Last Updated On 2 December 2022, 10:53 AM EST (Toronto Time)
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has asked the Canadian federal government to give them more control over immigration selection. This will help them bring more skilled, economic immigrants into Ontario and address the labor shortage.
Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s immigration minister said that hundreds of thousands of jobs are unfilled in Ontario. This is costing the economy a lot of money. Thus, Ontario believes that it should have more control over its provincial immigration program.
“That’s why we’re setting out to renegotiate the Ontario-Canada immigration agreement that expires this fall, to give Ontario more of a say in the number of immigrants and the kind of immigrants that we want to build a stronger economy.”Monte McNaughton
Ontario has requested the federal government to double the number of immigrants under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Currently, Ontario has been allocated 9,750 nominations for the year of 2022. Furthermore, OINP has already issued 4,374 nominations this year as of June 28, 2022.
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Ontario Immigration In Context
Ontario is one of the most popular provinces when it comes to immigration. Furthermore, it is the largest Canadian province by area and population. It welcomes the most number of immigrants each year.
Last year, nearly half of all immigrants settled in Ontario. Also, before the pandemic, Ontario had the highest number of immigrants arrive under the family and refugee classes.
According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), there were 94,770 newcomers in Ontario through federal economic programs. Additionally, around 36,675 immigrants came through family programs.
This included spouses, partners and children and parents and grandparents. Lastly, 5,875 people came through the Provincial Nominee Program.
How Is This Going To Impact Rest Of Canada?
More PNP allocation for Ontario is going to have major consequences for the rest of Canada. In addition to supporting provinces and territories’ immigration needs, the IRCC has a national mandate. So, giving Ontario more immigration authority falls under IRCC’s national mandate.
Ontario has major labour shortages, so they should be provided with greater say on immigration. Thus, this will help fill job vacancies. Also, it will support the post-pandemic economic recovery.
However, it will also undermine efforts to promote a more even distribution of immigration across the country. PNP aims to help smaller provinces and territories attract more immigrant.
Ontario already welcomes almost half of Canada’s immigration. So, if Ontario is given more immigration powers, the national immigration share increases even further. This will hurt other provinces and territories.
Thus, this is a tough choice for IRCC when it comes to fulfilling this request. Under the Immigration Levels Plan for 2022, there are 83,500 spots for provincial nomination programs in Canada. This includes principal applicants and their spouses and dependents.
Also, currently, Ontario has the highest PNP allocation. IRCC has assigned 9,700 principal applicant spots. However, Ontario’s population is approximately 15 million people. So, this is comparatively quite a small number that Ontario has been allocated.
Thus, Ontario believes that to solve the problem of shortage of skilled workers, they need to be given more immigration powers.
- Latest BC PNP Draw 2023 Sent More Than 243 Invites For PR
Latest BC PNP Draw (British Columbia) today on March 21, 2023 issues more than 243 invitations for permanent residency (PR).
202 invitations are sent under 5 categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program in a general draw.
The general draw also considered the profiles with Tech occupations.
More than 41 invitations are sent in targeted rounds of invitations focusing on Healthcare related occupations.
Summary of BC PNP Draw (General) today
Stream Cut Off Score Skills Immigration (SI) Skilled Workers – Eligibility 101 Skills Immigration (SI) International Graduates – Eligibility 106 Skills Immigration (SI) Entry Level & Semi-Skilled – Eligibility 85 Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) Skilled Workers – Eligibility 101 Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) – International Graduates – Eligibility 106
Cut off score increased by 1 point among all the categories, except Skills Immigration (SI) Entry Level & Semi-Skilled stream as compared to general draw on March 7, 2023.
Below is the summary to BC PNP Targeted Draw
Number of invitations Stream Cut Off Notes 34 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw at NOC 42202 – Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants 17 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw at Healthcare occupations <5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw at NOCs 31103 (Veterinarians) and 32104 (Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians)
BC PNP Healthcare occupations
- 30010 Managers in health care
- 31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
- 31101 Specialists in surgery
- 31102 General practitioners and family physicians
- 31110 Dentists
- 31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
- 31120 Pharmacists
- 31121 Dietitians and nutritionists
- 31200 Psychologists
- 31201 Chiropractors
- 31202 Physiotherapists
- 31203 Occupational therapists
- 31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
- 31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
- 31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
- 31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- 31302 Nurse practitioners
- 31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
- 32101 Licensed practical nurses
- 32102 Paramedical occupations
- 32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
- 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
- 32110 Denturists
- 32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
- 32112 Dental technologists and technicians
- 32120 Medical laboratory technologists
- 32121 Medical radiation technologists
- 32122 Medical sonographers
- 32123 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
- 32124 Pharmacy technicians
- 32129 Other medical technologists and technicians
- 32200 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
- 33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
- 33101 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
- 33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
- 33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
- 41300 Social workers
- 41301 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
- 42201 Social and community service workers
What is BC PNP or British Columbia Provincial Nominee ProgramThe British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration program administered by the Immigration Programs Branch of the British Columbia government.
The program enables the province to choose and nominate foreign employees, international students, and entrepreneurs to help satisfy labour market demands, support government initiatives, and grow the economy.
You and your family can apply to the Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) to become permanent residents of Canada if you are selected and nominated in one of the draws.
What is BC PNP processing time?3 months is the estimated processing time for BC PNP Skills Immigration. These processing times begin on the day we receive your full application and are based on 80% of the files.
How much is BC PNP Skills Immigration fees?$1,150 is the application processing fee for BC PNP Skills Immigration. Furthermore, $500 is the request of review fee.
Please note that there is no fee for registration of your profile with BC PNP.
- New Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1
On April 1, 2023, the federal minimum wage in Canada will increase from $15.55 to $16.65 per hour in order to keep up with inflation.
As a result, about 26,000 Canadian workers who make less than the current wage will benefit from the raise.
The federal minimum wage in Canada is mandated for all federally regulated private sectors, including banking, postal and courier services, as well as interprovincial air, rail, road, and maritime transportation.
Furthermore, employees in these sectors get higher rate if their provincial or territory minimum pay is greater than the federal minimum wage.
The federal minimum wage in Canada is revised every year on April 1 based on the Consumer Price Index (inflation).
Previously, the federal minimum wage increased from $15 in 2021 to $15.55 on April 1, 2022.
