Latest Quebec Arrima Draw Sent 998 New Invites For PR

Latest Quebec Arrima Draw For PR

Quebec held a new Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) draw and invited candidates for permanent selection on November 24, 2022.

Quebec invited 998 skilled workers from the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool to apply for permanent residence. The draw invited those with scores equal to or higher than 603 points. Check out in later part of this post/article on score calculation criteria. 

Moreover, the draw targeted applicants with a legitimate job offer outside the Montreal Metropolitan Community and academic and professional expertise in a Quebec In-demand Occupation List. 

What is Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program? 

If you want to immigrate to Quebec to work permanently, the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) is for you.

To apply to this program, you must first express your interest in immigrating to Quebec. Then, if your profile matches the criteria required in Quebec, you will get an invitation to apply for permanent selection. 

Next, to be selected, you must have professional skills and training that will help boost your employment integration in Quebec. Additional factors for consideration include the following: 

  • Language abilities 
  • Age 
  • Spouse characteristics
  • Having dependents such as children 

Score Calculation For Quebec Arrima Draw

Foreign nationals are categorized to identify the best applicant who will receive an invitation to apply for permanent selection. These candidates are ranked based on the following Human Capital factors. 

This criteria group can score a maximum of 580 points, and it broke down into the following: 

1. Knowledge of French 


2. Knowledge of English and French 


3. Points for Age 


4. Length of professional experience 


5. Level of education


Responding to Quebec’s labour requirements  

Length of experience in the profession and workforce diagnosis 

Workforce diagnostic for the profession is understood in terms of the list of medium-term diagnoses for the 500 professions in the current National Occupational Classification.

For the invitation, the profession is distinguished from full-time employment on the extraction date from the interest bank expression.

To be considered, experience in the profession must have been obtained within the five years preceding the date of extraction from the expression of interest bank.


1. Field of training 


2. Québec diploma


3. Professional experience duration in Québec 


4. Professional experience duration in Canada (outside Québec)


5. Valid job offer 


Points classification for spouse or de-facto spouse 

Level of education 


2. Quebec diploma 


Source: Gouvernement du Québec

  • Know Canada Weekly Earnings In All The Provinces

    On January 26, 2023 – Statistics Canada released latest data for average weekly earnings in Canada. They also released the industry-wise and province-wise weekly earnings data.

    Overall average weekly earnings in Canada increased by 4.2% to $1,180.21.

    The job openings fell in six provinces, with Newfoundland and Labrador losing the most (-35.3% to 5,500), followed by Manitoba (-26.5% to 20,600), and New Brunswick (-21.8% to 11,500).

    Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta had lower proportionate drops, while the number of job openings in the remaining provinces remained stable.

    Below listed are the industry-wise and province-wise weekly earnings in Canada and all the provinces.

    Industry-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

    IndustryAverage Weekly Earning
    Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction2362.28
    Professional, scientific and technical services1634.13
    Management of companies and enterprises1570.68
    Information and cultural industries1567.12
    Finance and insurance1556.47
    Public administration1527.13
    Wholesale trade1413.46
    Forestry, logging and support1376.38
    Real estate and rental and leasing1300.33
    Transportation and warehousing1248.94
    Educational services1171.70
    Health care and social assistance1033.25
    Other services (excluding public administration)993.70
    Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services967.36
    Arts, entertainment and recreation713.90
    Retail trade700.82
    Accommodation and food services469.85

    Province-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

    ProvinceAverage Weekly Earnings
    Northwest Territories1579.40
    Newfoundland and Labrador1178.30
    British Columbia1177.45
    New Brunswick1076.99
    Nova Scotia1031.80
    Prince Edward Island994.16

    Which Canadian province has the highest weekly earnings?

    Alberta has the average weekly earnings of $1,277.78 followed by Ontario at $1,203.64, Newfoundland and Labrador at $1,178.30, and British Columbia at $1,177.45.

    How much is the weekly earnings in Canada?

    Canada has the average weekly earnings of $1,180.21 as per latest data by Statistics Canada released on January 26, 2023.

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

    Ontario has the weekly earnings of $1,203.64, while British Columbia has average weekly earnings at $1,177.45

    How much is the weekly earnings in Quebec?

    Quebec has an average weekly earnings of $1,124.11

    Source: Statistics Canada

  • Here Are Most Common Canada Immigration Options In 2023

    Canada is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for people who want to move countries. And, righteously so.

    There are so many benefits of living in Canada, including a better lifestyle and education.

    So, if you are someone who wants to move to Canada, but are not sure how to, you are in the right place.

    Canada plans to welcome 465,000 new immigrants in 2023. Due to its labor shortage, Canada relies heavily on immigration.

    Also, in 2021 and 2022, Canada already set a new annual permanent resident record. And, it aims to break the records again in the next couple of years. 

    Each person has their own unique profile. So, based on that you should choose the way that best suits you.

    There is no one simple way to move to Canada. However, since the immigration targets are higher now, it is the best time to state your immigration journey. 

    This article lists all the ways you can move to Canada in 2023.

    Express Entry (EE)

    Express Entry(EE) is the fastest and most popular way to move to Canada. This program lets skilled foreign nationals live and work in Canada.

    If you apply under this program, you can get permanent residence in Canada as soon as six months.

    Moreover, by 2025, Canada plans to invite half a million newcomers. Most of these immigrants will be through one of the three streams of Express Entry:

    Also, with the recent launch of the new NOCs (2021), 16 new occupations now qualify for Express Entry through the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Examples of a few occupations are- truck drivers, nurses, teachers,s and so on. 

