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Express Entry Draw Update

Invitations to apply for permanent residence were issued to 500 candidates at a draw held under Canada’s Express Entry system on October 16, 2019.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Canadian Federal Election Results: Liberal Minority

The results are in: after yesterday’s federal election, Liberal candidate Justin Trudeau has been re-elected as Prime Minister, although the liberals will have a minority in Parliament. READ MORE

Monday, October 21, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Draws Oct. 15 – 21, 2019

Last week, draws were held for the Provincial Nominee Program in the following provinces: READ MORE

Friday, October 18, 2019

Canada Express Entry Draw - October 16, 2019

Another Express Entry draw was held on October 16, issuing 500 new invitations to apply for permanent residence under Canada’s Express Entry system. READ MORE

Thursday, October 17, 2019

New Investment in Recruiting Temporary Foreign Workers in Quebec

At the Canadian Immigration Summit held in Montreal on October 16, 2019, Minister Jean Boulet announced additional funding to reimburse companies for International recruitment efforts. READ MORE

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Former Refugees who Vote as New Citizens, Appreciate Democracy!

According to Citizenship Canada, about 44,599 Syrian refugees came to Canada in November 2015, among which 606 have now become Canadian citizens eligible to vote in the 2019 election. READ MORE

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) Draws, October 7-14, 2019

Three PNP draws took place last week in British Columbia (B.C.), Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, issuing a total of 816 invitations to the provinces. READ MORE

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Foreign Policy Ignored in Recent Election Debate

A discussion about refugees and foreign policy was conspicuously absent in Monday’s election debate, despite leaders’ conflicting views about these topics. READ MORE

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Payout for Victims of Incompetent Lawyers

A gap in Ontario’s judicial system left some victims of incompetent lawyers unable to collect on their damage claims — until recently, that is. READ MORE

Monday, October 07, 2019

P.E.I. Set to Achieve Population Goals Early

In 2017, Prince Edward Island made an action plan to increase its population to 160,000 by 2022, a target it’s now set to meet by late 2021. READ MORE

Friday, October 04, 2019

Tech Support Scams Targeting Canadians

Tech support scams have grown in the past few years, with scammers posing as tech support online or on the phone to get access to people’s computers and charge steep fees for fraudulent services. READ MORE

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Immigration is Essential to Canada’s Economy

A quarter of Canadians are expected to be over 65 in the next 20 years, per the Conference Board of Canada, meaning fewer pension contributors and more people drawing from their pension plans. READ MORE

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

New Brunswick’s Population Reaches Record Numbers

International immigration accounts almost entirely for New Brunswick’s new population growth, which has signaled a reversal of the population decline that began in the early 2000s. READ MORE

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Canada’s Premier Immigration Conference Coming to Niagara Falls

The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) will hold its two-day National Citizenship and Immigration Conference October 2-4 at the Marriott Hotel in Niagara Falls. READ MORE

Monday, September 30, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: September 24–30

Three new PNP draws were held this week in B.C., Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. READ MORE

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Five-Year Bans for Some Canadians at U.S. Border

U.S. border guards have recently issued several five-year bans to Canadians at border crossings. READ MORE

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Temporary Foreign Worker Policy Discussion in Kelowna

Policies surrounding temporary foreign workers were a hot topic at a recent forum for ten federal candidates. READ MORE

Monday, September 23, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: September 17–23

This past week saw PNP draws occur across four provinces: British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. READ MORE

Friday, September 20, 2019

ICCRC Transitions to College Update

The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Act has recently come one step further in achieving its objective to help protect against fraudulent immigration consultants. READ MORE

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Newcomer Sara Eftekhar’s Journey to Canada

By the mid-century, an estimated 90 per cent of Canada’s population growth will be from immigration. With an aging population and a low birth rate, Canada relies on newcomers to maintain its economy. READ MORE

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Regina International Student Population Rising

The University of Regina international student population has almost quadrupled in the last decade, reflecting an overall trend across Canada. READ MORE

Monday, September 16, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: September 9–15

Two PNP draws were held this past week, issuing a total of 404 new invitations to the highest-scoring registrants in B.C. and Manitoba. READ MORE

Friday, September 13, 2019

Newfoundland and Labrador Will Soon Depend on Immigration

An aging workforce combined with out-migration will leave 65,000 job vacancies in Newfoundland and Labrador by 2025, according to a recent study. READ MORE

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Illegal Rooming Houses Under Investigation

The City of Sudbury is currently investigating ten complaints regarding rooming houses for international students amid a shortage of student housing in the area. READ MORE

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ukrainian Newcomer Calls Canada Home

When political turmoil in Ukraine led to economic upheaval, Oksana Taran knew she would have to leave for another country—and found a new life in Canada. READ MORE

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: September 2—9

Three new Provincial Nominee Program draws were held this week in B.C., Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia. READ MORE

Monday, September 09, 2019

Atlantic Canada Labour Shortage

Employers in Atlantic Canada are finding creative ways to attract workers, including relocation bonuses and on-the-job training, as a result of the region’s increasing labour shortage. READ MORE

Friday, September 06, 2019

Georgian College to Offer Free Courses to Canadian PRs, Protected Persons

Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, will offer five free courses to newcomers to help them navigate the job market in Canada. READ MORE

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Visa Application Centre Service Changes

As a result of new contracts starting November 2, 2019, there will be some service changes in Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. READ MORE

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Express Entry Draw #125

Another Express Entry Draw was held on September 4, issuing 3,600 invitations for candidates to fast-track their permanent residence applications. READ MORE

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Government Funds Toronto Housing Initiative

The City of Toronto is set to lead an initiative to help provide housing to asylum claimants and the Government of Canada will provide $17 million in funding to help. READ MORE

Friday, August 30, 2019

New Funding for Costs Associated with Irregular Migration

The Government of Canada has announced that it will provide $250 million in funding to Quebec to help with the overwhelming costs associated with irregular migration. READ MORE

Thursday, August 29, 2019

New Brunswick Target for Francophone Immigration Postponed

The government of New Brunswick had initially set a goal of having 33 per cent of its immigrants be francophones by 2020, but recently announced that the deadline has been pushed back to 2024. READ MORE

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Longer Hours at 10 IRCC Offices Across Canada

As part of the government’s efforts to improve services at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 10 offices across Canada will now offer extended hours on Thursdays and Saturdays. READ MORE

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Enhancement of MIDI Services in Quebec

40 new Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) service points are set to open across Quebec in existing Services Québec offices and local employment centres. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Canadian Government Helps Vancouver Newcomers Get Credentials Recognized

To help internationally-trained newcomers get the necessary Canadian credentials, the Canadian government is investing in three new projects. READ MORE

Monday, August 26, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: August 19—26

British Columbia issued a PNP draw on August 20 this week, inviting 527 candidates to apply across five Skills Immigration and Express Entry streams, and 26 candidates under entrepreneur streams. READ MORE

Monday, August 26, 2019

Air Pre-Arrival and Reporting Requirements Update

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has updated Memorandum D3-2-1, which covers procedures related to the use of aircraft in international commercial services. READ MORE

Friday, August 23, 2019

NEXUS eGate Lanes Now Available at Ambassador Bridge

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian Transit Company have recently announced installations of three NEXUS eGate lanes at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor. READ MORE

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

“Jihadi Jack” Pleads for Entry into Canada

Jack Letts, a British-Canadian who joined ISIS as a teen in 2014, hopes Canada will take him back after his U.K. citizenship was revoked. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Expired Venezuelan Passports Now Valid in Canada

The Canadian government has recognized the Venezuelan National Assembly’s decree on the validity of expired passports on June 7, 2019. READ MORE

Monday, August 19, 2019

Scammers Are Posing as CBSA Agents to Collect Personal Data

The Canada Border Services Agency has issued a warning about scammers posing as CBSA agents to collect personal data such as Social Insurance Numbers and credit card information. READ MORE

Monday, August 19, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: August 12—19

Three provinces held new Provincial Nominee Program draws over the last week, issuing a total of 249 new invitations to newcomers in BC, Saskatchewan, and PEI. READ MORE

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Federal Funding to Offset Provincial Legal Aid Cuts

Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent decision to give Ontario $26 million in legal aid will help offset the budget cuts premier Doug Ford made in the spring. READ MORE

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: August 5—12

British Columbia’s provincial draw was the only one held this week, issuing 238 invitations across five streams. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sentencing Continues in BC’s Largest Immigration Fraud Case

Xiao Feng “Heki,” an unauthorized immigration practitioner with New Can Consultants Ltd., has been sentenced to 20 months in jail for passport fraud, misrepresentation, and tax evasion. READ MORE

Friday, August 09, 2019

Personalized Course will Help Immigrants Integrate in Québec

A new personalized support program with courses to help immigrants integrate into the job market is designed to both assist immigrants and help the manufacturing industry address its labour shortage. READ MORE

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

800+ Programs to Help Newcomers Settle in Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) plans to fund more than 800 programs across the country to help newcomers settle and integrate successfully in Canada. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: July 29—Aug 5

There were two new Provincial Nominee Program draws over the last week, issuing a total of 1,843 invitations to candidates in BC and Alberta. READ MORE

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Migrant Farm Worker Receives First Open Work Permit

A migrant farm worker who took his case to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has received the first-ever open work permit, allowing him to escape his abusive Canadian employer. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Increased Interest Causes NL Immigration Backlog

Applications for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program are taking twice as long to process as usual owing to a sharp increase in the number of newcomers applying. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

New Brunswick Develops Strategy to Curb Nursing Shortage

As demand for nurses rises, New Brunswick has developed an immigration strategy that will help newcomers with nursing backgrounds. READ MORE

Monday, July 29, 2019

Temporary Resident Permits for Immigrants Facing Family Violence

In an emergency, people facing threats to their immediate safety, including victims of family violence, should call 9-1-1. READ MORE

Monday, July 29, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: June 22—29

Last week saw two Provincial Nominee Program draws in BC and Saskatchewan, with a total of 572 new invitations issued to candidates in the two provinces. READ MORE

Friday, July 26, 2019

STEM Fields Can Foster Innovation in Canada

Canada’s Express Entry system allows immigrants with sought-after skill sets to fast track their Canadian citizenship application. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Path to Residency for TFWs Via Agri-Food Pilot

The liberal budget’s Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, announced in March, is a three-year pilot program that will give Temporary Foreign Workers a new pathway to permanent residency. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Quebec Skilled Worker Class Action Approval

A judgement by the Supreme Court following a class action lawsuit means that some people who filed applications for a Québec Selection Certificate (CSQ) may be eligible for compensation. READ MORE

Monday, July 22, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: July 15—22

Three provinces have held PNP draws over the past week, issuing a total of 381 new invitations through a variety of provincial programs. READ MORE

Friday, July 19, 2019

Four of North America’s Top Tech Markets Are Canadian

Canada’s immigration policies enable tech employers to hire top talent from around the globe, giving Canadian cities a new competitive edge in the field. READ MORE

Thursday, July 18, 2019

New US-Canada Border Security Measures

The Canadian Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have signed a memorandum of understanding allowing them to share basic biographic data on travellers. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Toronto Top for Tech Talent

According to an annual report by CBRE, Toronto is one of the top three cities in North America for tech talent, following San Francisco and Seattle. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fewer Asylum Seekers Are Crossing into Canada

The first half of 2019 saw fewer refugees crossing the US-Canada border into Canada than in the same period of 2018. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Father and Son Accused of Smuggling Migrants

Michael Kong has been accused of seven charges for violating the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act after smuggling 34 migrants across the open US-Canada border at Peace Arch Park. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fingerprint Verification is Coming to Canadian Airports

The Government of Canada will soon require fingerprint verification in Primary Inspection Kiosks for non-Canadians seeking to enter the country. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

IRB Responds to Legal Aid Legislation Change

The Ontario government’s announcement of cuts to refugees’ legal aid funding has caused the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to update their procedures and available information. READ MORE

Monday, July 15, 2019

Canada Grants Funding to Help Newcomers Find Jobs

The Canadian government has provided $570,000 in funding to the Association for New Canadians to support the integration of newcomers. READ MORE

Monday, July 15, 2019

Canadian Government Introduces Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

The Government of Canada is addressing job shortages in the meat processing and mushroom production sectors by introducing the three-year “Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.” READ MORE

Monday, July 15, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: July 9—15

This week, British Columbia and Ontario each held provincial draws, issuing a total of 1,841 invitations. READ MORE

Friday, July 12, 2019

Entrepreneur Stream Candidates in Ontario Must Re-Register

Recent changes to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program mean that unselected candidates who registered for the Entrepreneur Stream before July 8 must re-apply to be considered for future draws. READ MORE

Friday, July 12, 2019

Government Invests $5.4 Billion to Help Solve Quebec’s Labour Shortage

Last month, the federal government confirmed funding of $5.4 billion to create employment skills training programs. READ MORE

Friday, July 12, 2019

CAPIC Denounces Unethical Immigration Lawyer

The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) has condemned Winnipeg immigration lawyer Paul Hesse, who misled clients for personal gain, according to a CBC report. READ MORE

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New Caregiver Programs Come with a Catch

The two new caregiver pilot programs announced by Minister Hussen in June come with a surprising new financial requirement. READ MORE

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Provincial Premiers Call on Feds to Bolster Immigration System

Premiers in provinces and territories have called on the federal government to speed up processing times and safeguard economic immigration. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ontario Government Amends Nominee Program

The Ontario government has updated the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to include truck drivers and personal support workers as part of its In-Demand Skills list. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Interim Pathway for Caregivers Reopens

Newcomers with Canadian experience as a home care or childcare provider will be able to apply for permanent residence through the Interim Pathway for Caregivers until October 8, 2019. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: July 1—8

Three new PNP draws have taken place in July, with British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba issuing a total of 441 invitations under various provincial streams. READ MORE

Monday, July 08, 2019

Saskatchewan Unemployment Rate Down to 5.1% in June

A recent labour force survey from Statistics Canada shows that Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1% in June, 0.3% lower than the national average rate of 5.4%. READ MORE

