Entry-Level Canada Government Jobs Hiring Now For 100 Positions

Government of Canada Jobs

Last Updated On 15 November 2022, 7:53 PM EST (Toronto Time)

The Public Service Commission of Canada is hiring for entry-level jobs for various locations. The department is looking to hire for AS-01, AS-02, CR-04, CR-05, PG-01, & PG-02 for 100 positions.

These positions are part of Post Secondary recruitment calling for all college and university grand to join federal public service. Anyone in Canada with a valid status is welcome to apply, including Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad. 

  • Closing date: November 30, 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time
  • Salary: $47,415 to $70,668

Job duties and requirements

The public Service Commission of Canada is looking to fill 100 positions under the following streams. Below are the duties under each stream. 

STREAM 1: Procurement & Contracting

Federal Procurement & Contracting is in charge of managing commercial ties with the world’s top enterprises. In addition, the Canadian government is one of the country’s major purchasers of everything from scientific services to high-tech equipment to military equipment and professional services.

The responsibilities and duties include the following: 

  • Analyzes the needs, specifications, and requisition papers of regular and low to medium-complexity company owners;
  • In partnership with the business owners, verifies and analyses the overall performance of contracts for correctness, integrity, and compliance.
  • Provides procurement strategy guidance and recommendations that fulfil operational objectives while also delivering greater socioeconomic benefit;
  • Creates and distributes solicitation papers that include needs and delivery requirements, work descriptions and specifications, and assessment criteria.
  • Contract conditions and pricing are negotiated with the provider.
  • Manages supplier connections and their performance.

STREAM 2: Material Management

The federal Material Management Community is in charge of acquiring approximately $3.5 billion in machinery and equipment, over 28,000 vehicles, and $54 million in gross revenue from the sale of excess movable assets.

  • The following are some examples of duties and responsibilities.
  • Regulate the lifespan of moveable assets, products, and services.
  • Fleet management and assistance with the government’s transition to zero-emission automobiles;
  • Assesses and plans material and activity requirements;
  • Strategic guidance and analysis on material management policies, laws, regulations, and practises;
  • Surplus asset disposition;
  • Tracks inventory levels and equipment status.

STREAM 3: Real Property

Real estate enables the delivery of programmes and services to Canadians. Their portfolio consists of 20,000 properties with more than 41 million hectares of land and over 39,000 buildings totaling 29 million m2 of floor space, ranging from national parks to border crossings and military bases.

Responsibilities and duties may include:

  • Management of assets;
  • Acquisition and disposal transactions;
  • Project delivery;
  • Governance and reporting;
  • Client consultation and liaison;
  • Contract management;
  • Financial management and analysis.

Eligibility requirements 

You must meet the following eligibility requirements for the entry-level positions mentioned above. Education: College diploma or university degree achieved or to be obtained by June 30, 2023 from a recognized post-secondary institution.

The degree must be in a discipline linked to the employment, such as Logistics, Business Administration, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Law, Commerce, Materiel Management, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Public Administration, or Technology (Avionics, Mechanical, Electronics, or Martial Arts).

Experience requirements for all stream

  • Experience with software programmes (for example, Microsoft Office) and report preparation utilising spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Excel)
  • Capability to gather, assemble, and analyse data or information from a variety of sources.
  • Can handle many priorities in a high-pressure, competing-demands situation.

How to apply? 

You only need your resume to apply. Then, fill out the online application and demonstrate how you meet the qualification requirements. 

To submit your application, click here. Fill out all details asked in the candidate profile and ensure you upload your education documents. The reference number for this position is PSC22J-028082-000008.

  • New Express Entry Draw Declares CRS Cutoff At 481

    Today, new IRCC Express Entry draw issues 7,000 invitations to apply (ITA) for Canada permanent residency (PR), to applicants having a CRS score of 481 or above.

    Express Entry draws are usually held bi-weekly, but today’s draw is the third back-to-back weekly round of invitations.

    Details of the IRCC Express Entry draw today

    • Date and time of round: March 29, 2023 13:44:01 UTC
    • No Program Specified
    • Number of invitations issued: 7,000
    • Rank required to be invited to apply: 7,000 or above
    • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 481
    • Tie-breaking rule: February 14, 2023 07:35:00 UTC

    Just FYI, we now have a dedicated online Express Entry page which is updated as soon as the draw is out. Click here to visit our Express Entry page.

    A total of 21,000 invitations to apply have been issued in last 3 consecutive weeks and CRS cut off score has dropped all the way from 490 to 481.

    This is the lowest cutoff score since the beginning of “no program specified” draws post pandemic.

    However, this could just be the “good days” prior to starting of new “targeted Express Entry draws” this year.

    Next Express Entry Draw Prediction

    Our CRS cut off score prediction last week just missed by 1 point. We predicted today’s cutoff at 480, but it came at 481.

    This prediction is based on our analysis of CRS score distribution in the pool on the draw day and anticipation of new profiles until then.

    Similarly, our next draw predication sees the cut off score to be around 476-478 for no program specified draws (if draw is held next week).

    If no program specified draw is held after two weeks now, then the cut off is expected to be around 480.

    The CRS score distribution of applicants in the Express Entry pool as of March 29, 2023 is shown below.

    March 29 CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool

    IRCC Express Entry draw - CRS Distribution

    Click here for all the previous Express Entry draws.

    Official IRCC processing times for Express Entry – March 23, 2023.

    • Canadian Experience Class – 12 months
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 30 months
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program – 70 months
    • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 11 months

  • Canada Budget 2023 New Proposals For Immigration

    Today, the finance minister and deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled Canada budget 2023 amid rising grocery costs.

    Budget reiterated that Canada will welcome 500,000 new permanent residents per year by 2025 with the vast majority of whom will be skilled employees.

    This will assist in addressing the labour shortages that so many Canadian firms are currently facing.

    The budget proposes new funding to improve processing and boost visitors to Canada.

    Additionally, it also allocates new funding for promoting francophone funding as well as to support legal aid for Asylum Seekers.

    Canada Budget 2023 Proposal for Immigration

    Canada budget 2023 proposes $104.3 million for citizenship, visitors, asylum seekers + $123.2 million for promoting francophone immigration.

    As per 2022 budget, Canada already has plan to spend $1.6 billion over six years and $315 million ongoing to achieve ambitious target of welcoming 500,000 new permanent residents annually by 2025.

    Moreover, $50 million is also being spend to address immigration backlogs.

    Safe and Efficient Citizenship Applications: $10 million over 5 years

    Applications for citizenship are screened using name-based searches rather than biometric methods like fingerprints, which are used in visa and permanent residency applications.

    Name-based searches take longer and are less precise, resulting in longer processing times.

    So, budget 2023 proposes $10 million over five years, beginning in 2023-24, with a remaining amortization of $14.6 million for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to implement biometrics.

    Supporting Travel to Canada: $50.8 million in forgone revenue over 4 years

    Canada acknowledges that Visitors to Canada generate billions of dollars in revenue. The federal government is dedicated to simplifying and streamlining the application process for anyone wishing to visit Canada, while not compromising national security.

    Budget 2023 proposes expanding eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) eligibility to low-risk, trusted travellers from additional visa-required countries.

    This will assist to make Canada a more appealing destination for trustworthy travellers while also allowing the government to direct resources where they are most needed, such as screening higher-risk travellers.

    This approach will cost $50.8 million in forgone revenue over four years. The list of qualifying countries will be released in upcoming weeks.

