Canada Unemployment Holds Steady To Consolidate First Quarter Gains

Canada’s unemployment held steady at 5.8 per cent in March, to consolidate a first quarter of 2019 when employment rose by 116,000 jobs. Employment has now increased by 332,000 jobs in the last year, as Statistics Canada jobs data remained positive. Among the provinces, Saskatchewan saw the biggest gains, with unemployment dropping from 5.8 per cent to 4.9 per cent –...

Canada To Target Irregular Border Crossers With Refugee Law Change

Canada’s federal government is seeking to change the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to try and stop the flow of asylum seekers who enter from the U.S. at irregular border points. The proposed change would mean asylum seekers who had previously made a refugee claim in another country could not then make a claim in Canada. Ottawa tabled the change in...

Anticipated 2019 Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest Draw Dates

Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact candidates will receive invitations to apply in a new draw planned by Prince Edward Island immigration on April 18, 2019. The draw will be the fourth of the year under the Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest system, which launched at the start of 2018. Anticipated 2019 Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest Draw...

Ontario Immigration Still Working To Fix Glitch Affecting Masters Graduate Stream

Ontario immigration says it is continuing to work to solve a technical problem that affecting a recent opening of the popular Masters Graduate Stream. An Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program statement said the stream would be reopened soon. The international graduate immigration stream opened on March 5, but only accepted 333 out of a targeted 1,000 applications due to the technical glitch. Read...

Manitoba Draw Focuses On Candidates Already In Province

Candidates already working in Manitoba were the focus of the latest Manitoba Nominee Program draw. The draw saw 262 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) issued through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream, with the lowest ranked candidate scoring 433 points. Elsewhere, 260 LAAs went to candidates for the Human Capital...

British Columbia Targets BC PNP Tech Pilot Candidates In New Draw

Technology workers were the focus of the latest draw conducted by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. The April 2 draw saw 26 invites issued to candidates through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Minimum scores dropped as low as 73 for entry-level and semi-skilled candidates. Skilled workers through the direct provincial stream required 94 points to qualify, while Express Entry skilled workers...

Calls For Newfoundland To Set More Ambitious Immigration Targets

Calls For Newfoundland To Set More Ambitious Immigration Targets
Provincial officials have called on Newfoundland & Labrador to be more ambitious with its immigration targets The maritime province currently welcomes the fewest immigrants in Canada with a total of 1,525 newcomers arriving in 2018. This represented an increase of 25 percent on 2017. By 2022, the province is targeting 1,700 newcomers. But officials say this is not enough to tackle the...

Canada Invites 3,350 Candidates In New Express Entry Draw

Canada immigration authorities issued Invitations to Apply to 3,350 candidates in the latest Express Entry draw. The April 3 draw saw the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score drop by a point to 451 compared to the previous draw. A tie-breaking cut-off date of January 9, 2019 at just before 3.35am EST was used for the draw. If more than one profile...

Canadians Want Citizenship Law Changed To Tackle Birth Tourism, Poll Says

Canadians Want Citizenship Law Changed To Tackle Birth Tourism, Poll Says
Nearly two-thirds of Canadians want to see a change in the Canadian citizenship law to discourage birth tourism, according to a new poll. The Angus Reid Institute survey saw 64 percent of respondents say babies born on Canadian soil should not automatically get citizenship, as is currently the case. As many as 60 percent supported a change in the citizenship law...

Visa-Free Travel to 184 Countries Makes Canada’s Passport Sixth Most Powerful

The Canadian passport is the sixth most powerful in the world, allowing holders to travel to 184 countries without a pre-arranged visa. Canada sits alongside the UK, Belgium, Greece and Ireland in sixth spot on a list headed by the passports of Asian giants Japan, Singapore and South Korea, which boast visa-free travel to 189 destinations. Top 10 Most Powerful Passports ...