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Ontario Provincial Nominee Invites

The ON Provincial Nominee Program has nine several streams

  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream*
  • Human Capital Priorities stream*
  • Skilled Trades stream*
  • Entrepreneur stream
  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student stream
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream
  • Masters Graduate stream
  • PhD Graduate stream

On 15 July 2021 several skill Level C and D occupations were targeted in the  Employer Job Offer : In Demand Skills Stream

Applicants had to have 12 months experience in these 5 occupations could be obtained anywhere in Ontario
3413 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associate
4412 – Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
8431 – General farm workers
8611 – Harvesting labourers
9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Applicants must have had 12 months of experience in one of the following towns to be invited (Chatham-Kent, Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, City of Cornwall) within the following occupations.
9411 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
9416 – Metalworking and forging machine operators
9417 – Machining tool operators
9418 – Other metal products machine operators
9421 – Chemical plant machine operators
9422 – Plastics processing machine operators
9437 – Woodworking machine …

British Columbia will require certification for ten trades

At the moment only a small number of trades require Canadian certification in BC. They are elevator mechanics, certain trades that operate ammonia as well power engineers.

Others such as welders, electricians, automotive mechanics did not have to obtain a Red Seal in Canada to work in these occupations. It was reported in the media that certain trades will require certification in the future such as construction electrician, industrial electrician, powerline technician, gasfitter, steamfitter-pipefitter, heavy equipment technician and automotive service technicians.

The electrical trades will require certification in 2023 (18 months) and the rest in 2025.

Source: https://vancouversun.com/business/b-c-to-begin-reinstatement-of-compulsory-trade-certification

Mr. Nir Babani the previous owner of UIS Canada is being investigated

Mr. Nir Babani the previous owner of UIS Canada (https://www.uiscanada.com) are now being investigated after several complaints have been received.

The regulator, ICCRC reported the following: “We are writing to advise that ICCRC has formally initiated a disciplinary proceeding against Nir Babani, R407271. The first step in the proceeding is a motion to seek an interim suspension of Nir Babani’s membership with ICCRC pending the final adjudication of the merits of misconduct alleged in the complaints. If ICCRC is successful on this motion Nir Babani will not be able to legally offer immigration services in Canada until the Disciplinary Committee makes a final decision on the merits of the complaints. Not all the complaints we have received against Nir Babani are identified in the interim motion proceeding. 

Open the link to see a list of theCurrent Proceedings of Disciplinary Actions against Mr. Nir Babani.

Current Proceedings of Disciplinary Actions

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program: What occupations get invited?

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MB PNP) invites foreign nationals that has been working in Manitoba for six months as well as foreign nationals that is outside of Canada.

Those invited from outside of Canada are recruited via the “Skilled Worker Overseas” stream also known as the “Strategic Recruitment Initiative”. The points applicants had to score were as follow:

7 June 2021- 708 points
1 June 2021- 601 points
25 May 2021- 703 points
6 May 2021- 703 points
26 April 2021- 721 points

Applicants will require a job offer to reach the required points

What type of occupations are being invited? Open the link below to see a list of occupations that where invited during the first 6 months of 2020:

MB Strategic Recruitment Inititaive -1

B.C. heat wave shatters Canadian record for highest temperature ever recorded

The Province of British Columbia (BC) has recorded the highest temperatures in the history of Canada with the heat wave the province is currently experiencing.

Lytton, B.C., broke the record Sunday afternoon for the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada with a measurement of 46.6 C, according to Environment Canada. The previous record high temperature for the country was 45 C, set in Saskatchewan in July 1937.

Other notable highs include the Fraser Valley, which broke 40 C at Cultus Lake for the first time Saturday while temperatures in the Pemberton Valley are so high an evacuation order has been issued because of rising river levels caused by snowmelt.

Forecasters expect the Lower Mainland to reach temperatures as high as 45 C today (Monday), when the heat wave is expected to peak. Abbotsford, in the Fraser Valley, will be the city to watch on Monday as it will feel as hot as 50 C.