    To apply under EE you must first be eligible under one of Canada’s above three federal streams. After which, you need to create an online profile.

    This profile is scored by Canada’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You get an invitation to apply if you are among the highest-ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool.

    Meeting the CRS cut-offs can be a little difficult.  However, just by being in the pool of candidates, you could be nominated for permanent residence by a province. 

    The cost of immigrating through Express Entry is typically about $2,300 CAD for a single applicant. If you are moving as a couple, it could be around $4,500 CAD.

     Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada

    Another common way of moving to Canada is through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

    Canada aims to welcome 117,500 new immigrations through PNPs by 2025. Each province and territory has many nominee programs.

    So, the only economic stream bigger than Express Entry in 2023 is the combined force of Canada’s PNPs.

    All programs have their own unique eligibility criteria. For instance, some programs need you to have a connection to the province to apply for nomination.

    Furthermore, you might need a job offer from a Canadian employer in order to qualify. In some programs, however, overseas candidates are invited if they are able to meet the needs of the province’s labor market.

    Listed below are the PNP programs for each province- 

    Each PNP has its own processing time. Once you receive a nomination, you need to apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence.

    Parts of the PNP also fall under the Express Entry. So, each of the provincial programs mentioned above has specific streams for the federally-operated selection system.

    The cost of applying through a PNP is usually the same as Express Entry. However, there might be some additional fees, depending on the province.

    Certain provinces don’t charge a fee to process PNP applications But some like, Ontario, can charge up to $1,500 CAD.

    Business Immigration

    If you own a business or know how to manage a business, you can move here through a federal or provincial business immigration program.

    Canada plans to welcome 3,500 newcomers through business programs in 2023. These programs usually require a high investment.

    The amount depends on the program you are interested in. listed below are the three common ways you can move to Canada through a business – 

    1. Start-up visa: One of the most popular routes to Canada for business-minded individuals is the Start-Up Visa. To apply for this, you need to have a  qualifying business or a business idea.

    Then, applicants need a designated angel investor group, venture capital fund, or business incubator to support this.

    Lastly, applicants must prove their language ability to live in Canada. Under this visa, you can move to Canada on a work permit.

    During this period you can establish your business here. After which, you can apply for permanent residence.

    However, you need to be actively involved in the management of the business within Canada. 

    2. Provincial Business Programs: Most provinces in Canada have their own entrepreneur programs. These programs fall under the respective Provincial Nominee Programs.

    You can check the requirements of these programs and apply under the Provincial Business Program. 

    3. Self-Employed Programs: You can also move here through the Self-Employed Programs. The federal Self-Employed program is for people who have some prior self-employment experience.

    Moreover, you should want to and be able to make some contribution to the cultural, artistic, or athletic life of Canada. Quebec also has a self-employed program.

    As part of this program, applicants create their own jobs by practicing a profession or pursuing a commercial activity.

    Family Sponsorship

    Canada’s immigration policy emphasizes family reunification. Families in Canada are able to sponsor their relatives to come to Canada.

    So, if you have a qualifying family member who is a PR or citizen of Canada, this might be the easiest way for you to move to Canada.

    The cost of sponsoring a relative is around $1,135 CAD. However, if the sponsor lives in Quebec, additional charges might apply. 

    There are many programs that help PRs and citizens to bring their families here. The two major categories under this program are- 

    Spouses, Partners, and Children: Canada combines spouses, partners, and children in its Immigration Levels Plan. And aims to welcome 78,000 such newcomers in 2023.

    In the spouse and partner stream, you can sponsor your partner from outside or within Canada. This is through the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class.

    Moreover, while you wait for your application to be processed, you might qualify for a work permit. The applications take about 12 months to process from start to finish.

    For a child to be sponsored, they have to generally be under 22. Also, they should not have a partner or spouse of their own.

    Children over the age of 22, must prove that they cannot support themselves financially because of a mental or physical condition.

    Or, that they have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22. 

    Parents and Grandparents: Sponsoring parents and grandparents in Canada operate on a lottery system. A sponsor can declare their interest in a pool.

    These applications are drawn at random and issued an invitation to apply. This steams has drawn controversy in the past.

    This is because it is mostly oversubscribed. This pool has not opened for new sponsors since 2020.

    However, three batches of sponsors have been invited to apply since then. IRCC might move to open a new window for the submission of interest to sponsor forms in 2023 soon.

    Alternatively, PGP prospective applicants can apply for Super visa to bring parents and grandparents to Canada.

  • New IRCC Temporary Policy For Spousal Open Work Permit Eligibility

    Starting on January 30, 2023 – The IRCC will temporarily extend open work permit eligibility to spouses and dependent children of most work permit holders at all skill levels.

    This temporary policy was initially announced by Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser on December 2, 2022.

    As announced, phase 1 of this new temporary policy will now come in effect beginning January 30.

    PhaseEffective Date
    Phase 1 – allows family members of employees who come to Canada to apply for an open work visa through the high-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program.January 30, 2023
    Phase 2 – Following consultations, the legislation will be expanded to include family members of employees from the low-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.To be decided
    Phase 3 – Consultation with agricultural partners and stakeholders will be conducted to examine the practical viability of expanding the measure to cover family members of agricultural employees.To be decided

    Before this temporary policy, spouses were only eligible for a spousal open work permit, if the principal applicant worked in a high-skill occupation, defined under TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

    However, now spouses will be eligible for open work permit if the principal applicant is working in any occupation under TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.

