Quebec Wants To Expedite PR For Francophone Immigrants

Quebec In Talks To Create New Program For International Students


The administration of Premier François Legault, who has strongly opposed immigration increases, may establish a new program or category that would specifically target temporary residents already living in Quebec.

Quebec and Ottawa officials say a new program idea is in the works, and conversations are now taking place. By facilitating a faster stream toward permanent residency, the intention is to keep families, students, and workers in Quebec.

The qualifying candidates may include recent graduates from CEGEP universities and colleges in the province and long-term temporary workers.



The need to protect the French language in Quebec 

The Legault government may offer options to Ottawa and Quebec authorities in the immigration community in the coming months, while no numbers for prospective new thresholds have been proposed.

There is a possibility that Quebec may accept more immigrants, provided that they speak French. The province will release its new immigration plan by mid-December. 

Although nothing has been formally approved, more immigrants may be welcomed to Quebec as permanent residents. Quebec currently has a 50,000 immigrant cap.

Legault’s team is now more aware of the importance of preserving French, which has motivated it to research other strategies for attracting and retaining French-speaking immigrants. By 2025, Ottawa expects to welcome 500,000 new permanent residents annually.

After a delay due to the provincial election, public consultations to define Quebec’s three-year immigration plan are now set for the next year.

Uncertainty about Quebec making French a primary requirement for immigrants 

Currently, nothing prevents Quebec from revising its selection criteria and selecting more French-speaking immigrants in the economic categories. The provincial government is granted certain rights under the Quebec-Ottawa Immigration Agreement.

However, the government is not considering making French proficiency a requirement for immigration to Quebec. Christine Fréchette, the newly appointed minister of immigration, has already expressed opposition to the plan.

The business community supports the francization of immigrants as soon as they arrive, primarily through businesses, just like the Legault government does. It would simplify for companies to hire the highly sought-after English-speaking staff they need in the high-tech industries.

Therefore, Quebec cannot request that the federal government give French-speaking applicants preference when granting permanent status.

As Quebec proposes, creating a new program with different requirements might fix this issue and facilitate negotiations with the federal government, which Ottawa would find favourable.

By the middle of December, the Quebec immigration plan for 2023 is expected to be submitted. The 2024–2026 three-year plan will be publicly available in a year.

Source: Radio Canada

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  • New Program Updates For The Canada Caregiver Pilot Programs

    On December 6, 2022, IRCC published updates for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot that come under the Canada Caregiver Program. There are a changes to the experience, language and education requirements, and updated job offer assessment and admissibility criteria. 

    Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot will start accepting application as enter the new year 2023. IRCC has a quota of accepting only 2,750 applications under each of the pilot programs.

    Program deliver updates contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders. Learn about the new program updates below. 

    Updated language requirements

    The candidate must demonstrate that they have achieved a level 5 in the Canadian Language Benchmarks or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens in either English or French for each of the four language skill areas:

    • reading
    • writing
    • speaking
    • listening

    Updated application process and who can apply 

    Under the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots, all applications for permanent residency (APR) must be filed at the Case Processing Centre in Edmonton (CPC-E) in Alberta.

    There are two caps for each pilot:

    Intake cap: In each pilot, a maximum of 2,750 applications will be accepted for intake per calendar year. It applies to all applicants, even if their applications are incomplete. 

    Processing cap: Each pilot will process a maximum of 2,750 applications per fiscal year. To be deemed complete and eligible for processing, applications must meet the conditions outlined in section 10 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) and the application kit.



    About the updated process 

    Category of gaining experience (Category A)

    You must meet the eligibility and admission standards directly if you have less than 24 months of relevant Canadian work experience. These include the following:

    Officers evaluate applications based on the criteria listed above. If the applicant is eligible and admissible, an occupation-restricted open work permit (OROWP) is issued, and the permanent residency application is placed on hold. 

    Dependents who apply for permanent residency with the principal applicant may be entitled to join the principal applicant and may be granted open work permits or study permits. 

    When applying for permanent residence through one of these pilot programs, applicants must submit an application for a work permit for themselves, as well as applications for work or study permits or applications to enter Canada as a visitor or to extend their stay as a visitor for any accompanying dependents.

    The principal applicant must obtain 24 months of valid, full-time Canadian work experience after receiving an OROWP. To remain eligible for the program, this must occur within three years of receiving their OROWP. Applicants must provide documentation of gaining this work experience within three years of receiving their OROWP.

    If the officer believes that the work experience submitted before issuing the OROWP does not match the criteria for valid work experience (e.g., inadequate time or inaccurate NOC) after the issuance of the OROWP, they may decline the application.

    Direct entry into the permanent residence category (Category B)

    A candidate with at least 24 months of qualified Canadian work experience must meet the following requirements:

    The application may be rejected if the officer determines that the provided work experience does not satisfy the requirements for acceptable work experience (e.g., the applicant does not have sufficient work experience or appropriate work experience).

    Updated completeness check upon receipt

    Applications submitted for the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilot programs must be checked for completeness following the standards and the application kit specifications in effect at the time of submission.

    If the application satisfies all requirements, the Case Processing Center does the following: 

    • Inputs application information into the Global Case Management System (GCMS)
    • reimburses the processing fee
    • provides the applicant with an acknowledgement of receipt with an E number

    If the application is incomplete, the CPC notifies the applicant and records the incident in GCMS before returning the package and fees to them. In general, there are exceptions. As for assessing applications for completeness, offices can provide assistance when necessary. It is especially true when a document is missing and a documented explanation for its absence is provided.