The April 2023 hike in minimum wage is double ($1.10) as compared to that $0.55 raise last year.
New Minimum Wage In 5 Canadian Provinces Effective April 1
Apart from the rise in federal minimum wage in Canada, Manitoba and Yukon will also increase their provincial minimum wage effective April 1, 2023.
Minimum wage in Manitoba will increase by $0.65 to $14.15 per hour.
Manitoba’s minimum wage was increased on October 1, 2022 from $11.95 to $13.50 per hour.
Now Manitoba will revert to yearly changes based on province CPI, and it is anticipated that on October 1, 2023, the hourly wage will again increase to $15 per hour.
Furthermore, minimum wage in Yukon will also increase by $1.05 to $16.77 per hour.
Nova Scotia minimum wage is also set to increase to $14.50 per hour.
New Brunswick new minimum wage effective April 1, 2023 will be $14.75 per hour, up from $13.75.
The minimum wage will also rise for Newfoundland & Labrador by 80 cents per hour on April 1, 2023, reaching $14.50 per hour.
Minimum Wage By Province In Canada
Below listed are the latest minimum wage in Canada as of April 1, 2023.
Geography Minimum Wage Per Hour Next Raise Canada (Federally regulated private sectors) $16.65 April 1, 2024 Ontario $15.50 October 1, 2023 Manitoba $14.15 October 1, 2023 New Brunswick $14.75 April 1, 2024 (Expected) Nova Scotia $14.50 October 1, 2023 Saskatchewan $13.00 October 1, 2023 Newfoundland & Labrador $14.50 October 1, 2023 Alberta $15.00 To Be Decided (TBD) British Columbia $15.65 To Be Decided (TBD) Quebec $14.25 May 1, 2023 Nunavut $16.00 To Be Decided (TBD) Prince Edward Island $14.50 October 1, 2023 Northwest Territories $15.20 September 1, 2023 Yukon $16.77 April 1, 2024
What is Canada’s minimum wage 2023?$16.65 per hour is the new minimum wage effective April 1, 2023 applicable to for all federally regulated private sectors. The federal regulated private sectors include banking, postal and courier services, as well as interprovincial air, rail, road, and maritime transportation.
What is the highest minimum wage in Canada?Yukon has the highest minimum wage at $16.77 per hour, followed by Federal minimum wage that is $16.65 per hour, and Nunavut which has the minimum wage of $16 per hour.
What is minimum wage Ontario 2023 and when will it increase?Starting in 2022, the minimum wage rates may rise yearly on October 1st. The new rates that will take effect on October 1 will be released no later than April 1.
Currently, $15.50 is the minimum wage in Ontario.
What is the minimum wage in British Columbia?$15.65 effective since June 1, 2022
Federally regulated private sectors
- air transportation, including airlines, airports, aerodromes and aircraft operations
- banks, including authorized foreign banks
- grain elevators, feed and seed mills, feed warehouses and grain-seed cleaning plants
- First Nations band councils and Indigenous self-governments (certain activities)
- most federal Crown corporations, for example, Canada Post Corporation
- port services, marine shipping, ferries, tunnels, canals, bridges and pipelines (oil and gas) that cross international or provincial borders
- postal and courier services
- radio and television broadcasting
- railways that cross provincial or international borders and some short-line railways
- road transportation services, including trucks and buses, that cross provincial or international borders
- telecommunications, such as, telephone, Internet, telegraph and cable systems
- uranium mining and processing and atomic energy
- any business that is vital, essential or integral to the operation of one of the above activities
- Federally regulated public sector (parts II and IV of the Code only):
- the federal public service
- Parliament (such as, the Senate, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament)
- Private-sector firms and municipalities in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (part I of the Code only)
- International Nurses To Benefit From Easy Licensing In Nova Scotia
The NSCN has announced a first-of-its-kind licensing procedure for registered nurses (RNs) moving Nova Scotia from other Canadian provinces as well as from 7 countries.
These 7 countries include Philippines, India, Nigeria, USA, UK, Australia, or New Zealand.
NSCN (Nova Scotia College of Nursing) is the the provincial regulatory authority responsible for licensure and maintaining professional standards.
RNs from these countries with good standing and character will be eligible for registration and licensure in Nova Scotia immediately with no additional requirements in May 2023.
RNs from the above listed 7 countries and other Canadian provinces will only have to pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination).
As per the official press release, the new method for registration and licensing for nurses will help in achieving below:
- Effective March 29, 2023 the total processing time for RNs who have valid licences from another Canadian province will reduce from five days to 24 hours.
- Effective May 1, 2023 the duration of the whole application procedure for international RNs (who are in good standing) from the Philippines, India, Nigeria, USA, UK, Australia, and New Zealand will decrease from nearly a year to a few weeks.
- RNs from these countries will be able to submit their applications directly to NSCN.
These seven nations account for 87% of the current overseas applicants to NSCN.
- Philippines – 42%
- India – 25%
- Nigeria – 10%
- USA – 6%
- UK – 4%
- 23 other countries – 13%
In 2022, the NSCN enrolled more foreign RNs than it did in any of the preceding three years combined.
As a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner in 2022, the NSCN registered and licensed 282 foreign RNs.
Please note this is NOT an immigration program, rather easing of licensure for internationally trained RNs planning on moving/immigrating to Nova Scotia.
“I am pleased to share what is truly a first-in-the-country approach to licensing international and Canadian nurses in Nova Scotia. The new approach will significantly decrease licensing time; increase licensure of nurses; reduce administrative requirements; and is aligned with new initiatives of health care partners. It’s a safe and faster process for nurses who want to work in our province, which is a good news story for all Nova Scotians.”Sue Smith, CEO and Registrar of the Nova Scotia College of Nursing
Click here for more details on new registrant portal.
- 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.
