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.
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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.
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 Test Minimum Score Needed for SDS IELTS Academic Overall 6.0 IELTS General Training 6.0 in each module PTE Academic Overall 60 CAEL Overall 60 CELPIP General 7.0 in each module TOEFL iBT Overall 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.
What are the 4 new English tests approved by Canada for SDS Study Visa?
Which countries are eligible for Canada Study Visa under SDS?1. Antigua and Barbuda
5. Costa Rica
12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
13. Trinidad and Tobago
- 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.
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.
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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.
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
- British citizen
- British National (Overseas)
- British overseas citizen (re-admissible to the United Kingdom)
- British overseas territory citizen with citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization or registration in one of the British overseas territories of:Anguilla
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
- Pitcairn Island
- Saint Helena
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- British Subject with a right of abode in the United Kingdom
- Brunei Darussalam
- Caribbean island states of
- Antigua and Barbados
- St. Kits and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, must have a passport issued by Hong Kong SAR.
- Israel, must have a national Israeli passport
- Republic of Korea
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Romania (electronic passport holders only)
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- Taiwan, must have an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes the personal identification number
- United Arab Emirates
- 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 Invitations CRS score range Description 278 312-487 Targeted draw for 39 Health, Education and Finance occupations 139 348-487 Targeted 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
- NOC 10010 – Financial managers
- NOC 10011 – Human resources managers
- NOC 12101 – Human resources and recruitment officers
- NOC 12102 – Procurement and purchasing agents and officers
- NOC 13100 – Administrative officers
- NOC 13110 – Administrative assistants
- NOC 31100 – Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
- NOC 31101 – Specialists in surgery
- NOC 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians
- NOC 31112 – Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
- NOC 31120 – Pharmacists
- NOC 31200 – Psychologists
- NOC 31202 – Physiotherapists
- NOC 31203 – Occupational Therapists
- NOC 31204 – Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
- NOC 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- NOC 31302 – Nurse practitioners
- NOC 31303 – Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
- NOC 32101 – Licensed practical nurses
- NOC 32103 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
- NOC 32109 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
- NOC 32120 – Medical laboratory technologists
- NOC 32121 – Medical radiation technologists
- NOC 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
- NOC 33103 – Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
- NOC 33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services
- NOC 40021 – School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
- NOC 41200 – University professors and lecturers
- NOC 41210 – College and other vocational instructors
- NOC 41220 – Secondary school teachers
- NOC 41221 – Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
- NOC 41300 – Social Workers
- NOC 41301 – Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
- NOC 41310 – Police investigators and other investigative occupations
- NOC 41321 – Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education)
- NOC 42201 – Social and community service workers
- NOC 42202 – Early childhood educators and assistants
- NOC 42203 – Instructors of Persons with Disabilities
- NOC 43100 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