    Examining the application against the selection criteria

    Based on the information and documentation provided in the application, applicants are evaluated against the pass-and-fail selection criteria listed below. In addition, to get authorized, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Education -The candidate must submit proof that they have completed either of the following items:
      • A 1-year post-secondary (or higher) educational credential in Canada or 
      • a foreign educational credential equivalent to the above, as well as an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued for immigration reasons by an IRCC-designated organization
    • Official language proficiency – as explained in the first section of this article. 

    In addition, applicants must provide proof of either of the following:

    Updated admissibility requirements 

    Whether or not they are accompanying, the primary candidate and their family members must undergo security, criminal background checks, and medical exams. 

    After the application has met specific eligibility requirements and either of the following, an officer will evaluate these admissibility conditions:

    • Once all requirements, including those pertaining to work experience, have been satisfied and the candidate has demonstrated that they have at least 24 months of verifiable relevant work experience in their original application (Category B – Direct to permanent residence)
    • Before the application is granted an occupation-restricted open work permit (OROWP), if the applicant has less than 24 months of qualifying work experience (Category A – Gaining experience – stage 1)
      • Before granting permanent residence status, the officer checks that the applicant and family members, whether accompanying or not, are still allowed to Canada when the applicant presents documentation of obtaining 24 months of qualifying work experience. This may necessitate extra medical examinations (if they have not expired) and additional police checks.

    Applicants are highly advised to provide police certifications with their application. If the police certificates are not included, the processing office must seek one for the applicant’s current country of residence and one for any country where they have lived for 6 months or more since they were 18. 

    What is Canada Caregiver program?

    Families can hire foreign caregivers to look after children, seniors, or anyone with documented medical needs in their homes. However, with the ongoing labour shortage, Canada has a severe shortage of caregivers. Due to this, the government introduced the pilot caregiver program. 

    Currently, two programs under the Caregiver pilot enable Canadian citizens and permanent residents residing in Canada to employ foreign caregivers to work in their homes, Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot.

    The Home Child Care Provider Pilot focuses on those who work with young children under 18. While the Home Support Worker pilot is for those who assist the elderly, people with disabilities and recovering patients. 


  • Why No Express Entry Draw Today? Know Most Possible Reasons

    Why No Express Entry Draw Today. All the candidates having an Express Entry profile were eagerly waiting for the details of bi-weekly draw. Details of the Express Entry draws are usually made public by IRCC between 1:00 to 4:00 pm EST after every 2 weeks.

    But, there was no draw at all. Furthermore, no information was made public by IRCC on why there was no Express Entry Draw today. However, we believe that draw was not held because of ongoing glitches/technical errors in the Express Entry system.

    The errors/glitches in the Express Entry system started after the implementation of new NOC codes on November 16, 2022. Only one draw was held after November 16, 2022 which invited some ineligible Express Entry profiles and left out some eligible ones.

    INC – Immigration News Canada raised this concern on November 26, 2022 post the November 23 Express Entry draw. Now it seems like IRCC is trying to resolve the ongoing glitches in the system to ensure fair Express Entry draws.

    Major Technical Issues In The Express Entry System

    Some of the Express Entry profiles did not get an invitation to apply (ITA) in the November 23 draw, despite having a CRS score higher than the specified cut off. While some ineligible profiles were invited, this was due to some profiles receiving extra CRS points.

    Another snag was that candidates were not given credit for their spouse’s Canadian employment experience. Applicants typically obtain 70 CRS points for their spouse’s Canadian employment experience.

    Furthermore, some applicants were identified as eligible for the Canadian Experience Class and received an invitation to apply. However, they did not have the required Canadian work experience.

    Moreover, certain applicants received additional CRS points for which they were ineligible and were invited to apply based on those invalid scores.

    Other Possible Unlikely Reason

    As we know IRCC is full of surprises and lack proactive communication. They might be trying to test their Express Entry system to try a new targeted Express Entry draw. However, this reason only has 1% chance for being a reason behind no Express Entry draw today.

    These technical errors and lack of communication reflects quite badly on IRCC, being an important government organization and having a massive financial budget allocation. If they are troubleshooting the online errors or draw announcement is delayed, then a proactive communication or notification could have been sent to the applicants to expect this.

    Or, simply Express Entry rounds of invitations page should have an update highlighted at the top. As of now, IRCC social media handles as well as notice and news page are still mum. They have not provided any information on no Express Entry draw today.

    IRCC is yet to acknowledge and respond to these ongoing glitches. However, answer for no Express Entry draw today seems to be hidden in the above mentioned ongoing issues.


  • New Announcement By IRCC Minister For Foreign Credential Recognition

    Today, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser launched a request for proposals under the Foreign Credential Recognition Program on behalf of Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion.

    Canadian government is now realizing that half of all newcomers to Canada have a bachelor’s degree or above. Despite their educational achievements, skilled newcomers in all sectors confront higher unemployment than Canadian-born citizens and are less likely to work in the regulated vocations for which they have trained.

    Numerous occupations, including physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and medical laboratory technicians, are experiencing severe shortages. According to a Statistics Canada analysis, talented entrants are underutilized in the health sector, with 47% of skilled newcomers with a health education from overseas jobless or underemployed in non-health professions requiring only a high school diploma.

    As per today’s announcement up to $90 million will be spent in projects that will assist remove obstacles that prohibit qualified and talented immigrants from getting Canadian work experience in their field of study or profession.



