express entry funds requirement

Here Is New Express Entry Funds Requirement W.E.F. June 9!

IRCC updated Express Entry funds requirement table that shows how much money you need to settle in Canada. Furthermore, this came into effect on June 9, 2022. Existing Express Entry profiles updated their settlement funds before June 8, 2022 to stay eligible for upcoming draws. Additionally, IRCC has mentioned that updating proof of funds did not effect original date and time of profile creation.

Proof of funds are required for Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled Trades Program. However, applicants under these categories don’t need proof of funds if they have authorization to work in Canada with a valid job offer.

How to Calculate Settlement Funds

Settlement funds for express entry depends upon the size of the applicant’s family. Size of the family must include:

  • Applicant
  • Spouse or partner of applicant
  • Dependent children and
  • Spouse’s dependent children

For calculation of settlement funds spouse or dependent children must be included even if they are permanent residents/Canadian citizen or not accompanying the applicant to Canada

New Express Entry Funds Requirement

Number of
family members
Funds required
(in Canadian dollars)
1$13,310
2$16,570
3$20,371
4$24,733
5$28,052
6$31,638
7$35,224
For each additional family member$3,586

Express Entry Funds Requirement – Effective June 9

Acceptable Proof Of Funds For Express Entry

As per IRCC website, proof of funds must be an official letters from any banks or financial institutions. And, it must be printed on the financial institution’s letterhead. It should also include

  • their contact information (address, telephone number and email address)
  • Applicants name
  • list of outstanding debts such as credit card debts and loans
  • for each current bank and investment account, the
    • account numbers
    • date each account was opened
    • current balance of each account
    • average balance for the past 6 months

Source: IRCC Website

Never Miss An Update! Get News Delivered Directly To Your Inbox

Latest Canada Immigration News & Articles

  • New Program Updates For The Canada Caregiver Pilot Programs

    On December 6, 2022, IRCC published updates for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot that come under the Canada Caregiver Program. There are a changes to the experience, language and education requirements, and updated job offer assessment and admissibility criteria. 

    Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot will start accepting application as enter the new year 2023. IRCC has a quota of accepting only 2,750 applications under each of the pilot programs.

    Program deliver updates contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders. Learn about the new program updates below. 

    Updated language requirements

    The candidate must demonstrate that they have achieved a level 5 in the Canadian Language Benchmarks or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens in either English or French for each of the four language skill areas:

    • reading
    • writing
    • speaking
    • listening

    Updated application process and who can apply 

    Under the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots, all applications for permanent residency (APR) must be filed at the Case Processing Centre in Edmonton (CPC-E) in Alberta.

    There are two caps for each pilot:

    Intake cap: In each pilot, a maximum of 2,750 applications will be accepted for intake per calendar year. It applies to all applicants, even if their applications are incomplete. 

    Processing cap: Each pilot will process a maximum of 2,750 applications per fiscal year. To be deemed complete and eligible for processing, applications must meet the conditions outlined in section 10 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) and the application kit.



    About the updated process 

    Category of gaining experience (Category A)

    You must meet the eligibility and admission standards directly if you have less than 24 months of relevant Canadian work experience. These include the following:

    Officers evaluate applications based on the criteria listed above. If the applicant is eligible and admissible, an occupation-restricted open work permit (OROWP) is issued, and the permanent residency application is placed on hold. 

    Dependents who apply for permanent residency with the principal applicant may be entitled to join the principal applicant and may be granted open work permits or study permits. 

    When applying for permanent residence through one of these pilot programs, applicants must submit an application for a work permit for themselves, as well as applications for work or study permits or applications to enter Canada as a visitor or to extend their stay as a visitor for any accompanying dependents.

    The principal applicant must obtain 24 months of valid, full-time Canadian work experience after receiving an OROWP. To remain eligible for the program, this must occur within three years of receiving their OROWP. Applicants must provide documentation of gaining this work experience within three years of receiving their OROWP.

    If the officer believes that the work experience submitted before issuing the OROWP does not match the criteria for valid work experience (e.g., inadequate time or inaccurate NOC) after the issuance of the OROWP, they may decline the application.

    Direct entry into the permanent residence category (Category B)

    A candidate with at least 24 months of qualified Canadian work experience must meet the following requirements:

    The application may be rejected if the officer determines that the provided work experience does not satisfy the requirements for acceptable work experience (e.g., the applicant does not have sufficient work experience or appropriate work experience).

