New Quebec Expression of Interest Draw Sees 208 Invitations Issued

New Quebec Expression of Interest Draw Sees 208 Invitations Issued
A second draw of 2021 through the Quebec immigration Arrima Expression of Interest system saw the province issue 208 invitations. The March 30 draw was aimed primarily at candidates with a job offer, but also included other criteria listed below. Candidates receiving an invitation have 60 days to submit a full application to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Criteria for Latest Quebec...

First Quarter Review: February’s Express Entry Mega-Draw Causes Record To Tumble

First Quarter Review: February’s Express Entry Mega-Draw Causes Record To Tumble
Canada’s Express Entry system had an unprecedented first quarter of 2021, as Ottawa looked to put itself on track to welcome its target of 401,000 new immigrants this year. Between January and March, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 44,124 Invitations to Apply, making it easily the most prolific quarter since the system was launched in 2015. On February 13,...

Alberta Draw Targets 300 Express Entry Candidates With Minimum Scores As Low As 301

Alberta Draw Targets 300 Express Entry Candidates With Minimum Scores As Low As 301
Alberta immigration has targeted 300 Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 301 in a new Express Entry draw. The new draw took place on March 26 through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.  Important requirements for the Alberta Express Entry stream are that candidates have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to the province, and are working...

Quebec Immigration Accepting Applications For Orderlies Pilot Program

Quebec Now Accepting Applications Under Collective Sponsorship Program For Refugees Abroad
Quebec is now accepting applications for the new pilot immigration program for orderlies. The program allows foreign workers holding jobs as orderlies (NOC 3431) in Quebec to qualify for permanent residence. The five-year pilot will see Quebec select 550 principal applicants per year who are in Quebec and have been working as an orderly for a minimum of 12 months. The current...

Two New British Columbia Draws See Province Issue Total Of 374 Immigration Invitations

Two New British Columbia Draws See Province Issue Total Of 374 Immigration Invitations
Two new draws through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program saw the province issue invitations to a total of 374 candidates. The March 30 draws again saw B.C. take the step of conducting a general draw, and a second draw targeting two NOC codes: 0621 for Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers and 0631 for Restaurant and Food Service Managers. In the...

Quebec Entrepreneur Program: Removal of Start-Up and Security Deposits Confirmed

Quebec Entrepreneur Program: Removal of Start-Up and Security Deposits Confirmed
Start-up and security deposit are no longer required under stream 2 of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program for candidates with applications already in the system, Quebec has confirmed. The new rules take effect as of Wednesday March 31, 2021, following the publication of new regulations in the Official Quebec Gazette. Quebec Immigration Minister Nadine Girault first outlined the plan in a draft...

New Canada COVID-19 Travel Exemption For Elite Athletes, Coaches

New Canada COVID-19 Travel Exemption For Elite Athletes, Coaches
A new exemption to Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions allows elite athletes and their coaches to come in to take part in world-class sporting events. “The entry prohibition and mandatory isolation orders in council have been amended to create an exemption that will facilitate the entry of high-performance amateur athletes into Canada,” the IRCC posted on its website on March 17.  “Canadian...

Manitoba’s 2021 Economic Recovery Predicted To Offset COVID-19 Losses

Manitoba’s 2021 Economic Recovery Predicted To Offset COVID-19 Losses
Manitoba’s economy is forecast to almost completely offset the losses it suffered last year due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, meaning job-seeking and entrepreneurial immigrants may well be setting their sights on the province. “We forecast the economy to grow by a solid 4.4 per cent in 2021,” predicts Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) economist Carrie Freestone. In her provincial outlook...

Quebec Adds Two More Years To Suspension Of Popular Immigrant Investor Program

Quebec Adds Two More Years To Suspension Of Popular Immigrant Investor Program
Quebec has added two more years to the suspension of the popular Quebec Immigrant Investor Program. The Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) announced the extended suspension on Wednesday March 31, 2021. The program will not reopen before April 1, 2023. “This period will allow the MIFI to finalize the current revision work, in order to implement a renewed program...

Nova Scotia Wants French-Speakers: Province Targets Francophones in New Immigration Draw

Nova Scotia Wants French-Speakers: Province Targets Francophones in New Immigration Draw
Candidates with a high level of ability in French were targeted by Nova Scotia immigration in a new draw through the province’s Express Entry-linked Labour Market Priorities stream. The March 29 draw required candidates to have selected French as a first official language, and have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 9 or higher in all language abilities. They also...