IRCC Minister Sean Fraser

IRCC Increased Staff by 45%, But Processing Woes Continue


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

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

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



IRCC increased workforce, yet processing times continue to grow 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lack of clarity for the reasons for processing delays 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Toronto Star

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  • Childcare In Canada – Here Is All You Need To Know!

    The journey might sound too overwhelming if you are getting permanent residency of Canada, starting a new life and have kids. As a parent, childcare is usually the top priority. Everyone wants to provide their child with the best care. However, it is also essential to manage the costs and ensure that the childcare service is top quality. 

    So, if you have a child or are planning on having one, you are in the right place. This article lists the many childcare options in Canada. Also, it helps you understand the costs so that you can plan your budget accordingly. Moreover, it will also help you choose a service that is best suited to your needs.

    Types of child care in Canada

    In Canada, there are many options available for child care. A few examples of these are – daycare centres, home daycare, nannies, and preschools. Some of the services are regulated while others might be unregulated.

    Regulated services are monitored, licensed, and regulated by provincial and territorial authorities. Examples of these are full-day childcare, home child care, and school-age child care.

    On the other hand, unregulated child care is provided either in the caregiver’s or the child’s own home. In such cases, it is the parent’s responsibility to assess the quality of child care provided.

    Moreover, you will have to manage your relationship with the caregiver. Listed below are the different kinds of child care in Canada – 

    childcare in canada

    Full-day child care centres

    These centres are inspected regularly by government officials. Full-day child care should be licensed and meet the province’s regulations. These include group size, staff training requirements, physical space, nutrition, health and safety, and so on.  Any childcare centre that is not licensed cannot operate anywhere in Canada.

    Part-day programs

    These programs are regulated in almost all provinces through the same licensing systems as full-day programs. However, some requirements may be different. Also, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Yukon allow unlicensed part-day programs. Examples of such programs are nursery schools or preschools.

    School-age programs

    These programs are regulated in all provinces, usually up to age 12. However, starting age and specific requirements for school-age programs vary. Some before and after-school programs, recreational and skill-building programs, as well as programs for young school-aged children during summers and school holidays are not required to be licensed

    Regulated family child care (home child care)

    This program is available in all provinces. It is provided to a group of children in a caregiver’s own home. In some provinces, regulated family childcare homes are inspected or monitored by a government official.

    They make regular visits. Some regulations in this program include the physical environment, number of children by age, record keeping, nutrition, health and safety, and also sometimes caregiver training.



    Cost of childcare in Canada

    Child care is expensive in Canada and varies by province. So, it often becomes a challenge to find affordable child care. The monthly cost can be around $179 to $1,934 CAD depending on the province.

    In Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and Newfoundland, and Labrador half of the childcare spaces are at a provincially-set fee. Child care in Toronto is the most expensive.

    Also, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan, all cities in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) follow with the highest median fees for childcare. The cities with the lowest fees for infant care are in Quebec. Winnipeg also has affordable childcare. 

    How to find a perfect childcare option 

    Listed below are the steps you should take to find childcare that best suits your situation – 

    • Search for Child Care Services in your city. You can find them on your city’s website or the province’s Ministry of Education website. This will provide you with a list of licensed centers in your neighborhood.
    • Choose the location that best suits for based on your work location or home. Ask about their hours of operation. See if they match the days and times when you’ll need childcare
    • Check the environment of the childcare. It should be welcoming, safe, and child friendly. 
    • Confirm that the provider is licensed, regulated, or monitored by the government. Confirm their qualifications. See if the staff is trained in providing emergency first aid.
    • Lastly, ask about the fees and see if it fits your budget. 

    Tips for newcomers to Canada

    Here are a few tips for newcomers- 

    Budgeting – It is important to budget your expenses. Note down all your monthly costs. This will help you better plan your finances and choose the right kind of childcare program. Also, this helps you decide if you should go for private or public care. For example, hiring a nanny may prove to be slightly more cost-effective if you have two or more kids. 

    Grants – The federal government offers Canada Child Benefit to families with children. This grant provides a tax-free monthly payment to all eligible families living in Canada to assist with the cost of raising children under the age of 18. You should apply for these grants. 

    Subsidies – All provinces provide childcare subsidies. However, the criteria, limits, and options may vary depending on the province. You should consider this. You can Reach out to your nearest newcomer settlement centre for assistance.


  • Inland Vs Outland Canada Spousal Sponsorship Applications!

    Inland Vs Outland Canada Spousal Sponsorship: When applying for spousal sponsorship, you have two options: either as an in-land or outland. Both application types have different processing times and requirements to maintain. 

    One frequently asked question is whether you should apply as an inland or outland applicant for spousal sponsorship. The answer depends on your situation and needs. For example, it is best to submit your application as an outland applicant if you need to travel or be outside Canada. 

    However, if you prefer to work and remain inside Canada, the most suitable option is to apply as an inland spousal applicant. 

    Often, most people want to take both options: to work in Canada and depart when needed. However, leaving Canada while your application is processing comes with several risks that can lead to application refusal or denied entry at the border. 

    Hence, inland applicants are strongly advised to remain in Canada while their application is processing. The main reason is that if you depart Canada, you may not be allowed to re-enter. 



    Why should inland spousal sponsorship applicants not depart the country?  

    Considering that you enter Canada as a visitor, having family or spouse inside Canada sometimes serves as a disadvantage because, as a visitor, your stay in the country is limited to 6 months (if extension is not applied or status is changed). 

    Furthermore, when the border official is aware that your spouse or common-law partner is in Canada, it becomes harder, not easier, to enter. It may seem contradictory, but keep in mind that you are asking to enter as a guest at the port of entry, which means you are only visiting for a limited time and will return home after that. 

    If you have established your home with your spouse or common-law partner, you are not truly a genuine guest who intends to return home outside of Canada, and a border officer may reject your admission.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Class Sponsorships in Canada

    Can you depart Canada in case of an emergency? 

    If an emergency requires you to leave Canada, get in touch with a licensed immigration practitioner (consultant or lawyer) before you leave. It would help if you honestly weighed the importance of being allowed to travel against the risk you are taking with your application. 

    Nevertheless, there is documentation that you may prepare in advance that may help you at the port of entry upon your return.

    What to do if you have already left Canada and were denied entry?

    Unfortunately, you will need to start your sponsorship application again if you cannot return to Canada, this time with an outland spousal sponsorship application. 

    To begin a new application as an outland applicant, you must first withdraw your current ongoing application. Moreover, the $550 application fee may not be refundable if your application is already processed.

    You may be eligible for a refund if your application is not yet processed, but it is not guaranteed, and the refund process can take months. 

    Remember that applying again comes with a new set of updated forms, proof of support with a more current date, and sometimes new police clearances. 

    Nevertheless, it is important to note that numerous applicants for inland sponsorship do arrive and depart successfully. Every time they leave the country, though, they run the possibility of having their application for permanent residence delayed or denied if they can’t get back into Canada immediately.

     In addition, living together while the application was being processed is one of the requirements for approval of an inland sponsorship, so even if you are permitted to enter Canada again, a prolonged absence from the country can still present issues.

    Can you change your application from inland to outland or vice versa? 

    No, even though the application materials will be identical, an inland sponsorship has a different legal structure and procedure than an outland sponsorship. 

    Even separate IRCC offices handle the processing of the applications. You cannot request that an application be changed to a different stream once filed under one stream. Withdrawing your spousal sponsorship and submitting a fresh application would be the option if you discover that you must switch categories for some reason.

    For more details on spousal sponsorship, refer to official IRCC page.


  • Express Entry Glitch Invited Some Ineligible Profiles In Latest Draw

    With the implementation of the new TEER system on November 16, IRCC Express Entry management system has reflected several glitches. In addition, many lawyers and immigration specialist have voiced their concerns about the ongoing IRCC glitches. 

    Certain Express Entry profiles didn’t receive an invitation to apply (ITA) in November 23 draw; although, they had CRS score above the declared cut off. While some ineligible profiles got the invite because some profiles received additional CRS points that they were not entitled to.

    This article highlights some of the glitches in the Express Entry system that has affected the system after implementation of new TEER system on November 16. 



    Glitches in the Express Entry system

    Ottawa based Immigration lawyer Tamara Mosher-Kuczer highlighted some of the glitches in the Express Entry system. She mentions that since November 16, there have been “serious” Express Entry glitches. 

    As a result of these glitches, some applicants did not receive an invitation to apply in the latest Express Entry draw, which has had severe consequences for some applicants. 

    “IRCC should own up to the errors, apologize to those in the pool, and ideally find some way to rectify for those seriously impacted,” says Tamara.

    The applicants who did not receive an invitation in the latest Express Entry draw had a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) above the minimum required score to receive an invitation. However, they were not invited. 

    Another glitch was that the applicants did not get the points for their spouse’s Canadian work experience. Generally, applicants receive 70 CRS points for a spouse’s Canadian work experience. 

    Furthermore, some applicants were marked eligible for the Canadian Experience Class and received an invitation to apply, but they did not possess the Canadian work experience to be eligible. 

    In addition, certain applicants received additional CRS points that they were not qualified for and were invited to apply based on those invalid scores. 

    IRCC is yet to respond to glitches

    IRCC is yet to respond to these ongoing glitches. Recently, several applications process has been moved online for faster processing. Yet, they continue to pose problems in the portal. 

    Good news is that certain Express Entry profiles just got lucky because of the above mentioned glitch. However, bad news is that certain deserving Express Entry profiles were left out in the latest Express Entry draw.

    We will continue to update you if there is any future update on the ongoing glitches in the Express Entry system to help you prepare for your immigration journey. 


  • Recommendations To Improve Canada Immigration Made By CIMM

    The Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) released a report, Promoting Fairness in Canada Immigration Decisions, where the Committee investigated visa outcomes in the immigration system. Upon examination, they found the system systematically and unjustifiably disfavours particular groups based on race and country of origin.

    As a result, the Committee makes wide-ranging suggestions to improve the immigration system, which consistently disadvantages some groups depending on race and country of origin.

    After hearing from several immigration advocates, lawyers, and settlement agency staff, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration decided to examine the immigration system. 



    CIMM’s Key recommendations for the immigration system 

    IRCC will share their response to the CIMM report and recommendations in a few months. Meanwhile, below are the key recommendations:

    • Visa officers should record applicant interviews to prevent miscommunication.
    • Ottawa should expand the extraordinary measures already available to Ukrainians, such as the provision allowing for the sponsorship of extended family members to people from other nations and regions experiencing humanitarian crises.
    • The Canadian government should establish a separate monitoring body responsible for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), whose mandate should include dealing with racism and complaints concerning the agency. 
    • Immediate implementation of an Anti-Racism Quality Assurance process for decisions made by visa officers to investigate the impact of individual bias and systemic racism on decisions and refusal rates at visa offices
    • Requesting that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) dedicate more resources to process caregiver permanent residency applications from all streams faster. 

    As per IRCC, they train all officers to assess all applications equally and use the same criteria regardless of their country of origin. With the upcoming reports, they are looking to examine the impact on racialized applicants and minority community members. 

    CIMM highlights longer wait times in application processing 

    According to the Committee’s information, waiting for durations for various refugee groups may differ depending on shifting government priorities and quotas.

    A non-denominational charitable group called Remember Ministries’ executive director, Jennifer Miedema informed the Committee that fund allocation tells you where priorities are placed or who are the favoured demographics.

    Miedema says that “the uneven distribution of delays equals the uneven distribution of suffering,” adding that even holding out hope for final resettlement could be harmful over a prolonged period of waiting and delay.

    Further, she explains the impact on refugees, as their hopes are raised when they submit their applications, but they need to wait for a year or two without any response. As a result, it has a heavy impact on their mental health. 

    According to the Parliamentary Committee, the government should raise the overall number of refugees it welcomes to Canada during a crisis rather than backtrack on or delay receiving those whose applications are currently on hold. 

    They also want a complete racial equity assessment of Canada’s immigration and refugee system and to allocate more resources to process and give priority to privately sponsored refugees. 

    An increasing number of federal appeals 

    The number of people requesting federal appeals to become new Canadians has increased seven times in the last three years. 

    The court system is becoming overburdened with these judicial requests to contest allegedly unjust decisions made by visa officers and procedural delays. These applications are a judicial remedy in the immigration context that compels the IRCC to carry out a public legal obligation owed to an applicant.

    The recording of candidate interviews has been recommended as a potential solution to help with court-ordered redeterminations of unsuccessful applications. According to Vancouver-based immigration lawyer Victor Ing, IRCC needs to be more transparent and honest with clients to avoid more mandamus applications.

    Next, the Committee highlighted the increased wait times in the caregiver program. 

