Ontario Now Offering PR Pathway to 100 Entrepreneurs!

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On December 14, Ontario announced 2-year project for international entrepreneurs to invite investment outside of the Greater Toronto Area. This project will select 100 international entrepreneurs who wants to start a new business or purchase an existing business outside of the Greater Toronto Area. These areas are the ones that have been hit hard by pandemic.

This new project will be under the Entrepreneur Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Minimum investment required by the applicants will be $200,000 and Ontario government is aiming at generating $20 million of investment from these 100 entrepreneurs. This new project is targeted to create more local jobs in the sectors such as information technology, life sciences, and tourism.

Previously, Minister of Labour has demanded from federal government to double the OINP quota to fill the labour shortages and improve economy of the province. Ontario has now again requested double its current nomination allocation for 2022 to support economic growth and drive new jobs and investment to the province.

Entrepreneur stream of OINP was started in 2015. However, only 2 nominations have been issued until today. This new project will be reviving this stream and ensure success by nominating 100 entrepreneurs.

Eligibility For International Entrepreneurs Stream:
  1. Applicants need to have net worth of $400,000 and be able to invest $200,000 in an existing business or create a new business with the same amount.
  2. Applicant’s stake should not be less than 33% in a business.
  3. Applicant must have at least 24 months of full-time business experience in the last 60 months.
  4. You must be actively involved, on an ongoing basis, in the management of the business.
  5. You must create at least one permanent full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  6. CLB4 in language proficiency is required (IELTS/CELPIP/TEF/TCF). Click here for language equivalency chart.
  7. You must be physically present in Ontario for 75% of the time.
How Does This Stream Work:

As per OINP website: There are 2 stages in this program

Stage-1

  • Register an expression of interest by email.
  • If invited, submit an online application.
  • You and your business partner (if applicable) attend a mandatory interview. Each of you must demonstrate net worth of $400,000 and ability to invest $200,000.
  • If your stage 1 application is successful, you must sign a performance agreement.

Stage-2

  • OINP will issue a temporary work permit support letter so that you can apply to IRCC for a temporary work permit.
  • Establish your business – you have 20 months from the date you arrive in Ontario to implement your business plan and submit a final report.
  • If your business meets all requirements, OINP will ask you for documentation to make sure you are eligible for nomination for permanent residence.
Ineligible Types Of Businesses:
  • Automated car wash business
  • Holding companies
  • Laundromats
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Pay day loan and related businesses
  • Scrap metal recycling
  • Project-based and seasonal businesses are ineligible.
  • Tire recycling
  • A business involved in producing, distributing or selling pornography or sexually explicit products or services, or providing sexually oriented services
  • Businesses which have been previously owned or operated by a current or former OINP Entrepreneur Stream nominee or a nominee under the former investor component of the Opportunities Ontario program

“As we continue to build back better, we want people across Ontario – no matter where they live – to find rewarding, well-paying careers in their communities. Our government is working for workers and spreading the jobs and opportunities that entrepreneurs bring to every corner of our province, not just our big cities.”

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Latest Canada Immigration News & Articles

  • New Ontario-OINP Quota For 2023 Increases By 7,500

    Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) provincial nomination quota increases by around 70% for 2023.

    For 2023 quota increases to 16,500 as compared to only 9,750 in 2022 and 9,000 in 2021.

    This allocation for Ontario in 2023 makes up 36% of the total national allocation for provincial nominations.

    Federal government immigration department allots number of nominations per year to all the provinces.

    Recently, Alberta also announced that their provincial nomination quota also increases by 50% for 2023.

    Ontario has been repeatedly calling on the Federal government to increase Ontario PNP quota since 2021 and now it is heard.

    Furthermore, this quota is set to double by the year 2025 as per the OINP official press release on March 18, 2023.

    So, the province will have more than 18,000 slots available under the OINP in 2025.

    YearOINP Quota
    202518,361
    2024~17,000
    202316,500
    20229,750
    20219,000

    As per official Ontario data, there were around 300,000 open jobs in December 2022 and this new increase will help in addressing the labour gap.

    In 2022, Ontario exhausted all of its allotted number of 9,750 immigrants under the OINP, including 3,900 skilled trades employees, 2,200 software and IT professionals, and approximately 100 nurses and personal support workers.

    Click here for all the Ontario PNP Draws and Latest News.

    Focus Shift Towards Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

    Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are operated by each of the province in Canada, but annual nomination allocation is provided IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

    During pandemic, IRCC halted the Federal Express Entry all program draws and only held the PNP draws.

    So, applicants started focusing on different PNPs across Canada. Now that Express Entry is moving towards the targeted draws this year, the focus tends to remain on provincial nominations.

    As per immigration levels plan of 2023, PNPs have target of 105,500 as compared to only 82,800 for the Express Entry.

    Moreover, provincial nomination adds 600 extra points to Express Entry profiles making it almost 100% to be selected in the next draw.

    So far, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, and Ontario has announced that their annual PNP allocation has been increased.

    More than 40% increase in provincial nominations is expected for other provinces as well.

    Foreign Workers in Canada as well as skilled workers outside Canada should assess their profile merits for different provincial nominee programs for better prospects.