Source: Global News

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ON PNP INVITES 23 JUNE 2021

 

On 23 June 2021 The OINP targeted candidates with a comprehensive ranking system score between 464-467 and work experience in the following NOC codes:

0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers
0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0125 Other business services managers
0601 Corporate sales managers
1111 Financial auditors and accountants
1112 Financial and investment analysts
1121 Human resources professionals
1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants

Despite being invited applicants would not be allowed to travel to Canada…

Invitations issued for Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited certain candidates to apply to the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream. It is the programs first round of invitations in this stream after releasing their new Expression of Interest System that allows applicants to enter a profile with their personal information. After answering a few questions, the applicant is presented a score.

The criteria for this selection was at least 31 points and work experience in the following occupations:

Health care occupations
3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3112 – General practitioners and family physicians
3121 – Optometrists
3122 – Chiropractors
3124 – Allied primary health practitioners
3125 – Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131 – Pharmacists
3132 – Dietitians and nutritionists
3141 – Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3213 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
3214 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215 – Medical radiation technologists
3216 – Medical sonographers
3232 – Practitioners of natural healing
3236 – Massage therapists

Skilled trades occupations
7241 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7271 – Carpenters
7291 – Roofers and shinglers
7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics…

New Permanent Residence Stream opens tomorrow: “TR to PR Pathway”

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada just released the application guide for the “Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence Pathway” stream (TR to PR for short) that outline the required documents and forms to have ready for submission.

This new pathway is designed to help the following persons obtain permanent residence in the following categories.

  • International student graduates;
  • Essential workers in healthcare;
  • Essential workers in other occupations;
  • French-speaking international student graduates;
  • French-speaking essential workers in healthcare;
  • French-speaking essential workers in other occupations

The program will accept applicants until 5 November 2021 unless the quota is filled before that date for the categories above.

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Ontario Expression of Interest System Opens

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) officially introduced their new Expression of Interest (EOI) system yesterday, 28 April 2021. It is now open to profile submissions for potential Foreign Workers and International Students in the Employer Job Offer Category.

Their other popular In-Demand Skills and Masters Graduate streams will open in the coming weeks.

When applicants enter their profile, they are issued with a score – similar to the express entry profile system. The points are given based on your NOC skill level and type, wage of your job offer, Canadian work experience and NOC skill level, Canadian earnings ($), and highest level of education.

Applicants should have a genuine job offer to enter the program. A language test, high education and wage will increase your score.

Click on the following link for the OINP EOI score sheet: OINP points 2021

Source: https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-employer-job-offer-foreign-worker-stream 

Manitoba Invitations to Apply to 399 people

On 19 April 2021 the Manitoba government issued “Letters of Advice to Apply” through an invitation directly from the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative to 30 people. The applicant had to have at least 703 points. The “Strategic Recruitment Initiative” is immigrants.

The program also issued “Letters of Advice to Apply” who have an IRCC Express Entry ID to 369 people of which the lowest score was 708 points. The point system can be seen here: http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/immigrate-to-manitoba/general-mpnp-policies/sw-eoi-ranking/
Source: http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/category/mpnp-notices/eoi-draw/

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Canada aims for 411 000 immigrants during 2021

It was announced that the government is aiming for 411 000 immigrants during 2021. See https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/supplementary-immigration-levels-2021-2023.html.

The expectation is that the emphasis on selection of immigrants would be placed on job offers supported by Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs), provincial nominations, people with Canadian work experience, or immigrants with experience in specific occupations (Occupation Lists).…

Future of Skilled Immigration from Federal Budget

The days of selection purely based on points could be gone.

On Monday, 19 April 2021 the Federal Government released its 700 page budget. See https://www.budget.gc.ca/2021/home-accueil-en.html. On page 220 there is a statement about new immigration policies that are being planned

The expectation is that the focus will be on occupation lists, job offers and those with Canadian work experience and less emphasis on a selection purely based points.

