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10 Most In-Demand Jobs In Saskatchewan With New NOC Codes

Last Updated On 8 December 2022, 9:38 AM EST (Toronto Time)

According to a two-year outlook published by the Conference Board of Canada, Saskatchewan will experience a net increase of 25,900 in jobs by 2023. The majority of these will be in the industries of tourism, hospitality, and retail as the economy rebounds following the uplifting of pandemic restrictions.

The Prairie state performed better than the rest of Canada against inflation and a national economic slowdown. Still, it is anticipated that Saskatchewan’s ongoing labour shortages will last for years. 

Despite the high demand for labour, those from outside Saskatchewan should be aware that some professions are in higher demand than others. Below are 10 in-demand jobs in Saskatchewan and links to apply for them.

10 in-demand jobs in Saskatchewan

1. Software Developers (NOC 21232)

Software developers are in high demand since they are the ones who write, alter, integrate, and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software, and communications software.

According to Randstad, software development is one of the top positions partly because organizations of all types and sizes need developers to design app solutions, develop or maintain internal software, or assist with implementing cloud or other technologies.

According to Job Bank data, software developers in Saskatchewan make a median annual salary of $71,077 based on a typical 37.5-hour workweek. In Saskatchewan, there were 122 similar job advertisements on the Indeed jobs website as of late November.

2. Accountant (NOC 11100)

Accounting professionals are most suited to handle the responsibility of managing finances during an economic recovery. Accountants design, coordinate and manage the accounting systems corporations, people, and governments use to track money.

According to data from the Job Bank, the median annual salary for accountants in Saskatchewan at the end of November was $79,696 for a typical 37.5-hour work week.

Moreover, the federal government’s employment website says accountants in Saskatchewan have the best career prospects in the country. 

3. Retail Sales Representatives (NOC 64100)

Retail sales associates work directly with customers to sell, rent, or lease various technical and non-technical items and services in every store.

Indeed reported that at the peak of the holiday shopping season in late November, there were 1,126 sales jobs in Saskatchewan.

The median annual wage for a retail sales associate in that province, based on a 37.5-hour week, is $29,250.

4. Construction Trades Helper (NOC 75110)

Due to the province’s robust construction industry, the need for workers in the construction trades is now quite high in Saskatchewan.

These people work on construction sites, in quarries, and open-pit mines, typically for construction firms, labour contractors, and owners of surface mines and quarries.

According to Job Bank data, the median annual wage for these workers in Saskatchewan is $42,900 based on a typical 37.5-hour work week. Indeed has 271 job listings for people seeking employment in the construction trades as of late November.

5. Heavy Equipment Mechanics (NOC 72401)

According to Job Bank data for a 37.5-hour work week, heavy equipment mechanics in Saskatchewan can make an annual median income of $67,665 by repairing, troubleshooting, adjusting, overhauling, and maintaining heavy-duty mobile equipment used in forestry, mining, oil and gas, material handling, landscaping, land clearing, and farming.

Heavy equipment mechanics in Saskatchewan had 70 job posts on Indeed in late November, and Job Bank evaluated the job prospects as fair.

As per Job Bank, circumstances of a countrywide labour shortage are anticipated to increase for this occupational category from 2019 through 2028.

6. Transport Truck Drivers (NOC 73300)

During the pandemic, demand for truck drivers to transport packages soared, and as baby boomers leave the profession, younger drivers are even more needed to take their places.

The province’s 207 truck driver vacancies were published on the job board Job Bank in late November, and Indeed was running advertising for 394 of them at the time.

In Saskatchewan, a trucker making the average weekly wage earns $48,750 per year.

7. Food And Beverage Servers (NOC 65200)

Regarding servers, restaurants in Saskatchewan are likewise experiencing a severe labour shortage, with only 333 positions available in the province as of late November, according to Indeed.

Based on a 37.5-hour workweek, the typical yearly salary for servers in Saskatchewan is $25,350.

8. Heavy Equipment Operators (NOC 73400)

Heavy equipment operators are in high demand for employment in surface mining and quarrying, material handling, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings, and other structures. advertised 111 positions for heavy equipment operators in Saskatchewan in late November. According to Job Bank, based on a typical work week in that province, these workers make a median annual income of $58,500.

The Heavy equipment operators work for construction firms, contractors, public works agencies, pipeline, logging, cargo handling, and other businesses.

9. Personal Support Worker (NOC 44101)

These individuals provide in-home care for the elderly, disabled, and recuperating customers. They might be employed by private residences, homecare and support organizations, or they might work for themselves.

Late in November, Indeed published 144 positions for personal support workers in Saskatchewan, where the typical annual wage for a standard 37.5-hour week is $37,050.

10. Cooks (NOC 63200) 

The hospitality industry is experiencing an unprecedented labour crisis, forcing restaurateurs in Saskatchewan to scramble to find cooks.

According to Indeed, there were 471 jobs for cooks in Saskatchewan as of late November. Nearly 313 of these vacancies were also listed on Job Bank.

However, it doesn’t have the best salary. Based on a 37.5-hour work week, the median annual salary for a cook in Saskatchewan is $29,500, but there are many employment opportunities in the hospitality industry in the province.

  • Canada To Ease IELTS Score For SDS Study Visa W.E.F. Aug 10

    As per official IDP IELTS website, Canada study visa applicants via SDS will no longer need IELTS Score (Academic) of 6 bands in each module.

    Instead, only an overall score of 6 will be required in IELTS Academic starting August 10, 2023.

    For example, if you have a score of 5.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.5 in Speaking and Listening, your overall score would be 6 and you will be eligible to apply Canada study visa under Student Direct Stream (SDS).

    However, IRCC will require a band score of 6.0 in each module (Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking) for IELTS Score under General Training (GT).

    There is no official update from IRCC confirming this, but we (INC News) reached out to IDP IELTS to confirm this information and they responded with information mentioned in snippet below.

    New IELTS Score Requirement For SDS

    This is really a good news for a lot of students who were ineligible for SDS study visa because their IELTS Score was less than 6 only in 1 or 2 modules, but otherwise had overall high score than 6 bands.

    The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently approved 4 new English language examinations for Canada Study Visa via Student Direct Stream (SDS).

    The Pearson PTE Academic, TOEFL internet-based Test (iBT), and Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) are the new English tests that will be accepted by IRCC as evidence of English proficiency for SDS beginning August 10, 2023.

    English Language TestMinimum Score Needed for SDS
    IELTS AcademicOverall 6.0
    IELTS General Training6.0 in each module
    PTE AcademicOverall 60
    CAELOverall 60
    CELPIP General7.0 in each module
    TOEFL iBTOverall 83
    English Test Requirements – Canada Study Visa via SDS

    What is IELTS Score requirement for Canada Study Visa via SDS?

