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 …

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 …

More International Youth will be Allowed to Work and Travel in Canada

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The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has launched the 2023 International Experience Canada (IEC) Program with a 20% increase in the number of applicants who can apply. Applicants will be able to apply to the program starting on January 9, 2023. IEC is a reciprocal program that allows Canadian and international youth to work and travel in each other’s countries, …

Family Work Permits to be Extended to Temporary Workers’ Spouses and Working-Age Children

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Canada will begin extending work permits to family members of temporary foreign workers starting in January 2023 to help address labour shortages. This temporary 2-year measure will expand eligibility to work in Canada to spouses and working-age children through a phased approach for workers at all skill levels. It is estimated that family members of more than 200,000 foreign workers …

Canada’s New Interim Dental Benefit Now Open for applications

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On December 1, 2022, the Government of Canada announced a new dental benefit program to help those who need it most access dental care. The interim Canada Dental Benefit is intended to help lower dental costs for eligible families earning less than $90,000 per year. Parents and guardians can apply if the child receiving dental care is under 12 years …

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 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 …

Canada Temporarily Lifts Cap on Off-Campus Work Hours for Post-Secondary Students

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On October 7, 2022, the Government of Canada announced the temporary lifting of the 20-hour-per-week cap on the number of hours eligible post-secondary students are allowed to work off-campus while class is in session. Starting from November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and who have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will …

COVID-19 Border Restrictions to End on Oct. 1

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The federal government is lifting COVID-19 border measures, including mandatory vaccine requirements, masking on planes and trains, and the use of the ArriveCan app. That means as of Oct. 1 all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to submit public health information through ArriveCAN, provide proof of vaccination, undergo testing, quarantine or isolate, and monitor and report if …

Update to Canadian Immigration Application Backlogs

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Canada’s Immigration Minister, the Honourable Sean Fraser, has recently highlighted Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) ongoing efforts to strengthen Canada’s immigration system and reduce application backlogs. As part of this plan, the Minister announced that IRCC will have hired up to 1,250 new employees by the end of the fall to increase their processing capacity and tackle the backlogs. This …