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IRCC Increased Staff by 45%, But Processing Woes Continue

Last Updated On 17 November 2022, 9:07 AM EST (Toronto Time)

In Canada’s immigration department, new data indicate a significant increase in hiring. However, the processing continues to be slow. The operational capacity of Canada’s immigration department, IRCC has increased by 45 per cent from pre-pandemic levels, according to never-before-published data.

Canada has already received nearly as many applications for temporary and permanent residents as it did in 2019 before the pandemic in only eight months of 2022.

After a two-year slowdown, the country’s immigration system is already operating 45 percent above capacity in 2019. As a result, the number of applications for permanent and temporary residents processed through the system is expected to surpass the 3.2 million recorded last year before the pandemic. 

IRCC increased workforce, yet processing times continue to grow 

Unprecedented data shows that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada now employs 8,104 front-line operations employees, up from 5,583 in March 2019, with the majority of the new employees hired since the start of 2022. This is true even if the number of employees on leave increased gradually from 559 in March 2019 to 733 in October.

Additionally, the number of workers who continued to telework decreased from about 100 per cent at the start of the pandemic to 71.8 per cent last month.

Richard Kurland, an immigration attorney and policy analyst, says more employees can process more files. As a result, it should lead to higher volumes of decisions when combined with the artificial intelligence decision-making system.

“You are using the A.I. to do the strenuous labour. Now that the files that require human contact are on track and heading in the correct direction, you have more people to handle them.

However, Immigration officials would prefer to see the following numbers in check, though:

  • Web forms have become the primary method for applicants to contact the department, increasing from 1.61 million in 2020 to 2.26 million in 2021 and 2.42 million as of September this year;
  • Another important inquiry tool is access-to-information requests, which increased from 98,042 before the pandemic to 204,549 in 2021 before falling to 122,016 so far this year;
  • By 2022, there will have been 963 lawsuits filed against the immigration department, up from just 112 in 2019. These lawsuits sought a court order compelling authorities to process files.

Therefore, not all critics agree that the immigration system has stabilized.

Lack of clarity for the reasons for processing delays 

Vancouver immigration attorney Steven Meurrens questioned why there were still backlogs despite having 45 percent more employees processing applications. He says he is confused why processing times “keep getting worse” in multiple programs and certain visa offices.

Further, he questioned if there are bugs with new technology or if certain visa postings have I.T. issues. Or other Technology-related concerns due to working from home. Unfortunately, since the department won’t reveal, it isn’t easy to deduce what’s happening from the statistics.

According to Ravi Jain of the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association, the department’s increased staffing levels did not correspond to the enormous delay in how people were experiencing the online immigration system. He wants a royal commission to investigate the backlogs and delays in immigration.

In my opinion, they weren’t really doing much, says Jain. But nevertheless, they cannot get away with this. Because it’s harming individuals in so many ways, it just seems “criminal” to me, said Jain.

Through the main immigration programs, Canada had received more than 2.9 million new applications for permanent and temporary residents as of August 31. Those figures will undoubtedly raise the total above the 3.2 million files in 2019, with four months left in 2022.

In comparison to the total of 3,225,130 (235,257 permanent and 2.99 million temporary residents) reported in 2019, immigration officers processed 2.25 million immigration petitions throughout the time period—207,590 permanent and 2.04 million temporary immigrants.

Source: Toronto Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New IELTS Score Requirement For SDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Which countries are eligible for Canada Study Visa under SDS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    How much Spousal Open Work Permit extension will I get?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • International Students Protesting Deportations From Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    International Students Protesting Deportations From Canada
    Lovepreet Singh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    You can watch the announcement here 👇

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

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

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

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

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

    INC News Expectations Prior to the announcement

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

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

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

    Full list of Visa-Free countries for Canada

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

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

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

    What is electronic travel authorization or eTA for Canada?

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

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

    How much is the cost of eTA for Canada?

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

  • New OINP Draw Invites 417 Francophone Express Entry Profiles

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

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

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

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

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

    Below is the summary of OINP Draw today:

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

    Full List of Invited Occupations In OINP Draw Today

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

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

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

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

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  • Government Of Canada IT Jobs Hiring Now For 40 Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

    Education Requirement

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

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

    Language Requirement

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

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

    Competencies and abilities required for these jobs

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

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


    Government of Canada IT jobs
    Government of Canada IT jobs

    How to Apply

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

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

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

    What is inventory for Government of Canada jobs?

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

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

    Is it hard to get Government of Canada job?