    The caregiver Program has the longest wait times

    The Live-in Caregiver Program saw some of the longest wait times before and after the pandemic. For example, the average time to process caregiver visas in 2020 was about 57 months and two days. While in 2021, the wait time was 68 months plus one day to process applications. 

    As a result, 15,621 applications were pending or anticipated to be pending in the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot backlog as of December 31, 2021. In addition, there were 1,639 more applications in the Live-in Care Program’s database.

    Arlene Ruiz, a licensed and regulated immigration consultant and a recruiter from Alexene Immigration & Employment Services, informed the Committee that many caregivers are from the Philippines. For them, the delays in application processing cause breakdowns in their marriages and children growing out of their dependent status. 

    Immigration attorney Steven Meurrens also mentions that the IRCC lacks transparency, which adds to the problem. For example, the processing times mentioned on IRCC are inaccurate. Further, the Access to Information Act shows that there have been no caregiver files processed since 2019.

    Following this month’s announcement by the federal Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser, that Canada aims to settle 500,000 new immigrants by 2025, a new report by the Parliament has been released.

    The announcement comes after a record-breaking year for immigration to Canada in 2021, when more than 405,000 people arrived. The nation is also dealing with an unprecedented backlog of visa applications, with 2.2 million being processed by IRCC as of this month.

    Source: CIMM Report


  • Know Latest Average Weekly Earnings In Canada & All The Provinces

    On November 24, 2022 – Statistics Canada released September 2022 data for average weekly earnings in Canada and all provinces. Due to administrative steps that lead to the collection and compilation of data from our widely dispersed Canada, this data is typically delayed by two months.

    In September 2022, the number of employees receiving pay or benefits from their employer increased by 85,300 (+0.5%), according to the Survey of Employment, Payrolls, and Hours. Average weekly earnings in Canada is at $1,175.37, an increase of 3.5% year-on-year.

    Overall, the payroll employment were largest in Quebec (+39,100; +1.0%), Ontario (+15,300; +0.2%), British Columbia (+10,500; +0.4%) and Alberta (+10,400; +0.5%). The only province to see a decrease in payroll employment was Newfoundland and Labrador (-900; -0.4%).

    Overall, average weekly earnings increased by 3.5% year on year in September 2022, slightly higher than the 3.2% increase in August. Below are the province-wise and industry-wise weekly earnings as per Statistics Canada.

    Industry-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada (Including overtime) – September 2022

    IndustryAverage Weekly Earnings
    Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction2304.44
    Utilities1927.56
    Finance and insurance1724.12
    Professional, scientific and technical services1639.86
    Information and cultural industries1621.54
    Public administration1532.19
    Management of companies and enterprises1493.67
    Construction1456.61
    Forestry, logging and support1411.59
    Wholesale trade1399.45
    Manufacturing1248.50
    Transportation and warehousing1226.55
    Real estate and rental and leasing1204.10
    Sector aggregate1175.37
    Educational services1145.01
    Health care and social assistance1016.67
    Other services (excluding public administration)981.10
    Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services952.89
    Arts, entertainment and recreation729.04
    Retail trade704.73
    Accommodation and food services468.30


    Province-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

    GeographyWeekly Earnings Sep 2022Weekly Earnings Aug 2022
    Nunavut$1593.33$1559.50
    Northwest Territories$1560.30$1552.27
    Yukon$1334.02$1348.75
    Alberta$1266.05$1257.16
    Ontario$1206.70$1198.79
    British Columbia$1175.98$1170.23
    Newfoundland and Labrador$1159.31$1145.71
    Saskatchewan$1155.70$1143.55
    Quebec$1118.25$1120.40
    New Brunswick$1082.99$1066.62
    Manitoba$1066.67$1070.27
    Nova Scotia$1020.83$1027.02
    Prince Edward Island$985.73$975.54

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which Canadian province has the highest average weekly earnings?

    Nunavut has the highest weekly earnings at $1593.33 followed by Northwest Territories at $1560.30 and Yukon at $1334.02. However, these provinces have very low population being in the northern Canada.

    Alberta has the average weekly earnings of $1266.05 among the major Canadian provinces followed by Ontario at $1206.70 and British Columbia at $1175.98.

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Canada?

    Canada has the average weekly earnings of $1,175.37 as per latest data by Statistics Canada released on November 24, 2022.

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Ontario and British Columbia?

    Ontario has the average weekly earnings of $1206.70, while British Columbia has average weekly earnings at $1175.98

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Quebec?

    Quebec has an average weekly earnings of $1118.25

    Source: Statistics Canada


  • CBSA Administrative Jobs Hiring Now For Calgary & Edmonton Airport

    Canada Border Services Agency is hiring for various admin jobs in Central Alberta District, Calgary International Airport (Alberta) and Edmonton International Airport (Alberta). 

    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the second-largest law enforcement agency in Canada, employs over 15,000 individuals across the country and works around the clock to defend Canada’s borders by obstructing the entry of high-risk people and commodities while facilitating legal trade and travel.

    To apply for this position, all you need is a two years of secondary school. Learn about the position details, requirements and how to apply. 

    Employment conditions 

    • Must have a Reliability Status for security clearance
    • Hold a valid driver’s license or personal mobility 
    • Can operate a government vehicle.
    • Be able to take job-related travel with advance notice
    • Can work various shifts, such as evenings and weekends
    • Be able to work overtime and on weekends, including statutory holidays.
    • Have the ability to carry up to 25 kg


    Position Requirements

    Education: The applicant must have completed two years of secondary school “OR” other employer-approved alternatives as listed below. 

    The employer-approved alternative includes the following: 

    • A satisfactory result on the test given by the Public Service Commission, which is accepted as a substitute for two years of secondary education; or
    • An acceptable balance of experience, training, and education

    Candidates are considered to have completed the two years of secondary school if they satisfy one of the following requirements:

    • Candidates who passed the Public Service Commission exam, which is accepted as a substitute for two years of high school; or
    • Candidates who have been assigned or deployed to a position in the CR classification for an indefinite period

    Experience: Candidates must have experience providing administrative support in an office setting. For example, buying office supplies, receiving supplies, entering data, managing communications, preserving documents, etc. As well as have experience offering client service to both external and internal clients.

    Job Summary? 

    All you need is your résumé and two references to apply for these positions. You would have to create your candidate profile and fill out your details. Additionally, ensure that you demonstrate how you meet the position requirements in your application. 

    Who Can Apply:

    Anyone living in Calgary, Alberta, and surrounding locations, such as Standard, Cayley, Exshaw, and Didsbury, AB, is welcome to apply for the Calgary position.  

    Additionally, those residing in Leduc (AB) and close-by locations such as Legal (AB), Ryley (AB), Ponoka (AB), and Breton (AB) can apply for the Edmonton position. 

    • Salary: $50,821 to $54,857
    • Closing date: 31 December 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time

    To apply for the Calagary position, click here. The reference number for this position is BSF22J-016272-003382. 

    If you would like to apply for the Edmonton position, click here. The reference number for this position is BSF22J-016272-003380. 


  • Canada Open Work Permit – All You Need To Know

    Most foreign nationals need a work permit to work in Canada; there are two types of work permits: open work permits and closed work permits. An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada. In contrast, closed work permits are employer-specific, enabling you to work for a specific employer under particular conditions. 

    With an open work permit, you do not require any job offer or LMIA from a Canadian employer. Moreover, you can work a maximum of 40 hours per week on an open work permit. It also comes with the benefit of working anywhere in Canada with any employer. 

    However, a person can apply an open work permit in 11 scenarios as instructed by IRCC. In this article, you can learn about the eligibility requirements of an open work permit for Canada. 

    Who can apply Canada open work permit? 

    According to IRCC, an open work permit is only available in certain circumstances, and you may be eligible if you meet the following: 

    1. International students who have graduated from a designated learning institution and qualify for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
    2. Destitute students who can no longer afford to pay for their studies  
    3. Employer employer-specific work permit holders who are being or are at risk of being exploited in their job in Canada 
    4. Those who have applied for permanent residency in Canada and awaiting for decision on your application.
    5. Dependent family members of permanent resident applicants 
    6. Common-law partner or spouse of a skilled worker or of an international student 
    7. Spouse or common-law partner of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program applicant 
    8. Refugee claimant, refugee, protected person or their dependent family members
    9. You are subject to an unenforceable removal order, meaning you have requested a federal judicial review, pre-removal risk assessment, or humanitarian and compassionate considerations in response to a removal order
    10. A temporary resident permit holder
    11. Young workers who participate in special programs such as CUSMA. 

    Please note that an open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, excluding those who are:



    Work Permit General Requirements

    Depending on where you are when applying for an open work permit, you need to meet specific requirements. However, you must meet the following requirements regardless of where you are and the work permit type you apply for. 

    • Demonstrate to an official that you intend to depart Canada after your work permit expires;
    • Prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and return home;
    • Obey the law and have no criminal history (you may need to provide a police clearance if requested);
    • Not pose a security risk to Canada;
    • Be in good health and undergo a medical exam if needed
    • Not plan to employers work for an employer included on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the requirements with the status “ineligible”;
    • Have no intentions to work for a business that regularly provides striptease, exotic dance, escort services, or erotic massages; and
    • Provide the officer with any additional documents they request to confirm your eligibility to enter the country.

    How To Apply Canada Open Work Permit?

    There are different instructions to apply for Canada work permit depending on location. It depends whether you want to apply work permit from within Canada or outside Canada or at a Port of Entry (POE). Click here to get instructions depending upon your situation.


  • Atlantic Immigration Program Eligibility With New TEER NOC

    The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) provides a pathway to permanent residency for qualified foreign workers and international graduates who desire to work and live in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces; Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island.

    Therefore, those struggling due to high CRS scores in Express Entry can consider this pathway a potential option. Furthermore, TEER 4 (or NOC C) are also eligible for Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP). This article enlists the program requirements and how you can qualify for the program. 

    Who can apply for the Atlantic Immigration Program? 

    If you would like to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

    • Posses qualifying work experience, unless you are an international graduate from a recognized post-secondary Atlantic Canada institution 
    • Satisfy the education requirements 
    • Meet the language requirements 
    • Have sufficient funds to support yourself and your accompanying family member
      • However, if you are already living and working in Canada on a valid work permit, you do not need to show proof of funds. 

    If you fulfill all these requirements, you can begin looking for work with a designated Atlantic employer. Below, you can find a detailed explanation of all the required eligibility criteria. 



    Work experience requirements 

    In the last five years, you must have worked 30 hours per week for at least one year, totalling 1,560 hours. 

    Here’s how you can calculate your hours: 

    • Calculate the hours worked in part-time and full-time jobs. 
    • Only count the hours for paid work, where volunteering or unpaid internships do not count. 
    • Do not count hours when you are self-employed. 
    • Include hours worked inside or outside Canada, and ensure that you were legally authorized to work in Canada as a temporary resident. 
    • In your calculations, count the hours you accumulated over at least 12 months. 
    • Count job experience gained while studying as long as the work hours do not exceed the maximum allowed. 

    The acquired work experience should be among the following  National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEERs.

    • TEER 0 (management jobs such as restaurant managers or mine managers)
    • TEER 1 (professional jobs that usually need a degree from a university, such as doctors, dentists or architects)
    • TEER 2 (technical jobs and skilled trades requiring at least 2 years of college or apprenticeship, or occupations with supervisory or safety responsibilities such as police officers and firefighters)
    • TEER 3 (technical jobs and skilled trades requiring less than 2 years of college or apprenticeship; or more than 6 months of on-the-job training)
    • TEER 4 (intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or several weeks of job-specific training, such as industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers, or food and beverage servers)

    Your work experience must include most of the primary responsibilities in your NOC’s description and the main duties. 

    Requirements for international graduates 

    If you are an international graduate, you do not need to satisfy the work experience requirements. However, you must meet the following criteria: 

    • Have a degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship that
    • You were a full-time student for the entire time you were studying.
    • Lived in one of the four provinces for at least 16 months in the last two years before graduation, these provinces include:
      • New Brunswick
      • Nova Scotia
      • Newfoundland and Labrador or
      • Prince Edward Island
    • Had a valid permit while studying, living or working in Canada 

    Education requirements 

    You must meet one of the following requirements: 

    • If you have a job offer at the NOC 2021 TEER 0 or 1 category, you must have a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential or higher, or the equivalent from outside Canada.
    • If you have a job offer at the NOC 2021 TEER 2, 3 or 4 category, you must have a Canadian high school diploma, or the equivalent from outside Canada.

    If you studied outside of Canada, you would need an educational credential assessment (ECA) to demonstrate that your studies are at or above the required level of education for your employment offer.

    Additionally, your educational credential assessment (ECA) must be under five years old from the date you submit your application. 

    Language requirements 

    You must fulfill the minimal language criteria for the NOC category applicable to your employment offer. It might be either the meeting of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for French. 