    Applicants need to score 6 bands in each module of IELTS to apply for Canada study visa via Student Direct Stream (SDS).

    However, IDP IELTS claim that applicants will no longer need IELTS score (only Academic) of 6 bands in each module beginning August 10, 2023.

    Which countries are eligible for Canada Study Visa under SDS?

    1. Antigua and Barbuda
    2. Brazil
    3. China
    4. Colombia
    5. Costa Rica
    6. India
    7. Morocco
    8. Pakistan
    9. Peru
    10. Philippines
    11. Senegal
    12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    13. Trinidad and Tobago
    14. Vietnam

  • Spousal Open Work Permit Extension ‘Opt-In’ Is Now Open

    Spousal Open Work Permit Extension: “Opt-In” option to get an open work permit extension for up to 18 months is now available to eligible candidates until June 28, 2023.

    Canada Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced this 18-month extension for For Spousal & Family class applicants on May 26, 2023, in an effort improve family reunification.

    As per this new measure, eligible spousal open work permit holders can apply for additional 18-month extension of their open work permit.

    Who Is Eligible For Spousal Open Work Permit Extension Opt-In

    You are eligible for 18-month spousal open work permit extension if you meet below listed criteria:

    You currently hold a valid open work permit and it will expire prior to December 31, 2023.

    • You are one of the following:
      • An applicant who has currently applied for Canada permanent residence, but awaiting decision on your application.
      • Permanent residence applicants awaiting a decision on their permanent residence application and their spouses.
      • Spouse or dependent child/children of a work permit holder.
      • Spouses of study permit holders.
    • Your biometrics will remain valid for the full 18-month extension (unless exempt from biometric requirement).
    • You have a Canadian mailing address.
    • Your passport is valid for at least 18 months past the expiry of your current spousal open work permit.
    • You are admissible to Canada (meaning you don’t have any major legal proceeding or a medical condition).

    How to apply for 18-month Spousal Open Work Permit Extension

    Remember to get an 18-month spousal open work permit extension, you will have to apply before your current work permit expires.

    So there are 2 options as originally announced by immigration minister and listed below:

    1. Opt-In: “Opt-In” is free facilitative measure that is now available in the secure GCKey account through which you initially applied.

    This is the easiest way to get 18-month spousal open work permit extension by simply updating your address and passport details, and selecting “Opt-In” in your secure IRCC account.

    This option is only available until June 28, 2023. Individuals using “Opt-In” option will receive their new extension of open work permit by mail to their newly updated address.


    2. Apply for open work permit: If you are unable to “Opt-In” before June 28, 2023 or due to any reason this option is unavailable in your GCKey, then you can still get 18-month extension.

    You will need to apply for open work permit by submitting normal work permit application by citing this public policy in your application and following the IRCC special instructions.

    Click here for IRCC special instructions to apply for spousal open work permit extension.

    How much Spousal Open Work Permit extension will I get?

    You will get an 18-month extension of your spousal open work permit from the date of your current work permit expiry.

    Should I “Opt-In” for spousal open work permit extension if my permit is going to expire after July 2023?

    Yes, you can “opt-in” for spousal open work permit extension before the expiry of your current work permit. This is only available until June 18, 2023.

    As per IRCC instructions, you will get 18-month extension from the date of expiry of your current work permit.

    Please note that there is no guarantee that IRCC will not back down from these instructions as they did in 18-month PGWP extension instructions.

    So if your work permit is expiring in September or October 2023, try to use the work permit application method to take the maximum benefit of this extension or to avoid any last minute IRCC changes.

    How can I “Opt-In” for Spousal Open Work Permit extension as I initially applied through a consultant?

    You can either link GCKey to your application or ask your consultant to provide the details of your account.

    If you are unable to do either of these, then you can simply apply for extension using special IRCC instructions.

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  • International Students Protesting Deportations From Canada

    International students have joined hands to protest in front of CBSA office in Mississauga to stop the deportations in fake offer letter case.

    Since May 29, 2023 students have been demonstrating near 6900 Airport Road day and night without any break.

    International students facing deportations met with CBSA officers and presented their demands on June 2, 2023.

    On June 7, 2023 all-party committee on immigration voted unanimously calling on CBSA to waive inadmissibility in fake offer letter case.

    Furthermore, they voted to provide an alternate permanent residence pathway through regularization program or on humanitarian basis.

    In a press conference held on June 6, 2023, the Canadian Minister of Immigration stated that a procedure will be in place to enable students to demonstrate that they were innocently exploited.

    He also stated that the issue of mistreatment of international pupils in Canada is “extraordinarily important.”

    In addition, he stated, “In the acute phase, we must evaluate this process in order to provide a pathway for the innocent victims of fraud to remain in Canada. At the same time, we ensure that those who have been complicit in fraud cannot cannot take advantage.”

    The students are continuing to protest 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until Lovepreet’s deportation order is lifted.

    Lovepreet has been ordered to leave Canada by June 13, 2023 in fake offer letter case, wherein he was not aware that his agent used a fraudulent document to get his study permit to Canada.

    International Students Protesting Deportations From Canada
    Lovepreet Singh

    Predominant business owners, social media influencers, and immigration consultants are also joining the protest to support international students and stop deportation of Lovepreet Singh.

    Amardeep Singh of Sky Immigration among the beginners of protest, urged the community to get together to support Lovepreet Singh and join the protest.

    Bob Dosanjh Singh who ran for the office of Brampton Mayor says international students facing deportations are not at fault, rather Canadian system under Liberals is flawed.

    He says that none of the international student should be deported in the fake offer letter case and calls on Canadians to come out in support of these international students.

    “Some of these international students have been working and filing taxes since last 5-6 years and now receiving removal order letters is totally wrong.” he added.

    Kanwar Sierah of Sierah Immigration raises that Canadian colleges are also at fault in these cases as they tie up and pay commission to the “ghost consultants” overseas who operate without any regulatory authority.

    Furthermore, these colleges send their delegates overseas in education seminars of these unauthorized consultants to recruit international students. When such a Canadian delegate endorses such “ghost consultants” students trust the process and do not question the authenticity of college offer letters.

    He suggests that deportation should be stopped and these students should get open work permit until an agreement is reached. Additionally, Canadian government should form a legal panel to include all the students in fake offer letter case, rather than working on individual cases.

    Mani Boparai of 22G Auto Sales, Mintu Smagh of Pendu Canadian, and Govind Sandhu of RET Canada are among the leading faces in the protest.

    Mintu Smagh feeling positive about this protest calls on everyone to use the hashtags #stopdeportation and #uniteforjustice on Twitter so that protest reaches Salma Zahid, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration studies as well as other members.

