MORE

Friday, April 05, 2019

Fredericton Newcomer Creates Successful Coffee Startup

Mohamed Khirallah says networking was the key strategy in founding his coffee brand, Roticana Coffee. READ MORE

Friday, April 05, 2019

Charity Increases Loans Available for Skilled Immigrants

Canada’s largest microlending charity for skilled immigrants, Windmill Microlending, has increased the loan amount available to newcomers by 50%. READ MORE

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

BCCA to Provide Pre-Arrival Services

The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) is set to receive $3.4 million in funding to provide pre-arrival services for newcomers interested in construction work. READ MORE

Friday, March 29, 2019

Windsor One of Canada's Fastest Growing Cities

The latest census data from Statistics Canada puts Windsor on the map as one of the fastest growing Canadian cities, tied for third place with Ottawa. READ MORE

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Health Care Funding for Refugee Claimants to Increase by $283 Million

An increase in the influx of refugees coming to Canada has prompted a decision by the federal government to add $283 million in funding for their health care over the next two years. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Canada’s Friendly Immigration Policy Attracts US Employers

While immigration policy in the US becomes stricter, Canada’s more welcoming immigration system has US tech companies taking notice. READ MORE

Monday, March 25, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: March 15–22

Three more PNP draws were held this week, with 185 confirmed invitations for provincial nominees. READ MORE

Monday, March 25, 2019

Immigration Boosts Saskatchewan’s Population in 2018

According to StatsCan, Saskatchewan’s population grew by a total of 11,459 in 2018, thanks to the 15,203 international newcomers who immigrated to Saskatchewan last year. READ MORE

Monday, March 25, 2019

Second-Generation Immigrants Tend Toward Skilled Careers

A new study by Statistics Canada indicates that second-generation immigrants have a much higher tendency to move into skilled careers than the rest of the Canadian population. READ MORE

Friday, March 22, 2019

Canada to Start Collecting Data on Travellers Leaving the Country

As an additional border security measure, Canada will soon begin collecting data on travellers leaving the country. READ MORE

Friday, March 22, 2019

Budget 2019’s New International Education Strategy

New funding and promotional strategies to attract foreign students and international work/study opportunities for Canadians will help Canada adapt to an increasingly global economy. READ MORE

Thursday, March 21, 2019

New Agriculture Immigration Pilot in Alberta

A labour shortage in Alberta’s meat processing industry could lead to new pathways for permanent residency if the immigration pilot proposed in the 2019 federal budget goes as planned. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Protecting Newcomers from Unauthorized Immigration Practitioners

The Canadian government is proposing to invest in strengthening consumer protection against unauthorized immigration practitioners. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Apply for Interim Pathway for Caregivers

Newcomers who have work experience in Canada as a home support or childcare worker can apply for permanent residence via the Interim Pathway for Caregivers. READ MORE

Monday, March 18, 2019

Canadians Lead Way in Positive Attitudes Toward Immigrants

A recent Pew Research survey of 18 of the world’s top destination countries for newcomers found that Canadians ranked highest on positive views of immigrants. READ MORE

Monday, March 18, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: March 5–15

A total of 856 candidates was invited to Canadian provinces under provincial PNP programs since March 5. READ MORE

Friday, March 15, 2019

$89 Million in Funding Goes to Affordable Housing in Toronto

As part of a 10-year, $40 billion-dollar strategy to fight inflated housing prices, Canada has issued $89 million to build cheap housing in Toronto. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

PNP Program Gets 2,000 Additional Spaces

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has announced that the federal government will open another 2,000 spaces in the PNP program, under the intermediate skill level category. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Canada a Top Destination for International Travellers

A record number of overseas travellers made their way to Canada in the third quarter of 2018, setting a new record. READ MORE

Monday, March 11, 2019

Strategies for Immigrant Employment in Atlantic Canada

Critical to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is its employer-driven integration strategies, based on a growing appreciation for the skills that immigrants bring. READ MORE

Monday, March 11, 2019

$500M for Saskatchewan Training Programs

A recent influx of $500 million in funding over the next six years will help boost jobs and skills training programs in Saskatchewan. READ MORE