    According to the press release, projects must focus on at least one of the following areas to be eligible:

    • Reducing obstacles to foreign credential recognition for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) through enhancing recognition processes, streamlining credential recognition stages, and expanding access to field practise.
    • Providing IEHPs with appropriate Canadian work experience for their preferred fields of employment, while also providing wrap-around services for participants such as childcare and transportation costs, as well as mentoring and coaching.
    • Facilitating labour mobility between Canadian jurisdictions for health care professionals and IEHPs is order to minimize structural and administrative barriers for health care professionals who seek to work in another Canadian jurisdiction.

    Successful projects must involve at least one of the following acceptable activities, according to the call for proposals:

    • Development, testing, and implementation of credential recognition systems with an emphasis on reducing regulatory processes and/or harmonisation of occupational standards in order to increase international credential recognition and/or interprovincial labour mobility.
    • Wage subsidies, job placements, and mentorship are provided to IEHPs to assist them in integrating into the Canadian labour market.
    • Organizations can apply for financing through this request for ideas until January 30, 2023.
    • Successful projects will be awarded a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $10 million.

    Provincial, territorial, and local governments, regulatory agencies, professional associations, industrial associations, unions, post-secondary universities, hospitals and healthcare facilities, and not-for-profit organizations will be eligible receivers.

    Source: ESDC


  • Know 10 Myths About The Express Entry System & Their Answers

    One of the most popular programs is the Express Entry system, the primary source of economic immigration to Canada. However, several widespread myths mislead many who intend to use Express Entry

    To help you with your journey, below are 10 common myths about the Express Entry system. 

    Myth 1: You can immigrate to Canada by submitting an Express Entry profile

    Creating an Express Entry profile does not mean you will undoubtedly receive an invitation to apply and be allowed to apply for Canadian permanent residence. 

    Express Entry profiles are valid for 12 months. After that, you can renew your Express Entry profile, but if your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is too low, you might never get an invitation to apply until you increase your CRS score.

    Additionally, candidates in Express Entry are chosen based on their CRS score, not randomly. Therefore, if you are a potential candidate, you can review the prior draw results to determine whether or not your score will be competitive.



    Myth 2: Express Entry uses a lottery system

    There is no lottery component in Express Entry. Invitation rounds, or drawings as they are usually known, are not random. Express Entry draws are announced bi-weekly and conditions are specified along with minimum CRS cut off score.

    Only those with the CRS scores above the cut off gets an invitation to apply. Furthermore, invite is only sent to the eligible candidates based on conditions mentioned in that particular draw.  

    Myth 3: Any person can submit an Express Entry profile

    The most frequent misbelief regarding Express Entry is that anyone can submit a profile. However, it is untrue; only qualified individuals who meet the requirements of one of the following Express Entry programs can submit their profile:

    Completing an approved language exam and receiving an evaluation of your educational credentials do not guarantee that you meet the requirements of any of the three programs.

    Myth 4: Provincial nomination is needed for everyone who submits an Express Entry profile

    It is not necessary to submit an Express Entry profile to be nominated by a province. Candidates who receive a provincial nomination will see their CRS score increase by 600 points, but those who already have a high enough CRS score do not need a provincial nomination. 

    In addition, provincial nominations are more expensive and may take longer to process because of provincial government expenses. Additionally, those who accept a provincial nomination must show that they intend to reside and work in the province that has given them the nomination.

    Myth 5: To submit an Express Entry profile, you must have a job offer

    Not all applicants must have a job offer to qualify for Express Entry. For example, depending on the immigration category you qualify for, a job offer from a Canadian business may not be necessary. 

    For example, the minimum FSW points requirement for Federal Skilled Workers may require a legitimate employment offer for some individuals, but many applicants satisfy this requirement even without one. 

    Federal Skilled Trades, candidates may need a legitimate job offer to complete the minimum program requirements. However, no job offer is necessary if they possess a certificate from a Canadian province or territory stating that they are qualified to perform their trade.

    Depending on the position’s NOC skill level, candidates with a legitimate job offer will increase their CRS score by 50 or 200 points. Lastly, having a job offer does not always increase your chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence, but it does help.

    Myth 6: Anyone who wants to increase their CRS score can submit a provincial nomination

    Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are available in all Canadian provinces (except for Quebec) and two of its territories; although, not everyone is qualified to apply. In addition, most PNP streams require candidates to have a valid job offer. 

    For some PNP streams, the provinces consider additional requirements in addition to a job offer, such as the applicant’s primary National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, Comprehensive Ranking System score, and any ties they may have to the particular province or territory.

    Myth 7: Couples must only add one person to their Express Entry profile

    Suppose an applicant is married or living with them in a common-law relationship. In that case, their spouse or partner may create an Express Entry profile if they match the qualifications for the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, or Federal Skilled Trades Program. Because they have a higher CRS score, couples frequently select one person as the primary applicant. 

    Conversely, the individual with the lower CRS score may be eligible for different PNPs, increasing the couple’s chances of receiving a provincial nomination. Nevertheless, it may be advantageous for couples to create profiles for both partners if they are both eligible.

    Myth 8: Language scores do not matter 

    All applicants who create an Express Entry profile must pass an approved French or English language test. It doesn’t matter if you studied French or English in college or if you’re from a country where either language is the national language. 

    Many candidates think their scores will be as high as possible if they take the official test and score at least the minimum level needed for their immigration program. That’s incorrect. 

    Candidates who attain Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 9 will have better scores than those who meet the minimum requirements. Those who earn CLB level 10 or higher will be eligible for even more points.

    Myth 9: Express Entry limits where a person can live in Canada

    The Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class are just a few immigration programs that accept applicants through the Express Entry system. 

