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2023-04-01 19:47:32 Immigration News Canada
New Minimum Wage In Canada and 5 Provinces Effective Today

https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Minimum-wage-vs-living-wage.jpg Last Updated On 1 April 2023, 9:43 AM EDT (Toronto Time) New minimum wage in Canada and 5 Canadian provinces (Manitoba, Yukon, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador) comes into effect today on April 1, 2023.

The federal new minimum wage in Canada now increases to $16.65 per hour to keep pace with inflation.
Previously, it was $15.55 per hour and is now being adjusted on April 1 of every year. All federally regulated commercial sectors in Canada, including banking, postal and courier services, as well as interprovincial air, rail, road, and ocean transportation, are required to pay the federal minimum wage.

However, the new minimum wage as always is being criticized for not being enough to keep up with actual Living Wages across different parts of Canada. Table of ContentsNew Minimum Wage in 5 Canadian ProvincesNew minimum wage will also come into effect in 5 Canadian provinces today (April 1, 2023).

The Manitoba minimum wage will rise by $0.65 to $14.15 per hour with next increase scheduled on October 1, 2023. New minimum wage in Nova Scotia effective today will rise to $14.50 per hour.

The minimum wage in New Brunswick will increase to $14.75 per hour on April 1, 2023, from $13.75.

Moreover, Yukon’s minimum wage will also rise by $1.05 to $16.77 per hour. New Minimum Wage In Ontario On October 1 Official Minimum Wages In Canada and Next Raise ScheduleNow British Columbia and Alberta as well as Nunavut are left to raise their minimum wage in 2023.

Alberta minimum wage has been unchanged since 2018 and was the highest in 2018. So, we believe minimum wage in Alberta is now long due for a raise and expected to increase up to $17 per hour.

Furthermore, British Columbia being one of the major provinces may plan to match minimum wage with Ontario this year.

It is expected that minimum wage in BC can also rise up to $16.50 in 2023. Minimum Wage in Canada Not Matching Living WagesOfficial Minimum Wages in Canada and its provinces are still not matching with practical Living Wages across the major Canadian cities.

The living wage is defined as what individuals need to earn to pay the real costs of living in their neighbourhood, and it is based on community-specific statistics. Living Wages in major locations across CanadaKnow Canada Weekly Earnings In All The Provinces Canada’s Minimum Wage Mandate In 2023Inflation is a global problem, and Canada’s new mandate will ensure minimum wage workers battle the wave of inflation easily and manage their day-to-day lives without difficulty.

According to the Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan Jr., “The cost of living is rising, so we’re making sure that wages keep going up too. We’re looking after workers, because that’s how you grow the economy and create more prosperity for everyone.”

The federal minimum wage directly impacts approximately 26,000 workers in the above-mentioned sectors who are earning less than the current rate.

The federal minimum wage in Canada revises every year on April 1 based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

In 2022, the minimum wage was increased from $15 in 2021 to $15.55 on April 1, 2022. Considering the inflation and CPI, the new minimum wage is double ($1.10) that of last year ($0.55). When is minimum wage going up in Ontario?Minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $16.55 on October 1, 2023. What is the minimum wage in Nova Scotia?$14.50 is the minimum wage in Nova Scotia. This minimum wage in Nova Scotia is scheduled increase to $15 on October 1, 2023. How much is Quebec minimum wage 2023?$14.25 is the minimum wage in Quebec. This is set to increase to $15.25 on May 1, 2023. When is B.C. minimum wage increase in 2023?B.C. is expected to raise the min[...]
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2023-04-01 19:47:31 Immigration News Canada
New IEC 2023 Round Of Invitations Sent Around 1,000 Invites

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The 12th IEC 2023 (International Experience Canada) batch of invites sent out almost 900 invitations across three categories, for the week ending March 31. Working Holiday visas, Young Professionals, and International Co-Op are among the three categories of IEC 2023.

Summary of this Week’s Invitations
Under the IEC Working Holiday visa category, more than 591 invitations were given to candidates in a pool from more than 30 different countries.

