Canada announces 16 new occupations now eligible for permanent residence

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

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

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

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 …

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

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

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 …

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 2022

Nicole H. Community, Newcomer Information

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day in Canada. For more than a century, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed in residential schools. The term residential schools refers to a school system set up by the Canadian government and administered by churches that had the objective of educating …

National Day of Mourning to Commemorate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

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The Prime Minister has announced that Monday, September 19, 2022, will be a one-time National Day of Mourning for the federal public service, including the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), to coincide with Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral and the end of the official period of mourning in Canada. “On September 19, Canadians from across the country will pay their respects to …

Update to Canadian Immigration Application Backlogs

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

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 …

Over 17 Thousand Afghan Refugees Arrived in Canada Since August 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement News

The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan refugees in Canada as quickly and safely as possible. We developed several special programs and measures that reflect the long and enduring relationship we have with Afghans, and to protect some of the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan. 17,375 Afghan refugees have arrived in Canada, under all …

Heritage Day 2022

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Heritage Day long weekend is coming up! Heritage Day takes place on the first Monday of August each year in Alberta and recognizes and celebrates the varied cultural, architectural, and historical heritage of the people who have shaped this province. We encourage you to set out to find museums, historical sites, festivals, or natural heritage sites around Alberta on Heritage …

IRCC Gradually Resuming Express Entry Draws

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

Good news! Starting July 6, 2022, IRCC has gradually resumed inviting qualified candidates to apply for permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class Immigrate to Canada through Express Entry (EE) – Useful Links Stay informed and updated: Sign up for Express Entry latest news Instructions that explain how the rounds …