Year OINP Quota 2025 18,361 2024 ~17,000 2023 16,500 2022 9,750 2021 9,000
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
- 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 2021 Profession title (2021) NOC code 2016 Occupation title (2016) 10010 CFOs 111 CFOs 10011 Human Resources Managers 112 Human Resources Managers 10012 Purchasing managers 113 Purchasing managers 10020 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers 121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers 10021 Banking, credit and other investment managers 122 Banking, credit and other investment managers 10022 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers 124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers 10030 Managers of telecommunications companies 131 Managers of telecommunications companies 20010 Engineering Services Managers 211 Engineering Services Managers 20011 Managers of Architecture and Science Services 212 Managers of Architecture and Science Services 20012 IT systems managers 213 IT systems managers 30010 health care managers 311 health care managers 40021 Principals 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) 422 Principals 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) 40030 Managers of Social and Community Services (only this title) 0423 * Managers of Social and Community Services (only this title) 50011 Managers – Publishing, Film, Broadcasting and Performing Arts 512 Managers – Publishing, Film, Broadcasting and Performing Arts 50012 Directors of sports, recreation and fitness programs and services 513 Directors of sports, recreation and fitness programs and services 60010 Corporate Sales Managers 601 Corporate Sales Managers 60030 Restaurant and Food Service Managers 631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers 60031 Accommodation Services Managers 632 Accommodation Services Managers 70010 Construction managers 711 Construction managers 70011 Home construction and renovation managers 712 Home construction and renovation managers 70020 Transportation Managers 731 Transportation Managers 80010 Natural resources and fishing managers 811 Natural resources and fishing managers 90010 Manufacturing managers 911 Manufacturing managers 90011 Utilities Managers 912 Utilities Managers 11100 Financial auditors and accountants 1111 Financial auditors and accountants 11101 Financial Analysts/Financial Analysts and Investment Analysts 1112 Financial Analysts/Financial Analysts and Investment Analysts 11103 Securities Agents, Investment Agents and Traders 1113 Securities Agents, Investment Agents and Traders 11102 Financial Advisors 1114 * Financial Planners and Financial Advisors (this designation only) 11200 Human resources professionals 1121 Human resources professionals 11201 Business management consulting professionals 1122 Business management consulting professionals 11202 Professionals in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123 Professionals in advertising, marketing and public relations 12010 Supervisors of office clerks and administrative support staff 1211 Supervisors of office clerks and administrative support staff 72025 Postal and courier service supervisors 1214 Postal and courier service supervisors 12013 Supervisors of supply chain coordination, tracking and scheduling staff 1215 Supervisors of supply chain coordination, tracking and scheduling staff 13100 Administrative Officers 1221 Administrative Officers 12100 Executive Assistants 1222 Executive Assistants 12101 Human Resources and Recruitment Officers 1223 Human Resources and Recruitment Officers 13101 Property management officers 1224 Property management officers 12102 Purchasing Procurement Officers 1225 Purchasing Agents 12103 Conference and event planners 1226 Conference and event planners 13110 Administrative Assistants 1241 Administrative Assistants 13111 Legal Administrative Assistants 1242 Legal Administrative Assistants 13112 Medical administrative assistants 1243 Medical administrative assistants 12110 Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related workers 1251 Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related workers 12111 Health information management personnel 1252 Health Information Management Professionals 12112 Records Management Technicians 1253 Records Management Technicians 12113 Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Occupations 1254 Statistical Officers and Related Research Support Occupations 12200 Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers 1311 Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers 12201 Adjusters and Claims Writers 1312 Adjusters and Claims Writers 12202 Insurers 1313 Insurers 14201 Banking, insurance and other financial services clerk 1434 Banking, insurance and other financial services clerk 74101 Postmen/women 1512 Postmen/women 14400 Shippers and receivers 1521 Shippers and receivers 14401 Storekeepers and Parts Clerks 1522 Storekeepers and Parts Clerks 13201 Production and Transportation Logistics Coordinator 1523 Production Logistics Coordinators 14403 Purchasing and inventory control clerk 1524 Purchasing and inventory control clerk 14404 Dispatchers 1525 Dispatchers 14405 Route and crew schedulers 1526 Route and crew schedulers 21100 Physicists and astronomers 2111 Physicists and astronomers 21101 Chemists 2112 Chemists 21102 Geoscientists and oceanographers 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers 21110 Biologists and related scientific personnel 2121 Biologists and related scientific personnel 21111 Forest science professionals 2122 Forest science professionals 21112 Agronomists, advisors and agricultural specialists 2123 Agronomists, advisors and agricultural specialists 21300 Civil engineers 2131 Civil engineers 21301 Mechanical engineers 2132 Mechanical engineers 21310 Electrical and electronics engineers 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers 21320 Chemical engineers 2134 Chemical engineers 21321 Industrial and manufacturing engineers 2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers 21322 Metallurgical and materials engineers 2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers 21330 Mining engineers 2143 Mining engineers 21331 Geological engineers 2144 Geological engineers 21390 Aerospace engineers 2146 Aerospace engineers 21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 21200 Architects 2151 Architects 21201 Landscape architects 2152 Landscape architects 21202 Urban and land use planners 2153 Urban and land use planners 21203 Land surveyors 2154 Land surveyors 21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries 2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries 21222 IT specialists 2171 IT analysts and consultants 21220 Cybersecurity specialists 21221 Business systems specialists 21223 Database analysts and data administrators 2172 Database analysts and data administrators 21211 Data Scientists 21231 Software engineers and designers 2173 Software engineers and designers 21230 Computer systems developers and programmers 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers 21232 Software Developers and Programmers 21233 Web designers 2175 Web designers and developers 21234 Web Developers and Programmers 22100 Chemical technologists and technicians 2211 Chemical technologists and technicians 22101 Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians 2212 Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians 22110 Biological Technologists and Technicians 2221 Biological Technologists and Technicians 22111 Agricultural and Fish Products Inspectors 2222 Agricultural and Fish Products Inspectors 22112 Forest science technologists and technicians 2223 Forest science technologists and technicians 22114 