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

  • Canadian-Afghans Sue Feds For Discrimination In Immigration

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What is the Canadian Afghans’ Case all about?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Canadian Immigration Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    IEC Working Holiday Visa Invitations – June 3

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

    IEC Young Professionals Invitations – June 3

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

    IEC 2023 International Co-op invitations – June 3

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

    What countries are eligible for International Experience Canada?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June 2, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Concerns Raised on Jenny’s Demand

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

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

    What is international students deportation case?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    IRCC’s Response

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

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

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

    International Students Deportations: NDP Calls For PR Path
    Lovepreet Singh

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

    Why Isn’t Government Lifting The Deportation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top 10 Tourist Attractions In Canada You Must Visit

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

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

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

    Niagara Falls

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

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

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

    CN Tower

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

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

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

    Banff National Park

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

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

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

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

    Old Quebec

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

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

    Stanley Park

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

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

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

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

    The Canadian Museum of History

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

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

    Butchart Gardens

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

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

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

    Canadian Rockies

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

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

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

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

    Parliament Hill

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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  • New Minimum Wage In British Columbia Effective June 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Official Minimum Wages In Canada and Next Raise Schedule

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

    Real Living Wage in British Columbia

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

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

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

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

    What is the living wage in BC?

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

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

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

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

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

    Occupation-Based Selection in New Express Entry Draws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Focus on French Language Proficiency

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

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

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

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

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

    The Importance of Immigration in Solving Labor Shortages

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

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

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

    Enhancing the Express Entry System

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

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

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

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

    Anticipated Impact and Future Invitations

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

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

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

    Quebec’s Unique Immigration Arrangement

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

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

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


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

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

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

    When will new targeted Express Entry draws start?

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    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 17 November 2022, 9:07 AM 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
  • New Express Entry Exemptions For Doctors Seeking Canada PR

    Immigration Minister Sean Fraser signed temporary public policy to ease the requirement for permanent residency under Express Entry Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Program.

    New exemptions came in effect on April 25, 2023 and will be in effect indefinitely until revoked by immigration minister.

    These exemptions are to ease permanent residency pathway for foreign national physicians who provides publicly-funded medical services in Canada.

    There are now exemptions for certain job offer and work experience criteria to facilitate the eligibility of self-employed foreign national physicians (such as those working in a fee-for-service model) for the Express Entry system.

    New exemptions applies to both Canadian Experience Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

    These exemptions will allow more foreign national physicians to qualify for Express Entry and earn them more CRS points.

    Why These Exemptions For Physicians?

    To qualify for arranged employment points for Express Entry, an offer of employment must normally be for continuous work in Canada for at least one year following the date on which a permanent residence visa is issued.

    Some physicians, however, may not obtain these points because they do not match this condition. This is because the nature of the work arrangements is such that the offer of employment does not require that the job be continuous or for at least a year.

    In certain situations, this implies they may be disqualified for the program and hence unable to satisfy the minimal requirements to enter the Express Entry pool.

    Furthermore, many physicians in Canada work as independent contractors, providing publicly financed medical services such as those reimbursed by provincial/territorial public health authorities under a fee-for-service or other contractual service arrangement.

    As a result, these physicians’ work is deemed self-employed and self-employment is ineligible for Express Entry system.

    With new exemptions, qualified physicians will have a better chance of meeting the FSWP and CEC eligibility standards and entering the Express Entry pool.

    Furthermore, by making pertinent and complementary revisions to the Express Entry Ministerial Instructions, foreign national physicians will have a better chance of securing an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.

    This temporary policy is aimed at increasing the number of permanent physicians in Canada because of ongoing shortage in healthcare.

    What are the new exemptions for physicians for Express Entry?

    The 5 occupations (listed below) of physicians are exempted from job offer requirement and ineligibility of self-employed applicants for Express Entry.

    They will no longer need to demonstrate that the agreed arranged job offer must be ongoing and last for at least a year after the date a permanent residence visa is issued.

    However, this job offer must be made by a province or territorial government, a government entity, a government-appointed body, or a healthcare provider organization delivering publicly financed medical services.

    Furthermore, they can claim points for work experience as a self-employed (independent contractor) for any work done under the below listed occupations.

    Normally, self-employed experience is not eligible for Express Entry.

    List of Occupations/NOCs Eligible For Exemption

    NOC 2021NOC 2016 counterparts
    Specialist in clinical and laboratory medicine – NOC 31100

    Specialist in surgery – NOC 31101

    General practitioner and family physician – NOC 31102
    Specialist physician – NOC 3111

    General practitioner – NOC 3112

    What are the Physician occupations/NOCs Eligible For Exemption in Express Entry?