The IEC is currently reducing the amount of invites because more than 75% of the IEC 2023 limit has been reached.

More than 200 invitations were extended to candidates in the IEC 2023 Young Professionals pool.

In addition, around 162 applicants were invited under the International Co-op (internship) category.

The current IEC season has a processing time of 4 weeks, according to the most recent IRCC official processing update of March 29.

The categories of invites, candidates in the pool, and available slots are stated below for each country. International Experience Canada – Eligibility & How To Apply Table of ContentsIEC 2023 Working Holiday VisaWorking Holiday invitees are given an unrestricted work visa that permits them to work for nearly any company in Canada.

You are eligible if you are from a qualifying nation and;

* have received no job offer
* would like to work for more than one firm in Canada
* would desire to work in more than one pitch and earn enough money to travel Here Are Most Common Canada Immigration Options In 2023 Young Professionals CategoryUnder the Young Professionals category, invited candidates are given an employer-specific work visa.

Candidates for this category must have the following qualifications:

* a legitimate employment offer from a Canadian firm that can help you progress professionally.
* to work for the same company in the same location. International Co-op (Internship)In the International Co-op (Internship) category, an employer-specific work visa is given, if you fall into the group listed below.

* are a post-secondary student who has been offered a position in Canada for a work placement or internship;
* will complete this work placement or internship to complete your studies; and
* will work for the same employer in the same location throughout your stay in Canada. Click here to know more about IEC.
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2023-04-01 19:37:16 CIC News
British Columbia and Prince Edward Island issue invitations in latest PNP draws

British Columbia and Prince Edward Island have invited candidates in the most recent round of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. Immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal government and the provinces and both forms of government see the PNP as an efficient method for selecting the candidates who will fulfill the immigration minister’s mandate […]

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2023-04-01 15:36:34 CIC News
Canada increasing the federal minimum wage by 7 percent today

In a move designed to “keep pace with inflation”, Canada’s federal minimum wage will be increasing by $1.10 as of today. In the words of Canada’s Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan Jr., “the cost of living is rising, so we’re making sure that wages keep going up too. We’re looking after workers, because that’s how […]

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2023-03-31 22:31:20 Immigration News Canada
New Minimum Wage In Ontario On October 1

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On October 1, minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $16.55 per hour.

It is a 6.8 percent increase above the current wage of $15.50 per hour, which is linked to inflation.

According to the government, someone earning the minimum wage and working 40 hours per week will see their salary increase by approximately $2,200 per year.

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Special Minimum Wage will also increase

Beginning on October 1, the minimum wage for students will rise from $14.60 to $15.60 per hour for individuals under the age of 18 who work 28 hours or less per week when school is in session or during a school vacation or summer holiday.

Individuals who undertake paid work from home for companies must be paid at least $18.20 per hour, up from $17.05.

While working fewer than five consecutive hours in a day, the minimum salary for hunting, fishing, and wilderness guides will increase from $77.60 to $82.85, and from $155.25 to $165.75 when working five or more hours in a day.

New Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1

New Minimum Wage in Ontario Not Meeting Living Wage

Ontario should implement a $20 minimum wage, according to labour organizations and opposition opponents.

According to the Ontario Living Wage Network, a living wage in many regions of the province is $19, while it is more than $23 in the Greater Toronto Area.

Below is the breakdown of Living Wages in Ontario as per Ontario Living Wage Network as updated in February 2023.

Minimum Wage in Canada and All The Canadian Provinces

Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said Ontario is also developing a portable benefits plan that will give health and dental benefits tied to a worker rather than a business.

That program is meant to cover employees without benefits in the gig economy, retail, and hospitality, as well as those who may change occupations during their lifetimes. A task team set to produce a design for it in the summer.