    IRCC shared eligibility and ineligibility under this new spousal open work permit temporary policy as mentioned below.

    Who is eligible?

    Spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child of a work permit holder is eligible, if the work permit holder in Canada:

    • works in a job of any TEER (Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities) category (0 to 5), or
    • have an open work permit such as PGWP (post-graduation work permit holder) at all skill levels, or
    • are permanent resident applicant under economic class currently holding a valid work permit

    Who is not eligible at this time?

    Spouses and dependents of work permit holders in TEER 4 or 5 jobs are not eligible at this time, if the work permit holders are currently working:

    Children qualify as dependants if they are:

    • unmarried or don’t have a common-law partner, and
    • less than 22 years of age

    Children aged more than 22 years can also qualify as dependants only if they are:

    • unable to support themselves financially because of a physical or mental condition, and
    • rely on their parents for financially since before they were 22

  • Canada Immigration Backlog Drops To 918,300

    Finally, the Canada immigration backlog drops below 1 million. As per new updated IRCC data, overall backlog has now reduced to 918,300.

    Additionally, 1.055 million applications are still being processed within IRCC service standards. This number has increased from 1.02 million since November 30 data.

    The backlog has been continuously reducing since September 30, 2022 as follows:

    DateBacklogTotal Applications
    Under Processing
    December 31, 2022918,3001,973,800
    November 30, 20221,086,2002,111,400
    October 31, 20221,202,7902,239,700
    September 30, 20221,322,5002,610,700

    Overall, there were 1.97 million applications that were being processed at IRCC. This data has been updated by IRCC today and is true as of December 31, 2022.

    IRCC minister confirmed that backlog data is different from service standard data.

    For example, if spousal sponsorship specifies a processing period of 12 months, an application that is being processed within 12 months is “NOT” a backlog. Rather, it will be classified as standard processing.

    However, if it surpasses the 12-month service requirement, it is referred to as a backlog.

    It should be noted that IRCC’s goal is to complete 80% of applications within service standards. Click here to view the category-wise IRCC service standards.

    Application TypeOverall Processing InventoryBacklogWithin Service Standards
    Permanent Residence620,800361,300259,500
    Temporary Residence1,052,000472,000580,000

    Below are the category-wise Canada Immigration backlog projections by IRCC

    1. Federal High Skilled Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2289%
    Feb 2292%
    Mar 2298%
    Apr 2299%
    May 22100%
    Jun 22100%
    Jul 2299%
    Aug 2290%86%
    Sep 2268%72%
    Oct 2245%59%
    Nov 2231%46%
    Dec 2222%20%
    Jan 2320%
    Feb 2320%
    Mar 2320%

    2. Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry) Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2256%
    Feb 2255%
    Mar 2254%
    Apr 2251%
    May 2247%
    Jun 2245%
    Jul 2243%
    Aug 2242%39%
    Sep 2240%35%
    Oct 2242%31%
    Nov 2242%28%
    Dec 2241%20%
    Jan 2340%
    Feb 2339%
    Mar 2338%

    3. Spouses, Partners and children applications Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2234%
    Feb 2232%
    Mar 2230%
    Apr 2229%
    May 2227%
    Jun 2227%
    Jul 2226%
    Aug 2225%24%
    Sep 2225%23%
    Oct 2224%22%
    Nov 2224%20%
    Dec 2224%19%
    Jan 2324%
    Feb 2324%
    Mar 2324%

    4. Citizenship Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2246%
    Feb 2245%
    Mar 2242%
    Apr 2240%
    May 2239%
    Jun 2237%
    Jul 2234%
    Aug 2231%31%
    Sep 2231%30%
    Oct 2228%29%
    Nov 2227%27%
    Dec 2228%26%
    Jan 2326%
    Feb 2325%
    Mar 2324%

    5. Study Permits Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2242%
    Feb 2234%
    Mar 2227%
    Apr 2232%
    May 2231%
    Jun 2230%
    Jul 2231%
    Aug 2238%39%
    Sep 2231%42%
    Oct 2226%33%
    Nov 2227%31%
    Dec 2233%33%
    Jan 2336%
    Feb 2333%
    Mar 2323%

    6. Work Permits Backlog

    **As per IRCC, approximately 73% of work permits applications are from the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2248%
    Feb 2251%
    Mar 2229%
    Apr 2223%
    May 2226%
    Jun 2228%
    Jul 2228%
    Aug 2234%29%
    Sep 2227%35%
    Oct 2223%49%
    Nov 2228%55%
    Dec 2226%60%
    Jan 2358%
    Feb 2347%
    Mar 2330%

    7. Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Visitor Visa Backlog

    **As per IRCC, approximately 20% of temporary resident visa or visitor visa applications are from the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2270%
    Feb 2274%
    Mar 2255%
    Apr 2255%
    May 2256%
    Jun 2271%
    Jul 2267%
    Aug 2271%68%
    Sep 2274%71%
    Oct 2274%70%
    Nov 2270%67%
    Dec 2270%66%
    Jan 2377%
    Feb 2376%
    Mar 2373%

    Source: IRCC official website

  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) for Canada Immigration

    Most immigration and visa programs for Canada require a police clearance certificate commonly known as PCC or just police certificate.

    A PCC is a simple statement that you need to get from the police. It states if you have a criminal record/charges against you or not.