    NOC 2021
    Specialist in clinical and laboratory medicine – NOC 31100
    Specialist in surgery – NOC 31101
    General practitioner and family physician – NOC 31102

    NOC 2016
    Specialist physician – NOC 3111
    General practitioner – NOC 3112

    What are new exemptions for physicians under Canada Express Entry?

    Foreign trained physicians are now eligible to claim CRS points for work experience earned as a self-employed or independent contractors in Canada.

    Physicians in Canada will no longer need to prove that the agreed-upon employment must be ongoing and last for at least a year after the date a permanent residence visa is issued.

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  • Ontario Eliminating Work Barriers for Skilled Immigrants

    Ontario is leading the charge in creating a more inclusive and equitable workforce by removing unfair work barriers for internationally-trained immigrants.

    With the introduction of groundbreaking legislation that prohibits regulated professions from requiring Canadian work experience in over 30 occupations, the province is empowering skilled newcomers to pursue their chosen fields.

    These 30 occupations include certain regulated professions and trades such as law, accounting, architecture, engineering, electrical and plumbing.

    Following provincial legislation, Professional Engineers Ontario(PEO) became the first regulated profession to eliminate the requirement for Canadian experience.

    This significant development has the potential to unlock countless opportunities for qualified professionals while upholding Ontario‘s high standards for licensing and examination requirements.

    A Struggle for Skilled Newcomers

    The difficulties faced by internationally-trained immigrants in Ontario are all too common.

    Many highly skilled individuals, such as engineers, doctors, and accountants, work in low-wage jobs unrelated to their profession.

    This situation not only underutilizes their expertise but also poses a significant loss to Ontario’s economy.

    It is estimated that approximately 300,000 jobs remain unfilled across the province each day, with thousands of vacancies in engineering alone, leading to billions of dollars in lost productivity.

    Shockingly, studies have revealed that only a quarter of internationally trained immigrants in Ontario currently work in the regulated professions they were trained for.

    Removing Canadian Work Experience Requirements

    In recognition of the pressing need to address this issue, the Ontario government has taken decisive action to level the playing field for skilled newcomers.

    The historic legislation introduced in the form of the Working for Workers Act, 2021, has banned the use of discriminatory Canadian work experience requirements in occupations covered by the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006 (FARPACTA).

    This groundbreaking move has paved the way for change, giving internationally-trained professionals an equal opportunity to pursue their chosen careers in Ontario.

    Professional Engineers Ontario Leads the Way

    Among the regulated professions in Ontario, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) has become the trailblazer by removing the Canadian experience requirement from their application criteria.

    Each year, PEO receives up to 60% of engineering license applications from internationally-trained engineers.

    By eliminating the need for proof of Canadian experience when applying for an engineering license, PEO can ensure that qualified international applicants are licensed more quickly, allowing them to contribute to Ontario’s economy as engineers actively.

    It is important to note that PEO remains committed to upholding rigorous qualifications for licensing and maintaining a competency-based assessment model to ensure only properly qualified individuals practice engineering.

    Ontario Sets the Bar for Inclusivity

    Ontario’s initiative to ban unfair or discriminatory Canadian work experience requirements is a pioneering step in Canada.

    As of December 2023, all unfair requirements for Canadian experience will be automatically voided, unless exemptions are granted by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development for reasons of public health and safety.

    This move signifies the government’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce that recognizes the talent and potential of newcomers.

    The Impact on the Economy and Job Market

    The removal of Canadian work experience requirements holds significant promise for Ontario’s economy.

    With a large pool of highly skilled professionals now able to pursue their intended careers, the province stands to benefit from their expertise, innovation, and contributions.

    By bridging the gap between skills and employment, Ontario can address the widespread issue of unfilled job vacancies and boost productivity across various sectors.

    The impact is not only economic but also social, as skilled newcomers gain the opportunity to fulfill their professional aspirations, achieve economic self-reliance, and contribute to the overall prosperity of the province.

    Support and Recognition for Ontario’s Initiative

    The province’s bold step in removing unfair work barriers for skilled newcomers has garnered widespread support and recognition.

    Tonie Chaltas, CEO of Achēv, lauds the move as a win-win-win, benefitting employers, skilled newcomers, and Ontario’s economy as a whole. Sara Asalya, Executive Director of Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto, commends the government’s efforts to support the economic integration and well-being of newcomers.

    Teresa M. Torralba, Executive Director of the Philippine Legacy and Cultural Alliance (PLACA), hails the leadership displayed by Minister McNaughton in spearheading legislation that promotes equal opportunities for all.

    Elise Herzig, Executive Director of JIAS Toronto, expresses gratitude for the removal of Canadian work experience requirements, enabling newcomers to work in their chosen fields and achieve economic self-reliance.