    Updated completeness check upon receipt

    Applications submitted for the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilot programs must be checked for completeness following the standards and the application kit specifications in effect at the time of submission.

    If the application satisfies all requirements, the Case Processing Center does the following: 

    • Inputs application information into the Global Case Management System (GCMS)
    • reimburses the processing fee
    • provides the applicant with an acknowledgement of receipt with an E number

    If the application is incomplete, the CPC notifies the applicant and records the incident in GCMS before returning the package and fees to them. In general, there are exceptions. As for assessing applications for completeness, offices can provide assistance when necessary. It is especially true when a document is missing and a documented explanation for its absence is provided.

    Examining the application against the selection criteria

    Based on the information and documentation provided in the application, applicants are evaluated against the pass-and-fail selection criteria listed below. In addition, to get authorized, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Education -The candidate must submit proof that they have completed either of the following items:
      • A 1-year post-secondary (or higher) educational credential in Canada or 
      • a foreign educational credential equivalent to the above, as well as an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued for immigration reasons by an IRCC-designated organization
    • Official language proficiency – as explained in the first section of this article. 

    In addition, applicants must provide proof of either of the following:

    Updated admissibility requirements 

    Whether or not they are accompanying, the primary candidate and their family members must undergo security, criminal background checks, and medical exams. 

    After the application has met specific eligibility requirements and either of the following, an officer will evaluate these admissibility conditions:

    • Once all requirements, including those pertaining to work experience, have been satisfied and the candidate has demonstrated that they have at least 24 months of verifiable relevant work experience in their original application (Category B – Direct to permanent residence)
    • Before the application is granted an occupation-restricted open work permit (OROWP), if the applicant has less than 24 months of qualifying work experience (Category A – Gaining experience – stage 1)
      • Before granting permanent residence status, the officer checks that the applicant and family members, whether accompanying or not, are still allowed to Canada when the applicant presents documentation of obtaining 24 months of qualifying work experience. This may necessitate extra medical examinations (if they have not expired) and additional police checks.

    Applicants are highly advised to provide police certifications with their application. If the police certificates are not included, the processing office must seek one for the applicant’s current country of residence and one for any country where they have lived for 6 months or more since they were 18. 

    What is Canada Caregiver program?

    Families can hire foreign caregivers to look after children, seniors, or anyone with documented medical needs in their homes. However, with the ongoing labour shortage, Canada has a severe shortage of caregivers. Due to this, the government introduced the pilot caregiver program. 

    Currently, two programs under the Caregiver pilot enable Canadian citizens and permanent residents residing in Canada to employ foreign caregivers to work in their homes, Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot.

    The Home Child Care Provider Pilot focuses on those who work with young children under 18. While the Home Support Worker pilot is for those who assist the elderly, people with disabilities and recovering patients. 


  • New Announcement By IRCC Minister For Foreign Credential Recognition

    Today, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser launched a request for proposals under the Foreign Credential Recognition Program on behalf of Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion.

    Canadian government is now realizing that half of all newcomers to Canada have a bachelor’s degree or above. Despite their educational achievements, skilled newcomers in all sectors confront higher unemployment than Canadian-born citizens and are less likely to work in the regulated vocations for which they have trained.

    Numerous occupations, including physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and medical laboratory technicians, are experiencing severe shortages. According to a Statistics Canada analysis, talented entrants are underutilized in the health sector, with 47% of skilled newcomers with a health education from overseas jobless or underemployed in non-health professions requiring only a high school diploma.

    As per today’s announcement up to $90 million will be spent in projects that will assist remove obstacles that prohibit qualified and talented immigrants from getting Canadian work experience in their field of study or profession.



    According to the press release, projects must focus on at least one of the following areas to be eligible:

    • Reducing obstacles to foreign credential recognition for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) through enhancing recognition processes, streamlining credential recognition stages, and expanding access to field practise.
    • Providing IEHPs with appropriate Canadian work experience for their preferred fields of employment, while also providing wrap-around services for participants such as childcare and transportation costs, as well as mentoring and coaching.
    • Facilitating labour mobility between Canadian jurisdictions for health care professionals and IEHPs is order to minimize structural and administrative barriers for health care professionals who seek to work in another Canadian jurisdiction.