Tech, Trades and Other Priority occupations | CRS Cutoff 348 – 487
- NOC 20010 – Engineering managers
- NOC 20012 – Computer and Information Systems Managers
- NOC 21111 – Forestry professionals
- NOC 21112 – Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
- NOC 21120 – Public and environmental health and safety professionals
- NOC 21211 – Data Scientists
- NOC 21223 – Database Analysts and Data Administrators
- NOC 21230 – Computer systems developers and programmers
- NOC 21231 – Software engineers and designers
- NOC 21232 – Software developers and programmers
- NOC 21233 – Web designers
- NOC 21234 – Web Developers and Programmers
- NOC 21300 – Civil engineers
- NOC 21301 – Mechanical engineers
- NOC 21310 – Electrical and electronic engineers
- NOC 21311 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
- NOC 21320 – Chemical engineers
- NOC 21321 – Industrial and manufacturing engineers
- NOC 21322 – Metallurgical and materials engineers
- NOC 21330 – Mining engineers
- NOC 21331 – Geological engineers
- NOC 22101 – Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
- NOC 22301 – Mechanical engineering technologies and technicians
- NOC 22302 – Industrial engineers and manufacturing technologists and technicians
- NOC 22313 – Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians, and inspectors
- NOC 62020 – Food service supervisors
- NOC 63201 – Butchers – retail and wholesale
- NOC 63202 – Bakers
- NOC 72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
- NOC 72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
- NOC 72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
- NOC 72024 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
- NOC 72100 – Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
- NOC 72101 – Tool and die makers
- NOC 72104 – Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
- NOC 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
- NOC 72200 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
- NOC 72201 – Industrial electricians
- NOC 72204 – Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
- NOC 72205 – Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
- NOC 72300 – Plumbers
- NOC 72302 – Gas fitters
- NOC 72310 – Carpenters
- NOC 72311 – Cabinetmakers
- NOC 72320 – Bricklayers
- NOC 72400 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
- NOC 72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
- NOC 72404 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
- NOC 72410 – Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
- NOC 72421 – Appliance servicers and repairers
- NOC 73100 – Concrete finishers
- NOC 73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
- NOC 73110 – Roofers and shinglers
- NOC 73111 – Glaziers
- NOC 73112 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
- NOC 73402 – Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
- NOC 82020 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying
- NOC 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
- 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
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.
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
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.”
- 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
Country Invitations Issued Week Ending June 3 Total Invitations Issued In 2023 Candidates In Pool Available Spots
Chances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week
Andorra 4 21 0 17 Excellent Australia 224 6,456 158 unlimited Excellent Austria 0 154 74 63 Very Good Belgium 26 1,070 33 52 Excellent Chile 0 2,292 7,205 0 Very Low Costa Rica 30 642 1,132 14 Very Low Croatia 5 116 1 201 Excellent Czech Republic 20 850 11 462 Excellent Denmark 8 314 5 113 Excellent Estonia 0 110 1 48 Excellent France 0 16,885 8,589 0 Very Low Germany 104 3,965 76 1,739 Excellent Greece 4 315 3 162 Excellent Hong Kong 8 316 6 63 Excellent Ireland 91 6,496 88 6,660 Excellent Italy 53 1,994 42 715 Excellent Japan 151 5,368 148 2,263 Excellent Korea Republic 89 10,592 767 40 Very Low Latvia 0 72 23 0 Very Low Lithuania 2 362 49 10 Very Low Luxembourg 1 31 2 57 Excellent Netherlands 15 944 12 210 Excellent New Zealand 76 2,001 54 1,104 Excellent Norway 6 81 2 83 Excellent Poland 13 751 22 216 Excellent Portugal 27 861 18 1,176 Excellent San Marino 0 4 0 22 Excellent Slovakia 6 458 2 51 Excellent Slovenia 1 47 2 62 Excellent Spain 55 1,787 39 808 Excellent Sweden 9 351 9 388 Excellent Taiwan 69 4,451 977 83 Very Low United Kingdom 267 9,171 220 4,719 Excellent Total 1,364 79,328 19,770 21,601 IEC Working Holiday Visa – June 3