    On the other hand, immigration minister Sean Fraser prior to this protest tweeted that their focus is not to penalize victim international students, rather they are working on finding the actual culprits.

    In similar case of Karamjeet Kaur who was ordered to leave Canada on May 29 got her order stayed at the last moment based on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.

    Overall Canadian immigration system seems unfair in such cases given that such individuals have contributed to Canadian economy filing taxes for last 5-6 years.

    Either CBSA should have caught them at entry 5-6 years ago by spotting the fake offer letter, but those documents seemed so genuine that even they believed in them.

    If an IRCC visa officer or CBSA officer who are trained to catch fraudulent documents were unable to identify the fake offer letters, then how could a student would have known it.

    We (INC – Immigration News Canada) have been raising the concerns of these international students since these cases were made public through our platform and would continue to stand in support of international students.

    Deportation of all the international students in fake offer letter case should immediately be stayed and an exception should be made to allow them continue their life in Canada, given that these international students didn’t know about the fake offer letter and they are victims of conspiracy by their ghost consultants.

  • IRCC Adds 13 New Nations To List Of Visa-Free Countries

    Today, Minister of IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) Sean Fraser announced addition of 13 new nations to the list of eligible countries for visa-free travel to Canada.

    As per one of the expectations posted by INC – Immigration News Canada, IRCC adds 13 nations to the list of visa-free countries.

    New countries eligible for visa-free travel to Canada: Panama, Caribbean island states of Antigua and Barbados, St. Kits and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina, Morocco, Seychelles, Thailand, and Philippines.

    Effective today, travellers from these countries who have held a Canadian visa within the past 10 years or who currently possess a valid United States non-immigrant visa can now apply for an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) instead of a visa while coming to Canada.

    You can watch the announcement here 👇

    The announcement was made at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport – Departure Terminal, 2000 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 1C2.

    Immigration minister was joined by Kevin Lamoureux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Rechie Valdez, MP for Mississauga—Streetsville, Ontario.

    After media availability, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser will be attending a roundtable discussion with local stakeholders and community members at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM).

    As per official press release, on the following day (June 7, 2023), Minister Fraser will also be welcoming 20 new Canadian citizens at a special ceremony hosted by VIA Rail.

    IRCC Minister To Make A New Announcement For Visa-Free Travel

    INC News Expectations Prior to the announcement

    There was no confirmation from IRCC or immigration department regarding what the new announcement was supposed to be.

    However, INC – Immigration News Canada posted the possibility that immigration minister announces addition of new visa-free country or countries for Canada or Canadian citizens, but there was no official update to confirm it.

    With immigration minister’s schedule to have a roundtable with community members at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM) indicates that there was an expectation that there could be some good news coming for filipinos community, but it was just based on the speculation.

    Full list of Visa-Free countries for Canada

    1. Andorra
    2. Argentina
    3. Australia
    4. Austria
    5. Bahamas
    6. Barbados
    7. Belgium
    8. British citizen
    9. British National (Overseas)
    10. British overseas citizen (re-admissible to the United Kingdom)
    11. British overseas territory citizen with citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization or registration in one of the British overseas territories of:Anguilla
      • Bermuda
      • British Virgin Islands
      • Cayman Islands
      • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
      • Gibraltar
      • Montserrat
      • Pitcairn Island
      • Saint Helena
      • Turks and Caicos Islands
    12. British Subject with a right of abode in the United Kingdom
    13. Brunei Darussalam
    14. Bulgaria
    15. Caribbean island states of
      • Antigua and Barbados
      • St. Kits and Nevis
      • St. Lucia
      • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
      • Trinidad & Tobago
    16. Chile
    17. Costa Rica
    18. Croatia
    19. Cyprus
    20. Czech Republic
    21. Denmark
    22. Estonia
    23. Finland
    24. France
    25. Germany
    26. Greece
    27. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, must have a passport issued by Hong Kong SAR.
    28. Hungary
    29. Iceland
    30. Ireland
    31. Israel, must have a national Israeli passport
    32. Italy
    33. Japan
    34. Republic of Korea
    35. Latvia
    36. Liechtenstein
    37. Lithuania
    38. Luxembourg
    39. Malta
    40. Mexico
    41. Monaco
    42. Morocco
    43. Netherlands
    44. New Zealand
    45. Norway
    46. Panama
    47. Papua New Guinea
    48. Philippines
    49. Poland
    50. Portugal
    51. Romania (electronic passport holders only)
    52. Samoa
    53. San Marino
    54. Seychelles
    55. Singapore
    56. Slovakia
    57. Slovenia
    58. Solomon Islands
    59. Spain
    60. Sweden
    61. Switzerland
    62. Taiwan, must have an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes the personal identification number
    63. Thailand
    64. United Arab Emirates
    65. Uruguay
    66. Vatican City State, must have a passport or travel document issued by the Vatican.

    What are the new countries eligible for Visa-Free (eTA) travel?

    New countries eligible for visa-free travel to Canada: Panama, the Caribbean island states of Antigua and Barbados, St. Kits and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina, Morocco, Seychelles, Thailand, and Philippines.

    What is electronic travel authorization or eTA for Canada?

    An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required for visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to Canada. An eTA is connected to a traveler’s passport electronically.

    It is valid for up to five years or until the expiration of the passport, whichever comes first. If you obtain a new passport, you must obtain a new eTA.

    How much is the cost of eTA for Canada?

    $7 Canadian dollars is cost of an eTA per individual.

  • New OINP Draw Invites 417 Francophone Express Entry Profiles

    Today, first Ontario-OINP draw of June 2023 invites 417 Express Entry profiles targeting only francophone candidates with 98 NOC codes as their primary occupation.

    Express Entry profiles created between June 5, 2022 – June 5, 2023 with CLB level 7 or higher in French as well as CLB level 6 or higher in English are eligible for today’s OINP draw.

    Profiles having a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 312 – 487 are considered for OINP draw today.

    If you are serious about your Canadian permanent residency and want to achieve it asap, learn French.

    Having French proficiency will also lead to your selection in new Express Entry targeted draws announced by IRCC on May 31, 2023.

