Temporary foreign workers in Canada will have an additional shot at expanding their avenues in making the country home. On March 12, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced 2000 additional spaces under Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The additional 2,000 National Occupation Code C spaces are meant to provide a net […]

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Caregivers, or people who look after children, the sick, differently abled, or elderly, now have new ways to work towards immigrating to Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced on February 23, that two new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots are underway. With these, not just caregivers, but their families as well could come to […]

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As part of its constant endeavour to support immigration, the Government of Canada recently proposed a program to support smaller communities. In January, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced plans to set up the ‘Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot’. The five-year federal immigration pilot will involve communities and selected provincial […]

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Visible minority newcomer women face unique challenges when it comes to finding meaningful employment in Canada, which is why Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new pilot project to support this vulnerable group of newcomers. When speaking about the importance of this pilot, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said, “Having a job isn’t just […]

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A struggle that many new immigrants face in Canada is getting their international credentials recognized as they try to find work. The Government of Canada has announced that 960 internationally trained newcomers in the Hamilton and Toronto regions will receive financial assistance and employment coaching to help them enter the Canadian workforce. “Helping newcomers get […]

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The Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program has seen many recent improvements and is still persistently climbing – in 2019 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept 20 000 sponsorship applications. That’s 4 times the number of invites compared to when the program launched in 2014, when only 5 000 applications were accepted. Things are […]

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Finding employment is a struggle for many newcomers and refugees to Canada. In efforts to match newcomers to jobs, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Small Business and Tourism have started a pilot program that will provide employment across Canada in the hotel industry. Also joining the project are Tourism HR […]

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For individuals with disabilities, medical inadmissibility has been a potential roadblock while applying for temporary or permanent residency. To align the medical inadmissibility policy with Canada’s 21st century outlook, the Canadian government has amended the policy. These changes are intended to update the 40-year-old policy and allow for individuals who otherwise would be able to […]

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Minors (under the age of 18) applying to the Citizenship Act under subsection 5(1) will be paying much lower application fees now than before. Citizenship application forms 5(1) are for minors that are applying without a Canadian parent or without a parent who is also applying for citizenship at the same time. Previously, the fee […]

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The Canadian government has promised that it values family reunification – and it hasn’t let us down. Major improvements to the sponsorship program means significant cuts to the backlog and wait time for spousal sponsors. Over the past year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) fulfilled its promise to reduce the backlog of spousal applicants […]

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