    The purpose of this certificate is to assure that you are not a security risk to Canada. IRCC needs to know that you have not been involved in any criminal activity.

    However, if you have a criminal record, IRCC will assess your admissibility on the basis of this certificate.

    If the immigration officer feels that you with your past criminal activity pose a danger to Canada, they may deny your entry. 

    PCC can usually take around a month or more depending upon your country of birth/citizenship/long stay.

    So, it is always advisable to apply it proactively to avoid unnecessary delays in processing.

    This article lists everything you need to know about getting a police certificate.

    When do you need a PCC for Canada immigration?

    Most immigration programs in Canada require you to provide a police clearance certificate. Furthermore, you may also need a PCC for Canadian Citizenship.

    If you are applying for a PR through any category (Express Entry, International Experience Candidate, or Provincial Nominee Programs) you need this certificate.

    Every person aged 18 or over needs to prove that they are not criminally inadmissible. Furthermore, Any family member applying with the primary applicant also needs a certificate.

    Also, spousal sponsorship also needs a police certificate. 

    So, anybody planning to come to Canada permanently or for a long period of time needs this certificate.

    What should the police certificate include?

    Each country has a different police verification certificate. However, your certificate must include- 

    • Logo of the authority
    • Date of issue
    • A clear subject line that shows it is a police clearance certificate, judicial record extract, good conduct certificate, or similar
    • Statement attesting lack of criminal record or list of offences
    • Seal/sign of the official authority.
    police clearance certificate india from canada

    If your police certification is in another language, you must also provide an official/certified translation of the document and an affidavit with your application.

    Where to get your police certificate from?

    You need to get the certificate from the country of current residence (if outside Canada) and from each country you have resided in for more than 6 months since your 18th birthday.

    The process of getting this differs from country to country. Click here to know “How to get a police certificate” depending upon your country of citizenship.

    In some countries, this certificate is also called a judicial record extract or even a good conduct certificate.

    So, it is important to ensure that the police certificate you are getting is accepted by CIC. 

    Also, if you’re unable to get a police certificate from your country, you’re responsible to show why you can’t get one.

    To prove that you can’t get a police certificate, you must:

    • show proof that you requested a police certificate from the correct authorities and
    • write a letter explaining all the efforts you have taken to get one

  • IRCC Doubles PR Quota For Out-Of-Status Construction Workers In GTA

    Today, IRCC announced doubling the Permanent Residency (PR) quota, for the out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

    Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport and Peter Fonseca, Member of Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville made this announcement today, on the behalf of IRCC Minister Sean Fraser.

    Out-Of-Status Construction Workers pilot program was initially announced in 2019 with allocation of PR spots to 500 out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

    Today, IRCC extended and expanded, doubling its scope to 1,000 out-of-status construction workers in the GTA.

    GTA for this pilot program consists of City of Toronto and the regions of Durham, Halton, Peel, York. This pilot is currently open until January 2, 2024.

    Eligibility For Out-Of Status Construction Workers Pilot Program?

    Applicants with significant work experience in construction occupations in the GTA, family members in Canada, and a referral letter from the CLC.

    Furthermore, they have no reason for being inadmissible other than overstaying their visa and working without authorization.

    You can apply for permanent residency under this governmental policy, if you:

    • have entered Canada as a temporary resident but currently have no status
    • live in Canada and have been here for at least 5 years
    • have worked a minimum of 4,680 hours in these 5 years (1 full-time job OR 1 or more part-time jobs OR a combination of full-time and part-time work)
    • have family in Canada (mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin)
    • be referred by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
    • be otherwise admissible to Canada

    List of Eligible Occupations For Out-Of Status Construction Workers Pilot Program

    • NOC 72010 – Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
    • NOC 72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • NOC 72012 – Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
    • NOC 72013 – Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
    • NOC 72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
    • NOC 72100 – Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
    • NOC 72101 – Tool and die makers
    • NOC 72102 – Sheet metal workers
    • NOC 72103 – Boilermakers
    • NOC 72104 – Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
    • NOC 72105 – Ironworkers
    • NOC 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
    • NOC 72200 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
    • NOC 72201 – Industrial electricians
    • NOC 72202 – Power system electricians
    • NOC 72203 – Electrical power line and cable workers
    • NOC 72204 – Telecommunications line and cable workers
    • NOC 72205 – Telecommunications installation and repair workers
    • NOC 72300 – Plumbers
    • NOC 72301 – Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
    • NOC 72302 – Gas fitters
    • NOC 72310 – Carpenters
    • NOC 72311 – Cabinetmakers
    • NOC 72320 – Bricklayers
    • NOC 72321 – Insulators
    • NOC 72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
    • NOC 72021 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
    • NOC 72022 – Supervisors, printing and related occupations
    • NOC 72023 – Supervisors, railway transport operations
    • NOC 72024 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
    • NOC 72400 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
    • NOC 72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    • NOC 72402 – Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    • NOC 72403 – Railway carmen/women
    • NOC 72404 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
    • NOC 72405 – Machine fitters
    • NOC 72406 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
    • NOC 72410 – Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
    • NOC 72411 – Auto body collision, refinishing and glass technicians and damage repair estimators
    • NOC 72420 – Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
    • NOC 72421 – Appliance servicers and repairers
    • NOC 72422 – Electrical mechanics
    • NOC 72423 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
    • NOC 72429 – Other small engine and small equipment repairers
    • NOC 72500 – Crane operators
    • NOC 72501 – Water well drillers
    • NOC 72999 – Other technical trades and related occupations
    • NOC 73100 – Concrete finishers
    • NOC 73101 – Tilesetters
    • NOC 73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
    • NOC 73110 – Roofers and shinglers
    • NOC 73111 – Glaziers
    • NOC 73112 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
    • NOC 73113 – Floor covering installers
    • NOC 73200 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers
    • NOC 73310 – Railway and yard locomotive engineers
    • NOC 73311 – Railway conductors and brakemen/women
    • NOC 73400 – Heavy equipment operators
    • NOC 73401 – Printing press operators
    • NOC 73402 – Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
    • NOC 75110 – Construction trades helpers and labourers

  • Canada Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – Know How It Works

    The Canada Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) permits employers to employ temporary foreign workers (TFW) when locals such as Canadians and permanent residents are unavailable.

