Alberta pauses processing for Alberta Opportunity Stream applications; will launch stream for tourism and hospitality

Credit to Author: Edana Robitaille| Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2024 13:00:03 +0000

As of February 15, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) has temporarily paused processing applications for the Alberta Opportunity Stream until further notice. The AAIP says the pause will give the province time to “address its current inventory and focus its limited immigration nominations on priorities, such as filling labour shortages in healthcare, technology, construction, […]

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Canada welcomed 471,550 new permanent residents in 2023

Credit to Author: Edana Robitaille| Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2024 14:00:30 +0000

Recent data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that Canada exceeded its target for the number of permanent residents it planned to welcome in 2023. According to the most recently available IRCC backlog data, the department welcomed 471,550 new permanent residents in 2023. This is an increase of 33,950 over 2022’s 437,600. The […]

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Support for immigration in Canada dropped in 2023

Credit to Author: Edana Robitaille| Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2024 13:00:04 +0000

Since September, polls from Nanos, the Environics Institute and now Leger, a Canadian market research company, have all found that support for high levels of immigration to Canada has declined sharply in recent months. Immigration is the largest contributing factor to the country’s growing population. Canada’s population hit a milestone of over 40,000,000 people in […]

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How does IRCC decide when to hold Express Entry draws?

Credit to Author: Edana Robitaille| Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2023 13:05:55 +0000

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Express Entry draws were fairly predictable. Although it was not an official policy, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would usually hold draws every two weeks, on Wednesday. Each draw would typically feature over 3,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence, and Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-offs around 470 […]

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Fall Economic Statement highlights strategy to increase the supply of affordable housing in Canada

Credit to Author: Edana Robitaille| Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2023 13:00:44 +0000

Canada’s Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland released the Fall Economic Statement for 2023 on November 21. The Statement acts as an update to the progress of Canada’s economic plan since the release of Budget 2023. It also builds on plans already in motion to reflect the current state of the economy. For example, the Statement acknowledges […]

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A closer look at Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2023 22:12:49 +0000

The Immigration Levels Plan contains a details of admissions in several categories. What is somewhat remarkable is that not only will the overall admissions from 2025-2026 remain the same, but the planned admissions in each category will as well, which could likely mean difficulties for many temporary residents as well as application backlogs.

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Canada’s immigration ministers meet in Toronto; four provinces hold PNP draws

Credit to Author: Edana Robitaille| Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2023 11:43:38 +0000

Yesterday, Immigration Minister Marc Miller met with provincial and territorial immigration ministers in Toronto to discuss shared priorities. The ministers meet twice a year and together make up the Federation of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI). The FMRI is a decision-making body with the goal of supporting a flexible, timely, and effective immigration system for […]

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Canadian government to conduct review of main immigration law

Credit to Author: Edana Robitaille| Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2023 12:30:58 +0000

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says that there will be a review of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) as part of the recently released Strategy: An Immigration System for Canada’s Future. The Strategy outlines changes that IRCC intends to make over the coming years to improve processing and create a more comprehensive […]

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Report: Canada’s immigration levels will need to rise in the future

Credit to Author: Asheesh Moosapeta| Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2023 12:00:34 +0000

On November 1st, Canada announced that it would be keeping immigration levels constant, hoping to welcome roughly 500,000 immigrants a year, in 2025 and 2026. While Canada’s current immigration levels are already at record-breaking highs, a recent report from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) suggests that immigration levels will likely need to rise again […]

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Canada seeking more francophones under Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026

Credit to Author: Vimal Sivakumar| Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2023 13:00:16 +0000

According to Canada’s latest Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is looking to welcome 31,500 French-speaking permanent residents (PRs) in 2025 and 36,000 newcomers under the same category in 2026. An annual release by Canada’s immigration department, the Immigration Levels Plan is used to guide the number of new PRs that […]

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