    As per Canadian government, access to legal counsel, information, and guidance guarantees that Canada’s asylum procedure is fair and efficient for all.

    In collaboration with provinces and territories, the federal government helps fund legal aid services for asylum seekers who cannot afford it.

    Canada budget 2023 proposes to give Justice Canada $43.5 million in 2023-24 to sustain government financing for immigration and refugee legal aid programmes.

    Francophone (French-Speaking) immigration: $123.2 million

    Budget proposes $123.2 million to enhance Francophone immigration in Canada. Although, it is immigration related, but it falls under the action plan for official languages section of the budget.

    This includes assistance to Canadian firms in recruiting French-speaking overseas employees and improved assistance to these immigrants after they arrive.

    Grocery Rebate Canada Budget 2023

    Most talked across Canada is the “grocery rebate” announced by the minister, which is a one-time payment (a maximum amount of $153 per adult, $81 per child, and $81 for singles).

    As a result, eligible couples with 2 children may receive up to $467, while individuals may receive up to an extra $234. Furthermore, Seniors may receive up to $225.

    This is expected to benefit For 11 million low- and modest-income Canadians and families to offset the cost of rising grocery inflation. However, this is too petite amount.

    Example explained in the budget on Grocery Rebate eligibility

    Sam works part-time as a cook at a restaurant, while Alex works as a clerk at a convenience store. They make $38,000 each year to support their two young children.

    Increasing grocery prices have stretched their already limited budget, and they are fighting to make ends meet.

    In addition to the improved Canada Workers Benefit, Canada Child Benefit, and GST Credit they already get, the Food Rebate will provide them with $467 to help them afford the healthful food their growing children require.

    Canada Budget 2023
  • Canada Foreign Worker Program Transitioning To LMIA Online Portal Effective April 3

    Effective April 3, 2023 the Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will begin shifting to the LMIA Online Portal as the primary means of submitting LMIAs.

    The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that a Canadian business or employer require before recruiting a foreign worker.

    With positive LMIA, a foreign worker can apply for a work permit and come to Canada for employment.

    This change to LMIA Online Portal will streamline processing even further, allowing firms to respond labour market demands more swiftly.

    New Extension of Temporary Foreign Worker Program COVID Measures

    Furthermore, Minister of Employment, Carla Qualtrough extended below listed temporary measures until October 23, 2023. These measures were introduced during the COVID.

    • Allowing employers in seven sectors with demonstrated labour shortages (such as accommodation and food services, construction, and food manufacturing) to hire up to 30% of their workforce for low-wage positions through the TFWP;
    • extending the validity period of Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) to 18 months; and
    • extending the maximum duration of employment for low-wage positions to two years.

    The Canadian labour market remains tighter than it was prior to the pandemic, with the job vacancy rate reaching an all-time high in the third quarter of 2021.

    Still unemployment rate in Canada continues to remain near-record low at 5.0%.

    As of March 19, 2023, 56.5% more files (108,592) have been processed this year than during the same time period the prior fiscal year (69,379).

    Despite the huge rise in demand, national average LMIA processing times improved by more than ten days in fiscal year 2022-23.

    LMIA processing times have continued to improve and are now at 29 days nationwide, down from 40 days at the start of this fiscal year.

    What is the LMIA Online Portal

    The LMIA Online Portal is a trustworthy and secure electronic resource.

    It enables Canadian employers and third-party representatives to submit an LMIA application to Service Canada on their behalf.

    LMIA online portal login

    LMIA Online Portal Features

    Employers or third-party representatives can do the following in the LMIA Online Portal after setting up a Job Bank account:

    • Submit LMIA application anytime (24×7 = 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
    • Complete or revise an LMIA application at any time prior to submitting it to Service Canada
    • Upload supporting documents
    • Securely pay LMIA fees
    • Receive real-time updates on the status of LMIA application
    • Employer can access and follow the status of application, when a third party representative is submitting an LMIA application on employer’s behalf
    • View correspondence and decision letters issued by Service Canada,
    • Review previously submitted applications,
    • Create a new LMIA application by copying the information from a previous application, and
    • Contact TFWP system experts for help with technical issues.

    “We are taking a balanced approach to adjust the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to meet the changing needs of Canada’s workforce and Canadian employers. Renewing these measures addresses immediate labour shortages, while ensuring Canadians have access to jobs. We’ll continue working with provinces, territories and other partners to build the strong, skilled workforce Canada needs to support our economy.”

    – Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

    How to request an exemption

    If applicants meet one of the below listed exemptions, then they may contact edsc.demande.formulaire.ptet-tfwp.form.request@servicecanada.gc.ca to make a request for an exemption and request a PDF LMIA application form.

    • business name
    • business telephone
    • justification(s) for the exemption(s), citing the exception to which applicant is entitled
    • the stream(s) applicant want to apply for

    If you fulfil the requirements for the exemption, Service Canada will assess your request and make a determination. Email replies will be sent out within two business days.

    LMIA Portal Exemptions

    In April 2023, all LMIA application forms will be taken down from Canada.ca website.

    However, employer or their representative is unable to use the LMIA Online Portal because of the below listed reasons, then they might be granted exemption from submitting the application online.

    Exemption 1

    Employers or their representative is/are unable get a Job Bank account if they;

    • don’t have a SIN
    • don’t have a payroll account number associated with CRA business number

    Exemption 2

    Employers is facing limitations or technical difficulties (example, limited internet or computer access).

    Exemption 3

    Applicants cannot use the Online Portal due to a system outage. In this situation, a notification outlining the steps to submit an LMIA application during this time will be placed on the Online Portal.

    Temporary Foreign Worker LMIA Employers List

    Below is the latest official list of Employers who have been issued positive LMIAs so far.

    What is LMIA Online Portal?

    The LMIA Online Portal is a trustworthy and secure electronic resource. It enables Canadian employers and third-party representatives to submit an LMIA application to Service Canada on their behalf.

    Effective April 3, 2023 the Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will be transitioning to the LMIA Online Portal as the primary means of submitting LMIAs.

  • Roxham Road Border and Safe Third Country Agreement

    The Canadian government has secured an agreement with the United States on irregular migration that now allows Canada to block the Roxham Road unofficial crossing at the Canada-United States border.

    On March 24, 2023, Canada and the United States announced the expansion of the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) across the whole land border, including internal waterways.

    The expansion takes effect on March 25, 2023, at 12:01 a.m. EDT. If you crossed the border to seek asylum (refugee) and do not fit one of the Agreement’s exclusions, you will be deported to the United States.

    As part of this commitment, Canada will accept an additional 15,000 migrants from the Western Hemisphere on a humanitarian basis over the course of the year.

    This is to maintain the expansion of the safe, regular pathways already provided throughout the hemisphere as an alternative to unauthorized migration and as a path to job opportunities.

    Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States are among the 23 nations of North America in the Western Hemisphere.

    Apart from these, 12 countries from South America also fall in Western Hemisphere. These are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Urugya, and Venezuela.

    According to sources, those positions will be new and will not reduce the number of immigrants and refugees that Canada has previously stated it will welcome.

    What is Roxham Road Crossing

    Roxham Road is an unofficial land border (dirt road) between Canada and United States, which runs through Quebec and New York. It is located around 50 kilometres south of Montreal.

    The route serves as a popular unauthorized border crossing for asylum seekers attempting to enter Canada.

    Since 2017, Canada has experienced an influx of refugees crossing the border from the United States at different irregular entry sites.

    According to federal government figures, more than 39,000 persons sought refuge in Quebec in 2022 after entering the country illegally.