This is a good change that Matrixvisa wrote about and supported since March 2017. Here is a quote from page 220 of the budget:  Streamlining Express Entry. Canadas Express Entry system has been in place since 2015. ……. Streamlining Canadas Express Entry system will allow the government to ensure our immigration system responds to Canadas growing economic and labour force needs and help Canada reach its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. The Government of Canada intends to propose amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to provide the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada with authority to use Ministerial Instructions to help select those candidates who best meet Canadas labour market needs from among the growing pool of candidates 

90 000 Foreign Workers and Students Eligible for Permanent Residence

Over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates in Canada can now apply for permanent residence in a new program. This new program is essentially the Canada Experience Class with an occupation list.

Matrixvisa has been predicting occupation lists to become more important in immigration policy since March 2017 when an article appeared in Canada’s Immigration law magazine ImmQuest: See  https://www.matrixvisa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FundamentalChangeinFSWArticleApr2017-1.pdf The policy announcement  is an indication that the days of selection purely based on points will slowly disappear.

To be eligible, workers must have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in a health-care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017. Applicant must also have a Canada Language Benchmark of 4.

Effective May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following 3 streams: Temporary workers in health care (20 000), International students who graduated from a Canadian institution (40 000) and Temporary workers in other selected essential occupations (30 000). The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit. Up to 90,000 new permanent residents …

BC Provincial Nominee Program: points decreased to 95 points

The British Columbia Government sent Invitations to Apply in the Provincial Nominee Class on 13 April 2021. Skilled Worker points decreased to 95 points. Retail Managers (NOC 0621) and  Restaurant Managers (NOC 0631)  required 113 points.
Source: https://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate-to-B-C/B-C-Provincial-Nominee-Program/Invitations-to-Apply

 

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Ontario Provincial Nominee Program invites Express Entry candidates

On 13 April several applicants with Express Entry points between 456 and 467 were invited in the following occupations:

0213 Computer and information systems managers
2147 Computer engineers
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers

There are 9 streams in the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program:

  1. French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream*
  2. Human Capital Priorities stream (HCP)
  3. Skilled Trades stream
  4. Entrepreneur stream
  5. Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream
  6. Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream
  7. Employer Job Offer: International Student stream
  8. Masters Graduate stream
  9. PhD Graduate stream

If you were invited to apply and need help with your application click on the following link: Matrixvisa Assessments and Consultations

Canada ‘s budget Deficit More than World War II

The Canadian federal governmet’s spending for 2020/2021 is now projected to exceed the spending at the peak of World War II and the highest in Canadian history at CAD381 billion. There seems to be no end spending as the government is trying to buy votes for the next election: Massive increases in child care and universal income (a basic or guaranteed income would provide a no-strings-attached minimum income to citizens that would amount to a $17,000-benefit for a single person or $24,000 for a couple) are being planned.  The universal income will cost about CAD85 billion a year. Immigrants comming to Canada should prepare themselves for much higher taxes for the next few decades. The upside is that  it might create more jobs for immigrants as the productivity might decrease (why work if you get no-strings attached guaranteed income)
Sources:
https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-canadians-will-pay-for-trudeau-governments-record-spending
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/02/universal-basic-income-canada-wont-do-enough-fix-inequality/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/parliamentary-budget-officer-says-basic-income-program-could-halve-poverty-rate-1.5377748

Canada created 295 000 jobs in Feb 2021 & 303 000 jobs in March 2021

Despite an increase in infections, the Canadian economy created 295 000 jobs in February 2021 and another 303 000 jobs in March 2021. It was also reported that “economy added jobs even in some of the areas hit hardest by the pandemic, including retail, accommodation and food services. There were also gains in health care, construction and education.”
Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-jobless-march-1.5981104

Canada’s labour recovery got a big boost in March

On April 9 the Globe and Mail published an article saying that: “Canada’s labour recovery got a big boost in March, though progress could prove short-lived as parts of the country enact tighter restrictions to contain a third wave of COVID-19. According to Statistics Canada employment rose by 303,100 last month and the unemployment rate fell to 7.5 per cent from February’s 8.2 per cent. The gain was triple what economists were expecting. The labour surge was driven by six-figure gains in both full-time and part-time work, while the number of self-employed jumped by 56,000 people, the first increase in three months. Around two-thirds of job creation came from the private sector.” Read article here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/economy/article-canadian-economy-adds-more-than-300000-jobs-in-march-unemployment-rate/ (subscription needed)