IEC Young Professionals Invitations – June 3
Country Invitations Issued Week Ending June 3 Total Invitations Issued In 2023 Candidates
Available Spots Chances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week Australia 5 121 5 unlimited Excellent Austria 0 10 0 9 Excellent Chile 0 391 32 0 Very low Costa Rica 3 175 2 19 Excellent Croatia 0 7 0 16 Excellent Czech Republic 4 204 3 20 Excellent Estonia 0 7 1 7 Excellent France 71 2,485 58 757 Excellent France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE) 8 282 68 294 Excellent Germany 11 353 14 167 Excellent Greece 0 120 1 54 Excellent Ireland 2 116 3 130 Excellent Italy 1 165 2 65 Excellent Latvia 0 6 0 7 Excellent Lithuania 1 18 0 4 Excellent Luxembourg 0 1 0 10 Excellent Netherlands 5 131 3 45 Excellent Norway 2 9 0 9 Excellent Poland 2 70 5 85 Excellent Portugal 0 32 1 187 Excellent Slovakia 1 42 0 6 Excellent Slovenia 0 7 0 11 Excellent Spain 5 161 5 83 Excellent Spain via ICEX Vives Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable 46 Excellent Sweden 1 28 0 89 Excellent Switzerland 4 222 6 43 Excellent Taiwan 3 125 3 26 Excellent Total 129 5,288 212 2,189 IEC 2023 Young Professionals Invitations – June 3
IEC 2023 International Co-op invitations – June 3
Country Invitations Issued Week Ending June 3 Total Invitations Issued In 2023 Candidates
Chances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week France 41 3,548 30 1,847 Excellent Ireland 0 15 1 39 Excellent Germany 0 93 4 108 Excellent Luxembourg 0 3 0 9 Excellent Switzerland 1 35 2 27 Excellent Taiwan 1 19 0 1 Excellent Total 43 3,713 37 2,031 IEC 2023 International Co-op invitations – June 3
What countries are eligible for International Experience Canada?Andorra
Denmark (Danish citizens who reside in Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also eligible)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
What are the top 10 Tourist Attractions in Canada?
- 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.
Year Lowest Hourly Wage Effective June 1, 2023 $16.75 2022 $15.65 2021 $15.20 2020 $14.60 2019 $13.85 2018 $12.65 2017 $11.35 2016 $10.85 2015 $10.45 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
Geography Minimum Wage Per Hour Next Raise Date Minimum Wage
after Next Raise
Canada (Federally regulated private sectors) $16.65 April 1, 2024 $17.75 (estimated) Ontario $15.50 October 1, 2023 $16.55 Manitoba $14.15 October 1, 2023 $15.30 New Brunswick $14.75 April 1, 2024 (Expected) $15.50 (estimated) Nova Scotia $14.50 October 1, 2023 $15 Saskatchewan $13.00 October 1, 2023 $15 Newfoundland & Labrador $14.50 October 1, 2023 $15 Alberta $15.00 To Be Decided (TBD) TBD British Columbia $15.65 $16.75 June 1, 2023 Quebec $14.25 May 1, 2023 $15.25 Nunavut $16.00 To Be Decided (TBD) TBD Prince Edward Island $14.50 October 1, 2023 $15 Northwest Territories $15.20 September 1, 2023 $16 (estimated) Yukon $16.77 April 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.
B.C. Community Living Wage Haida Gwaii $25.87 Golden $25.56 Salt Spring Island $24.36 Sunshine Coast $24.30 Greater Victoria $24.29 Metro-Vancouver $24.08 Revelstoke $23.60 Fernie $23.58 Cowichan Valley $23.53 Powell River $23.33 Kelowna $22.88 Prince Rupert $22.69 Cranbrook $21.90 Columbia Valley $21.85 Prince George $21.19 Trail $21.13 Nelson $20.83 Castlegar $20.54 Dawson Creek $20.53 Nanaimo $20.49 Comox Valley $20.26 Grand Forks $20.05 Kamloops $19.14 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.
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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:
- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
- trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
- agriculture and agri-food
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.
- 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.
New Targeted Express Entry Draws List Of Eligible NOC Codes
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.
