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Ontario Requires "bold" Immigration Agreement To Fight Labour Shortage

Ontario Needs New Immigration Agreement To Deal With Labour Shortage

On November 17, 2022, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) published a media release calling on the federal and provincial governments to reach a new immigration agreement that can realistically sustain the economic growth and social fabric of Ontario’s present immigration agreement. 

The province’s present agreement with Federal Government expires on November 24. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has served as Ontario business independent, unbiased, and crucial partner for more than a century. The OCC’s goal is to promote economic development in Ontario and defend its business priorities. 

Therefore, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce highlighted Ontario’s ongoing labour shortage in thier media release and its 2022 Ontario Economic report. It emphasizes that most industries, about 62 percent, are experiencing labour shortage and anticipate that it will persist during the coming year.

To bring the labour shortage problem to the forefront, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce made a few recommendations to support the province’s economic growth. 

OCC Recommendations for Ontario 

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) recognizes that the provincial government has a unique position best to understand the needs of its distinct labour markets. Therefore, following the ongoing labour shortage, OCC made the following recommendations.

First, OCC continues to call for the province to receive twice as many economic immigrants through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Ontario had also requested to increase the province’s economic immigrant allocation earlier this year. 

The second recommendation was to expand work permit, and post-graduate work permits eligibility to retain more international workers in healthcare and tradespeople.

Additionally, OCC recommended having a long-term commitment to training newcomers and taking urgent action to reduce the immigration backlog, especially for new incoming and graduating international students, entrepreneurs, and workers who wish to make Ontario their home. 

However, OCC also recognizes that increasing immigration does not solve the province’s labour shortages. It is an important factor that must be considered together with workforce development plans and vital infrastructure, such as housing. 

2022 Ontario Economic report highlighting labour shortage

To better understand the viewpoints of Ontario’s business community, the OCC conducts a member survey each year. Below are the survey responses from Ontario businesses for this year’s 2022 Ontario Economic report

The survey finds that most firms in Ontario are struggling with a labour shortage. About 52 percent of respondents concur that their companies are experiencing a labour shortage, and 62 percent say the same about their sectors. 

These businesses see labour shortage as a long-term issue. Nearly 54 percent of respondents state that their organizations anticipate a labour shortage over the upcoming year (and 62 percent agree their sectors will).

The sectors with the greatest labour shortages were transportation and warehousing (87%), followed by mining, quarrying, and oil and gas (87%) and construction (86%), as well as accommodation and food services (85 percent).

For businesses that depend on skilled trades, like construction, finding suitable labour has long been a problem. Some of those shortages may have been eased by immigration and recent government initiatives to encourage greater training and draw employees into the industries. 

Supply chain delays are being made worse by specialized labour shortages in the transportation and warehousing industries. In addition, hospitality and food services businesses are dealing with a unique problem because many workers have decided to leave these sectors altogether due to the pandemic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New IELTS Score Requirement For SDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Which countries are eligible for Canada Study Visa under SDS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    How much Spousal Open Work Permit extension will I get?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • International Students Protesting Deportations From Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    International Students Protesting Deportations From Canada
    Lovepreet Singh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    You can watch the announcement here 👇

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

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

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

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

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

    INC News Expectations Prior to the announcement

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

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

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

    Full list of Visa-Free countries for Canada

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

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

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

    What is electronic travel authorization or eTA for Canada?

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

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

    How much is the cost of eTA for Canada?

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

  • New OINP Draw Invites 417 Francophone Express Entry Profiles

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

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

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

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

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

    Below is the summary of OINP Draw today:

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

    Full List of Invited Occupations In OINP Draw Today

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

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

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

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

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  • Canadian-Afghans Sue Feds For Discrimination In Immigration

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What is the Canadian Afghans’ Case all about?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Canadian Immigration Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    IEC Working Holiday Visa Invitations – June 3

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

    IEC Young Professionals Invitations – June 3

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

    IEC 2023 International Co-op invitations – June 3

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

    What countries are eligible for International Experience Canada?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June 2, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Concerns Raised on Jenny’s Demand

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

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

    What is international students deportation case?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    IRCC’s Response

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

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

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

    International Students Deportations: NDP Calls For PR Path
    Lovepreet Singh

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

    Why Isn’t Government Lifting The Deportation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top 10 Tourist Attractions In Canada You Must Visit

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

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

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

    Niagara Falls

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

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

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

    CN Tower

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

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

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

    Banff National Park

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

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

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

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

    Old Quebec

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

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

    Stanley Park

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

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

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

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

    The Canadian Museum of History

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

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

    Butchart Gardens

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

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

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

    Canadian Rockies

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

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

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

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

    Parliament Hill

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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  • New Minimum Wage In British Columbia Effective June 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Official Minimum Wages In Canada and Next Raise Schedule

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

    Real Living Wage in British Columbia

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

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

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

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

    What is the living wage in BC?