    New Announcement To Help Immigrant Workers

    Today, Ontarian labour and immigration minister announce the Working for Workers Act of 2023, if passed would maintain its national leadership in offering ground-breaking rights for employees.

    Changes to the Act, which were announced today, will increase safeguards for vulnerable and migratory workers by introducing the highest possible sanctions in Canada for organizations.

    Furthermore, individuals found guilty of withholding a foreign national’s work permit or passport will be fined between $100,000 and $200,000.

    With the help of legislation today, these penalties might be enhanced, meaning that these criminals would soon have to pay millions of dollars in fines for their unlawful conduct.

    In addition to the penalty for each passport, anyone found guilty of keeping their passports would also face a fine of up to $500,000, a sentence of up to 12 months in jail, or both.

    Companies found guilty might face fines of up to $1 million.

    The maximum penalties for businesses found guilty of violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) will rise from $1.5 million to $2 million if the government’s proposed revisions are approved.

    As a result, Ontario would have the largest possible corporate penalties under Canadian occupational health and safety laws.

    The government increased the maximum punishment for individuals to $500,000 and for corporate directors to $1,500,000 last spring.

    Source: Ontario Newsroom


    OINP - Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Quebec New List Of The 309 Simplified LMIA Occupations

    Quebec released the new list of facilitated LMIA occupations with NOC codes which came in effect on February 24, 2023.

    The list comprises of more than 300 professions that are in-demand in the Canadian province of Quebec.

    Simplified or facilitated LMIA means that Quebec employers can apply for LMIA and hire a temporary foreign worker without requiring to to demonstrate that they made any effort to fill the position.

    Processing time of facilitated LMIA is faster than the normal LMIA as it eliminates the requirement of vacant job advertisement for 2-4 months.

    Quebec releases this list every year and the employer or his representative is given a transitional time of 30 days, from February 24, 2023, to March 24, 2023 to align with new list.