    Each NOC category’s minimum language requirements are: 

    • CLB/NCLC 5 for TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3
    • CLB/NCLC 4 for TEER 4

    Ensure that your language results are from a designated language testing organization, which must be less than two years old when you apply. 

    Required settlement funds

    Unless you already have a valid work permit and are currently working in Canada, you must demonstrate that you have enough funds to sustain yourself and your family after arriving in Canada.

    Some of the other requirements are you:

    • Can not borrow settlement funds from another person.
      • Must have this money to cover your family’s living expenses even if they are not coming with you. 
    • Provide evidence to your home country’s Canadian visa office that you have sufficient funds when you apply to immigrate. 
    • The amount of money required to sustain your family depends on the size of your family. These fund requirements are updated each year. 
    Number of family members
    (including those you support that aren’t immigrating with you)
    Funds required
    (in Canadian dollars)
    1$3,327
    2$4,142
    3$5,092
    4$6,183
    5$7,013
    6$7,909
    7$8,806
    For each additional family member$896

    Getting a job offer 

    As mentioned earlier, you need a job offer from designated employers from one of the four provinces. You can find these employers on each province’s website:

    The job offer must meet all of the following requirements: 

    • In addition, the job offer should be full-time, non-seasonal and have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.  
    • Employers must offer you a position that will last at least one year for NOC 2021 TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 category (1 year from when you become a permanent resident).
    • The employer must offer you permanent employment with no set end date for NOC 2021 TEER 4 category job offers.
    • The employment offer cannot come from a firm in which you or your spouse possess majority ownership.
    • Unless you are an international graduate from a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada, the job offer must be at the same or higher TEER level than the work experience that qualified you for the position (see the chart below).
    • Certain healthcare industry occupations may not require a job offer at the same or higher TEER level as the qualifying work experience.
      • For example, work experience in NOC 32101 (licensed practical nurses) and NOC 31301 (registered nurses) can be used as qualifying work experience if you have a job offer in NOC 33102 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 44101 (home health care workers).

    Qualifying work experience requirement for each NOC level job offer

    NOC 2021 TEER job offer categoryWork experience requirement
    TEER 0TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
    TEER 1TEER 1, 2, 3, 4
    TEER 2TEER 2, 3, 4
    TEER 3TEER 3, 4
    TEER 4TEER 4

    Source: IRCC


  • VIA Rail Jobs Hiring Now For Toronto And Montreal Locations

    VIA Rail Canada is hiring for On-Train Service Attendants for Toronto and Montreal Terminals. It is an excellent opportunity for people with experience in hospitality, food restaurants, or airline companies and looking for entry level jobs.

    The position requires customer service, such as greeting people on board, answering their needs and showing sincere appreciation for their business. The job pays $26.26 per hour. 

    What’s more? You even get paid training along with several benefits. Learn about the position details, requirements and how to apply below. 

    Position Summary for Toronto candidates

    • Job Title: On-Train Service Attendant 
    • Job Category: Customer Service 
    • Hourly Rate: $26.26
    • Number of positions to fill: 12
    • Application deadline: November 30, 2022

    Position Summary for Montreal candidates

    • Job Title: On-Train Service Attendant 
    • Job Category: Customer Service 
    • Hourly Rate: $26.26
    • Number of positions to fill: 12
    • Application deadline: December 2, 2022


    Benefits

    • Competitive $26.26 hourly rate
    • generous pay and benefits package
    • Paid training 
    • A supportive and close group of coworkers 
    • A workplace that promotes employee health and happiness
    • Employees and their families can take advantage of various health and wellness benefits, including complete telemedicine service.
    • An employer who values equity and offers possibilities for advancement
    • An opportunity to be a part of a sustainable transportation service that connects Canadian communities.

    The paid training sessions begin on January 16, 2023, and last approximately seven weeks. You must complete the training session successfully to obtain the position. 

    Travel requirements

    If you apply to work in Montreal Terminal as an On-Train Service Attendant, you may need to travel to Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, Jonquière and Senneterre.

    Similarly, if you apply to work in Toronto Terminal, you would have to travel from Toronto to Windsor, Niagara and Montreal. 

    Responsibilities and duties

    As an On-Train Service Attendant, some of your daily duties will include the following: 

    • Ensure that every traveller receives exceptional, professional service.
    • Provide safety instructions 
    • Escort passengers on their journey and help them with their luggage
    • Offer, provide and serve food and drinks, including meat and alcohol. 
    • Sell refreshments and snacks 
    • Maintain the cleanliness of the work areas and the restrooms.
    • During each journey, pay attention to the little things.

    Job schedule 

    The position requires you to travel, and below is how much you may need to travel:  

    • On-call schedules that are variable, including weekends and holidays (bonuses for statutory holidays)
    • Away from home travel for each trip where each trip may last for one to three days 
    • Long-distance trips include accommodation and meals.

    Job Requirements

    To be eligible for this position, you have to meet the following requirements: 

    • Greet customers and can communicate in English and French 
    • Hold a high school diploma. 
    • Possess the physical ability to repeatedly handle loads of up to 23 kg (50 lb.). 
    • Have at least one year of customer service experience, preferably in the food service industry, restaurant, or as a flight attendant for an airline

    How to apply? 

    To apply, you must create an account using your email if you are a new candidate. Then, fill out your details such as identification, contact information, educational background, experience, availability, language ability and position questionnaire. 


  • Understanding New Changes To Express Entry With Bill C19 – All You Need To Know

    As Bill C-19 receives royal assent, the Express Entry system will undergo several amendments. These new amendments will bring changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System used to evaluate and rank individuals in the pool.  

    Express Entry includes all major economic immigration categories, such as the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and a component of the Provincial Nominee Program, which will experience changes under Bill C-19 in 2023.  

    Another impact would be on the expression of interest that selects top-ranking candidates through regularly released Ministry instructions. These candidates are later invited to complete an immigration application.  

    To help you prepare for the new changes, below is the summary of amendments in Bill C-19 to the Express Entry system and fee waiver for some IRCC applications. 



    Summary of Bill C-19 Amendments To Express Entry

    Express Entry Selection based on new groups and categories 

    The new amendment will include ministerial instructions to bring additional filters to the Express Entry pool based on groups and categories rather than only immigration class. The ministerial instructions serve as the foundation for the rounds of invites.

    Express Entry ITAs to specify the stream in which the applicant must apply

    Another amendment is to create new categories with eligibility requirements for the purpose of ranking. Wherein if a foreign national qualifies for more than one class, the invitation to apply for permanent residence should specify the stream in which the applicant must apply. 

    Minister to specify an economic goal with each category 

    The new amendment also requires the Minister to specify in the instruction the economic goal that the newly established category will support. 

    Applicants who have lost points due to age can receive a permanent resident visa 

    The amendment establishes exclusions that allow Express Entry permanent residence visas to be given to candidates who have received an invitation to apply but would otherwise have lost eligibility due to changes in their circumstances. 

    For example, suppose an applicant has aged and lost points or lost qualification but has maintained a score equal to the minimum required to rank in the invitation round. In that case, they may be awarded a visa or other documents. 

    Minister’s report to include established category for foreign nationals

    The amendment adds that the Minister’s annual report to Parliament must include instructions to establish any category for foreign nationals in Express Entry. These instructions should include the economic goal it supports and the number of invitations issued under this category. 

    More details on Bill C-19 will be revealed, along with the new exact categories, its eligibility criteria in coming months.

    Changes Under Bill C-19 For Fees Of Some Applications

    The Canada Gazette typically outlines regulations and publishes immigration fees. However, for any changes in immigration fees, they need to go through regulatory impact analysis and have stakeholder input before implementation.  

    Moreover, processing applications for a temporary resident visa, a permanent resident visa, a work permit, a study permit, an extension of an authorization to remain in Canada as a temporary resident, and an authorization to stay 59 Bill C-19 in Canada as a permanent resident are already exempt from the Service Fees Act.

    Other fees for services, such as those associated with processing applications based on humanitarian and compassionate considerations, are exempt. These include applications submitted under public policy, services to obtain travel documents for permanent residents, including permanent resident cards, and services associated with the processing of applications to sponsor members of the family class.

    With Bill C-19, the following new service fees would become exempt:

    • Authorization for a permanent resident to return to Canada;
    • Rehabilitation for determining criminality and serious criminality 
    • Temporary status restoration and 
    • Temporary resident permits

  • Canada Work Culture – Know How To Adapt As A Newcomer!

    As a newcomer to Canada, it is common to face challenges in adapting to a new culture. Most immigrants bring valuable knowledge and skills to the Canadian market. But they are hesitant in applying to jobs. So, if you are new to Canada and are facing challenges in starting or advancing your career, don’t worry we have got you covered. 

    Often these challenges are because you might be unaware of the differences between the work environment in your home country and in Canada. This can be in regard to networking, communication, feedback, and so on.

    As a newcomer, it is important to familiarize yourself with the Canadian work culture. This will not only help you to work well in a team but will also help you grow your career. Also, this helps avoid any misunderstanding. 

    So, take some time and adopt these tips to adapt to the Canadian work culture:

    1. Focus on your Soft Skills

    The Canadian work culture focuses a lot on your soft skills. Having soft skills means being able to work in a team, being flexible, and having good time management practices. Also, it is important that you have a positive attitude. Always take initiative in your team. Canadian work culture often values these skills more than your “hard skills”. 

    2. Small talks

    Small talks is integral to Canadian culture. This applies to your workplace as well. So, always indulge in small talk in your meetings. It helps you know other people and understand any common interests that you may have. Some common topics for small talk could be weather, sports, or movies.


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    3. Punctuality

    Canadians value punctuality and time management a lot. Most people here don’t wait for more than 15 minutes if you’re late. It is considered disrespectful to keep people waiting. However, if you are running late, always send people a message. Let them know when they should expect you.

    If you are late to work regularly, you might be perceived as unprofessional. Also, it raises concerns about your time management skills Most workplaces have policies around punctuality and attendance. Make sure to follow them. By doing so, you can advance in the company.

    4. Equality

    Canadian workplaces pay a lot of emphasis on equality. People here are treated equally and fairly. People’s designation doesn’t determine respect. Even if you are an intern, you will be included in meetings and asked to share your views. Canadian workplaces are very diverse. Discrimination on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, or race is illegal. So, it is very important for you to appreciate and respect diversity and cultural differences. 

    5. Understand the non-verbal cues

    It is very important for you to understand the non-Verbal and subtle Cues in your workplace. You should try to learn and adopt these. A few examples of these are- maintaining eye contact during a conversation. This shows that you are interested in the conversation. Avoiding eye contact comes across as being untrustworthy, or having low self-confidence. Say good morning and goodbye at the end of the workday. These small gestures can go a long way. 


  • Here Are 10 Work From Home Jobs Hiring Now In Canada!

    Whether you are an experienced professional or trying to build up experience, there is plenty of work from home opportunities. You can make several extra bugs from the comfort of your home, and many even offer you the flexibility to choose your schedule. 

    Below are ten work-from-home opportunities, regardless of your experience levels. All you need is a reliable internet connection and your laptop. 

    Moreover, you can find positions that will probably pay you weekly due to the nature of these jobs. We have included the average base salary from Indeed data to help you calculate your estimated salary. 

    10 Work-from-home Jobs with Average Base Salaries  

    Translator

    Average Base Salary: $27.06/hr

    Main duties: Translators take a message written in one language and convert it into another. They translate while keeping the original message’s meaning intact.

    Proofreader

    Average Base Salary: $24.16/hr

    Main duties: Proofreaders examine written material and fix grammatical and spelling mistakes. Additionally, they look for good syntax, punctuation, and brand voice.

    Virtual Assistant

    Average base salary: $22.11/hr

    Main duties: Virtual assistants manage calendars for their clients, which could include scheduling meetings, calls, travel plans, etc. In addition, they frequently connect with their client through phone and email.



    Content writer

    Average base salary: 21.49/hr

    Main duties: Content writers create marketing copy to promote their client’s services or goods. In addition, they conduct research to learn more about their client’s services and goods and input their material into a content management system for evaluation. 

    Transcriptionist

    Average base salary: 21.34/hr

    Main duties: A transcriptionist listens to audio files and notes each word they hear. In addition to reviewing and organizing their transcriptions for later access, they frequently write shorthand notes. 

    Blogger

    Average base salary: 21.19/hr

    Main duties: Bloggers create online blog content and get paid for views. For example, they create blog posts, edit them for clarity and grammatical accuracy, and publish them. Or they help write content for other blogs. In addition, bloggers use social media to advertise their blog posts. 

    Interpreter

    Average Base Salary: 20.93/hr

    Main duties: An interpreter translates a message or document from one language into another. They translate these messages into other languages and frequently into sign language for hearing-impaired people. Written documents can be translated into another language by interpreters as well.