    Successful projects must involve at least one of the following acceptable activities, according to the call for proposals:

    • Development, testing, and implementation of credential recognition systems with an emphasis on reducing regulatory processes and/or harmonisation of occupational standards in order to increase international credential recognition and/or interprovincial labour mobility.
    • Wage subsidies, job placements, and mentorship are provided to IEHPs to assist them in integrating into the Canadian labour market.
    • Organizations can apply for financing through this request for ideas until January 30, 2023.
    • Successful projects will be awarded a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $10 million.

    Provincial, territorial, and local governments, regulatory agencies, professional associations, industrial associations, unions, post-secondary universities, hospitals and healthcare facilities, and not-for-profit organizations will be eligible receivers.

    Source: ESDC


  • Know 10 Myths About The Express Entry System & Their Answers

    One of the most popular programs is the Express Entry system, the primary source of economic immigration to Canada. However, several widespread myths mislead many who intend to use Express Entry

    To help you with your journey, below are 10 common myths about the Express Entry system. 

    Myth 1: You can immigrate to Canada by submitting an Express Entry profile

    Creating an Express Entry profile does not mean you will undoubtedly receive an invitation to apply and be allowed to apply for Canadian permanent residence. 

    Express Entry profiles are valid for 12 months. After that, you can renew your Express Entry profile, but if your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is too low, you might never get an invitation to apply until you increase your CRS score.

    Additionally, candidates in Express Entry are chosen based on their CRS score, not randomly. Therefore, if you are a potential candidate, you can review the prior draw results to determine whether or not your score will be competitive.



    Myth 2: Express Entry uses a lottery system

    There is no lottery component in Express Entry. Invitation rounds, or drawings as they are usually known, are not random. Express Entry draws are announced bi-weekly and conditions are specified along with minimum CRS cut off score.

    Only those with the CRS scores above the cut off gets an invitation to apply. Furthermore, invite is only sent to the eligible candidates based on conditions mentioned in that particular draw.  

    Myth 3: Any person can submit an Express Entry profile

    The most frequent misbelief regarding Express Entry is that anyone can submit a profile. However, it is untrue; only qualified individuals who meet the requirements of one of the following Express Entry programs can submit their profile:

    Completing an approved language exam and receiving an evaluation of your educational credentials do not guarantee that you meet the requirements of any of the three programs.

    Myth 4: Provincial nomination is needed for everyone who submits an Express Entry profile

    It is not necessary to submit an Express Entry profile to be nominated by a province. Candidates who receive a provincial nomination will see their CRS score increase by 600 points, but those who already have a high enough CRS score do not need a provincial nomination. 

    In addition, provincial nominations are more expensive and may take longer to process because of provincial government expenses. Additionally, those who accept a provincial nomination must show that they intend to reside and work in the province that has given them the nomination.

    Myth 5: To submit an Express Entry profile, you must have a job offer

    Not all applicants must have a job offer to qualify for Express Entry. For example, depending on the immigration category you qualify for, a job offer from a Canadian business may not be necessary. 

    For example, the minimum FSW points requirement for Federal Skilled Workers may require a legitimate employment offer for some individuals, but many applicants satisfy this requirement even without one. 

    Federal Skilled Trades, candidates may need a legitimate job offer to complete the minimum program requirements. However, no job offer is necessary if they possess a certificate from a Canadian province or territory stating that they are qualified to perform their trade.

    Depending on the position’s NOC skill level, candidates with a legitimate job offer will increase their CRS score by 50 or 200 points. Lastly, having a job offer does not always increase your chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence, but it does help.

    Myth 6: Anyone who wants to increase their CRS score can submit a provincial nomination

    Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are available in all Canadian provinces (except for Quebec) and two of its territories; although, not everyone is qualified to apply. In addition, most PNP streams require candidates to have a valid job offer. 

    For some PNP streams, the provinces consider additional requirements in addition to a job offer, such as the applicant’s primary National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, Comprehensive Ranking System score, and any ties they may have to the particular province or territory.

    Myth 7: Couples must only add one person to their Express Entry profile

    Suppose an applicant is married or living with them in a common-law relationship. In that case, their spouse or partner may create an Express Entry profile if they match the qualifications for the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, or Federal Skilled Trades Program. Because they have a higher CRS score, couples frequently select one person as the primary applicant. 

    Conversely, the individual with the lower CRS score may be eligible for different PNPs, increasing the couple’s chances of receiving a provincial nomination. Nevertheless, it may be advantageous for couples to create profiles for both partners if they are both eligible.

