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House of Commons report calls on IRCC to repeal ‘excessive demand’ rules

A Parliamentary committee is recommending the repeal of a controversial section of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that refuses entry to immigrants deemed likely to cause “excessive demand” on the country’s healthcare system. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration held hearings over the last few weeks on the Act’s medical inadmissibility provisions, and …

Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry Stream reopens briefly over weekend

Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream briefly reopened on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Government of Nova Scotia said it would accept between 175 and 225 applications during this latest opening of the the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (NSDEE). As with previous openings, the NSDEE, which operates on a first-come, first-served basis, reached its …

Canada invites 2,750 candidates to apply in new Express Entry draw

The Government of Canada has invited 2,750 candidates in the federal Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw that took place Dec. 6. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System score for this draw was 452. The draw once again made use of the tie-break procedure that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced …

Alberta reaches nomination allocation for 2017

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, has reached its maximum allotment of 5,500 nomination certificates for 2017. All applications that have already been submitted will be processed, the AINP said, but no further certificates will be issued until 2018. As of Dec. 4, the AINP reported that more than 3,050 …

Canadian Immigration Questions and Answers with Attorney David Cohen

Every month, Attorney David Cohen will answer a few general Canadian immigration questions submitted by our readers. These questions cover immigration programs, eligibility, processing, language requirements, investing in Canada, landing, admissibility, studying in Canada, working in Canada, and much more. 1. I am a Canadian citizen and want to sponsor my wife for permanent residency through …

CanadaVisa Social: Your expert network for immigration news

With a new year around the corner, it’s important to stay updated on the most recent Canadian immigration news stories and immigration program changes. Also, it may help to get connected with others who share similar goals of settling in Canada! Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, are the go-to social media channels for the latest immigration updates, tips …

David’s Blog: Building a new Quebec

In a speech this past summer, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard appealed to English speakers who had left the province to return, saying Quebec needed them. “We need you for a better future for all Quebecers,” he said. “This is the moment to come back and build Quebec, the new Quebec with us.” The speech and …

IRCC pledges to have most PR applications from Live-in Caregiver Program completed in 2018

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says it will have the backlog of permanent residence applications through the old Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) largely cleared by the end of 2018. In an announcement on Dec. 3, IRCC said its goal is to finalize 80 per cent of applications for permanent residence submitted on or before Oct. …

November unemployment rate lowest in nearly a decade: Statistics Canada

Canada’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly a decade in November, Statistics Canada’s new Labour Force Survey reports. Canada’s unemployment rate in November was 5.9 per cent. The last time it was that low was in February 2008. The numbers show employment increased for the second month in a row in November, …

Nearly 25% of Canadian workers are immigrants, new data shows

Immigrants have made important gains in Canada’s workforce over the last 10 years and more than 50 per cent have a bachelor’s degree or higher, new statistics from Canada’s 2016 census show. Released Nov. 29, the figures show that immigrants accounted for 23.8 per cent of Canadian workers in 2016, up from 21.2 per cent …

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