    Social media handler

    Average base salary: 19.95/hr

    Main duties: Social media experts create content for a company’s social media platforms. In addition, they may need to engage with customers to expand the company’s social media following. Social media experts may also review websites and social media stats to enhance their tactics.

    Customer service representative

    Average base salary: $18.45/hr 

    Main duties: Customer service representatives take customer calls and solve their problems. In addition, they respond to customer inquiries, provide product details, and handle exchanges and returns.

    Call center representative

    Average base salary: 18.23/hr

    Main duties: Call centre agents to speak with customers and utilize their familiarity with goods and services to serve them better. They pay attention to customers’ complaints and work to understand their needs better to offer the best solution.


  • Canada Common-law Sponsorship – Errors You Need To Avoid

    Legal proof of a common-law relationship is more challenging to establish than legal proof of marriage. With a common-law relationship, you only have a collection of various pieces of evidence that, when taken together, form a picture of a committed relationship between two people.

    Therefore, the burden of proof falls heavily on a common-law applicant. If you are a potential common law sponsorship applicant, here are 4 common errors you can avoid in your application. 

    Error 1: Not meeting the common-law definition before applying

    Before submitting your application, you must confirm that you meet the IRCC’s common law definition. It requires you to have lived together continuously for at least a year to qualify for a common-law relationship

    Cohabitation, or living together, implies that you have lived at the same address as your partner for at least one year. If your partner is away to visit their family or due to any occasion, you should wait to apply until you have lived together continuously for 12 months.

    If you have not lived with your partner for 12 continuous months, you do not meet the definition of a common-law relationship

     However, if you and your partner were both travelling to visit relatives for an occasion, your continuous time together would make you eligible for common-law. This is because you do not need to be inside Canada, but you need to be together. 

    Whether you can have time apart under the common-law standards always comes up. But, in most cases, obtaining common-law status can proceed during relatively brief and temporary absences. The general guideline is that if you want to become common-law partners, you shouldn’t be separated for more than two weeks. 

    Additionally, it doesn’t matter if you are currently living together or not, provided you have lived together for at least 12 continuous months and can prove it. You are regarded as common law as long as your relationship endures.

    Another important aspect to remember is that you must have met the cohabitation requirements the day you sign your forms or apply together. Your application may be refused if you do not meet the eligibility requirements. 

    Error 2: Failing to provide evidence of a 12-month cohabitation

     Living together for at least a year is the main factor that distinguishes a common-law from other types of relationships. Therefore, you must include supporting documentation with your application demonstrating that you both resided at the same place for a minimum of a year. 

    Some of the acceptable proofs include the following:

    • Shared lease with both applicants’ names 
    • Receiving mail at the same address 
    • Your bank statements with the same address 
    • Shared bills 
    • Or any other evidence demonstrating your cohabitation 

    If you have relocated more than once in the past year, you should provide documentation connecting the two to each residence you have occupied.



    Error 3: No Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Status 

    A Statutory Declaration of Common-Law status, Form IMM 5409, is a specific form used to disclose the details of a common-law relationship for immigration. 

    You must submit this form with your applications if you are in a common-law relationship. Ensure that you fill out the form correctly and include it in all your applications. 

    Error 4: Not keeping copies of your IRCC application 

    When you apply for common-law sponsorship application, ensure that you keep copies of the entire filing. It is important because if IRCC requests more information, you may need to refer to the information you have already submitted. 

    To avoid sending the same evidence, ensure that you keep copies of your filing and gather and document sufficient evidence of your relationship. Additionally, keeping file copies can help you identify if a specific area lacks evidence. 

    Additionally, there is a chance that the officer may overlook your application. You must always be able to demonstrate what you sent and when it was received.


  • New Immigration Plan Can Help With Alberta Labour Shortage

    As Canada intends to significantly increase the number of immigrants annually, groups in Alberta believe it will benefit businesses facing labour shortages. The immigration levels plan, which immigration minister Sean Fraser unveiled on November 1, 2022, calls for a massive influx of immigrants to enter the country: 465,000 in 2023, rising to 500,000 in 2025.

    Government has a strong focus on admitting people based on their employment qualifications or experience. Alberta-based organizations want the government to ease limitations on immigrants choosing lower-paying positions and to support organizations that assist newcomers’ resettlement in ensuring that the new Canadians can genuinely help with the labour shortage.



    Calgary Chamber of Commerce Report on Immigration 

    The Calgary Chamber of Commerce released a report outlining the crucial role immigration plays in easing labour shortages. 

    President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Deborah Yedlin, explained that whether you work in the service industry, technology, energy, or the healthcare industry, everyone is searching for that last unit of labour. Immigration has become important to address the talent shortage that every business faces across the country.

    Regarding the latest immigration levels plan, Yedlin accepts the new plan but suggests expanding the options to low-wage workers rather than solely focusing on highly skilled, technically trained experts. 

    According to Yedlin, there is a bit of a catch-22 with programs like the Alberta Opportunity Stream since you require prior work experience and language proficiency, which limits the pool of immigrants who can apply.

    She explains that the government needs to figure out how to ensure that the ability to come and work is offered as an opportunity for a broader proportion of the immigrant population than it already is, including low-wage workers.

    Affordable housing to attract immigrants

    According to Randy Boissonault, a member of parliament for Edmonton Centre, Alberta’s lower cost of living can draw people.

    Since all of the communities in Alberta have done an excellent job of continuing to create housing, Edmonton and Calgary are at the top of the list for affordable housing nationwide, according to Boissonault.

    He anticipates that the hundreds of thousands of newcomers will be able to fill employment gaps in the IT industry.

    On meeting the Alberta Machine Institute in the heart of Edmonton, they told Boissonault that many of their partners are searching for computer scientists and mathematicians who can significantly advance the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    The provincial government oversees a program whose objective is to hasten the processing of visas for foreign workers hired by IT firms in Alberta.

    Yedlin claimed that because Albertans frequently lack the qualifications required for a position, businesses are forced to rely heavily on immigration. She emphasizes the tech positions that have remained unfilled for a considerable time despite being advertised for months in Calgary. 

    Newcomer settlement organizations need more support.

    Rispah Tremblay, senior manager of settlement services at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN), which assists newcomers in settling in the capital area, said the immigration levels plan presents some difficulties for other organizations.

    Such that with increasing numbers, newcomer settlement organizations need additional resources, explained Tremblay. 

    Tremblay says that EMCN would require additional funding to pay employees who handle cases, assist clients in finding housing, and teach languages.

    New immigrants might not be able to integrate into the Canadian workforce without the assistance of the staff members who assist newcomers with their settlement needs.

    There must be an additional help to settle and get the right training or support they need as soon as they get here, she said. It will allow them to integrate and start working immediately.

    Tremblay is also worried that the housing supply would start to run out with everyone migrating here. Although she hasn’t heard anything from the federal government on funding to support service expansion, she anticipates that discussions will begin in the spring.


  • Prince Edward Island PNP Sent 188 New Invites For PR!

    November 17, 2022 – PEI PNP Draw (Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program) sent 149 new invites for PR, under two different categories. In a separate draw on November 3, PEI sent additional 39 invites, but details were updated today.

    141 + 39 candidates were invited under Labour & Express Entry category while just 8 invitations went to Business Work Permit Entrepreneur category. October 2022 draw invited highest number of candidates under Labour & Express Entry category.

    Minimum point threshold for Business Invitations reduced by 10 points to 62 as compared to last draw in October 2022. Prince Edward Island PNP draws are held once a month and are declared around 15th to 20th of every month. So far, PEI PNP has invited 1,776 applicants in 2022.

    Below listed are the details of all the PEI PNP Draws in 2022.

    DateLabour & Express Entry InvitationsBusiness Work Permit
    Entrepreneur Invitations
    Cut Off
    for Business Invitations
    Total
    Nov 17, 2022141862149
    Nov 3, 20223939
    Oct 20, 20221941072204
    Sep 15, 2022142585147
    Aug 18, 2022117497121
    Jul 21, 20221382760165
    Jun 16, 2022127965136
    May 20, 20221371662153
    Apr 21, 20221301167141
    Mar 17, 20221301162141
    Feb 17, 2022117667123
    Jan 20, 20221211172132
    Total1647129
    1776


    PEI PNP Draw – EXPRESS ENTRY CATEGORY

    Candidates eligible for Express Entry category need to have a valid Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP in addition to their Express Entry Profile under either FSW, FST or CEC.

    PEI PNP Draw – LABOUT IMPACT CATEGORY

    Labour Impact Category also requires a valid EOI profile with PEI PNP under one of the streams; Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, or International Graduate. It also requires a valid job offer and support by an employer in PEI.

    PEI PNP DRAW – BUSINESS IMPACT CATEGORY

    Business Impact Category is for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start their own business in the PEI. Cut off score for this category was 60 in this draw under Work Permit Stream.

    HOW TO APPLY FOR PEI PNP

    For more information on eligibility and how to apply for different immigration programs of the Prince Edward Island, click here

    About Prince Edward Island

    Prince Edward Island is one of maritime provinces in eastern Canada. Also, it is the smallest province of Canada. It is located just next to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Furthermore, this province is marked by red-sand beaches, lighthouses, and fertile farmland.

    Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island. Adding further, it is renowned for seafood like lobster and mussels. Charlottetown is home to Victorian government buildings and the modern Confederation Centre of the Arts, with a theatre and art gallery. Prince Edward Island has area of 5,660 km and population of 156,947 (in 2019).


  • Manitoba PNP Draw Sent 518 New Invites For PR-November 18

    November 18, 2022 – Today, Manitoba PNP draw (MPNP) sent 518 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) under three different categories of its provincial nominee program. Most of the LAAs; 198 sent to International Education Stream (IES). 

    177 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) were sent to Skilled Workers In Manitoba (SWM) having a cut off score of 797. This cut off score increased by 184 points as compared to previous MPNP draw. Lowest cut off score was 459 in January 2022 MPNP draw.

    Additionally, 143 LAAs went to Skilled Worker Overseas applicants having a score of 686 or above, under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. This cut off reduced by 40 points as compared to last MPNP Draw. Out of 518 LAAs, 125 were issued to the valid Express Entry profiles (FSW, FST, or CEC candidates).



    Skilled Workers in Manitoba

    This category offers permanent residency to individuals who demonstrate that a Manitoba company has offered them a long-term, full-time job. This job offer needs to be after they have completed at least six months (continuous) full-time employment with that company as a temporary foreign worker or international student working graduate.

    Self-employed individuals, business owners, owner-operators and individuals providing services as independent contractors are not eligible.

    If you graduated from a post-secondary program in another Canadian province, must first have been working for a Manitoba employer for at least one year before applying.

    International Education Stream:

    • The Graduate Internship Pathway which need a doctoral or master’s degree program from Manitoba in the last 3 years. But, job offer is not mandatory.
    • The Career Employment Pathway which needs to be graduated in the past 3 years from a DLI. But, 1-year full time job offer is required.
    • The International Student Entrepreneur Pilot which needs a full-time post-secondary program from Manitoba. It must be at least two years in duration. It requires the applicant to be 51% owner in a Manitoban business and actively working as a senior manager for last 6 months before applying.

    Language proficiency of CLB 7 is required to apply.

    Skilled Workers Overseas:

    To apply under this category, candidates must demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba through:

    • the support of family members or friends
    • previous education or work experience in the province
    • an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

    Apart from this, you must score at least 60 points based on the five selection factors.

    Click here to calculate your score.

    Who cannot apply to the Manitoba PNP?

    THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE MPNP:
    • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process
    • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada
    • Temporary foreign workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba
    • Spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents
    • Individuals who have been refused by the MPNP within the last six months and who are not able to address the reason(s) for refusal

    How to Apply for Manitoba PNP:

    Manitoba PNP does not necessarily requires an Express Entry profile, but need an Expression of Interest to be submitted with Manitoba. If you are eligible under one of the above mentioned programs, then click here to create an Expression of Interest with Manitoba.


  • Alberta Opportunity Stream For PR: Know Full Eligibility!

    The Alberta Opportunity Stream of Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is for temporary foreign workers already working full-time in Alberta. Alberta renamed its PNP to AAIP (Alberta Advantage Immigration Program) in February 2022. Previously, AAIP was called Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

    Currently, AAIP is assessing applications received before September 2, 2022. Furthermore, there are approximately 935 applications in queue. IRCC allocated 6,500 nominations to AAIP for 2022. Out of these, Alberta has already issued 5,837 nomination certificates so far.

    This article enlists full eligibility requirements for Alberta Opportunity Stream focusing on:

    Language requirements

    When you submit your application, you must demonstrate that you have passed the following language tests in English or French. You must get the required points based on a single test result.