    Below is the summary of OINP Draw today:

    Number InvitationsCRS score rangeDescription
    278312-487Targeted draw for 39 Health, Education and Finance occupations
    139348-487Targeted draw for 59 Tech, Trades and Other Priority occupations
    OINP Draw – June 5

    Full List of Invited Occupations In OINP Draw Today

    Health, Education and Finance occupations | CRS Cut Off 312 – 487

    1. NOC 10010 – Financial managers
    2. NOC 10011 – Human resources managers
    3. NOC 12101 – Human resources and recruitment officers
    4. NOC 12102 – Procurement and purchasing agents and officers
    5. NOC 13100 – Administrative officers
    6. NOC 13110 – Administrative assistants
    7. NOC 31100 – Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
    8. NOC 31101 – Specialists in surgery
    9. NOC 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians
    10. NOC 31112 – Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
    11. NOC 31120 – Pharmacists
    12. NOC 31200 – Psychologists
    13. NOC 31202 – Physiotherapists
    14. NOC 31203 – Occupational Therapists
    15. NOC 31204 – Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
    16. NOC 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    17. NOC 31302 – Nurse practitioners
    18. NOC 31303 – Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
    19. NOC 32101 – Licensed practical nurses
    20. NOC 32103 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    21. NOC 32109 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
    22. NOC 32120 – Medical laboratory technologists
    23. NOC 32121 – Medical radiation technologists
    24. NOC 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
    25. NOC 33103 – Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
    26. NOC 33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services
    27. NOC 40021 – School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
    28. NOC 41200 – University professors and lecturers
    29. NOC 41210 – College and other vocational instructors
    30. NOC 41220 – Secondary school teachers
    31. NOC 41221 – Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
    32. NOC 41300 – Social Workers
    33. NOC 41301 – Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
    34. NOC 41310 – Police investigators and other investigative occupations
    35. NOC 41321 – Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education)
    36. NOC 42201 – Social and community service workers
    37. NOC 42202 – Early childhood educators and assistants
    38. NOC 42203 – Instructors of Persons with Disabilities
    39. NOC 43100 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants

    Tech, Trades and Other Priority occupations | CRS Cutoff 348 – 487

    1. NOC 20010 – Engineering managers
    2. NOC 20012 – Computer and Information Systems Managers
    3. NOC 21111 – Forestry professionals
    4. NOC 21112 – Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
    5. NOC 21120 – Public and environmental health and safety professionals
    6. NOC 21211 – Data Scientists
    7. NOC 21223 – Database Analysts and Data Administrators
    8. NOC 21230 – Computer systems developers and programmers
    9. NOC 21231 – Software engineers and designers
    10. NOC 21232 – Software developers and programmers
    11. NOC 21233 – Web designers
    12. NOC 21234 – Web Developers and Programmers
    13. NOC 21300 – Civil engineers
    14. NOC 21301 – Mechanical engineers
    15. NOC 21310 – Electrical and electronic engineers
    16. NOC 21311 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
    17. NOC 21320 – Chemical engineers
    18. NOC 21321 – Industrial and manufacturing engineers
    19. NOC 21322 – Metallurgical and materials engineers
    20. NOC 21330 – Mining engineers
    21. NOC 21331 – Geological engineers
    22. NOC 22101 – Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
    23. NOC 22301 – Mechanical engineering technologies and technicians
    24. NOC 22302 – Industrial engineers and manufacturing technologists and technicians
    25. NOC 22313 – Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians, and inspectors
    26. NOC 62020 – Food service supervisors
    27. NOC 63201 – Butchers – retail and wholesale
    28. NOC 63202 – Bakers
    29. NOC 72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    30. NOC 72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
    31. NOC 72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
    32. NOC 72024 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
    33. NOC 72100 – Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
    34. NOC 72101 – Tool and die makers
    35. NOC 72104 – Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
    36. NOC 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
    37. NOC 72200 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
    38. NOC 72201 – Industrial electricians
    39. NOC 72204 – Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
    40. NOC 72205 – Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
    41. NOC 72300 – Plumbers
    42. NOC 72302 – Gas fitters
    43. NOC 72310 – Carpenters
    44. NOC 72311 – Cabinetmakers
    45. NOC 72320 – Bricklayers
    46. NOC 72400 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
    47. NOC 72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    48. NOC 72404 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
    49. NOC 72410 – Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
    50. NOC 72421 – Appliance servicers and repairers
    51. NOC 73100 – Concrete finishers
    52. NOC 73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
    53. NOC 73110 – Roofers and shinglers
    54. NOC 73111 – Glaziers
    55. NOC 73112 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
    56. NOC 73402 – Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
    57. NOC 82020 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying
    58. NOC 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
    59. NOC 93200 – Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors

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  • Government Of Canada IT Jobs Hiring Now For 40 Locations

    Correctional Service Canada is currently accepting resume for multiple IT Jobs at 40 locations without any prior experience.

    The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the federal government body in charge of enforcing sentences of two years or more imposed by the courts.

    CSC is in charge of administering facilities of varying security levels as well as overseeing criminals on conditional release in the community.

    Individuals currently residing in Canada as well as Canadian permanent residents and citizens abroad are eligible to apply for these jobs.

    Veterans will be given priority followed by Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

    Correctional Service Canada is accepting resume for inventory of IT-01, IT-02, IT-03, and IT-04 level positions under 8 divisions listed below:

    • Application Services
    • Business Transformation and Innovation
    • Enterprise and Client Services
    • Enterprise Architecture
    • Enterprise Data and Information Management
    • IMS Strategic Planning
    • IT Security
    • Performance Measurement and Management Reports


    • Alberta: Drumheller, Edmonton, Grande Cache, Maskwacis, Red Deer
    • British Columbia: Abbotsford, Agassiz, Mission, New Westminster, Vancouver Island – Other locations, Vancouver Region – Other locations.
    • Manitoba: Stony Mountain and Winnipeg.
    • New Brunswick: Dorchester, Moncton, Renous
    • Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John’s
    • Nova Scotia: Dartmouth, Springhill, and Truro.
    • Ontario: Campbellford, Gravenhurst, Kingston, Kitchener, Ottawa, Toronto, Eastern Ontario – Other locations.
    • Quebec: Cowansville, Donnacona, Drummondville, Joliette, La Macaza, Laval, Port-Cartier, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Sainte-Thérèse, Montréal – Other locations.
    • Saskatchewan: Maple Creek, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon.


    • IT-01: $60,696 to $78,216
    • IT-02: $75,129 to $91,953
    • IT-03: $88,683 to $110,182
    • IT-04: $101,541 to $126,390

    Education Requirement

    Graduation from a two-year program of study at a recognized postsecondary institution with an appropriate specialization in computer science, information technology, information management, or similar expertise relevant to the position to be filled.

    Individuals having degree from outside Canada will need to submit their Degree equivalency assessed by list of approved organizations.

    Language Requirement

    These jobs are open for individuals meeting the either one of the various language requirements as listed below:

    • Only English
    • Only French
    • English or French essential
    • Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB
    • Bilingual imperative CBC/CBC
    • Bilingual imperative CCC/CCC

    Competencies and abilities required for these jobs

    These jobs could be a best fit for you, if you have below listed competencies and abilities:

    • Showing honesty and respect
    • Thinking things through Collaboration with others
    • Demonstrating initiative and action-oriented
    • Leading Change and developing people
    • Capability to properly convey in writing
    • Ability to properly communicate orally
    • Willing to work overtime
    • Willing to travel occasionally


    Government of Canada IT jobs
    Government of Canada IT jobs

    How to Apply

    All you need to participate in this inventory is recently updated resume and contact information for 2 references.