    Candidates may also be eligible for a provincial nomination once they have entered the Express Entry system. You can relocate anywhere in Canada if you receive an invitation to apply via Express Entry, except for Quebec. Express Entry should not be used by those seeking immigration to Quebec.

    A candidate must intend to reside and work in the province that has provided them with the provincial nomination if they get an invitation to apply as that province’s nominee. However, a person can live and work anywhere in Canada if granted permanent residence status.

    Myth 10: Family members cannot submit an Express Entry profile

    The candidate must specify their spouse or partner, if applicable, and whether they will travel with them while creating an Express Entry profile. After they get an Invitation to Apply, they will be required to mention their spouse or partner and any dependents. 

    It includes stepchildren, adopted children, and children through a previous relationship. As long as they are not determined to be inadmissible to Canada, all spouses, partners, and dependant children can apply for permanent residence status with the applicant.


  • Canada Unemployment Rate Drops To 5.1% – StatCan New Data

    December 2 – New Statistics Canada data shows that the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 5.1% in November, and employment rate barely changed (+10,000).

    Province wise unemployment rates

    ProvincesUnemployment rateMonthly changes (in pts)
    Ontario5.5%-0.4
    Alberta5.8%0.6
    British Columbia4.4%0.2
    Quebec3.8%-0.3
    Manitoba4.4% -0.2
    Saskatchewan4.2%-0.4
    New Brunswick7.3%0.6
    Nova Scotia6.0%-0.7
    Prince Edward Island6.8%1.4
    Newfoundland and Labrador10.7%0.4
    Source: Statistics Canada

    Statistics Canada’s new report discusses the changes in employment activities in November 2022. Below, you can find the summary of these changes. 

    Summary of changes in employment rates 

    In terms of industries, finance, insurance, real estate, renting and leasing, manufacturing, information, culture, and recreation all saw increases in employment. But, concurrently, it declined in other areas, including construction, wholesale and retail trade.

    However, nearly one in ten (11.2%) workers worked in the retail trade business in November 2022. The Employee hourly wage growth stayed above 5% for the sixth consecutive month in November, increasing 5.6% (+$1.71 to $32.11) over November 2021.

    Following a 0.7% increase in October, total hours worked were little changed in November. However, total hours worked increased by 1.8% over the previous year.

    Additionally, employment increased in women between the ages of 25 and 54. However, it decreased for young men between the ages of 15 and 24. There was little change among the other major demographic groups. 

    Nevertheless, in November, the employment rate for women in the core working age range surpassed its previous high by 81.6%.

    While comparing provinces, employment in Quebec increased but fell in five other provinces, including Alberta and British Columbia.

    Over the last year, one-third (33.5%) of Canadian workers aged 25 to 54 participated in training outside the formal school system, such as courses, seminars, conferences, or individual lessons. 


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    Industries experiencing a significant change in employment

    In November, the number of people working in finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing increased by 21,000 (+1.6%), with the growth extending throughout the provinces. From February to October, there was no net employment growth; this increased the industry’s gains year over year to 34,000 (+2.5%).

    In addition, manufacturing employment increased (+19,000; +1.1%) in November, adding to the 24,000 (+1.4%) growth in October. The industry’s employment did not change significantly from year to year. Provinces such as Quebec (+10,000; +2.1%) and Alberta (+5,900; +4.7%) saw the largest share of the monthly rise.

    Employment increased by 16,000 (+1.9% in November) in the information, cultural, and recreation sector. Since public health restrictions were lifted in February 2022 due to the pandemic’s fifth wave, this was the first growth in the industry. As a result, employment in the sector increased by 35,000 (+4.5%) compared to a year ago.

    In other industries, such as construction, employment declined by 25,000 (-1.6%) in November, offsetting the rise recorded in October. Most losses occurred in Alberta (-13,000; -5.5%) and British Columbia (-9,200; -3.8%). 

    However, construction employment increased by 84,000 (+5.9%) year on year, owing completely to gains from December 2021 to March 2022. 

    According to the most recent Statistics Canada data, investment in new construction fell 0.6% in September, owing primarily to a drop in the residential sector.

    Moreover, for the fourth time in six months, employment in the wholesale and retail sectors decreased by 23,000 (-0.8%) in November. Employment in this sector fell by 131,000 (-4.4%) overall since May 2022, when it peaked, with most of the losses occurring in Ontario (-62,000; -5.4%) and Alberta (-32,000; -8.1%). The only sector with a net decrease in employment throughout this time was wholesale and retail trade.

    Additionally, for the first time since October 2021, fewer people were employed in professional, scientific, and technical services in November, falling by 15,000 (-0.8%). However, despite this decline, the sector was responsible for more than half (+282,000) of the net job increases (+523,000) seen since February 2020. 

    The ability of employers and employees to work remotely during the pandemic has contributed to sustained growth. For example, 64.3% of industry employees typically worked from home, either entirely or in part, as of November 2022.

    Other changes in November 2022 

    Employment increased by 10,000 (+0.1%) in November, followed by 108,000 (+0.6%) in October. The overall total employment remained stable due to balancing shifts in several industries.

    Similarly, increases in employment in Quebec (+28,000; +0.6%) were countered by decreases in five other provinces, including Alberta and British Columbia.

    Employment among those aged 25 to 54 increased by 38,000 (+0.3%) in November, marking the third consecutive monthly gain. Most of the November rise was due to core-aged women (+25,000; +0.4%).

    Additionally, in November, total employment among youth aged 15 to 24 changed slightly monthly and year-over-year. However, young men and women trends have differed during the last 12 months. 