Occupation 2021 NOC code Audiologists and speech language pathologists 31112 Chiropractors 31201 Dentists 31110 Dieticians and nutritionists 31121 Education counsellors 41320 General practitioners and family physicians 31102 Instructors of persons with disabilities 42203 Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment 31204 Licensed practical nurses 32101 Massage therapists 32201 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations 33101 Medical laboratory technologists 32120 Medical radiation technologists 32121 Medical sonographers 32122 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 33102 Nurse practitioners 31302 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors 31300 Occupational therapists 31203 Optometrists 31111 Other assisting occupations in support of health services 33109 Other practitioners of natural healing 32209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating 31209 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment 32109 Paramedical occupations 32102 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants 33103 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals 31303 Physiotherapists 31202 Psychologists 31200 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 31301 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 32103 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine 31100 Specialists in surgery 31101 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies 41301 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists 32200 Veterinarians 31103 Healthcare occupations
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
Occupation 2021 NOC Code Architects 21200 Architecture and science managers 20011 Business systems specialists 21221 Civil Engineers 21300 Computer and information systems managers 20012 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 21311 Computer systems developers and programmers 21230 Cybersecurity specialists 21220 Data scientists 21211 Database analysts and data administrators 21223 Electrical and electronics engineers 21310 Engineering managers 20010 Industrial and manufacturing engineers 21321 Information systems specialists 21222 Land surveyors 21203 Landscape Architects 21201 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries 21210 Metallurgical and materials engineers 21322 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers 41400 Software developers and programmers 21232 Software engineers and designers 21231 Urban and land use planners 21202 Web designers 21233 Web developers and programmers 21234 STEM Occupations List
Occupation 2021 NOC code Residential and commercial installers and servicers 73200 Elevator constructors and mechanics 72406 Machine fitters 72405 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics 72402 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 72400 Carpenters 72310 Plumbers 72300 Electricians (except industrial and power system) 72200 Welders and related machine operators 72106 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers 72014 Trade occupations
Occupation 2021 NOC code Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors 93200 Transport truck drivers 73300 Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators 72604 Engineer officers, water transport 72603 Deck officers, water transport 72602 Air traffic controllers and related occupations 72601 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors 72600 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors 72404 Railway carmen/women 72403 Managers in transportation 70020 Transport occupations
Agriculture and agri-food occupations
Occupations 2021 NOC Code Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services 82031 Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors 82030 Butchers- retail and wholesale 63201 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.
- 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 Birth Number of New Canadian Citizens
Q1 2023 (January – March)
India 16,068 Philippines 8,738 Nigeria 3,765 Syria 3,545 Pakistan 3,253 Iran 2,774 People’s Republic of China 2,572 United States of America 2,043 United Kingdom and Colonies 1,521 Iraq 1,506 Total 45,785 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 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.
Best Universities in Canada
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.
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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.
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.
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, 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 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 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.
- 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
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
- 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
Country Invitations Issued Week Ending May 26 Total Invitations
Issued In 2023