“I’m proud of my record around minimum wage, to increase it to $16.55 an hour, the highest of any province in the country. But I also want to be clear that minimum wage jobs should be a starting point and not an end point. That’s why we’re investing hundreds of millions of dollars to retrain and upskill workers for bigger paycheques.”
Labour Minister Monte McNaughton
How much is Ontario student minimum wage?
Minimum wage for students will rise from $14.60 to $15.60 per hour for individuals under the age of 18 who work 28 hours or less per week when school is in session or during a school vacation or summer holiday.
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2023-03-31 18:06:14 Immigration News Canada Latest British Columbia-BC PNP Draw Sent >211 PR Invites https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/science-world-false-creek-vancouver-british-columbia-63332.jpeg Last Updated On 31 March 2023, 9:05 AM EDT (Toronto…
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2023-03-31 18:06:12 Immigration News Canada
Latest British Columbia-BC PNP Draw Sent >211 PR Invites

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On March 30 British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program-BC PNP Draw issued more than 211 invitations for permanent residency (PR).

The invitations were sent under Skilled Worker and International Graduate stream including their Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) options.

This was a targeted draw at 35 Tech occupations as well as more than 40 healthcare related occupations. Summary of BC PNP Draw – March 30Cutoff score increases by 2 points for Tech occupations as compared to the previous similar targeted BC PNP Draw.

However, Cutoff score has been mostly staying at 60 for healthcare related occupations. British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program – All You Need To Know Table of ContentsList of 35 Tech Occupations Invited in BC PNP Draw * 10030 Telecommunication carriers managers
* 20012 Computer and information systems managers
* 21100 Physicists and astronomers
* 21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
* 21211 Data scientists
* 21220 Cybersecurity specialists
* 21221 Business systems specialists
* 21222 Information systems specialists
* 21223 Database analysts and data administrators
* 21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
* 21231 Software engineers and designers
* 21232 Software developers and programmers
* 21233 Web designers
* 21234 Web developers and programmers
* 21300 Civil engineers
* 21301 Mechanical engineers
* 21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
* 21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
* 21320 Chemical engineers
* 21399 Other professional engineers
* 22110 Biological technologists and technicians
* 22220 Computer network and web technicians
* 22221 User support technicians
* 22222 Information systems testing technicians
* 22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
* 22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
* 50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
* 51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
* 51112 Technical writers
* 51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
* 52119 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
* 52112 Broadcast technicians
* 52113 Audio and video recording technicians
* 52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
* 53111 Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators Care economy: Healthcare occupations* 30010 Managers in health care
* 31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
* 31101 Specialists in surgery
* 31102 General practitioners and family physicians
* 31110 Dentists
* 31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
* 31120 Pharmacists
* 31121 Dietitians and nutritionists
* 31200 Psychologists
* 31201 Chiropractors
* 31202 Physiotherapists
* 31203 Occupational therapists
* 31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
* 31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
* 31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
* 31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
* 31302 Nurse practitioners
* 31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
* 32101 Licensed practical nurses
* 32102 Paramedical occupations
* 32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
* 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
* 32110 Denturists
* 32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
* 32112 Dental technologists and technicians
* 32120 Medical laboratory technologists
* 32121 Medical radiation technologists
* 32122 Medica[...]
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2023-03-31 17:51:20 CIC News
Immigrate to Canada as a tech worker from the U.S.

In March 2022, the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. reported an “employment-based green card backlog” of 1.4 million skilled immigrants in the U.S. (2021). Accordingly, many foreign nationals in the U.S. are being confronted with the perils of extensive processing times, all the while being unaware that they have many employment-based Canadian immigration options at […]

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2023-03-30 21:22:45 Canadim
Top 7 Reasons Canadian Express Entry Applications are Denied

Express Entry is the fastest and most popular pathway to permanent residence for immigrants seeking a new life in Canada. This year alone the Canadian government aims to welcome 266,210 permanent residents through economic pathways, many of which operate through Expres Entry. The following are the 7 most common reasons we see for Express Entry applications to be denied.

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2023-03-30 17:27:33 Immigration News Canada
Official Alberta PNP Express Entry Selection Criteria For 2023

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On March 28, 2023 the Alberta PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) officially known as AAIP (Alberta Advantage Immigration Program) shared stream-wise allocation and Express Entry selection criteria for 2023.

Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) establishes the maximum number of nomination certificates that the AAIP may issue. In 2023, the AAIP will be able to award 9,750 nomination certificates, divided between Express Entry and non-Express Entry paths. Furthermore, this allocation is officially projected to increase to more than 10,000 nomination in 2024 and 2025. Table of ContentsAlberta PNP (AAIP) Processing UpdateNew Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1 Alberta PNP (AAIP) 2023 Nomination Allocations by streamIn 2023, AAIP has already issued 1,711 nomination certificates. Below is the official summary of nomination allocation this year. Non-Express Entry Streams – 4,875 nominationsExpress Entry Streams – 4,875 nominationsAAIP Express Entry Selection Criteria 2023The AAIP analyses available applicants in the federal Express Entry pool on a regular basis. The AAIP chooses applicants directly from the pool based on available profile information.

Following this an invitation is sent to the selected Express Entry profiles to submit a completed application to the AAIP.

However, Express Entry profiles with eligible Tech Occupations can fill out Accelerated Tech Pathway form to be considered for the upcoming draws.

The below listed criteria will be used by the Alberta Express Entry Stream draws for 2023:

* 25% of nominations will go to Express Entry profiles in high-demand occupations/NOCs who have a close familial connection (parent, child, brother or sister) in Alberta.
* Occupations with considerable cumulative imbalance on Alberta’s Occupational Outlook and professions with ‘High’ or ‘Moderately High’ demand in the Short-Term Employment Forecast are examples of in-demand occupations.

* 50% of nominations will be provided to people with a primary vocation in the health care, construction, agricultural, hospitality and tourist sectors, with priority given to those having an Alberta job offer.
* 25% AAIP nominations are reserved for the Accelerated Tech Pathway. AAIP Express Entry Draws 2023AAIP Express Entry Draws 2022https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Alberta-PNP-Express-Entry-Draws-2022.png
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2023-03-30 17:14:29 CIC News
Family law in Canada: What happens when a sponsorship relationship breaks down?

Family law problems in the immigration law context usually occur because a relationship or marriage breaks down after the spouse or partner has been sponsored to come to Canada. When this happens, there may be concerns about maintaining immigration status, sponsorship undertakings and spousal financial support. Sponsor your family for Canadian immigration The sponsor and […]

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2023-03-30 05:21:22 Immigration News Canada
Check New IRCC Processing Times As of March 29

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This page contains a list of the new updated official IRCC processing times as of March 29, 2023, as well as a comparison to the previous week’s processing timings.

For over a year, we’ve been tracking and publishing these processing times for our readers, which are officially updated weekly by the IRCC.

Please carefully read the following information to properly understand what these processing timeframes mean.

In early 2022, the IRCC upgraded its processing tool to include accurate information on typical processing durations rather than just service standard timelines.

These processing timelines are meant to offer potential immigrants and visa applicants to Canada an indication of how long it may take for a decision to be reached on their application.

These timelines are based on data collected for 80% of previously processed applications over the last 6 months and are meant to offer the most recent weekly processing timings.

This does not guarantee that your application will be processed in the same amount of time.

Because it is an average of the processing times for 80% of the applications, the processing time for your application may be longer or shorter than displayed.

Please keep in mind that the processing time begins when the IRCC receives the application and concludes when the immigration officer determines whether or not to accept the application. Table of ContentsNew Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1 Citizenship & PR cards IRCC Processing Times *Citizenship certificate (evidence of citizenship): Applications from countries other than Canada and the United States may be processed more slowly.

The IRCC is currently sending acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letters or emails to paper and online citizenship applicants who applied between February 13th, 2023. Family Sponsorship Processing timesCanadian Passport Processing times Economic Class Permanent Residency Processing TimeIRCC backlog drops to 910,400 despite increase in new applications Temporary Residence Application Processing times *Applications for critical occupations are being prioritized at this time. If you are not applying for a position in an essential occupation, your processing time may be longer than stated above.BREAKING: New Canada Immigration Pathway Announced By IRCC
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2023-03-30 01:21:21 Immigration News Canada
New Express Entry Draw Declares CRS Cutoff At 481

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Today, new IRCC Express Entry draw issues 7,000 invitations to apply (ITA) for Canada permanent residency (PR), to applicants having a CRS score of 481 or above.

