Canadians Support Allowing Temporary Workers to Stay in Canada and Get Benefits: Poll

Canadians Support Allowing Temporary Workers to Stay in Canada and Get Benefits: Poll
A new poll from Nanos Research says Canadians overwhelmingly want temporary foreign workers who live here to also be able to stay here as permanent residents and get workplace benefits,  The national survey was conducted for Senators Ratna Omidvar and Rob Black in November and the results were released in mid-December. It shows that more than eight in 10 Canadians are...

New British Columbia Immigration Draw Sees 168 Invitations Issued

New British Columbia Immigration Draw Sees 168 Invitations Issued
The first British Columbia immigration draw of 2021 saw the province exclude certain jobs due to coronavirus in issuing 168 invitations to apply. The January 5 draw saw British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program officials continue to exclude 31 occupations where a high-volume of applicants have recently been approved. Read More British Columbia Targets 58 IT Skilled Workers in Latest Tech Pilot Draw British...

IRCC Carries Out Lottery Draw For Parents and Grandparents Program

IRCC Carries Out Lottery Draw For Parents and Grandparents Program
The lottery draw for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program has been carried out by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. IRCC is to notify the 10,000 sponsors selected to apply to the program over the next 10 days. The lottery selection program comes after prospective sponsors filled out the interest to sponsor form in the fall.  The opening of the PGP has...

Record Immigration Approvals Boost Nova Scotia Population To All-Time High

Record Immigration Approvals Boost Nova Scotia Population To All-Time High
Nova Scotia’s population hit an all-time high in 2020 as the province approved a record number of immigration applications in its bid to boost its economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “While the pandemic has been a challenge, particularly with its impact on the mobility of immigrants, the office of immigration has continued to process applications and focus on essential services,”...

Quebec Suspends Study Permit Applications For 10 Specific Colleges

Quebec Study Permit Applications Suspended For 10 Specific Colleges
Quebec has temporarily suspended the receipt and processing of study permit applications for 10 specific learning institutions through the Foreign Student Program. The decision, announced December 30, focuses on 10 colleges currently being audited or investigated by the Ministry of Higher Education (MES), says a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI). New applications...

COVID-19: More Time To Restore Status For Visitors, Study and Work Permit Holders in Canada

COVID-19: More Time To Restore Status For Visitors, Study and Work Permit Holders in Canada
More time has been given for visitors, study and work permit holders in Canada affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to restore their status. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced an extension of a temporary public policy first announced in July 2020. It initially expired on December 31, 2020, but has been extended until August 31, 2021. The policy overrides the...

Latest Manitoba Immigration Draw Sees 188 LAAs Issued

Latest Manitoba Immigration Draw Sees 188 LAAs Issued
A new draw through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program saw the province issue 188 Letters of Advice to Apply to skilled workers and international graduates.  The December 30 draw saw LAAs issued through three MPNP streams. Skilled Workers in Manitoba received 157 LAAs, with the lowest-ranked candidates scoring 461 points. International Education Stream candidates received 18 LAAs. The remaining 13 LAAs went to...

British Columbia Targets 58 IT Skilled Workers in Latest Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia Targets 58 IT Skilled Workers in Latest Tech Pilot Draw
British Columbia immigration has targeted 58 skilled workers and international graduates in a new BC PNP Tech Pilot draw. The December 29 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 Graduate EEBC – Skilled Worker EEBC -...

Vaccines and COVID-19 Herd Immunity Means Canada Immigration Set to Surge in 2021

Vaccines and COVID-19 Herd Immunity Means Canada Immigration Set to Surge in 2021
Canadian immigration is set to get a much-need shot in the arm in the coming year as vaccines being used to fight COVID-19 allow governments to lift travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic.  “If all goes according to plan, we should be able to have the majority of Canadians vaccinated by next September,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said. “That...

Education Expert Says International Students Like Canada’s Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic

Education Expert Says International Students Like Canada’s Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic
An expert in international education trends says international students looking for a place to study abroad are giving Canada top marks for its handling of the COVID-19 global pandemic. “In May, 2020 Navitas surveyed its global agent network to explore how COVID-19 was changing the fortunes of international study destinations,” says Jon Chew, head of strategic insights and analytics at...