Canada’s Top In-Demand Occupations in 2023

From the growth of skills-based hiring to the popularity of hybrid work models, the landscape of work has changed dramatically and professionals all over the globe are thinking about their next career move. For those considering a relocation to Canada, LinkedIn recently conducted a study where they analyzed millions of jobs commenced by LinkedIn members […]

Family members of most work permit holders now eligible for an open work permit

As of January 30, 2023, family members of most foreign workers can apply for an open work permit with a few exceptions. As announced in December 2022, IRCC is temporarily extending work permits to spouses and working-age children of principal applicants in the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP) with the […]

IRCC expands immigration program for out-of-status construction workers in the GTA

As part of easing its current labour shortages in skilled trades, the Government of Canada has recently announced that it is expanding its pilot program which has provided hundreds of out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with a path to permanent residency.   In 2019, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and […]


  Background As Canada is experiencing a huge shortage of healthcare professionals to care for public at the hospitals, private clinics, or other medical providing facilities, the federal and provincial governments have enacted new policies to help attract candidates from outside of Canada. In the past few months, the immigration department has implemented new procedures […]

Canada Expands Work Eligibility to Spouses and Working-Age Children

In its latest effort to address the current labour shortages, on December 2, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that the country will expand the eligibility of open work permits to the spouses and working-age children of certain work permit holders under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) as a temporary two-year measure. Before this […]

Nova Scotia launches new immigration plan for Francophones

On November 7, 2022, Nova Scotia announced a new action plan to expand the province’s French-speaking population. This plan, called ‘Growing Nova Scotia’s Francophone Population – An Action Plan for Success (2022-25)’ outlines the province’s strategy to attract francophones from other countries and provinces, including the following efforts: •growing community and partner engagement; •promoting and […]

New Regulations, New NOC System and New Median Wage…Oh My!

It has been a busy few months filled with important updates from IRCC – with some revisions presently initiated and other changes on the way. These recent updates each carry unique potential impacts on employers, foreign workers and Canadian Immigration. New Immigration Regulations Targeting Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada As of September 26, 2022, new […]

Canada is aiming to re-design the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national reference for occupations. It categorizes employment activities in Canada to help understand the nature of the Canadian labour market, run government programs, promote skills development, conduct research, and help Canada manage its immigration and foreign worker programs. Background Every ten years, the NOC undergoes a major structural revision […]

Changes in the Owner/Operator LMIA Program in Canada

The Owner/Operator (“O/O”) LMIA is a variation of LMIA that is mostly welcomed by foreign business owners who are interested to purchase an existing business or start a new business in Canada. The candidates are expected to have a controlling interest in the business by being the sole proprietor or a majority shareholder. For several […]

Canada’s Latest Express Entry Draw and Future Applications

Introduction Canada’s latest Express Entry draw came in record-breaking at over 27k to invite people to apply for permanent residence. This is a huge jump from the prior draw, which only reached 5k by comparison. The Canadian government’s Immigration Levels Plan aims to take this even further by planning a target of a whopping 401k […]

What to expect from Canadian immigration in 2021?

With the world in pandemic mode over the last ten months and Covid-19 continuing to spread across the globe, many are wondering what we can expect for the year to come, especially when it comes to the world of immigration! Although we know that Canada’s immigration system will not return completely back to normal until […]

New Canadian immigration programs for young foreign nationals

Canada is expecting more than 1.2 million immigrants by the end of 2023! That’s the largest intake the country has had in decades and to make it happen, the country is now looking at offering more immigration pathways to foreign nationals already residing in Canada. In consideration of the drop in the number of immigrants […]

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