    Ontario’s commitment to removing unfair work barriers for skilled newcomers marks a significant milestone in creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

    By eliminating discriminatory Canadian work experience requirements, the province has taken a giant leap forward in harnessing the talents of internationally-trained professionals.

    PEO’s groundbreaking decision to remove the Canadian experience requirement sets a powerful example for other regulated professions to follow.

    As Ontario leads the way in fostering a welcoming environment for skilled immigrants, it opens doors to countless opportunities, enhances economic growth, and strengthens the province’s position as a global leader.

    With this progressive approach, the province is building a stronger and more prosperous future for all.

    What has the Ontario government done to remove work barriers for internationally-trained immigrants?

    The government has introduced groundbreaking legislation that prohibits regulated professions from requiring Canadian work experience in over 30 occupations.

    This move aims to empower skilled newcomers to pursue their chosen fields without facing unfair work barriers.

    Which professional association in Ontario has become the first to eliminate the Canadian experience requirement?

    Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) has emerged as the frontrunner by removing the Canadian experience requirement from their application criteria.

    This decision allows qualified international applicants to be licensed more quickly, enabling them to contribute to the province’s economy as engineers.

    What is the significance of Ontario’s initiative in the context of inclusivity?

    Ontario is setting a pioneering example in Canada by banning unfair or discriminatory Canadian work experience requirements.

    This demonstrates the government’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce that recognizes the talent and potential of skilled newcomers.

    By removing these barriers, the province is paving the way for equal opportunities and a more equitable society.

    How will the removal of Canadian work experience requirements impact Ontario’s economy and job market?

    The removal of these requirements holds significant promise for Ontario‘s economy.

    By allowing a larger pool of highly skilled professionals to pursue their intended careers, the province can benefit from their expertise, innovation, and contributions.

    This will help address the issue of unfilled job vacancies, boost productivity across sectors, and contribute to overall economic growth.

    Additionally, skilled newcomers will have the opportunity to fulfill their professional aspirations, achieve economic self-reliance, and contribute to the prosperity of Ontario.

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  • Canada Immigration Backlog Drops To 809,000 | New IRCC Data

    The Canada immigration backlog falls close to 800,000 despite the IRCC strike, according to newly updated IRCC data today on May 23, 2023.

    The IRCC backlog stood at 809,000 as of April 30, 2023 as compared to 896,000 at end of the March 2023 .

    Additionally, 1,197,000 immigration applications were still being processed within IRCC service standards.

    These numbers are surprising given that IRCC employees were on strike between April 19, 2023 to April 30, 2023.

    Overall, there were around 2 million applications under processing as of April 30.

    DateBacklogTotal Applications
    Under Processing
    April 30, 2023809,0002,006,000
    March 31, 2023896,3002,017,700
    February 28, 2023910,4001,962,600
    January 31, 2023974,6001,944,500
    December 31, 2022918,3001,973,800
    November 30, 20221,086,2002,111,400
    October 31, 20221,202,7902,239,700
    September 30, 20221,322,5002,610,700
    Canada immigration backlog

    It is important to understand what IRCC explains about difference between backlog and service standards data.

    For instance, service standard for processing a spousal sponsorship application is 12 months. If an application is under processing and has not surpassed the 12 months timeframe, then it is “NOT” considered a backlog. Instead, it will be considered normal processing.

    It will become backlog only if processing of that spousal sponsorship application exceeds beyond the 12-month service standard.

    The IRCC intends to process 80% of applications based on these service standards. Learn more about the service standards of IRCC.

    Application TypeOverall Processing InventoryBacklogWithin Service Standards
    Permanent Residence632,000322,000310,000
    Temporary Residence1,080,000414,000 666,000
    Canada immigration backlog data

    Federal High Skilled Including Express Entry

    MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
    Sep 2268%72%
    Oct 2245%59%
    Nov 2231%46%
    Dec 2222%20%
    Jan 2320%20%
    Feb 2320%20%
    Mar 2318%20%
    Apr 2317%20%
    May 2320%
    Jun 2320%
    July 2320%

    Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program

    MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
    Sep 2240%35%
    Oct 2242%31%
    Nov 2242%28%
    Dec 2241%20%
    Jan 2338%40%
    Feb 2332%39%
    Mar 2330%32%
    Apr 2328%30%
    May 2328%
    Jun 2324%
    Jul 2322%

    Spouses, Partners and children applications

    MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
    Sep 2225%23%
    Oct 2224%22%
    Nov 2224%20%
    Dec 2224%19%
    Jan 2324%24%
    Feb 2323%24%
    Mar 2324%24%
    Apr 2324%
    May 2324%
    Jun 2324%
    July 2324%

