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Here Is Full List Of Facilitated LMIA Occupations In Quebec

Quebec released new list of facilitated LMIA occupations. These are high demand occupations in the Canadian province of Quebec. It’s not mandatory for employers to prove that they have advertised or made a genuine effort prior to hiring a temporary foreign worker.

Ministry has now added 47 more occupations to this list, so total number of occupations increased from 181 to 228. In short these are in-demand occupations in Quebec. This list will be applicable from 2022-23. Below is the list of 228 occupations:

Quebec Employers Can Now Hire More Temporary Foreign Workers

0112Human resources managers
0113Purchasing managers
0121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0122Banking, credit and other investment managers
0124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0131Managers of telecommunications companies
0211Engineering services managers
0213IT systems managers *
0311Health care managers
0421Administrators —- post-secondary education and vocational training (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another government department or agency)
0423Managers of social and community services (only this designation)
0513Directors of sports, recreation and fitness programs and services
0601Corporate sales managers
0631Restaurant and food service managers
0632Accommodation services managers
0711Construction managers
0712Home construction and renovation managers
0731Transportation managers
0811Natural resources and fishing managers
0821Agricultural managers
0822Horticulture managers
0911Manufacturing managers
0912Utilities managers
1111Financial auditors and accountants
1112Financial analysts/Financial analysts and Investment analysts
1113Securities agents, Investment agents and Traders
1114Financial planners and Financial advisors (this designation only)
1121Administrative officers
1122Business management consulting professionals
1123Professionals in advertising, marketing and public relations
1211Supervisors of office clerks and administrative support staff
1214Postal and courier service supervisors
1215Supervisors of supply chain coordination, tracking and scheduling staff
1221Executive assistants
1222Executive assistants
1223Human resources and Recruitment officers
1224Property management officers
1225Purchasing agents
1226Conference and event planners
1241Administrative assistants
1243Medical administrative assistants
1252Health information management professionals
1253Records management technicians
1254Statistical officers and related research support occupations
1311Accounting technicians and Bookkeepers
1312Adjusters and Claims writers
2113Geoscientists and Oceanographers
2121Biologists and related scientific personnel
2122Forest science professionals
2123Agronomists, Advisors and Agricultural specialists
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and Electronics engineers
2134Chemical engineers
2141Industrial and Manufacturing engineers
2142Metallurgical and Materials engineers
2143Mining engineers
2144Geological engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) *
2152Landscape architects
2153Urban and land use planners
2154Land surveyors
2161Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries *
2171IT analysts and consultants *
2172Database analysts and data administrators *
2173Software engineers and designers *
2174Programmers and Interactive Media Developers *
2175Web designers and developers *
2211Chemical technologists and technicians
2212Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians
2221Biological Technologists and Technicians
2223Forest science technologists and technicians
2225Landscaping and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2234Construction estimators
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Commercial Goods)
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2244Avionics and aircraft electrical instrumentation and equipment mechanics, technicians and inspectors
2252Industrial designers
2253Drafting Technologists and Technicians
2254Survey Technologists and Technicians
2255Technical staff in geomatics and meteorology
2261Auditors and testers of non-destructive testing
2263Public health, environmental and occupational health and safety inspectors
2264Construction inspectors
2273Deck officers, water transport
2275Rail Traffic Controllers and Marine Traffic Regulators
2281Computer Network Technicians *
2282User Support Agents
2283Computer Systems Evaluators and Video Game Testers*
3011Nursing coordinators and supervisors
3012Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses
3111Specialist doctors
3112General Practitioners and Family Medicine Physicians
3124Allied Practitioners in Primary Health Care
3132Dietitians and nutritionists
3141Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
3143Occupational therapists
3211Medical Laboratory Technologists
3212Medical Laboratory Technicians and Pathologists’ Assistants
3213Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians
3214Respiratory therapists, cardiovascular perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215Medical radiation technologists
3219Pharmacy technical assistants (only this designation)
3222Dental hygienists and therapists
3223Dental technologists and technicians and dental laboratory assistants
3231Dispensing opticians
3233Practical nurses
3234Ambulance and paramedics
4011University professors and lecturers
4012Teaching and research assistants at the post-secondary level (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education or another ministry or an agency mandated by the State )
4021Teachers at the college level and other vocational training instructors (only for educational institutions designated by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another government department or agency)
4031Teachers at secondary level (only for educational establishments designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or agency mandated by the State)
4032Teachers at primary and preschool levels (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or state mandated body)
4033School information counselors
4112Lawyers (everywhere in Canada) and notaries (in Quebec)
4152Social workers
4153Marriage therapists, family therapists and psychoeducators (only this designation)
4161Researchers, consultants and program officers, natural and applied sciences
4162Economists, Researchers and Economic Policy Analysts
4163Economic Development Officers, Marketing Researchers and Consultants
4164Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4165Health Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4166Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4167Sports, Recreation and Fitness Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4168Government Specific Program Officers
4212Social and community service workers
4214Educators with a college or university degree in early childhood education or child development and early childhood educator assistants with a high school diploma (including the authorized employer to be hired is an educational establishment designated and recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation and the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur or another government department or agency, or a childcare service recognized by the Ministère de la Family)
4215Instructors for Persons with Disabilities
5122Editors, Editors and News Editors
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5131Producers, directors/directors, choreographers and the designation technical, creative and artistic directors/technical, creative and artistic directors and project managers – visual effects, digital animation and video games *
5211Technicians in libraries and public archives
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5241Graphic designers and illustrators and the designation animators, designers and animation technicians in the field of 2D and 3D digital media*
5242Sales Supervisors – Retail Interior Designers and Decorators
5254Sports, Recreation and Fitness Program Leaders and Leaders
6221Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale
6231Insurance agents and brokers
6311Food service supervisors
6314Information and customer service supervisors
6322Qualified or experienced cooks/qualified or experienced cooks (only this designation)
6331Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – wholesale and retail trade
6342Tailors, seamstresses, furriers and milliners
7201Foremen/women, machinists and metal forming, profiling and erection trades (this designation only)
7202Supervisors, Electrical and Telecommunications (only this title)
7204Foremen/women in carpentry (only this designation)
7205Foremen/women, other trades in construction and repair and installation services (only this title)
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232Tool and die makers
7233Sheet metal workers
7237Welders and operators of welding and brazing machines
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system electricians)
7242Industrial electricians
7243Power system electricians
7244Line and cable workers
7246Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers
7252Pipefitters, steamfitters and sprinkler fitters
7282Concrete finishers
7284Plasterers , installers and finishers of interior systems and lathers
7291Roofers and shinglers
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295Interior covering installers
7301Foremen/women in mechanics (only this designation)
7302Foremen/women of heavy equipment operator crews (only this designation)
7303Supervisors, printing and related occupations
7311Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics
7312Heavy equipment mechanics
7313Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314Railway car repairers
7315Aircraft mechanics and inspectors
7316Machine fitters
7318Elevator constructors and mechanics
7321Motor vehicle, truck and bus mechanics and repairers
7322Dent repairers and body repairers
7332Appliance repairers and maintainers
7333Electrical mechanics
7361Locomotive and yard engineers
7371Crane operators
7372Drillers and blasters in surface mines, quarries and construction sites
7381Printing press operators
8211Forestry Supervisors
8241Tree felling machine operators
8252Supervisors of farms and specialized laborers in animal husbandry (only this designation)
8255Landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture supervisors (this designation only)
9212Supervisors, petroleum refining, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213Supervisors, food and beverage processing
9214Supervisors, rubber and plastic products manufacturing
9215Supervisors, Forest Products Processing
9217Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing and processing
9224Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
9232Central control room and industrial process operators, petroleum refining and gas and chemical processing
9235Pulp and paper pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9241Power Plant Mechanics and Power System Operators
9243Water and waste treatment plant operators
Quebec Facilitated LMIA Occupations For 2022-23
  • 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