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

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

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

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

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

    Occupation-Based Selection in New Express Entry Draws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Focus on French Language Proficiency

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

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

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

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

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

    The Importance of Immigration in Solving Labor Shortages

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

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

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

    Enhancing the Express Entry System

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

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

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

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

    Anticipated Impact and Future Invitations

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

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

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

    Quebec’s Unique Immigration Arrangement

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

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

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


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

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

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

    When will new targeted Express Entry draws start?

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Targeted Express Entry Draws: List Of Eligible NOC Codes

    Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced full list of occupations eligible for new targeted Express Entry draws for 2023.

    To be eligible for one of the targeted Express Entry draws, candidates must have at least 6 months of continuous work experience (in Canada or abroad) during the last 3 years, in any of the occupation listed below.

    These targeted occupations are much in line with expectations posted by INC – Immigration News Canada.

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

    No, you must have at least one year (30 x 52 weeks = 1560 hours) of work experience in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 occupations to be eligible for any Express Entry program.

    If you worked in any of the 82 targeted occupations for at least 6 months in the last three years, then you would qualify to be considered in one of the targeted Express Entry round of invitations.

    Healthcare Occupations

    Occupation2021 NOC code
    Audiologists and speech language pathologists31112
    Dieticians and nutritionists31121
    Education counsellors41320
    General practitioners and family physicians31102
    Instructors of persons with disabilities42203
    Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment31204
    Licensed practical nurses32101
    Massage therapists32201
    Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations33101
    Medical laboratory technologists32120
    Medical radiation technologists32121
    Medical sonographers32122
    Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates33102
    Nurse practitioners31302
    Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors31300
    Occupational therapists31203
    Other assisting occupations in support of health services33109
    Other practitioners of natural healing32209
    Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating31209
    Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment32109
    Paramedical occupations32102
    Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants33103
    Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals31303
    Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses31301
    Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists32103
    Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine31100
    Specialists in surgery31101
    Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies41301
    Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists32200
    Healthcare occupations

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations

    Occupation2021 NOC Code
    Architecture and science managers20011
    Business systems specialists21221
    Civil Engineers21300
    Computer and information systems managers20012
    Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)21311
    Computer systems developers and programmers21230
    Cybersecurity specialists21220
    Data scientists21211
    Database analysts and data administrators21223
    Electrical and electronics engineers21310
    Engineering managers20010
    Industrial and manufacturing engineers21321
    Information systems specialists21222
    Land surveyors21203
    Landscape Architects21201
    Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries21210
    Metallurgical and materials engineers21322
    Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers41400
    Software developers and programmers21232
    Software engineers and designers21231
    Urban and land use planners21202
    Web designers21233
    Web developers and programmers21234
    STEM Occupations List

    Trade occupations

    Occupation2021 NOC code
    Residential and commercial installers and servicers73200
    Elevator constructors and mechanics72406
    Machine fitters72405
    Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics72402
    Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics72400
    Electricians (except industrial and power system)72200
    Welders and related machine operators72106
    Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers72014
    Trade occupations

    Transport occupations

    Occupation2021 NOC code
    Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors93200
    Transport truck drivers73300
    Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators72604
    Engineer officers, water transport72603
    Deck officers, water transport72602
    Air traffic controllers and related occupations72601
    Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors72600
    Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors72404
    Railway carmen/women72403
    Managers in transportation70020
    Transport occupations

    Agriculture and agri-food occupations

    Occupations2021 NOC Code
    Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services82031
    Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors82030
    Butchers- retail and wholesale63201
    Agriculture and agri-food occupations

    How would CRS score be affected by targeted Express Entry draws?

    It is expected that CRS cutoff score will drop for the Express Entry profiles having experience in one of the targeted occupations/NOC codes.

    However, CRS cutoff score will increase for profiles not included in targeted occupations/NOC codes.

    Canada Immigration News - Express Entry Draw
  • 13,500 New Canadian Citizens Took Oath In Citizenship Week

    Canada welcomed over 13,500 new Canadian citizens during the citizenship week of 2023 in 105 citizenship ceremonies.