    Myth 8: Language scores do not matter 

    All applicants who create an Express Entry profile must pass an approved French or English language test. It doesn’t matter if you studied French or English in college or if you’re from a country where either language is the national language. 

    Many candidates think their scores will be as high as possible if they take the official test and score at least the minimum level needed for their immigration program. That’s incorrect. 

    Candidates who attain Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 9 will have better scores than those who meet the minimum requirements. Those who earn CLB level 10 or higher will be eligible for even more points.

    Myth 9: Express Entry limits where a person can live in Canada

    The Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class are just a few immigration programs that accept applicants through the Express Entry system. 

    Candidates may also be eligible for a provincial nomination once they have entered the Express Entry system. You can relocate anywhere in Canada if you receive an invitation to apply via Express Entry, except for Quebec. Express Entry should not be used by those seeking immigration to Quebec.

    A candidate must intend to reside and work in the province that has provided them with the provincial nomination if they get an invitation to apply as that province’s nominee. However, a person can live and work anywhere in Canada if granted permanent residence status.

    Myth 10: Family members cannot submit an Express Entry profile

    The candidate must specify their spouse or partner, if applicable, and whether they will travel with them while creating an Express Entry profile. After they get an Invitation to Apply, they will be required to mention their spouse or partner and any dependents. 

    It includes stepchildren, adopted children, and children through a previous relationship. As long as they are not determined to be inadmissible to Canada, all spouses, partners, and dependant children can apply for permanent residence status with the applicant.


  • Canada Unemployment Rate Drops To 5.1% – StatCan New Data

    December 2 – New Statistics Canada data shows that the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 5.1% in November, and employment rate barely changed (+10,000).

    Province wise unemployment rates

    ProvincesUnemployment rateMonthly changes (in pts)
    Ontario5.5%-0.4
    Alberta5.8%0.6
    British Columbia4.4%0.2
    Quebec3.8%-0.3
    Manitoba4.4% -0.2
    Saskatchewan4.2%-0.4
    New Brunswick7.3%0.6
    Nova Scotia6.0%-0.7
    Prince Edward Island6.8%1.4
    Newfoundland and Labrador10.7%0.4
    Source: Statistics Canada

    Statistics Canada’s new report discusses the changes in employment activities in November 2022. Below, you can find the summary of these changes. 

    Summary of changes in employment rates 

    In terms of industries, finance, insurance, real estate, renting and leasing, manufacturing, information, culture, and recreation all saw increases in employment. But, concurrently, it declined in other areas, including construction, wholesale and retail trade.

    However, nearly one in ten (11.2%) workers worked in the retail trade business in November 2022. The Employee hourly wage growth stayed above 5% for the sixth consecutive month in November, increasing 5.6% (+$1.71 to $32.11) over November 2021.

    Following a 0.7% increase in October, total hours worked were little changed in November. However, total hours worked increased by 1.8% over the previous year.

    Additionally, employment increased in women between the ages of 25 and 54. However, it decreased for young men between the ages of 15 and 24. There was little change among the other major demographic groups. 

    Nevertheless, in November, the employment rate for women in the core working age range surpassed its previous high by 81.6%.

    While comparing provinces, employment in Quebec increased but fell in five other provinces, including Alberta and British Columbia.

    Over the last year, one-third (33.5%) of Canadian workers aged 25 to 54 participated in training outside the formal school system, such as courses, seminars, conferences, or individual lessons. 


    You may also like:


    Industries experiencing a significant change in employment

    In November, the number of people working in finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing increased by 21,000 (+1.6%), with the growth extending throughout the provinces. From February to October, there was no net employment growth; this increased the industry’s gains year over year to 34,000 (+2.5%).

    In addition, manufacturing employment increased (+19,000; +1.1%) in November, adding to the 24,000 (+1.4%) growth in October. The industry’s employment did not change significantly from year to year. Provinces such as Quebec (+10,000; +2.1%) and Alberta (+5,900; +4.7%) saw the largest share of the monthly rise.

    Employment increased by 16,000 (+1.9% in November) in the information, cultural, and recreation sector. Since public health restrictions were lifted in February 2022 due to the pandemic’s fifth wave, this was the first growth in the industry. As a result, employment in the sector increased by 35,000 (+4.5%) compared to a year ago.

    In other industries, such as construction, employment declined by 25,000 (-1.6%) in November, offsetting the rise recorded in October. Most losses occurred in Alberta (-13,000; -5.5%) and British Columbia (-9,200; -3.8%). 