    Citizenship Backlog Projections

    MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
    Sep 2230%30%
    Oct 2228%28%
    Nov 2229%27%
    Dec 2228%26%
    Jan 2327%26%
    Feb 2326%25%
    Mar 2325%24%
    Apr 2325%24%
    May 2324%
    Jun 2324%
    July 2324%

    Study Permit Applications

    MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
    Sep 2231%42%
    Oct 2226%33%
    Nov 2228%31%
    Dec 2232%33%
    Jan 2335%36%
    Feb 2329%34%
    Mar 2323 %25%
    Apr 2318%22%
    May 2315%
    Jun 2315%
    July 2315%

    Work Permit Applications

    Approximately 69% of the work permits applications are from the CUAET (Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel).

    MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
    Sep 2227%35%
    Oct 2223%49%
    Nov 2224%55%
    Dec 2225%60%
    Jan 2326%26%
    Feb 2323%28%
    Mar 2318 %28%
    Apr 2326%
    May 2324%
    Jun 2322%
    July 2322%

    Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Visitor Visa

    Around 20% of visitor visa or temporary resident visa applications are from the CUAET (Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel).

    MonthActual BacklogBacklog Projections
    Sep 2274%71%
    Oct 2274%70%
    Nov 2270%67%
    Dec 2270%77%
    Jan 2368%68%
    Feb 2364%68%
    Mar 2361%65%
    Apr 2350%56%
    May 2342%
    Jun 2342%
    Jul 2342%

    What is the latest update on IRCC backlog?

    The IRCC backlog was at 809,000 as of April 30, 2023, down from 896,000 at the end of March 2023.

    Furthermore, 1,197,000 immigration applications were still being handled in accordance with IRCC service standards.

    As of April 30, there were around 2 million applications being processed.

    #newcanadaimmigrationbacklogdata #canadaimmigrationnews #irccbacklog

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  • Know About New Verified Traveller Program At Canada Airports

    Today, Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra announced new verified traveler program for airpots in Canada to ease the congestion and wait times.

    The new verified traveler program will come into effect on June 21, 2023 at select domestic and international security screening checkpoints.

    The new Verified Traveller program lines will provide certain perks to eligible travellers at security screening checkpoints, such as keeping the laptops, big electronic devices, and compatible liquids and gels in their carry-on bags, as well as keeping their shoes, belt, and light jacket on.

    Eligibility for new Verified Traveller program

    Below are travellers eligible for the new Verified Traveller program.

    • NEXUS and Global Entry Members;
    • Canadian Armed Forces and US military, including reservists, with valid ID;
    • Canadian aircrew and airport workers with Restricted Area Identification Cards;
    • International aircrew (in uniform) with valid airline ID;
    • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers, Canadian police officers and constables with a badge and proper photo identification issued by their respective organizations.

    Benefits of new Verified Traveller Program

    There are 3 benefit categories depending on passengers travel under Verified Traveller program.

    Verified Traveller – Benefits

    • Allowable liquids, aerosols, and gels should be kept in your carry-on.
    • Laptops and devices should be kept in your carry-on.
    • Wear your shoes, belts, light coats, and headwear.
    • Small objects should be kept in your pockets.
    • Co-travelers must be 17 years old or younger and 75 years old or older.

    These Verified Traveller benefits will be available on below listed airports.

    1. Calgary International Airport – Domestic C
    2. Edmonton International Airport – Domestic /Int’l
    3. Montréal-Trudeau International Airport – Domestic/Int’l
    4. Toronto Pearson International Airport – T1 Domestic Level 3
    5. Toronto Pearson International Airport – T3 Domestic
    6. Vancouver International Airport – Domestic North
    7. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport – Domestic/Int’l

    Verified Traveller Transborder (U.S. Flights) Benefits

    • Allowable liquids, aerosols, and gels are allowed to be kept in your carry-on.
    • Keep on your shoes, belts, light jackets, and hats.
    • Put minuscule objects in your pockets.
    • Travel companions can accompany you.

    These will be available to below listed airports:

    1. Montréal-Trudeau International Airport – T1 transborder
    2. Toronto Pearson International Airport – T1 transborder
    3. Vancouver International Airport – transborder

    Verified Traveller Front-of-the-line Benefits

    • Receive service at the Front-of-the-line.
    • Travel companions can accompany you.