    Roxham Road Border Crossing

    What is Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA)?

    A safe third country is a country where an individual, passing through that country, could have made a claim for refugee protection. 

    Canada and United States has a Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) which means any foreign national in the United States cannot enter Canada and seek refuge.

    It is illegal for an asylum seeker to cross the border anyplace other than an established port of entry.

    However, once a person sets foot on the Canadian soil by any means (such as via Roxham road), then that person is lawfully permitted to apply for asylum and seek refugee status.

    Previously, the STCA was only applicable at official border crossings and Roxham road is just an unofficial country-side ditch road connecting two countries.

    On March 24 U.S and Canada has expanded this agreement to include all the official and unofficial borders effective March 25.

    Now if any foreign national enters Canada from the United States and apply for asylum (refugee status), then Canadian authorities will return them back to the U.S.

    Where is the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) applicable now?

    The Safe Third Country Agreement applies to refugees seeking entrance into Canada from the United States.

    • at Canada-US land border crossings
    • after crossing between ports of entry and claiming refugee protection within 14 days of entering Canada
    • by train, or
    • at airports, only if the person seeking refugee protection in Canada has been denied refugee status in the US and is in transit through Canada after being deported from the US.

    Exemptions to the STCA

    Exceptions to the Agreement take into account the value of family unity, children’s best interests, and the public interest. There are four different kinds of exceptions:

    • Family members.
    • Unaccompanied minors.
    • Document holders
    • Public Interest

    1. Family member exemption

    Refugee applicants may be eligible for this exemption if they have a family member who:

    • is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or a protected person under Canadian immigration legislation
    • has made a claim for refugee status in Canada that has been accepted by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB)
    • has had his or her removal order stayed on humanitarian and compassionate grounds
    • holds a valid Canadian work permit
    • holds a valid Canadian study permit
    • is above the age of 18 and has a refugee protection claim that has been referred to the IRB for adjudication.

    Below listed relationships meet the definition of a family member:

    • spouse
    • legal guardian
    • child
    • father or mother
    • sister or brother
    • grandfather or grandmother
    • grandchild
    • uncle or aunt
    • nephew or niece
    • common-law partner
    • same-sex spouse

    2. Exemption for unaccompanied minors

    Minor refugee claimants who are (under the age of 18) and

    • are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
    • having no spouse or common-law partner, and
    • do not have a mother, father, or legal guardian in Canada or the United States.

    3. Exemption of document holders

    Refugee claimants may be eligible for this category of exceptions if they meet the following criteria:

    • possess a valid Canadian visa (other than a transit visa)
    • possess a valid work permit possess a valid study permit
    • have a travel document (for permanent residents or refugees) or other valid entry document issued by Canada, or are not required (exempt) to get a temporary resident visa to visit Canada yet require a visa granted by the United States to enter the United States.

    4. Public Interest Exemption

    Public interest exemption applies to asylum seekers if they have been charged with or convicted of an offence that might result in the death sentence in the United States or another nation.

    A refugee claimant, on the other hand, is disqualified if he or she has been deemed inadmissible in Canada on security grounds, for breaching human or international rights, or for severe crime, or if the Minister considers the person to be a threat to the public.

    Is Roxham road border crossing open?

    Roxham Road is no longer open to refugees seeking to enter Canada. The Canadian government and the United States have agreed to block Roxham Road, an illegal border crossing just south of Montreal.

    Canada is now turning away asylum seekers trying to enter via Roxham Road.

    Where is Roxham Road border crossing?

    Roxham Road is an unofficial land border (dirt road) that extends across Quebec and New York between Canada and the United States. It is around 50 kilometres south of Montreal.

    What is Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) Roxham?

    The Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) between Canada and the United States (U.S.) is part of the Smart Border Action Plan between the two countries.

    As per this agreement, refugee claimants are obligated to seek refugee status in the first secure nation they arrive or land in.

    Source: STCA

  • BREAKING: New Canada Immigration Pathway Announced By IRCC
    Last Updated On 15 November 2022, 7:53 PM EST (Toronto Time)

    March 27, 2023 – Today, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Honourable Sean Fraser announces a new Canada Immigration pathway.

    Minister offers a keynote talk and unveil new permanent residency (PR) pathway at the Empire Club of Canada in Toronto little late than scheduled time of 11:30 am EST.

    Fraser spoke with NGOs, business leaders, and civil society organizations and discuss how Canada’s immigration measures can help employers from different sectors address the labour shortages.

    You can select your preferred language below to read the whole announcement for better understanding.

    New Immigration Pathway LIVE UPDATES:

    Canada announces a new economic immigration pathway under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to assist firms in hiring qualified refugees and other displaced people.

    The Canadian government is expanding the EMPP by establishing a new federal pathway.

    In order to solve specific labour shortages in high-demand industries like healthcare, skilled crafts, and information technology, Canada has set ambitious goals for the EMPP.

    During the next years, Canada will expand it further and accept 2,000 eligible refugees and other displaced people.

    As a result of the uniform qualifying requirements and the requirement to submit only one application, the new federal immigration program application procedure will be simpler and quicker.

    The majority of applications will be approved within 6 months, allowing EMPP applicants to travel to Canada and begin employment immediately.

    This summer will see the launch of this new pathway, which will supplement current EMPP pathways.

    The new federal pathway will allow companies additional chances to fill a variety of in-demand positions, including those for teachers, tourist and hospitality employees, truck and delivery service drivers, software engineers, web designers, mechanical and electrical engineers, and long-term care aides.

    The EMPP offers EMPP candidates the chance to resume their professions and their lives in safety with their families here in Canada while giving companies another way to meet their labour market demands.

    The EMPP will also now take a more accommodating stance towards eligibility by allowing other displaced individuals who require international protection and lack a long-term solution to apply.

    In the upcoming weeks, more details on the new federal pathway, including eligibility requirements, will be made accessible on the EMPP website.

    Employers will be allowed to recruit refugees and other displaced persons who qualify under any National Occupation Classification 2021 category TEER 0-5 according to the new government gateway.

    “Canada is a global leader in helping skilled refugees connect with employers struggling to find workers in critical areas, while giving newcomers the opportunity to restart their careers and their lives here in Canada. Our government will continue to develop and scale innovative immigration measures to help employers address their critical labour shortages and provide refugees with the opportunity to live in safety while rebuilding their lives.”

    – The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
    New Canada Immigration Pathway announcement

    Source: Canada immigration official website

    Speculations Regarding the Announcement

    Below listed were the some speculations around the web regarding today’s announcement:

    New Canada immigration pathway has been announced which you can watch at INC News now.

    What is the new pathway of PR for Canada?

    Canada announces a new economic immigration pathway under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to assist firms in hiring qualified refugees and other displaced people.

    The majority of applications will be approved within 6 months, allowing EMPP applicants to travel to Canada and begin employment immediately.

    Will there be a new immigration program in Canada?

    Yes, Canada will be launching a new economic immigration pathway under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) in summer of 2023 which will have processing time of 6 months.

    What is EMPP – Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot?

    The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) combines economic immigration and refugee resettlement.

    It is a pathway for helping talented refugees move to Canada using existing economic immigration programs and provide Canadian employers access to a fresh pool of competent people to fill job opportunities.

    What is the 2023 2025 Canada immigration plan?

    New Canada immigration levels plan of 2023 2025 plans to accept 465,000 new immigrants in 2023, followed by 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025.

    Canada immigration news

  • IEC 2023 New Round Of Invitations Sent >900 Invites

    11th IEC 2023 (International Experience Canada) round of invitations for the week ending March 24 sent more than 900 invitations across three categories.