Andorra 0 17 1 20 Australia 318 6,232 170 unlimited Austria 0 154 73 0 Belgium 47 1,044 13 67 Chile 0 2,292 7,125 0 Costa Rica 40 612 1,103 44 Croatia 5 111 5 204 Czech Republic 18 830 20 470 Denmark 13 306 8 123 Estonia 0 110 0 49 France 0 16,885 8,261 0 Germany 140 3,861 82 1,820 Greece 9 311 2 107 Hong Kong 8 308 6 67 Ireland 119 6,405 70 6,706 Italy 76 1,941 37 635 Japan 225 5,217 118 2,404 Korea Republic 100 10,503 671 108 Latvia 0 72 22 0 Lithuania 4 360 48 2 Luxembourg 0 30 0 59 Netherlands 143 929 11 167 New Zealand 71 1,925 45 1,149 Norway 4 75 3 87 Poland 22 738 12 224 Portugal 28 834 18 1,191 San Marino 0 4 0 22 Slovakia 14 452 5 47 Slovenia 8 46 1 62 Spain 116 1,732 47 790 Sweden 33 342 5 395 Taiwan 269 4,382 923 84 United Kingdom 665 8,904 208 4,879 Total 2,495 77,964 19,113 21,982 IEC 2023 Working Holiday Invitations
Young Professionals Invitations
Country Invitations Issued Week Ending May 26 Total Invitations
Issued In 2023
Candidates In Pool Available
Chances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week Australia 6 116 2 unlimited Excellent Austria 0 10 0 59 Excellent Chile 0 391 30 0 Very low Costa Rica 6 172 1 18 Excellent Croatia 0 7 0 16 Excellent Czech Republic 6 200 4 24 Excellent Estonia 0 7 0 7 Excellent France 147 2,414 51 804 Excellent France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE) 1 274 66 300 Excellent Germany 16 342 10 171 Excellent Greece 4 120 0 104 Excellent Ireland 3 114 1 129 Excellent Italy 5 164 0 135 Excellent Latvia 0 6 0 7 Excellent Lithuania 0 17 0 11 Excellent Luxembourg 1 1 0 9 Excellent Netherlands 24 126 4 98 Excellent Norway 0 7 0 10 Excellent Poland 2 68 2 86 Excellent Portugal 2 32 0 187 Excellent Slovakia 2 41 1 12 Excellent Slovenia 0 7 0 12 Excellent Spain 19 156 3 85 Excellent Spain via ICEX Vives Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable 46 Excellent Sweden 2 27 0 89 Excellent Switzerland 14 218 3 44 Excellent Taiwan 7 122 2 70 Excellent Total 267 5,159 180 2,533 IEC 2023 Young Professionals invitations
IEC 2023 International Co-op (internship) Invitations
Country Invitations Issued Week Ending May 26 Total Invitations
Issued In 2023
Candidates In Pool Available Spots Chances of Receiving An Invitation Next Week France 106 3,507 44 1,862 Excellent Ireland 0 15 0 39 Excellent Germany 7 93 0 104 Excellent Luxembourg 0 3 0 9 Excellent Switzerland 2 34 1 28 Excellent Taiwan 1 18 1 19 Excellent Total 116 3,670 46 2,061 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- The foreign national is
- 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.
List of new English tests eligible for Canada Study Permit under Student Direct Stream (SDS)
Resident of 14 countries are eligible for faster processing under the Student Direct Stream (SDS) study permit.
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.
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
5. Costa Rica
12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
13. Trinidad and Tobago
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 MinisterLast 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.
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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.
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.
- 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 2021 NOC 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Date Backlog Total Applications
April 30, 2023 809,000 2,006,000 March 31, 2023 896,300 2,017,700 February 28, 2023 910,400 1,962,600 January 31, 2023 974,600 1,944,500 December 31, 2022 918,300 1,973,800 November 30, 2022 1,086,200 2,111,400 October 31, 2022 1,202,790 2,239,700 September 30, 2022 1,322,500 2,610,700 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 Type Overall Processing Inventory Backlog Within Service Standards Citizenship 294,000 73,000 221,000 Permanent Residence 632,000 322,000 310,000 Temporary Residence 1,080,000 414,000 666,000 Total 1,962,600 809,000 1,197,000 Canada immigration backlog data
Canada immigration backlog projections 2023
Federal High Skilled Including Express Entry
Month Actual Backlog Backlog Projections Sep 22 68% 72% Oct 22 45% 59% Nov 22 31% 46% Dec 22 22% 20% Jan 23 20% 20% Feb 23 20% 20% Mar 23 18% 20% Apr 23 17% 20% May 23 – 20% Jun 23 – 20% July 23 – 20%
Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program
Month Actual Backlog Backlog Projections Sep 22 40% 35% Oct 22 42% 31% Nov 22 42% 28% Dec 22 41% 20% Jan 23 38% 40% Feb 23 32% 39% Mar 23 30% 32% Apr 23 28% 30% May 23 – 28% Jun 23 – 24% Jul 23 – 22%
Spouses, Partners and children applications
Month Actual Backlog Backlog Projections Sep 22 25% 23% Oct 22 24% 22% Nov 22 24% 20% Dec 22 24% 19% Jan 23 24% 24% Feb 23 23% 24% Mar 23 24% 24% Apr 23 – 24% May 23 – 24% Jun 23 – 24% July 23 – 24%
Citizenship Backlog Projections
Month Actual Backlog Backlog Projections Sep 22 30% 30% Oct 22 28% 28% Nov 22 29% 27% Dec 22 28% 26% Jan 23 27% 26% Feb 23 26% 25% Mar 23 25% 24% Apr 23 25% 24% May 23 – 24% Jun 23 – 24% July 23 – 24%
Study Permit Applications
Month Actual Backlog Backlog Projections Sep 22 31% 42% Oct 22 26% 33% Nov 22 28% 31% Dec 22 32% 33% Jan 23 35% 36% Feb 23 29% 34% Mar 23 23 % 25% Apr 23 18% 22% May 23 – 15% Jun 23 – 15% July 23 – 15%
Work Permit Applications
Approximately 69% of the work permits applications are from the CUAET (Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel).