    Full List of Quebec Facilitated LMIA Occupations 2023

    NOC code 2021Profession title (2021)NOC code 2016Occupation title (2016)
    10010CFOs111CFOs
    10011Human Resources Managers112Human Resources Managers
    10012Purchasing managers113Purchasing managers
    10020Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
    10021Banking, credit and other investment managers122Banking, credit and other investment managers
    10022Advertising, marketing and public relations managers124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
    10030Managers of telecommunications companies131Managers of telecommunications companies
    20010Engineering Services Managers211Engineering Services Managers
    20011Managers of Architecture and Science Services212Managers of Architecture and Science Services
    20012IT systems managers213IT systems managers
    30010health care managers311health care managers
    40021Principals and administrators of educational programs at the elementary and secondary levels (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or state agency)422Principals and administrators of educational programs at the elementary and secondary levels (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or state agency)
    40030Managers of Social and Community Services (only this title)0423 *Managers of Social and Community Services (only this title)
    50011Managers – Publishing, Film, Broadcasting and Performing Arts512Managers – Publishing, Film, Broadcasting and Performing Arts
    50012Directors of sports, recreation and fitness programs and services513Directors of sports, recreation and fitness programs and services
    60010Corporate Sales Managers601Corporate Sales Managers
    60030Restaurant and Food Service Managers631Restaurant and Food Service Managers
    60031Accommodation Services Managers632Accommodation Services Managers
    70010Construction managers711Construction managers
    70011Home construction and renovation managers712Home construction and renovation managers
    70020Transportation Managers731Transportation Managers
    80010Natural resources and fishing managers811Natural resources and fishing managers
    90010Manufacturing managers911Manufacturing managers
    90011Utilities Managers912Utilities Managers
    11100Financial auditors and accountants1111Financial auditors and accountants
    11101Financial Analysts/Financial Analysts and Investment Analysts1112Financial Analysts/Financial Analysts and Investment Analysts
    11103Securities Agents, Investment Agents and Traders1113Securities Agents, Investment Agents and Traders
    11102Financial Advisors1114 *Financial Planners and Financial Advisors (this designation only)
    11200Human resources professionals1121Human resources professionals
    11201Business management consulting professionals1122Business management consulting professionals
    11202Professionals in advertising, marketing and public relations1123Professionals in advertising, marketing and public relations
    12010Supervisors of office clerks and administrative support staff1211Supervisors of office clerks and administrative support staff
    72025Postal and courier service supervisors1214Postal and courier service supervisors
    12013Supervisors of supply chain coordination, tracking and scheduling staff1215Supervisors of supply chain coordination, tracking and scheduling staff
    13100Administrative Officers1221Administrative Officers
    12100Executive Assistants1222Executive Assistants
    12101Human Resources and Recruitment Officers1223Human Resources and Recruitment Officers
    13101Property management officers1224Property management officers
    12102Purchasing Procurement Officers1225Purchasing Agents
    12103Conference and event planners1226Conference and event planners
    13110Administrative Assistants1241Administrative Assistants
    13111Legal Administrative Assistants1242Legal Administrative Assistants
    13112Medical administrative assistants1243Medical administrative assistants
    12110Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related workers1251Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related workers
    12111Health information management personnel1252Health Information Management Professionals
    12112Records Management Technicians1253Records Management Technicians
    12113Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Occupations1254Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Occupations
    12200Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers1311Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers
    12201Adjusters and Claims Writers1312Adjusters and Claims Writers
    12202Insurers1313Insurers
    14201Banking, insurance and other financial services clerk1434Banking, insurance and other financial services clerk
    74101Postmen/women1512Postmen/women
    14400Shippers and receivers1521Shippers and receivers
    14401Storekeepers and Parts Clerks1522Storekeepers and Parts Clerks
    13201Production and Transportation Logistics Coordinator1523Production Logistics Coordinators
    14403Purchasing and inventory control clerk1524Purchasing and inventory control clerk
    14404Dispatchers1525Dispatchers
    14405Route and crew schedulers1526Route and crew schedulers
    21100Physicists and astronomers2111Physicists and astronomers
    21101Chemists2112Chemists
    21102Geoscientists and oceanographers2113Geoscientists and oceanographers
    21110Biologists and related scientific personnel2121Biologists and related scientific personnel
    21111Forest science professionals2122Forest science professionals
    21112Agronomists, advisors and agricultural specialists2123Agronomists, advisors and agricultural specialists
    21300Civil engineers2131Civil engineers
    21301Mechanical engineers2132Mechanical engineers
    21310Electrical and electronics engineers2133Electrical and electronics engineers
    21320Chemical engineers2134Chemical engineers
    21321Industrial and manufacturing engineers2141Industrial and manufacturing engineers
    21322Metallurgical and materials engineers2142Metallurgical and materials engineers
    21330Mining engineers2143Mining engineers
    21331Geological engineers2144Geological engineers
    21390Aerospace engineers2146Aerospace engineers
    21311Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
    21200Architects2151Architects
    21201Landscape architects2152Landscape architects
    21202Urban and land use planners2153Urban and land use planners
    21203Land surveyors2154Land surveyors
    21210Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries2161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
    21222IT specialists2171IT analysts and consultants
    21220Cybersecurity specialists
    21221Business systems specialists
    21223Database analysts and data administrators2172Database analysts and data administrators
    21211Data Scientists
    21231Software engineers and designers2173Software engineers and designers
    21230Computer systems developers and programmers2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
    21232Software Developers and Programmers
    21233Web designers2175Web designers and developers
    21234Web Developers and Programmers
    22100Chemical technologists and technicians2211Chemical technologists and technicians
    22101Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians2212Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians
    22110Biological Technologists and Technicians2221Biological Technologists and Technicians
    22111Agricultural and Fish Products Inspectors2222Agricultural and Fish Products Inspectors
    22112Forest science technologists and technicians2223Forest science technologists and technicians
    22114Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists2225Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
    22300Civil engineering technologists and technicians2231Civil engineering technologists and technicians
    22301Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
    22302Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
    22303Construction estimators2234Construction estimators
    22310Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
    22312Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
    22313Avionics and aircraft electrical instrumentation and equipment mechanics, technicians and inspectors2244Avionics and aircraft electrical instrumentation and equipment mechanics, technicians and inspectors
    22210Architectural Technologists and Technicians2251Architectural Technologists and Technicians
    22211Industrial designers/industrial designers2252Industrial designers/industrial designers
    22212Drafting Technologists and Technicians2253Drafting Technologists and Technicians
    22213Survey Technologists and Technicians2254Survey Technologists and Technicians
    22214Technical staff in geomatics and meteorology2255Technical staff in geomatics and meteorology
    22230Non-Destructive Testing Auditors and Inspectors2261Auditors and testers of non-destructive testing
    21120Public and environmental health and safety professionals2263Public health, environmental and occupational health and safety inspectors
    22232Occupational health and safety specialists
    22233Construction inspectors2264Construction inspectors
    72600Air transport pilots, navigators and flight instructors2271Air transport pilots, navigators and flight instructors
    72601Air traffic controllers and related personnel2272Air traffic controllers and related personnel
    72602Deck officers, water transport2273Deck officers, water transport
    72603Engineer officers, water transport2274 *Licensed Engineer Officers in Water Transport (only this designation)
    22220Computer Network and Web Technicians2281Computer network technicians
    22221User Support Agents2282User Support Agents
    22222Computer Systems Evaluators and Video Game Testers2283 *Computer Systems Evaluators and Video Game Testers
    31300Nursing coordinators and supervisors3011Nursing coordinators and supervisors
    31301Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses3012Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses
    31100Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine3111Specialist doctors
    31101Surgical specialists
    31102General Practitioners and Family Medicine Physicians3112General Practitioners and Family Medicine Physicians
    31110Dentists3113Dentists
    31103Veterinarians3114Veterinarians
    31111Optometrists3121Optometrists
    31201Chiropractors3122Chiropractors
    31302Nurse Practitioners3124Allied Practitioners in Primary Health Care
    31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals

    31120Pharmacists3131Pharmacists
    31121Dietitians and nutritionists3132Dietitians and nutritionists
    31112Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists3141Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
    31202Physiotherapists3142Physiotherapists
    31203Occupational therapists3143Occupational therapists
    32120Medical Laboratory Technologists3211Medical Laboratory Technologists
    33101Medical laboratory assistants and related technical workers3212Medical Laboratory Technicians and Pathologists’ Assistants
    32104Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians3213Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians
    32103Respiratory therapists, cardiovascular perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists3214Respiratory therapists, cardiovascular perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    32121Medical radiation technologists3215Medical radiation technologists
    32124Pharmacy technicians3219 *Pharmacy technical assistants (only this designation)
    33103Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
    32111Dental hygienists and therapists3222Dental hygienists and therapists
    32112Dental technologists and technicians3223Dental technologists and technicians and dental laboratory assistants
    33100Dental assistants and auxiliaries in dental laboratories

    32100Dispensing opticians3231Dispensing opticians
    32101Practical nurses3233Practical nurses
    32102Ambulance and paramedics3234Ambulance and paramedics
    33100Dental assistants and auxiliaries in dental laboratories3411Dental assistants
    33102Nurse aides, orderlies and orderlies3413Nurse aides, orderlies and orderlies
    41200University professors and lecturers4011University professors and lecturers
    41201Teaching and research assistants at the post-secondary level (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or an agency mandated by the State)4012Teaching and research assistants at the post-secondary level (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or an agency mandated by the State)
    41210Teachers at the college level and other vocational training instructors (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or an agency mandated by the State )4021Teachers at the college level and other vocational training instructors (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or an agency mandated by the State )
    41220Teachers at secondary level (only for educational establishments designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or agency mandated by the State)4031Teachers at secondary level (only for educational establishments designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or agency mandated by the State)
    41221Teachers at primary and preschool levels (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or state mandated body)4032Teachers at primary and preschool levels (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another ministry or state mandated body)
    41320School information counselors4033School information counselors
    41101Lawyers (everywhere in Canada) and notaries (in Quebec)4112Lawyers (everywhere in Canada) and notaries (in Quebec)
    31200Psychologists4151Psychologists
    41300Social workers4152Social workers
    41301Counseling therapists and related specialty therapies4153 *Marriage therapists/marriage therapists, family therapists/family therapists and psychoeducators (only this designation)
    41401Economists, Researchers and Economic Policy Analysts4162Economists, Researchers and Economic Policy Analysts
    41402Economic Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Analysts4163Economic Development Officers, Marketing Researchers and Consultants
    41403Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers4164Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
    41404Health Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers4165Health Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
    41405Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers4166Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
    41406Sports, Recreation and Fitness Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers4167Sports, Recreation and Fitness Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
    42200Paralegals (only this designation)4211 *Paralegals (only this designation)
    42201Social and community service workers4212Social and community service workers
    42202Early childhood educators and assistants (whose employer authorized to hire is an educational institution designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Advanced Learning or another ministry or an agency mandated by the State, or a childcare service recognized by the Ministère de la Famille). Educators must have at least a college diploma and educational assistants must have at least a high school diploma and relevant work experience.4214Early childhood educators and assistants (whose employer authorized to hire is an educational institution designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Advanced Learning or another ministry or an agency mandated by the State, or a childcare service recognized by the Ministère de la Famille). Educators must have at least a college diploma and educational assistants must have at least a high school diploma and relevant work experience.
    42203Instructors for Persons with Disabilities4215Instructors for Persons with Disabilities
    43100Educational assistants at the elementary and secondary levels (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another government department or agency)4413Educational assistants at the elementary and secondary levels (only for educational institutions designated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education or another government department or agency)
    51100Librarians5111Librarians
    51102Archivists5113Archivists
    51110Editors, Editors and News Editors5122Editors, Editors and News Editors
    51114Translators, terminologists and interpreters5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
    51120Producers, directors/directors, choreographers and technical, creative and artistic directors/technical, creative and artistic directors and project managers – visual effects, and video games and related personnel5131 *Producers, directors/directors, choreographers and technical, creative and artistic directors/technical, creative and artistic directors and project managers – visual effects and video games and related personnel
    52100Technicians in libraries and public archives5211Technicians in libraries and public archives
    52110Film and video camera operators5222Film and video camera operators
    52111Graphic design technicians5223Graphic design technicians