Express Entry draws are usually held bi-weekly, but today’s draw is the third back-to-back weekly round of invitations.

Details of the IRCC Express Entry draw today

* Date and time of round: March 29, 2023 13:44:01 UTC
* No Program Specified
* Number of invitations issued: 7,000
* Rank required to be invited to apply: 7,000 or above
* CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 481
* Tie-breaking rule: February 14, 2023 07:35:00 UTC

Just FYI, we now have a dedicated online Express Entry page which is updated as soon as the draw is out. Click here to visit our Express Entry page.

A total of 21,000 invitations to apply have been issued in last 3 consecutive weeks and CRS cut off score has dropped all the way from 490 to 481.

This is the lowest cutoff score since the beginning of “no program specified” draws post pandemic.

However, this could just be the “good days” prior to starting of new “targeted Express Entry draws” this year.

New Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1
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Next Express Entry Draw Prediction

Our CRS cut off score prediction last week just missed by 1 point. We predicted today’s cutoff at 480, but it came at 481.

This prediction is based on our analysis of CRS score distribution in the pool on the draw day and anticipation of new profiles until then.

Similarly, our next draw predication sees the cut off score to be around 476-478 for no program specified draws (if draw is held next week).

If no program specified draw is held after two weeks now, then the cut off is expected to be around 480.

The CRS score distribution of applicants in the Express Entry pool as of March 29, 2023 is shown below.

March 29 CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool
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Click here for all the previous Express Entry draws.

Official IRCC processing times for Express Entry – March 23, 2023.

* Canadian Experience Class – 12 months
* Federal Skilled Worker Program – 30 months
* Federal Skilled Trades Program – 70 months
* Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 11 months

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2023-03-29 21:03:00 CIC News
Express Entry: CRS score falls to 481 as Canada invites another 7,000 candidates

IRCC has just held an all-program Express Entry draw for the third week in a row. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 7,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was 481. IRCC considered candidates from all programs. Get a Free Express Entry Assessment […]

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2023-03-29 16:56:58 Immigration News Canada Canada Budget 2023 New Proposals For Immigration https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Canada-Budget-2023.png Last Updated On 29 March 2023, 8:52 AM EDT (Toronto Time) Today, the finance minister and deputy prime…
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Canada Budget 2023 New Proposals For Immigration

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Today, the finance minister and deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled Canada budget 2023 amid rising grocery costs.

Budget reiterated that Canada will welcome 500,000 new permanent residents per year by 2025 with the vast majority of whom will be skilled employees.

This will assist in addressing the labour shortages that so many Canadian firms are currently facing.

The budget proposes new funding to improve processing and boost visitors to Canada.

Additionally, it also allocates new funding for promoting francophone funding as well as to support legal aid for Asylum Seekers. Table of ContentsCanada Budget 2023 Proposal for ImmigrationCanada budget 2023 proposes $104.3 million for citizenship, visitors, asylum seekers + $123.2 million for promoting francophone immigration.

As per 2022 budget, Canada already has plan to spend $1.6 billion over six years and $315 million ongoing to achieve ambitious target of welcoming 500,000 new permanent residents annually by 2025.

Moreover, $50 million is also being spend to address immigration backlogs. New Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1 Safe and Efficient Citizenship Applications: $10 million over 5 yearsApplications for citizenship are screened using name-based searches rather than biometric methods like fingerprints, which are used in visa and permanent residency applications.

Name-based searches take longer and are less precise, resulting in longer processing times.

So, budget 2023 proposes $10 million over five years, beginning in 2023-24, with a remaining amortization of $14.6 million for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to implement biometrics. Supporting Travel to Canada: $50.8 million in forgone revenue over 4 yearsCanada acknowledges that Visitors to Canada generate billions of dollars in revenue. The federal government is dedicated to simplifying and streamlining the application process for anyone wishing to visit Canada, while not compromising national security.