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists 2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists 22300 Civil engineering technologists and technicians 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians 22301 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 22302 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians 22303 Construction estimators 2234 Construction estimators 22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 22313 Avionics and aircraft electrical instrumentation and equipment mechanics, technicians and inspectors 2244 Avionics and aircraft electrical instrumentation and equipment mechanics, technicians and inspectors 22210 Architectural Technologists and Technicians 2251 Architectural Technologists and Technicians 22211 Industrial designers/industrial designers 2252 Industrial designers/industrial designers 22212 Drafting Technologists and Technicians 2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians 22213 Survey Technologists and Technicians 2254 Survey Technologists and Technicians 22214 Technical staff in geomatics and meteorology 2255 Technical staff in geomatics and meteorology 22230 Non-Destructive Testing Auditors and Inspectors 2261 Auditors and testers of non-destructive testing 21120 Public and environmental health and safety professionals 2263 Public health, environmental and occupational health and safety inspectors 22232 Occupational health and safety specialists 22233 Construction inspectors 2264 Construction inspectors 72600 Air transport pilots, navigators and flight instructors 2271 Air transport pilots, navigators and flight instructors 72601 Air traffic controllers and related personnel 2272 Air traffic controllers and related personnel 72602 Deck officers, water transport 2273 Deck officers, water transport 72603 Engineer officers, water transport 2274 * Licensed Engineer Officers in Water Transport (only this designation) 22220 Computer Network and Web Technicians 2281 Computer network technicians 22221 User Support Agents 2282 User Support Agents 22222 Computer Systems Evaluators and Video Game Testers 2283 * Computer Systems Evaluators and Video Game Testers 31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors 3011 Nursing coordinators and supervisors 31301 Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses 3012 Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses 31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine 3111 Specialist doctors 31101 Surgical specialists 31102 General Practitioners and Family Medicine Physicians 3112 General Practitioners and Family Medicine Physicians 31110 Dentists 3113 Dentists 31103 Veterinarians 3114 Veterinarians 31111 Optometrists 3121 Optometrists 31201 Chiropractors 3122 Chiropractors 31302 Nurse Practitioners 3124 Allied Practitioners in Primary Health Care 31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals 31120 Pharmacists 3131 Pharmacists 31121 Dietitians and nutritionists 3132 Dietitians and nutritionists 31112 Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists 3141 Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists 31202 Physiotherapists 3142 Physiotherapists 31203 Occupational therapists 3143 Occupational therapists 32120 Medical Laboratory Technologists 3211 Medical Laboratory Technologists 33101 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical workers 3212 Medical Laboratory Technicians and Pathologists’ Assistants 32104 Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians 3213 Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians 32103 Respiratory therapists, cardiovascular perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 3214 Respiratory therapists, cardiovascular perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 32121 Medical radiation technologists 3215 Medical radiation technologists 32124 Pharmacy technicians 3219 * Pharmacy technical assistants (only this designation) 33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants 32111 Dental hygienists and therapists 3222 Dental hygienists and therapists 32112 Dental technologists and technicians 3223 Dental technologists and technicians and dental laboratory assistants 33100 Dental assistants and auxiliaries in dental laboratories 32100 Dispensing opticians 3231 Dispensing opticians 32101 Practical nurses 3233 Practical nurses 32102 Ambulance and paramedics 3234 Ambulance and paramedics 33100 Dental assistants and auxiliaries in dental laboratories 3411 Dental assistants 33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and orderlies 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and orderlies 41200 University professors and lecturers 4011 University professors and lecturers 41201 Teaching 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) 4012 Teaching 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) 41210 Teachers 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 ) 4021 Teachers 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 ) 41220 Teachers 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) 4031 Teachers 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) 41221 Teachers 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) 4032 Teachers 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) 41320 School information counselors 4033 School information counselors 41101 Lawyers (everywhere in Canada) and notaries (in Quebec) 4112 Lawyers (everywhere in Canada) and notaries (in Quebec) 31200 Psychologists 4151 Psychologists 41300 Social workers 4152 Social workers 41301 Counseling therapists and related specialty therapies 4153 * Marriage therapists/marriage therapists, family therapists/family therapists and psychoeducators (only this designation) 41401 Economists, Researchers and Economic Policy Analysts 4162 Economists, Researchers and Economic Policy Analysts 41402 Economic Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Analysts 4163 Economic Development Officers, Marketing Researchers and Consultants 41403 Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers 4164 Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers 41404 Health Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers 4165 Health Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers 41405 Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers 4166 Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers 41406 Sports, Recreation and Fitness Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers 4167 Sports, Recreation and Fitness Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers 42200 Paralegals (only this designation) 4211 * Paralegals (only this designation) 42201 Social and community service workers 4212 Social and community service workers 42202 Early 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. 4214 Early 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. 