    However, construction employment increased by 84,000 (+5.9%) year on year, owing completely to gains from December 2021 to March 2022. 

    According to the most recent Statistics Canada data, investment in new construction fell 0.6% in September, owing primarily to a drop in the residential sector.

    Moreover, for the fourth time in six months, employment in the wholesale and retail sectors decreased by 23,000 (-0.8%) in November. Employment in this sector fell by 131,000 (-4.4%) overall since May 2022, when it peaked, with most of the losses occurring in Ontario (-62,000; -5.4%) and Alberta (-32,000; -8.1%). The only sector with a net decrease in employment throughout this time was wholesale and retail trade.

    Additionally, for the first time since October 2021, fewer people were employed in professional, scientific, and technical services in November, falling by 15,000 (-0.8%). However, despite this decline, the sector was responsible for more than half (+282,000) of the net job increases (+523,000) seen since February 2020. 

    The ability of employers and employees to work remotely during the pandemic has contributed to sustained growth. For example, 64.3% of industry employees typically worked from home, either entirely or in part, as of November 2022.

    Other changes in November 2022 

    Employment increased by 10,000 (+0.1%) in November, followed by 108,000 (+0.6%) in October. The overall total employment remained stable due to balancing shifts in several industries.

    Similarly, increases in employment in Quebec (+28,000; +0.6%) were countered by decreases in five other provinces, including Alberta and British Columbia.

    Employment among those aged 25 to 54 increased by 38,000 (+0.3%) in November, marking the third consecutive monthly gain. Most of the November rise was due to core-aged women (+25,000; +0.4%).

    Additionally, in November, total employment among youth aged 15 to 24 changed slightly monthly and year-over-year. However, young men and women trends have differed during the last 12 months. 

    For example, employment among young males declined by 23,000 (-1.7%) monthly in November, while the employment rate barely changed ((56.4%). 

    In addition, full-time workers increased by 51,000 (+0.3%) in November. Since November 2021, when full-time employment first exceeded its pre-COVID-19 pandemic level, full-time employment has risen by 460,000 (+2.9%), with growth concentrated among core-aged males (+212,000; +3.5%) and women (+169,000; +3.4%). 

    Moreover, full-time employment increased by 49,000 (+6.8%) among young men aged 15 to 24. In the year to November, the share of full-time workers increased by 0.8 percentage points to 81.9%.

    The number of employees in the public and private sectors remained stable in November. However, employees in the public and private sectors increased at a comparable rate during the last year. 

    Similarly, the number of self-employed people remained stable in November. As a result, self-employment increased slightly from October 2021 to May 2022, but there has been minimal net growth in recent months.


  • Canada Healthcare System Incapable For Large Inflow Of New Immigrants

    We all know ongoing labour shortage in healthcare system of Canada. In certain cities, new immigrants are already not able to get a family doctor. Furthermore, surgeries and specialist doctors are triaging the patients based on severity of condition.

    Adding more people to an already failing system is reckless, says Diane Francis, award-winning journalist and best-selling author. She says Canada’s healthcare system cannot handle the large inflow of immigrants.

    Diane say that in the start of November, the government unveiled a plan to allow about 1.5 million additional immigrants into the country over the next three years. This approach will further strain Canada’s already overburdened health system.

    With the new immigration levels plan, Canada would receive almost eight times as many permanent residents each year – per population than the U.K., and four times more than the United States, according to the BBC

    Learn about the current state of Canada’s healthcare system, the impact of massive immigration on the healthcare system and a possible solution. 



    Problems in Canada’s healthcare system 

    The Liberal government wants more people to come to the country because they believe it is underpopulated and has an aging population. However, most immigrants wind up in Toronto and Vancouver, which are already overcrowded, have housing problems, and are dealing with looming healthcare issues.

    Everyone is affected by health care, and Canadians increasingly face long wait times for surgeries, simple procedures, appointments, testing, and imaging. In addition, many people do not have a primary care physician, and emergency rooms are overburdened.

    According to the BC Health Care Matters advocacy group, barely one in every five residents in British Columbia has a family doctor. The group has held rallies to draw attention to the problems plaguing British Columbia’s healthcare system, but storming provincial legislatures have been fruitless. 

    So instead, Canadians concerned about the state of their healthcare system should march on Ottawa and demand that mass immigration be halted until services can recover and develop to meet the current demand, explains the BC Health Care Matters advocacy group. 