Monday, March 11, 2019

PEI’s Immigrant Population Gives Economy a Boost

While a lack of diversity in Atlantic Canada remains an issue, PEI has become the leader of the Atlantic provinces at welcoming newcomers. READ MORE

Friday, March 08, 2019

PeaceGeeks Launches App for Newcomers to Canada

The Vancouver nonprofit PeaceGeeks, winner of the 2017 Impact Canada Challenge, has spent the last two years developing an app that was launched this week. READ MORE

Friday, March 08, 2019

PEI Immigration Office to Reopen

Closed in 2012, Charlottetown’s immigration office will soon open its doors again, offering newcomers help with settlement services, permanent residency applications, and citizenship. READ MORE

Thursday, March 07, 2019

RBC Earns 2019 Employer Award for Supporting Newcomers

In an annual awards ceremony organized by IRCC in collaboration with Hire Immigrants Ottawa, RBC was one of three businesses recognized for their commitment to helping newcomers integrate. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Thrives in New Brunswick

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has helped direct new immigrants to the Atlantic provinces, where they boost the economy by filling labour market gaps. READ MORE

Monday, March 04, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: February 15–22

Four new PNP draws took place in mid-February, inviting a total of 1,009 newcomers to Manitoba, PEI, and BC. READ MORE

Monday, February 25, 2019

New Immigration Initiatives to Improve Caregiver Settlement

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen recently announced a new caregiver pilot program to replace ineffective and heavily criticized predecessors. READ MORE

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Montreal Developing $1.6 Million Project to Help Newcomers Get Jobs

The City of Montreal is launching a new strategy designed to help landed immigrants find employment. READ MORE

Friday, February 15, 2019

BC Issues Invitations to 309 Newcomers in PNP Draw

BC held another Provincial Nominee Program draw on February 12, inviting 309 newcomers to apply for citizenship through five different categories. READ MORE

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Refugees Find New Life in Toronto Suburb

Samar Makhoul has built a new life in Richmond Hill with her husband Bebla and two children after fleeing war-torn Syria four years ago. READ MORE

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Relocation of Hockey Team Gave Rise to Manitoba's PNP Program, Canada's First

The loss of the Winnipeg Jets, a hockey team that relocated in 1996, prompted the formation of the Business Council in Manitoba and its first PNP program. READ MORE

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Permanent Resident Documents Mandatory for Flying Back to Canada

Permanent residents travelling abroad must have their permanent resident card as ID in order to travel back to Canada. READ MORE

Monday, February 11, 2019

Nova Scotia Retains Almost 10% of Its International Students

Although Nova Scotia has not yet reached its goal of keeping 10% of international students as residents, it’s well on its way. READ MORE

Friday, February 08, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: February 1–8

Provincial Nominee Programs select newcomer candidates based on requirements specific to the economic needs of each province. READ MORE

Friday, February 08, 2019

New Brunswick Mentorship Program Helps Newcomers Thrive in Business

The Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (BIMP) recently celebrated the graduation of its newest 19 students at Fredericton City Hall. READ MORE

Thursday, February 07, 2019

St. Thomas in Ontario Hopes to be Revitalized by Newcomers

The small town in Ontario with a population of 39,000 is providing resources to help immigrants settle. READ MORE

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Canada Extending Work Permit Pilot for Spouses

Canada is extending its work permit pilot for applicants being sponsored by their spouse or common law partner. READ MORE

Monday, February 04, 2019

Child’s Citizenship Status Now a Factor for Social Workers in Nova Scotia

Following the high-profile case of Abdoul Abdi, a new policy in Nova Scotia requires social workers to consider the immigration status of children in protection cases. READ MORE

Monday, February 04, 2019

Three More Pre-Settlement Services Get Up to $4.6 M in Funding

Pre-settlement services offer new and innovative resources tailored to meet the needs of newcomers as they adjust to life in Canada. READ MORE

Friday, February 01, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: January 24–31