Month Actual Backlog Backlog Projections Sep 22 27% 35% Oct 22 23% 49% Nov 22 24% 55% Dec 22 25% 60% Jan 23 26% 26% Feb 23 23% 28% Mar 23 18 % 28% Apr 23 – 26% May 23 – 24% Jun 23 – 22% July 23 – 22%
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).
Month Actual Backlog Backlog Projections Sep 22 74% 71% Oct 22 74% 70% Nov 22 70% 67% Dec 22 70% 77% Jan 23 68% 68% Feb 23 64% 68% Mar 23 61% 65% Apr 23 50% 56% May 23 – 42% Jun 23 – 42% Jul 23 – 42%
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.
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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.
- Calgary International Airport – Domestic C
- Edmonton International Airport – Domestic /Int’l
- Montréal-Trudeau International Airport – Domestic/Int’l
- Toronto Pearson International Airport – T1 Domestic Level 3
- Toronto Pearson International Airport – T3 Domestic
- Vancouver International Airport – Domestic North
- 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:
- Montréal-Trudeau International Airport – T1 transborder
- Toronto Pearson International Airport – T1 transborder
- 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:
- Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – Domestic
- Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – transborder
- Calgary International Airport – Concourse A
- Calgary International Airport – Concourse B
- Calgary International Airport – Concourse D
- Calgary International Airport – Concourse E
- Edmonton International Airport – transborder
- Greater Moncton Roméo Leblanc International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport – Domestic/Int’l
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport – transborder
- Kelowna International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/Transborder
- Ottawa International Airport – Domestic/Int’l
- Ottawa International Airport – transborder
- Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
- Regina International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
- Saskatoon International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
- St. John’s International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
- Toronto Pearson International airport – T1 Int’l
- Toronto Pearson International airport – T3 Int’l
- Vancouver International Airport – Int’l
- Victoria International Airport – Domestic/Int’l/transborder
- 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%.