    Undoubtedly, the government’s excessive immigration numbers of 400,000 per year have contributed to the system’s overstrained state. The most recent declaration that immigration will increase to 500,000 annually in 2025 is unsustainable.

    Provinces want to have a say over the number of admitted immigrants

    According to Francis, provinces should be permitted to sign off on the federal government’s immigration targets. Additionally, they should have more say on who is admitted to the country in the future. Since they are best positioned to know what skills are required in their labour markets and how many newcomers can be accommodated.

    The country’s lack of adequate healthcare resources must be the top consideration for Ottawa. Everywhere in the country, pediatric wards are overloaded. Canada ranks considerably below several of its OECD counterparts in terms of the number of doctors and nurses per 1,000 residents. 

    With roughly one ICU bed for every 6,000 citizens in Ontario, Canada likewise falls behind the United States regarding the quantity of available intensive care beds. In comparison, there is one ICU bed for every 4,100 Americans.

    A possible solution may be a responsive and moral federal immigration system. There should be a cap on the number of immigrants admitted to Canada until there are adequate numbers of family doctors, intensive care units, hospital beds, and other healthcare providers. 

    It would be irresponsible to cram more people into a failing system as a failing healthcare system would affect current and future Canadians. 


  • New Canada Indo-Pacific Strategy To Shape Future Of Immigration

    Today, (November 30, 2022) – IRCC published a news release providing insights on how new Canada Indo-Pacific Strategy shapes the future of immigration. Canada being a Pacific nation, that the Indo-Pacific area will play a big and deep role in Canada’s future.

    According to the news release, the Indo-Pacific region will continue to be a key component of Canada’s immigration strategy since it is a significant source of new immigrants and the fastest-growing economic area in the world.

    Global Affairs Canada is in charge of the Indo-Pacific Strategy for the Canadian government. However, it involves several other departments, including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

    Over the first five years, the Indo-Pacific Strategy would invest over $2.3 billion in new projects. This article delves into these strategies and new projects. 

    The Indo-Pacific strategies 

    The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, outlined as part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy how investing in the immigration system will allow Canada to thrive and prosper. 

    Minister Fraser says an investment of $74.6 million over five years, with an ongoing investment of $15.7 million, would increase the application processing capacity locally and in the Indo-Pacific area, including New Delhi, Chandigarh, Islamabad, and Manila. 

    To bring more people to Canada—whether for visits, studies, employment, or permanent immigration—and doing so more quickly, these new resources will support ongoing efforts to handle the large volume of visa applications from the Indo-Pacific region. They will also help to improve processing times, explained the minister. 

    “The Indo-Pacific region is vital for Canada’s immigration and will continue to be in the future. Today’s announcement brings significant new funding to help boost Canada’s visa application processing capacity at home and abroad. As we look to record growth in admissions in the years ahead, this funding will help promote greater diversity among those looking to visit, study, work or live in Canada.”

    -The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


    Importance of Indo-Pacific international students 

    International students contribute significantly to Canada’s social and economic well-being. In recent years, the Indo-Pacific area has accounted for roughly two-thirds of all overseas students in Canada. 

    Thousands of those students become permanent residents in Canada each year, while thousands more return home after finishing their studies, bringing a personal connection to Canada with them. 

    The Indo-Pacific Strategy funding will help boost Canada’s International Student Program and promote greater regional diversity among students wishing to study in Canada. 

    Moreover, the Indo-Pacific area accounts for approximately 65% of all international students in Canada. The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development program, which is part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, will provide $14.2 million in funding over five years to encourage valuable exchanges and the sharing of expertise to introduce more education and research in shared areas of interest.

    In addition, these initiatives will attract students by providing them with access to permanent residence and career opportunities that could lead to them remaining in Canada. India, China, and the Philippines were the top three source countries for permanent residents to Canada in 2021, accounting for 44% of total admissions.

    As a result, Canada recognizes that international students frequently become the highly qualified workers that Canada requires to meet the challenges of the country’s economy today and in the future.

    The future of the Indo-Pacific region is our future, and Canada has a role in shaping it. We are investing to promote peace and security throughout the region, create trade opportunities, connect people, strengthen international assistance and protect human rights, answering the call for expanded and deeper engagement in this region. We have put forward a truly Canadian strategy, one that involves every facet of our society and positions Canada as a reliable partner now and for generations to come.

    – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Source: IRCC