    52113Audio and video recording technicians5225Audio and video recording technicians
    53111Motion Picture, Broadcasting, Photographic and Performing Arts Assistants and Operators5227Motion Picture, Broadcasting, Photography and Performing Arts Support Occupations
    52120Graphic designers and illustrators and animators, designers and animation technicians in the field of 2D and 3D digital media (this designation only)5241 *Graphic designers and illustrators and animators, designers and animation technicians in the field of 2D and 3D digital media (this designation only)
    53123Theater designers, fashion designers, exhibition designers (only these three designations)5243 *Theater designers, fashion designers, exhibition designers (only these three designations)
    53125Textile, leather and fur goods pattern makers5245Textile, leather and fur goods pattern makers
    54100Sports, Recreation and Fitness Program Leaders and Leaders5254Sports, Recreation and Fitness Program Leaders and Leaders
    62010Sales supervisors – retail6211Sales supervisors – retail
    62100Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale6221Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale
    62101Retail and wholesale buyers6222Retail and wholesale buyers
    63100Insurance agents and brokers6231Insurance agents and brokers
    62020Food service supervisors6311Food service supervisors
    62023Information and customer service supervisors6314Information and customer service supervisors
    62200Chiefs6321Chiefs
    63200Qualified or experienced cooks/qualified or experienced cooks (only this designation)6322 *Qualified or experienced cooks/qualified or experienced cooks (only this designation)
    63201Butchers – wholesale and retail trade6331Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – wholesale and retail trade
    65202Meat Cutters and Fishmongers – Wholesale and Retail
    63202Bakers6332Bakers
    64200Tailors, seamstresses, furriers and milliners6342Tailors, seamstresses, furriers and milliners
    63221Upholsterers6345Upholsterers
    64101Sales and Account Representatives – Wholesale (Non-Technical)6411Sales and Account Representatives – Wholesale (Non-Technical)
    64100Salespersons and decorators-window-dressers in retail trade6421Salespersons – Retail
    64300Maîtres d’hôtel (only this designation)6511 *Maîtres d’hôtel (only this designation)
    65200Food and beverage servers6513Food and beverage servers
    64314Hotel receptionists [only this designation]6525 *Hotel receptionists [only this designation]
    64400Customer service representatives – financial institutions6551Customer service representatives – financial institutions
    63211Estheticians, electrologists (only this designation)6562 *Estheticians, electrologists (only this designation)
    65220Animal Groomers and Animal Care Workers6563Animal Groomers and Animal Care Workers
    72010Foremen/women, machinists, metal forming, profiling and erection trades and related occupations (this designation only)7201 *Foremen/women, machinists, metal forming, profiling and erection trades and related occupations (this designation only)
    72011Supervisors, Electrical and Telecommunications (only this title)7202 *Supervisors, Electrical and Telecommunications (only this title)
    72012Pipe foremen/women (only this title)7203 *Pipe foremen/women (only this title)
    72013Foremen/women in carpentry (only this designation)7204 *Foremen/women in carpentry (only this designation)
    72014Foremen/women, other trades in construction and repair and installation services (only this title)7205 *Foremen/women, other trades in construction and repair and installation services (only this title)
    72100Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
    72101Tool and die makers7232Tool and die makers
    72102sheet metal workers7233sheet metal workers
    72104Structural metal and plate fabricators and fitters7235Structural metal and plate fabricators and fitters
    72105Ironworkers7236Ironworkers
    72106Welders and operators of welding and brazing machines7237Welders and operators of welding and brazing machines
    72200Electricians (except industrial and power system electricians)7241Electricians (except industrial and power system electricians)
    72201Industrial electricians7242Industrial electricians
    72202Power system electricians7243Power system electricians
    72203Power line and cable workers7244Power line and cable workers
    72204Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers7245Telecommunications line and cable workers
    72205Technicians installing telecommunications equipment and cable television services7246Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers
    72300Plumbers7251Plumbers
    72301Pipefitters, steamfitters and sprinkler fitters7252Pipefitters, steamfitters and sprinkler fitters
    72310Carpenters7271Carpenters
    72311Cabinetmakers7272Cabinetmakers
    72320Bricklayers-masons7281Bricklayers-masons
    73100Concrete finishers7282Concrete finishers
    73101Tilers7283Tilers
    73102Plasterers, installers and finishers of interior systems and lathers7284Plasterers, installers and finishers of interior systems and lathers
    73110Roofers and shinglers7291Roofers and shinglers
    73111Glaziers7292Glaziers
    72321Insulators7293Insulators
    73112Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
    73113Interior covering installers7295Interior covering installers
    72020Foremen/women in mechanics (only this title)7301 *Foremen/women in mechanics (only this title)
    72021Foremen/women of heavy equipment operator crews (only this title)7302 *Foremen/women of heavy equipment operator crews (only this title)
    72022Supervisors, printing and related occupations7303Supervisors, printing and related occupations
    72400Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics7311Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics
    72401Heavy equipment mechanics7312Heavy equipment mechanics
    72402Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics7313Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    72404Aircraft mechanics and inspectors7315Aircraft mechanics and inspectors
    72405Machine fitters7316Machine fitters
    72406Elevator constructors and mechanics7318Elevator constructors and mechanics
    72410Motor vehicle, truck and bus mechanics and repairers7321Motor vehicle, truck and bus mechanics and repairers
    72411Motor Vehicle Collision, Body, Paint and Glass Technicians and Damage Appraisers7322Dent repairers and body repairers
    72421Appliance repairers and maintainers7332Appliance repairers and maintainers
    72422Electrical mechanics7333Electrical mechanics