 

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Canadian Federal Government Sued for Quarantine Order

On 15 March 2021, a news organization, Rebel News Network Ltd., sued the Federal Government about it’s requirements to quarantine. The argument was made that Part I of the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982 which  is known as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, are being breached.  It was reported by a news organization,  Black Locks, that “The order under the Quarantine Act requires air passengers including Canadian citizens to prepay three nights’ stay at airport hotels, meals, cleaning and pandemic tests on arrival in Canada, about $2000 by federal estimate. Rebel News said the order was “not necessary or even effective at reducing the spread of Covid-19,” and the “true motivation for mandating the quarantine provisions was to effect an arbitrary detention to deter travel outside the country by implementing a dangerous, costly, capricious and mandatory quarantine period for air travelers entering Canada.” The argument is further supported by the refusal of the Minister of Health to release the evidence on which this quaratine order are based.
Source: https://www.blacklocks.ca/govt-sued-on-covid-hotels/ Subscription is required.…

Home prices in Toronto up by 22%

The average selling price for homes across the Toronto region reached a record $1,097,565. That is 22 per cent higher than March 2020. More and more experts are predicting a correction (or crash in prices). Some home buyers  can not get mortages (Bonds) as the selling prices of homes are more than the appraised value. Immigrants should be carefull before buying property at the moment.
Source: Globe and Mail, 6 April 2021 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-toronto-march-home-sales-blow-past-2016-record/ (For Subscribers only)…

EE draw: 5000 invitations issued for CEC

An Express Entry draw took place today 1 April, specifically aimed at candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 5000 Invitations were issued and the CRS score of the lowest ranked candidate was 432.

To be eligible to apply in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), you must:

  • Have at least 1 year of full-time (or equivalent) skilled work experience in Canada
  • Apply within 3 years of obtaining your skilled work experience
  • Have had legal status while working, or studying, in Canada
  • Meet minimum language levels in English or French; and
  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec

 

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New quarantine requirements for temporary foreign workers

The Government of Canada announced that after March 21 they will be moving forward with a two-pronged approach to quarantine requirements for Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) based on their final destination.

Asymptomatic TFWs will be able to travel directly to their place of quarantine after getting a COVID-19 test at the airport provided they travel by private transportation and are accompanied only by others who travelled with them to Canada.

TFWs who will need to travel by public means to a secondary location upon arrival in Canada will be required to stay in a Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA) and await the results of their COVID-19 test.

TFWs with visas in agriculture, agri-food, fish and seafood sectors will continue to be exempted from a 3-nights stay in a Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA) while they await the results of their COVID-19 test results, if they are asymptomatic and are not travelling throughout Canada via public means of transportation.

The reason for this is because these sectors were identified to have a direct impact on ensuring Canada’s food supply chain and food security.

This includes the following occupations:

Primary agriculture:

  • 0821 – Managers in agriculture
  • 0822 – Managers in horticulture
  • 8252 – Agricultural

New quarantine requirements for temporary foreign workers

The Government of Canada announced that after March 21 they will be moving forward with a two-pronged approach to quarantine requirements for Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) based on their final destination.

Asymptomatic TFWs will be able to travel directly to their place of quarantine after getting a COVID-19 test at the airport provided they travel by private transportation and are accompanied only by others who travelled with them to Canada.

TFWs who will need to travel by public means to a secondary location upon arrival in Canada will be required to stay in a Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA) and await the results of their COVID-19 test.

TFWs with visas in agriculture, agri-food, fish and seafood sectors will continue to be exempted from a 3-nights stay in a Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA) while they await the results of their COVID-19 test results, if they are asymptomatic and are not travelling throughout Canada via public means of transportation.

