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

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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 …

Canada Announces Humanitarian Permanent Residence Pathway for Colombians, Haitians, and Venezuelans

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Canada recently unveiled a significant initiative to welcome 11,000 Colombians, Haitians, and Venezuelans through a new humanitarian permanent residence pathway. This effort is part of Canada’s commitment to receive 15,000 migrants from the Americas in response to the growing need for safe migration alternatives. Starting this fall, foreign nationals from Colombia, Haiti, and Venezuela, located in Central or South America …

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 …

Welcoming Week 2023

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Welcoming Week is an annual celebration that reminds us the values and efforts that create inclusive and welcoming communities for newcomers. It’s a time to acknowledge the contributions of immigrant settlement organizations and highlight the importance of embracing diversity. This year, Welcoming Week takes place from September 8 to 17, offering a perfect opportunity to recognize the significant work of …

News: Canada’s new tax-free First Home Savings Account and first-ever trades-specific Express Entry invitation

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As the cost of housing continues to rise, making the dream of homeownership seems distant for many Canadians, particularly newcomers and younger generations. The Government of Canada is taking significant steps to make housing more accessible, highlighting the newly introduced tax-free First Home Savings Account and the first category-based Express Entry invitation aimed at tradespeople, bolstering the homebuilding sector. The …

Canada’s Express Entry System Enhances Pathways for Skilled Tradespeople

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Canada’s Express Entry system has been revamped to offer an efficient and targeted route for individuals specializing in critical fields. With a strategic focus on skilled newcomers in trades, Canada is taking steps to address talent shortages, fulfill essential roles, and drive economic growth. On August 1, Canada revealed that the first-ever trades-based selection round will commence this week. This …

Canada Enhances Pathways to Permanent Residence for Hong Kong Residents

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On July 11, 2023, the Government of Canada announced the removal of the education requirement under the Canadian work experience stream (Stream B) of the Hong Kong permanent residence pathways. Effective August 15, 2023, this progressive change opens up new opportunities for Hong Kongers with Canadian work experience to qualify for permanent residence, eliminating the constraints imposed by their education …

Latest Immigration Updates: Express Entry Enhancements and Tech Talent Strategy Unveiled by Canada

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Launch of Canada’s Tech Talent Strategy The Government of Canada launched its first-ever strategy to attract top talent and drive innovation in high-growth industries. Measures include open work permit for H-1B visa holders in the US, innovation stream, promotion of Canada as a destination for digital nomads, and improvements to the Start-up Visa Program. By implementing these initiatives, Canada is …

Canada Launches New Immigration Streams to Support Skilled Refugees and Displaced Individuals

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On June 12, 2023, the Government of Canada introduced two new streams under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP), reinforcing Canada’s commitment to empowering skilled refugees and displaced individuals to rebuild their lives with enhanced opportunities for education, training, and career advancement. The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, also known as EMPP, is a program that assists skilled refugees and their …

Canada Unveils New Pathway for Skilled Workers in High-Demand Professions to Become Permanent Residents

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On May 31, 2023, the Government of Canada announced its first-ever launch of category-based selection for Canada’s flagship economic immigration management system, Express Entry. This new approach allows Canada to issue invitations to apply for permanent residency to prospective individuals with specific skills, training, or language proficiency. In response to the pressing need for employers to fill numerous vacant positions …