42203 Instructors for Persons with Disabilities 4215 Instructors for Persons with Disabilities 43100 Educational 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) 4413 Educational 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) 51100 Librarians 5111 Librarians 51102 Archivists 5113 Archivists 51110 Editors, Editors and News Editors 5122 Editors, Editors and News Editors 51114 Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters 51120 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 5131 * 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 52100 Technicians in libraries and public archives 5211 Technicians in libraries and public archives 52110 Film and video camera operators 5222 Film and video camera operators 52111 Graphic design technicians 5223 Graphic design technicians 52113 Audio and video recording technicians 5225 Audio and video recording technicians 53111 Motion Picture, Broadcasting, Photographic and Performing Arts Assistants and Operators 5227 Motion Picture, Broadcasting, Photography and Performing Arts Support Occupations 52120 Graphic 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) 53123 Theater designers, fashion designers, exhibition designers (only these three designations) 5243 * Theater designers, fashion designers, exhibition designers (only these three designations) 53125 Textile, leather and fur goods pattern makers 5245 Textile, leather and fur goods pattern makers 54100 Sports, Recreation and Fitness Program Leaders and Leaders 5254 Sports, Recreation and Fitness Program Leaders and Leaders 62010 Sales supervisors – retail 6211 Sales supervisors – retail 62100 Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale 6221 Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale 62101 Retail and wholesale buyers 6222 Retail and wholesale buyers 63100 Insurance agents and brokers 6231 Insurance agents and brokers 62020 Food service supervisors 6311 Food service supervisors 62023 Information and customer service supervisors 6314 Information and customer service supervisors 62200 Chiefs 6321 Chiefs 63200 Qualified or experienced cooks/qualified or experienced cooks (only this designation) 6322 * Qualified or experienced cooks/qualified or experienced cooks (only this designation) 63201 Butchers – wholesale and retail trade 6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – wholesale and retail trade 65202 Meat Cutters and Fishmongers – Wholesale and Retail 63202 Bakers 6332 Bakers 64200 Tailors, seamstresses, furriers and milliners 6342 Tailors, seamstresses, furriers and milliners 63221 Upholsterers 6345 Upholsterers 64101 Sales and Account Representatives – Wholesale (Non-Technical) 6411 Sales and Account Representatives – Wholesale (Non-Technical) 64100 Salespersons and decorators-window-dressers in retail trade 6421 Salespersons – Retail 64300 Maîtres d’hôtel (only this designation) 6511 * Maîtres d’hôtel (only this designation) 65200 Food and beverage servers 6513 Food and beverage servers 64314 Hotel receptionists [only this designation] 6525 * Hotel receptionists [only this designation] 64400 Customer service representatives – financial institutions 6551 Customer service representatives – financial institutions 63211 Estheticians, electrologists (only this designation) 6562 * Estheticians, electrologists (only this designation) 65220 Animal Groomers and Animal Care Workers 6563 Animal Groomers and Animal Care Workers 72010 Foremen/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) 72011 Supervisors, Electrical and Telecommunications (only this title) 7202 * Supervisors, Electrical and Telecommunications (only this title) 72012 Pipe foremen/women (only this title) 7203 * Pipe foremen/women (only this title) 72013 Foremen/women in carpentry (only this designation) 7204 * Foremen/women in carpentry (only this designation) 72014 Foremen/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) 72100 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors 72101 Tool and die makers 7232 Tool and die makers 72102 sheet metal workers 7233 sheet metal workers 72104 Structural metal and plate fabricators and fitters 7235 Structural metal and plate fabricators and fitters 72105 Ironworkers 7236 Ironworkers 72106 Welders and operators of welding and brazing machines 7237 Welders and operators of welding and brazing machines 72200 Electricians (except industrial and power system electricians) 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system electricians) 72201 Industrial electricians 7242 Industrial electricians 72202 Power system electricians 7243 Power system electricians 72203 Power line and cable workers 7244 Power line and cable workers 72204 Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers 72205 Technicians installing telecommunications equipment and cable television services 7246 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers 72300 Plumbers 7251 Plumbers 72301 Pipefitters, steamfitters and sprinkler fitters 7252 Pipefitters, steamfitters and sprinkler fitters 72310 Carpenters 7271 Carpenters 72311 Cabinetmakers 7272 Cabinetmakers 72320 Bricklayers-masons 7281 Bricklayers-masons 73100 Concrete finishers 7282 Concrete finishers 73101 Tilers 7283 Tilers 73102 Plasterers, installers and finishers of interior systems and lathers 7284 Plasterers, installers and finishers of interior systems and lathers 73110 Roofers and shinglers 7291 Roofers and shinglers 73111 Glaziers 7292 Glaziers 72321 Insulators 7293 Insulators 73112 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) 7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) 73113 Interior covering installers 7295 Interior covering installers 72020 Foremen/women in mechanics (only this title) 7301 * Foremen/women in mechanics (only this title) 72021 Foremen/women of heavy equipment operator crews (only this title) 7302 * Foremen/women of heavy equipment operator crews (only this title) 72022 Supervisors, printing and related occupations 7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations 72400 Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics 7311 Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics 72401 Heavy equipment mechanics 7312 Heavy equipment mechanics 72402 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics 7313 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics 72404 Aircraft mechanics and inspectors 7315 Aircraft mechanics and inspectors 72405 Machine fitters 7316 Machine fitters 72406 Elevator constructors and mechanics 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics 72410 Motor vehicle, truck and bus mechanics and repairers 7321 Motor vehicle, truck and bus mechanics and repairers 72411 Motor Vehicle Collision, Body, Paint and Glass Technicians and Damage Appraisers 7322 Dent repairers and body repairers 72421 Appliance repairers and maintainers 7332 Appliance repairers and maintainers 72422 Electrical mechanics 7333 Electrical mechanics 72423 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and related mechanics 7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and related mechanics 72500 crane operators 7371 crane operators 73402 Drillers and blasters in surface mines, quarries and construction sites 7372 Drillers and blasters in surface mines, quarries and construction sites 73401 Printing press operators 7381 Printing press operators 73200 Installation, maintenance and repair personnel for residential and commercial equipment 7441 Installation, maintenance and repair personnel for residential and commercial equipment 75100 Tank tops 7451 Tank tops 75101 Handlers 7452 Handlers 73300 Transport Truck Drivers 7511 Transport Truck Drivers 73301 Bus drivers and metro and other public transport operators 7512 Bus drivers and metro and other public transport operators 75201 Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors 7514 Delivery drivers – delivery and courier services 74102 Messengers 73400 Heavy equipment operators (except cranes) 7521 Heavy equipment operators (except cranes) 74205 Public maintenance machinery operators and related workers 7522 Public maintenance machinery operators and related workers 74204 Utility maintenance personnel 74201 Deckhands and engine room crews in inland waterway transport 7532 Deckhands and engine room crews in inland waterway transport 83110 Tree felling machine operators 8241 Tree felling machine operators 84110 Chainsaw and skidder operators 8421 Chainsaw and skidder operators 84111 Silviculture and logging workers 8422 Silviculture and logging workers 92011 Supervisors, petroleum refining, gas and chemical processing and utilities 9212 