    These employers may hire TFWs from participating countries between January 1 and December 15 for a maximum of 8 months, provided they can offer the workers 240 hours of work in 6 weeks or less.

    Learn more about the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, who can apply, the application process and more below. 

    Who can apply for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)?

    To be eligible for this program, worker must be from participating countries. Furthermore, work activity must be on-farm primary agriculture and production must be in specific commodity categories.

    Participating countries 

    You must be a national of the following countries to participate in this program: 

    • Mexico
    • Caribbean countries of:
      • Anguilla
      • Antigua and Barbuda
      • Barbados
      • Dominica
      • Grenada
      • Jamaica
      • Montserrat
      • St. Kitts-Nevis
      • St. Lucia
      • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
      • Trinidad and Tobago

    National commodity list

    • Apiary products
    • Fruits, vegetables (including canning/processing of these products if grown on the farm)
    • Mushrooms
    • Flowers
    • Nursery-grown trees including Christmas trees, greenhouses/nurseries
    • Pedigreed canola seed
    • Seed corn
    • Grains
    • Oil seeds
    • Maple syrup
    • Sod
    • Tobacco
    • Bovine
    • Dairy
    • Duck
    • Horse
    • Mink
    • Poultry
    • Sheep
    • Swine

    How to apply for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program? 

    Each foreign government has its method of recruiting and selecting employees. The governments of participating countries will:

    Recruit and choose the workers and ensure employees have the essential documentation

    Have to maintain a pool of qualified workers, and assign representatives to help the workers in Canada

    The government of participating countries are also responsible to ensure selected workers are:

    • experienced in farming
    • at least 18 years of age
    • able to satisfy the:
      • Canadian immigration laws, and
      • laws of the worker’s home country

    Pay your application fees

    Your fee amount and payment options depend on the location you are applying from. In addition, you may also need to pay for biometrics. 

    To learn more about the fee amount and how to pay, refer to this IRCC link. First, enter where you are applying from and the type of application you are submitting. Then, select the best fit options from the drop-down menu, and hit “Get payment instructions.”

    Working with other employers 

    While in Canada, it is possible that you may need to work on more than one farm and have different employers. However, you do not need a new work permit to work for different employers. 

    Nevertheless, it is important to note that you will not be asked to work for a different employer on another farm without your consent. 

    Remember that if you are on an employer-specific work permit, you can only work for the employer listed on your work permit. Moreover, before you apply for this program, your employer must have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

    Use National Occupation Classification 2021 

    With the implementation of the new TEER system, IRCC has updated to use the latest version of the National Occupation Classification (NOC), which is NOC 2021. 

    As a result, if you have on or after November 16, 2022, ensure that you use the NOC 2021 codes. Nevertheless, if you submitted your application before November 16, you can continue using the NOC 2016 in your application. 

    For more information of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, check out IRCC’s official page.

  • Implied Status Meaning For Visitors, Students Or Workers-All You Need To Know

    Visitors, students, or foreign workers can lawfully remain in Canada until a decision is made on their application if they apply to extend their status before it expires. This time between the decision made and after expiry of temporary residents’ status is called implied status.

    In this article, you can learn more about implied status and how it may affect the period of your authorized stay.

    Canada implied status

    Temporary residents must apply at least 30 days before their current permit expires to extend their stay in Canada.

    If their application is being processed when their current permit expires, they can remain in Canada under the same conditions as their previous permit. 

    For example, a temporary worker who applies to extend their work visa before it expires can continue to work in Canada for the same company while waiting for a decision.

    Nevertheless, the temporary worker must stop working on the day their existing permit expires unless they have applied for another permit.

    This can be extension of their work permit to work for a different employer or changing to a study permit. 

    If the status extension application is approved, the applicant (and their family member) can remain in Canada as long as they comply with the new permit conditions. 

    Moreover, the new permit would include an issue date. It could imply a waiting period between the issuance of the new permit and the current permit’s expiration.

    However, it will not be a problem if the person later decides to seek permanent residency. This waiting period between expiration of existing permit and issuance of new one will be considered legal stay in Canada.

    Immigration officer will recognize that this period is covered by implied status. 

    Travelling outside Canada while having an implied status

    It’s crucial to remember that implied status only applies while the applicant is still in Canada. 

    A temporary resident with implied status who departs the country may be allowed to return as a temporary resident if certain conditions are met, which may include the following:

    However, until a decision is reached about the application for the extension of status, a person with implied status would not be able to resume work or study. 

    Additionally, the applicant must show the officer at the port of entry proof of enough financial support while awaiting the outcome.

    Therefore, it is strongly advised that anyone with implied status who departs the country do so with documentation proving that they have applied for a permit extension.

