Canada to Extend Work Permits for International Graduates to Address Labour Shortage

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Employers in Canada are experiencing unprecedented challenges in finding and retaining the workers they need for economic recovery and growth. In response to this, Government of Canada has announced that foreign nationals with recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP) will now qualify for an extended work permit to remain longer and gain more work experience, for up to …

Canada invests $1.1M to support Tech Connect program for racialized newcomer women in Metro Vancouver

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The Canadian Government is committed to ensuring that all women and girls have an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential, including those who face unique challenges such as racialized newcomer women. To support their employment, the YWCA of Metro Vancouver will receive up to $1.1 million over two years under the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot, announced by Marie-France Lalonde, …

Canada Opens New Application Processing Centre in Manila to Boost Immigration in Indo-Pacific Region

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Canada has announced the opening of a new application processing centre in Manila, Philippines, as part of its Indo-Pacific Strategy to foster ties between Canadians and the region. The new centre, located within Canada’s Embassy in Manila, will be supported by 37 new employees and will help boost immigration application processing within Canada’s centralized network, as well as abroad. This …

Canada Announces New Measures to Support Iranian Temporary Residents

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Canada has announced new measures to support Iranian temporary residents in the country. The measures, effective March 1, 2023, will make it easier for Iranians to extend their temporary status in Canada and to move between temporary streams, allowing them to continue studying, working, or visiting family by applying for a new permit from inside Canada. In addition, an open …

In 2022, Canada Welcomed the Highest Number of Francophone Newcomers Since 2006

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In 2022, Canada achieved its target of 4.4% of French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec. This is a significant jump of 3.02% (from 1.38% to 4.4%) between 2006 and 2022. These Francophone newcomers contribute to the development of Canadian communities outside Quebec and to the diversity of our country’s cultural and linguistic landscape. They also help strengthen our economy. Francophone immigration outside …

Canada extends and expands the open work permit program for residents of Hong Kong

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On February 6, 2023, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that Canada is extending and expanding the open work permit program for eligible Hong Kong residents. Canada is extending the deadline to apply to February 7, 2025. It is also expanding eligibility to Hong Kong residents who have graduated within the past 10 years from …

Caregivers to Benefit from Reduced Work Experience Requirements and Pathways to Permanent Residence in Canada

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On February 10, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced significant changes to the caregiver program. Effective April 30, 2023, the amount of work experience required in Canada for a caregiver to qualify for permanent residence will be reduced from 24 months to 12 months, and some spaces in the program will be reserved for caregivers who have prior …

Changes to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program Will Attract Global Talent

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The Alberta Government is updating the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) to attract more newcomers. AAIP is an economic immigration program that allows Alberta to nominate qualified workers for permanent residency. Alberta’s economy is facing a shortage of labour and currently has 100,000 job openings across all sectors. To address this issue, Alberta’s government is making changes to the AAIP …

Cutting corners

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “cutting corners”. What does “cutting corners” mean? “Cutting corners” means: Doing something poorly in order to save time or money Examples: It is not a good idea to cut corners when making products that other people will use. His boss reminded him that cutting corners when completing this …

Government of Canada Announces Expansion and Opening of the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program

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On January 9, 2023, the Government of Canada announced the International Experience Canada (IEC) program is now accepting applications from international youth interested in coming to Canada to gain work and travel experiences. International youth bring valuable and diverse skills to Canada’s economy through the IEC program, while Canadian youth also benefit from gaining international experience through working and traveling …