Supervisors, petroleum refining, gas and chemical processing and utilities 92012 Supervisors, food and beverage processing 9213 Supervisors, food and beverage processing 92013 Supervisors, rubber and plastic products manufacturing 9214 Supervisors, rubber and plastic products manufacturing 92014 Supervisors, Forest Products Processing 9215 Supervisors, Forest Products Processing 92015 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing and processing 9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing and processing 92020 Supervisors, motor vehicle manufacturing 9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle manufacturing 92022 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing 93101 Central control room and industrial process operators, petroleum refining and gas and chemical processing 9232 Central control room and industrial process operators, petroleum refining and gas and chemical processing 93102 Pulp and paper pulping, papermaking and coating control operators 9235 Pulp and paper pulping, papermaking and coating control operators 92100 Power Plant Mechanics and Power System Operators 9241 Power Plant Mechanics and Power System Operators 92101 Water and waste treatment plant operators 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators 94100 Machine operators, metal and mineral processing 9411 Machine operators, metal and mineral processing 94101 Foundry workers 9412 Foundry workers 94103 Machine operators in the shaping and finishing of concrete, clay or stone products 9414 Machine operators in the shaping and finishing of concrete, clay or stone products 94104 Inspectors and testers, metal and mineral processing 9415 Inspectors and testers, metal and mineral processing 94105 Forging and metalworking machine operators 9416 Forging and metalworking machine operators 94106 Machining machine operators 9417 Machining machine operators 94107 Other metal products machine operators 9418 Other metal products machine operators 94110 Chemical processing plant operators 9421 Chemical processing plant operators 94111 Plastics processing machine operators 9422 Plastics processing machine operators 94112 Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Occupations 9423 Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Occupations 94120 Sawmill machine operators 9431 Sawmill machine operators 94121 Papermaking and finishing machine operators in pulp mills 9432 * Machine operators in pulp mills (only this title) 94121 Papermaking and finishing machine operators in pulp mills 9433 * Papermaking and finishing machine operators (this title only) 94122 Paper forming machine operators 9435 Paper forming machine operators 94124 Woodworking machine operators 9437 Woodworking machine operators 94130 Textile fiber and yarn, leather and hide machine operators and workers 9441 Textile fiber and yarn, leather and hide machine operators and workers 95105 Laborers in the manufacture and cutting of textile products 9445 Fabric, fur and leather cutters 94132 Industrial sewing machine operators 9446 Industrial sewing machine operators 94133 Inspectors and sorters, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing 9447 Inspectors and sorters, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing 94140 Industrial process and machine operators, food and beverage processing 9461 Industrial process and machine operators, food and beverage processing 94141 Industrial butchers, meat cutters, meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers 9462 Industrial butchers, meat cutters, meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers 94142 Workers in fish and seafood processing plants 9463 Workers in fish and seafood processing plants 94143 Samplers and Sorters in Food and Beverage Processing 9465 Samplers and Sorters in Food and Beverage Processing 93200 Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors 9521 Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors 94201 Electronic assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers 9523 Electronic assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers 94202 Assemblers and inspectors, electrical equipment, appliance and accessory manufacturing 9524 Assemblers and inspectors, electrical equipment, appliance and accessory manufacturing 94204 Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors 9526 Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors 94210 Assemblers, finishers, restorers and inspectors of furniture and fixtures 9532 Furniture and Fixtures Assemblers and Inspectors 94211 Other Wood Products Assemblers and Inspectors 9533 Other Wood Products Assemblers and Inspectors 94210 Assemblers, finishers, restorers and inspectors of furniture and fixtures 9534 Furniture finishers and restorers 94212 Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors 9535 Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors 94213 Painters, coaters and process operators, metal finishing – industrial sector 9536 Painters, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Date Backlog Total Applications
February 28, 2023 910,400 1,962,600 January 31, 2023 974,600 1,944,500 December 31, 2022 918,300 1,973,800 November 30, 2022 1,086,200 2,111,400 October 31, 2022 1,202,790 2,239,700 September 30, 2022 1,322,500 2,610,700
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 Type Overall Processing Inventory Backlog Within Service Standards Citizenship 299,000 77,000 222,000 Permanent Residence 622,600 335,400 287,200 Temporary Residence 1,041,000 498,000 543,000 Total 1,962,600 910,400 1052,200
IRCC Backlog Projections For 2023
1. Backlog Projections For Federal High Skilled
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected) Jan 22 89% Feb 22 92% Mar 22 98% Apr 22 99% May 22 100% Jun 22 100% Jul 22 99% Aug 22 90% 86% Sep 22 68% 72% Oct 22 45% 59% Nov 22 31% 46% Dec 22 22% 20% Jan 23 20% 20% Feb 23 20% 20% Mar 23 – 20% Apr 23 – 20% May 23 – 20%
2. Backlog Projections For Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected) Jan 22 56% Feb 22 55% Mar 22 54% Apr 22 51% May 22 47% Jun 22 45% Jul 22 43% Aug 22 42% 39% Sep 22 40% 35% Oct 22 42% 31% Nov 22 42% 28% Dec 22 41% 20% Jan 23 38% 40% Feb 23 32% 39% Mar 23 – 32% Apr 23 – 30% May 23 – 28%
3. Backlog Projections for Spouses, Partners and children applications
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected) Jan 22 34% Feb 22 32% Mar 22 30% Apr 22 29% May 22 27% Jun 22 27% Jul 22 26% Aug 22 25% 24% Sep 22 25% 23% Oct 22 24% 22% Nov 22 24% 20% Dec 22 24% 19% Jan 23 24% 24% Feb 23 23% 24% Mar 23 – 24% Apr 23 – 24% May 23 – 24%
4. Citizenship Backlog Projections
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected) Jan 22 46% Feb 22 45% Mar 22 42% Apr 22 40% May 22 39% Jun 22 37% Jul 22 35% Aug 22 30% 30% Sep 22 30% 30% Oct 22 28% 28% Nov 22 29% 27% Dec 22 28% 26% Jan 23 27% 26% Feb 23 26% 25% Mar 23 – 24% Apr 23 – 24% May 23 – 24%
5. Study Permit Applications’ Backlog Projections
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected) Jan 22 42% Feb 22 34% Mar 22 27% Apr 22 32% May 22 31% Jun 22 30% Jul 22 31% Aug 22 38% 39% Sep 22 31% 42% Oct 22 26% 33% Nov 22 28% 31% Dec 22 32% 33% Jan 23 35% 36% Feb 23 29% 34% Mar 23 – 25% Apr 23 – 22% May 23 – 15%
6. Work Permit Applications’ Backlog Projections
**According to IRCC, about 73% of work visa applications originate from the Canada-Ukraine emergency travel permission.
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected) Jan 22 48% Feb 22 51% Mar 22 29% Apr 22 23% May 22 26% Jun 22 28% Jul 22 28% Aug 22 34% 29% Sep 22 27% 35% Oct 22 23% 49% Nov 22 24% 55% Dec 22 25% 60% Jan 23 26% 26% Feb 23 23% 28% Mar 23 – 28% Apr 23 – 28% May 23 – 28%
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.
