British Columbia Targets 76 IT Workers In New BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia Draw: Province Targets Regions With At Least 163 Canada Immigration Invitations
British Columbia has targeted IT workers with 76 invitations in a new draw through the BC PNP Tech Pilot, aimed at skilled workers and international graduates. The November 17 draw featured invitations through four streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.  Minimum scores were 80 for all four streams. The featured streams were: SI – Skilled Worker SI – International...

Ontario Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream Reaches Intake Limit For 2020

New Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Draw Sees 755 Invitations Issued
Intake has closed for Ontario immigration’s Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream for the remainder of 2020. The decision, effective November 16, 2020, comes after the province reached the registration intake limit for the stream. “No additional registrations will be accepted until further notice,” an Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program statement said. Read More Ontario Targets 9 Occupations With 443 NOIs In New Human...

Canada Immigration Limited to 15,000 in September Due to Coronavirus Restrictions

Canada Immigration Limited to 15,000 in September Due to Coronavirus Restrictions
Travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic continued to dramatically impact Canada’s permanent resident arrivals in September. The 15,000 newcomers arriving in September means Canada welcomed just over 40,000 in the third quarter, slightly more than the previous quarter but less than half of the 104,000 arrivals in the same period of 2019. In the first nine months of...

Study Shows Labour Market Advantage of Privately-Sponsored Refugees Erodes Over Time

Study Shows Labour Market Advantage of Privately-Sponsored Refugees Erodes Over Time
A new study shows privately-sponsored refugees have faster labour market success in Canada than refugee claimants, but the gap is eroded over time. While the privately-sponsored group are significantly more likely to find a job in the first year after their arrival, after four years the difference is negligible. The findings were reported in a new Statistics Canada study, entitled ‘The...

Ontario Targets 9 Occupations With 443 NOIs In New Human Capital Priorities Draw

Ontario Targets 9 Occupations With 443 NOIs In New Human Capital Priorities Draw
A new draw through Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream saw the province issue 443 Notifications of Interest. The November 12 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) draw saw NOIs issued to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 469 and 477. Candidates were required to have submitted Express Entry profiles between November 12, 2019, and November 12, 2020. The draw...

Hong Kong Residents Get New Canada Work Permit, Permanent Residence Options

Hong Kong Residents Get New Canada Work Permit, Permanent Residence Options
A new open work permit and two pathways to permanent residence aimed specifically at Hong Kong residents have been announced by Canada. The move comes in response to China’s imposition of a controversial national security law earlier in 2020, giving it broad new powers in Hong Kong. Canada is also enhancing existing programs to help people from Hong Kong already here...

Canadian Citizenship Knowledge Tests: When Will They Resume Amid Coronavirus?

Canadian Citizenship Knowledge Tests: When Will They Resume Amid Coronavirus?
Applicants for Canadian citizenship are calling for knowledge tests placed on hold since March because of the coronavirus pandemic to resume. Many permanent residents applying to become Canadian citizens have seen processing halted due to service restrictions caused by COVID-19. But with many services resuming either online or in-person, applicants are now asking why the same does not apply to the...

British Columbia Immigration Draw: 358 Invitations, 31 Jobs Excluded

British Columbia Issues At Least 166 Canada Immigration Invitations In New PNP Draw
A new draw through the British Columbia immigration saw 358 invitations to apply issued with certain jobs excluded due to coronavirus restrictions.  The November 10 draw saw British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program officials exclude 31 occupations where a high-volume of applicants have recently been approved. Read More British Columbia Immigration Draw Targets 354 Skilled Workers and International Graduates British Columbia Issues 10 Invitations...

Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot: Province Meets Intake Limit

Ontario Taps Federal Economic Mobility Pathways Project With Refugee Immigration Invitations
Ontario immigration says it has met its intake limit for the Regional Immigration Pilot, a new stream opened for the first time in 2020. In an announcement, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program said further intake forms received this year would be placed on a waiting list. Candidates will be contacted if a spot comes up in 2020, otherwise applications for the...

Manitoba Immigration Issues 205 LAAs Through 3 Streams In New Draw

Manitoba Invites 196 Candidates Across 3 Streams In New Immigration Draw
Manitoba immigration has conducted a new provincial draw, issuing 205 Letters of Advice to Apply across three Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program streams. The November 5 draw saw LAAs issued via streams for skilled workers and international graduates. Skilled Workers in Manitoba received 166 LAAs, with the lowest ranked candidates scoring 461 points. International Education Stream candidates received 23 LAAs. The remaining 16 LAAs...