Below listed are 8 major reasons why people are preferring to move away from Toronto.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 Birth Number of New Canadian Citizens
Q1 2023 (January – March)
India 16,068 Philippines 8,738 Nigeria 3,765 Syria 3,545 Pakistan 3,253 Iran 2,774 People’s Republic of China 2,572 United States of America 2,043 United Kingdom and Colonies 1,521 Iraq 1,506 Total 45,785 Click here for full list of country-wise new Canadian citizens
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 Birth Q1 2023 Q1 2022 Q1 2021 Q1 2020 Total 84,720 96,207 9,514 61,919 India 16,068 14,899 1,280 8,849 Philippines 8,738 9,872 1,099 8,396 Nigeria 3,765 2,569 128 1,154 Syria 3,545 5,620 574 4,257 Pakistan 3,253 4,147 274 2,824 Iran 2,774 3,835 477 2,720 People’s Republic of China 2,572 3,032 573 2,701 United States of America 2,043 2,361 321 1,266 United Kingdom and Colonies 1,521 1,651 225 1,072 Iraq 1,506 1,893 146 1,291 Brazil 1,452 1,321 117 445 France 1,257 2,665 513 1,150 Jamaica 1,200 1,501 106 859 Egypt 1,158 1,333 110 811 Socialist Republic of Vietnam 1,103 1,191 73 677 Eritrea 1,102 546 49 273 Bangladesh 1,098 1,356 96 864 Mexico 988 1,271 159 830 Algeria 941 1,174 90 772 Afghanistan 898 993 85 531 Colombia 890 1,199 116 636 Haiti 881 1,119 61 834 Turkey 859 724 56 308 Ukraine 857 1,913 87 753 Saudi Arabia 821 720 58 339 Morocco 801 1,051 70 698 United Arab Emirates 786 758 55 451 Sri Lanka 769 774 77 589 Ethiopia 750 633 48 308 Lebanon 705 893 86 621 Russia 639 815 82 527 Federal Republic of Cameroon 620 858 69 470 Republic of South Africa 602 543 58 291 Korea, Republic of 548 720 133 706 Congo, Democratic Republic of the 544 555 35 333 Somalia, Democratic Republic of 510 427 23 301 Venezuela 504 641 68 391 Tunisia 435 619 38 348 Hong Kong SAR 427 518 62 226 Australia 414 429 38 197 Republic of Ivory Coast 401 518 44 350 Burundi 388 198 19 151 Israel 378 512 49 292 Jordan 368 503 41 405 Republic of Ireland 368 444 52 287 Nepal 364 348 69 376 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 350 460 37 224 Italy 334 327 39 219 Democratic Republic of Sudan 323 298 20 151 Federal Republic of Germany 298 308 76 219 Taiwan 295 344 39 181 Romania 290 427 57 347 Kenya 278 248 34 197 Poland 278 335 37 234 Ghana 267 316 13 159 Kuwait 252 261 40 194 Cuba 245 366 31 226 Portugal 244 274 38 181 Albania 232 275 8 151 Guyana 230 326 20 202 Mauritius 222 250 16 193 El Salvador 218 317 25 159 Dominican Republic 211 260 27 132 Libya 210 306 18 116 Thailand 206 203 31 205 Moldova 190 334 42 306 Senegal 184 269 25 156 Zimbabwe 178 188 17 112 Peru 169 273 29 163 Kazakhstan 161 215 22 125 Spain 160 215 14 110 Uganda 157 164 11 60 Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of 156 239 21 128 Rwanda 150 133 10 92 Belgium 148 140 14 88 Serbia, Republic of 141 178 18 97 Honduras 129 145 9 101 Hungary 128 142 10 95 Palestinian Authority (Gaza/West Bank) 126 120 10 63 Greece 125 140 13 96 Ecuador 119 135 11 72 Croatia 117 111 10 85 Guinea, Republic of 113 125 6 76 Yemen, Republic of 113 114 2 39 Chile 112 143 6 69 Azerbaijan 111 102 13 52 Qatar 111 94 4 72 New Zealand 108 105 16 56 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 106 129 7 103 Argentina 100 146 3 80 Republic of Indonesia 98 115 23 75 Belarus 97 153 8 86 Republic of Djibouti 97 44 3 33 Malaysia 96 127 14 81 The Netherlands 