    Upon departing Canada, a person having implied status (either to work or study) effectively forfeits that right until a decision is made regarding the application to work or study in Canada.

    For instance, a student who has applied to extend their study permit and leaves Canada might be permitted to return. However, until a decision is reached on the application, they will not be able to study in Canada. 

    However, they could have legally continued to study in Canada if they had stayed on implied status.

    How implied status affects the length of the authorized stay?

    If the application for extension has been approved

    If the extension application is approved, the document’s date of issuance shows when the decision on the application was made.

    The applicant’s authorized stay period is now equal to the validity of the new document.

    The border services officer may impose a period of stay, if the applicant leaves Canada and returns. Meanwhile, the application for an extension is refused before the end of this period.

    In that case, the applicant may remain in Canada until the end of the stay specified by the border services officer.

    If the extension application is refused 

    If the extension application is refused, the applicant is deemed in status until a decision is reached on their application.

    Moreover, the 90-day restoration period begins on the date of refusal.

    If the applicant leaves Canada and returns, the border services officer imposes a period of stay, and the application for extension is refused before the end of this period, the applicant may remain in Canada until the end of the stay specified by the border services officer.

    If the extension application is withdrawn 

    There is no longer a pending extension application as of the day the withdrawal is registered, if the extension application is withdrawn. Consequently, the authorized stay period expires on that day.

    If the applicant left Canada, the border services officer imposed a period of stay upon re-entry, and the extension request is withdrawn before the expiration of this period, the applicant may stay in Canada for the duration of the stay specified by the border services officer.

    If the extension application is rejected 

    It is viewed as if the application was never submitted, if the application for an extension is rejected (deemed incomplete).

    As a result, the applicant will continue to be in status until their current temporary resident status expires. 

    Source: IRCC

  • Canada Unemployment Rate Drops To 5% – New StatCan Report

    January 6 – New Statistics Canada data shows that the unemployment rate decreased to 5% in December as compared to November 2022.

    This unemployment rate is just above the record low of 4.9% recorded in June and July of 2022.

    SectorsDecember 2022 (in thousands)%Age Change November to December 2022
    Employees17098.0+ 0.5%
    Public sector employees4243.5– 0.4%
    Private sector employees12854.5+ 0.9%
    Self-employed2672.3+ 0.4%

    Overall, employment increased by 104,000 (+0.5%) in the month of December 2022.

    Province-Wise Unemployment Rate In Canada

    ProvincesUnemployment rateMonthly changes (in pts)
    Ontario5.3%– 0.2
    Alberta5.8%No Change
    British Columbia4.2%– 0.2
    Quebec4.0%+ 0.2
    Manitoba4.4% No Change
    Saskatchewan4.1%– 0.1
    New Brunswick8.1%+ 0.8
    Nova Scotia6.7%+ 0.7
    Prince Edward Island5.6%– 1.2
    Newfoundland and Labrador10.1%– 0.6

    In December, employment rose in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan. The other provinces saw minimal change.

    Employees absent due to illness or disability were at 8.1% of the time in December, up from 6.8% in November.

    This was greater than the pre-pandemic December average of 6.9% observed from 2017 to 2019.

    Employment among young people aged 15 to 24 increased by 69,000 (+2.7%) in the last month of 2022.

    There was a rise in full-time employment among non-students as well as an increase in part-time employment among students.

    Industry-Wise Employment In Canada

    IndustryDecember 2022 (in thousands)%Age Change November to December 2022
    Wholesale and retail trade2855.3-0.3
    Health care and social assistance2608.0-0.7
    Professional, scientific and technical services1844.01.3
    Educational services1483.8-0.7
    Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing1362.90.2
    Public administration1154.60.9
    Accommodation and food services1099.01.2
    Transportation and warehousing1013.43.0
    Information, culture and recreation840.03.1
    Other services (except public administration)757.61.3
    Business, building and other support services711.90.4
    Natural resources334.8-0.6

    The number of construction workers increased by 35,000 (+2.3%). Increases were recorded in four provinces, with Ontario (+16,000; +2.7%) and Alberta (+13,000; +5.8%) leading the way.

    Employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 29,000 (+3.0%) in December, recouping 18,000 lost in September and marking the industry’s first significant growth since November 2021.

    Furthermore, employment in information, culture, and leisure increased by 25,000 (+3.1%) in December, following a 16,000 increase in November.

    The number of individuals employed in professional, scientific, and technical services increased by 23,000 (+1.3%), with growth concentrated in Ontario (+22,000; +2.8%).

    There were also more persons employed in accommodation and food services (+13,000; +1.2%), public administration (+11,000; +0.9%), and “other services” (+10,000; +1.3%).

    However, employment in healthcare and social assistance dropped (-17,000; -0.7%), despite a record high number of job openings in the business in recent months.

  • Here Are Canada Work Permit Options Without an LMIA

    Most people who move to Canada and want to settle here know about Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

    An LMIA is a labor market test that the government requires when an employer is looking to hire a foreign national due to labor shortages. 

    However, there are a few ways that allow people to work in Canada temporarily without needing an LMIA. This is because of various economic, social, and cultural policy reasons.

    One of the most common ways this happens is through the Canadian interests category of the International Mobility Program (IMP).

    The IMP generally has four common streams that work without requiring an LMIA. These four streams are listed below – 

    1. Significant benefit

    You may work in Canada without an LMIA if your work contributes significantly to the country’s culture or society. In this stream, foreign workers who want to perform duties that will benefit Canadians, get a work permit.