    Apart from this, once you are selected you will need to have a valid driving license as well as have to under reliability/secret security clearance check.

    Click on the links below for more information on these jobs and to apply online.

    What is inventory for Government of Canada jobs?

    Usually, inventory means a pool of qualified candidates is established and used to fill similar positions across the country in a particular government of Canada department for which you submit your profile.

    Applying once allows you to be considered for several jobs in the same department. If your application is not chosen for one position, it stays in the inventory and could be chosen for subsequent jobs that arise while the inventory is still available.

    Is it hard to get Government of Canada job?

    Yes, Government of Canada jobs are highly competitive and it may require more than the minimum requirement to get selected for a particular job.

  • Canadian-Afghans Sue Feds For Discrimination In Immigration

    2 of the Afghan Canadians who worked for the Canadian military in Afghanistan filed a lawsuit alleging the Federal Government of discriminatory immigration policies.

    In an application with the Federal Court, these two Canadian Afghans alleged that the Canadian government offered “superior immigration benefits” to Ukrainians as compared to those offered to Afghans.

    “Ukrainians are predominantly white and European. Afghans are predominantly dark-skinned and Muslim. Thus, the CUAET has the effect of distinguishing based on race, colour, ethnic origin and religion, which are prohibited grounds under s. 15 of the Charter,” as per their lawsuit application obtained by Toronto Star.

    “We are proud Canadians, we are proud of what we did for Canada and now we are being treated like trash,” said one of lawsuit filing Afghan-Canadian.

    As per the policy for Afghan language and culture advisers (LCAs), their immediate family member such as sister is eligible to come to Canada, but her adult children is ineligible.

    “We want Ukrainian policy to be extended to anyone who needs it.” “Not just Ukrainians, but anyone in a similar situation of wartime persecution or grave human-rights violations,” said Nicholas Pope, one of the attorneys representing the advisors.

    What is the Canadian Afghans’ Case all about?

    During Canada’s engagement in the conflict, language and culture advisers (LCAs), were recruited and sent alongside soldiers to help them traverse the new cultural landscape.

    Unlike interpreters, who were hired on a contract basis by the military through international businesses, LCAs were treated as serving members of the military, wearing uniforms and receiving high-level security clearances to carry out their duties.

    Over the duration of the operation, around 45 of them worked with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

    One of the 2 lawsuit filing Afghans was among the last deployments to Kandahar before Canada’s combat role concluded in 2011.

    When the Taliban seized over Afghanistan in 2021, Canada committed to relocate 40,000 Afghans by the end of the year, including former translators, human rights advocates, and members of religious minority organizations.

    However, LCAs were advised that they would have to use on regular economic or family sponsorship methods to bring family members from Afghanistan to Canada.

    Furthermore, one of the human rights case pushed Canadian government to broaden its current Afghan settlement program to include families of LCAs as well.

    Now the 2 complainants claim that the program is too restricted in scope in comparison to the one implemented by Canada for Ukrainians.

    The CUAET was one of the Canadian government’s policy to provide safe harbour for Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion.

    It grants Ukrainians and their family members, even if they are not Ukrainian, prolonged temporary immigration status in Canada, allowing them to work and study here.

    Additionally, there is no limit on the amount of applications accepted under the program without paying any processing fee and priority processing.

    LCA candidates must have been in Afghanistan on or after July 22, 2021 and fulfill a specified definition of family member, according to the rules.

    Moreover, only 380 applications quota is assigned for LCAs, whereas there is no cap for Ukrainians fleeing the war.

    According to the lawsuit, if the LCAs were Ukrainian, they would have no trouble bringing their family members to Canada, who are ineligible as per the policy for Afghans.

    Canadian Immigration Response

    As per Toronto Star, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated that the Afghans had no grounds to allege national origin discrimination.

    People who are not Ukrainian do not have access to the Ukrainian program, according to IRCC, and not all programs can be offered to everyone.

    “If that were the case, IRCC would be unable to respond to any humanitarian crisis in a targeted facilitative manner without responding equally and simultaneously to all humanitarian crises,” IRCC

    Immigration Minister Sean Fraser back in December 2022 said they don’t have plans to increase the allocation for Afghans because it will “eat away allocations that are already committed to other groups who working to sponsor people.”

    Canadian-Afghans Sue Feds For Discrimination In Immigration
  • New IEC 2023 Round of Invitations | June 3

    This article provides information regarding the new IEC 2023 round of invitations for the week ending June 3, 2023.

    Canada has set a quota of 90,000 work permits across three categories for the IEC 2023 season, to be filled by individuals from over 35 eligible countries.

    This week, 1,364 individuals have been invited to apply for open work permits under the Working Holiday visa category of the IEC.

    So far IEC 2023 has sent out 79,328 invitations under the Working Holiday visa category.

    Always keep in mind that the number of invitations does not equal the number of individuals approved, as some individuals may decline an invitation and some applications may be denied by IRCC for failing to satisfy the requirements.

    Click here to view the country-specific IEC 2023 quota.

    129 invitations were extended to candidates in the Young Professional category, while around 43 invitations were extended to candidates from major countries in the International Co-op (internship) category.

    The most recent official processing time update issued by the IRCC on May 30 indicates that 80% of IEC 2023 applications are processed within a 7-week period.

    The tables below list, by category, the most recent invitations granted, available spots, candidates already in the pool, and the likelihood of receiving an invitation next week for each country.

    IEC Working Holiday Visa Invitations – June 3

    CountryInvitations Issued Week Ending June 3Total Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates   In PoolAvailable    Spots
    Chances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week
    Austria01547463Very Good
    Chile02,2927,2050Very Low
    Costa Rica306421,13214Very Low
    Czech Republic2085011462Excellent
    France016,8858,5890Very Low
    Hong Kong8316663Excellent
    Korea Republic8910,59276740Very Low
    Latvia072230Very Low
    Lithuania23624910Very Low
    New Zealand762,001541,104Excellent
    San Marino04022Excellent
    Taiwan694,45197783Very Low
    United Kingdom2679,1712204,719Excellent
    IEC Working Holiday Visa – June 3

    IEC Young Professionals Invitations – June 3

    CountryInvitations Issued Week Ending June 3Total Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates   
    In Pool
    Available   SpotsChances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week
    Chile0391320Very low
    Costa Rica3175219Excellent
    Czech Republic4204320Excellent
    France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE)828268294Excellent
    Spain via ICEX VivesNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable46Excellent
    IEC 2023 Young Professionals Invitations – June 3

    IEC 2023 International Co-op invitations – June 3

    CountryInvitations Issued Week Ending June 3Total Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates
    In Pool
    Chances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week
    IEC 2023 International Co-op invitations – June 3

    What countries are eligible for International Experience Canada?