    72423Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and related mechanics7334Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and related mechanics
    72500crane operators7371crane operators
    73402Drillers and blasters in surface mines, quarries and construction sites7372Drillers and blasters in surface mines, quarries and construction sites
    73401Printing press operators7381Printing press operators
    73200Installation, maintenance and repair personnel for residential and commercial equipment7441Installation, maintenance and repair personnel for residential and commercial equipment
    75100Tank tops7451Tank tops
    75101Handlers7452Handlers
    73300Transport Truck Drivers7511Transport Truck Drivers
    73301Bus drivers and metro and other public transport operators7512Bus drivers and metro and other public transport operators
    75201Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors7514Delivery drivers – delivery and courier services
    74102Messengers
    73400Heavy equipment operators (except cranes)7521Heavy equipment operators (except cranes)
    74205Public maintenance machinery operators and related workers7522Public maintenance machinery operators and related workers
    74204Utility maintenance personnel
    74201Deckhands and engine room crews in inland waterway transport7532Deckhands and engine room crews in inland waterway transport
    83110Tree felling machine operators8241Tree felling machine operators
    84110Chainsaw and skidder operators8421Chainsaw and skidder operators
    84111Silviculture and logging workers8422Silviculture and logging workers
    92011Supervisors, petroleum refining, gas and chemical processing and utilities9212Supervisors, petroleum refining, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    92012Supervisors, food and beverage processing9213Supervisors, food and beverage processing
    92013Supervisors, rubber and plastic products manufacturing9214Supervisors, rubber and plastic products manufacturing
    92014Supervisors, Forest Products Processing9215Supervisors, Forest Products Processing
    92015Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing and processing9217Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing and processing
    92020Supervisors, motor vehicle manufacturing9221Supervisors, motor vehicle manufacturing
    92022Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing9224Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
    93101Central control room and industrial process operators, petroleum refining and gas and chemical processing9232Central control room and industrial process operators, petroleum refining and gas and chemical processing
    93102Pulp and paper pulping, papermaking and coating control operators9235Pulp and paper pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
    92100Power Plant Mechanics and Power System Operators9241Power Plant Mechanics and Power System Operators
    92101Water and waste treatment plant operators9243Water and waste treatment plant operators
    94100Machine operators, metal and mineral processing9411Machine operators, metal and mineral processing
    94101Foundry workers9412Foundry workers
    94103Machine operators in the shaping and finishing of concrete, clay or stone products9414Machine operators in the shaping and finishing of concrete, clay or stone products
    94104Inspectors and testers, metal and mineral processing9415Inspectors and testers, metal and mineral processing
    94105Forging and metalworking machine operators9416Forging and metalworking machine operators
    94106Machining machine operators9417Machining machine operators
    94107Other metal products machine operators9418Other metal products machine operators
    94110Chemical processing plant operators9421Chemical processing plant operators
    94111Plastics processing machine operators9422Plastics processing machine operators
    94112Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Occupations9423Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Occupations
    94120Sawmill machine operators9431Sawmill machine operators
    94121Papermaking and finishing machine operators in pulp mills9432 *Machine operators in pulp mills (only this title)
    94121Papermaking and finishing machine operators in pulp mills9433 *Papermaking and finishing machine operators (this title only)
    94122Paper forming machine operators9435Paper forming machine operators
    94124Woodworking machine operators9437Woodworking machine operators
    94130Textile fiber and yarn, leather and hide machine operators and workers9441Textile fiber and yarn, leather and hide machine operators and workers
    95105Laborers in the manufacture and cutting of textile products9445Fabric, fur and leather cutters
    94132Industrial sewing machine operators9446Industrial sewing machine operators
    94133Inspectors and sorters, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing9447Inspectors and sorters, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
    94140Industrial process and machine operators, food and beverage processing9461Industrial process and machine operators, food and beverage processing
    94141Industrial butchers, meat cutters, meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers9462Industrial butchers, meat cutters, meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
    94142Workers in fish and seafood processing plants9463Workers in fish and seafood processing plants
    94143Samplers and Sorters in Food and Beverage Processing9465Samplers and Sorters in Food and Beverage Processing
    93200Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors9521Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
    94201Electronic assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers9523Electronic assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
    94202Assemblers and inspectors, electrical equipment, appliance and accessory manufacturing9524Assemblers and inspectors, electrical equipment, appliance and accessory manufacturing
    94204Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors9526Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors
    94210Assemblers, finishers, restorers and inspectors of furniture and fixtures9532Furniture and Fixtures Assemblers and Inspectors
    94211Other Wood Products Assemblers and Inspectors9533Other Wood Products Assemblers and Inspectors
    94210Assemblers, finishers, restorers and inspectors of furniture and fixtures9534Furniture finishers and restorers
    94212Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors9535Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
    94213Painters, coaters and process operators, metal finishing – industrial sector9536Painters, coaters and process operators, metal finishing – industrial sector