    For example, employment among young males declined by 23,000 (-1.7%) monthly in November, while the employment rate barely changed ((56.4%). 

    In addition, full-time workers increased by 51,000 (+0.3%) in November. Since November 2021, when full-time employment first exceeded its pre-COVID-19 pandemic level, full-time employment has risen by 460,000 (+2.9%), with growth concentrated among core-aged males (+212,000; +3.5%) and women (+169,000; +3.4%). 

    Moreover, full-time employment increased by 49,000 (+6.8%) among young men aged 15 to 24. In the year to November, the share of full-time workers increased by 0.8 percentage points to 81.9%.

    The number of employees in the public and private sectors remained stable in November. However, employees in the public and private sectors increased at a comparable rate during the last year. 

    Similarly, the number of self-employed people remained stable in November. As a result, self-employment increased slightly from October 2021 to May 2022, but there has been minimal net growth in recent months.


  • Nova Scotia: Record-Breaking Year In Terms Of New Immigrants

    The province made a special effort to draw in the qualified people Nova Scotia needed to expand its economy. Even though it is yet unknown how many immigrants have entered Nova Scotia this fall, the province is experiencing another record-breaking year for immigration.

    Nova Scotia reached its yearly goal of 9,025 new permanent residents almost three months ago, the deputy minister of immigration for the province told the legislature’s public accounts committee on Wednesday.

    Nova Scotia success in retaining skilled immigrants 

    According to Ava Czapalay, Nova Scotia’s deputy minister of the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, 10,670 new permanent residents have already registered from January to September this year.

    Czapalay says the figures are more than any previous year, and there are still three months remaining in the calendar year for processing.

    According to the deputy minister, who recently returned from immigration fairs in Paris and Rabat, Morocco, there is no shortage of people wishing to immigrate to Canada and live in Nova Scotia.

    She told the committee that the federal government’s Destination Canada fairs received 83,000 applications.

    The Canadian Embassy reduced the number of applicants to around 5,000. Still, Czapalay stated that all types of people were selected, including truck drivers, French instructors, doctors, and nurses. 

    Immigration and Population Growth are responsible for bringing in the skilled workers Nova Scotia needs to expand its economy. With multiple efforts, the province has successfully retained the skilled workers needed to grow the economy. 



    Nova Scotians changing attitude towards immigrants 

    Czapalay emphasized that the government has six navigators distributed across the province to persuade newcomers to live not only in Halifax but also in smaller, rural towns that need to grow. These navigators are located in Halifax, Pictou, Cape Breton, Digby, Yarmouth, and Antigonish.

    She told the committee that individual Nova Scotians have a huge role in whether immigrant families who come to the Province stay. Czapalay says Nova Scotians need to embrace these newcomers, welcome them with open arms, and affirm that they want newcomers to stay. 

    Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia CEO Jennifer Watts reaffirmed the idea of welcoming newcomers. “It’s crucial,” Watts said. Having a feeling of belonging and seeing a future here in Nova Scotia, both for themselves and their families, is critical to keeping people here and retaining immigrants.

    She believes that some Nova Scotians have changed their attitude toward people not born and nurtured in the province and have become more accepting. Watts added that people are enthusiastic about seeing individuals coming into their communities. 

    Nova Scotia meeting its immigration targets 

    Following the news release on June 16, Nova Scotia increased its nomination allocation to 400 additional spaces, 17 percent more than last year. 

    Moreover, the province also received an endorsement space of 1,173 in the Atlantic Immigration Program. That is 75 percent more than last year. 

    People who fill Nova Scotian businesses’ labour needs and want a pathway to permanent residency are eligible for the Provincial Nominee Program and the Atlantic Immigration Program, two of the province’s economic immigration programs. 

    Additionally, the Provincial Nominee Program has nine established streams, giving potential immigrants choices based on their professional background, skill set, and employment.


  • Canada Healthcare System Incapable For Large Inflow Of New Immigrants

    We all know ongoing labour shortage in healthcare system of Canada. In certain cities, new immigrants are already not able to get a family doctor. Furthermore, surgeries and specialist doctors are triaging the patients based on severity of condition.

    Adding more people to an already failing system is reckless, says Diane Francis, award-winning journalist and best-selling author. She says Canada’s healthcare system cannot handle the large inflow of immigrants.

    Diane say that in the start of November, the government unveiled a plan to allow about 1.5 million additional immigrants into the country over the next three years. This approach will further strain Canada’s already overburdened health system.

    With the new immigration levels plan, Canada would receive almost eight times as many permanent residents each year – per population than the U.K., and four times more than the United States, according to the BBC

    Learn about the current state of Canada’s healthcare system, the impact of massive immigration on the healthcare system and a possible solution. 



    Problems in Canada’s healthcare system 

    The Liberal government wants more people to come to the country because they believe it is underpopulated and has an aging population. However, most immigrants wind up in Toronto and Vancouver, which are already overcrowded, have housing problems, and are dealing with looming healthcare issues.

    Everyone is affected by health care, and Canadians increasingly face long wait times for surgeries, simple procedures, appointments, testing, and imaging. In addition, many people do not have a primary care physician, and emergency rooms are overburdened.

    According to the BC Health Care Matters advocacy group, barely one in every five residents in British Columbia has a family doctor. The group has held rallies to draw attention to the problems plaguing British Columbia’s healthcare system, but storming provincial legislatures have been fruitless. 

    So instead, Canadians concerned about the state of their healthcare system should march on Ottawa and demand that mass immigration be halted until services can recover and develop to meet the current demand, explains the BC Health Care Matters advocacy group. 