    The 3 categories include the Working Holiday visa category, Young Professionals, and International Co-Op (Internship).

    Over 558 invites were sent to candidates in pool from more than 30 different countries under the IEC Working Holiday visa category.

    Working Holiday category now has 30,761 available spots for this year.

    IEC is now slowing down on the number of invitations since more than 75% of IEC 2023 quota has been exhausted.

    Citizens of only 7 countries now have an excellent probability of earning an invitation in the upcoming IEC 2023 Working Holiday category next week.

    The countries with high chance of invite next week include Andorra, Croatia, Luxembourg, Norway, San Marino, Slovenia, and Sweden.

    Candidates from the other countries in the Working Holiday category have a limited likelihood of earning an invitation based on the number of candidates in the pool and available slots, but they can still participate.

    More than 200 invites were sent to the applicants in pool for the IEC 2023 Young Professionals category. Moreover, there are only 3,314 spots left for 2023.

    Additionally, 135 invites were given to the candidates under the International Co-op (internship) category.

    According to the most recent IRCC official processing update of March 23, the current IEC season has a processing time of less than three weeks.

    Below listed is the category-wise data for each country on the number of invitations, applicants in the pool, and available spots.

    1. IEC 2023 Working Holiday Visa Category

    CountryInvitations Issued This WeekTotal Invitations 
    Issued In 2023
    Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Czech Republic862449593
    Hong Kong32401690
    Korea Republic1007,5561,2811,696
    New Zealand401,2431161,589
    San Marino04022
    United Kingdom805,8347466,466

    2. IEC Young Professionals Category

    CountryInvitations Issued This WeekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Costa Rica7136036
    Czech Republic6133762
    France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE)1120338362
    Spain via ICEX VivesNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable47

    3. IEC International Co-op (Internship)

    CountryInvitations issued this weekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots

    IEC 2023
    International Experience Canada
  • Latest Express Entry Draw Issues 7,000 Invitations For All Programs

    Today, IRCC Express Entry Draw issues again a record 7,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR) in a surprise round of invitations for all the categories.

    The Cutoff score drops by 6 points to 484 in the “no program specified” Express Entry draw today.

    Full details of the Express Entry draw today:

    • Date and time of round: March 23,2023 12:27:59 UTC
    • Immigration Program: No Program Specified
    • Number of invitations issued: 7,000
    • Rank required to be invited to apply: 7,000 or above
    • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 484
    • Tie-breaking rule: May 19,2022 06:48:41 UTC

    IRCC will complete the process of sending out all the invitations by end of the day tomorrow, March 24, 2023.

    “No program specified” Express Entry draws consider all the Express Entry profiles from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

    Moreover, profiles with a provincial nomination are eligible for this all program draw.

    Today’s cut off is just in alignment with our last week’s prediction as per the analysis based on CRS score distribution in the Express Entry pool.

    The next draw is predicted to declare a cut off score of roughly around 480 for no program draws and 671 for PNP only draws.

    After the first quarter of 2023, the IRCC will be beginning targeted Express Entry draws with new proposed categories. Learn more here.

    Below is the CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of March 22, 2023.

    CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of March 22, 2023

    Latest Express Entry Draw CRS Score distribution March 23

    Latest Express Entry processing times as of March 23

    Below are the official IRCC processing times for Express Entry as of March 23, 2023.

    • Canadian Experience Class – 12 months
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 30 months
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program – 70 months
    • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 11 months

  • Canada Population 2023 Approaches 40 Million Due To Immigration

    Canada population is estimated to be at 39,566,248 as on January 1, 2023, following a record population rise of 1,050,110 individuals from January 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023.

    Canada’s real-time population clock displayed total population of 39,732,937 as on March 23, 2023.

    Canada Population 2023

    This is the first 12-month period in Canadian history in which the population increased by more than one million people, and the greatest annual population growth rate (+2.7%) on record since 1957 (+3.3%).

    Canada continues to dominate the G7 countries in population growth in 2022.

    Canada’s population rose by 273,893 (+0.7%) from October 1 to December 31, 2022, marking the fourth quarter of 2022.

    This was the best fourth-quarter growth rate since the same time in 1956 (+0.7%). During the fourth quarter of 2022, immigration accounted for virtually all of the rise (97.7%).

    This quarter witnessed the greatest projected net new non-permanent residents (+196,262) of any fourth quarter for which comparable statistics exist, with 83,152 immigrants added.

    As per Statistics Canada report, temporary immigration is the most important source of growth in Canada.

    Canada accepted 437,180 immigrants in 2022, with a net increase in non-permanent residents anticipated at 607,782.

    Both of these figures are the highest on record, indicating greater immigration objectives and a milestone-breaking year for immigration application processing at IRCC.

    The net expected number of non-permanent temporary residents in all provinces and territories increased year-over-year in 2022.

    Number of new work and study permits as well as the number of asylum seekers increased across Canada in 2022.

    Latest Canada Population 2023 (Estimated)

    GeographyTotal PopulationNet ChangePercentage Change
    Canada 39,566,2481,050,1102.73%
    British Columbia5,399,118147,5402.81%
    Nova Scotia1,037,78235,3413.53%
    New Brunswick825,47426,2293.28%
    Newfoundland and Labrador531,9489,4471.81%
    Prince Edward Island173,9547,0964.25%
    Northwest Territories45,493-217-0.47%
    Nunavut 40,6926891.72%

    Interprovincial Migration In 2022

    In total 396,281 Canadians changed their usual place of residence and moved to another province.

    Alberta continues to be the top gainer in net interprovincial migration, with Canadian residents moving to the province for better prospects.

    Ontario being the largest province by area and population, lost net 52,017 residents to interprovincial migration.

    GeographyIn-MigrantsOut-MigrantsNet Change
    Nova Scotia28,92816,71112,217
    New Brunswick22,56213,2739,289
    Newfoundland and Labrador9,5327,2132,319
    Prince Edward Island6,28741892098
    British Columbia69,78869,307481
    Northwest Territories18562756-900

  • New Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1

    On April 1, 2023, the federal new minimum wage in Canada will increase from $15.55 to $16.65 per hour in order to keep up with inflation.

    As a result, about 26,000 Canadian workers who make less than the current wage will benefit from the raise.

    The federal minimum wage in Canada is mandated for all federally regulated private sectors, including banking, postal and courier services, as well as interprovincial air, rail, road, and maritime transportation.

    Furthermore, employees in these sectors get higher rate if their provincial or territory minimum pay is greater than the federal minimum wage.

    The federal minimum wage in Canada is revised every year on April 1 based on the Consumer Price Index (inflation).

    Previously, the federal minimum wage increased from $15 in 2021 to $15.55 on April 1, 2022.

    The April 2023 hike in minimum wage is double ($1.10) as compared to that $0.55 raise last year.

    New Minimum Wage In Canada Provinces Effective April 1

    Apart from the rise in federal minimum wage in Canada, Manitoba and Yukon will also increase their provincial minimum wage effective April 1, 2023.

    Minimum wage in Manitoba will increase by $0.65 to $14.15 per hour.

    Manitoba’s minimum wage was increased on October 1, 2022 from $11.95 to $13.50 per hour.

    Now Manitoba will revert to yearly changes based on province CPI, and it is anticipated that on October 1, 2023, the hourly wage will again increase to $15 per hour.

    Furthermore, minimum wage in Yukon will also increase by $1.05 to $16.77 per hour.