    National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill LevelCanadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test score requiredNiveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) test score required
    If you are working in a TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 (NOC 0, A or B) occupationMinimum of 5 for each English language skillMinimum of 5 for each French language skill
    If you are working in a TEER 4 or 5 (NOC C or D) occupationMinimum of 4 for each English language skillMinimum of 4 for each French language skill

    When your application is filed, official test results must be no more than two years old. The date you took the exam, not the date your test results were issued, is utilized to establish the age of your test findings. The AAIP will not accept enrollment confirmation for a language exam instead of a test result.

    Occupation requirements

    Eligible occupations

    When you file your application, you must work in a qualifying occupation in Alberta at the time of your application evaluation. The occupation requirements apply to your work experience and a job offer.

    In addition, most occupations in National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3, 4, and 5 are eligible. 

    Post-Graduation Work Permit holders

    If you have a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), your occupation in Alberta must also be connected to your subject of study. See the education requirements section for further information on valid Alberta credentials and recognized Alberta institutions.

    Suppose you began your Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019, and completed an Advanced Education-approved one-year post-diploma or post-baccalaureate certificate. In that case, your occupation must also be connected to your previous post-secondary field of study outside of Canada.



    Ineligible occupations

    Individuals employed in the occupations listed below at the time of submission and evaluation are ineligible to apply for or be nominated under the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

    NOC Code (2021)NOC TEER categoryOccupation
    000100Legislators
    400210School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
    400300Managers in social, community and correctional services
    400410Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
    60040*0Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
    411001Judges
    412201Secondary school teachers
    412211Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
    511111Authors and writers (except technical)
    511221Musicians and singers
    42200*2Justices of the peace
    42202*2Early childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as Level 1 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Assistant)
    431003Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
    431093Other instructors
    531213Actors, comedians and circus performers
    531223Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
    531243Artisans and craftspersons
    532003Athletes
    631013Real estate agents and salespersons
    33100*3Dental laboratory assistants/bench workers
    441004Home child care providers
    441014Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
    643214Casino occupations
    551095Other performers
    651095Other sales related occupations
    652115Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
    652295Other support occupations in personal services
    653295Other service support occupations
    752005Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
    851015Harvesting labourers
    851025Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
    851045Trappers and hunters
    851105Mine labourers
    851215Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers

    Work permit and residency requirements 

    When you submit your application and the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) evaluates it, you must have a valid temporary resident status in Canada that allows you to work, i.e. a temporary foreign worker permit.

    For work permits to be valid, they should meet one of the following criteria:

    • Have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or
    • An LMIA exemption for workers based on the following:
      • International trade agreements
      • workers transferred within a company
      • International Experience Canada
      • Mobilité Francophone
    • Have an IRCC-issued open work permit:
      • To vulnerable workers who demonstrate they are at risk of abuse or experiencing abuse in the content of their employment in Canada. It includes exemption under the Vulnerable Workers Open Work Permit (VWOWP)
      • Family members of a vulnerable worker who qualifies for the VWOWP exemption
    • a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) issued to a graduate of Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution
      • PGWP holders must also fulfill the requirements of the occupation, education, and work experience.
    • An open work permit was granted following one of the IRCC’s open work permit public policies:
    • The permit must be held by an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution graduate. Following the temporary policy changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP)
    • Other open work permit requirements:

    Regarding requirements, candidates must have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or one of the accepted LMIA exemption work permits. Candidates must also fulfill additional minimum eligibility requirements for residency and work permit type, occupation, language, education, Alberta job offer, and work experience.

    Ineligible applicants

    The following individuals are not eligible to apply for or be nominated for the Alberta Opportunity Stream:

    • Individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal procedure – The AAIP does not intervene in federal refugee claims, appeals, or removal proceedings.
    • temporary residents of Canada living or working in a province or territory other than Alberta, or
    • Foreign nationals who live or work in Canada but do not have legal temporary residence status

    If you apply to the AAIP under NOC code 33102 (nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates), you must have a CLB of 7 for each English language skill or an NCLC of 7 for each French language skill.

    Education requirements

    Except for Post-Graduation Work Permit holders, all candidates must have completed a minimum of high school education equal to Canadian standards when filing your application on January 1, 2021.

    Applicant must provide a copy of an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) issued by an IRCC-approved organization for your highest level of education. You do not fulfill the education criterion if your ECA report reveals that your certificate is not equivalent to the completion of a Canadian high school or if the foreign educational institution is not recognized.

    An ECA is not required if:

    You have a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate, a trade certificate recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, or a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate from a recognized Canadian post-secondary, technical college, or secondary school (AIT).

    Candidates who applied before January 1, 2021, had to have completed high school education in their country of origin. These candidates did not need an ECA.

    Eligible work experience

    When you submit your application, you must have either: 

    • 12 months of full-time job experience in your present occupation in Alberta during the previous 18 months, or
    • A minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada or overseas during the previous 30 months, or both – this work experience can be a combination of experience earned in Alberta, in Canada (outside of Alberta), or abroad.

    Post-Graduation Work Permit holders must have a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience in their current occupation in Alberta within the past 18 months.

    Work experience in the qualifying period is required for all candidates, including those with a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

    • full-time work experience for a minimum of 30 hours a week
    • Work experience in the same occupation as your current occupation 
    • Had a valid temporary resident status and IRCC-authorised work permit while working in Alberta or Canada. 
    • Work experience gained while studying does not count unless you were on a PGWP and completed a paid co-op work term as a part of your program of study at an Alberta post-secondary institution. The work term must have been:
      • Minimum of 30 hours per week, paid and full-time.  
      • Work experience directly relates to your current occupation and 
      • All work experience was gained in Alberta. 

    All applicants, including PGWP holders, must complete the following license, registration, and certification requirement at the time your application is filed and the AAIP evaluates it:

    • To work in your present occupation in Alberta, you must have the necessary licensure, registration, or certification.
    • You must hold a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) approved trade certificate if you work in a required trade in Alberta.
    • If you work as a childcare worker, you must be certified as a Level 2 Early Childhood Educator (previously Child Development Worker) or Level 3 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Supervisor).

    Source: Government of Alberta


  • Saskatchewan PNP-List of Ineligible Occupations With New NOC Codes

    New TEER codes have now replaced the old NOC system effective November 16, 2022. All the provincial nominee programs (PNP) in Canada will also be following the new NOC system. We will be updating all the changes with new TEER system affecting PNPs.

    Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program known as Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has a list of excluded occupations for the Express Entry Category and the Occupations In-Demand Category. People with these occupations are not eligible to apply for these categories of SINP.

    NOC TEER 4 (occupations that typically require a high school diploma or job-specific training) and NOC TEER 5 (occupations that typically require on-the-job training) skill levels are ineligible for the Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry subcategories.



    Below is the list of 152 occupations with new TEER codes that are ineligible for SINP

    NOC
    (TEER)
    OccupationTitle
    00010Legislators
    00011Senior government managers and officials
    00014Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services
    10019Other administrative services managers
    11100Financial auditors and accountants
    11103Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
    12104Employment insurance and revenue officers
    12201Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
    12203Assessors, business valuators and appraisers
    13200Customs, ship and other brokers
    14103Court clerks and related court services occupations
    21100Physicists and astronomers
    21102Geoscientists and oceanographers
    21103Meteorologists and climatologists
    21109Other professional occupations in physical sciences
    21111Forestry professionals
    21201Landscape architects
    21202Urban and land use planners
    21332Petroleum engineers
    21390Aerospace engineers
    NOC
    (TEER)
    OccupationTitle
    30010Managers in health care
    31100Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
    31101Specialists in surgery
    31102General practitioners and family physicians
    31103Veterinarians
    31110Dentists
    31111Optometrists
    31112Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
    31120Pharmacists
    31121Dietitians and nutritionists
    31202Physiotherapists
    31204Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
    31209Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
    31300Nursing coordinators and supervisors
    31301Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    31302Nurse practitioners
    31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
    31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
    32100Opticians
    32101Licensed practical nurses
    32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    32104Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
    32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
    32110Denturists
    32111Dental hygienists and dental therapists
    32200Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
    32201Massage therapists
    32209Other practitioners of natural healing
    40010Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
    40011Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
    40012Government managers – education policy development and program administration
    40019Other managers in public administration
    40021School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
    40040Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services
    40040Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services
    40041Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
    40042Commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces
    41100Judges
    41101Lawyers and Quebec notaries
    NOC
    (TEER)
    OccupationTitle
    41201Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
    41220Secondary school teachers
    41221Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
    41301Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
    41302Religious leaders
    41310Police investigators and other investigative occupations
    41310Police investigators and other investigative occupations
    41311Probation and parole officers
    41407Program officers unique to government
    42100Police officers (except commissioned)
    42100Police officers (except commissioned)
    42101Firefighters
    42102Specialized members of the Canadian Armed Forces
    42200Paralegal and related occupations
    42201Social and community service workers
    42204Religion workers
    43203Border services, customs, and immigration officers
    43204Operations Members of the Canadian Armed Forces
    44200Primary combat members of the Canadian Armed Forces
    50010Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
    50011Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
    50012Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
    51100Librarians
    51101Conservators and curators
    51102Archivists
    51110Editors
    51111Authors and writers (except technical)
    51112Technical writers
    51113Journalists
    51114Translators, terminologists and interpreters
    51120Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
    51121Conductors, composers and arrangers
    51122Musicians and singers
    52100Library and public archive technicians
    52110Film and video camera operators
    52111Graphic arts technicians
    52112Broadcast technicians
    52113Audio and video recording technicians
    52114Announcers and other broadcasters
    NOC
    (TEER)
    OccupationTitle
    52119Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
    52120Graphic designers and illustrators
    52121Interior designers and interior decorators
    53100Registrars, restorers, interpreters and other occupations related to museum and art galleries
    53110Photographers
    53111Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators
    53120Dancers
    53121Actors, comedians and circus performers
    53121Actors, comedians and circus performers
    53122Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
    53123Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
    53124Artisans and craftspersons
    53125Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
    53200Athletes
    53201Coaches
    53202Sports officials and referees
    54100Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
    55109Other performers
    62010Retail sales supervisors
    62020Food service supervisors
    62023Customer and information services supervisors
    62201Funeral directors and embalmers
    63100Insurance agents and brokers
    63101Real estate agents and salespersons
    63210Hairstylists and barbers
    63220Shoe repairers and shoemakers
    64100Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
    72022Supervisors, printing and related occupations
    72102Sheet metal workers
    72204Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
    72205Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
    72302Gas fitters
    72405Machine fitters
    72406Elevator constructors and mechanics
    72420Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
    72600Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
    72602Deck officers, water transport
    72603Engineer officers, water transport
    NOC
    (TEER)
    OccupationTitle
    72604Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
    73310Railway and yard locomotive engineers
    73402Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
    80022Managers in aquaculture
    83101Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
    83120Fishing masters and officers
    83121Fishermen / women
    92013Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    92015Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
    92020Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
    92021Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
    92021Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
    92022Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
    92024Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
    92101Water and waste treatment plant operators
    93102Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

    Source: SINP


  • BC PNP: New Changes To Eligibility For Skills Immigration

    On November 16, 2022, the province of British Columbia made several changes to the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program’s (BC PNP) Skills Immigration. These changes include updating the Skills Immigration registration scoring system to boost immigration to regions other than the Metro Vancouver Regional District.

    In this article, you can learn about the new BC PNP changes in the Skill immigration stream that include the following:

    • Highlights of BC PNP Skills Immigration New Changes  
    • Implementation on NOC 2021 
    • Summary of BC PNP Skills Immigration Changes 
    • New Points Distribution

    Highlights of B.C PNP Skills Immigration New Changes  

    People who have worked or studied outside the Metro Vancouver Regional District may be eligible for additional points if they have a valid job offer in that region. 

    The province has also revised the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) eligibility to include job offers from regional companies in British Columbia in any skilled occupation. Furthermore, for doctoral-level programs, eligibility for the International Post Graduate stream has been expanded to include any field of study.

     In addition, professors and post-doctoral fellows on fixed-term or limited-term employment contracts at British Columbia universities are now eligible for the Skilled Worker stream. 

    Both criteria adjustments for international postgraduates, professors and post-doctoral fellows aim to attract more innovators and experts who can contribute their extensive knowledge to the province.



    Implementation on NOC 2021 

    Following the overall implementation of NOC 2021, the BC PNP Online system has been updated to use the 2021 National Occupational Classification (NOC).

    Applicants who submitted their application before November 16, 2022, will be handled and processed using NOC 2021. 

    However, all registrations and applications submitted on or after November 16, 2022, must use NOC 2021.

    Summary of B.C PNP Skills Immigration Changes 

    • The province has updated the points structure to assist regional employers in retaining workers who have worked or studied outside the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
    • Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) eligibility has been expanded to include any skilled occupation in the regions.
    • The International Post-Graduate Program now includes doctoral graduates and Ph.D. candidates from any field of study.
    • University professors and lecturers with NOC 41200, working at B.C. public universities on short-term or limited-time contracts, are now eligible for the Skilled Worker stream.
    • The maximum number of points available for human capital factors such as education, work experience, and language ability has been increased.
    • NOC skill level points have been removed.  
    • Other criteria adjustments that protect British Columbians’ safety and strengthen the program’s integrity.