96 147 33 99 Peoples Republic of Benin 94 97 3 67 Armenia 90 86 14 79 Togo, Republic of 85 92 7 67 Cambodia 84 73 6 67 Fiji 83 88 10 52 Guatemala 82 124 8 68 Uzbekistan 82 122 13 69 Singapore 80 69 12 56 Switzerland 80 72 7 40 St. Lucia 76 134 12 76 Czech Republic 74 101 10 59 United Republic of Tanzania 74 101 4 60 Bulgaria 73 127 24 99 Kyrgyzstan 70 86 5 46 Bosnia-Hercegovina 69 79 4 53 Chad, Republic of 68 52 3 15 Myanmar (Burma) 66 86 11 76 Slovak Republic 66 58 7 39 Burkina-Faso 59 100 11 63 Congo, People’s Republic of the 59 71 2 35 Georgia 58 44 1 23 Japan 58 95 10 72 Kosovo, Republic of 57 87 2 31 Bhutan 53 51 6 57 Bahrain 48 40 7 30 Oman 48 35 2 24 Barbados 47 79 3 34 Namibia 42 24 0 26 Sweden 42 44 9 28 Central African Republic 41 40 3 26 Denmark 39 34 3 28 Grenada 39 61 5 44 Costa Rica 38 58 6 28 Finland 38 23 2 18 Mali, Republic of 38 65 11 62 Nicaragua 38 38 3 23 Norway 38 52 2 12 Bahama Islands, The 37 37 1 14 Latvia 37 54 2 31 Macedonia 37 58 5 34 Mongolia, People’s Republic of 36 52 6 18 Azores 35 63 4 35 Liberia 35 31 0 21 Zambia 34 38 3 29 Lithuania 33 26 4 25 Bolivia 32 59 17 24 Panama, Republic of 32 35 3 9 Tadjikistan 28 27 6 21 Yugoslavia 27 34 2 27 Madagascar 26 62 6 21 Sierra Leone 25 20 0 15 Others 23 27 6 14 Botswana, Republic of 20 31 1 17 Gabon Republic 19 30 3 19 Paraguay 19 16 8 17 Antigua and Barbuda 18 21 0 4 Tibet 18 24 1 12 Uruguay 18 22 4 11 Angola 17 22 5 11 Austria 15 19 6 4 Czechoslovakia 15 19 2 5 Mauritania 15 38 2 13 Republic of the Niger 15 25 2 17 Belize 14 17 11 7 Gambia 14 20 2 11 Malawi 14 10 1 6 Serbia and Montenegro 14 19 2 16 Slovenia 14 10 1 5 South Sudan, Republic Of 14 19 5 3 Dominica 13 17 1 11 Cyprus 12 18 0 10 Laos 12 4 2 8 Brunei 10 6 2 6 Martinique 10 18 3 6 Bermuda 9 10 1 6 Swaziland 9 9 0 7 Macao SAR 8 24 0 4 Mozambique 8 9 0 5 Guadeloupe 7 12 5 7 St. Kitts-Nevis 7 4 0 1 Turkmenistan 7 15 0 6 Lesotho 6 0 0 2 New Caledonia 6 6 0 2 Puerto Rico 6 4 0 2 Estonia 5 20 3 9 Turks and Caicos Islands 5 0 0 3 Cayman Islands 4 5 0 6 Channel Islands 4 1 0 6 Iceland 4 10 0 2 Malta 4 8 0 5 Seychelles 4 2 0 2 Surinam 4 4 1 3 Andorra 3 1 1 0 Comoros 3 6 0 2 French Polynesia 3 8 1 4 Luxembourg 3 2 0 7 Reunion 3 20 2 4 Guinea-Bissau 2 2 0 2 Korea, People’s Democratic Republic of 2 6 1 2 Madeira 2 1 0 1 Monaco 2 2 0 0 Papau New Guinea 2 3 0 1 Samoa, Independent State Of 2 1 0 0 Tonga 2 2 0 2 Aruba 1 1 0 1 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 1 0 0 1 East Timor, Democratic Republic of 1 0 0 0 French Guiana 1 4 0 4 Gibraltar 1 1 0 0 Guam 1 0 0 1 Montenegro, Republic of 1 6 1 6 Montserrat 1 0 0 2 The Netherlands Antilles 1 6 1 1 Virgin Islands, British 1 1 0 0 Virgin Islands, U.S. 1 0 0 0 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.
IRCC Jobs Accepting Resume
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
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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
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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
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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:
- apply using the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP),
- participate using a co-op program, or
- send their resume to IRCC if they have prior experience as a student, working with the federal government