Budget 2023 proposes expanding eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) eligibility to low-risk, trusted travellers from additional visa-required countries.

This will assist to make Canada a more appealing destination for trustworthy travellers while also allowing the government to direct resources where they are most needed, such as screening higher-risk travellers.

This approach will cost $50.8 million in forgone revenue over four years. The list of qualifying countries will be released in upcoming weeks. Legal Aid for Asylum Seekers: $43.5 millionAs per Canadian government, access to legal counsel, information, and guidance guarantees that Canada’s asylum procedure is fair and efficient for all.

In collaboration with provinces and territories, the federal government helps fund legal aid services for asylum seekers who cannot afford it.

Canada budget 2023 proposes to give Justice Canada $43.5 million in 2023-24 to sustain government financing for immigration and refugee legal aid programmes. Francophone (French-Speaking) immigration: $123.2 millionBudget proposes $123.2 million to enhance Francophone immigration in Canada. Although, it is immigration related, but it falls under the action plan for official languages section of the budget.

This includes assistance to Canadian firms in recruiting French-speaking overseas employees and improved assistance to these immigrants after they arrive. Grocery Rebate Canada Budget 2023Most talked across Canada is the “grocery rebate” announced by the minister, which is a one-time payment (a maximum amount of $153 per adult, $81 per child, and $81 for singles).

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From LinkedIn to TikTok: How newcomers are using social media to succeed in Canada

Data from a 2022 survey by CBC’s Media Technology Monitor (MTM) indicates that nearly half (42%) of surveyed “newcomers who have consumed news within the last month cited social media as their go-to news source.” According to the survey, over three-in-ten (31%) Canadian newcomers who use social media use “six or more platforms.” Put simply, […]

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2023-03-29 04:44:28 CIC News
How does Budget 2023 impact Canadian immigration?

Canada has released Budget 2023. Each year, Canada releases a budget that sets the tone for spending in the upcoming fiscal year. It is a major influence in all aspects of life for Canadians and newcomers alike. The budget shows Canada’s plans for spending and reflects the current government’s priorities. It also shows the outlook […]

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2023-03-28 16:36:19 Immigration News Canada
Ontario-OINP Official Data On Top 20 Nominated Occupations

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On March 23, 2022, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) released important data about the 2022 selections.

The OINP reached the annual PNP allocation of 9,750 nominations in December 2022.

This is an important data as it helps understand permanent residency (PR) seekers their chances of selection this year.

Apart from the international students and work experience holders in Canada, OINP is also a great option for Express Entry applicants (inside or outside Canada).

More than 60% of the nominations in 2022 were issued directly to the Express Entry profiles.

Furthermore, OINP has much higher PNP allocation (16,500) this year making the program even more attractive. Table of ContentsOverview of All the OINP NominationsThe OINP nominated people with employment offers from approximately 1,300 employers across all industries in Ontario in 2022.

Manufacturing, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services were the main industries sponsored by the OINP in 2022. OINP directly sent 13,057 invites to Express Entry profiles. Out of these, 6,149 received the nomination.

More than 50% of these were Express Entry Federal Skilled Trades category. These Express Entry profiles had CRS score as low as 266.

So, OINP turned out to be a good option for FST applicants as there was no dedicated Express Entry draw for them since 2020.

Overall 40% of the nominations across all streams were issued to to individuals with work experience or a job offer in a skilled trade occupation.

Those with work experience or a job offer in a high-tech occupation received around 25% of all nominations.

The program nominated around 150 health care employees, including over 75 nurses and personal support workers. Ontario PNP Nominations By StreamNew Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1 Top 20 Occupations NominatedTop 10 OINP Countries By BirthIn 2022, nominations were sent to citizens from approximately 120 different countries.

The most nominations were given to candidates from India, China, and Nigeria. Ontario Entrepreneur Stream UpdateThe Entrepreneur Stream issued 3 nominations in 2022. At the end of the year, 17 more applicants were in the compliance monitoring process for the stream.