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected) Jan 22 70% Feb 22 74% Mar 22 55% Apr 22 55% May 22 56% Jun 22 71% Jul 22 67% Aug 22 71% 68% Sep 22 74% 71% Oct 22 74% 70% Nov 22 70% 67% Dec 22 70% 77% Jan 23 68% 68% Feb 23 64% 68% Mar 23 – 65% Apr 23 – 59% May 23 – 50%
- 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
Country Invitations Issued This Week Total Invitations Issued In 2023 Candidates In Pool Available Spots Andorra 0 10 1 19 Australia 150 3,556 289 Unlimited Austria 0 154 19 0 Belgium 27 674 38 282 Croatia 4 78 1 227 Czech Republic 18 616 36 599 Denmark 12 178 18 215 Estonia 5 78 7 65 France 0 16,885 3,652 0 Germany 101 2,477 203 2,740 Greece 8 225 12 160 Hong Kong 6 237 13 88 Ireland 125 4,626 326 7,636 Italy 42 1,222 85 1,008 Japan 110 3,081 239 4,076 Korea Republic 169 7,456 1,094 1,740 Latvia 6 72 1 0 Lithuania 18 304 32 24 Luxembourg 1 19 2 67 Netherlands 27 667 47 342 New Zealand 50 1,203 82 1,620 Norway 0 46 1 101 Poland 12 474 31 356 Portugal 18 517 48 1,378 San Marino 0 4 0 22 Slovakia 8 325 19 108 Slovenia 1 27 1 68 Spain 25 1,169 77 1,081 Sweden 21 181 14 478 United Kingdom 200 5,754 493 6,481 Total 1,164 52,315 6,881 30,981
IEC 2023 Young Professionals Category
Country Invitations Issued This Week Total Invitations Issued In 2023 Candidates In Pool Available Spots Australia 1 64 2 Unlimited Austria 1 6 1 60 Chile 25 290 16 157 Costa Rica 3 129 3 3 Croatia 0 6 0 17 Czech Republic 7 127 6 67 Estonia 0 3 0 8 France 110 1,546 72 1,281 France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE) 11 192 41 372 Germany 26 191 10 241 Greece 3 92 2 116 Ireland 2 61 6 141 Italy 3 130 3 151 Latvia 2 6 0 6 Lithuania 0 15 0 13 Luxembourg 0 0 0 10 Norway 0 5 0 10 Poland 5 33 0 96 Portugal 2 18 0 191 Slovakia 2 30 1 16 Slovenia 1 3 1 14 Spain 7 90 4 110 Spain via ICEX Vives Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable 50 Sweden 3 16 0 95 Switzerland 13 145 5 97 Taiwan 7 88 4 81 Total 234 3,286 177 3,403
International Co-op (Internship)
Country Invitations issued this week Total Invitations Issued In 2023 Candidates In Pool Available Spots France 142 2,556 90 2402 Ireland 1 7 2 44 Germany 3 47 2 136 Luxembourg 0 3 0 9 Switzerland 0 19 0 37 Taiwan 2 11 1 9 Total 148 2,643 95 2,637
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.
- New OINP Draws Invite 615 Francophone Express Entry Profiles
March 16 – Today, Ontario Provincial Nominee Program officially known as Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) sent invites to 615 Francophone Express Entry profiles, in 2 new targeted draws.
These are the first 2 OINP draws of the year, targeting French-Speaking Express Entry profiles having Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 291-489.
Express Entry profiles created between March 16, 2022 and March 16, 2023 were considered for these draws.
Furthermore, Express Entry profiles with 98 NOC codes in health, education, finance, tech, trades, and other priority occupations.
Date Invitations CRS score range Express Entry Profile Creation Date Notes March 16, 2023 271 291-489 March 16, 2022 – March 16, 2023 Targeted at Tech, Trades and Other Priority occupations March 16, 2023 344 400-489 March 16, 2022 – March 16, 2023 Targeted at Health, Education and Finance occupations
Ontario directly select the profiles from Express Entry pool and there is no separate application to be considered for this draw.
However, invited Express Entry profiles will have to apply and claim the provincial nomination from Ontario to receive 600 additional points.
List of Invited NOCs/Occupations Invited In OINP draw today
Health, Education and Finance occupations
- NOC 10010 – Financial managers
- NOC 10011 – Human resources managers
- NOC 12101 – Human resources and recruitment officers
- NOC 12102 – Procurement and purchasing agents and officers
- NOC 13100 – Administrative officers
- NOC 13110 – Administrative assistants
- NOC 31100 – Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
- NOC 31101 – Specialists in surgery
- NOC 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians
- NOC 31112 – Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
- NOC 31120 – Pharmacists
- NOC 31200 – Psychologists
- NOC 31202 – Physiotherapists
- NOC 31203 – Occupational Therapists
- NOC 31204 – Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
- NOC 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- NOC 31302 – Nurse practitioners
- NOC 31303 – Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
- NOC 32101 – Licensed practical nurses
- NOC 32103 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
- NOC 32109 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
- NOC 32120 – Medical laboratory technologists
- NOC 32121 – Medical radiation technologists
- NOC 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
- NOC 33103 – Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
- NOC 33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services
- NOC 40021 – School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
- NOC 41200 – University professors and lecturers
- NOC 41210 – College and other vocational instructors
- NOC 41220 – Secondary school teachers
- NOC 41221 – Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
- NOC 41300 – Social Workers
- NOC 41301 – Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
- NOC 41310 – Police investigators and other investigative occupations
- NOC 41321 – Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education)
- NOC 42201 – Social and community service workers
- NOC 42202 – Early childhood educators and assistants
- NOC 42203 – Instructors of Persons with Disabilities
- NOC 43100 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
Tech, Trades and Other Priority occupations
- NOC 20010 – Engineering managers
- NOC 20012 – Computer and Information Systems Managers
- NOC 21111 – Forestry professionals
- NOC 21112 – Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
- NOC 21120 – Public and environmental health and safety professionals
- NOC 21211 – Data Scientists
- NOC 21223 – Database Analysts and Data Administrators
- NOC 21230 – Computer systems developers and programmers
- NOC 21231 – Software engineers and designers
- NOC 21232 – Software developers and programmers
- NOC 21233 – Web designers
- NOC 21234 – Web Developers and Programmers
- NOC 21300 – Civil engineers
- NOC 21301 – Mechanical engineers
- NOC 21310 – Electrical and electronic engineers
- NOC 21311 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers )
- NOC 21320 – Chemical engineers
- NOC 21321 – Industrial and manufacturing engineers
- NOC 21322 – Metallurgical and materials engineers
- NOC 21330 – Mining engineers
- NOC 21331 – Geological engineers
- NOC 22101 – Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
- NOC 22301 – Mechanical engineering technologies and technicians
- NOC 22302 – Industrial engineers and manufacturing technologists and technicians
- NOC 22313 – Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians, and inspectors
- NOC 62020 – Food service supervisors
- NOC 63201 – Butchers – retail and wholesale
- NOC 63202 – Bakers
- NOC 72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
- NOC 72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
- NOC 72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
- NOC 72024 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
- NOC 72100 – Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
- NOC 72101 – Tool and die makers
- NOC 72104 – Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
- NOC 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
- NOC 72200 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
- NOC 72201 – Industrial electricians
- NOC 72204 – Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
- NOC 72205 – Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
- NOC 72300 – Plumbers
- NOC 72302 – Gas fitters
- NOC 72310 – Carpenters
- NOC 72311 – Cabinetmakers
- NOC 72320 – Bricklayers
- NOC 72400 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
- NOC 72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
- NOC 72404 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
- NOC 72410 – Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
- NOC 72421 – Appliance servicers and repairers
- NOC 73100 – Concrete finishers
- NOC 73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
- NOC 73110 – Roofers and shinglers
- NOC 73111 – Glaziers
- NOC 73112 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
- NOC 73402 – Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
- NOC 82020 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying
- NOC 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
- NOC 93200 – Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
- Alberta Adds 5 New Communities To The Rural Renewal Stream
Alberta adds 5 new communities to its Rural Renewal Stream for permanent residency (PR), making the total to 22 communities now.