  • New Targeted Express Entry Draws: List Of Eligible NOC Codes

    Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced full list of occupations eligible for new targeted Express Entry draws for 2023.

    To be eligible for one of the targeted Express Entry draws, candidates must have at least 6 months of continuous work experience (in Canada or abroad) during the last 3 years, in any of the occupation listed below.

    These targeted occupations are much in line with expectations posted by INC – Immigration News Canada.

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

    No, you must have at least one year (30 x 52 weeks = 1560 hours) of work experience in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 occupations to be eligible for any Express Entry program.

    If you worked in any of the 82 targeted occupations for at least 6 months in the last three years, then you would qualify to be considered in one of the targeted Express Entry round of invitations.

    Healthcare Occupations

    Occupation2021 NOC code
    Audiologists and speech language pathologists31112
    Dieticians and nutritionists31121
    Education counsellors41320
    General practitioners and family physicians31102
    Instructors of persons with disabilities42203
    Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment31204
    Licensed practical nurses32101
    Massage therapists32201
    Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations33101
    Medical laboratory technologists32120
    Medical radiation technologists32121
    Medical sonographers32122
    Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates33102
    Nurse practitioners31302
    Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors31300
    Occupational therapists31203
    Other assisting occupations in support of health services33109
    Other practitioners of natural healing32209
    Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating31209
    Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment32109
    Paramedical occupations32102
    Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants33103
    Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals31303
    Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses31301
    Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists32103
    Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine31100
    Specialists in surgery31101
    Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies41301
    Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists32200
    Healthcare occupations

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations

    Occupation2021 NOC Code
    Architecture and science managers20011
    Business systems specialists21221
    Civil Engineers21300
    Computer and information systems managers20012
    Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)21311
    Computer systems developers and programmers21230
    Cybersecurity specialists21220
    Data scientists21211
    Database analysts and data administrators21223
    Electrical and electronics engineers21310
    Engineering managers20010
    Industrial and manufacturing engineers21321
    Information systems specialists21222
    Land surveyors21203
    Landscape Architects21201
    Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries21210
    Metallurgical and materials engineers21322
    Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers41400
    Software developers and programmers21232
    Software engineers and designers21231
    Urban and land use planners21202
    Web designers21233
    Web developers and programmers21234
    STEM Occupations List

    Trade occupations

    Occupation2021 NOC code
    Residential and commercial installers and servicers73200
    Elevator constructors and mechanics72406
    Machine fitters72405
    Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics72402
    Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics72400
    Electricians (except industrial and power system)72200
    Welders and related machine operators72106
    Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers72014
    Trade occupations

    Transport occupations

    Occupation2021 NOC code
    Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors93200
    Transport truck drivers73300
    Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators72604
    Engineer officers, water transport72603
    Deck officers, water transport72602
    Air traffic controllers and related occupations72601
    Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors72600
    Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors72404
    Railway carmen/women72403
    Managers in transportation70020
    Transport occupations

    Agriculture and agri-food occupations

    Occupations2021 NOC Code
    Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services82031
    Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors82030
    Butchers- retail and wholesale63201
    Agriculture and agri-food occupations

    How would CRS score be affected by targeted Express Entry draws?

    It is expected that CRS cutoff score will drop for the Express Entry profiles having experience in one of the targeted occupations/NOC codes.

    However, CRS cutoff score will increase for profiles not included in targeted occupations/NOC codes.

    Canada Immigration News - Express Entry Draw
  • 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 Monday, 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 today on June 2, 2023.

    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.

  • 13,500 New Canadian Citizens Took Oath In Citizenship Week

    Canada welcomed over 13,500 new Canadian citizens during the citizenship week of 2023 in 105 citizenship ceremonies.

    To put in perspective, this was almost double the annual average for the number of new Canadians welcomed each week.

    Most of the Canada aspirants entering as international students, foreign workers, or permanent residents eagerly wait for the day to be entitled as Canadian citizen.

    Around 84,720 immigrants became new Canadian citizens from 212 different countries in the first three months of 2023, according to the most recent numbers released by IRCC in May 2023

    Country of BirthNumber of New Canadian Citizens
    Q1 2023 (January – March)
    People’s Republic of China2,572
    United States of America2,043
    United Kingdom and Colonies1,521
    Click here for full list of country-wise new Canadian citizens

    In 2022, Canada welcomed a record-breaking amount of 373,000 new citizens into the country.

    At ceremonies in Halifax and Vancouver, Minister Fraser greeted new citizens and spoke about Canada’s history of helping those in need and the obligations that come with becoming a Canadian.