    New Points Distribution

    Below is the new points distribution for human capital, language abilities, wages and area of employment.

    B.C PNP Skills Immigration
    B.C PNP Skills Immigration
    B.C PNP Skills Immigration
    B.C PNP Skills Immigration

    For more information on BC PNP Skills Immigration changes, refer to the updated program guide


  • Manitoba PNP: In-Demand Occupations With New TEER Codes

    Manitoba PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) has provided an update regarding implementation of new TEER system. November 16 onward, MPNP is now only accepting Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles using new NOC 2021.

    As per MPNP notice, they will conduct an Expression of Interest draw for profiles using NOC 2021 today (November 17, 2022). Expression of Interest profile by November 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST will be considered for today’s draw.

    143 In-Demand Occupations With New NOC 2021 for Manitoba PNP

    • Manitoba PNP Categories:
      • SWO – Skilled Worker Overseas
      • SWM – Skilled Workers in Manitoba
      • IES – International Education Stream

    1. Business, finance and administration occupations

    CODE (NOC 2021)OCCUPATION TITLE (NOC 2016)TEER (NOC 2021)MPNP Category
    10010Financial managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    10011 11200 13110 22232Human resources managers0/1/2/3SWO, SWM, IES
    10019Other administrative services managers0SWM, IES
    10020Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    10021Banking, credit and other investment managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    10022Advertising, marketing and public relations managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    11100Financial auditors and accountants1SWO, SWM, IES
    11101Financial and investment analysts1SWO, SWM, IES
    11100 11102 11109Other financial officers1SWO, SWM, IES
    11200Human resources professionals1SWO, SWM, IES
    11201Professional occupations in business management consulting1SWO, SWM, IES
    10022 11202 64409Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations0/1/4SWO, SWM, IES
    12011Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers2SWO, SWM, IES
    12013 13201 74202Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations2/3/4SWO, SWM, IES
    13100Administrative officers3SWM, IES
    12101Human resources and recruitment officers2SWO, SWM, IES
    13101Property administrators3SWO, SWM, IES
    13110Administrative assistants3SWM, IES
    13111Legal administrative assistants3SWO, SWM, IES
    12110Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations2SWO, SWM, IES
    12200Accounting technicians and bookkeepers2SWO, SWM, IES

    2. Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

    CODE (NOC 2021)OCCUPATION TITLE (NOC 2016)TEER (NOC 2021)MPNP Category
    20010Engineering managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    20011Architecture and science managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    20012Computer and information systems managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    21110Biologists and related scientists1SWO, SWM, IES
    21112Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists1SWO, SWM, IES
    21300Civil engineers1SWO, SWM, IES
    21301Mechanical engineers1SWO, SWM, IES
    21310Electrical and electronics engineers1SWO, SWM, IES
    21321Industrial and manufacturing engineers1SWO, SWM, IES
    21311Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)1SWO, SWM, IES
    21200Architects1SWO, SWM, IES
    21203Land surveyors1SWO, SWM, IES
    21210Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries1SWO, SWM, IES
    21211 21220 21221 21222 21233Information systems analysts and consultants1SWO, SWM, IES
    21211 21223Database analysts and data administrators1SWO, SWM, IES
    21211 21231Software engineers and designers1SWO, SWM, IES
    21230 21232 21234Computer programmers and interactive media developers1SWO, SWM, IES
    21233 21234Web designers and developers1SWO, SWM, IES
    22100Chemical technologists and technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    22101Geological and mineral technologists and technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    22110Biological technologists and technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    22111Agricultural and fish products inspectors2SWO, SWM, IES
    22300Civil engineering technologists and technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    22301Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    22302Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    22303Construction estimators2SWO, SWM, IES
    22310Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    22311Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)2SWO, SWM, IES
    22313Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors2SWO, SWM, IES
    22212Drafting technologists and technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    72600Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors2SWO, SWM, IES
    22220Computer network technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    22221User support technicians2SWO, SWM, IES

    3. Health Occupations

    CODE (NOC 2021)OCCUPATION TITLE (NOC 2016)TEER (NOC 2021)MPNP Category
    30010Managers in health care0SWM, IES
    31120Pharmacists1SWO, SWM, IES
    31121Dietitians and nutritionists1SWO, SWM, IES
    31112Audiologists and speech-language pathologists1SWO, SWM, IES
    31202 32109Physiotherapists1/2SWO, SWM, IES
    31203Occupational therapists1SWO, SWM, IES
    32120Medical laboratory technologists2SWO, SWM, IES
    31303 32120 33101Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants1/2/3SWO, SWM, IES
    32104Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists2SWO, SWM, IES
    32121Medical radiation technologists2SWO, SWM, IES
    32124 32129 33103Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)2/3SWO, SWM, IES
    32111Dental hygienists and dental therapists2SWO, SWM, IES
    32201Massage therapists2SWO, SWM, IES

    4. Occupations in social science, education, government service and religion

    CODE (NOC 2021)OCCUPATION TITLE (NOC 2016)TEER (NOC 2021)MPNP Category
    40030Managers in social, community and correctional services0SWO, SWM, IES
    41101Lawyers and Quebec notaries1SWO, SWM, IES
    31200 41301Psychologists1SWO, SWM, IES
    41300Social workers1SWO, SWM, IES
    31303 41301 41321Family, marriage and other related counsellors1SWO, SWM, IES
    41400Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers1SWO, SWM, IES
    11202 41402Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants1SWO, SWM, IES
    41403Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers1SWO, SWM, IES
    21110 41310 41404Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers1SWO, SWM, IES
    41405Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers1SWO, SWM, IES
    41406Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers1SWO, SWM, IES
    41407Program officers unique to government1SWO, SWM, IES
    42200Paralegal and related occupations2SWO, SWM, IES
    42201Social and community service workers2SWO, SWM, IES
    42202Early childhood educators and assistants2SWO, SWM, IES
    42203Instructors of persons with disabilities2SWO, SWM, IES

    5. Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

    CODE (NOC 2021)OCCUPATION TITLE (NOC 2016)TEER (NOC 2021)MPNP Category
    50012Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors0SWO, SWM, IES
    51120Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations1SWO, SWM, IES
    52113Audio and video recording technicians2SWO, SWM, IES
    52120Graphic designers and illustrators2SWO, SWM, IES
    52121Interior designers and interior decorators2SWO, SWM, IES
    53123 62010 64100Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers2/3/4SWO, SWM, IES
    54100Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness4SWO, SWM, IES

    6. Sales and service occupations

    CODE (NOC 2021)OCCUPATION TITLE (NOC 2016)TEER (NOC 2021)MPNP Category
    60010Corporate sales managers0SWM, IES
    60020Retail and wholesale trade managers0SWM, IES
    60040Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.0SWM, IES
    62100 70012 75101Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade0/2/5SWO, SWM, IES
    62101Retail and wholesale buyers2SWO, SWM, IES
    63101Real estate agents and salespersons3SWO, SWM, IES
    63102Financial sales representatives3SWO, SWM, IES
    62020Food service supervisors2SWO, SWM, IES
    63200Cooks3SWO, SWM, IES
    63202Bakers3SWO, SWM, IES

    7. Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

    CODE (NOC 2021)OCCUPATION TITLE (NOC 2016)TEER (NOC 2021)MPNP Category
    70010Construction managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    70011Home building and renovation managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    70012Facility operation and maintenance managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    70020Managers in transportation0SWO, SWM, IES
    72100Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors2SWO, SWM, IES
    72101Tool and die makers2SWO, SWM, IES
    72102Sheet metal workers2SWO, SWM, IES
    72106Welders and related machine operators2SWO, SWM, IES
    72200Electricians (except industrial and power system)2SWO, SWM, IES
    72201Industrial electricians2SWO, SWM, IES
    72203Electrical power line and cable workers2SWO, SWM, IES
    72204Telecommunications line and cable workers2SWO, SWM, IES
    72205Telecommunications installation and repair workers2SWO, SWM, IES
    72300Plumbers2SWO, SWM, IES
    72310Carpenters2SWO, SWM, IES
    73100Concrete finishers3SWO, SWM, IES
    73102Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers3SWO, SWM, IES
    73112Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)3SWO, SWM, IES
    73113Floor covering installers3SWO, SWM, IES
    72400Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics2SWO, SWM, IES
    72401Heavy-duty equipment mechanics2SWO, SWM, IES
    72402Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics2SWO, SWM, IES
    72404Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors2SWO, SWM, IES
    72405Machine fitters2SWO, SWM, IES
    72410Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers2SWO, SWM, IES
    72411Motor vehicle body repairers2SWO, SWM, IES
    73310Railway and yard locomotive engineers3SWO, SWM, IES
    73311Railway conductors and brakemen/women3SWO, SWM, IES
    72500 75110Crane operators2/5SWO, SWM, IES

    8. Occupations unique to primary industry, processing, manufacturing and utilities

    CODE (NOC 2021)OCCUPATION TITLE (NOC 2016)TEER (NOC 2021)MPNP Category
    80020Managers in agriculture0SWO, SWM, IES
    90010Manufacturing managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    90011Utilities managers0SWO, SWM, IES
    92100Power engineers and power systems operators2SWO, SWM, IES

    9. Rural in-demand occupations

    CODE (NOC 2021)OCCUPATION TITLE (NOC 2016)TEER (NOC 2021)MPNP Category
    33102Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates3IES
    94141Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers4IES

  • Ontario PNP – Effect Of TEER System With New NOC Codes

    Ontario PNP known as Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) provided an update that e-filing system will be temporarily closed to new activity between November 16 and November 21, 2022. This is because of the implementation of new TEER system under NOC 2021. It will now be used among all the OINP streams.

    Furthermore, they informed that expression of interest (EOI) profiles submitted before November 16, 2022 will need to re-submit their EOIs after November 21, 2022. Applications already submitted after receiving the EOI can still access their profile to check status, but will not be able to make any new changes.

    New TEER system will affect scoring matrix as well as new codes will be assigned to occupations under In-Demand stream. Furthermore, new draw under Human Capital Priorities stream and Skilled Trades Stream will also be indicating New TEER codes in upcoming draws.



    New NOC Codes For In-Demand Skills stream

    Below is the list of occupations with new NOC codes under the TEER system for OINP In-Demand Skills stream.

    The job position offered in any location in Ontario including Greater Toronto Area must be in one of the following occupations:

    • NOC 44101 – Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
    • NOC 75110 – Construction trades helpers and labourers
    • NOC 84120 – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
    • NOC 85100 – Livestock labourers
    • NOC 85101 – Harvesting labourers
    • NOC 85103 – Nursery and greenhouse labourers
    • NOC 94141 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
    • NOC 65202 – Meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale

    The job position offered outside the Greater Toronto Area (Toronto, Durham, Halton, York, and Peel regions) in one of the following occupations:

    • NOC 94100 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
    • NOC 94105 – Metalworking and forging machine operators
    • NOC 94106 – Machining tool operators
    • NOC 94107 – Machine operators of other metal products
    • NOC 94110 – Chemical plant machine operators
    • NOC 95102 – Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities
    • NOC 94111 – Plastics processing machine operators
    • NOC 94124 – Woodworking machine operators
    • NOC 94132 – Industrial sewing machine operators
    • NOC 94140 – Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
    • NOC 94201 – Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
    • NOC 94204 – Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
    • NOC 94213 – Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
    • NOC 94219 – Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

    Affect on OINP EOI Scoring

    Job offer: NOC TEER
    • NOC TEER category 0 or 1 – 10 Points
    • NOC TEER category 2 or 3 – 8 Points
    • NOC TEER category 4 – 0 Points
    • NOC TEER category 5 – 0 Points
    Job offer: broad occupational category
    • Occupational Category 0, 2, 3 – 10 points
    • Occupational Category 7 – 7 points
    • Occupational Category 1,9 – 5 points
    • Occupational Category 4,8 – 4 points
    • Occupational Category 5,6 – 3 points

    Click here for Step-Wise Guide To Find Your New NOC code with TEER system.


  • Entry-Level Canada Government Jobs Hiring Now For 100 Positions

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

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

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

    Job duties and requirements

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

    STREAM 1: Procurement & Contracting

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

    The responsibilities and duties include the following: 

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

    STREAM 2: Material Management

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

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

    STREAM 3: Real Property

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

    Responsibilities and duties may include:

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


    Eligibility requirements 

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

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

    Experience requirements for all stream

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

    How to apply? 