The reason for this is because these sectors were identified to have a direct impact on ensuring Canada’s food supply chain and food security.

This includes the following occupations:

Primary agriculture:

  • 0821 – Managers in agriculture
  • 0822 – Managers in horticulture
  • 8252 – Agricultural

EE draw: 5000 CEC candidates invited to apply for PR

Another Express Entry draw took place on March 18. This time it was spesifically aimed at candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the CRS score of the lowest ranked candidate was 449.

In the previous express entry draw for candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) on 13 February, 27 332 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence. In this draw the CRS score for the lowest ranked candidate was only 75.

To be eligible to apply in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), you must:

  • Have at least 1 year of full-time (or equivalent) skilled work experience in Canada
  • Apply within 3 years of obtaining your skilled work experience
  • Have had legal status while working, or studying, in Canada
  • Meet minimum language levels in English or French; and
  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec

 

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EE draw: 183 PNP candidates invited to apply for PR

183 Express Entry candidates received an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the latest Express Entry draw that took place on March 17.

The minimum CRS score for this draw was 682 and everyone invited had previously received a nomination from a provincial program (PNP). Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination are automatically given 600 points on top of their original human capital score.

This was the second PNP-specific draw in a row. 671 PNP candidates received an invitation (ITA) to apply for permanent residence on March 8.

 

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BC PNP invites 506 candidates to apply for PR

The province of British Columbia issued 506 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on March 16.

Candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) were issued an invitation.

There were a separate draw specifically for retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) and restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631). A total of 78 invitations went to people working in these occupations, and the minimum provincial score requirement was 114.

The remaining 428 candidates who were invited had scores between 81 and 96.

Since the beginning of this year B.C. has invited 2,432 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates so far.…

Expression of Interest system for the OINP coming soon

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will introduce an Expression of Interest system for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The Expression of Interest system will help to strategically manage intake, increase the OINP’s labour market responsiveness and respond better to regional labour market needs.

The Expression of Interest system will apply to the Employer Job Offer Category streams (Foreign Worker, International Student-and In-Demand Skills), Masters Graduate stream and Ph.D. Graduate stream.

These streams are currently closed to new applicants. They will open for new applicants when the Expression of Interest system launches in the coming weeks.

The Expression of Interest system is a points-based registration system that helps us select skilled economic immigrants to meet the province’s labour market needs.

By registering, you are only expressing an interest to apply to the OINP. It is not an application to the OINP or for permanent residence. You can only apply to the OINP under an Expression of Interest-based stream if you have been invited to apply.

Source: 2021 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program updates

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IRCC expanding Sydney office to reunite families and improve processing

SYDNEY. – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is expanding its Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia in an effort to process more applications and reunite families faster. This expansion includes the addition of new office space and the hiring of 62 new employees.

According to a news release published on the Government of Canada’s website on March 5 the new space and additional staff will be primarily dedicated to family class overseas applications. These added resources will help IRCC process more applications and shorten processing times that have been extended during the pandemic.

It is further stated in the news release that due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the Case Processing Centre in Sydney is currently limited to 30% occupancy. The opening of the new office space will significantly increase this capacity and will allow more employees who are currently working remotely to return to the office.

The 1-year lease for the additional space offers IRCC the flexibility to re-evaluate its needs in the years to come.

IRCC will always protect the health and safety of staff while serving Canadians and those who wish to come here.

Source: Government of Canada

Ontario PNP invites Express Entry candidates in 10 targeted occupations

ONTARIO – 754 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination in Ontario’s Express Entry Draw on March 2. These candidates all had a CRS score between 463 and 467.

In this draw, the OINP invited Express Entry candidates to apply for the provincial nomination if they had work experience in one of the following 10 occupations:

  • Banking, credit and other investment managers (NOC 0122);
  • Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (NOC 0124);
  • Other business services managers (NOC 0125);
  • Corporate sales managers (NOC 0601);
  • Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111);
  • Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112);
  • Human resources professionals (NOC 1121);
  • Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122);
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012); and
  • Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants (NOC 4163).