    Beating pre-COVID levels, approximately 30,000 persons a month took the Oath of Citizenship between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.

    Since the new online testing platform went live on November 26, 2020, almost 546,000 individuals have used it to take their citizenship exams as of March 31, 2023.

    IRCC is now able to send over 5,000 invitations for test takers every week.

    Canada Welcomes 13,500 New Canadians In Citizenship Week

    Canada has established a record goal of welcome approximately 1.5 million new permanent residents by 2025.

    New Oath of Citizenship Introduced In 2023

    The new Canadian citizenship oath now vows to His Majesty, King Charles III, who is now Canada’s third monarch.

    Additionally, the oath has been updated to incorporate acknowledgement and affirmation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples’ Aboriginal and treaty rights.

    What Canadian Citizenship eligibility?

    You need to be a permanent resident who has resided in Canada for at least 3 out of the past 5 years (1,095 days) and has filed your taxes, in order to be eligible to apply for citizenship in Canada.

    In addition, you need to meet the language requirements for the citizenship test, if your age is less than 54.

    How much is processing time for Canadian citizenship?

    IRCC is currently taking an average of 21 months to process most (80%) of the citizenship applications in last 6 months, as per latest official update.

    How much is fee for Canadian citizenship?

    $630 is the Canadian citizenship application fee for an adult (18 or older) and $100 for minor (under 18).

  • Best Universities in Canada for International Students 2023

    Are you a foreign student thinking about attending one of the best universities in Canada? Stop right there! Canada is noted for its great education, welcoming culture, and diverse people.

    In this piece, we’ll take a look at the best universities in Canada for international students in 2023.

    How Were These Universities Selected

    When choosing which universities are best for international students, you should look at a number of factors.

    We selected these best universities in Canada based on academic offerings, campus facilities, student support services, overseas reputation, and student contentment.

    University of Toronto

    The University of Toronto is widely regarded as one of the top universities in the world and is definitely one of the best universities in Canada, offering a wide range of programs and research opportunities.

    With three campuses and a diverse student population, the university fosters a rich intellectual and cultural environment.

    From humanities to sciences, engineering to business, the University of Toronto delivers world-class education that prepares students for success in their chosen fields.

    University of British Columbia

    The University of British Columbia (UBC), a Vancouver institution, ranked among top universities of the world is renowned for its beautiful campuses and active student community.

    Innovation, sustainability, and interaction with the world are prioritized at UBC.

    Students have the chance to explore their interests and participate in cutting-edge research thanks to a wide range of academic programs.

    International students can flourish intellectually and personally at UBC in a stimulating atmosphere.

    But if you’re an international student who is so engrossed in university life and all the opportunities for growth that you don’t have time for daily tasks, don’t worry.

    Today, there is an option to get help to write an essay from professionals, which will increase the academic performance of any student.

    Such services allow you to devote time to more exciting tasks and self-development.

    University of Waterloo

    The University of Waterloo stands out for its cooperative education (co-op) programs, which integrate classroom learning with work experience.

    As a leader in innovation and technology, Waterloo prepares students for the rapidly evolving job market.

    The university’s strong connections with industry and focus on entrepreneurship create a dynamic environment for international students to develop their skills and launch successful careers.

    McGill University

    Located in Montreal, Quebec, McGill University is renowned for its bilingual environment and cultural diversity.

    As one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious institutions, McGill offers a wide range of academic programs across various disciplines.

    The university’s research-intensive environment and commitment to experiential learning provide students with valuable hands-on experiences and opportunities to make a difference in the world.

    University of Alberta

    With a strong reputation for academic excellence, the University of Alberta offers a diverse range of programs and research opportunities.

    Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the university prides itself on its vibrant campus life and commitment to student success.

    International students at the University of Alberta benefit from a supportive community, numerous scholarships, and global collaborations that enhance their educational experience.

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    University of Calgary

    Located in the vibrant city of Calgary, the University of Calgary offers comprehensive programs and a strong focus on research.

    With an interdisciplinary approach, students have the flexibility to explore multiple fields of study and pursue their passions.

    The university’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains also provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, making it an attractive choice for international students seeking both academic and adventure experiences.

    Queen’s University

    Queen’s University, one of Canada’s oldest universities, has a rich history. Queen’s small class numbers and strong community foster important student-professor relationships.

    International students get a well-rounded education via the university’s extracurriculars and student participation.

    McMaster University

    McMaster University stands out for its problem-based learning approach, which encourages critical thinking and collaboration.

    The university’s renowned health sciences programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and research opportunities make it an excellent choice for students pursuing careers in healthcare.

    McMaster’s commitment to community engagement and extracurricular activities ensures a well-rounded education for international students.

    University of Ottawa

    The University of Ottawa, sometimes known as uOttawa or the U of O, is a multilingual public research university located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    The main campus is located in the Sandy Hill district, 42.5 hectares (105 acres) northeast of Downtown Ottawa, across the Rideau Canal.

    The University of Ottawa has appeared in several university rankings. The university was ranked 201-300 in the world and 9-12 in Canada in the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

    Western University

    Western University in London, Ontario, has strong liberal arts programs and collaborative research.

    Small classes, individualized education, and substantial support services demonstrate the university’s dedication to student achievement.

    Western University’s close-knit community helps international students improve personally and academically.


    Choosing the right  university is a crucial step in your educational journey as an international student.

    Canada has many top-tier universities with dynamic campus life and many professional possibilities.

    Canada features huge research universities and smaller community-focused universities.

    Are these universities listed in any particular order?

    The  universities listed in this article are not ranked in any particular order. International students can choose a school based on their academic interests and preferences.

    How can international students apply to these  universities?

    Canadian Universities accept applications from international stduetns through their websites or admissions portals.

    Application requires academic records, language proficiency test scores, recommendations, as well as personal statement.

    It’s essential to check each universities’ specific admission requirements and deadlines.

    What scholarships are available for international students?

    Many Canadian  universities offer scholarships and financial aid packages for international students.

    These scholarships can be merit-based, need-based, or specific to certain fields of study.

    Visit the universities’ websites to learn about scholarships and the application procedure.

    Are there English language requirements for admission?

    IELTS is the most common English language test required by most Canadian universities for international students and the requirements vary depending upon the level of courses and individual universities.