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

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


  • International Students Can Now Work Unlimited Hours-Know Eligibility

    From today, November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, International students who are in Canada and have off-campus job authorization on their study permit will not be restricted by the 20-hour-per-week work-hour limit.

    On October 7, 2022, Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, announced the temporary lifting of the 20-hour-per-week limits on the number of hours eligible post-secondary international students are allowed to work off-campus while classes are in session. 

    If you are an international student planning to take advantage of this new policy, below are all the rules and regulations you need to know. 



    Rules for international students planning to work full time  

    As per IRCC, you can work more than 20 hours per week off campus while class is in session if you

    • are a study permit holder and are studying at a DLI full-time (or part-time during your final academic session), OR
    • have been approved for a study permit but haven’t arrived in Canada yet

    In addition, you must meet all these requirements:

    • You must ensure IRCC received your application for this study permit (including extensions) on or before October 7, 2022.
    • You must have an off-campus work authorization on your study permit.
    • Furthermore, you must be either in Canada or coming to Canada before December 31, 2023.

    How will temporarily lifting the work-hour limit benefit international students and Canada’s economy?

    This temporary policy change is because employers have unprecedented problems finding and retaining the required workers due to existing labour shortages and as Canada recovers from the pandemic. 

    This initiative will increase the availability of workers to sustain Canada’s post-pandemic growth by providing many international students more opportunities to get significant job experience in Canada. 

    With over 500,000 international students already in Canada and potentially available to work more hours, this temporary change reflects the crucial role international students may play in alleviating Canada’s labour need while continuing to pursue their education. 

    Most international post-secondary students are permitted to work on and off campus, with their work authorization printed directly on their study permit. Previously, nearly half of post-secondary international students in Canada reported earning money while studying.

    In the next section, you can learn about other changes IRCC implemented to support international students and recent graduates.

    Simplifying the process of Study permit extension 

    Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have also introduced a pilot project to simplify the processing of study permit extensions. The types of applications covered in this pilot have a consistently high approval rate, as all applicants have previously been allowed to study in Canada. 

    In 2021, IRCC approved over 119,000 study permit extension applications with a 97% acceptance rate. In addition, more than 135,000 applications were completed between January 1, 2022, and the end of August 2022, with a 96% approval rate.

    To improve client service, the pilot applied to a small group of applicants who received their extended study permit significantly faster. If the pilot proves effective, it will expand to other programs to help reduce processing times and allow officers to focus on more complex applications.

    More than 452,000 study permit applications have been processed between January 1, 2022, and August 31, 2022. Additionally, 367,000 applications were processed within the same period in 2021, reaching a record high for the year. It also represents a 23 percent gain.

    Applications evaluated as part of the pilot to automate study permit extensions must meet study permit extension criteria. Otherwise, officers manually evaluate applications that do not meet the requirements. 

    In addition, the automated process will not reject applications or recommend rejections. Only an officer can make any decision to deny an application.

    These changes are part of a series of steps to benefit international students and graduates while assisting Canada’s larger efforts to improve client service and application processing times.

    Other recent initiatives aimed toward international students and recent graduates include:

    Source: IRCC


  • IRCC Announces New Canada-Italy Youth Mobility Agreement

    Today, Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge, announced a new Canada-Italy Youth Mobility Agreement on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. 

    With the Canada-Italy Youth Mobility Agreement, Canadian and Italian youth now have more opportunities when applying for international work or travel experience through the International Experience Canada Program.

    Canada and Italy have long been youth mobility partners, supporting international work and travel opportunities. The program also assists youth in exploring different cultures, languages, and societies while gaining life skills and enhancing their future career possibilities.

    The New Canada-Italy Youth Mobility Agreement

    There are around 1.5 million Canadians of Italian heritage, making Canada one of the world’s largest Italian communities outside of Italy.

    Under the new agreement, youth aged 18 to 35 can work and travel in Canada for up to 12 months and participate in the program twice, making it possible to travel and work for a total of 24 months. 

    The agreement has also expanded the program to introduce 2 new streams, International Co-op and Young Professionals. In addition, it will assist youth in gaining professional work experience abroad. 



    IEC Categories that can participate in New Canada-Italy Youth Mobility Agreement

    The program allows for three categories of participation:

    • Working Holiday participants can acquire an open work permit that enables them to work anywhere in the host nation to fund their travels.
    • International Co-op (Internship) participants are provided with an employer-specific work permit, allowing students to get specific experience in their field of study.
    • Young Professionals participants receive an employer-specific work permit to get specialized, professional work experience in their field of study or career choice.

    This agreement with Italy creates new opportunities for future work and travel, strengthens people-to-people ties, and improves labour market access for Canadian and Italian youngsters.

    About International Experience Canada (IEC) 

    Canada has formal youth mobility agreements in place with 36 countries and territories.

    International Experience Canada (IEC) facilitates the management of reciprocal bilateral youth mobility arrangements in Canada. These agreements allow Canadians to travel and work in partner countries and territories while allowing international youth to do the same in Canada.

    Nearly 200,000 Canadians have participated in the IEC Program since 2008. Many have returned to Canada with life-changing experiences that benefited their personal and professional lives.  

    Source: IRCC


  • IRCC Increased Staff by 45%, But Processing Woes Continue

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

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

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



    IRCC increased workforce, yet processing times continue to grow 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lack of clarity for the reasons for processing delays 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Source: Toronto Star


  • New NOC Codes: Step-Wise Guide To Find Your NOC

    New NOC codes: On November 16, IRCC switches to the new 2021 National Occupational Classification (NOC) version in alignment with Employment and Social Development of Canada (ESDC). It implies that the NOC 2016 skill type and skill level framework (NOC 0, A, B, C, and D) will now be represented by new 6-category system representing the training, education, experience, and responsibilities (TEER) required to work in an occupation.

    As a result, the previous four-digit codes will become five digits under the new NOC 2021. It will also impact the eligibility criteria for all programs that use NOC. To prepare for these changes, you can learn the following in this article:

    Steps to find new NOC code 

    Step 1: Visit the National Occupational Classification (NOC) official website. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Step 2: You can search by job title or NOC code on this page. If you want to search by job title, look for the “Version” section, then click on the box below it that says “NOC 2016 Version 1.3.” Then, it will open a drop-down menu and select the latest “NOC 2021 Version 1.3.”

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Step 3: Once you select the new NOC 2021 version, enter your job title to find your NOC 2021 code and TEER category. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Below is an example of a job titled Marketing Coordinator. You also view other matching job titles. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER


    Understanding New NOC categories

    All programs that previously used skill types or levels will now use NOC 2021 codes and TEER categories. 

    Most positions will remain in the TEER category, corresponding to the skill level in the table below. However, certain jobs may change to other TEER categories. The most significant change is the subdivision of Skill Level B jobs that will now become TEER 2 or TEER 3 jobs.

    The table below explains the distribution between skill types or levels and corresponding TEER categories. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER
    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Immigration Programs that new NOC will affect 

     Generally, all programs that have used NOC skill types or levels to invite applicants will be affected. Therefore, all the programs below will switch to using NOC 2021 codes and TEER levels. 

    Additionally, several occupations will become eligible and ineligible under specific programs due to the new NOC 2021 implementation. 

    Frequently Asked Questions regarding new TEER system

    Do you need to update your Express Entry profile as new NOC is implemented? 
    Suppose you are an Express Entry candidate who submitted your profile before November 16 but has not yet received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Then, you must update your Express Entry profile with your new NOC 2021 code and TEER category. 

    If you receive an ITA before November 16, you can submit your Express Entry application using the NOC 2016 system. In addition, you can also refer to the NOC code mentioned on your ITA receipt and submit your application accordingly. However, there is no need for you to update to NOC 2021 if you received an ITA before November 16. 

    How will new NOC affect CRS scores? 
    The points distribution would be similar to what it has been with NOC 2016. Such as, so far, Express Entry applicants with arranged employment in Skill Levels 0, A and B have received 50 additional points. 

    With NOC 2021, applicants will receive 50 additional points for arranged employment provided their NOC is in TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3. 

    Similarly, you will continue to receive points for Canadian education. However, your work experience must be in occupations that are TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3. 

    How can you prepare for new NOC? 
    To be prepared, you can be mindful of the new changes in the TEER lead statements and primary duties. Although most duties may be similar, your work experience letter must reflect the duties mentioned in your new NOC 2021 code and TEER category. 

    Moreover, you must continue to match the duties in your NOC 2021 occupation if you want to claim points for the skilled experience inside and outside Canada. 


  • Canada PNPs That Invite Express Entry Profiles With Low CRS Score

    One of the ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada is through the provincial nominee programs (PNPs). These programs can also help those looking for permanent residency options from inside or outside Canada. Canada has numerous provincial nominee programs available, each with different eligibility criteria.

    While most of the PNPs require applicants to create an expression of interest (EOI) with PNP, but there are certain PNPs that scan active Express Entry profiles (inside or outside Canada profiles) and invite them directly.

    Provinces use their provincial nominee programs to fill labour market vacancies specific to the province. It is also why most PNPs seek applicants with in-demand job skills and experience. This article enlists provincial nominee programs that invite applicants directly from the Express Entry pool with low CRS score.

    Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream

    Ontario is Canada’s most popular immigration destination, and many newcomers are attracted to the vibrant city of Toronto and its expanding tech jobs market. The province also has the largest quota for welcoming immigrants through its PNP programs. 

    Last year in 2021, Ontario nominated 3,513 candidates under the Human Capital Priorities stream. This year (2022), Human Capital Priorities stream has already invited 3,076 Express Entry Profiles. Lowest invited CRS cut off score of invited profiles was 455.

    Even though Ontario has one of the largest quotas of any province, Ontario wants to bring in even more immigrants. To address the labour shortage in the province, Ontario’s Labour Minister Monte McNaughton recently asked for a doubling of the number of immigrants permitted under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) from 9,000 to 18,000 immigrants.

    The Ontario Human Capital Priorities stream is an excellent choice for people who reside outside of Canada. This stream prioritizes qualified candidates who can fill skilled job positions in the province.

    Ontario PNP Human Capital Priorities stream uses the federal Express Entry system. Candidates must have an active Express Entry profile and a CRS score of 400 or higher. Then, Ontario reviews all Express Entry profiles and invites specific profiles to apply to the PNP, generally based on a group of NOC codes and a specific CRS range.

    This stream targets Express Entry profiles with tech occupations and priority occupations.



    Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Workers stream

    Another option is through Ontario’s PNP French-Speaking Skilled Workers stream. Again, interested candidates should have a valid Express Entry profile. This program is great for applicants with intermediate to advanced french proficiency. 

    In 2022, French-Speaking Skilled Workers stream invited 1,379 Express Entry Profiles. Lowest CRS score invited in 2022 was 326 in September 2022.

    Since Ontario has large immigration quotas and frequently organizes draws, it is one of the simpler provinces in Canada for qualified applicants to obtain permanent residency.

    Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

    On Canada’s east coast, by the Atlantic Ocean, is the province of Nova Scotia. Many would-be immigrants find the province their ideal choice because of its proximity to the ocean, affordable cost of living, and relaxed way of life.

    Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities stream also chooses candidates directly from the Express Entry pool. This PNP is considered one of the simplest for international applicants to receive PR because it frequently invites profiles without a link to the province.

    However, before the draws, Nova Scotia doesn’t disclose its selection criteria, although it frequently extends an invitation to applicants who have no ties to the province. Interested candidates must have an active Express Entry profile and should indicate their interest in the province of Nova Scotia. 

    Candidates who Nova Scotia invites may secure their chance to obtain a provincial nomination. Successful candidates gain an additional 600 points toward their CRS score because the stream also uses Express Entry. With these extra points, receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a federal Express Entry draw is almost guaranteed.

    Alberta’s Express Entry Stream

    Some of Canada’s most economically advanced cities, like Calgary and Edmonton, are found in the western province of Alberta. As a result, Alberta is a prominent province for potential immigrants, with a growing job economy and excellent educational institutions.

    Candidates are chosen from the federal Express Entry pool to apply for provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream. One significant advantage of this stream is that they may accept Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300, which means that more candidates in the pool will be eligible for a Notification of Interest from the province.

    It is important to note that an invitation from Alberta’s Express Entry stream require a CRS score of 300 or above. The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program does not disclose the extra targeted criteria; however, it does disclose the CRS score of the lowest-ranking applicant from each round of invites.

    Therefore, the following factors could improve a candidate’s chances, but are not mandatory:

    • Holding prior work experience in Alberta 
    • Getting a valid job offer from an Alberta employer 
    • Having family or relatives in the province who are permanent residents or Canadian citizens 
    • Completing an education credential from a Canadian post-secondary institution 

    The federal Express Entry program is the foundation for Alberta’s Express Entry stream. Therefore, a candidate’s CRS score will rise by 600 points due to receiving a provincial nomination, effectively ensuring they will be offered a PR Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the next Express Entry draw.

    Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker

    The province of Saskatchewan, situated in Canada’s prairies, has grown in popularity as an immigrant destination due to its strong economic growth and employment prospects. This province requires creation of Expression of Interest (EOI) and you can apply for SINP even without Express Entry profile.

    We included this option as it is one of the most attractive PNP often inviting qualifying applicants with low scores.

    Under Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker PNP are the Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry streams. These streams intend to attract candidates with experience in the in-demand occupations in the province. Moreover, the International Skilled Worker streams use an Expression of Interest (EOI) system to hand pick candidates. 

    To submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), candidates must have a minimum of one year of experience in a field that isn’t on the SINP’s Excluded Occupations List. In addition, candidates must have completed post-secondary education for at least one year and have the ability to speak English or French. 

    Anyone who meets Saskatchewan’s minimal eligibility requirements, including earning at least 60 points on their Points Assessment Grid, is eligible to submit an EOI profile. After submission, the SINP EOI draws will invite candidates with the most competitive SINP scores and those in in-demand occupations. 

    Moreover, candidates who qualify for Express Entry can apply to the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream to have their application for permanent residency processed more quickly. However, people who cannot submit an Express Entry profile can still apply through the Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand stream.


  • Moving To Canada – Know Free Pre-Arrival Services For Job & Settlement

    Moving to Canada and starting a new life here can be very overwhelming. Most newcomers have a lot of concerns about settling in a new country. And it is quite understandable. However, if you are a newcomer to Canada, don’t worry the government has got you covered.

    The Canadian government funds a lot of settlement agencies to make the transition easier for newcomers. These agencies provide pre-arrival settlement services to help newcomers adapt to a new country. Pre-arrival services are programs offered online or in person. These programs are free and help newcomers to better understand life in Canada.

    Also, some services can help you find a job. They can help you get your education or work experience recognized in Canada. Moreover, some programs provide you with specific information regarding your profession. This could include language training or essential skills training. 


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    Listed below are the organizations and how they can help you settle in Canada

    Active Engagement and Integration Project

    This project offers in-person services in China, and also online services globally, such as:

    • general information about living in Canada
    • orientation to education, health care, housing, and transportation in Canada
    • needs assessment
    • referrals to community services.
    Planning for Canada

    The program offers in-person services in India and the Philippines and also online services globally, including:

    • general information about living in Canada
    • orientation to education, health care, housing, and transportation in Canada
    • needs assessment
    • referrals to community services.
    Next Stop Canada

    This organization offers online services globally, including:

    • general information about living in Canada
    • orientation to education, health care, housing, and transportation in Canada
    • needs assessment
    • referrals to community services
    • specialized programming for youth between 12 to 19 years old, such as connections to youth mentors.
    Connexions Francophones

    This program offers in-person services in Morocco and online services globally. Moreover, if you want to live in a Francophone community in Canada, they can help you with:

    • information and orientation
    • connections with Francophone local organizations
    • needs assessment
    • a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

    Organizations that help with career and job search

    Active Engagement and Integration Project (AEIP)

    This project offers online services globally. It helps you:

    • write your resume
    • prepare to work in Canada
    • get your credentials recognized
    • attend online job fairs to learn about potential employers.
    Canada InfoNet

    This organization offers online services globally to help you:

    • prepare for work
    • access employer-interactive webinars
    • access job matching platforms
    • find a mentor with experience in your sector
    • learn about Canadian workplace culture.
    Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA)

    This organization offers online services globally. They offer support such as:

    • online courses, including “Job Search Strategies” and “Working in Canada”
    • webinars
    • help for preparing to work in Canada.
    Connexions Francophones

    This program offers employment services to French-speaking newcomers wishing to settle in Francophone communities. Services include:

    • virtual job fairs in real-time with potential employers seeking French-speaking employees
    • how to prepare to work in Canada and also get your credentials recognized
    • webinars about mentoring, writing a resume, and Canadian workplace culture.
    BCCA Integrating Newcomers

    The British Columbia Construction Association Integrating Newcomers (BCCA-IN) program provides free one-on-one pre-arrival services to newcomers with a construction background. Services BCCA-IN offers are –  

    • skills assessment
    • job leads
    • accreditation advice
    • settlement services referrals.

    BCCA-IN supports architects, designers, project managers, estimators, engineers, tradespeople, and those in strategic business support groups

    BuildON

    This organization offers online services globally. If you plan on living in Ontario, BuildOn offers services that focus on:

    • construction
    • skilled trades
    • engineering.
    ACCES Employment: Canadian Employment Connections and Entrepreneurship Connections Pre-Arrival (CEC-ECP)

    This organization offers online services globally. They offer industry-specific job services, including one-on-one coaching, to help you:

    • prepare to look for jobs
    • prepare to work in Canada
    • learn about workplace culture.
    Global Onboarding of Talent Initiative (GO Talent)

    This initiative offers online services globally. They support newcomers from the information and technology sector to help you:

    • with sector-specific help
    • attend career events
    • find a job
    • get your credentials recognized.
    Integrating Newcomers

    This Canada-wide program offers pre-arrival employment support services to prepare newcomers for jobs in the construction industry, no matter what city, province, or territory you’re moving to.

    Professions supported include

    • tradespeople
    • engineers (in any discipline)
    • architects
    • technicians
    • technologists
    • Business support specialists.
    Pre-Arrival Supports and Services Program (PASS)

    This program helps nurses prepare to work in Canada’s healthcare field. PASS provides connections to sector-specific information including:

    • workplace practices in health care
    • mentoring with Canadian nurses
    • schools
    • the nursing registration process
    • regulatory bodies.

    Who is eligible?

    You can get these services, if:

    • Your permanent residence (PR) application has been approved.
    • You are currently living outside of Canada.
    • You have one of these documents:
      • letter saying you can get pre-arrival services
      • confirmation of permanent residence letter
      • a passport request letter that indicates permanent resident visa issuance
      • letter asking for your medical exam results
      • single-entry permanent resident visa
      • letter from us letting your know you can pick up your permanent resident visa

  • Getting Married While Canada PR Application Is In Processing

    Often Canada immigration applications take months or for certain categories years to process. It may be common for people to experience changes in their lives as they wait. For example, getting married is one of the common changes an applicant experiences as they wait for their application to be processed. 

    Suppose you are someone whose family composition changed while your permanent residency application was in the process. In that case, you can learn how it will impact your application and the steps you should take. 

    It is important to remember that IRCC requires you to notify them of any changes to your application, including any information regarding dependant spouses. 

    In this article, you can learn:

    What to do if you get married after applying for Canada PR? 

    As mentioned earlier, you must inform IRCC of any changes in your family composition, such as getting married and having a spouse. However, you do have the option to either add your spouse as a dependent in your application. Or, apply for your spouse separately (this may require more paperwork). 

    Nevertheless, you must inform IRCC of the change in your marital status even if your spouse is not accompanying you to Canada.  


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    Adding your spouse before IRCC processes your application

    If your application is in the initial stage and is pending a decision, you can add your spouse. Depending on your application type, you may need to complete the following forms for your spouse.

    Forms to include

    Official documents to include

    • Marriage certificate (in English or French)
    • Updated birth registration or marriage ID (if applicable)
    • Any official document from the place of marriage 

    Other supporting documents to evidence a genuine relationship

    • Proof of shared finances such as joint bank accounts, shared bills, or investments 
    • Letters from friends and family 
    • Photographs of multiple occasions 
    • Evidence of cohabitation, like a shared lease 
    • Any other document proving your genuine relationship 

    To add your spouse, you may need to pay application fees for the following:

    • Sponsorship fee: $75
    • Processing fee: $570 
    • Biometrics fees: $85
    • Right to permanent resident fee: $515

    How to add your spouse after receiving an ITA? 

    If you received an Invitation to Apply and submitted your application, you could still add your new spouse to your application. First, inform IRCC about the recent change in your marital status. Then IRCC will send you a list of documents required to add your spouse to your application. 

    How to check your spouse’s immigration status after adding her to your application? 

    If you added your new spouse to your application and want to check if IRCC has processed your updated information, log in to your “My Account” and view details. 

    Once you open your account, check if your application lists any dependents. If you notice that no dependents are added to your account, IRCC has not yet processed your spouse’s information. 

    Additionally, spouses must be eligible for entry to Canada under existing immigration laws, which implies that they must satisfy the security, criminal, and medical requirements. They will be deemed inadmissible to Canada if they fail to meet any of these criteria, which will affect your PR application.

    Getting married after your PR application has been approved, but you are yet to enter Canada 

    If your PR application is approved, but you are outside Canada, ensure that you update your marital status before entering Canada. IRCC may reevaluate your application. However, failure to inform IRCC may be deemed a misrepresentation and can impact your PR and future applications. 

    Even if your spouse is not accompanying you to Canada, you must inform IRCC of your marital status change before landing in Canada. If you added your spouse, they might review your spouse’s medical and grounds of inadmissibility. 

    Alternatively, you can sponsor your spouse to bring you to Canada. However, there are different processes for outland and inland spousal application. 


  • Entry-Level CRA Jobs Hiring Now At Multiple Locations In Ontario!

    Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) jobs hiring now across Ontario without any prior experience paying up to $76,545 per year. It is best to apply as soon as possible because CRA will prioritize the first 500 people who apply and meet the staffing requirements. Then, as needed, other applicants may be considered. 

    • Location: various locations in Ontario 
    • Salary: $68,012 to $76,545
    • Closing date: November 21, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern Time 

    About the position and offered benefits 

    The CRA provides some of the most sought-after benefit plans, career development opportunities, and attractive pay rates, among other things:

    • Flexible schedules to help you find the proper balance between work and personal life.
    • Generous vacation and other leave provisions (e.g., family-related, sick days, etc.);
    • healthcare plan that covers many of life’s events, such as medical, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care, out-of-province medical bills and hospitalizations, etc.
    • Access to a suitable pension plan;
    • A workplace that promotes workforce diversity and talent development.

    Who can apply? 

    Individuals living in Canada on a valid status, Canadian citizens and permanent residents living abroad are welcome to apply. The applicant must reside in Ontario region only. 

    However, preference will be given to veterans, Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Selected applicants will be notified in writing of the next step in the hiring process.



    Position duties and responsibilities 

    The CRA is looking for individuals to join the SP-05 and SP-06 teams. The employment responsibilities will differ depending on the role. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Duties for SP-05 Salary Range – $62,858 to $70,749

    • Audit and examine taxpayers’ returns, books, records, taxpayer requests, and supporting documentation to ensure and enforce compliance with the CRA’s statutes.

    or

    • Examines objections, requests for appeal and assessment, fairness reviews, and takes decisions to confirm, vacate, or vary the notice of objection, request for appeal, or notice of assessment.

     Duties for SP-06 Salary Range – $68,012 to $76,545

    • Respond to raised issues and other dispute requests filed or received from the Ombudsman Liaison Office by taxpayers and their representatives.
    • Settle objection notices, discretionary requests for review, deadline extension requests, Fairness Program requests, and other requests made by taxpayers and their representatives.

    or

    • Enforce employer compliance about reporting taxable benefits and income from office or employment, including related withholding and remitting requirements.

    or

    • Audit and review returns and applications to ensure compliance with Canada Revenue Agency statutes (CRA).

    or

    • Performing taxpayer audits, regulatory reviews, licensing/registration, and giving technical advice to ensure compliance with CRA-administered excise duty and tax legislation.

    Job Requirements 

    Language requirements

    • English essential
    • Bilingual imperative CBC/CBC

    Essential Requirements 

    Education: A secondary school diploma AND completion of the following courses or fields of study from a recognized post-secondary institution or a recognized professional accounting association:

    • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Intermediate Financial Reporting 2; Or
    • FA3; Or
    • Intermediate Financial Accounting 2; Or
    • Intermediate Accounting 2.

    To learn more about CRA’s minimum education standard, visit  SP Group II – Intermediate Accounting

    Ensure you upload your educational credentials to your candidate profile’s Education Section and submit all required documentation with your application by the closing date. If you do not comply, your application may be rejected.

    Please keep in mind that all educational documents must be clear and legible. Your name and institution must be included on the proof. Accounting courses, course codes, course names, and grades must all be listed on transcripts. Additionally, CRA will not accept editable documents or mailed documents. 

    Experience: No prior experience is necessary 

    How to apply? 

    Candidates should submit their online application, educational qualifications, and other relevant documents as soon as possible. Moreover, there is no need to submit your CV and cover letter. 

    On an ongoing basis, candidates will be assessed against the prerequisite staffing requirements. You will be invited to an assessment if you meet the prerequisite staffing standards.

    To submit your application, click here. Fill out all details asked in the candidate profile and ensure you upload your education documents. The requisition number for this position is 58805698.