    Costa Rica
    Czech Republic
    Denmark (Danish citizens who reside in Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also eligible)
    Hong Kong
    New Zealand
    San Marino
    South Korea
    United Kingdom

    IEC 2023 new round of invitations
  • International Students Deportation Case: NDP Calls For PR Pathway

    NDP’s Jenny Kwan wrote to immigration minister Sean Fraser last week to stay the international students deportation affected in the fake offer letter case.

    Jenny Kwan is the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East and NDP’s critic for IRCC.

    She also wrote to Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino to work on resolving the situation as soon as possible.

    Jenny said that the IRCC should immediately stay the deportations of international students affected in fake offer letter case, waive the inadmissibility on the basis of misrepresentation, and offer them a pathway to permanent residency.

    She urged the affected students to contact her office for assistance at

    International Students Handout Demand Letter To CBSA – June 2, 2023

    Today on June 2, these international students presented their demands to CBSA with a rally march holding placards.

    International students facing deportations have been continuously (24X7) protesting in front of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) since Monday, May 29.

    This move from international students has gathered support from other international students, business community, singers, and licensed immigration consultants of Punjabi community.

    International students handing over demands to the CBSA personnels - June 2, 2023
    International students handing over demands to the CBSA personnels – June 2, 2023

    June 2, 2023

    Respected, Madam/Sir Member, Panel member and the Minister

    We, International Students came from different states of India years ago to pursue higher education in Canada for better future prospects as Canadian education system, policies and the opportunities available graduation are unmatchable, which is why we chose Canada for higher education because of our belief in the Canadian education system.

    Maiority of international students from South Asia are represented by immigration agents as are privy with the admissions and the visa application process. Similarly, we also obtained help for admission and visa application process.

    However, we have been the victims of their fraudulent acts, we have been charged hefty fees, while we all were unaware of their wrong doing including fake offer letters and our fraudulent signatures, which made us the principal applications.

    We are wiling to provide the identification information for these agents, one of them who belongs of Jalandhar, Punjab is now absconding. Our parents have invested their lifetime earnings on our dreams of pursuing higher education.

    But deporting us from Canada due to fraud of the agents will endanger our economic condition and ours and our family’s future. We completed our studies with hard work by paying international tuition fees.

    During the period of Covid and inflation, along with studies, we played an essential is ensuring that the work force was available in the Canadian economy and earned the fees and other necessary expenses by working hard.

    Even on the work permit, we contributed to the economic development of Canada with full effort and honesty and paid the due tax on time.

    We are not criminals or a threat to national security, but we are being treated as such. We are already victims of fraud by the agents and the deportation order is unbearable for us.

    We request our Canadian government, immigration department and other related authorities to solve this matter on priority basis and give relief to the international students and their parents.

    • That our deportation order be overturned and that the accused immigration agents and the colleges and other individuals who involved with them in Canada be investigated for defrauding students.
    • That we request an issuance of temporary work permit(s) while the final decision on the cases are been made so that we can a) continue to contribute in the Canadian economy b) continue to earn for our livelihood as currently we had burning through our savings.
    • We should be given an opportunity to move forward in the future by dismissing the case of
      fraud in the documents.
    Demand Letter submitted to CBSA – June 2, 2023

    Concerns Raised on Jenny’s Demand

    Kubeir Kamal of Ask Kubeir Immigration acknowledging that the affected international students could be victims and could be given a chance, but raised concerns on the demand of asking for direct PR (permanent residency) by Jenny Kwan.

    He believes this may send a different message to international students working hard to get PR who came to Canada via genuine premise.

    What is international students deportation case?

    We have been posting news related to deportation of international students for quite a while, but still there are lot of people who are still unaware of the situation.

    Here is the summary of what happened in the fake offer letter deportation case of international students.

    Many of the international students from Punjab region of India came to Canada on study permit in 2017-2018 by allegedly using fake offer letter from the Canadian colleges.

    International students were not aware whether the offer letter was fake or not because letters were forged by their immigration consultant in India.

    IRCC approved the study permit application of these students without noticing that the forgery.

    CBSA cleared these students at Canadian airports without even noticing these forged documents.

    Fraud consultant from India immediately informed these students that he had some disagreement with the Canadian colleges, so he will arrange admission in some other college or students are free make study choices on their own.

    Without knowing, these international students took admission into different colleges based on the advise of their fraud consultant.

    They completed their study and applied for work permit, and after qualifying for Canadian PR, applied under the various category.

    Then, these students received removal order from Canada due to misrepresentation after 4-6 years of their original date of entry.

    IRCC’s Response

    On May 26, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser tweeted that their focus is identifying the culprits, but not to penalize the culprits.

    “We recognize the immense contributions international students bring to our country & remain committed to supporting victims of fraud as we evaluate each case.” he tweeted.

    While the immigration department is taking slow approach in finding the culprits, one of the affected student is scheduled to be deported on June 13, 2023.

    International Students Deportations: NDP Calls For PR Path
    Lovepreet Singh

    As a result, Lovepreet Singh and other international students took to peaceful protest in front of CBSA building at 6900 Airport Road Mississauga.

    Why Isn’t Government Lifting The Deportation?

    Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) section 40 (1)(a) defines misrepresentation as we quote “directly or indirectly misrepresenting or withholding material facts relating to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error in the administration of this Act.”

    So decision makers are going by the exact definition set in their law books.

    If a decision is made in the favour of these students, then it will set a precedent and reference for similar cases in future.

    However, it is also to be noted that 90% of the international students deportation cases are connected to 1 fraudulent lawyer in India who is also facing criminal charges for the same.

    So, we (INC – Immigration News Canada) believe government should also factor in this fact which openly indicates that international students are also victims of the fraudulent consultant and exception should be made on compassionate grounds.

    Otherwise, immigration minister can introduce a temporary public policy waiving the inadmissibility requirement for the affected student to apply for permanent residency (PR) given that bulk number of students have been affected.

  • Top 10 Tourist Attractions In Canada You Must Visit

    Tourists and Visitors come from all over the world to experience the abundance of unique tourist attractions in Canada.

    If you are planning to apply for tourist visa, then you can include one or more of these marvels in your itinerary.

    The following are the top 10 tourist attractions that are the most talked about and represent Canada across the Globe:

    Niagara Falls

    The Niagara Falls is widely considered to be one of the most well-known natural marvels in the whole world.

    Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls are the three distinct waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls, which are located on the Niagara River on the boundary between Ontario and New York.

    The falls are also known as the Niagara Gorge. Visitors have the option of taking a boat excursion to get up close to the falls or a helicopter tour to get a bird’s eye perspective of the spectacle.

    CN Tower

    The CN Tower in Toronto is a tower that stands at a height of 553 meters and provides visitors with breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings.

    Built in 1976 it held the record of world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years until 2007.

    It is a well-known landmark that can be seen in the heart of downtown Toronto. Visitors have the option of riding a glass elevator to the observation deck for stunning views of the city and Lake Ontario, dining at the restaurant that revolves 360 degrees around the tower, or even participating in the EdgeWalk activity, which allows them to walk along the edge of the tower.

    Banff National Park

    Banff National Park is a gorgeous wilderness region that is located in Alberta and is a part of the Canadian Rockies.

    It is known for its snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, and rich wildlife. Activities like as hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as relaxing in the hot springs, are quite popular here.

    Lake Louise and Lake Moraine are the most visited sites in Banff National Park.

    There are no words that can describe the beauty of this heaven in Canada and can only be experienced by visiting here.

    Old Quebec

    The historic neighbourhood of Quebec City known as Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage site that features winding lanes lined with quaint shops and stunning architecture.

    Visitors have the option of seeing the Citadel, going for a trip in a horse-drawn carriage, or sampling regional cuisine at one of the numerous restaurants and cafés in the area.

    Stanley Park

    Stanley Park is a park in the city of Vancouver that spans an area of 1,000 acres and features forested areas, beaches, and breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and city.

    To its southeast, the park is bounded by the suburbs of West End and Coal Harbour, and the Lions Gate Bridge provides access to the North Shore.

    The easternmost point of the park is denoted by the historic lighthouse that is located on Brockton Point.

    Visitors have the option of biking or walking along the seawall, checking out the Vancouver Aquarium, or going to Brockton Point to see the iconic totem poles.

    The Canadian Museum of History

    The Canadian Museum of History is a national museum that exhibits the diverse history and culture of Canada, from the time of the First Peoples to the present day.

    It is located in Gatineau, in the province of Quebec. The Canadian Children’s Museum, the Canadian Stamp Collection, and the Grand Hall, which has a totem pole and a full-sized reproduction of a canoe, are all part of the museum’s extensive collection of exhibits.

    Butchart Gardens

    Butchart Gardens is a stunning garden that can be found in Victoria, British Columbia.

    It is home to hundreds of different kinds of plants, including flowers, trees, and shrubs.

    Visitors have the option of taking a boat ride around the bay, going for a stroll in the gardens, or attending one of the numerous concerts or other events that are conducted on the grounds.

    Canadian Rockies

    The Canadian Rockies are home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, including jagged mountain peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and snow-capped glaciers.

    It comprises of Jasper National Park, the most extensive protected area of wilderness in the Canadian Rockies established in 1907 as the sixth national park in Canada.

    Jasper is integral part of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain World Heritage Site and one of the core part of the biggest national park system in the world.

    Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and the Icefields Parkway, which is a magnificent drive that stretches from Banff to Jasper, are three of the most popular locations in the area.

    Parliament Hill

    Situated in the heart of Ottawa, this Parliament Hill is home to the federal government of Canada as well as the renowned Peace Tower, which provides breathtaking vistas over the surrounding area.

    Visitors have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities while they are on the grounds of the Parliament Buildings, including taking a guided tour of the buildings, seeing the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, or attending one of the various festivals or events that are hosted there.


    Whistler is a well-known ski resort town that can be found in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia.

    Whistler is home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world, in addition to other exciting outdoor activities.

    Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and taking a ride atop the mountain in a picturesque gondola are among activities that are available to tourists throughout the summer months.

    These are just a handful of the many great places to visit in Canada that the country has to offer tourists.

    This magnificent nation has something to offer everyone, whether they are searching for natural beauty, cultural experiences, or outdoor adventure.

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  • New Minimum Wage In British Columbia Effective June 1

    New minimum wage in British Columbia will increase from $15.65 to $16.75 per hour effective June 1, 2023.

    This $1.10 raise in British Columbia’s new minimum wage is just near to our expectation posted last week.

    British Columbia official press release confirms the raise in the minimum legal hourly wage even $0.25 cents higher than our expectation.

    New minimum wage in British Columbia effective June 1, 2023 will be the second highest minimum wage in Canada and even higher than Ontario’s minimum wage that is scheduled to go up in October 2023.

    YearLowest Hourly Wage
    Effective June 1, 2023$16.75
    B.C. Minimum Wage Raises Since 2015

    Live-in camp leaders are paid a daily rate for each day or part day worked.

    • June 1, 2023 – $133.69
    • June 1, 2022 – $125.06

    Live-in home support workers are paid a daily rate.

    • As of June 1, 2023, the daily rate will be $124.73 per day or part day worked
    • The current daily rate is $116.68 per day or part day worked

    Resident caretakers for a building with nine to 60 residential suites:

    • June 1, 2023 – $1,002.53 per month plus $40.17 for each suite
    • June 1, 2022 – $937.82 per month plus $37.58 for each suite

    Resident caretakers for a building with 61 or more residential suites:

    • June 1, 2023 – $3,414.85 per month
    • June 1, 2022 – $3,194.43 per month

    Ontario is also set to increase their minimum wage in October 1, 2023, but will stay 20 cents lesser than B.C.’s.

    The increase in the wage is based on the 6.9% average inflation rate in British Columbia in 2022. This equates to $1.08 per hour, or 6.9% of the current minimum wage.

    The increase in wage will be $1.10 per hour, rounded to the closest nickel, as is customary in British Columbia and other jurisdictions, from $15.65 to $16.75.

    The raise will benefit around 150,000 workers earning less than $16.75.

    Many include food service employees, grocery store workers, retail workers, and other workers who were critical throughout the epidemic.

    Overall, the wages in British Columbia has risen from one of the lowest in the country to one of the highest. In 2015, this wage was just $10.45 per hour.

    New minimum wage of $16.65 came in effect on April 1, 2023 across Canada for federally regulated sectors.

    Furthermore, 5 Canadian provinces also increased their minimum wages on April 1, 2023.

    Now all the Canadian provinces have increased or announced increase in their wages this year except for Alberta and Nunavut.

    Once Alberta used to have the highest minimum hourly wage in Canada, but the province did not increase it since 2018.

    We are expecting that Wild Rose Country will also be increasing their wage in 2023.

    Official Minimum Wages In Canada and Next Raise Schedule

    GeographyMinimum Wage Per HourNext Raise DateMinimum Wage
    after Next Raise
    Canada (Federally regulated private sectors)$16.65April 1, 2024$17.75 (estimated)
    Ontario$15.50October 1, 2023$16.55
    Manitoba $14.15October 1, 2023$15.30
    New Brunswick $14.75April 1, 2024 (Expected)$15.50 (estimated)
    Nova Scotia $14.50October 1, 2023$15
    Saskatchewan$13.00October 1, 2023$15
    Newfoundland & Labrador$14.50October 1, 2023$15
    Alberta $15.00To Be Decided (TBD)TBD
    British Columbia $15.65$16.75June 1, 2023
    Quebec $14.25May 1, 2023$15.25
    Nunavut$16.00To Be Decided (TBD)TBD
    Prince Edward Island$14.50October 1, 2023$15
    Northwest Territories $15.20September 1, 2023$16 (estimated)
    Yukon$16.77April 1, 2024$17.50(estimated)

    Real Living Wage in British Columbia

    The living wage is defined as what someone must earn in order to cover the true expenses of living in their community, and it is based on community-specific information.

    new minimum wage in British Columbia
    B.C. CommunityLiving Wage
    Haida Gwaii$25.87
    Salt Spring Island$24.36
    Sunshine Coast$24.30
    Greater Victoria$24.29
    Cowichan Valley$23.53
    Powell River$23.33
    Prince Rupert$22.69
    Columbia Valley$21.85
    Prince George$21.19
    Castlegar $20.54
    Dawson Creek$20.53
    Comox Valley$20.26
    Grand Forks$20.05
    Fraser Valley$18.98

    Is B.C. minimum wage going up in 2023?

    The general minimum wage in British Columbia will increase from $15.65 to $16.75 per hour on June 1, 2023, benefiting the province’s lowest-paid workers.

    What is the living wage in BC?

    $24.08 is the living wage for Metro Vancouver and $24.29 for Greater Victoria.
  • New Targeted Express Entry Draws 2023 Selection Criteria

    Today, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced new targeted Express Entry draws in 2023 implementation with category-based selection for Canada permanent residency (PR).

    This effort by IRCC is to address labor shortages and strengthen its communities within its flagship economic immigration management system, Express Entry.

    By inviting prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training, or language proficiency, Canada aims to empower businesses, meet labor demands, and support French-speaking communities. 

    This article explores the details of the new selection process, highlights the focus on French language proficiency and in-demand occupations, and discusses the potential impact on Canada’s economy and society.

    Occupation-Based Selection in New Express Entry Draws

    Express Entry, Canada’s primary application management system for economic immigration, is now implementing category-based selection.

    By targeting candidates with work experience in key fields, such as healthcare, STEM professions, trades, transport, and agriculture, Canada can invite skilled workers who are in high demand.

    New occupation based Express Entry draws will focus on candidates who have at least 6 months of work experience in last 3 years in one of the following sector:

    You can click on above links to get full list of occupations with their NOC codes under each sector.

    Do I just need 6 months of experience to be eligible for new Express Entry targeted draws?

    No, you need at least 1 year (30 x 52 weeks = 1560 hours) of work experience in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 occupations to meet general eligibility for any program of the Express Entry system.

    Out of this 1 year, if you worked in any of the above listed sectors for at least 6 months in last 3 years, then you will be considered for the targeted Express Entry draws.

    This selection method will allow Canada to issue invitations to apply for permanent residency to individuals with specific skills, training, or language ability.

    Focus on French Language Proficiency

    Another category apart from occupation-specific draws is strong French language proficiency category to support French-speaking communities across Canada.

    Eligible Express Entry profiles with French-language test results that show a minimum score of 7 in all 4 language abilities on the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens will be eligible for such draws.

    By encouraging skilled individuals with a strong French language proficiency to immigrate, Canada ensures that French communities can thrive and maintain their vibrant cultural identities.

    This commitment reflects Canada’s dedication to promoting bilingualism and language diversity.

    By placing a special focus on Francophone immigration, the Government of Canada is ensuring that French communities can continue to live their life in Canada in the official language of their choice.” – The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

    The Importance of Immigration in Solving Labor Shortages

    In recent years, employers across Canada have faced significant challenges in filling vacant positions due to chronic labor shortages.

    Recognizing the crucial role of immigration in meeting these demands, the Government of Canada has developed an immigration system that acts as a catalyst for growth.

    By attracting skilled workers and addressing labor market needs, Canada aims to ensure economic and social prosperity for years to come.

    Enhancing the Express Entry System

    Category-based selection not only addresses labor market needs but also enhances the responsiveness of the Express Entry system.

    This new approach aligns with Canada’s high human capital approach, which has been a cornerstone of its successful economic immigration system.

    By selecting candidates with the potential to integrate and contribute to Canada’s future, the government ensures that the country continues to attract skilled workers who will make meaningful contributions to society.

    Canada’s immigration system has never been more responsive to the country’s social or economic needs.” – The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

    Anticipated Impact and Future Invitations

    The first category-based invitations to apply are expected to be sent out this summer, marking a significant milestone in Canada’s immigration system.

    By attracting skilled professionals in high-demand fields and prioritizing French language proficiency, Canada aims to address labor shortages, foster economic growth, and support the vitality of French-speaking communities.

    With immigration accounting for nearly 100% of Canada’s labor force growth, the country recognizes the invaluable contributions immigrants make to key sectors.

    Quebec’s Unique Immigration Arrangement

    Under the Quebec-Canada Accord, Quebec maintains its autonomy in establishing its immigration levels.

    While the category-based selection primarily focuses on non-Quebec regions, the Federal High-Skilled program has contributed significantly to French-speaking admissions outside Quebec.

    From 2018 to 2022, these admissions accounted for 34% to 40% of overall French-speaking admissions.


    Category-based selection in Canada’s Express Entry system represents a crucial step toward addressing labor shortages, supporting economic growth, and empowering French-speaking communities.

    By inviting skilled workers with specific skills, training, and language proficiency, Canada ensures that businesses have access to the talent they need while fostering the vitality of its diverse communities.

    This proactive approach reflects Canada’s commitment to building an inclusive and prosperous future for all.

    When will new targeted Express Entry draws start?

    More information on the date of new targeted Express Entry draws for various categories, as well as how to apply, will be released in the coming weeks.

    What will happen to occupations not included in targeted Express Entry draws?

    IRCC has repeatedly confirmed that normal Express Entry draws will continue as targeted Express Entry draws will be just part of the quota allocated for overall Express Entry.

    Express Entry profiles with occupations NOT in the targeted draws can expect higher CRS Cutoff score.

    IRCC Sean Fraser - Express Entry - New Targeted Express Entry Draws 2023 Selection Criteria