    These duties should create or maintain social, cultural, or economic benefits. Also, you should help create new opportunities for the people of Canada. 

    Apart from this, there are other objective measures that you need to fulfill. You should have proof of-  

    • An official academic record shows you have a degree, diploma, or certificate. Having a similar achievement from a learning institution relating to their work area also works.
    • Work from current or former employers. This should show that you have 10 or more years of experience in the occupation for which you’re coming to Canada
    • Your membership in organizations requiring excellence of its members
    • Any national or international awards or patents you received (if applicable)
    • That you have ever been the judge of the work of others (if applicable)
    • Receiving recognition for achievements and significant contributions to the field. This could be by peers, governmental organizations, or professional or business associations
    • Your scientific or scholarly contributions to the field
    • Whether you have held a leading role in an organization with a distinguished reputation.

    A few programs that exist under this stream are – 


    If you want to start a business in Canada, this program is for you. However, you must be the sole or majority owner of the company. Also, you need to prove that your business will benefit Canadians greatly. 

    Intra-Company transfers

    You can apply for a work permit under this stream if you are coming to Canada to work for an affiliate, parent company, subsidiary, or Canadian branch of their foreign employer.

    PNP Nominees as Entrepreneurs

    This stream is for potential nominees through PNP coming to Canada as an entrepreneur. They get work permit without LMIA to start and operate their business in Canada, once selected by a particular Entrepreneur stream.

    2. Charitable and religious workers

    Charitable and religious workers stream doesn’t need an LMIA. Under this, people who want to come to Canada and conduct religious or charitable duties, do not need an LMIA. 

    Charitable work is any work that aims to relieve poverty. Moreover, work done to advance education also falls under this.

    So, any work that provided benefits to society is considered charitable. Note that any organization that is registered as a charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is seen as more credible.

    If you are a volunteer for charitable work you do not need a work permit. Also, a standard charitable worker needs a work permit but remains LMIA-exempt

    If you apply as a religious worker, you need to be part of, or share, the beliefs of the particular religious community where you intend to work or have the ability to teach or share other religious beliefs. 

    3. Reciprocal employment

    Another common way of working in Canada without an LMIA is by getting employment opportunities in Canada as a product of similar opportunities provided to Canadians working abroad.

    So, this stream provides work permits to people who perform duties in Canada that help create or maintain international relationships.

    Also, it should provide employment opportunities to Canadian citizens or permanent residents in other countries too.  

    There are international agreements and international exchange programs that let them work here. These programs mutually benefit non-Canadians coming to work in this country and natural-born Canadians working in countries around the world.

    For example, the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement is a measure of reciprocal employment provided to Canadians in many international locations.

    Also, programs like International Experience Canada (IEC) provide opportunities for Canadians to flourish through experiencing life abroad.

    So people applying through the IMP from countries upholding working relationships with Canada don’t need an LMIA.

    4. Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) 

    The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program is one of the most common prominent non-LMIA programs. It is a part of this stream.

    This program provides international students who graduate from an eligible program an open work permit.

    You can complete the program from any Canadian-designated learning institution. After this, you get a work permit for up to three years.

    However, the actual length of a permit depends on the length of the educational program from which you graduate. You can work for a Canadian employer of your choice.

    You do not need an existing job offer at the time of application. This program is one of the most popular ways through which Canada provides most of its non-LMIA work permits on an annual basis.

    Also, this program provides work permits to the spouses of and common-law partners of full-time students and foreign nationals who have come to Canada as skilled workers.

  • Check Out Latest IRCC Processing Times As Of January 4

    Year 2023 has started, but IRCC is still dealing with processing unprecedented amount of applications.

    This article enlists newly updated IRCC processing times as of January 4, 2023.

    As per recent data, IRCC processed more than 5.2 million applications in 2022. This was more than double the files processed in 2021.

    IRCC updated their online processing tool in 2022 to provide accurate information on average processing times.

    These processing times are provided to offer Canada immigration/visa applicants an estimate of how long their applications may take to process.

    In addition, prospective candidates wishing to apply for Canadian immigration/visa can get a sense of what to expect before filing their application.

    According to the most recent official IRCC data, the Canadian immigration backlog stood at 1.09 million.

    Furthermore, 1.02 million applications were still being handled in accordance with IRCC service standards. In total, IRCC was processing around 2.1 million applications as of November 30, 2022.

    These processing times are to ensure that Canada immigration/visa applicants get a faint idea of their applications’ processing.

    These processing times are meant to give new weekly processing time based on data collected over the past 6 months.

    Additionally, the processing time begins when IRCC receives the application and ends when the immigration officer reaches a decision on the application.