    Nova Scotia minimum wage is also set to increase to $14.50 per hour.

    New Brunswick new minimum wage effective April 1, 2023 will be $14.75 per hour, up from $13.75.

    The minimum wage will also rise for Newfoundland & Labrador by 80 cents per hour on April 1, 2023, reaching $14.50 per hour.

    New Minimum Wage In Canada

    Below listed are the latest minimum wage in Canada as of April 1, 2023.

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

    What is Canada’s minimum wage 2023?

    $16.65 per hour is the new minimum wage effective April 1, 2023 applicable to for all federally regulated private sectors. The federal regulated private sectors include banking, postal and courier services, as well as interprovincial air, rail, road, and maritime transportation.

    What is the highest minimum wage in Canada?

    Yukon has the highest minimum wage at $16.77 per hour, followed by Federal minimum wage that is $16.65 per hour, and Nunavut which has the minimum wage of $16 per hour.

    What is minimum wage Ontario 2023 and when will it increase?

    Starting in 2022, the minimum wage rates may rise yearly on October 1st. The new rates that will take effect on October 1 will be released no later than April 1.

    Currently, $15.50 is the minimum wage in Ontario.

    What is the minimum wage in British Columbia?

    $15.65 effective since June 1, 2022

    Federally regulated private sectors

    • air transportation, including airlines, airports, aerodromes and aircraft operations
    • banks, including authorized foreign banks
    • grain elevators, feed and seed mills, feed warehouses and grain-seed cleaning plants
    • First Nations band councils and Indigenous self-governments (certain activities)
    • most federal Crown corporations, for example, Canada Post Corporation
    • port services, marine shipping, ferries, tunnels, canals, bridges and pipelines (oil and gas) that cross international or provincial borders
    • postal and courier services
    • radio and television broadcasting
    • railways that cross provincial or international borders and some short-line railways
    • road transportation services, including trucks and buses, that cross provincial or international borders
    • telecommunications, such as, telephone, Internet, telegraph and cable systems
    • uranium mining and processing and atomic energy
    • any business that is vital, essential or integral to the operation of one of the above activities
    • Federally regulated public sector (parts II and IV of the Code only):
      • the federal public service
      • Parliament (such as, the Senate, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament)
    • Private-sector firms and municipalities in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (part I of the Code only)

    Minimum wage in Canada 2023
    Canada Minimum wages 2023
  • International Nurses To Benefit From Easy Licensing In Nova Scotia

    The NSCN has announced a first-of-its-kind licensing procedure for registered nurses (RNs) moving Nova Scotia from other Canadian provinces as well as from 7 countries.

    These 7 countries include Philippines, India, Nigeria, USA, UK, Australia, or New Zealand.

    NSCN (Nova Scotia College of Nursing) is the the provincial regulatory authority responsible for licensure and maintaining professional standards.

    RNs from these countries with good standing and character will be eligible for registration and licensure in Nova Scotia immediately with no additional requirements in May 2023.

    RNs from the above listed 7 countries and other Canadian provinces will only have to pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination).

    As per the official press release, the new method for registration and licensing for nurses will help in achieving below:

    • Effective March 29, 2023 the total processing time for RNs who have valid licences from another Canadian province will reduce from five days to 24 hours.
    • Effective May 1, 2023 the duration of the whole application procedure for international RNs (who are in good standing) from the Philippines, India, Nigeria, USA, UK, Australia, and New Zealand will decrease from nearly a year to a few weeks.
      • RNs from these countries will be able to submit their applications directly to NSCN.

    These seven nations account for 87% of the current overseas applicants to NSCN.

    • Philippines – 42% 
    • India – 25% 
    • Nigeria – 10% 
    • USA – 6% 
    • UK – 4% 
    • 23 other countries – 13% 

    In 2022, the NSCN enrolled more foreign RNs than it did in any of the preceding three years combined.

    As a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner in 2022, the NSCN registered and licensed 282 foreign RNs.

    Please note this is NOT an immigration program, rather easing of licensure for internationally trained RNs planning on moving/immigrating to Nova Scotia.

    “I am pleased to share what is truly a first-in-the-country approach to licensing international and Canadian nurses in Nova Scotia. The new approach will significantly decrease licensing time; increase licensure of nurses; reduce administrative requirements; and is aligned with new initiatives of health care partners. It’s a safe and faster process for nurses who want to work in our province, which is a good news story for all Nova Scotians.” 

    Sue Smith, CEO and Registrar of the Nova Scotia College of Nursing

    Click here for more details on new registrant portal.

    Nova Scotia nurses
  • Canada Announces New Open Work Permit For Turkish & Syrian Nationals

    Today, immigration minister of Canada, the Honourable Sean Fraser announced new measures to support Turkish and Syrian temporary residents.

    Effective from March 29, 2023 nationals of Türkiye and Syria will benefit from below listed new measures:

    • extension of temporary status (study, work or visitor) within Canada free of charge.
    • priority processing of immigration applications submitted by earthquake victims
    • new open work permit of up to 3 years for temporary residents already in Canada.
    • easier transition between temporary residents statuses.
    • no requirement of passports and travel document requirements for the Canadian permanent residence applicants outside Canada.
    • For Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Turkey and Syria, there will be no costs for temporary passports, passports with restricted validity, emergency travel papers, Canadian citizenship certificates, or permanent resident travel documents.

    Applications for temporary residency from the impacted areas, both new and old, as well as applications for permanent residence, including applications for refugee resettlement, are all being processed on a priority basis.

    This includes requests for visiting visas for members of a person’s immediate family who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents so they can visit their loved ones.

    The purpose of these new immigration measures announced today is to assist Turkish and Syrian temporary residents who may not be able to leave Canada at this time owing to the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes in the area.

    Over 16,000 applicants have applications being processed in Turkey and Syria as of February 8, 2023.

    Among them, about 1,700 (750 permanent residents and 920 temporary residents) came from the earthquake-affected region.

    These new measures will stay in effect until September 25, 2023.

    As part of its resettlement programme, Canada is also collaborating with UN partners in the region to offer temporary housing to refugees who have been negatively affected while they wait for their applications to be reviewed.

    Further details on how to apply for these new measures will be accessible on the IRCC website in the upcoming weeks.

    Canad Immigration Minister March 18
  • IEC 2023 New Round Of Invitations Sent >1,500 Invites

    The 10th IEC 2023 (International Experience Canada) draw sent over 1,500 invites under 3 categories, for the week commencing March 17, 2023.

    Around 1,200 invitations were sent to the participants in pool for the IEC Working Holiday category from more than 30 different countries.

    Only 7 countries are now left with Excellent chance of receiving an invitation in next IEC 2023 Working Holiday category next week.

    These are Andorra, Croatia, Luxembourg, Norway, San Marino, Slovenia, and Sweden.

    Applicants from rest of the countries under Working Holiday category have a low chance of receiving an invite based on candidates in pool and available spots.

    This year, a total of 90,000 quota is allotted for IEC 2023, and around 65,000 invitations have already been distributed.

    Moving forward, the IEC 2023 Young Professionals category receives more than 234 invitations. Furthermore, 177 applicants in pool are competing for 3,403 spots.

    This week, 65 more spots have been added in the Young Professionals category for Taiwan.

    Last week, extra spots were added for Greece under Working Holiday and Young Professionals category.

    Similarly, IEC 2023 Working Holiday Quota for Korea and the United Kingdom was also raised in week ending February 24.

    In addition, 148 invitations are distributed under the International Co-op (internship) category.