    To put in perspective, this was almost double the annual average for the number of new Canadians welcomed each week.

    Most of the Canada aspirants entering as international students, foreign workers, or permanent residents eagerly wait for the day to be entitled as Canadian citizen.

    Around 84,720 immigrants became new Canadian citizens from 212 different countries in the first three months of 2023, according to the most recent numbers released by IRCC in May 2023

    Country of BirthNumber of New Canadian Citizens
    Q1 2023 (January – March)
    People’s Republic of China2,572
    United States of America2,043
    United Kingdom and Colonies1,521
    Click here for full list of country-wise new Canadian citizens

    In 2022, Canada welcomed a record-breaking amount of 373,000 new citizens into the country.

    At ceremonies in Halifax and Vancouver, Minister Fraser greeted new citizens and spoke about Canada’s history of helping those in need and the obligations that come with becoming a Canadian.

    Beating pre-COVID levels, approximately 30,000 persons a month took the Oath of Citizenship between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.

    Since the new online testing platform went live on November 26, 2020, almost 546,000 individuals have used it to take their citizenship exams as of March 31, 2023.

    IRCC is now able to send over 5,000 invitations for test takers every week.

    Canada Welcomes 13,500 New Canadians In Citizenship Week

    Canada has established a record goal of welcome approximately 1.5 million new permanent residents by 2025.

    New Oath of Citizenship Introduced In 2023

    The new Canadian citizenship oath now vows to His Majesty, King Charles III, who is now Canada’s third monarch.

    Additionally, the oath has been updated to incorporate acknowledgement and affirmation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples’ Aboriginal and treaty rights.

    What Canadian Citizenship eligibility?

    You need to be a permanent resident who has resided in Canada for at least 3 out of the past 5 years (1,095 days) and has filed your taxes, in order to be eligible to apply for citizenship in Canada.

    In addition, you need to meet the language requirements for the citizenship test, if your age is less than 54.

    How much is processing time for Canadian citizenship?

    IRCC is currently taking an average of 21 months to process most (80%) of the citizenship applications in last 6 months, as per latest official update.

    How much is fee for Canadian citizenship?

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

  • Best Universities in Canada for International Students 2023

    Are you a foreign student thinking about attending one of the best universities in Canada? Stop right there! Canada is noted for its great education, welcoming culture, and diverse people.

    In this piece, we’ll take a look at the best universities in Canada for international students in 2023.

    How Were These Universities Selected

    When choosing which universities are best for international students, you should look at a number of factors.

    We selected these best universities in Canada based on academic offerings, campus facilities, student support services, overseas reputation, and student contentment.

    University of Toronto

    The University of Toronto is widely regarded as one of the top universities in the world and is definitely one of the best universities in Canada, offering a wide range of programs and research opportunities.

    With three campuses and a diverse student population, the university fosters a rich intellectual and cultural environment.

    From humanities to sciences, engineering to business, the University of Toronto delivers world-class education that prepares students for success in their chosen fields.

    University of British Columbia

    The University of British Columbia (UBC), a Vancouver institution, ranked among top universities of the world is renowned for its beautiful campuses and active student community.

    Innovation, sustainability, and interaction with the world are prioritized at UBC.

    Students have the chance to explore their interests and participate in cutting-edge research thanks to a wide range of academic programs.

    International students can flourish intellectually and personally at UBC in a stimulating atmosphere.

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    University of Waterloo

    The University of Waterloo stands out for its cooperative education (co-op) programs, which integrate classroom learning with work experience.

    As a leader in innovation and technology, Waterloo prepares students for the rapidly evolving job market.

    The university’s strong connections with industry and focus on entrepreneurship create a dynamic environment for international students to develop their skills and launch successful careers.

    McGill University

    Located in Montreal, Quebec, McGill University is renowned for its bilingual environment and cultural diversity.

    As one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious institutions, McGill offers a wide range of academic programs across various disciplines.

    The university’s research-intensive environment and commitment to experiential learning provide students with valuable hands-on experiences and opportunities to make a difference in the world.

    University of Alberta

    With a strong reputation for academic excellence, the University of Alberta offers a diverse range of programs and research opportunities.

    Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the university prides itself on its vibrant campus life and commitment to student success.

    International students at the University of Alberta benefit from a supportive community, numerous scholarships, and global collaborations that enhance their educational experience.

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    University of Calgary

    Located in the vibrant city of Calgary, the University of Calgary offers comprehensive programs and a strong focus on research.