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited candidates who may be eligible for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP). This Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) gives foreign workers the opportunity to launch their careers in Ontario, and make Canada’s most populous province their new home.

Did you receive an Invitation to Apply? Do you need assistance with your application? Follow this link to make an booking with Matrixvisa: …

Class Action for Parental Sponsorship

A Vancouver based litigator (barrister/advocate) is in the process of launching a class action lawsuit. This lawsuit will be against the government with regards to the sponsorship process.

The design of IRCC lottery system was to allow one lottery ticket per child or grandchild. In other words, the number of lottery tickets for a parent or grandparent wanting to apply for permanent residence, varied by the number of children or grandchildren eligible to sponsor.

A parent or grandparent having one child or one grandchild eligible to sponsor could receive one lottery ticket. A parent or grandparent having four children or grandchildren eligible to sponsor could receive four lottery tickets.

In other words, the structural design of the IRCC lottery system for the purpose of determining which parents and grandparents could apply for permanent residence gave a mathematical advantage. Meaning multiple lottery tickets to all parents or grandparents having two or more children or grandchildren eligible to sponsor. This adversely impacted all parents or grandparents having only one child or grandchild eligible to sponsor.

The structural design of the IRCC lottery system created an objective mathematical advantage that varied by the number of children or grandchildren eligible to sponsor. Nothing in …

List of hotels for your three day mandatory quarantine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on January 29 that all travellers entering Canada by air would have to quarantine in a hotel for three days at their own expense. This mandatory stay in a government-authorized hotel will come into effect on February 22.

The price was estimated to be more than $2000 but it seems to be less than what was estimated.

According to an article published by National Post nightly rates at the Alt Hotel Toronto Airport and the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Toronto Pearson International Airport, two of the hotels named Friday as participants in the government quarantine program, start at $339 and $319, respectively, for a single person being quarantined, employees answering the phone at those hotels said.

“The hotels are doing the billing directly and different hotels will have different rates,” Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Friday. “The hotels are setting the price based on their own deliberations on their own expenses.”

Here is the list of government-authorized hotels:

Toronto:

  • Alt Hotel Pearson Airport
  • Four Points by Sheraton and Element Toronto Airport
  • Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
  • Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport

Montreal:

  • Aloft Montreal Airport
  • Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express and

BC PNP lifts suspension for 31 occupations

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has resumed issuing invitations to apply (ITA) on 16 February 2021 to the 31 occupations previously excluded from receiving invitations.

On March 30, 2020, the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) temporarily suspended issuing invitations to apply (ITA) for individuals in 31 tourism, hospitality, retail and personal services occupations. This was a temporary measure in response to widespread unemployment in these sectors resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To balance the need across all sectors of the provincial labour market, a separate draw has been conducted for Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers (NOC 0621) and Restaurant and Food Service Managers (NOC 0631) as both occupations have a high number of registrants within the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System.

The occupations previously excluded from invitations to apply are, by National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:

0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
0632 – Accommodation service managers
0651 – Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
3236 – Massage therapists
6211 – Retail sales supervisors
6311 – Food service supervisors
6313 – Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
6321 – Chefs
6322 – Cooks
6341 – Hairstylists …

New Caregiver Immigration Policy

The Federal Government announced that LMIA for caregivers that is outside of Canada will not required any more. This policy is effective 18 June 2019. Applicants must have:

  • a certain language proficiency
  • an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of a 1 year post high school education credential
  • Demonstrate that the work can be formed after arrival in Canada

Foreign nationals must  submit a application for a work permit (WP) and permanent residence (PR) at the Central Processing Centre Edmonton. Once the application for permanent residence has been approved (excluding the 24 months Canadian work experience), reports must be submitted to CPC Edmonton and the PR decision will be made. Therefore the WP is a result of a PR application. Processing time will be about 12 months. The only  NOC’s for which WP will be issued,  will be NOC 4411 and NOC 4412

Work permits will also be issued which is not tied to a specific employer, but it will be occupation specific only.

The new pilot program is called the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot.Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/updates/2019-home-child-support-pilot.html