    Undoubtedly, the government’s excessive immigration numbers of 400,000 per year have contributed to the system’s overstrained state. The most recent declaration that immigration will increase to 500,000 annually in 2025 is unsustainable.

    Provinces want to have a say over the number of admitted immigrants

    According to Francis, provinces should be permitted to sign off on the federal government’s immigration targets. Additionally, they should have more say on who is admitted to the country in the future. Since they are best positioned to know what skills are required in their labour markets and how many newcomers can be accommodated.

    The country’s lack of adequate healthcare resources must be the top consideration for Ottawa. Everywhere in the country, pediatric wards are overloaded. Canada ranks considerably below several of its OECD counterparts in terms of the number of doctors and nurses per 1,000 residents. 

    With roughly one ICU bed for every 6,000 citizens in Ontario, Canada likewise falls behind the United States regarding the quantity of available intensive care beds. In comparison, there is one ICU bed for every 4,100 Americans.

    A possible solution may be a responsive and moral federal immigration system. There should be a cap on the number of immigrants admitted to Canada until there are adequate numbers of family doctors, intensive care units, hospital beds, and other healthcare providers. 

    It would be irresponsible to cram more people into a failing system as a failing healthcare system would affect current and future Canadians. 


  • New Canada Indo-Pacific Strategy To Shape Future Of Immigration

    Today, (November 30, 2022) – IRCC published a news release providing insights on how new Canada Indo-Pacific Strategy shapes the future of immigration. Canada being a Pacific nation, that the Indo-Pacific area will play a big and deep role in Canada’s future.

    According to the news release, the Indo-Pacific region will continue to be a key component of Canada’s immigration strategy since it is a significant source of new immigrants and the fastest-growing economic area in the world.

    Global Affairs Canada is in charge of the Indo-Pacific Strategy for the Canadian government. However, it involves several other departments, including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

    Over the first five years, the Indo-Pacific Strategy would invest over $2.3 billion in new projects. This article delves into these strategies and new projects. 

    The Indo-Pacific strategies 

    The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, outlined as part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy how investing in the immigration system will allow Canada to thrive and prosper. 

    Minister Fraser says an investment of $74.6 million over five years, with an ongoing investment of $15.7 million, would increase the application processing capacity locally and in the Indo-Pacific area, including New Delhi, Chandigarh, Islamabad, and Manila. 

    To bring more people to Canada—whether for visits, studies, employment, or permanent immigration—and doing so more quickly, these new resources will support ongoing efforts to handle the large volume of visa applications from the Indo-Pacific region. They will also help to improve processing times, explained the minister. 

    “The Indo-Pacific region is vital for Canada’s immigration and will continue to be in the future. Today’s announcement brings significant new funding to help boost Canada’s visa application processing capacity at home and abroad. As we look to record growth in admissions in the years ahead, this funding will help promote greater diversity among those looking to visit, study, work or live in Canada.”

    -The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


    Importance of Indo-Pacific international students 

    International students contribute significantly to Canada’s social and economic well-being. In recent years, the Indo-Pacific area has accounted for roughly two-thirds of all overseas students in Canada. 

    Thousands of those students become permanent residents in Canada each year, while thousands more return home after finishing their studies, bringing a personal connection to Canada with them. 

    The Indo-Pacific Strategy funding will help boost Canada’s International Student Program and promote greater regional diversity among students wishing to study in Canada. 

    Moreover, the Indo-Pacific area accounts for approximately 65% of all international students in Canada. The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development program, which is part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, will provide $14.2 million in funding over five years to encourage valuable exchanges and the sharing of expertise to introduce more education and research in shared areas of interest.

    In addition, these initiatives will attract students by providing them with access to permanent residence and career opportunities that could lead to them remaining in Canada. India, China, and the Philippines were the top three source countries for permanent residents to Canada in 2021, accounting for 44% of total admissions.

    As a result, Canada recognizes that international students frequently become the highly qualified workers that Canada requires to meet the challenges of the country’s economy today and in the future.

    The future of the Indo-Pacific region is our future, and Canada has a role in shaping it. We are investing to promote peace and security throughout the region, create trade opportunities, connect people, strengthen international assistance and protect human rights, answering the call for expanded and deeper engagement in this region. We have put forward a truly Canadian strategy, one that involves every facet of our society and positions Canada as a reliable partner now and for generations to come.

    – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Source: IRCC


  • Express Entry Glitch Invited Some Ineligible Profiles In Latest Draw

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

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

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



    Glitches in the Express Entry system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    IRCC is yet to respond to glitches

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

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

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


  • Recommendations To Improve Canada Immigration Made By CIMM

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

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

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



    CIMM’s Key recommendations for the immigration system 

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

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

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

    CIMM highlights longer wait times in application processing 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    An increasing number of federal appeals 

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

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

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

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

    The caregiver Program has the longest wait times

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Source: CIMM Report


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Province-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which Canadian province has the highest average weekly earnings?

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

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

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Canada?

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

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

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

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Quebec?

    Quebec has an average weekly earnings of $1118.25

    Source: Statistics Canada


  • Express Entry Draw Sent 4,750 New Invites For PR-November 23

    Today, Express Entry Draw invited 4,750 profiles to apply for permanent residency (PR). Applicants having a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 491 or above received the invitations.

    CRS cut off score has reduced by only 3 points as compared to Express Entry draw on November 9, 2022. Furthermore, number of invites remained same as in the previous draw. This is the 11th all program Express Entry draw this year.