    *Only specific designations are qualified for simplified treatment for 2016 codes denoted in this list by an asterisk (*). You can review the full description by clicking on the 2016 code highlighted in blue colour.

    Visit Employment and Social Development of Canada (ESDC) website for full information on facilitated LMIAs.


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  • Canada Announces New Open Work Permit For Turkish & Syrian Nationals

    Today, immigration minister of Canada, the Honourable Sean Fraser announced new measures to support Turkish and Syrian temporary residents.

    Effective from March 29, 2023 nationals of Türkiye and Syria will benefit from below listed new measures:

    • extension of temporary status (study, work or visitor) within Canada free of charge.
    • priority processing of immigration applications submitted by earthquake victims
    • new open work permit of up to 3 years for temporary residents already in Canada.
    • easier transition between temporary residents statuses.
    • no requirement of passports and travel document requirements for the Canadian permanent residence applicants outside Canada.
    • For Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Turkey and Syria, there will be no costs for temporary passports, passports with restricted validity, emergency travel papers, Canadian citizenship certificates, or permanent resident travel documents.

    Applications for temporary residency from the impacted areas, both new and old, as well as applications for permanent residence, including applications for refugee resettlement, are all being processed on a priority basis.

    This includes requests for visiting visas for members of a person’s immediate family who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents so they can visit their loved ones.

    The purpose of these new immigration measures announced today is to assist Turkish and Syrian temporary residents who may not be able to leave Canada at this time owing to the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes in the area.

    Over 16,000 applicants have applications being processed in Turkey and Syria as of February 8, 2023.

    Among them, about 1,700 (750 permanent residents and 920 temporary residents) came from the earthquake-affected region.

    These new measures will stay in effect until September 25, 2023.

    As part of its resettlement programme, Canada is also collaborating with UN partners in the region to offer temporary housing to refugees who have been negatively affected while they wait for their applications to be reviewed.

    Further details on how to apply for these new measures will be accessible on the IRCC website in the upcoming weeks.


    Canad Immigration Minister March 18
  • IRCC backlog drops to 910,400 despite increase in new applications

    IRCC backlog drops by around 64,000 as per new official data updated by the Canadian immigration department on March 17.

    IRCC backlog now stands at 910,400 which is an all-time low number since the processing woes started in pandemic.

    This reduction in IRCC backlog has been registered along all the business lines including Citizenship(-7.2%), Permanent residency(-3.78%), and temporary residency(-8.28%).

    Furthermore, there has been increase of 82,300 in new immigration applications as of February 28, 2023.

    Canada immigration department was processing 1,052,200 files within IRCC service standards in the end of last month.

    In total, IRCC was processing 1,962,600 immigration/visa applications as of February 28.

    DateBacklogTotal Applications
    Under Processing
    February 28, 2023910,4001,962,600
    January 31, 2023974,6001,944,500
    December 31, 2022918,3001,973,800
    November 30, 20221,086,2002,111,400
    October 31, 20221,202,7902,239,700
    September 30, 20221,322,5002,610,700

    It is important to note that IRCC backlog data and service standard data are different as explained below.

    For example, if the typical processing period for spousal sponsorship is 12 months, an application that is being processed within 12 months is “NOT” a backlog. Instead, it will be treated as regular processing.

    But, if it surpasses the 12-month service threshold, then only it should be regarded a backlog.

    The IRCC aims to process 80% of applications within these service standards. Learn more about IRCC service standards.

    Application TypeOverall Processing InventoryBacklogWithin Service Standards
    Citizenship299,00077,000222,000
    Permanent Residence622,600335,400287,200
    Temporary Residence1,041,000498,000543,000
    Total1,962,600910,4001052,200

    IRCC Backlog Projections For 2023

    1. Backlog Projections For Federal High Skilled

    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%20%
    Feb 2320%20%
    Mar 2320%
    Apr 2320%
    May 2320%

    2. Backlog Projections For Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program

    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 2338%40%
    Feb 2332%39%
    Mar 2332%
    Apr 2330%
    May 2328%

    3. Backlog Projections for Spouses, Partners and children applications

    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%24%
    Feb 2323%24%
    Mar 2324%
    Apr 2324%
    May 2324%

    4. Citizenship Backlog Projections

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2246%
    Feb 2245%
    Mar 2242%
    Apr 2240%
    May 2239%
    Jun 2237%
    Jul 2235%
    Aug 2230%30%
    Sep 2230%30%
    Oct 2228%28%
    Nov 2229%27%
    Dec 2228%26%
    Jan 2327%26%
    Feb 2326%25%
    Mar 2324%
    Apr 2324%
    May 2324%

    5. Study Permit Applications’ Backlog Projections

    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 2228%31%
    Dec 2232%33%
    Jan 2335%36%
    Feb 2329%34%
    Mar 2325%
    Apr 2322%
    May 2315%

    6. Work Permit Applications’ Backlog Projections

    **According to IRCC, about 73% of work visa applications originate from the Canada-Ukraine emergency travel permission.

    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 2224%55%
    Dec 2225%60%
    Jan 2326%26%
    Feb 2323%28%
    Mar 2328%
    Apr 2328%
    May 2328%

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

    **The Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel accounts for 20% of temporary resident visa or visitor visa applications, according to IRCC.

    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%77%
    Jan 2368%68%
    Feb 2364%68%
    Mar 2365%
    Apr 2359%
    May 2350%

    New IRCC Backlog data 2023
  • IEC 2023 New Round Of Invitations Sent >1,500 Invites

    The 10th IEC 2023 (International Experience Canada) draw sent over 1,500 invites under 3 categories, for the week commencing March 17, 2023.

    Around 1,200 invitations were sent to the participants in pool for the IEC Working Holiday category from more than 30 different countries.

    Only 7 countries are now left with Excellent chance of receiving an invitation in next IEC 2023 Working Holiday category next week.

    These are Andorra, Croatia, Luxembourg, Norway, San Marino, Slovenia, and Sweden.

    Applicants from rest of the countries under Working Holiday category have a low chance of receiving an invite based on candidates in pool and available spots.

    This year, a total of 90,000 quota is allotted for IEC 2023, and around 65,000 invitations have already been distributed.

    Moving forward, the IEC 2023 Young Professionals category receives more than 234 invitations. Furthermore, 177 applicants in pool are competing for 3,403 spots.