    Available at below listed airports:

    1. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – Domestic
    2. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – transborder
    3. Calgary International Airport – Concourse A
    4. Calgary International Airport – Concourse B
    5. Calgary International Airport – Concourse D
    6. Calgary International Airport – Concourse E
    7. Edmonton International Airport – transborder
    8. Greater Moncton Roméo Leblanc International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
    9. Halifax Stanfield International Airport – Domestic/Int’l
    10. Halifax Stanfield International Airport – transborder
    11. Kelowna International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/Transborder
    12. Ottawa International Airport – Domestic/Int’l
    13. Ottawa International Airport – transborder
    14. Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
    15. Regina International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
    16. Saskatoon International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
    17. St. John’s International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
    18. Toronto Pearson International airport – T1 Int’l
    19. Toronto Pearson International airport – T3 Int’l
    20. Vancouver International Airport – Int’l
    21. Victoria International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
    22. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport – transborder

    Who is eligible to join NEXUS program?

    To qualify for membership in NEXUS, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Or a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or a national of Mexico.

    How to apply for NEXUS?

    To become a member of the NEXUS program, follow the steps below:

    1. Visit the Trusted Travelers Programs (TTP) website;
    2. Apply and complete the registration process
    3. Pay the non-refundable USD 50 processing fee.
    4. Fulfill the qualifying requirements
    5. Be admissible to both Canada and the United States; and
    6. Pass both countries’ risk assessments.

    Each family member must submit a distinct application to join the NEXUS program if applying together. Applicants under the age of 18 are exempt from paying the processing fees.

    In addition, applicants under 18 must have their parents or legal guardians complete the application process.

  • Top 8 Reasons Why People Move Away From Toronto

    People migrate to Toronto, Canada’s biggest and most populous diversified metropolis for a variety of reasons including better job opportunities, education, and quality of life.

    However, there are also a lot of different reasons why some people might prefer to move away from Toronto.

    From 2016 to 2021, the Toronto’s overall population grew by only 2.3%.

    High Cost of Living

    With high housing expenses, tax rates, and transit fees, Toronto is one of the most costly cities in Canada.

    In the month of May 2023, the typical monthly rent for an apartment in Toronto, Ontario, with one bedroom was $2,400. When compared to the prior year, this is a 17% increase.

    According to statistics from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, the average price of a home in the Greater Toronto Area rose 4% from March to April, reaching $1.153 million.

    Traffic Congestion

    The city’s population has risen at a rapid rate over the past several years, which has led to an increase in the amount of traffic congestion and longer commute times.

    In a recent study, it was ranked third in North America and seventh out of more than 1,000 cities of world for traffic congestion.

    Last year, people in Toronto lost 118 hours stuck in traffic. That was a jump of almost 60% from 2021, when the city was ranked 22nd in the world for having the longest traffic times.

    People often joke by saying “Toronto is 1 hour from Toronto” because of longer drive times from one end of city to another.

    Air Pollution

    The large number of traffic and industrial activity in the city both contribute to poor air quality, which can have a severe influence on one’s health.

    The Toronto Public Health says that all types of air pollution in Toronto cause 1,300 early deaths and 3,550 hospitalizations each year.

    As per City of Toronto, the amounts of the five most common air pollutants have been going down recently, which shows that the air quality in Toronto is getting better.

    Harsh Winters

    Winters in Toronto are typically quite cold and snowy, making the city’s terrain more challenging to travel for certain people.

    The usual temperature in Toronto in January is -5.5 °C (22 °F), which is pretty cold for winter.

    There are blizzards and cold waves in Toronto in the winter, but the weather is usually uncertain.

    But there are also waves of extreme cold in the winter, when the temperature drops to around -20/-25 °C.

    Limited Green Space

    Toronto has total area of 63,406 ha and 13% of total city land is parkland as per the 2022 report.

    There are many parks and green spaces in Toronto; yet, these sites might get busy at times and may not give the same amount of access to nature as other regions do.

    Due to high population and one of international tourist spots, these parks can get overcrowded.

    Safety Concerns

    Worries regarding safety even though Toronto is, on the whole, a very secure metropolis, certain areas of the city have higher crime rates and raise safety concerns.

    The Annex, which is next to the University of Toronto, has been known to have the most property crimes in all of Toronto.

    In 2022, there were 14.1% more crimes in The Annex (462 cases), 144.4% more car thefts (44 cases), 38.1% more sexual assaults (29 cases), and a 31.6% rise in thefts over $5,000.

    Similarly, the total number of crimes in the Beaches went up by 35%, to 185 in 2022.

    The number of assaults went up by 29.4%, to 88, the number of car thefts went up by 70%, to 34, and the number of breaking and entering went up by 33.3%, to 32.

    Employment prospects

    Despite the fact that Toronto has a robust economy and job market, some people may discover that there are few employment prospects in their chosen sector or that their pay does not keep pace with the city’s high cost of living.