    The current IEC season has a processing time of less than three weeks, according to the most recent IRCC processing report on March 7.

    The statistics for each nation, including the number of invites, candidates in the pool, and available seats, is provided below.

    IEC 2023 Working Holiday Category

    CountryInvitations Issued This WeekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Czech Republic1861636599
    Hong Kong62371388
    Korea Republic1697,4561,0941,740
    New Zealand501,203821,620
    San Marino04022
    United Kingdom2005,7544936,481

    IEC 2023 Young Professionals Category

    CountryInvitations Issued This WeekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Costa Rica312933
    Czech Republic7127667
    France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE)1119241372
    Spain via ICEX VivesNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable50

    International Co-op (Internship)

    CountryInvitations issued this weekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots

    Source: IEC 2023

  • PGWP Extension 2023: New Announcement By The IRCC Minister

    New announcement on PGWP Extension 2023: Today, Canadian minister of immigration the Honourable Sean Fraser makes an announcement to extend post-graduation work permits (PGWPs).

    IRCC extends Post Graduation Work Permits for 18 months that are expired or expiring in 2023.

    Those who were eligible for PGWP extension in 2022 will also qualify for this new extension.

    Beginning April 6, 2023, these changes will allow PGWP holders who want to remain longer to participate in a facilitative procedure to extend their work permit, allowing Canada to retain high-skilled personnel.

    PGWP holders who are eligible for the facilitative procedure will shortly get reminders about login onto their online IRCC Secure Account to opt in and amend critical personal information beginning April 6, 2023.

    For those who apply, will receive by an email, the interim work authorization, which they can affix to their expired PGWPs.

    This will enable them to continue work for 18 months in Canada and apply for permanent residency.

    Former international students with expired PGWPs will also be able to apply for this new open work permit.

    They will also be able to apply for restoration, even if they are beyond the time (90 days) required to apply for restoration.

    You can watch live PGWP Extension 2023 announcement in the video below.

    INC – Immigration News Canada reported on February 12, 2023 that IRCC Minister is working on solution of Expiring PGWPs and announcement could be made in March 2023.

    What is important about PGWP Extension announcement today?

    Usually, post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) are not allowed any extension and an international student can only have a PGWP once.

    However, IRCC implemented a temporary public policy in August 2022 that permitted PGWP holders with expiration status on or before December 31, 2022 to extend their stay for an extra 18 months.

    Reason behind this was absence of any CEC draw after September 2021, which is the major pathway for international students with 1 year of Canadian experience to apply for permanent residency (PR).

    This new policy permitted approximately 40,000 PGWP holders to continue working in Canada.

    But the drought of CEC draws continued in 2023 and PGWPs are already expiring and some will expire soon.

    As a result, IRCC Minister is expected to make another PGWP extension today.

    With Canada allowing PGWP extension 2023, it will at least allow PGWP holders to continue working and stay in Canada.

    Things to Watch Out For

    It will be an important announcement to see what is the range of dates that minister will include to allow PGWP extension.

    Moreover, the exact date on which the details on how to apply for the policy will be released.

    Will the PGWP holders have to apply for the extension OR it will be automatically granted or updated?

    Any hint on when the CEC only draws will resume or exact date of starting targeted Express Entry draws.

    Off topic, if minister acknowledges the issue of 700 international students being deported.

    PGWP Extension 2023 New Announcement
  • New Express Entry Draw Sent Record 7,000 PR Invites

    Today, IRCC sent out record 7,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR) through the new “no program specified” Express Entry Draw.

    This is the largest all program Express Entry draw ever.

    The Express Entry profiles with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 490 or above received the invitations.

    The information about today’s Express Entry draw is as follows:

    • No Program Specified
    • Number of invitations issued: 7,000
    • Rank required to be invited to apply: 7,000 or above
    • Date and time of round: March 15, 2023 17:08:16 UTC
    • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 490
    • Tie-breaking rule: February 16, 2023 10:33:06 UTC

    All Express Entry profiles from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are eligible for the no program specified Express Entry draws.

    Furthermore, profiles having a provincial nomination are also eligible for no program specified draw.

    The next draw is expected to declare a cut off score around 485 for no program draw and 671 for PNP only draw, based on the CRS score distribution of applicants in the Express Entry pool as of March 15, 2023.

    The IRCC will start holding targeted Express Entry draws with new suggested categories after the first quarter of 2023. Know details here.

    The table below displays the full CRS score distribution of all candidates in the Express Entry pool as of March 15, 2023.

    CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of March 15, 2023

    Express Entry CRS Score distribution - March 15

    Latest Express Entry processing times as of March 14

    As of March 14, Express Entry processing times increased for all the three categories as listed below:

    • Canadian Experience Class – 12 months
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 30 months
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program – 70 months
    • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 11 months

    What is Canada Express Entry System?

    The easiest and fastest method to acquire Canadian PR is through the Express Entry procedure.

    After accepting the invitation to apply (ITA) and uploading the required documents, the processing time is typically 6 months.

    The Express Entry system rates candidate profiles using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based approach.

    An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is sent to profiles whose scores exceed the CRS cutoff in a draw. And the invited candidates then submit an application for permanent residency.

    Applications for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program are managed via the Express Entry system (FSTP).

    Candidates in the Express Entry pool who have a provincial nomination and a profile in one of the aforementioned programs get 600 additional points.

  • IEC 2023 New Round of Invitations Sent >2,200 Invites

    IEC 2023 New Round of Invitations: The 9th International Experience Canada (IEC) 2023 draw sent out more than 2,200 invitations for the week ending March 10, 2023.

    More than 1,841 invites were extended to potential participants in the IEC Working Holiday category from more than 30 different countries.

    As of March 10, 2023 140 additional spots have been added to Working Holiday category and 160 to Young Professionals category for Greece.

    Previously, IEC Working Holiday Quota for Korea and the United Kingdom was also increased on February 24, 2023.

    Currently, there are around 31,757 available spots in Working Holiday category with more than 5,788 candidates in pool awaiting an invitation.

    223 invites are issued under Young Professionals category. Furthermore, 235 candidates are in pool competing for 3,460 available spots.

    Additionally, 166 invites are sent under the International Co-op (internship) category. Out of these, 163 invites are sent to citizens of France.

    There are 127 candidates in pool and 2,732 available spots in the International Co-op (internship) category.

    This year, a total of 90,000 quota is allotted for IEC 2023, and around 62,000 invitations have already been distributed.

    According to the most recent IRCC processing update on March 7, the current IEC season has a processing time of under 3 weeks.

    Below listed is the country-wise data on number of invitations, candidate in pool, and available spots under all the 3 categories.

    Working Holiday Category of IEC 2023

    CountryInvitations Issued
    This Week
    Total Invitations
    Issued In 2023
    In Pool
    Czech Republic2559831612
    Hong Kong9231992
    Korea Republic1957,2871,0371,919
    New Zealand741,153591,653
    San Marino04022
    United Kingdom2875,5543916,613

    IEC has already issued 2,292 invitations to Chile, 63 to Costa Rica, and 2,553 to Taiwan. We are not tracking data for these countries because chances of receiving an invite in next week’s draw are very low for these countries.

    Young Professionals Category of IEC 2023

    CountryInvitations Issued This WeekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates
    In Pool
    Available Spots
    Costa Rica612633
    Czech Republic8120672
    France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE)1518139382
    Spain via ICEX VivesNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable50

    International Co-op (Internship)

    CountryInvitations issued
    this week
    Total Invitations
    Issued In 2023
    In Pool

    Source: IEC 2023

  • Express Entry: IRCC Has 65% More Staff Than Is Required

    A new report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) on March 7 revealed analysis of IRCC’s Express Entry system.