    This week, 65 more spots have been added in the Young Professionals category for Taiwan.

    Last week, extra spots were added for Greece under Working Holiday and Young Professionals category.

    Similarly, IEC 2023 Working Holiday Quota for Korea and the United Kingdom was also raised in week ending February 24.

    In addition, 148 invitations are distributed under the International Co-op (internship) category.

    The current IEC season has a processing time of less than three weeks, according to the most recent IRCC processing report on March 7.

    The statistics for each nation, including the number of invites, candidates in the pool, and available seats, is provided below.

    IEC 2023 Working Holiday Category

    CountryInvitations Issued This WeekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Andorra010119
    Australia1503,556289Unlimited
    Austria0154190
    Belgium2767438282
    Croatia4781227
    Czech Republic1861636599
    Denmark1217818215
    Estonia578765
    France016,8853,6520
    Germany1012,4772032,740
    Greece822512160
    Hong Kong62371388
    Ireland1254,6263267,636
    Italy421,222851,008
    Japan1103,0812394,076
    Korea Republic1697,4561,0941,740
    Latvia67210
    Lithuania183043224
    Luxembourg119267
    Netherlands2766747342
    New Zealand501,203821,620
    Norway0461101
    Poland1247431356
    Portugal18517481,378
    San Marino04022
    Slovakia832519108
    Slovenia127168
    Spain251,169771,081
    Sweden2118114478
    United Kingdom2005,7544936,481
    Total1,16452,3156,88130,981

    IEC 2023 Young Professionals Category

    CountryInvitations Issued This WeekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Australia1642Unlimited
    Austria16160
    Chile2529016157
    Costa Rica312933
    Croatia06017
    Czech Republic7127667
    Estonia0308
    France1101,546721,281
    France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE)1119241372
    Germany2619110241
    Greece3922116
    Ireland2616141
    Italy31303151
    Latvia2606
    Lithuania015013
    Luxembourg00010
    Norway05010
    Poland533096
    Portugal2180191
    Slovakia230116
    Slovenia13114
    Spain7904110
    Spain via ICEX VivesNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable50
    Sweden316095
    Switzerland13145597
    Taiwan788481
    Total2343,2861773,403

    International Co-op (Internship)

    CountryInvitations issued this weekTotal Invitations Issued In 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    France1422,556902402
    Ireland17244
    Germany3472136
    Luxembourg0309
    Switzerland019037
    Taiwan21119
    Total1482,643952,637

    Source: IEC 2023


  • PGWP Extension 2023: New Announcement By The IRCC Minister

    New announcement on PGWP Extension 2023: Today, Canadian minister of immigration the Honourable Sean Fraser makes an announcement to extend post-graduation work permits (PGWPs).

    IRCC extends Post Graduation Work Permits for 18 months that are expired or expiring in 2023.

    Those who were eligible for PGWP extension in 2022 will also qualify for this new extension.

    Beginning April 6, 2023, these changes will allow PGWP holders who want to remain longer to participate in a facilitative procedure to extend their work permit, allowing Canada to retain high-skilled personnel.

    PGWP holders who are eligible for the facilitative procedure will shortly get reminders about login onto their online IRCC Secure Account to opt in and amend critical personal information beginning April 6, 2023.

    For those who apply, will receive by an email, the interim work authorization, which they can affix to their expired PGWPs.

    This will enable them to continue work for 18 months in Canada and apply for permanent residency.

    Former international students with expired PGWPs will also be able to apply for this new open work permit.

    They will also be able to apply for restoration, even if they are beyond the time (90 days) required to apply for restoration.

    You can watch live PGWP Extension 2023 announcement in the video below.

    INC – Immigration News Canada reported on February 12, 2023 that IRCC Minister is working on solution of Expiring PGWPs and announcement could be made in March 2023.

    What is important about PGWP Extension announcement today?

    Usually, post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) are not allowed any extension and an international student can only have a PGWP once.

    However, IRCC implemented a temporary public policy in August 2022 that permitted PGWP holders with expiration status on or before December 31, 2022 to extend their stay for an extra 18 months.

    Reason behind this was absence of any CEC draw after September 2021, which is the major pathway for international students with 1 year of Canadian experience to apply for permanent residency (PR).

    This new policy permitted approximately 40,000 PGWP holders to continue working in Canada.

    But the drought of CEC draws continued in 2023 and PGWPs are already expiring and some will expire soon.

    As a result, IRCC Minister is expected to make another PGWP extension today.

    With Canada allowing PGWP extension 2023, it will at least allow PGWP holders to continue working and stay in Canada.

    Things to Watch Out For

    It will be an important announcement to see what is the range of dates that minister will include to allow PGWP extension.

    Moreover, the exact date on which the details on how to apply for the policy will be released.

    Will the PGWP holders have to apply for the extension OR it will be automatically granted or updated?

    Any hint on when the CEC only draws will resume or exact date of starting targeted Express Entry draws.

    Off topic, if minister acknowledges the issue of 700 international students being deported.


    PGWP Extension 2023 New Announcement
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Kamal Deep Singh, RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) licensed by CICC (formerly known as ICCRC) with member number R708618. He brings extensive knowledge of immigration law and new changes to rapidly evolving IRCC.