Canada’s Strategic Immigration Plan 2024-2026 Unveiled: Fostering Economic Growth and Supporting Communities

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News

On November 1, 2023, Canada introduced it’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026. This strategic plan underscores the pivotal role of immigration in fueling the nation’s economy, addressing labour shortages, and supporting key sectors. With a commitment to balancing economic growth with societal needs, the plan maintains a target of 485,000 permanent residents for 2024, reaching 500,000 by 2025. Post-2026, the …

Enhancing Support for Women Experiencing Homelessness in Calgary

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The government of Alberta is making substantial investments to address the needs of homeless women in Calgary, with a commitment to creating year-round shelter spaces. This initiative introduces 40 new spaces, instantly accessible to those in need, thanks to a financial injection of $762,702, which includes $98,500 in one-time startup expenses. Calgary has a long-standing reliance on the support of …

Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) Update

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On October 10, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin sending Invitations to Apply to potential sponsors who previously submitted their applications. Invitations will be sent by email over the next two weeks. Family reunification is a pillar of Canada’s immigration system, and Canada will continue to reunite families by accepting up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under …

Canada Introduces Immigration Measures to Support Sudanese Temporary Residents Amidst Crisis

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In light of the rapidly deteriorating situation in Sudan, the Government of Canada has announced new immigration measures to assist Sudanese temporary residents currently in Canada who may be unable to return home. Under these upcoming measures, Sudanese nationals will have the opportunity to apply for an extension of their stay in Canada and seamlessly transition between temporary streams. This …

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

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

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

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

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

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

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

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

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 …

Changes to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program Will Attract Global Talent

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

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 …