    Below are the details of new All Program Express Entry draw.

    • Number of invitations issued: 4,750
    • Rank required to be invited to apply: 4,750 or above
    • Date and time of round: November 23, 2022 15:42:46 UTC
    • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 491
    • Tie-breaking rule: October 13, 2022 11:22:17 UTC

    All program Express Entry draws include all the the Express Entry profiles under Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST). Additionally, it also consider profiles under any of the aforementioned categories having a provincial nomination.

    Next Express Entry draw cut off is projected to be around 485 as per CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of November 22, 2022 listed below.



    CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of November 22, 2022

    Express Entry

    Latest processing time for Express Entry as of November 22

    • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 14 months
    • Canadian Experience Class – 19 months
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 27 months
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program – 49 months

    Full List Of Canada Express Entry Draws In 2022

    DateImmigration programInvitations issuedCRS Score Cut-Off
    November 23, 2022No Program Specified4,750491
    November 9, 2022No Program Specified4,750494
    October 26, 2022No Program Specified4,750496
    October 12, 2022No Program Specified4,250500
    September 28, 2022No Program Specified3,750504
    September 14, 2022No Program Specified3,250510
    August 31, 2022No Program Specified2,750516
    August 17, 2022No Program Specified2,250525
    August 3, 2022No Program Specified2,000533
    July 20, 2022No Program Specified1,750542
    July 6, 2022No Program Specified1,500557
    June 22, 2022Provincial Nominee Program636752
    June 8, 2022Provincial Nominee Program932796
    May 25, 2022Provincial Nominee Program590741
    May 11, 2022Provincial Nominee Program545753
    April 27, 2022Provincial Nominee Program829772
    April 13, 2022Provincial Nominee Program787782
    March 30, 2022Provincial Nominee Program919785
    March 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program924754
    March 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,047761
    February 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,082710
    February 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,070674
    January 19, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,036745
    January 5, 2022Provincial Nominee Program392808
    Express Entry Draws – 2022

    What is Express Entry?

    Express Entry system is the fastest way to get Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). It has processing time of 6 months after submission of documents following the ITA.

    The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based methodology, is used by Express Entry to rate applicant profiles. The highest-scoring applicants are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit an application for permanent residence.

    The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) all use Express Entry as their application management system (FSTP).

    Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) who are in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these programmes.


  • Atlantic Immigration Program Eligibility With New TEER NOC

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

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

    Who can apply for the Atlantic Immigration Program? 

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

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

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



    Work experience requirements 

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

    Here’s how you can calculate your hours: 

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

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

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

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

    Requirements for international graduates 

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

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

    Education requirements 

    You must meet one of the following requirements: 

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

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

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

    Language requirements 

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

    Each NOC category’s minimum language requirements are: 

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

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

    Required settlement funds

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

    Some of the other requirements are you:

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

    Getting a job offer 

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

    The job offer must meet all of the following requirements: 

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

    Qualifying work experience requirement for each NOC level job offer

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

    Source: IRCC


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

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

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

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

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



    Summary of Bill C-19 Amendments To Express Entry

    Express Entry Selection based on new groups and categories 

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

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

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

    Minister to specify an economic goal with each category 

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

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

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

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

    Minister’s report to include established category for foreign nationals

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

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

    Changes Under Bill C-19 For Fees Of Some Applications

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Immigration Plan Can Help With Alberta Labour Shortage

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

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



    Calgary Chamber of Commerce Report on Immigration 

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

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

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

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

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

    Affordable housing to attract immigrants

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Newcomer settlement organizations need more support.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



    IRCC increased workforce, yet processing times continue to grow 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lack of clarity for the reasons for processing delays 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Source: Toronto Star


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

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

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

    Steps to find new NOC code 

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

    NOC 2021 and TEER

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

    NOC 2021 and TEER

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

    NOC 2021 and TEER

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

    NOC 2021 and TEER


    Understanding New NOC categories

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

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

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

    NOC 2021 and TEER
    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Immigration Programs that new NOC will affect 

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

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

    Frequently Asked Questions regarding new TEER system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

    Active Engagement and Integration Project

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

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

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

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

    This organization offers online services globally, including:

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

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

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

    Organizations that help with career and job search

    Active Engagement and Integration Project (AEIP)

    This project offers online services globally. It helps you:

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

    This organization offers online services globally to help you:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BuildON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Professions supported include

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

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

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

    Who is eligible?

    You can get these services, if:

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

  • Canada To Start Targeted Draws For Skilled Workers Next Year

    To address the severe labour shortages, Canada is prepared to begin targeted Express Entry draws for skilled workers as early as next year, according to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

    In an interview, the federal immigration minister told Reuters that Canada would begin conducting targeted draws for skilled immigrants next year. It would allow them to handpick candidates with the most in-demand skills for the areas of the country that need workers the most.

    Learn about the minister’s latest interview on targeted draws coming next year, IRCC focus and what we know so far.

    Conducting targeted draws in early 2023 

    The current Express Entry system ranks potential economic immigrants according to their language, education, experience and other skills. Those with the highest CRS scores receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. 

    With the upcoming changes, Canada can select individuals with particular skills and abilities in specific professions. As well as consider those who plan to move to certain provinces. 

    We can do a targeted draw beginning in 2023. That will allow us to select workers by the sector that they work in and the part of Canada that they are going to

    This means we will be able to bring a greater focus to welcome more healthcare workers … in jurisdictions that will allow them to practice

    -said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser


    Focus on healthcare workers 

    The COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of nurses are putting excessive stress on Canada’s healthcare system. As a result, many foreign-trained doctors and nurses do not wind up working in their sector. The country has also had difficulty licensing healthcare employees after they arrive.

    The healthcare system in Canada is the provinces’ responsibility. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser promised to work with provinces that make recognizing the foreign credentials of doctors and nurses simpler in an interview with Reuters. 

    He continued by saying that the federal government would work with the provinces to establish a clearer pathway and move forward with targeted draws for the provinces that facilitate the transition.

    Further, he explained that he would focus only on provinces that make it simple for health professionals to verify their qualifications from abroad and begin practising as soon as they arrive. 

    “I’m not interested in conducting a targeted draw for healthcare workers that are going to come to Canada and not be permitted to practice their profession”

    – Said Fraser

    Targeted draws to invite the Federal High Skilled Class category

     The federal government increased its immigration targets this week, announcing a three-year goal of 1.45 million new permanent residents. The targeted draws will fall within Canada’s federal “high-skilled” category, representing about 21.1% of new arrivals during that time.

    Canada is experiencing a severe labour shortage. According to the most recent data on job openings, there were 1.0 million unemployed persons and 958,500 available positions in Canada in August.

    Business organizations have argued that the government should take stronger action on immigration to support businesses facing a historic labour shortage.

    As immigration numbers reach historic highs, concerns about where the newcomers will live are increasing. There is already a housing scarcity in Canada.

    According to Fraser, the government will emphasize bringing in trained labourers to help create new housing and choosing immigrants for places with the “absorptive capacity” to accept them.

    Increased focus on Economic class immigrants 

    More than 60% of all immigration to Canada is expected to be from the economic class this year.

    Canada is already on track to accept 279,292 new permanent residents through economic programs this year, which is about 2.6% or 7,267 new permanent residents more than Ottawa had hoped to achieve through the new immigration levels plan for the next year.

    President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, Goldy Hyder, explains that economic-class permanent residents account for only 58.5 percent of overall admissions in the immigration levels plan announced by the federal government last week. 

    Of the 309,240 new permanent residents who entered Canada during the first eight months of this year, they arrived under the economic immigration programs making up 60.2% of the total.

    If the country adopted the target of 65% for economic immigration set by the Business Council of Canada, 302,250 new permanent residents would enter the country under economic programs out of the country’s total 465,000 in the following year.

    Economic immigration, according to the Business Council of Canada, is essential to expanding the Canadian economy.

    Every unfilled position represents one less person contributing to the economic prosperity of Canada and one less person paying taxes to maintain Canada’s social infrastructure, says Hyder.


  • Know Immigration Options For Applicants Awaiting CEC Draw

    Immigration Options For Applicants Waiting For CEC-Only Draw. On November 9, the latest Express Entry draw invited 4,750 candidates from all Express Entry programs, including Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades. The cut-off threshold for this draw was 494 CRS points. 

    As cut-offs continue to stay high for Express Entry, several international students and work permit holders are hoping for Canadian Experience Class-only draws. Although, it remains uncertain whether there will be a CEC-only draw. Or there will be options for international students and work permit holders, as emphasized by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in his recent report.

    Recently, minister Fraser said he is looking for options to give more points to Canadian experience in the Express Entry, but actual details are not finalized yet. However, if you are someone hoping for CEC-only draws, this article will help you understand your options and plan. 



    Understanding the CRS breakdown 

    The CRS score cut-off in the last two Express Entry draw finally dropped below 500 points. However, given previous trends, the CRS score cut-off will likely stay high for the upcoming draws, given that CRS only dropped by 2 points in the latest draw.

    However, no one can accurately predict all upcoming CRS score cut-offs. It is because many distinct factors affect the CRS score cut-off; each factor remains unpredictable and impacts the cut-offs in various ways. These factors are: 

    Other options for international students and work permit holders 

    If you are waiting for CRS score cut-offs to lower, you may want to consider some other options. It may be best to wait for the CRS score to reduce, but if you are at risk of becoming out of status, here are 3 options you can consider. 

    1. Applying for PNP

    Most often, PNP requires you to have a connection to the province. However, you could consider the following programs that do not require you to have a specific connection to the province, but you may need a job offer. New Immigration levels plan clearly states that provincial nominee programs have target of inviting 105,500 candidates in 2023.

    Newfoundland and Labrador International Graduate

    You could be qualified to apply for a provincial nomination under this program if you’ve completed a post-secondary program of at least two years’ duration anywhere in Canada. Still, you’re now employed in Newfoundland and Labrador. Graduates employed in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least a year on a post-graduate work permit are eligible for the program.

    B.C International Graduate

    This program can be possible if you have completed a post-secondary degree anywhere in Canada and presently hold a job offer from a company in British Columbia. To be eligible, you also need two years of full-time work experience in a similar role to the job offer. 

    Ontario ONIP Job Offer-International Students stream

    You may qualify for this PNP if you have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer and have completed a post-secondary program in Canada. Your Canadian education must have been for a study program that lasted at least two years or a one-year course with a prior necessary degree requirement. 

    2. Getting an LMIA Work Permit 

    If you have worked for a specific employer for a long time, you may ask them to support you with a LIMA. Although the process may be complex, with a valid job offer, you can get more points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. 

    There are currently more than 4,400 LMIA approved job postings in Canada. Click here to find LMIA approved jobs.

    3. Returning to School

    Lastly, you may consider returning to school if you are running out of all options and only need to extend your stay until CRS score cut-offs drop. It is an expensive option, but it can definitely prevent you from leaving Canada. It may help you maintain your status and extend your stay in Canada.