    Check each university’s minimum language score for admission.

    Can international students work part-time while studying in Canada?

    Yes, international students in Canada are generally allowed to work part-time (20 hours per week) during their studies and full-time (40 hours) during the breaks.

    However, there are certain restrictions and guidelines imposed by the Canadian government. It’s advisable to familiarize yourself with the regulations and seek guidance from the college’s international student office or the appropriate immigration authorities.

  • Canadian Citizenship: Know About 7 Key Benefits For Citizens

    Getting Canadian citizenship is a significant milestone that offers a multitude of advantages, transforming your status from a permanent resident to a fully recognized member of the Canadian community.

    In this comprehensive article, we will explore the 7 most compelling benefits of obtaining Canadian citizenship.

    From the freedom from status renewal to expanded job opportunities, active political participation, global mobility, and the ease of raising Canadian citizen children, Canadian citizenship opens up a world of possibilities and rewards.

    So, let’s take a closer look at why trading your permanent residence for Canadian citizenship can bring incredible rewards and opportunities for you and your family.

    No More Status Renewal: Freedom and Peace of Mind

    One of the immediate benefits of Canadian citizenship is the freedom from the ongoing process of renewing your permanent resident card every five years.

    As a citizen, you receive a citizenship certificate that is valid indefinitely, eliminating the need for status renewal.

    This provides you with peace of mind and stability, allowing you to focus on building your life and contributing to Canadian society without any interruptions or concerns about maintaining your status.

    Access to Expanded Job Opportunities

    Canadian citizens enjoy access to a wider range of job opportunities that are exclusive to citizens.

    Certain government positions and jobs requiring high-level security clearances are reserved for Canadian citizens.

    These roles often come with attractive compensation packages, comprehensive benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

    By becoming a citizen, you unlock doors to new professional avenues, ensuring that your skills and qualifications are recognized to their fullest extent, opening up a wealth of possibilities for personal and financial growth.

    Enhanced Protection and Stability

    While permanent residents may face the risk of deportation, Canadian citizens benefit from enhanced protection and stability.

    Citizenship can only be revoked under limited circumstances, such as acquiring it through fraudulent means or engaging in serious criminal activities.

    This assurance provides you and your family with a sense of security, knowing that your status in Canada is more solidified and less susceptible to sudden changes.

    It offers stability in your personal and professional life, allowing you to plan for the future with confidence and peace of mind.

    Voting and Political Engagement

    Canadian citizenship grants you the invaluable right to vote in federal, provincial, and municipal elections.

    By exercising your right to vote, you actively participate in shaping the democratic process and influencing decisions that impact your community, province, and the entire nation.

    Your vote is a powerful tool for expressing your voice and making a difference in the policies and direction of the country.

    Additionally, citizenship opens doors for you to engage further in politics by running for office or joining political parties.

    This level of political participation allows you to advocate for causes that are close to your heart, contribute to the development of Canadian society, and actively shape the future of the nation.

    Global Mobility with a Canadian Passport

    Obtaining Canadian citizenship grants you access to a powerful tool for global mobility—the Canadian passport.

    Renowned for its high ranking in terms of visa-free travel, the Canadian passport provides you with the freedom to explore numerous countries around the world without the need for a visa.

    This significantly simplifies travel arrangements and reduces the bureaucratic hurdles that often come with holding a permanent resident status.

    Moreover, possessing a Canadian passport facilitates re-entry into Canada, ensuring smoother travel experiences and reducing potential complications that may arise with permanent resident travel documents.

    It offers you the flexibility to travel for business or pleasure, explore new cultures, and build international connections with ease.

    Canadian Citizenship for Your Children

    One of the most significant benefits of Canadian citizenship is the automatic citizenship it bestows upon your children, regardless of their place of birth.

    Whether your children are born in Canada or abroad, they inherit your Canadian citizenship, providing them with a range of opportunities and benefits.

    This eliminates the need for sponsorship or additional application processes, simplifying their journey toward establishing a secure and prosperous future.

    Canadian citizenship for your children ensures that they grow up with a strong sense of belonging and identity in Canadian society, with access to quality education, healthcare, and a myriad of opportunities to thrive and succeed.

    Freedom to Live Anywhere

    Canadian citizenship offers you the freedom to live anywhere in the world without compromising your citizenship status.

    Unlike permanent residency, which imposes strict residency requirements, Canadian citizens enjoy the flexibility to settle in Canada or explore different countries and cultures while maintaining their citizenship rights.

    This global mobility allows you to pursue international career opportunities, experience new environments, and enrich your life through diverse life experiences and perspectives.

    It’s important to note that living abroad for an extended period may result in the loss of voting rights in federal elections; however, your Canadian citizenship remains intact, providing you with a sense of belonging and a home to return to whenever you choose.


    Becoming a Canadian citizen unlocks a multitude of benefits that enrich both your personal and professional life.

    From the freedom from status renewal to accessing a broader range of job opportunities, active political engagement, global mobility with a Canadian passport, automatic Canadian citizenship for your children, and the freedom to live anywhere in the world, Canadian citizenship opens doors to new horizons and endless possibilities.

    Embrace the opportunities and responsibilities that come with this esteemed status, contribute to the diverse and vibrant fabric of Canadian society, and embark on a journey of growth, fulfillment, and belonging.

    How does Canadian citizenship differ from permanent residency?

    Canadian citizenship offers several advantages over permanent residency. It eliminates the need for status renewal, provides access to a wider range of job opportunities, allows for active political participation, grants global mobility with a Canadian passport, ensures automatic citizenship for children, and offers the freedom to live anywhere in the world.

    Can permanent residents vote in Canadian elections?

    No, only Canadian citizens have the right to vote in federal, provincial, and municipal elections.

    Voting is an essential aspect of active citizenship and allows citizens to participate in shaping the country’s policies and direction.

    Does Canadian citizenship provide benefits for children?

    Yes, Canadian citizenship bestows automatic citizenship on children, regardless of their place of birth. This ensures that they have access to the benefits and opportunities that come with Canadian citizenship, including quality education, healthcare, and a sense of belonging in Canadian society.

    Can Canadian citizens live and work outside of Canada?

    Yes, Canadian citizens have the freedom to live and work anywhere in the world without losing their citizenship.