An additional 151 applications are being processed in the stream. Five entrepreneurs have been nominated and are operating their businesses in Ontario as of December 2022. OINP expects that by establishing their enterprises in the province, the 17 new applicants will spend approximately $10,248,746 million and employ 67 Ontarians. New Ontario-OINP Quota For 2023 Increases By 7,500 Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream Full List Of Occupation InvitedExpress Entry Skilled Trades Stream Full List Of Eligible OccupationsThe occupation of interested applicants’ Express Entry profile just has to fall into one of the key NOC 2021 groupings listed below.

* Major Group 72, technical trades and transportation officers and controllers, excluding Sub-Major Group 726, transportation officers and controllers
* Major Group 73, general trades
* Major Group 82, supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
* Major Group 83, occupations in natural resources and related production
* Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors, and utilities operators and controllers
* Major Group 93, central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors, excluding Sub-Major Group 932, aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
* Minor Group 6320, cooks, butchers and bakers
* Unit Group 62200, chefs Express Entry French-Speaking Stream Full List Of Occupation InvitedThe post Ontario-OINP Official Data On Top 20 Nominated Occupations appeared first on Immigration News Canada.

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How SAIT invests in the success of international students to Canada

Mental health is an important consideration for international students deciding where they want to pursue their education abroad. According to a survey of over “10,000 prospective students from 181 countries” “there has been a 14% increase in the percentage of students who say that a university’s mental health support services are very important” since 2020. […]

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Protecting against immigration fraud as an international student in Canada

International students in Canada are often seen as easy targets for fraudsters looking to, literally, “cash in” on vulnerable victims. This is because scammers know that they will do anything to achieve their goals of studying in Canada. As fraud prevention month winds down for 2023, it’s a good time for international students to study […]

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Canada Foreign Worker Program Transitioning To LMIA Online Portal Effective April 3
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IRCC launches public survey on improving immigration system

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched their initiative “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future”. The initiative provides Canadians and other stakeholders with the opportunity to share their ideas and perspectives on how Canada can build a stronger, more adaptive immigration system. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration The IRCC website explains […]

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Canada to announce new immigration pathway this morning

IRCC Minister Sean Fraser will announce a new immigration pathway this morning at 11:30 AM Eastern Time. NOTE: This is a developing story. CIC News will update it as more information becomes available.  Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration The minister is delivering a speech in Toronto at the Empire Club of Canada […]

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Internet and phone services are becoming more affordable across Canada

According to the latest version of Canada’s Price Comparison Study of Telecom Services, prices for both wireless and home internet services declined across Canada in 2022. More specifically, according to a recent government press release, “Canada’s wireless prices declined by an average of 2.6% across all levels [last year], with declines up to 16% for […]

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Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba hold PNP draws, this week

This week four provinces held Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. The PNP (as of the last immigration levels plan) is the main pathway for economic immigrants to enter Canada. The program exists to help spread the benefits of immigration across Canada, and to aid provinces in addressing specific labour and demographic challenges that they face. […]

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2023-03-26 08:35:38 Immigration News Canada Roxham Road Border and Safe Third Country Agreement https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Biden-and-Trudeau-Together.jpeg Last Updated On 25 March 2023, 9:49 PM EDT (Toronto Time) The Canadian government has secured…
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Roxham Road Border and Safe Third Country Agreement

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The Canadian government has secured an agreement with the United States on irregular migration that now allows Canada to block the Roxham Road unofficial crossing at the Canada-United States border.

On March 24, 2023, Canada and the United States announced the expansion of the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) across the whole land border, including internal waterways.

The expansion takes effect on March 25, 2023, at 12:01 a.m. EDT. If you crossed the border to seek asylum (refugee) and do not fit one of the Agreement’s exclusions, you will be deported to the United States.

https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/joe_biden_justin_trudeau.jpeg Table of ContentsWhat is Roxham Road Crossing Roxham Road is an unofficial land border (dirt road) between Canada and United States, which runs through Quebec and New York. It is located around 50 kilometres south of Montreal.

The route serves as a popular unauthorized border crossing for asylum seekers attempting to enter Canada.