    IRCC Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Citizenship grant24 monthsNo Change
    Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)15 months– 1 month
    Resumption of citizenship34 monthsNo Change
    Renunciation of Citizenship15 months– 1 month
    Search of citizenship records16 monthsNo Change
    New PR card91 days+ 2 days
    PR card renewals80 days– 1 Day

    IRCC Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada17 months– 1 month
    Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada13 months– 1 month
    Parents or Grandparents PR38 monthsNo Change

    Processing time for Canadian Passport 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted in person at Service Canada Centre – Passport services)10 business daysNo Change
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted by mail to Service Canada Centre)20 business daysNo Change
    In-Canda Urgent pick-upBy the end of next business dayNo Change
    In-Canada Express pick-up2-9 business daysNo Change
    Regular passport application mailed from outside Canada20 business daysNo Change

    Processing time for Economic Class

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Canadian Experience Class (CEC)20 monthsNo Change
    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)30 months+ 1 month
    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)63 months+ 1 month
    Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry12 months– 1 month
    Non-Express Entry PNP21 months– 1 month
    Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW)19 months-1 month
    Quebec Business Class66 months+ 1 month
    Federal Self-Employed41 months-1 month
    Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)15 months+ 3 months
    Start-Up Visa32 monthsNo Change

    Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
    India: 141 Days
    Nigeria: 222 Days
    United States: 47 Days
    Pakistan: 317 Days
    Philippines: 111 Days
    UAE: 233 Days
    Bangladesh: 221 Days
    Sri Lanka: 216 Days
    United Kingdom: 219 Days
    – 4 Days for India
    + 10 Days for Nigeria
    No Change for United States
    + 27 Days for Pakistan
    – 4 Days for Philippines
    + 3 Days for UAE
    – 3 Days for Bangladesh
    + 1 Days for Sri Lanka
    + 39 Days for UK
    Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 23 days
    Paper-Based: 49 days
    No Change for online
    – 2 Days for paper-based
    Parents or Grandparents Super VisaVaries by country
    India: 140 Days
    Nigeria: 228 Days
    United States: 260 Days
    Pakistan: 258 Days
    Philippines: 161 Days
    UAE: 236 Days
    Bangladesh: 183 Days
    Sri Lanka: 224 Days
    United Kingdom: 166 Days
    – 11 Days for India
    – 7 Days for Nigeria
    – 55 Days for United States
    + 10 Days for Pakistan
    – 3 Days for Philippines
    + 60 Days for UAE
    – 11 Days for Bangladesh
    – 7 Days for Sri Lanka
    – 7 Days for UK
    Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 199 days
    Paper-Based: 153 days
    + 2 Days (Online)
    – 8 Days for Paper-Based
    Study Permit Outside Canada9 WeeksNo Change
    Study Permit Inside Canada4 WeeksNo Change
    Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 128 Days
    Paper-Based: 111 Days
    + 10 Days (Online)
    No Change (Paper-Based)
    Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
    India: 9 Weeks
    Nigeria: 39 Weeks
    United States: 9 Weeks
    Pakistan: 61 Weeks
    Philippines: 11 Weeks
    UAE: 26 Weeks
    Bangladesh: 28 Weeks
    Sri Lanka: 32 Weeks
    United Kingdom: 7 Weeks
    No Change for India
    + 15 Weeks for Nigeria
    – 1 Weeks for United States
    – 5 Weeks for Pakistan
    – 1 Week for Philippines
    – 4 Weeks for UAE
    – 3 Weeks for Bangladesh
    – 1 Week for Sri Lanka
    – 1 Week for UK
    Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 166 Days
    Paper-Based: 60 Days
    – 1 Day (Online)
    + 4 Days (paper-based)
    International Experience Canada (Current Season)6 WeeksNo Change
    Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP)20 Days+ 1 Day
    Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change
    *Applications for critical occupations are being prioritized. If you are not applying for a job in a critical occupation, your processing time may be longer than shown above.
    Source: IRCC

  • Canada Hits A New Immigration Record With 431K Newcomers in 2022

    Today, immigration minister Sean Fraser announced that Canada has reached its target of welcoming 431,645 new permanent residents in 2022.

    Canada surpassed the previous record of welcoming more than 401,000 new permanent residents established in 2021.

    Following this announcement IRCC updated via their official Twitter account that Canada actually welcomed over 437,000 new permanent residents in 2022.

    The last time such a huge number of newcomers arrived in Canada prior to 2021, was in 1913.

    From 2016 to 2021, well over 1.3 million new immigrants settled permanently in Canada, the biggest number of recent immigrants recorded in a Canadian census.

    Sean Fraser thanked IRCC staff for processing record immigration/visa applications in 2022. In 2022, IRCC processed nearly 5.2 million applications for permanent residency, temporary residence, and citizenship.

    To put in perspective, that is more than double the amount of applications handled in 2021.

    Nearly 1 in every 4 individuals were or had been a landed immigrant or permanent resident in Canada as per the 2021 Census.

    This is highest proportion since Confederation and the highest proportion among G7 countries.

    Importance Of Immigration For Canada

    In press release, IRCC shared below listed data-based, amazing facts about Canada immigration reflecting it importance for the country.

    Because of Canada’s ageing population, the worker-to-retiree ratio is predicted to fall from 7 to 1 50 years ago to 2 to 1 by 2035.

    Immigration contributes for nearly all of Canada’s labor-force expansion.

    Approximately 75% of Canada’s population increase is due to immigration, the majority of which is economic in nature.

    Immigrants make up 36% of physicians, 33% of company owners with paid employees, and 41% of engineers in Canada.

    Immigrants will account for up to 30% of Canada’s population by 2036, up from 20.7% in 2011.

    Canada also has target of welcoming even more immigrants as per immigration levels plan of 2023 – 2025. The plan is to reach 500,000 landed immigrants annually by 2025.

    “Today marks an important milestone for Canada, setting a new record for newcomers welcomed in a single year. It is a testament to the strength and resilience of our country and its people. Newcomers play an essential role in filling labour shortages, bringing new perspectives and talents to our communities, and enriching our society as a whole. I am excited to see what the future holds and look forward to another historic year in 2023 as we continue to welcome newcomers.”

    Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser

    Source: IRCC