Four provincial draws were held between January 24 and 31, with a current total of 1,211 applicants receiving invitations from Ontario, British Columbia, and Manitoba. READ MORE

Friday, February 01, 2019

A Faster Path to Canadian Citizenship for Refugees

There are currently over 64,000 asylum seekers in Canada, many of whom can now dream of Canadian citizenship thanks to a new fast-track refugee claims system. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Atlantic Immigration Program Welcomes Record Number to Nova Scotia

Immigration in Nova Scotia hit a new high as 5,645 newcomers arrived in 2018, thanks to the new Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Asylum Seeker Housing Gets $114 Million in Funding

A large influx of new immigrants entering Canada has put a strain on temporary housing, and the Canadian government has stepped in to help with $114 million in funding. READ MORE

Monday, January 28, 2019

Immigrants to Play Vital Role as Canadian Population Ages

Lower than replacement level fertility rates and an increase in the standard of living have led to the accelerated aging of Canada’s population. READ MORE

Friday, January 25, 2019


British Columbia had another PNP draw on January 23, inviting 45 newcomers to the province through the BC PNP Tech Pilot program. READ MORE

Friday, January 25, 2019

New Immigration Program for Rural and Northern Communities

Announced yesterday, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a new program designed to help immigrants settle in smaller communities. READ MORE

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Pre-Arrival Services Receive Additional $22.5 Million

Additional funding for new pre-arrival services programming is being issued to various groups across Canada. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Canada Ranked #1 for Quality of Life

The U.S. News and World Report's 2019 Best Countries Report has ranked Canada as having the top quality of life, based on an evaluation of 80 countries. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Judge Overturns MIDI Denial of Applicants

On December 13, 2018, Judge Marc St-Pierre of the Superior Court rendered a decision against the Attorney General of Quebec and the MIDI that could have very interesting consequences. READ MORE

Monday, January 21, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: January 14 - 17

The Provincial Nominee Programs across Canada have begun issuing rounds of invitations for 2019, with several draws occurring last week. READ MORE

Monday, January 21, 2019

Funding for Pre-Arrival Services for New Immigrants

The Canadian government has allocated $150 million dollars in funding over the next five years to improve pre-arrival services for newcomers who have not yet landed in Canada. READ MORE

Friday, January 18, 2019

Toronto YMCA to Offer Pre-Arrival Services

The YMCA of Greater Toronto has been offered $5.6 million in funding to provide pre-arrival and post-arrival services, as part of IRCC’s pre-arrival services program. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How the New Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Process Works

As Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced last week, the parents and grandparents sponsorship process has been streamlined. READ MORE

Friday, January 11, 2019

BC Population Surpasses 5 Million

Immigration has played a key role in BC’s recent population increase, compensating for the increase in those leaving the province. READ MORE

Friday, January 11, 2019

Improved Process for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship

As of January 28, 2019, the intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Program will adopt a first-come-first-served approach. READ MORE

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Look at Canada’s Q3 Job Vacancy Stats

The third quarter of 2018 represents the peak of a steady, two-year increase in job vacancies in all of Canada’s provinces, most notably in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Which Canadian Province Boasts the Most Immigrants?

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was put in place to address each province’s economic needs, allowing them to tailor their various immigration programs accordingly. READ MORE

Monday, January 07, 2019

Unemployment Remains Low in Canada

Canada’s unemployment rate has decreased over the past year by 0.2 per cent, according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey data. READ MORE

Monday, January 07, 2019

Additional Funding Given to Women’s Centres Across Canada

Part of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s pilot project supporting newcomer women involves allocating additional funding to groups offering services to help this vulnerable demographic. READ MORE

Friday, January 04, 2019

Increased Funding for Pre-Arrival Services

For the past 20 years, Canada has offered pre-arrival services for new immigrants aimed at helping them succeed once they arrive. READ MORE

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Foreign Talent Helps Canada's Economy

Canada’s immigration policies are designed to help highly skilled immigrants succeed and increase invitations for Express Entry to those who have studied in Canada. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Parents and Grandparents Program to Reopen in January