Drayton Valley, Cold Lake, St. Paul, Slave Lake, and Athabasca County are the new designated communities added on March 10, 2023.
Alberta Rural Renewal stream is one of the best PR program for foreign nationals with a job offer in one of these communities.
Furthermore, applicants need cumulative 12 months of experience. And, this can be a combination of experience in Alberta or in Canada (outside Alberta) or even abroad.
However, this program being new (launched in 2022) continues to be under utilized with low application numbers.
Another notable feature of this PR stream is that only CLB level 4 or 5 is required. This is equivalent to IELTS less than 4 in reading and 5 in rest of the modules.
Moreover, only high school level of education is required to qualify for the Rural Renewal Stream.
Click here for detailed eligibility of Alberta Rural Renewal Stream.
Full list of designated communities for Alberta Rural Renewal Stream
Community Designation Date City of Cold Lake March 10, 2023 County of St. Paul (including: Town of St Paul, Town of Elk Point, Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay) March 10, 2023 Town of Drayton Valley March 10, 2023 Athabasca County (including: Town of Athabasca, Village of Boyle) March 10, 2023 Town of Slave Lake March 10, 2023 Town of Fox Creek February 13, 2023 Town of Fairview (including: Village of Hines Creek) January 13, 2023 City of Medicine Hat (including: County of Forty Mile, Cypress County, Town of Bow Island, Town of Redcliff) January 13, 2023 Town of Edson November 8, 2022 County of Barrhead (including: Town of Barrhead) November 8, 2022 Big Lakes County (including: Town of High Prairie) November 8, 2022 Town of Hinton November 8, 2022 Municipality of Jasper September 13, 2022 Town of Innisfail September 9, 2022 Municipal District of Smoky River (including: Town of Falher, Town of McLennan, Village of Donnelly, Village of Girouxville) September 9, 2022 County of Grande Prairie (including: Town of Sexsmith, Town of Wembley, Town of Beaverlodge) September 9, 2022 Town of Trochu September 9, 2022 Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo September 9, 2022 Town of Whitecourt July 20, 2022 Town of Taber (including: Municipal District of Taber, Town of Vauxhall, Town of Coaldale) July 20, 2022 City of Grande Prairie July 6, 2022 City of Brooks (including: Town of Bassano, Village of Duchess, County of Newell, Village of Rosemary) May 13, 2022
List of ineligible occupations for Alberta Rural Renewal Stream
Job offers in one of the below listed occupations are ineligible for Alberta Rural Renewal Stream.
NOC Code (2021) Occupation 00010 Legislators 60040* Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers 41100 Judges 51111 Authors and writers (except technical) 51122 Musicians and singers 42200* Justices of the peace 53121 Actors, comedians and circus performers 53122 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists 53124 Artisans and craftspersons 53200 Athletes 33100* Dental laboratory bench workers 44100 Home child care providers 44101 Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations 64321 Casino Occupations 55109 Other performers 65229 Other support occupations in personal services 85101 Harvesting Labourers
Click here for full details on how to apply for Alberta Rural Renewal Stream.
- New Alberta Express Entry Draw Declares CRS Cut-Off At 301
The most recent Alberta Express Entry draw of March 2023 announces CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) cutoff score of 301.
The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) also known as Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) updated the details of this draw on March 14, 2023.
However, AAIP held this draw on March 9, 2023, and sent out a total of 134 invitations to claim provincial nomination.
Date Number of Invitations CRS Cut Off March 9, 2023 134 301 February 16, 2023 100 357 January 23, 2023 154 385 January 19, 2023 46 324
2023 PNP quota for AAIP has increased by 50% to 9,750 as announced by the Alberta government on February 23.
Typically, Alberta Express Entry receives 50% of overall AAIP allotment. And, beginning of January 18, 2023, half of this amount has been set aside for Express Entry profiles with a familial link in the province.
It is important to note that NOT every Express Entry profile having a CRS score above the declared cut off score is invited by AAIP.
But, receiving an invitation in an Alberta draw is contingent on the extra conditions considered by AAIP. Click here for the additional factors that matter.
Alberta PNP 2023 Latest Figures
IRCC approved 9,750 nomination certificates to Alberta for 2023, and 1,292 nomination certificates have already been issued in 2023 under all the AAIP streams.
The information below is up-to-date as of March 14, 2023.
AAIP Stream Approximate Number of applications in queue Currently the applications are being assessed, if they were received before the below dates Alberta Opportunity Stream Approximately 1,490 December 20, 2022 (Beyond this date, applications have not yet been assigned to an officer for review.) Alberta Express Entry Stream Approximately 450 AAIP is prioritizing applications for Accelerated Tech Pathway
Rest of the applications are being processed randomly, irrespective of the submission date
AAIP receives a considerable amount of applications for the 10 occupations and NOC codes mentioned below.
As a result, processing time may be longer than usual for these applications.
- 62020 – Food service supervisors
- 62010 – Retail sales supervisors
- 63200 – Cooks
- 13110 – Administrative assistants
- 42202 – Early childhood educators and assistants
- 21222 – Information systems specialists
- 21231 – Software engineers and designers
- 60020 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
- 73300 – Transport truck drivers
- 12200 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers