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Express Entry Draw Update

The federal government held another Express Entry draw on June 12, inviting 3,350 new candidates to apply for citizenship under the Express Entry program. READ MORE

Friday, June 14, 2019

Rural Immigration Pilot Communities Selected

Eleven rural and northern communities across Canada have been selected to take part in the Rural Immigration Pilot program, a new initiative to help newcomers settle into these smaller communities. READ MORE

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Update to Immigration Regulations for Electronic Documents

A new update to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations will make the IRCC system the official determinant of when an electronic message has been received. READ MORE

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Global Skills Strategy Initiative Turns Two

Launched in 2017, the Global Skills Strategy initiative is celebrating its second anniversary today after being made a permanent program in March 2019. READ MORE

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Employed Immigrants in Canada at New Statistical High

A recent internal federal analysis showed that 71% of immigrants between ages 25 and 54 are employed, the highest such number since these statistics started being recorded in 2006. READ MORE

Monday, June 10, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: June 1 - 7

The beginning of June saw three new PNP draws conducted in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. READ MORE

Thursday, June 06, 2019

New Initiative to help Support Newcomer Women

Newcomer women often have significant challenges in finding employment, including securing child care and contending with gender and race-based discrimination. READ MORE

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Canadian Immigrant Fair Toronto Monday, June 10

The Canadian Immigrant Fair, a career fair and tradeshow featuring speakers, information, and services for newcomers, is coming to Toronto on Monday, June 10. READ MORE

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Increased Demand for Foreign Temp Workers Means Longer Waiting Times

Employers now face wait times of 100 days if they wish to hire non-skilled migrant workers, meaning labour shortages in some industries are becoming increasingly difficult to address. READ MORE

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Program Delivery Update: Residence Extensions, Study and Work Permits must now be applied for Online

Foreign nationals wanting to extend their temporary resident status, apply for a study or work permit, or renew their study or work permit must apply online if they are doing so from within Canada READ MORE

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Gender Neutral Passport ID Now an Option

As of today, those who do not identify as either male or female can choose to have their passport, travel document, citizenship certificate or PR card labelled with “X” next to “gender.” READ MORE

Monday, June 03, 2019

Lawsuit Against Canadian Government Over Family Reunification Settlement

The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program has been plagued with issues for many years. READ MORE

Monday, June 03, 2019

Protecting Newcomers from Abuse and Violence

Three new initiatives will launch this year to protect newcomers from workplace abuse, domestic violence, and fragmentation of families. READ MORE

Monday, June 03, 2019

New Initiative to Help LGBTQ2 Refugees

The Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership will allow Canadians to privately sponsor LGBTQ2 refugees, building on the Rainbow Refugee Assistance pilot project established in 2011. READ MORE

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Andrew Scheer Outlines Conservative Immigration Policy

Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer has revealed a set of progressive attitudes toward immigration, frustrating his critics. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Free Event for Newcomers in Quebec

The Salon de l'immigration et l’intégration is the largest free event for newcomers in Canada, showcasing resources for living, working, and studying in Quebec. READ MORE

Friday, May 24, 2019

Canada Improves Accountability for Immigration Consultants

New measures to protect vulnerable immigrants and refugees from exploitative immigration consultants are under way, per the Budget 2019 plan. READ MORE

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Citizenship Guide Updates

Recent conversations about updating the Canadian citizenship guide, a 68-page document called Discover Canada, have been more politically charged than anticipated. READ MORE

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Project Recruits Newcomers with Tech Skills

Toronto’s Global Talent Stream pilot project fast tracks applicants with tech skills, cutting work permit application processing time down to two weeks. READ MORE

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Designated Country of Origin Policy Suspended

Introduced in 2012, the Designated Country of Origin policy subjected claimants from any of the 42 countries on the list to a variety of restrictions once in Canada. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Syrian Refugees in Canada, Three Years Later

According to a recent Maclean’s article, 58,650 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada since the 2016 election. READ MORE

Friday, May 17, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: May 1 - 15

Several PNP draws have been held over the last few weeks, inviting candidates in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba to their province of choice. READ MORE

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Minister Hussen Announces Plans for Immigration Consultant Legislation

New details of the government’s plan to crack down on unauthorized immigration consultants were recently released, following their initial Budget 2019 announcement. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Survey Shows Dip in Canada’s Unemployment Rate

Released on Friday, the April StatsCan Labour Force Survey indicates a 0.1% decline in Canada’s overall unemployment rate, which now stands at 5.7%. READ MORE

Monday, May 13, 2019

Barriers to Permanent Residence for Caregiver Newcomers

Newcomer caregivers organized a demonstration in Toronto on Mother’s Day to protest the barriers they face under the current immigration caregiver program. READ MORE

Friday, May 10, 2019

Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Spouses Can Now Apply for Work Permits

New changes to the Atlantic Immigration pilot will make it possible for spouses of newcomers accepted through the program to apply for a larger variety of work permits. READ MORE

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Minister Hussen Responds to Auditor General’s Report

A recent report by the Auditor General of Canada highlighted a large backlog in refugee claims that has affected wait times on decisions. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Parents and Grandparents Program Deadline is June 28

The PGP program helps immigrants unite their families by allowing them to sponsor a parent or grandparent to immigrate to Canada. READ MORE

Monday, May 06, 2019

Saskatchewan PNP Draw

Saskatchewan held its fifth PNP draw this year, with 121 candidates invited through the Occupations In-Demand program and 81 through the Express Entry program. READ MORE

Friday, May 03, 2019

Queen’s University Developing Immigration Consulting Diploma

Queens University and Université de Sherbrooke are currently developing a diploma program for immigration consultants, set to launch in 2021. READ MORE

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: April 24–30

A new Manitoba PNP draw on April 25 invited 299 candidates to the province across three streams: Skilled Worker, International Education, and Skilled Workers Overseas. READ MORE

Monday, April 29, 2019

OINP to Introduce New Tech Stream

Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program will be introducing a new stream to attract skilled immigrants to the tech sector, according to the 2019 federal budget. READ MORE

Friday, April 26, 2019

Program Updates: Medical Exams and Validity Periods for Study Permits

IRCC has updated rules concerning study permits and medical examinations for newcomers. READ MORE

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Immigrant-Owned Businesses Create More Jobs

A new study conducted by Statistics Canada from 2003 to 2013 found that businesses owned by immigrants tended to have higher growth, creating more jobs than their Canadian-born counterparts. READ MORE

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

New App to Help Irish Immigrants in Toronto

Two Irish immigrants who settled in Toronto have developed an app to help other Irish newcomers like themselves. READ MORE

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Provincial Nominee Program Draws: April 8–24

Six new draws have taken place over the last few weeks, inviting another 1,237 candidates to four different provinces. READ MORE

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Newcomers Close the Wealth Gap Via Housing

Families who were newcomers in 1999 have caught up to their Canadian-born counterparts in median wealth, according to Statistics Canada, but they rely more heavily on real estate investments. READ MORE

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

BC PNP Draw

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