The Parents and Grandparents Program offers citizens over the age of 18 an opportunity to sponsor their parents or grandparents, allowing them to become Canadian citizens. READ MORE

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

International Migrants Day 2018

Since 2000, December 18 has been International Migrants Day, an international holiday created by the UN to recognize the value of immigration. READ MORE

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Police No Longer Need Reason to Breathalyze Drivers

As of December 18, 2018, Canadian police will no longer need reasonable suspicion to ask drivers to take a breathalyzer test, and those who refuse will face harsher penalties. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Victoria Programs to Support Visible Minority Newcomer Women

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is working with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria to help provide employment workshops for visible minority newcomer women. READ MORE

Monday, December 17, 2018

Growing Labour Shortage Reveals Need for Immigrants in Quebec

Four detailed charts show the extent to which Quebec’s population is aging – and it doesn’t look like slowing any time soon. READ MORE

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

East Asian Students Can Now Apply for IELTS Prizes

Future postsecondary students from Hong Kong/Macau, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam can apply for prizes totalling KRW 103 million. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

New Jobs in Canada Lead to Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 1976

The creation of 94,100 new jobs in November has kept the Canadian unemployment rate at its lowest ebb in more than 40 years, at 5.6%, according to a Statistics Canada report published on Friday. READ MORE

Monday, December 10, 2018

UN Commits to Improving Global Migrant Flows

A majority of UN states adopted a non-binding global pact to better handle migrant flows. READ MORE

Friday, December 07, 2018

Global Youth Can Explore Canada with IEC Work Permit Options

Calling all youth who want to travel and work in Canada: the 2019 International Experience Canada (IEC) is officially open! READ MORE

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Government Commits to Helping Newcomer Women

The Visible Minority Newcomer Women initiative is a three-year pilot project designed to help newly arrived women overcome barriers to employment. READ MORE

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

A Pictorial Guide to Canada’s Social and Economic Trends

Yesterday, Maclean’s magazine published a comprehensive portrait of Canada’s economy. READ MORE

Monday, December 03, 2018

New Youth Mobility Arrangement Between Canada and Portugal

As of 2019, Portuguese youth will now be able to work & travel in Canada under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, & Canadian youth will have the opportunity to do the same in Portugal. READ MORE

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Stranded for Months, Syrian Refugee Accepted into Canada

After being stuck for seven months in a Kuala Lumpur airport, before being detained for two months in Malaysia, a Syrian refugee has finally arrived in Canada. READ MORE

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Want to Work in Canada? These Cities are Top-Ranked in the World for Jobs

If you’re looking for a job, then Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver are some of the best places in the world to find one. READ MORE

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Young Newcomers Experience First Canadian Snowfall

Rebecca Davies, who sponsored an Eritrean family through the Ripple Refugee Project, recently shot a video that shows the family’s children seeing snow for the first time. READ MORE

Monday, November 19, 2018

Supreme Court to Decide on Rights of Detainees

In a Supreme Court case on Wednesday, Canada will decide whether foreign nationals detained for immigration violations are protected by the habeus corpus act, which would allow them to argue for their READ MORE

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hundreds of Refugees to Settle in Canada Following Surge in Donations

A total of $3.5 million in donations from eight philanthropists has made it possible for 685 refugees to settle in Canada by the end of this year. READ MORE

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

June Named Filipino Heritage Month in Canada

A motion was unanimously passed in the House of Commons on October 30 to recognize the month of June as Filipino Heritage Month across Canada. READ MORE

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Initiatives to Promote Francophone Immigration

As part of Canada’s commitment to honouring both national languages, several key initiatives are being put into place to make it easier for French-speaking immigrants to settle in Canada. READ MORE

Friday, November 09, 2018

You Can Now Visit Canada’s Job Bank from Your Phone

The Government of Canada’s nationwide Job Bank – a website that offers listings from government agencies and private companies – will now be available on mobile phones through the iOS App Store and Go READ MORE

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The Impact of Newcomers on Nova Scotia

The government of Nova Scotia is seeking participants for a study on the effects of immigration over the next 20 to 30 years. READ MORE