Monday, July 08, 2019

Immigration Lawyer Removed of Duties in Winnipeg

Allegations that immigration lawyer Paul Hesse had been profiting from misleading advice to newcomers has led Pitblado Law firm to remove him as a partner as of June 7. READ MORE

Friday, July 05, 2019

Tensions in Hong Kong May Lead to Canadian Immigration

Protests about the new extradition law in Hong Kong may lead to a surge in immigrants to Vancouver, a popular destination for former residents of Hong Kong. READ MORE

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Youth Mobility Agreement Between Canada and Luxembourg

An agreement between Canada and Luxembourg will give youth aged 18 to 30 the chance to work for 12 months under three categories: Working Holiday, International Co-Op, or Young Professionals. READ MORE

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Official Language Training for Francophones

As part of the Francophone Integration Pathway, seven organizations have been selected to provide language services for French-speaking newcomers settling into Francophone minority communities. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

New Pilot Project for Digital ID Recognition

A new pilot project called the Known Traveller Digital Identity will allow those travelling between Canada and the Netherlands to travel without a passport. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

CBSA Investigating Immigration Fraud in Saskatchewan

Charges filed against Qi Wang and Yujuan Cui in 2015 have led to an investigation pointing at a massive immigration fraud scam in Saskatchewan. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Bill 11 Will Get Foreign Credentials Recognized Faster

A new bill in Alberta called the Fair Registration Practices Act aims to reduce the amount of time and bureaucracy involved in getting foreign credentials recognized. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Ottawa Ad Warns Indian Citizens about Unethical Immigration Consulting Practices

An ad campaign targeted at Indian citizens is spreading the word about unethical immigration consultants, to minimize the effects these exploitative practices are having on prospective immigrants. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

New Citizens Sworn in on Canada Day

In a statement released on Canada Day, Ahmed Hussen wished the nation a “Happy Canada Day” and announced that 1,800 newcomers would receive their citizenship in ceremonies across the country. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

New Federal Funding for Ottawa Shelters

The number of asylum claimants arriving in Ottawa has increased demand for temporary housing in the city. READ MORE

Friday, June 28, 2019

Immigration Reform in Quebec will Reduce Wait Times

A new immigration selection system was launched in Quebec on Thursday which will reduce wait times for immigrants and help connect them with the right employers. READ MORE

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Canadian Businesses Need Immigrant Workers

Record low unemployment rates in Canada have left businesses scrambling to find more workers and urging politicians not to make their campaigns about reducing immigration. READ MORE

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Canada Considers Occupation-Based Permits for Temporary Foreign Workers

Proposed changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program would allow workers to leave their current employer for a new one, creating greater labour mobility for immigrant workers. READ MORE

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Project Helps Newcomers with Social, Cultural, and Mental Health Issues

The Opening Doors Project and The Multicultural Association of Perth Huron will help newcomers and service providers address the social, cultural, and mental health issues. READ MORE

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Immigration Programs Will Boost Canada’s Economy

Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth has been developing recommendations for immigration pilot programs since 2015. READ MORE

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Immigration Drives Population Growth in New Brunswick

A population increase of 14,082 over the last four years in New Brunswick is mostly attributable to immigration. READ MORE

Monday, June 24, 2019

Syrian Refugee Shares His Experience

After being rescued by the efforts of a Whistler, BC, resident who fundraised to bring him to Canada, Syrian refugee Hassan Al Kontar wants to use his experience to help others. READ MORE

Friday, June 21, 2019

Toronto Hits Record-High Tech Worker Pay Growth

Recent research has uncovered a 9% jump in Toronto’s tech wages in 2018, a growth on par with Boston’s as the two fastest-growing cities for tech wages. READ MORE

Friday, June 21, 2019

Canada Resettled the Most Refugees in 2018

A new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees showed that over 70 million people are now fleeing war and persecution. READ MORE

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program to Help Trucking Industry in Ontario

A labour shortage in Ontario’s trucking industry has opened up new pathways to citizenship for truck drivers wanting to immigrate to Canada. READ MORE

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Refugee Acceptance Rate Drop in 2018

Although there is now a record number of refugee asylum claims to be processed, the number of accepted cases in 2018 was down 4.5% from the previous year. READ MORE

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Francophone Communities Initiative Funds 14 Regions

A new government strategy aiming at developing the bilingual communities outside Quebec has selected 14 communities to receive funding over the next three years. READ MORE

Monday, June 17, 2019

Halifax Population Boom Due to Immigration

A record 2% population growth in Halifax helped its GDP grow by $300 million in 2018, thanks in large part to immigration. READ MORE

Monday, June 17, 2019

Two New Caregiver Pilots for Newcomers

The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots will replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots. READ MORE