    Unlike permanent residency, which has strict residency requirements, Canadian citizenship allows individuals to explore international career opportunities, experience different cultures, and maintain their citizenship rights.

    However, living abroad for an extended period may result in the loss of voting rights in federal elections.

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  • In-Demand Jobs In British Columbia That Pay $30-$40 Per Hour

    This article enlist most in-demand jobs in British Columbia that have a pay between $30 to $40 per hour.

    Furthermore, these jobs are expected to be in more demand and pay more than others over the next 10 years, as per the government of British Columbia.

    This list of high opportunity jobs in British Columbia is based on data collected from the 7 economic regions.

    These regions include Vancouver islands/coast, Thompson-Okanagan, Northeast, North Coast and Nechako, Mainland/Southwest, Kootenay, and Cariboo.

    Selection Criteria for these in-demand jobs in British Columbia

    These in-demand jobs in British Columbia are based on the below listed 4 selection criteria:

    • The number of available job vacancies and the rate of employment growth.
    • Expected labour market tightness.
    • Latest unemployment and unemployment insurance figures.
    • Current prevailing wage rates.

    Full List of In-Demand Jobs In British Columbia | Pay $30-40

    OccupationMedian Hourly WageJob Openings 2022-2032Education Requirements
    Massage Therapists (NOC 3236)$30.002,377Diploma/Certificate
    Architectural Technologists And Technicians (NOC 2251)$30.07747Diploma/Certificate
    Authors And Writers (NOC 5121)$30.102,188Degree
    Employment Insurance, Immigration, Border Services And Revenue Officers (NOC 1228)$30.511,564Degree
    Purchasing Agents And Officers (NOC 1225)$30.772,511Degree
    Executive Assistants (NOC 1222)$30.772,430Degree
    Family, Marriage And Other Related Counsellors (NOC 4153)$31.202,503Degree
    User Support Technicians (NOC 2282)$31.258,313Diploma/Certificate
    Corporate Sales Managers (NOC 0601)$31.252,130Degree
    Producers, Directors, Choreographers And Related Occupations (NOC 5131)$32.002,644Degree
    Health Information Management Occupations (NOC 1252)$32.04345Diploma/Certificate
    Landscape Architects (NOC 2152)$32.19213Degree
    Web Designers And Developers (NOC 2175)$32.214,637Degree
    Information Systems Testing Technicians (NOC 2283)$32.69868Degree
    Facility Operation And Maintenance Managers (NOC 0714)$33.085,386Diploma/Certificate
    Other Financial Officers (NOC 1114)$33.335,649Degree
    Business Development Officers And Marketing Researchers And Consultants (NOC 4163)$33.334,337Degree
    Supervisors, Finance And Insurance Office Workers (NOC 1212)$33.651,282Degree
    Managers – Publishing, Motion Pictures, Broadcasting And Performing Arts (NOC 0512)$33.68949Degree
    Health Policy Researchers, Consultants And Program Officers (NOC 4165)$34.131,814Degree
    Managers In Social, Community And Correctional Services (NOC 0423)$34.622,753Degree
    Painters, Sculptors And Other Visual Artists (NOC 5136)$34.932,050Degree
    Contractors And Supervisors, Heavy Equipment Operator Crews (NOC 7302)$35.002,974Apprenticeship Certificate
    Medical Laboratory Technologists (NOC 3211)$35.001,598Diploma/Certificate
    Social Policy Researchers, Consultants And Program Officers (NOC 4164)$35.031,828Degree
    Dietitians And Nutritionists (NOC 3132)$35.27894Degree
    Architects (NOC 2151)$36.061,657Degree
    Financial And Investment Analysts (NOC 1112)$36.061,535Degree
    Senior Managers – Trade, Broadcasting And Other Services, N.e.c. (NOC 0015)$36.154,074Degree
    Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists And Cardiopulmonary Technologists (NOC 3214)$36.24682Diploma/Certificate
    Insurance Adjusters And Claims Examiners (NOC 1312)$36.411,602Diploma/Certificate
    Medical Sonographers (NOC 3216)$36.71354Degree
    Information Systems Analysts And Consultants (NOC 2171)$37.0013,675Degree
    Human Resources Professionals (NOC 1121)$37.003,359Degree
    Social Workers (NOC 4152)$37.003,039Degree
    Mechanical Engineers (NOC 2132)$37.502,317Degree
    Database Analysts And Data Administrators (NOC 2172)$37.501,565Degree
    Deck Officers, Water Transport (NOC 2273)$37.69745Diploma/Certificate
    Professional Occupations In Business Management Consulting (NOC 1122)$37.974,909Degree
    Medical Radiation Technologists (NOC 3215)$38.501,228Diploma/Certificate
    Advertising, Marketing And Public Relations Managers (NOC 0124)$39.324,513Degree
    Urban And Land Use Planners (NOC 2153)$39.56686Degree
    Contractors And Supervisors, Mechanic Trades (NOC 7301)$39.651,220Apprenticeship Certificate
    In-Demand Jobs In British Columbia

    How is the job market is BC (British Columbia)?

    B.C. will have 1,017,000 job opportunities between 2022 and 2032 according to the 2022 BC Labour Market Outlook.

    Every year, job vacancies will account for around 3.5% of total employment.

    Employers will need to replace retiring workers as the population and labour force continue to age. There will be around 636,000 employment opportunities for replacement.

    The remaining 381,000 job opportunities are due to expansion. These will be new employment produced as a result of economic expansion.

    What is minimum wage in British Columbia?

    $16.75 per hour is the new minimum wage in British Columbia effective June 1, 2023.

    Source: WorkBC Jobs

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  • IEC 2023 New Round of Invitations | May 27

    This article provides information about IEC 2023 new round of invitations which is officially updated by the IRCC every Friday.

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

    Last week, we (INC – Immigration News Canada) reported discrepancy in number of invitations for Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan. Good news, IRCC has now corrected the numbers.

    This week, around 2,500 individuals have been extended an invitation to submit an application for open work permits under the IEC Working Holiday visa category.

    Please click here for the IEC 2023 quotas for each country.

    Candidates who applied to be in the Young Professional category were extended 267 invitations, whilst candidates from major nations who applied to be in the International Co-op (internship) category were only extended 116 invitations.