    This report estimates the costs of the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

    Moreover, it also provided projections on IRCC staffing and meeting Express Entry processing standards to meet targets until 2027

    Furthermore, the cost includes the gross spend on processing, pre-arrival services, and settlement services on these 3 programs.

    According to the report, $792 million will be spent over the following five years to meet the target under Express Entry system.

    Moreover, this cost will be offset by $743 million in application fee revenue. As a result, there will be a net total cost of $48 million on government.

    Express Entry Cost

    In 2022-23, the net cost per accepted Permanent Resident is expected to be $91.

    Express Entry Processing

    IRCC has objective to process 80% of the Express Entry applications within 6 months of submission.

    The PBO says that existing staffing levels at IRCC will be more than adequate to fulfil the processing time objective for the next 5 years.

    Additionally, they estimate that IRCC has 65% more workers than is required to process Express Entry target in 2023.

    As the number of applications grows, this percentage will decrease year by year, eventually reaching 4% in 2026-27.

    Although, report highlights that IRCC has 65% more staff, but still Express Entry processing times are way higher than service standards.

    This is mostly due to quite a high number of applications from backlog as well as resumption of new draws.

    Express Entry Projections Until 2027

    The report highlighted that the government often exceeded its immigration objectives in the three EE streams, in past year.

    However, because the objectives are higher for 2023-2025, the PBO expects the targeted immigration levels to be reached rather than exceeded.

    Furthermore, the PBO estimates that Express Entry targets may increase 7% annually after 2025, equivalent to the annual growth rate between 2015 and 2025.

    Projected number of Express Entry stream admissions

    The report also highlights below listed points:

    • In 2020, fewer PRs were accepted through EE due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several persons who would have immigrated in 2020 instead came in 2021, resulting in increased admittance numbers in 2021.
    • There were no draws for the three EE streams from September 2021 to July 2022. This enabled IRCC to address a backlog of applications that had accumulated during the pandemic’s early stages.
    • The immigration objectives for the EE streams in 2022 were met before the end of the year. This is not likely to happen again in the foreseeable future.

    Source: PBO Report

  • Here Are New Updated IRCC Processing Times As Of March 7

    This page includes the latest processing times reported by the IRCC as of March 7, 2023, along with a comparison to the processing times from the previous week.

    To fully comprehend what these processing timeframes mean, please read the following details carefully.

    The IRCC changed its processing tool in the beginning of 2022 so that it now provides correct data on normal processing times rather than merely service standard times.

    These processing times are intended to provide prospective immigrants and visa seekers to Canada a rough idea of how long it could take for a decision to be made on their application.

    These durations are based on information gathered over the preceding 6 months for 80% of the applications that have already been approved and are intended to provide latest weekly processing timelines.

    This does not mean that it will take the same length of time to process your application.

    This processing of your application may take longer or less time than shown because it is an average of the processing timings for 80% of the applications.

    Remember that the application processing period starts when IRCC receives it and ends when the immigration officer decides whether to accept or reject it.

    For more than a year, we have been tracking and comparing the processing timeframes for our readers as updated by the IRCC on a weekly basis.

    Citizenship & PR cards

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Citizenship grant23 monthsNo Change
    Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)*14 monthsNo Change
    Resumption of citizenship30 months+ 6 months
    Renunciation of Citizenship14 months– 1 month
    Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
    New PR card36 days– 3 Days
    PR card renewals69 days– 2 Days

    *Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship): Applications submitted outside of Canada and the United States may take longer.

    The IRCC is currently sending over acknowledgment of receipt (AOR) letters or emails to paper and online citizens who applied during the week of January 16, 2023.

    Family Sponsorship

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada16 monthsNo Change
    Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada13 months– 1 month
    Parents or Grandparents PR39 monthsNo Change

    According to the most current IRCC figures, Canada’s immigration backlog has nearly hit one million people.

    Moreover, 969,900 applications were handled within the IRCC service standard timelines. IRCC was processing around 2 million applications as of January 31, 2023.

    Canadian Passport 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted in person at Service Canada Centre – Passport services)10 business daysNo Change
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted by mail to Service Canada Centre)20 business daysNo Change
    In-Canda Urgent pick-upBy the end of next business dayNo Change
    In-Canada Express pick-up2-9 business daysNo Change
    Regular passport application mailed from outside Canada20 business daysNo Change

    Economic Class Permanent Residency Processing Time

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Canadian Experience Class (CEC)12 months– 4 months
    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)30 months– 1 month
    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)70 months (not updated
    this week)
    No Change
    Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry11 monthsNo Change
    Non-Express Entry PNP20 months– 1 month
    Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)20 months+ 1 month
    Quebec Business Class67 monthsNo Change
    Federal Self-Employed43 months+ 1 month
    Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)24 months+ 1 month
    Start-Up Visa33 monthsNo Change

    Temporary Residence Application 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
    India: 58 Days
    Nigeria: 376 Days
    United States: 24 Days
    Pakistan: 166 Days
    Philippines: 31 Days
    UAE: 320 Days
    Bangladesh: 185 Days
    Sri Lanka: 135 Days
    United Kingdom: 30 Days
    – 12 Days for India
    + 46 Days for Nigeria
    No Change for United States
    – 17 Days for Pakistan
    – 2 Days for Philippines
    + 2 Days for UAE
    – 18 Day for Bangladesh
    + 3 Days for Sri Lanka
    – 5 Days for UK
    Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 12 days
    Paper-Based: 32 days
    – 1 Day for online
    No Change for paper-based
    Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
    India: 133 Days
    Nigeria: 396 Days
    United States: 121 Days
    Pakistan: 422 Days
    Philippines: 226 Days
    UAE: 327 Days
    Bangladesh: 253 Days
    Sri Lanka: 304 Days
    United Kingdom: 169 Days
    – 1 Day for India
    No Change for Nigeria
    – 4 Days for United States
    + 6 Days for Pakistan
    – 2 Days for Philippines
    + 13 Days for UAE
    + 4 Days for Bangladesh
    + 24 Days for Sri Lanka
    + 1 Day for UK
    Study Permit Outside Canada10 WeeksNo Change
    Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 181 days
    Paper-Based: 91 days
    + 6 Days (Online)
    – 4 Days for Paper-Based
    Study Permit Inside Canada4 WeeksNo Change
    Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 109 Days
    Paper-Based: 107 Days
    – 9 Days (Online)
    – 6 Days (Paper-Based)
    Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
    India: 8 Weeks
    Nigeria: 27 Weeks
    United States: 15 Weeks
    Pakistan: 45 Weeks
    Philippines: 12 Weeks
    UAE: 42 Weeks
    Bangladesh: 30 Weeks
    Sri Lanka: 21 Weeks
    United Kingdom: 11 Weeks
    No Change for India
    No Change for Nigeria
    – 1 Week for United States
    + 2 Weeks for Pakistan
    – 2 Weeks for Philippines
    + 6 Weeks for UAE
    – 1 Week for Bangladesh
    – 1 Weeks for Sri Lanka
    – 1 Week for UK
    Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 156 Days
    Paper-Based: 53 Days
    – 2 Days (Online)
    – 5 Days for paper-based
    International Experience Canada (Current Season)3 Weeks+ 1 Week
    Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)25 Days+ 3 Days
    Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change

    *Applications for the critical job positions are currently being prioritized. Your processing time can be longer than indicated above if you are not applying for a position in a critical occupation.