Since 2017, Canada has experienced an influx of refugees crossing the border from the United States at different irregular entry sites.

According to federal government figures, more than 39,000 persons sought refuge in Quebec in 2022 after entering the country illegally.

https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Roxham-Road-Border-Crossing.jpeg What is Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA)?A safe third country is a country where an individual, passing through that country, could have made a claim for refugee protection.

Canada and United States has a Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) which means any foreign national in the United States cannot enter Canada and seek refuge.

It is illegal for an asylum seeker to cross the border anyplace other than an established port of entry.

However, once a person sets foot on the Canadian soil by any means (such as via Roxham road), then that person is lawfully permitted to apply for asylum and seek refugee status.

Previously, the STCA was only applicable at official border crossings and Roxham road is just an unofficial country-side ditch road connecting two countries.

On March 24 U.S and Canada has expanded this agreement to include all the official and unofficial borders effective March 25.

Now if any foreign national enters Canada from the United States and apply for asylum (refugee status), then Canadian authorities will return them back to the U.S. Where is the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) applicable now?The Safe Third Country Agreement applies to refugees seeking entrance into Canada from the United States.

* at Canada-US land border crossings
* after crossing between ports of entry and claiming refugee protection within 14 days of entering Canada
* by train, or
* at airports, only if the person seeking refugee protection in Canada has been denied refugee status in the US and is in transit through Canada after being deported from the US. Exemptions to the STCAExceptions to the Agreement take into account the value of family unity, children’s best interests, and the public interest. There are four different kinds of exceptions:

* Family members.
* Unaccompanied minors.
* Document holders
* Public Interest 1. Family member exemptionRefugee applicants may be eligible for this exemption if they have a family member who:

* is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or a protected person under Canadian immigration legislation
* has made a claim for refugee status in Canada that has been accepted [...]
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IRCC Minister To Announce New Canada Immigration Pathway

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Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Honourable Sean Fraser, will be announcing a new Canada Immigration pathway on March 27, 2023.

Minister will be offering a keynote talk and unveil new permanent residency (PR) pathway at the Empire Club of Canada in Toronto at 11:30 am EST.

Fraser will be speaking with NGOs, business leaders, and civil society organizations and discuss how Canada’s immigration measures can help employers from different sectors address the labour shortages.

As of now there is no clarity or confirmation on what exactly the new pathway for permanent residency (PR) will be.

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IEC 2023 New Round Of Invitations Sent >900 Invites

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11th IEC 2023 (International Experience Canada) round of invitations for the week ending March 24 sent more than 900 invitations across three categories.

The 3 categories include the Working Holiday visa category, Young Professionals, and International Co-Op (Internship).

Over 558 invites were sent to candidates in pool from more than 30 different countries under the IEC Working Holiday visa category. Working Holiday category now has 30,761 available spots for this year. IEC is now slowing down on the number of invitations since more than 75% of IEC 2023 quota has been exhausted.

Citizens of only 7 countries now have an excellent probability of earning an invitation in the upcoming IEC 2023 Working Holiday category next week.

The countries with high chance of invite next week include Andorra, Croatia, Luxembourg, Norway, San Marino, Slovenia, and Sweden.

Candidates from the other countries in the Working Holiday category have a limited likelihood of earning an invitation based on the number of candidates in the pool and available slots, but they can still participate.

More than 200 invites were sent to the applicants in pool for the IEC 2023 Young Professionals category. Moreover, there are only 3,314 spots left for 2023.

Additionally, 135 invites were given to the candidates under the International Co-op (internship) category.

According to the most recent IRCC official processing update of March 23, the current IEC season has a processing time of less than three weeks.

Below listed is the category-wise data for each country on the number of invitations, applicants in the pool, and available spots. Table of ContentsNew Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1 1. IEC 2023 Working Holiday Visa CategoryInternational Experience Canada – Eligibility & How To Apply 2. IEC Young Professionals Category3. IEC International Co-op (Internship)The post IEC 2023 New Round Of Invitations Sent >900 Invites appeared first on Immigration News Canada.

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