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 …

Canada Welcomes Record Number of Newcomers in 2022

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On January 3, 2023, the Government of Canada announced it welcomed 431,645 new permanent residents in 2022, representing the largest number of people ever welcomed in a year, in Canadian history. Canada has experienced one of the fastest recoveries from the pandemic, thanks in large part to its approach to immigration. Newcomers enrich our communities, and contribute to our economy …

Canada Expands Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) Program to Help More Skilled Refugees

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On December 13, 2022, the Government of Canada announced new funding for partner organizations to help expand Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to more skilled refugees. Over the next few years, Canada is aiming to work with employers and communities across the country to expand the pilot and welcome 2,000 skilled refugees to fill specific labour shortages in high-demand …

Hit the nail on the head

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “hit the nail on the head.” What does “hit the nail on the head” mean? “Hit the nail on the head” means: Do or say something exactly right Examples: I think Maria hit the nail on the head with her comment about the impact of vacation on workers’ …

Canada announces 16 new occupations now eligible for permanent residence

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On November 16, 2022, the Government of Canada announced the implementation of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system. Using the new NOC categories will allow Canada to bring in global talent in high-demand sectors like health care, construction, and transportation. Foreign nationals with work experience in the following 16 occupations are now eligible …

Canada Unveils Plan to Welcome 1.4 million Immigrants between 2023 and 2025

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On November 1, 2022, the Government of Canada announced its 2023–2025 Immigration Levels Plan, setting the target to welcome around 500,000 immigrants per year by 2025. The announcement signals a significant increase from the 405,000 immigrants that came to Canada last year to the 465,000 expected to arrive next year and 485,000 in 2024. It will further rise to 500,000 …

Sit on the fence

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “sit on the fence.” What does “sit on the fence” mean? “Sit on the fence” means: To avoid making a choice or decision between two or more possibilities Not to take sides in a dispute Examples: You can’t sit on the fence any longer—you need to choose whether you are staying in Nova Scotia …

Canada accepts up to 15,000 applications for the 2022 Parents and Grandparents Program

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On October 11, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that it will accept up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the Parents and Grandparents Program this year to reunite families. Family reunification plays a significant role in attracting, retaining, and integrating immigrants who contributed to Canada. The family sponsorship program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents the option to …