    The most recent official processing time updated by the IRCC on May 26 reflects that 80% of IEC 2023 applications are being processed within a period of 7 weeks.

    The following tables provide category-wise lists of the most recent invites granted, available places, candidates already in the pool, and the likelihood of earning an invite in the following week for each nation.

    Working Holiday Category Invitations

    CountryInvitations Issued Week Ending May 26Total Invitations
    Issued In 2023
    In Pool
    Costa Rica406121,10344
    Czech Republic1883020470
    Hong Kong8308667
    Korea Republic10010,503671108
    New Zealand711,925451,149
    San Marino04022
    United Kingdom6658,9042084,879
    IEC 2023 Working Holiday Invitations

    Young Professionals Invitations

    CountryInvitations Issued Week Ending May 26Total Invitations
    Issued In 2023
    Candidates   In PoolAvailable  
    Chances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week
    Chile0391300Very low
    Costa Rica6172118Excellent
    Czech Republic6200424Excellent
    France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE)127466300Excellent
    Spain via ICEX VivesNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable46Excellent
    IEC 2023 Young Professionals invitations

    IEC 2023 International Co-op (internship) Invitations

    CountryInvitations Issued Week Ending May 26Total Invitations
    Issued In 2023
    Candidates   In PoolAvailable   SpotsChances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week
    IEC 2023 International Coop invitations

    How many invitations to apply have been issued in IEC 2023 season?

    So far 77,964 invitations to apply for open work permits have been issued under the working holiday visa category, 5,159 under Young Professionals category, and more than 3,670 under International Co-op category.

    Always remember number of invitations doesn’t mean that the same number of individuals will be admitted because some individuals may decline an invite while some of the applications may be refused by IEC 2023 for not meeting the requirements.

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  • New Open Work Permit Eligibility For Spousal & Family class Applicants

    Today, immigration minister Sean Fraser announced a new temporary public policy offering an open work permit for spousal and family class applicants.

    INC – Immigration News Canada provided live updates and extensive coverage of new announcement by immigration minister on family reunification.

    Eligibility Criteria For Open Work Permit For Spousal & Family Class Applicants

    The new public policy signed by Sean Fraser facilitates the issuance of an open work permit to foreign nationals applying under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class or the Family Class.

    This also includes family members, who have a valid temporary resident status, have maintained their status, or are eligible for and have applied to restore their status, and have the same residential address as their sponsor in Canada when they apply for an open work permit.

    You are eligible to apply for an open work permit (less than 2 years), if either 1 of the following applies to you:

    1. The foreign national is
      • a principal applicant who has submitted an application for permanent residence under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class or as a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner under the Family Class that has been accepted for processing by IRCC after meeting the requirements for a complete application.
      • the subject of a sponsorship application that was submitted by their spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
      • having the same place of residence in Canada as their sponsor at the time that the application is submitted;
      • possesses either a current and active status as a temporary resident in Canada or the ability to apply for restoration of status and has done so.


    1. The foreign national is:
      • a dependent child and has been included as an accompanying family member in the application for permanent residence
      • meet all the requirements mentioned in first part

    How To Apply

    After receiving Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) for permanent residence application under spousal or family class, eligible spouses and dependent children will need to apply online for an open work permit.

    Applicants will need to sign in to their GCKey or create a new one (if they don’t have it).

    After signing in, applicants will have to answer certain questions to get a personalized documents checklist.

    Furthermore, answer “Yes” to the following question in the work permit application form.

    open work permit

    Also select “open work permit” in the section where it asks “What type of work permit are you applying for?

    Additionally make sure that you enter below code for job title and description of duties.

    • Job Title: Enter “SCLPC – FC OWP”
    • Brief Description of duties: Enter “SCLPC – FC applicant in Canada public policy.”

    What about 18-month spousal open work permit extension?

    Please don’t confuse above information with 18-month spousal open work permit extension announced today.

    As of now our sources reveal as immigration minister said, spousal open work permit holders eligible for a 18-month extension are expected to get an automatic extension option in their online IRCC secure account.

    Furthermore, they may need to apply for an open work permit citing this new temporary public policy.

    More clarity is expected to come along as we approach June 7 implementation of new 18-month open work permit extension.

    Who is considered as dependent child for Canada family sponsorship applications?

    A dependent child for matter of Canada family sponsorship include:

    A person who is less than 22 years old and do not have a spouse or common-law partner


    A person who is older than 22 years old, but has relied significantly on the financial assistance of the parent since before the age of 22, as well as being unable to maintain oneself financially owing to a physical or mental ailment.

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  • 4 New English Tests For Canada Study Visa Under SDS

    IRCC will start accepting 4 new English tests for Canada study visa under Student Direct Stream (SDS) beginning August 10, 2023.

    Previously, only IELTS general or academic were acceptable English proficiency test for Canada study visa under SDS.

    Remember, in-person testing is required for all the tests. SDS candidates cannot take remote-proctored examinations online.

    Resident of 14 countries are eligible for faster processing under the Student Direct Stream (SDS) study permit.

    CELPIP General

    CELPIP general exams must meet the Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 in each of the 4 modules of this test.

    CELPIP score ranges from 0-12 and 7 bands each in listening, reading, speaking, and writing will be acceptable for SDS.

    Cost of CELPIP general is $280 + taxes.

    Best thing about CELPIP General, it is also acceptable for permanent residency program such as Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

    So an international student with CELPIP general having a study permit will be again able to use the same test for their permanent residency.


    The Canadian Academic English Language exam is a Canadian English proficiency test. Cost of CAEL is same as CELPIP at $280 + taxes. 

    The CAEL score runs from 10 to 90. A score of 60 will be acceptable for Canada study visa under SDS.

    It is offered at over 40 CAEL test locations in Canada, the United States, India, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, and China.

    CAEL takes roughly three and a half hours to complete in order to evaluate the four domains of language competency.

    Pearson PTE Academic

    In a two-hour exam, PTE Academic assesses the four components of English language ability.

    Cost of PTE Academic is $330 plus taxes.

    Your performance in writing, speaking, listening, and reading is scored between 10 and 90. A score of 60 will be acceptable to apply for study visa under SDS.

    Speaking and writing are combined, with reading and listening as independent components.

    TOEFL iBT Test

    For Canada study visa under SDS a score of 83 or above will be required in ETS TOEFL iBT Test.

    Each of the four iBT parts is worth 30 points, ranging from 0 to 120. Total duration of the exam is three hours.

    This test is priced at $240 USD which will be equivalent to $330 CAD or may cost more due to forex exchange.

    4 New English Tests Approved For Canada Study Visa Via SDS

    Good thing to see in this test is, will IRCC accept overall total score? if yes, then this will be best option for someone who is just losing 0.5-2 bands in one of the IELTS module, but able to score more in rest of the modules.

    How many countries are eligible for Canada Study Permit under SDS (Student Direct Stream)?

    14 countries are eligible for Canada study permit under SDS as listed below:

    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

    What are the requirements for Canada Study Visa under SDS (Student Direct Stream)?

    1. A valid English or French proficiency test with CLB level 7 or higher.
    2. Letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.
    3. Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 CAD
    4. Proof of Advance payment of 1-year tuition fee to the DLI
    5. Statement of Purpose (SOP) – recommended

    IRCC aims to process all the study permit applications under SDS within 20 working days.

    How much is IRCC processing fee for Canada study visa under SDS?

    $150 IRCC processing fee for Canada study permit under SDS + $85 for biometric.

  • New Announcement For Family Reunification By IRCC Minister
    Last Updated On 22 November 2022, 12:12 PM EST (Toronto Time)

    Canadian immigration minister, Sean Fraser announces new measures to strengthen the family reunification in Canada.

    As per the official update, minister is revealing measures to fulfill the commitment of improving family reunification as per the Trudeau’s mandate letter sent in December 2021.

    You can read this article below in your own preferred language for better understanding:

    Immigration minister said that IRCC has successfully eliminated backlog of applications for TRVs of family members who already have a permanent resident application under processing.

    Immigration minister announces new approach using advanced analytics and Tech to process TRV applications of family members of permanent residents and citizens within 30 days.

    He said new approach has approved well in advance 98% of the TRV applications of spouses and their kids.

    As a result, these family members can visit Canada to meet their family while awaiting for permanent residency application decision.

    Additionally, he announced a new initiative that will issue open work permits to spousal applicants and their dependent children regardless of whether they applied under Family class as an overseas applicant or spousal/common-law partner in Canada applicant.

    Beginning June 7, 2023 open work permit holders whose current status expires between August 1, 2023 and at the end of 2023 will be able to extend their work permit for additional 18 months using free facilitative approach similar to PGWP extension.

    This includes spousal open work permit holders of international students, work permit holders, permanent residents, and Canada citizens who are awaiting for their permanent residency applications to be finalized.

    Furthermore, he said that new spousal sponsorship applications are being processed within 12 months since July 2022.

    Click here for full eligibility criteria for new open work permit for spousal and family class applicants announced today.

    What could be today’s announcement?

    IRCC official YouTube video stream has a headline of “spousal TRV.”

    Trudeau’s mandate letter clearly stated as we quote:

    “Work to promote family reunification by establishing electronic family reunification applications and developing a mechanism to grant temporary resident status to spouses and children abroad while their permanent residence application is being processed.

    So it seems that immigration minister will announce today new policy offering temporary resident visa to spouses and children of permanent residents and citizens, while they await decision on their PR applications under processing.

    What is family reunification?

    Family class sponsorship permits Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouses, common-law and conjugal partners, children, parents, and grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada.

    As per new Canada immigration levels plan 2023-2025, family class immigration is the second biggest category.

    In 2023, Canada is aiming to welcome 106,500 permanent residents under the family class category, including 78,000 spouses, partners, and children and 28,500 parents and grandparents.

    Canada hopes to welcome 118,000 new permanent residents annually through family class immigration by 2025.

    What is current processing time for spousal sponsorship?

    16 months for Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada, 14 months for
    Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada, and 25 months for Parents or Grandparents PR as per latest IRCC official update.

    Normally, IRCC has a service standard of processing 80% of the spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months.

    When will Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship 2023 open?

    Parents and grandparents sponsorship 2022 opened in October 2022, so we can expect 2023 sponsorships to open around that September-October 2023.

    Canada-Family-Sponsorship family reunification

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  • IRCC Focus Is Not To Penalize Victim Students In Fake Offer Letter Case

    Today, immigration minister Sean Fraser said IRCC is actively looking into the recent reports of fraudulent offer letter becoming basis of deportation for international students.

    INC – Immigration News Canada posted in March 2023, “Victim Of Fraud; International Students In Canada Facing Removal Orders”

    Finally today Sean Fraser inclined and acknowledged that their focus is not on penalizing “victims” rather they are working on identifying culprits.

    He via his official Twitter handle said as we quote, “Victims of fraud will have an opportunity to demonstrate their situation & present evidence to support their case.”

    This is quite a positive commentary by the Canadian immigration minister and seems to be in favour of international students facing misrepresentation charges.

    “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.

    What are these cases all about?

    This matter opened everyone’s eyes after Karamjeet Kaur Canada Immigration Case was made public. She lost her appeal with scheduled removal date of May 29, 2023.

    Karamjeet Kaur Canada - IRCC

    Affected international students have been protesting for quite a some time now in opposition to removal order issued by Canadian immigration for allegedly using fraudulent/fake offer letter to enter Canada.

    Some of the consultants in India, without the knowledge of their clients, used fake/fraudulent offer letters and get study permit for them.

    These forged documents were so perfect that not even Canadian immigration department in India were able to detect them. As a result, they issued study visa to these international students based on the fake documents.

    These students came to Canada and passed immigration check at airport, and not even CBSA officers were able to detect the fake documents. As a result, they issued them study permit.

    The consultants proactively lied to them as soon as students landed in Canada, stating that college has cancelled their admission due to consultant’s disagreement with the college.

    They further advised the international student to take admission in any other college since they have study permit.

    During this whole process, students claim that they didn’t know that their offer letter was fake and based on consultants’ advise they took admission in other colleges of Canada.

    After completing their 1-2 year of study, they got post graduation work permit (PGWP) of 1-3 years.

    Furthermore, they applied for Canadian permanent residency after gaining valuable Canadian experience of 1-3 years on PGWP.

    At this stage after 2-3 years of completing their study, the immigration department sent them removal order citing that they misrepresented by using fake/fraudulent documents.

    International students facing removal order claims that if immigration officers who are trained and skilled in detecting falsified papers in an application were not able to catch the fake documents, then how would they have identified these.

    They were, in fact, the victims of this fraudulent scheme themselves all along.

    Now that these scams came into light, new students will unquestionably verify the authenticity of all documents. However, nobody knew about these forgeries at that time.

    The vast majority of these students are being issued removal orders after having been in Canada for 3-4 years at the time that they submitted their applications for permanent residence (PR).

    What is the latest development in these cases?

    International students facing the allegations of misrepresentation are now appealing the removal orders and presenting side of the story.

    In a similar case of Amritraj Singh Batth, Canada allowed to summon his fraudulent consultant to testify.

    However, Batth’s lawyer in May 25 hearing stated that despite enlisting the assistance of the police and a detective agency in India, he was unable to serve a summons on Mishra, the education agent. This was despite the fact that he attempted to do so many times.

    Many of other students facing the removal order were also Mishra’s clients.

    “The applicant is responsible for the content of an application for which they sign. It is too easy to later claim innocence and blame a third party. The jurisprudence on this is quite clear. The intent is not a requirement under the legislation.” Nathan Reid, lawyer for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said in May 25 hearing.

    Today’s positive comments from immigration minister Sean Fraser has definitely provided some relief and a ray of hope of these international students fighting removal orders.

  • New Immigrants To Quebec Must Know French Before Arriving

    Today, the premier of Quebec Francois Legault said that they are considering raising the number of immigrants who come in the province from 50,000 to 60,000 a year.

    He previously stated that accepting more than 50,000 immigrants a year would be “suicidal” for Quebec.

    According to the Premier of the province, Francois Legault, this will be feasible following an immigration reform that was published today.

    As per this reform, the great majority of persons (around 90%) who enter the province under the economic immigration system would be required to speak French before they arrive.

    “From the moment we are able to say that the increase is only francophones, or people who can speak French, that completely changes the situation. Because there’s real openness on the part of the federal government, the increase is only people who have mastered French.” he told reporters today in Quebec City.

    Legault stated that the only way a potential increase in immigration might occur would be through an increase in the number of persons admitted into the economic immigration stream that is regulated by Quebec.

    Sixty-five percent of immigrants to Quebec enter the country through the economic stream, which is managed by the provincial government.

    The remaining immigrants enter the country through the family reunification and refugee programs, which are run by the federal government.

    According to Legault, he felt that the federal government would impose increases in those two categories if Quebec allowed more economic immigrants.

    Last year, when he called more immigration as “suicidal”, he was under the impression that the federal government would force such increases.

    He stated, “At the time, I thought that the federal government wouldn’t permit us to increase only the percentage of economic immigrants, but so far, with the discussion we’ve had with the federal government, they are more than open to accept that, so it’s changing the picture completely.”

    “I thought that the federal government wouldn’t permit us to increase only the percentage of economic immigrants because they would not permit us to increase only the percentage of economic immigrants,” he said.

    He stated that the rise is one of two options that the province is exploring, and that the second scenario would keep immigration at 50,000 individuals a year. He said that the government is considering both eventualities.

    Legault predicted that the number of immigrants will gradually climb to reach 60,000 per year by the year 2027 if the proposal to raise the barrier was approved.

    According to him, the true number of immigrants that the province welcomes might be much greater than that given figure since it does not take into account the people who arrive through a fast-track program that is reserved for graduates of colleges in Quebec.

    Nevertheless, this program — which at the moment calls for applicants to have a higher level of French than many workers who would be accepted under the province’s new plan and which is open to graduates of all Quebec post-secondary institutions — will only be available to students who have graduated from programs taught in French or who attended high school in French.

    Legault has stated that the major obligation of his position as Premier of Quebec is to preserve the French identity of the province.

    Because the number of individuals who speak French has been on the decline over the past ten, fifteen, and twenty years, it is imperative that we take action, and I believe it is essential that we make it a prerequisite for acceptance that applicants demonstrate proficiency in French.

    Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Christine Fréchette, stated that the reform, which will go ahead regardless of whether the province decides to increase its immigration threshold or not, will change the way Quebec selects immigrants, moving away from a point system that rewards, but does not require, knowledge of the French language. This change will take place regardless of whether the province decides to increase its immigration threshold or not.

    The point system will be replaced by a system that requires the fulfillment of particular requirements, such as an understanding of the French language.

    According to Fréchette, graduates of English-language programs at Quebec institutions will no longer be eligible for the fast track, which is known as the Quebec Experience Program. However, graduates of these schools who do speak French will still be able to apply as skilled employees.

    She stated, “So it’s not like the door is closed, it’s just that there’s another path that will have to be taken,” implying that the door was not actually closed.

    She stated that according to the new plan, those who wish to come to Quebec through the economic stream will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the French language.

    If this increase is implemented, the percentage of all immigrants to Quebec who are fluent in French would rise from 68 percent in 2022 to 72 percent by 2027; however, if the number of immigrants is maintained at 50,000 individuals a year, the percentage would fall to 70 percent by 2027.

    Legault has stated that he will first seek the advice of industry professionals before deciding whether or not to commit to the raise.

    The change was met with largely positive reception from business organizations, and there is optimism that the province would increase immigration numbers.

    According to the Conseil du patronat du Québec, a significant employers’ association in Quebec, the proposed change looks to strike a compromise between fostering the use of the French language and assisting businesses in the recruitment of qualified employees.

    However, opposition parties have voiced their disapproval of the change on the grounds that it does not solve the problem of temporary foreign employees.

    There are around 346,000 people in the province who are only there temporarily. This number includes foreign students, those working in temporary jobs, and asylum seekers.

    According to Monsef Derraji, who is the immigration critic for the Liberal opposition party, the government need to make French-language programs accessible to temporary employees.

    According to Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, an immigration critic for Québec Solidaire, the government needs a plan to encourage immigrants to settle outside of large cities. One way to accomplish this goal would be to provide temporary employees with a road to permanent residency.

    Quebec Wants To Expedite PR For Francophone Immigrants
    Quebec Wants To Expedite PR For Francophone Immigrants