    With an interdisciplinary approach, students have the flexibility to explore multiple fields of study and pursue their passions.

    The university’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains also provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, making it an attractive choice for international students seeking both academic and adventure experiences.

    Queen’s University

    Queen’s University, one of Canada’s oldest universities, has a rich history. Queen’s small class numbers and strong community foster important student-professor relationships.

    International students get a well-rounded education via the university’s extracurriculars and student participation.

    McMaster University

    McMaster University stands out for its problem-based learning approach, which encourages critical thinking and collaboration.

    The university’s renowned health sciences programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and research opportunities make it an excellent choice for students pursuing careers in healthcare.

    McMaster’s commitment to community engagement and extracurricular activities ensures a well-rounded education for international students.

    University of Ottawa

    The University of Ottawa, sometimes known as uOttawa or the U of O, is a multilingual public research university located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    The main campus is located in the Sandy Hill district, 42.5 hectares (105 acres) northeast of Downtown Ottawa, across the Rideau Canal.

    The University of Ottawa has appeared in several university rankings. The university was ranked 201-300 in the world and 9-12 in Canada in the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

    Western University

    Western University in London, Ontario, has strong liberal arts programs and collaborative research.

    Small classes, individualized education, and substantial support services demonstrate the university’s dedication to student achievement.

    Western University’s close-knit community helps international students improve personally and academically.


    Choosing the right  university is a crucial step in your educational journey as an international student.

    Canada has many top-tier universities with dynamic campus life and many professional possibilities.

    Canada features huge research universities and smaller community-focused universities.

    Are these universities listed in any particular order?

    The  universities listed in this article are not ranked in any particular order. International students can choose a school based on their academic interests and preferences.

    How can international students apply to these  universities?

    Canadian Universities accept applications from international stduetns through their websites or admissions portals.

    Application requires academic records, language proficiency test scores, recommendations, as well as personal statement.

    It’s essential to check each universities’ specific admission requirements and deadlines.

    What scholarships are available for international students?

    Many Canadian  universities offer scholarships and financial aid packages for international students.

    These scholarships can be merit-based, need-based, or specific to certain fields of study.

    Visit the universities’ websites to learn about scholarships and the application procedure.

    Are there English language requirements for admission?

    IELTS is the most common English language test required by most Canadian universities for international students and the requirements vary depending upon the level of courses and individual universities.

    Check each university’s minimum language score for admission.

    Can international students work part-time while studying in Canada?

    Yes, international students in Canada are generally allowed to work part-time (20 hours per week) during their studies and full-time (40 hours) during the breaks.

    However, there are certain restrictions and guidelines imposed by the Canadian government. It’s advisable to familiarize yourself with the regulations and seek guidance from the college’s international student office or the appropriate immigration authorities.

  • Canadian Citizenship: Know About 7 Key Benefits For Citizens

    Getting Canadian citizenship is a significant milestone that offers a multitude of advantages, transforming your status from a permanent resident to a fully recognized member of the Canadian community.

    In this comprehensive article, we will explore the 7 most compelling benefits of obtaining Canadian citizenship.

    From the freedom from status renewal to expanded job opportunities, active political participation, global mobility, and the ease of raising Canadian citizen children, Canadian citizenship opens up a world of possibilities and rewards.

    So, let’s take a closer look at why trading your permanent residence for Canadian citizenship can bring incredible rewards and opportunities for you and your family.

    No More Status Renewal: Freedom and Peace of Mind

    One of the immediate benefits of Canadian citizenship is the freedom from the ongoing process of renewing your permanent resident card every five years.

    As a citizen, you receive a citizenship certificate that is valid indefinitely, eliminating the need for status renewal.

    This provides you with peace of mind and stability, allowing you to focus on building your life and contributing to Canadian society without any interruptions or concerns about maintaining your status.

    Access to Expanded Job Opportunities

    Canadian citizens enjoy access to a wider range of job opportunities that are exclusive to citizens.

    Certain government positions and jobs requiring high-level security clearances are reserved for Canadian citizens.

    These roles often come with attractive compensation packages, comprehensive benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

    By becoming a citizen, you unlock doors to new professional avenues, ensuring that your skills and qualifications are recognized to their fullest extent, opening up a wealth of possibilities for personal and financial growth.

    Enhanced Protection and Stability

    While permanent residents may face the risk of deportation, Canadian citizens benefit from enhanced protection and stability.

    Citizenship can only be revoked under limited circumstances, such as acquiring it through fraudulent means or engaging in serious criminal activities.

    This assurance provides you and your family with a sense of security, knowing that your status in Canada is more solidified and less susceptible to sudden changes.

    It offers stability in your personal and professional life, allowing you to plan for the future with confidence and peace of mind.

    Voting and Political Engagement

    Canadian citizenship grants you the invaluable right to vote in federal, provincial, and municipal elections.

    By exercising your right to vote, you actively participate in shaping the democratic process and influencing decisions that impact your community, province, and the entire nation.

    Your vote is a powerful tool for expressing your voice and making a difference in the policies and direction of the country.

    Additionally, citizenship opens doors for you to engage further in politics by running for office or joining political parties.

    This level of political participation allows you to advocate for causes that are close to your heart, contribute to the development of Canadian society, and actively shape the future of the nation.

    Global Mobility with a Canadian Passport

    Obtaining Canadian citizenship grants you access to a powerful tool for global mobility—the Canadian passport.

    Renowned for its high ranking in terms of visa-free travel, the Canadian passport provides you with the freedom to explore numerous countries around the world without the need for a visa.

    This significantly simplifies travel arrangements and reduces the bureaucratic hurdles that often come with holding a permanent resident status.

    Moreover, possessing a Canadian passport facilitates re-entry into Canada, ensuring smoother travel experiences and reducing potential complications that may arise with permanent resident travel documents.

    It offers you the flexibility to travel for business or pleasure, explore new cultures, and build international connections with ease.

    Canadian Citizenship for Your Children

    One of the most significant benefits of Canadian citizenship is the automatic citizenship it bestows upon your children, regardless of their place of birth.

    Whether your children are born in Canada or abroad, they inherit your Canadian citizenship, providing them with a range of opportunities and benefits.

    This eliminates the need for sponsorship or additional application processes, simplifying their journey toward establishing a secure and prosperous future.

    Canadian citizenship for your children ensures that they grow up with a strong sense of belonging and identity in Canadian society, with access to quality education, healthcare, and a myriad of opportunities to thrive and succeed.

    Freedom to Live Anywhere

    Canadian citizenship offers you the freedom to live anywhere in the world without compromising your citizenship status.

    Unlike permanent residency, which imposes strict residency requirements, Canadian citizens enjoy the flexibility to settle in Canada or explore different countries and cultures while maintaining their citizenship rights.

    This global mobility allows you to pursue international career opportunities, experience new environments, and enrich your life through diverse life experiences and perspectives.

    It’s important to note that living abroad for an extended period may result in the loss of voting rights in federal elections; however, your Canadian citizenship remains intact, providing you with a sense of belonging and a home to return to whenever you choose.


    Becoming a Canadian citizen unlocks a multitude of benefits that enrich both your personal and professional life.

    From the freedom from status renewal to accessing a broader range of job opportunities, active political engagement, global mobility with a Canadian passport, automatic Canadian citizenship for your children, and the freedom to live anywhere in the world, Canadian citizenship opens doors to new horizons and endless possibilities.

    Embrace the opportunities and responsibilities that come with this esteemed status, contribute to the diverse and vibrant fabric of Canadian society, and embark on a journey of growth, fulfillment, and belonging.

    How does Canadian citizenship differ from permanent residency?

    Canadian citizenship offers several advantages over permanent residency. It eliminates the need for status renewal, provides access to a wider range of job opportunities, allows for active political participation, grants global mobility with a Canadian passport, ensures automatic citizenship for children, and offers the freedom to live anywhere in the world.

    Can permanent residents vote in Canadian elections?

    No, only Canadian citizens have the right to vote in federal, provincial, and municipal elections.

    Voting is an essential aspect of active citizenship and allows citizens to participate in shaping the country’s policies and direction.

    Does Canadian citizenship provide benefits for children?

    Yes, Canadian citizenship bestows automatic citizenship on children, regardless of their place of birth. This ensures that they have access to the benefits and opportunities that come with Canadian citizenship, including quality education, healthcare, and a sense of belonging in Canadian society.

    Can Canadian citizens live and work outside of Canada?

    Yes, Canadian citizens have the freedom to live and work anywhere in the world without losing their citizenship.

    Unlike permanent residency, which has strict residency requirements, Canadian citizenship allows individuals to explore international career opportunities, experience different cultures, and maintain their citizenship rights.

    However, living abroad for an extended period may result in the loss of voting rights in federal elections.

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