    In 2022, there were 33,080 more jobs in Toronto than there were in 2021. This was only 2.3% increase in employment as opposed to increase in job seekers during the same period.

    With multiple professionals applying for the same job, competition is huge and it could be difficult to find a job in your field.


    As the population continues to rise, it is possible that some areas could become less attractive places to live as a result of increased population density.

    From 2016 to 2021, the city’s population grew by only 2.3%, and for the first time, the Toronto census metropolitan area had more than six million people.

    But the number of people living in the centre downtown area grew by a whopping 16.1% during that time period.

    Over the past five years, Liberty Village and the Fashion District, St. Lawrence and the Distillery District, the heart of Old Toronto, St. Lawrence and the Distillery District, and parts of South Etobicoke have seen the most growth in population.

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    Toronto, Ontario CN Tower
  • 84,720 Immigrants Became New Canadian Citizens In Q1 2023

    In the first quarter of 2023 (January to March), 84,720 immigrants from 212 countries became new Canadian citizens as per the latest data updated by IRCC in May 2023.

    This number declined by almost 12% as compared to the number of new Canadian citizens added in first quarter of 2022, but higher than the pre-pandemic levels.

    A record number of 373,000 new citizens were welcomed by Canada in 2022.

    People from around 212 countries became new citizens of Canada in the beginning of 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
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    New Canadians at oath of citizenship ceremony on February 10, 2023

    Indians continue to make up the highest proportion (around 19%) of the new citizens added to Canada.

    Along with Indians, citizens of Philippines, Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, China, USA, and UK made up to 54% of the new Canadian citizens.

    As per latest processing update, IRCC took an average of 21 months to process Canadian citizenship applications in last 6 months.

    An individual needs to be a permanent resident (PR) living in Canada for at least 3 years in last 5 years to be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.

    Canada has set a record target of welcoming around 1.5 million new permanent residents to Canada by 2025.

    New Oath of Canadian Citizenship 2023

    New oath of Canadian citizenship now vows to his majesty, King Charles as the 3rd king of Canada.

    Furthermore, the oath now also includes recognition and affirmation to the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

    Country-Wise List of New Canadian Citizens

    Full List of Country-Wise New citizens of Canada in 2023

    Country of BirthQ1 2023Q1 2022Q1 2021Q1 2020
    People’s Republic of China2,5723,0325732,701
    United States of America2,0432,3613211,266
    United Kingdom and Colonies1,5211,6512251,072
    Socialist Republic of Vietnam1,1031,19173677
    Saudi Arabia82172058339
    United Arab Emirates78675855451
    Sri Lanka76977477589
    Federal Republic of Cameroon62085869470
    Republic of South Africa60254358291
    Korea, Republic of548720133706
    Congo, Democratic Republic of the54455535333
    Somalia, Democratic Republic of51042723301
    Hong Kong SAR42751862226
    Republic of Ivory Coast40151844350
    Republic of Ireland36844452287
    Union of Soviet Socialist Republics35046037224
    Democratic Republic of Sudan32329820151
    Federal Republic of Germany29830876219
    El Salvador21831725159
    Dominican Republic21126027132
    Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of15623921128
    Serbia, Republic of1411781897
    Palestinian Authority (Gaza/West Bank)1261201063
    Guinea, Republic of113125676
    Yemen, Republic of113114239
    New Zealand1081051656
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines1061297103
    Republic of Indonesia981152375
    Republic of Djibouti9744333
    The Netherlands961473399
    Peoples Republic of Benin9497367
    Togo, Republic of8592767
    St. Lucia761341276
    Czech Republic741011059
    United Republic of Tanzania74101460
    Chad, Republic of6852315
    Myanmar (Burma)66861176
    Slovak Republic6658739
    Congo, People’s Republic of the5971235
    Kosovo, Republic of5787231
    Central African Republic4140326
    Costa Rica3858628
    Mali, Republic of38651162
    Bahama Islands, The3737114
    Mongolia, People’s Republic of3652618
    Panama, Republic of323539
    Sierra Leone2520015
    Botswana, Republic of2031117
    Gabon Republic1930319
    Antigua and Barbuda182104
    Republic of the Niger1525217
    Serbia and Montenegro1419216
    South Sudan, Republic Of141953
    Macao SAR82404
    St. Kitts-Nevis7401
    New Caledonia6602
    Puerto Rico6402
    Turks and Caicos Islands5003
    Cayman Islands4506
    Channel Islands4106
    French Polynesia3814
    Korea, People’s Democratic Republic of2612
    Papau New Guinea2301
    Samoa, Independent State Of2100
    Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands1001
    East Timor, Democratic Republic of1000
    French Guiana1404
    Montenegro, Republic of1616
    The Netherlands Antilles1611
    Virgin Islands, British1100
    Virgin Islands, U.S.1000
    Country Wise List of New Canadian Citizens 2023

    How many individuals are Canadian Citizens?

    33.1 million Canada citizens were reported as per the latest official Census in 2021.

    More than 3.7 million Canadian citizens held citizenship in more than one country.

    What is eligibility for Canadian citizenship?

    To be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, you need to be a permanent resident who have lived in Canada for at least 3 out of the last 5 years (1,095 days) and have filed your taxes.

    How much is Canadian citizenship processing time?

    As per latest official update, IRCC took an average of 21 months to process 80% of the citizenship applications in last 6 months.

    How much is Canadian citizenship fee?

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

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  • New IRCC Jobs Hiring Now For Various Locations Across Canada

    IRCC Jobs inventory is currently accepting resumes for ongoing needs to fill many positions.

    Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is the department of the Government of Canada in charge of immigration, refugees, and Canadian citizenship.

    Individuals living inside Canada and Canadian citizens abroad are eligible to apply.

    IRCC is one of the leading employers in the National Capital Region, and Forbes named it among Canada’s Best Employers for 2023.

    Foreign Service Development Program (FSDP)

    A migration foreign service officer works abroad for around two-thirds of their career, delivering the IRCC’s migration programme and taking part in tasks including processing applications, risk analysis, engagement, and migration diplomacy.

    The bulk of assignments are abroad where daily living might differ greatly from that in Canada and is frequently more difficult (such as in the Philippines, India, Turkey, Senegal, Mexico and China).

    Foreign Service Officer posts in migration are totally rotating, which means that employees must switch jobs every two to four years, at the employer’s option.

    These elements must be taken into account because jobs as migration foreign service officers may be both lucrative and difficult.

    Location: International, Ottawa (Ontario) Bilingual – imperative

    Closing date: 30 June 2023

    Salary: $72,292 to $91,472

    Click here for more information on this job posting and how to apply.

    Supervisor / Program Officer/Advisor / Analyst (3 Streams) – Inventory

    Supervisor: Supervisors generally create a work schedule and processes, and coordinate tasks with other departments or work units.

    Furthermore, they identify and fix workplace issues, and create and submit reports on your progress and other items.

    They also educate employees about corporate regulations, safety measures, and job responsibilities
    Materials and supplies requested

    Program Officer/Advisor: The Program Officer assists with delivery and integrity activities for the Settlement and/or Resettlement. They establish and keep a cooperative working relationship with service provider groups.

    Analyst: An analyst collects, analyses, and uses complicated data to produce actionable recommendations that will enhance workflow and maximize outcomes.

    An analyst’s day-to-day responsibilities include determining the needs of the firm and the customer, reviewing extensive data, and doing in-depth analysis to spot trends or potential improvement areas.

    Location: Calgary (Alberta), Edmonton (Alberta), Surrey (British Columbia), Vancouver (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Fredericton (New Brunswick), St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador), Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Etobicoke (Ontario), Mississauga (Ontario), Scarborough (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario), Hamilton (Ontario), Niagara Falls (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario), Kitchener (Ontario), London (Ontario), Windsor (Ontario), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Montréal Island (Québec), Gatineau (Québec), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Whitehorse (Yukon)Various language requirements and/or profiles

    Salary: $71,599 to $77,368

    Closing date: 28 September 2023

    Click here for more information on this job posting and how to apply.

    Senior Immigration Officer

    The senior immigration officer implements immigration policy and objectives under the general supervision of a manager based in Canada, evaluates applications for temporary and permanent residents.

    Furthermore, senior immigration officer conducts interviews as necessary, stops people from entering Canada with fake or fraudulently obtained documents, manages local staff, represents the migration programme in contact with the general public, and receives local officials, vendors, and foreign visitors.

    Location: Vancouver (British Columbia), Etobicoke (Ontario), Niagara Falls (Ontario), Montréal Island (Québec)

    Closing date: 6 October 2024

    Salary: $71,599 to $77,368

    Click here for more information on this job posting and how to apply.

    Student and graduate opportunities

    You can work as a student for IRCC if you’re a full-time student at an accredited post-secondary institution.

    The National Capital Area is where you’ll find most student jobs. However, The country as a whole may have openings for positions.

    Moreover, IRCC may offer students to continue their jobs in the department after gaining some experience as a student.

    To work with IRCC as a student, interested individuals can:

    IRCC Jobs hiring now