  • Victim Of Fraud; International Students In Canada Facing Removal Orders

    Several international students in Canada are facing removal orders from the Canadian immigration department.

    It is an unfortunate situation because most of these international students are actually victims of fraudulent agents.

    These agents, who without their knowledge, submitted forged documents including fake offer letters or GICs.

    Moreover, they are trapped by the outdated Canadian system since the immigration department is sending them removal order letters after 2-3 years of completion of their studies in Canada.

    The removal order letters are being sent since 2021 offering these students to appeal the removal orders.

    Some of these students are receiving letters now. According to one of the sources, the number of international students facing removal orders is in the multiple of 100s.

    Recently, in a similar case of Karamjeet Kaur, the federal court upheld the decision by Immigration Division (ID) ordering her to leave Canada.

    She now only has humanitarian and compassionate consideration of her case left.

    Ironically, she came to Canada on a study permit in 2018 and her agent in India used the fake letter to get her file processed, which she was unaware of.

    Karamjeet got a removal order in 2022 when she applied for her permanent residency (PR), 4 years after her entry to Canada.

    However, in February 2023 Federal court ruled that it was her responsibility to call the college and confirm whether the offer letter was genuine or not.

    Gaps In The Canadian Immigration System

    International students have been protesting against these removal orders and pointing out gaps in the Canadian immigration system.

    Offer letters or GICs or documents are not usually verified by students as they trust their consultants or agents back in India.

    As per students, if the offer letter or GIC or any document was fake in their study permit application, the immigration department should have pointed out it at the time of issuing a visa to Canada.

    IRCC offices in India, who are trained and experienced at catching forged documents in an applications were also deceived by the same fake documents.

    If such officials are unable detect fake documents, then how a teenager or naive young student would have caught such a scam?

    Rather, they themselves were victims of this fraud.

    Moreover, when they landed at a Canadian airport and an immigration check was done, no official were able to point out the forged documents.

    As in Karamjeet Kaur’s case, the agent told her after she landed in Canada, that he had some dispute with the college authorities, so she would have to change her college.

    Being new at such a young age in Canada, in such a situation, no one reaches out to college and confirms whether their offer letter is fake or original.

    Now that these scams are made public, definitely new students will be cautiously confirming all the documents are original or not. But at that time, nobody knew about these frauds.

    After completing their studies in Canada, international students apply to the immigration department for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).

    Even at that point, the immigration department didn’t point out any inconsistencies and issued them work permit to legally work in Canada.

    Most of these students are receiving removal orders after 3-4 years of coming to Canada at the time they applied for permanent residency (PR) under one or another program.

    What is a removal order in these cases?

    The common word used by most people is “deportation.” Deportation is the permanent ban from returning to Canada and people cannot return unless they apply for an  Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC).

    However, most of these international students are facing an “exclusion order” because of “misrepresentation.” This means that they are removed from Canada for 5 years.

    Misrepresentation is defined as intentional or unintentional misrepresentation or withholding substantial information on a relevant topic that causes or may cause an error in decision making.

    International students now have the option to appeal their removal orders and the court will decide their fate.

    Click here to know the basis of the Federal court’s decision in the Karamjeet Kaur Canada removal order case.

  • Know How Job Offers Without LMIA Work For Express Entry

    While most employers need a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to support your job offer for Express Entry, some jobs are LMIA-exempt. 

    However, LMIA-exempt job offers may not be as common as they have specific conditions and requirements.

    Getting an LMIA-exempt job offer depends on the type of work you do and your employer. 

    Learn below when your employer does not require an LMIA and about the jobs that are LMIA-exempt. 

    Situations when your employer does not need an LMIA 

    If you meet the following requirements, your employer does not need an LMIA to support your job offer: 

    1. You must have worked for an employer mentioned on your work permit for at least one year or have accumulated equivalent part-time experience.
    2. Have a valid job offer, and 
    3. A valid work permit which is exempt from an LMIA under: 
      • International agreement
      • Federal-provincial agreement
      • “Canadian interests” category

    If you meet the above requirements, you may be exempt from needing an LMIA under the below categories. 

    LMIA-Exempt Jobs 

    You may be excluded from needing an LMIA for Express Entry if your current temporary work is LMIA-exempt, mentions a specific employer or employers (for skilled trade jobs, up to two employers can make a job offer), and is:

    1.  Part of an international agreement, such as CUSMA or GATS, and non-trade agreements. It can include professionals, traders and investors.
    2. It is an agreement between Canada and a province or territory, including “significant investment” projects.
    3. Exempt for “Canadian interests” for the following reasons:
      • Providing “significant benefit“-if your employer can demonstrate that you will provide significant social, cultural, and economic benefit to Canada. This could include:
        • General: such as self-employed engineers, technical workers, creative and performing artists, etc
        • Workers transferred within a company, such as intra-company transferees with specialized knowledge – only those whose talents and experience will help Canada.
        • Workers who are under Mobilité francophone
      • Having Reciprocal employment- it allows foreign workers to get jobs in Canada while Canadians have similar opportunities in other countries
        • The general category includes professional coaches and athletes working for Canadian teams. 
        • International Experience Canada – it is a work-abroad program for young professionals
        • Individuals part of exchange programs such as visiting lecturers and professors 
      • Minister designated 
        • These include academic researchers, guest lecturers and visiting professors sponsored by a recognized federal program. 
        • Competitiveness and public policy 
          • fellows and medical residents 
          • Post-doctoral fellows and those who won academic awards from Canadian schools
        • Religious and charity workers, excluding volunteers 

    It is important to note that even though these jobs are exempt from LMIA, you still need a valid work permit. In addition, you must also meet the initial requirements that exempt employers from getting you an LMIA

    Source: IRCC

  • IEC 2023 Rounds Of Invitations Sent >2,076 New Invites

    IEC 2023 New Rounds Of Invitations: More than 2,076 invites are sent out for the week ending March 3, 2023, in the 8th International Experience Canada (IEC) 2023 draw.

    In the IEC Working Holiday category, more than 1,906 invitations were sent to the candidates from more than 30 nations.

    It is important to note that the IEC Working Holiday Quota for Korea has been raised by 2,500 to a total of 6,500, and for the United Kingdom it has been raised by 2,000 to a total of 10,000 on February 24, 2023.

    There are 2,400 applications vying for 35,029 available slots in the Working Holiday pool from the nations with the high chances of getting an invitation in next week’s round.

    The Young Professional category received only 17 invitations and all of them went to France under general category and through Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE).

    Furthermore, the International Co-op (internship) category received around 153 invitations. Out of these, 147 went to French citizens.

    There are 90,000 quota in total allocated for IEC 2023 this year, and more than 55,000 invites have already been sent so far.

    The current IEC season has a processing period of just two weeks, according to the most recent IRCC processing report on February 28.

    Countries with a good probability of receiving an invitation next week are shown in the table below. Additionally, the table also lists the number of invitations sent out this week, candidates in pool, and available spots.

    Working Holiday Category – IEC 2023

    CountryInvitations Issued This WeekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Czech Republic3857328628
    Hong Kong10222595
    Korea Republic937,0929032,126
    New Zealand731,079571,707
    San Marino04022
    United Kingdom3755,2672896,769

    Young Professionals – IEC 2023

    CountryInvitations Issued This WeekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Costa Rica012066
    Czech Republic0112577
    France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE)1216638396
    Spain via ICEX VivesNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable50

    International Co-op (Internship)

    CountryInvitations issued this weekTotal Invitations issued in 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots