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Immigration is a key driving force that allows Canada to supplement its shrinking labor market, supplement an aging population and provide safe haven for those in need. It’s the foundation for Canada’s tradition of shielding those fleeing persecution and welcoming others with talents and skills that enhance life here.

But immigrating successfully requires a clear understanding of the procedures and documents required for specific immigration programs. Knowing where you fit in and what you need to prepare are important if you are going to succeed.

Which Immigration Category Applies Best to You?

Different immigration categories have varying individual requirements and each classification is distinct. Are you a student, a business professional, a skilled or semi-skilled worker, a caregiver or someone who is self-employed? Your status will determine the category under which you apply and whether your application is accepted. Most importantly, thorough preparation is essential to ensure a smooth transition.

Let’s examine some of the application options so you can decide which immigration program is best for you.

Family Sponsorship: If you’re a Canadian citizen, are registered under the Canadian Indian Act, or a permanent resident, you’re eligible to sponsor relatives or adopted children. Required documents may vary, depending upon the country where the relative to be sponsored resides. Spouses, partners, children; parents or grandparents; and adopted children and other relatives may be eligible. Fees range from $150 for a child to $1,050 for a spouse.

Caregivers: The Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot are two ways you can apply for permanent residence if you meet eligibility requirements and have a job offer. These programs enable applicants to work in Canada temporarily, are occupation-specific and do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Fees range from $1,050 per application and $150 per child.

Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class): If you want to live permanently in Canada and apply for a skilled job, you may be eligible to apply under Express Entry, which offers three immigration options. To find out if you are eligible, you will have to answer questions about nationality, age, language ability, family members, education, work experience and any details on a job offer. Required documents may include a passport, language test results, a written job offer or a provincial nomination. The Federal Skilled Trades Program oversees the issuance of Skilled Trade Certificates.

Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Provincial Nominees: This program is for workers with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. A medical exam and police check are required for all applicants. The application process may be paper-based or online, depending on the province. Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Atlantic Canada includes the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate through this program. A language test is required, as well as an Educational Credential Assessment. Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Start-Up Visa: This program targets innovative entrepreneurs who can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale. A language test is required and to apply, your business must be supported by any of these three: venture capital funds, angel investor groups or business incubators. Fees range from $2,075 and higher.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: This program is for skilled foreigners who want to work and live in one of the participating communities. Participants must meet IIRC requirements and have one year work experience that includes all the essential duties listed in your National Occupational Classification (NOC). Other requirements focus on language and education, and may be community-specific.

Refugees: Asylum-seekers must have a legitimate claim or they will be removed from Canada. Refugees may seek protection in Canada if they are fleeing torture, risk to their life, or risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. Eligibility is determined by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers: Skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada and live in Quebec should consider this program, which has a two-stage application process. First, apply to the Government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate. If chosen, then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence. Fees range from $1,325 and higher.

Self-Employed: This program allows the self-employed to immigrate to Canada permanently. Applicants must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and be willing to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada. Applicants are assessed on experience, education, age, language and adaptability. A medical exam and police certificate are required. Fees range from $2,075 and higher.

Agri-Food Pilot: This program helps address the labor needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. This program provides a pathway to permanent residency. Requirements include eligible Canadian work experience in an eligible occupation, a full-time job offer, language and educational requirements and the ability to maintain temporary residency status. A temporary residency permit costs $200, a work permit $155, among other fees.

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Good Preparation Equals Immigration Success

Whether you’re a caregiver hoping to work as a nanny in Quebec or a lawyer hoping to practice elder law in Ontario, the success of your Canadian immigration journey hinges on planning and preparation.

Compile your documents carefully and have a clear understanding of your program’s specific requirements so you can successfully navigate your trek across the Canadian border to a new life.

One of the best ways to be sure you are prepared is to speak to an immigration consultant about your specific situation, qualifications, and goals when you immigrate. By working with a Canadian immigration expert, you greatly increase your chances of success.

Earlier in May, the Canadian government decided to increase the median hourly wage for the 2020 Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada.

The new adjusted median hourly wage is being used in a bid to keep the Canadian economy going and to help Canadian employers find workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Currently, the Canadian government has decided to continue it’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to support Canadian industries such as agriculture, agri-food, and food processing. 

What Is Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

The TFWP is a program that allows Canadian employers who are facing labor shortages to recruit foreign workers after the businesses have made certain that Canadian residents and permanent residents were given the opportunity first to apply for said open positions. 

Typically, to ensure that Canadian residents or permanent residents are considered for these positions first, employers are given a cap on how many low-wage temporary foreign workers they can employ. 

In addition to employers offering a wage that satisfies LMIA requirements, other demands include the following:

  • Pay for round-trip transportation for the temporary foreign worker
  • Ensure affordable housing is available
  • Pay for private health insurance until workers are eligible for provincial health coverage;
  • Register the temporary foreign worker with the provincial/territorial workplace safety board
  • Provide an employer-employee contract

Lastly, unlike other counties, Canadian businesses must receive permission from the government before they can hire or employ temporary foreign workers.

How Does The Median Hourly Wage Increase Affect Canadian Employers Who Are Participating In The Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

The new median hourly wage requirement for temporary foreign workers determines if Canadian employers will need to apply for Labor Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) under the high wage or low wage streams. 

Canadian employers who are looking to hire temporary foreign workers will need to use the provincial and territorial median hourly wage to know what TFWP requirements they must satisfy.

 The Updated Median Hourly Wage For Temporary Foreign Workers In Canada

The new median hourly wage increase went into effect on May 11, 2020. 

Province/TerritoriesMedian Hourly Wages Before May 11, 2020Median Hourly Wages After May 11, 2020
Alberta$26.67$27.28
British Columbia$23.98$25.00
Manitoba$21.00$21.60
New Brunswick$20.00$20.12
Newfoundland and Labrador$22.00$23.00
Northwest Territories$34.00$34.36
Nova Scotia$20.00$20.00
Nunavut$30.00$32.00
Ontario$23.08$24.04
Prince Edward Island$19.49$20.00
Quebec$22.00$23.08
Saskatchewan$24.52$24.55
Yukon$30.00$30.00

The Canadian Government Focuses On Helping Employers And Temporary Workers Amid The Pandemic

While the Canadian government is still working to help employers navigate the challenges of hiring temporary foreign workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) has applied the following measures to both new and existing LMIA applications. 

The new ESDC measures include:

  • Employers do not need to submit minor administrative changes to the LMIA that would not change the terms and condition
  • Recruitment requirements for LMIAs in agriculture and agri-food sectors are being waived until October 31, 2020
  • LMIAs for occupations in the agriculture and agri-food sectors are being prioritized
  • The maximum duration of employment under LMIAs has increased from one to two years for employers of workers in the low-wage stream as part of a three-year pilot
  • Employers applying under the Agricultural stream or Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program can submit a previously valid Housing Inspection Report
  • The name change process has been expedited for employers who need to put a different person’s name on the LMIA for reasons related to COVID-19

In addition to these new measures, Canada is also offering employers resources to help make their operations safer for new and existing temporary foreign workers, including a $50 million initiative which will allow workers to complete the mandatory self-isolation period after arriving in Canada. 

The Government of Canada will provide employers with up to $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker, to ensure that public health requirements are being fully met. The government funding is conditional on employers not being found in violation of the 14-day self-quarantine protocols or any other additional public health orders. This program will be available to employers as long as the Quarantine Act is in force and the self-isolating protocol is followed.  

Temporary workers who are being hired from abroad will only be allowed to cross the border if they are coming for what the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) deems as an essential reason. For example, if a foreign national is coming to work in an occupation that supports the critical infrastructure of the country, they will be likely admitted on the basis that they can prove that their position requires them to be physically present in Canada to complete their job and that they have an adequate coronavirus self-isolation period plan. 

business immigration to Canada
Article by Pavel Lifanov



Business Immigration is a very popular term. People search for it really a lot on Google and other search engines. Probably you were exploring “business immigration” options for your Canadian immigration dream.

We think that this is the time to shed some light on what really is behind business immigration to Canada.

The Federal government of Canada is in charge of the Canadian immigration policies, regulations and programs. The Federal government makes the final decision about admission of foreign nationals into Canada under various immigration statuses as prescribed by applicable regulations.

As you probably know, the Canadian provinces have their own avenues of immigrating to Canada – Provincial Nominee Programs (and a few other names). The provinces are allowed to select candidates that meet their economic demands. In times, provinces have more flexibility and may be more attractive to potential immigrants.

Federal and Provincial Immigration programs have business immigration paths.

Federal Immigration Options

The Immigration, Refugees Protections Act and Regulations define “business immigration” as two possible immigration programs:

  1. Self-employed Persons
  2. Start-up Visa

In short, Self-employed Persons is a direct path towards permanent residence in Canada for self-employed athletes and individuals that specialize in artistic and cultural fields and
meet the program’s requirements.

Jonathan’s Self-Employed Story

Jonathan is an Israeli photographer. He is a relatively well-known photographer. He participated at international events, his works were published in internationally recognized and well-known magazines such as National Geographic and Popular Science. He was never a celebrity or a world-class artist but to our discretion, he met the requirements of the program. Jonathan had to score at least 35 points out of 100 maximum available points as per the following points grid:

Selection CriteriaMaximum Points
Education25
Experience35
Age10
Ability in English and/or French24
Adaptability6
TOTAL100
EducationMaximum 25 points
You have a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.25 points
You have two or more university degrees at the bachelor’s level and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.22 points
You have a three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.22 points
You have a university degree of two years or more at the bachelor’s level and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.20 points
You have a two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.20 points
You have a one-year university degree at the bachelor’s level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.15 points
You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.15 points
You have a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.12 points
You completed high school.5 points

Relevant experience must have been obtained in the period that begins five years before you sign your application and ends when a decision is made on your application.

Two years of relevant experience20
Three years of relevant experience25
Four years of relevant experience30
Five years of relevant experience35

You will be awarded selection points based on your age at the time when the visa office receives your application.

AgePoints
16 or under0
172
184
196
208
21-4910
508
516
524
532
54+0

Your proficiency in English or French is one of the 5 selection factors. You’ll be awarded up to 24 points for your basic, moderate or high proficiency in English and French. You’ll be given points based on your ability to:

  • listen
  • speak
  • read and
  • write

If you have some proficiency in both English and French, decide which language you’re more comfortable using. This is your first official language. The other is your second official language.

You must prove the level of language proficiency you claim on your application if you wish to have your official language proficiency considered in the assessment of your application for permanent residence.

Designated language testing agencies

You can arrange to take a language test from any of the following designated agencies.

English

IELTS has 2 options for the reading and writing tests:

  • General Training
  • Academic

You must take the General Training option.

CELPIP has two tests:

  • CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G)
  • CELPIP-Academic (CELPIP-A)

You must take the CELPIP-G test.

French

You must submit results from the following TEF Canada tests as proof of your French language proficiency:

  • compréhension écrite
  • compréhension orale
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale

 

You must submit results from these TCF Canada tests as proof of your French language skills:

  • compréhension de l’écrit
  • compréhension de l’oral
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale

You can use language test results for up to two years after the date you take your test, but the test results must be valid when you submit your application.

Description of each level of proficiency

Proficiency Level SpeakingListeningReadingWriting
HIGH: You can communicate effectively in most social and work situations.Speaking: HighListening: HighReading: HighWriting: High
MODERATE: You can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations.Speaking: ModerateListening: ModerateReading: ModerateWriting: Moderate
BASIC: You can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty.Speaking: BasicListening: BasicReading: BasicWriting: Basic
NO: You do not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency.Does not meet Basic LevelDoes not meet Basic LevelDoes not meet Basic LevelDoes not meet Basic Level

A maximum of 6 points for adaptability can be earned by any combination of the following elements.

AdaptabilityMaximum 6 points
Spouse or common-law partner’s level of education

  • Secondary school (high school) diploma or less: 0 points
  • A one-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 3 points
  • A two or three-year diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, or university degree and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 4 points
  • A master’s degree or PhD and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies: 5 points
3–5
Previous work in Canada
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a minimum of one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit.
5
Previous study in Canada
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have completed a program of full-time study of at least two years’ duration at a post-secondary institution in Canada. You must have done this after you were 17 years old and with a valid study permit.There’s no need to have obtained a degree or diploma for these two years of study to earn these points.
5
Relatives in Canada
You or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner, have a relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
5

Find out your eligibility for immigration to Canada!

Jonathan’s story

Jonathan was 42 years old, had a bachelor’s degree in Electromechanics from an Israeli university and had been a photography studio business owner for four years before submitting his application for permanent residence represented by our company’s licensed immigration consultants (RCIC). Jonathan took his IELTS exam and scored 6.5 in each band. He had no relatives in Canada and did not know any French language. As such, Jonathan scored 15 points for education; 30 points for relevant experience; 10 for age. At this stage, he already had scored the sufficient number of points thus his English test results were not that important. Jonathan was single, never worked or studied in Canada and had no relatives here as already mentioned above.

Start-up Visa

This program is designed for entrepreneurs who meet the requirements of the program. They need to come up with a business idea, establish a business in Canada, hold not less than 50% of its shares (could be combined with the designated supporting organization) and have a letter of support from a designated organization (an approved for investment or support for such start-up businesses a business incubator, angel investor group or venture capital fund. The Start-up Visa program allows foreign nationals to team up with other entrepreneurial foreign nationals (up to four), form partnerships and immigrate together as a group with their families, become Canadian permanent residents and actively manage their start-up businesses together in Canada. The required language ability is relatively low – one needs to score CLB 5 in each band and education requirements are not mentioned. It makes sense as a lot of talented and successful business people were, in fact, college dropouts.

In our opinion, it is a great program which allows great minds to fulfill their ambitions in Canada. It also allows Canadian funds and incubators to have more business to support and invest in. Of course, they do it for potential profits and not only out of altruism. All these factors, when working smoothly, meet the economic objectives of Canadian immigration policies – they will potentially create jobs for Canadians, make Canadian start-up companies larger and better, make profits, pay taxes and make certain inventions and unique ideas materialize into successful Canadian business. In return, Canada allows foreign nationals to become permanent residents and eventually Canadian citizens if they meet the program’s requirements.

In our opinion this program is great, but to really be attractive for a designated organization, you, as business owners need to be able to show real value in your business ideas. Not always of course. Sometimes you can really come up with a great idea and be very lucky to be supported by a designated organization but in reality, we believe that to have the best shot, you need to have your business already established in Canada.

Did you know that you are not required to have a work permit and in fact, even be in Canada to have your business incorporated?

Here’s the story of Ronen.

Ronen is also an Israeli entrepreneur. Israel is well-known for its start-up companies and regularly referred to as a “start-up nation”. There is even a book called Start-Up Nation, written by Dan Senor and Saul Singer. So, Ronen was an IT engineer and a team lead at one of the Israeli hi-tech companies. In the same time, he was working on his own project – he wanted to create a mobile app that would allow users to instantly make international wire transfers to bank accounts overseas using their credit cards or bank accounts with low commissions and without a need to actually go to their bank’s branches. This might sound trivial but back then it was not that easy. Some banks still require their clients to physically come to their branches to make such wire transfers.

Provincial business immigration programs

Canadian provinces have their own provincial business immigration programs. Most of them are in fact Entrepreneurial programs designed for businessmen and businesswomen who actually establish an active business in the provinces. Usually, these programs allow for a conditional temporary work permit for the entrepreneur candidate and his/her family members. Such work permits are issued to ensure the candidate’s commitment to active managerial involvement in the established business.

Federal Start-Up Visa Program
ProgramStart-Up Visa Program
Minimum InvestmentCAD $200,000 if the investment comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund or designated incubators OR CAD $75,000 if it comes from a designated Canadian angel investor group
ExperienceNo specific requirement
Managerial RoleRequired
Interview Upon request by IRCC
PR/Work permitPR immediately
Additional RequirementsHave the support of a designated organization that will provide the applicant with a Letter of Support.

Start-up visa applicants must give proof that they sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependants after they arrive in Canada. The amount required depends on the size of the family.

Federal Self-Employed Persons Program
ProgramSelf-Employed Person Program
ExperienceAt least 2 years of relevant cultural or athletic experience in the past 5 years
Managerial RoleRequired
InterviewUpon request by IRCC
PR/Work permitPR immediately
Additional Requirements English/French ability and work experience in a designated occupation

All self-employed persons must establish that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their family members for at least one year after they arrive in Canada.

Self-employed immigrants must obtain a minimum of 35 points out of 100 based on the five selection criteria and the program’s unique point system.

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
ProgramAlberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum Investment CAD $500,000 in a primary production farming business
ExperienceFarm management experience in an existing farm business
Managerial Role Required
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewRequired
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional RequirementsCanadian financial institution must finance the proposed Alberta farming business
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) — Entrepreneur Immigration Stream
ProgramBC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $200,000 OR CAD $400,000 if proposing a Key Staff Member
Experience3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years.
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRecommended
InterviewUpon request of BC PNP
PR/Work permit2-year work period before Letter of Acceptance to apply for Permanent Residence (PR); PR contingent on implementation of the business proposal
Additional RequirementsCreate at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with the proposed business
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) — Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilo
ProgramBC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot (launched on March 14, 2019)
Minimum Net WorthCAD $300,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $100,000
Experience3 + years of business ownership or management experience OR 4 + years of senior management experience OR 1+ year of business ownership & management experience and 2+ years of senior management experience within the last 10 years.
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitStrongly Recommended
InterviewUpon request of BC PNP
Refundable DepositRefundable Deposit
PR/Work permitMinimum 12-month work permit period before nomination; PR contingent on implementation of business proposal
Additional RequirementsCommunity referral required to register; Must create at least one permanent, full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program — Business Investor Stream (Entrepreneur Pathway)
ProgramManitoba Business Investor Stream — Entrepreneur Pathway
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $250,000 for businesses in the Manitoba Capital Region. OR CAD $150,000 if a business is outside of the Manitoba Capital Region AND must be made in an eligible business AND must create or maintain at least one job for a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident in Manitoba (excluding owners of the business and/or their close relatives).
ExperienceBusiness ownership and management experience or executive-level experience in 3 of the past 5 years. AND Business owners are given higher points in comparison to senior managers. AND Business owners must have at least 33 1/3% ownership to qualify for points.
EOI System Yes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitBusiness research visit must be conducted no more than one year prior to the submission of an EOI.
InterviewRequired
PR/Work permitTemporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsScore 60+ points on assessment grid
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program — Business Investor Stream (Farm Investor Pathway)
ProgramManitoba Business Investor Stream — Farm Investor Pathway
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $300,000 tangible assets to establish a farming business in rural Manitoba AND investments in a farm business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income or speculative purposes are not eligible.
ExperienceMinimum of three years of farm business management or farm ownership and operation experience supported by verifiable documents.
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitFarm Business Research Visit required.
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositCAD $75,000
PR/Work permit Temporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsCAD $100,000 refundable deposit is no longer required.
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Entrepreneurial Stream
ProgramNew Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Entrepreneurial Stream
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $250,000
Experience3 out of 5 years or more in owning a business OR 5 out of 5 years or more in a senior business management role
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired, must be of economic benefit to the province
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositCAD $100,000
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional Requirements22-55 years old
CLB 5 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
ProgramNew Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) — Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
Minimum InvestmentThe applicant must have 100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business
Experience6 or more years in the last 10 years in NOC O, A or B OR 1-5 years in the last 10 years in the NOC O, A or B
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanMay be requested (business must be of economic benefit to the province)
InterviewRequired
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional Requirements22-40 years old
CLB 7 in English or French in reading, writing, listening and speaking
Have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — Entrepreneur Stream
ProgramNova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net WorthCAD $600,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $150,000
ExperienceAt least 3 years of business ownership experience including 33.3% ownership in the last 10 years OR
+5 years as senior manager in the last 10 years
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession only
InterviewRequired
PR/Work permitMust operate business for at least 1 year on work permit following nomination; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSubmit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
The business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 5
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Program Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) — International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Investment100% ownership of the equity of the eligible business
ExperienceAt least 1 continuous year of business ownership experience in Nova Scotia prior to EOI submission
Completed a degree of at least 2 years’ duration at a university/college in Nova Scotia
EOI System Yes (province may publish info on draws after future draws are made; EOI must be submitted while on valid work permit)
Managerial RoleRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewRequired
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining provincial nomination certificate
Additional RequirementsThe business must meet additional criteria
English/French minimum CLB 7
Northwest Territories Nominee Program — Entrepreneur Business Stream
ProgramNorthwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) — Entrepreneur Business Stream
Minimum Net WorthFor businesses in Yellowknife: CAD $500,000 OR for businesses outside Yellowknife: CAD $250,000
Minimum InvestmentIn Yellowknife: CAD $300,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR outside Yellowknife: CAD $150,000 & at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment
ExperienceRelevant business experience required
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewRequired
Refundable DepositCAD $75,000
PR/Work permit2-year work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsCLB 4 in English or French

Business must generate significant benefits for the Northwest Territories, including jobs for local residents.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) — Corporate Stream
ProgramOntario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) — Corporate Stream (terminated)
Minimum InvestmentCAD $5,000,000 OR CAD $10,000,000 if the proposed business is a land development or a leasehold company
Experience The international corporation must have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application
Managerial RoleRequired
Business Plan Required
Exploratory VisitEncouraged
InterviewRequired
PR/Work permitApplicant & key staff first obtain work permits; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsCreate 5 new jobs for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident per key staff member seeking nomination
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) — Entrepreneur Stream
ProgramOntario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) — Entrepreneur Stream
Minimum Net WorthFor businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): CAD $800,000 OR for businesses outside the GTA: CAD $400,000 OR for businesses in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of location): CAD $400,000
Minimum InvestmentIn the GTA: CAD $600,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR Outside the GTA: $200,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business OR In the ICT/Digital Communications sector: $200,000 and ownership of 33.3% of the business
ExperienceAt least 24 months of full-time business experience in the last five years as business owner or senior manager
EOI SystemYes (province publishes info on previous draws)
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession only
InterviewRequired upon request of OINP
PR/Work permitTemporary work permit; PR contingent on meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSign a Performance Agreement with Ontario
English/French minimum CLB 4
Create at least 2 permanent, full-time jobs for a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Entrepreneur Category
Program Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Entrepreneur Category
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
Minimum InvestmentCAD $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon and at least 33.3% ownership OR $200,000 in any other Saskatchewan community and at least 33.3% ownership OR CAD $1,000,000 investment or more
ExperienceAt least 3 years’ experience as an entrepreneur or managing a business in the past 10 years
EOI SystemYes
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanRequired
Exploratory VisitRequired for business succession, joint ventures, and regional business opportunities
InterviewUpon request by SINP
PR/Work permit2-year work permit; PR contingent upon meeting program requirements
Additional RequirementsSign a Performance Agreement
Create 2+ employment opportunities if establishing a business in Regina or Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) - Farm Owner/Operator Category
ProgramSaskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Farm Owner/Operator Category
Minimum Net WorthCAD $500,000
ExperienceFarming operation ownership experience using agricultural practices similar to those used in Saskatchewan-based farming
Managerial RoleRequired
Business PlanFarm Establishment Plan (FEP) required
Exploratory VisitRequired
InterviewUpon request
Refundable DepositCAD $75,000
PR/Work permitPR after obtaining nomination certificate
Additional RequirementsSubmit a Farm Establishment Plan
Sign a Performance Agreement

Find out your eligibility for immigration to Canada!

 

Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

After COVID-19 Canada’s immigration will resume in full power as Canada will need more qualified workers to boost the economy. However, #immigrationtocanada is not easy for everyone. CRS of 450-470 is very high because of factors like age, English/French, education and more. Of course, there are #pnp provincial immigration programs and federal pilot programs such as Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, Atlantic Pilot Program, and more.

For pilot programs The language level required is relatively low,the settlements funds required are less than #expressentry entry but EVERYONE MISSES ONE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE:

If you want to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada under these facilitated processes, in most cases, you need a #joboffer from a qualifying employer.

Canada indeed experiences a shortage of labour in skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled occupations. So, the reality is somewhat positive for prospective candidates.

Employment in Canada is equal to permanent residence in most cases. Are you looking to immigrate to Canada?

Fill out our assessment form here and one of our consultants will get back to you to find the best option for your Canadian immigration

 

Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

2020 Labor Market Impact Assessment

Article by Pavel Lifanov

Today, you will uncover everything you need to know about getting your Canadian Job Offer supported by LMIA.

We will explain in plain English what is an LMIA, why do you need one and how to get it. And what is most important how to leverage to get a massive lead for your immigration process.

So, let’s start with a real story which has happened to our recent client.

Jennifer’s story

It just makes perfect sense that one person could become a permanent resident in Canada if they have a job offer from a Canadian employer who wishes to hire this individual.

Jennifer, a Croatian citizen, experienced marketing specialist, wishes to move permanently to Canada. Jennifer is an educated applicant. She had researched the official website of the Canadian immigration department, and she knows that under the Federal Skilled Worker program via Express Entry, she doesn’t score enough points to be invited to apply for advanced processing.

She had been exploring popular Canadian job search websites such as Indeed, LinkedIn, Job Bank, Zip Recruiter and others trying to find a job in Canada.

Jennifer was contacted by Harpreet, an HR manager of a Toronto-based marketing firm. She underwent a Skype interview with the Marketing manager of this Canadian firm, and the company issued her a job offer. Jennifer was very excited; Harpreet was happy, and the firm was excited to hire Jennifer. Harpreet asked Jennifer when she could start.

And then, all parties encountered a problem. Jennifer said that she did not have a work permit and asked Harpreet whether the company could request LMIA for her to get a work permit. Harpreet did not know how to do it and whether the company was able to obtain such a document.

Does it sound familiar?

If you have a potential employer lined up, but you don’t know where to start to get a positive LMIA, schedule your free consultation with registered Canadian Immigration Consultant right now!

Harpreet started looking for an immigration consulting company and scheduled a consultation with one of the immigration consultants at Green Light Canada.

So what is an LMIA?

When we met Harpreet, he was shocked that a Canadian company was unable to hire Jennifer right away. He said that the company was satisfied with her credentials, background, skills and knowledge and was ready to hire her immediately.

We explained the process of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to Harpreet and that he would need to obtain LMIA for Jennifer to even be able to request the permit to work in Canada.

We also told Harpreet that obtaining a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) would make the company’s job offer to Jennifer a Qualified Offer of Employment. Such an offer would add 50 additional points to Jennifer’s CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) under the Express Entry points grid.

Since Jennifer had registered her profile with the Express Entry, she scored 451 points. The threshold at the time was 471. As such, Jennifer was missing 20 points to receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) via the Express Entry system.

A lot of Express Entry candidates encounter the same problem. They are relatively young, educated, possess high English/French abilities and have a few years of skilled work experience, but they still don’t score enough points to move forward with the process.

Often, candidates think that when they asked whether they have a job offer from a Canadian employer, they can say yes, because someone had been told that they would be hired by them when they move to Canada. Then, candidates are disappointed with the fact that their applications are being rejected since their job offers were not supported by an LMIA or were not legitimately exempt from one.

Let’s dig a bit deeper into what is a qualifying job offer for your Express Entry profile.

It is essential to point out the fact that such qualifying job offers can give you – a candidate 50 or even 200 additional points for your express entry profile.

Here comes the NOC

When a Canadian employer offers you a job, you are offered to work in a particular occupation. The majority of existing occupations are categorized by a National Occupational Classification – NOC. NOC is a four-tiered hierarchical structure. The first level contains ten broad occupational categories, the second level is made of 40 major groups; the third level consists of 140 minor groups, and the last level comprises 500-unit groups.

For immigration purposes, the main job groups are:

  • Skill Type 0 (zero) – management jobs, such as:
    • restaurant managers
    • mine managers
    • shore captains (fishing)
  • Skill Level A – professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as:
    • doctors
    • dentists
    • architects
  • Skill Level B – technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as:
    • chefs
    • plumbers
    • electricians
  • Skill Level C – intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as:
    • industrial butchers
    • long-haul truck drivers
    • food and beverage servers
  • Skill Level D – labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as:
    • fruit pickers
    • cleaning staff
    • oil field workers

  • A Occupations usually require a university education
  • B Occupations usually require a college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training
  • C Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training
  • D On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations

Canadian immigration programs use the NOC to decide if a job or type of work experience meets their eligibility. Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada considers “skilled” jobs those with NOC Skill Type 0, A or B.

Skill Type 0 (zero) consists of jobs that are classified as 0*** and 00**
For example – a restaurant manager is NOC 0631 – 0***. So if you have a job offer from a Canadian restaurant and they wish to hire you as a Restaurant Manager, you get 50 additional CRS points.

Top management and executive positions are classified as 00**. For example, CEO, Vice President, Director and more. If you have a job offer for one of these positions, you could get 200 additional CRS points.

Now, not any written job offer can qualify to be considered a job offer for your immigration process under the Express Entry system. Below we will discuss each option in more detail.

It is essential to point out that other, non-Express Entry and/or not Federal immigration programs, may have a different set of requirements to grant you with additional points or make you qualify to apply for permanent residence under certain provincial programs. The requirements for such offers are different and are discussed in other articles on our website.

So, how you get 50 or 200 additional CRS points for your Express Entry profile if you found a Canadian employer that is willing to hire you?

LMIA supported Job Offers

Usually, an employer needs to apply for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA, formerly known as LMO – Labour Market Opinion) under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) managed by Employment Services Development Canada (Service Canada).

Employment Services Development Canada has a set of important requirements for every LMIA request. Your application would have to satisfy every single one of them in order to be approved.

Advertising

According to Canada’s employment policy, Canadian employers need to prioritize Canadian applicants for their opening. It means that once they apply for an LMIA, they need to prove that they were trying to recruit a Canadian for this opening for at least one month.

It means that employers need to advertise these positions on a few national-scope websites. The resources where they advertise need to meet the strict requirements of the TFWP.

The way these advertisements are written and presented to the Canadian public need to meet rigorous requirements as well.

The main reason for the rejection of such LMIA applications is the advertisement which was not done according to TFWP requirements and rules.

Employer’s legitimacy

Another important factor the Service Canada assesses when an LMIA application is being reviewed is business legitimacy.

An employer that applies for an LMIA must show and confirm to the TFWP officer, that their businesses are engaged in a legitimate business in Canada and are in good standing in terms of compliance with about laws, regulations, payroll remittance and more.

Legitimacy is usually proven by a letter from a lawyer or a chartered accountant describing the business activities and its financial abilities.

Compensation

Another critical factor is the financial ability of a business that wants to hire you to be able to fulfil its contractual obligations to you.

As you probably know, the offer of employment needs to say that your job will be full-time, that you will work for not less than one year and the salary offered to you needs to be commensurate with the local median wage for the same position.

Meaning, you cannot be offered a wage less than is paid to Canadians in the same region and same occupation. For example, Jennifer was offered a salary of 55,000 per year. In this case, the Canadian employer’s application for an LMIA would have been rejected as the median wage of a marketing specialist in Toronto is $35.90/hr. (as of April 2020).

Now, if you multiply $35.90 by 1560 hours per year (considering that Jennifer would be working 30 hours per week – considered full-time in Canada) her annual salary would have been – $56,004.

These factors are critical, and each case needs to be researched and discussed individually. The position needs to be located using the NOC, and the median wage needs to be checked accordingly. Overtime rate, vacation days, benefits and other job terms are significant and need to meet the labour regulations and rules.

Application

Once all the above factors are confirmed the employer needs to collect all the documents, fill out the application forms and explain the benefits to the Canadian labour market which will result from your (or another foreign worker) employment with this Canadian company. Which skills will be transferred to Canadian, what knowledge and what are the general benefits of employing a foreign worker like you are expected for Canadians?

Does it sound familiar? Let us help by navigating you through your LMIA application process. Schedule your free consultation with registered Canadian Immigration Consultant right now!

Please note that in this article, we are discussing qualifying job offers for your permanent residence applications only. They differ from those where a Canadian company wants to hire a foreign worker on a work permit only. LMIAs we have discussed can be of a dual intent – meaning that once such an LMIA is approved, you can get your 50 or 200 points for your Express Entry Profile and apply for a work permit to be able to start working for your Canadian employer even before you finish your immigration process.

LMIA Exempt Job Offers

As previously stated, not all Qualifying Job Offers for Express Entry’s immigration programs require a positive LMIA.

The absolute majority of qualifying job offers require an LMIA; however, there are some exemptions if you are already in Canada on a valid work permit issued based on one of the following:

  • an international agreement (e.g. NAFTA; CETA, CPTPP, etc.)
  • a federal-provincial agreement (Provincial nominees, etc.)
  • the “Canadian interests” category (Intra-company transferees, entrepreneurs, etc.)

Your job offer still needs to meet all applicable conditions discussed above and a crucial factor is that you have to be working for this employer based on your valid permit issues as described above for not less than one year.

Such job offers will also grant you with additional 50 or 200 points.

For example, we had a client, named Kenneth, who had been working in Canada as a work permit holder which he received based on an International Experience Canada program. This program allows citizens from certain countries, that meet certain conditions, to obtain a one-year open work permit to work in Canada.

Kenneth was from Australia. Kenneth was working for a certain warehouse in Toronto. He was so excited about the opportunities he could develop for the logistics industry in Canada by using his computer software which he had been working on in his spare time back then. Near the end of his work permit validity, Kenneth came in for a consultation with one of Green Light’s immigration consultant to see what his options in terms of Canadian permanent residence were.

During the initial assessment, he advised us of his idea of finalizing the development of his software, and we encouraged him to make it an official Canadian Start-Up. We assisted Kenneth with registering a company in Canada, initial setup and some business advice and business plan. Once all was finalized, we filed Kenneth’s application for a work permit under the Entrepreneur category.

The application was approved. Kenneth obtained his two-years work permit in the capacity of a CEO and started managing the business.

After one year, Kenneth came back to us to explore his option for permanent residency. We created Kenneth’s Express Entry profile. He scored 378 points. The threshold of Express Entry for an ITA was 466 at the time.

We advised Kenneth that since he was working for his Canadian company for one year on a work permit issued under the Entrepreneur category and this company still required his management for at least one year after he would become a permanent resident.

The company had the financial ability to pay his wages, was engages in a legitimate business and was compliant with all applicable labour regulations, we decided to claim the additional 200 points which allowed him to receive his permanent residence in 4 months after that.

It is important to realize the difference between LMIA required and LMIA exempt qualifying job offers, dual intent LMIA’s, LMIA’s that allow you to claim additional points and apply for PR and those that allow you to apply first for a work permit and only later to claim additional points for PR process.

LMIAs that are high or low-wage, the caps, the advertisement, salary and duration requirements for each, the owner-Operator category LMIA, job offers that require different types of approvals and are not or are suitable for Express Entry categories (e.g. Saskatchewan job approval letter for Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program, Nova Scotia Nominee program and other.

Canadian immigration is a complex system which requires experience in its navigating. With the help of qualified and experienced professionals, your journey will be way smoother, and you will avoid a lot of mistakes and disappointments.

Of course, choosing an immigration consultant is not mandatory and is a matter of preference, recommendations, reputation and more. Should you wish to be represented by an immigration consultant, make sure they are licensed and are in good standing. You may verify it here at the ICCRC and IRCC websites.

Be advised that we have processed thousands of successful LMIAs for Canadian employers and employers contact as a lot looking for potential foreign workers who have contacted us.

For this purpose, we created a bank of candidates where you may register, and our employers will review your resumes. This job match service is entirely free of charge for you. You will pay only for a work permit/permanent residence application should you chose us to represent you before the immigration authorities.

We encourage you to reach out to us to assess your immigration options and to discuss your case with one of our licensed consultants. We will be more than happy to help you make your immigration journey fast, smooth and successful.

Find out your eligibility for immigration to Canada!

March 18, 2020

As you know, we’re experiencing an unprecedented pandemic in terms of the global impact of all industries including immigration.

Canada has implemented a restrictive policy on incoming travelers and limited entry into Canada for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members, and humanitarian and compassionate reasons and United States citizens.

Work permit holders, students, visitors cannot arrive in Canada for now.

Only four major airports in Canada accept travelers from overseas.

Canada-US border has been closed for non-essential traffic. Meaning that visitors, shoppers, and others will not be allowed to cross the border. Goods transportation will operate as usual.

In terms of immigration processes, RCIC (Refugees, Citizenship, Immigration Canada) and Service Canada’s call centres are affected by some internal procedures. Probably they are reducing the number of workers that work from the office. As a result, the wait times are unreasonable. We called a few times to both call centres and were advised that our calls would not be answered due to the high volume of calls. It is frustrating because we have a few dozens of LMIA applications in process. At the same time, our observation is that 70% of the LMIA applications submitted by us on behalf of our Clients – Canadian employers that wish to hire foreign works, are being processed much faster. The employers were contacted by Service Canada officers within a week or two after submitting the applications. Interesting but still to early to make assumptions.

IRCC has provided 90 days extensions to applicants to respond to requests and provide documents. The same applies to IRCC’s new requests to undergo biometrics. Usually, 30 days are given but Service Canada centres where in Canada applicants can have their biometrics done are closed in Ontario (probably other provinces as well) and the appointments are being canceled. For now, 90 days extensions are automatically provided.

It is safe to presume that COVID19 will have direct effects on the immigration process but it’s too early to give any forecasts.
We will keep monitoring the situation and keep you informed.

Stay healthy! We’re here for you!

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Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

So, it seems that everyone is so excited about the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program and throws at you these attractive slogans like “You Have No Money? No Problem!” or “Your CRS is Low? No Problem” or “Your English Level is Low? No Problem!”

All these sentences sound so attractive as many of us can’t get to these fantastic CRS scores of 470 and up because of multiple factors, such as age, English/French level and education.

Of course, when such options are announced people get super excited about it and start promoting them to everyone. The same happened with the Atlantic Pilot Program. The language level required was relatively low, the funds one had to possess to qualify for the program was also lower than the usual Express Entry settlement funds requirement. People became excited. They started to look for opportunities to apply for this program.

EVERYBODY MISSES ONE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE

Immigration To Canada

If you want to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada under these somewhat facilitated processes, you need a JOB OFFER from a qualifying Canadian employer. Then people all over the internet start giving you standard advice as to how to look for a job (remotely in most cases),how to update your resume,

then people all over the internet start giving you standard advice as to how to look for a job (remotely in most cases),Thow to update your resume, how to set up a virtual Canadian phone number to have the employer reach out to you and not to be discouraged from you being not in Canada. All these advices are very nice and are somewhat true, but the reality is different. Canada experiences a shortage of labour in skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled occupations. Canada also suffers from a shortage of Canadians that can’t or don’t want to work and prefer to stay on certain social programs for long periods.

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So, the reality is somewhat positive for prospective candidates. It seems that you can find a job because Canadian employers are in real need of the workforce. The government, however, says that they are facilitating the processes of foreign nationals’ employment in Canada with privileges of becoming permanent residents

after they find a qualifying employer who would be willing to wait for their arrival as permanent residents in Canada. This is true when big and established companies plan their staffing ahead of time and are ready to wait for the employees to come in the XYZ time. Alternatively, there are, as the government says, expedited procedures for Canadian employers to relocate foreign workers to Canada.

Another important fact is small and mid-sized businesses in Canada that need their employees immediately and can’t afford to wait for a long time until their prospective foreign workers arrive.

All these factors combined add to the complexity of the situation, but they do highlight the need in foreign workers thus increasing chances for qualifying foreigners to obtain job offers from Canadian employers and apply for permanent residence based on these. Of course, it is not an easy task to find an employer who would be ready to wait for a foreigner until they come to Canada, but it is a fact. More and more positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA or former name LMO – Labour Market Opinion) are issued in support of permanent residence and more and more Arranged employment endorsement for pilot programs are obtained by qualifying employers.

See approved LMIA statistics here, In Q4 of 2019 alone more than 30 thousand jobs were approved for LMIA.

Everybody understands that finding a qualifying job offer being overseas is not an easy task, but it can be done.

We, at Green Light Canada, processed more than two hundred (200) of successful LMIA’s, qualifying job offers under Pilot immigration programs in the last quarter (Jan to March) of 2020.

There is a lot of interesting and important information about immigration options, strategies, and tips that we are willing to share with you. Please like and share this post if you’d like us to keep posting.

Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

Immigration program for rural Ontario communities up for consultation

July 16, 2019

According to the Ontario government, a new immigration pilot program aimed at bringing foreign skilled workers to rural and small communities in Ontario may be approved by 2020.

Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade said in a statement that it is working with stakeholders in select community to determine interest in the proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot, and research “existing community immigrant attraction and retention efforts.”

The names of the communities involved in the consultations have not been revealed.

The communities are a “geographically and culturally diverse sample” according the Ontario government, with a population size of 20,000 to 200,000, with undisclosed “economic characteristics”, and of which all have the appropriate institutions for newcomer support.

The government stated that the consultation will allow it to determine whether the selected communities have both local interest for immigration, as well as appropriate capacity. It would be operated by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, a provincial immigration stream.

The update goes on to say, “final selection of pilot communities would be based on data analysis, along with the results of engagement with communities.”

No date has been determined when the selected communities will be revealed, or when prospect immigrants may apply.

Regional immigration streams a new trend in Canada

The Government of Ontario says it aims to support community-led efforts to attract foreign skilled workers.

In a statement, it reads “An Ontario pilot would specifically target the needs of Ontario communities and explore how to better regionalize the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to better support Ontario employers in smaller communities.” It goes to clarify that the proposed pilot would not duplicate the federal government’s new immigration stream, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

The federal immigration pilot works with six communities in Northern Ontario, as well as many more rural and remote communities in other provinces to attract foreign skilled workers and provide them permanent residence.

These pilots, and others such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) and British Columbia’s Regional Entrepreneur Pilot are vital to the country’s economy as they address the issue of an aging population and growing emigration of younger, skilled individuals to more populated towns and cities.

The proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot comes after various businesses in Northern Ontario have asked the government to create an immigration program similar to those in other provinces, designed to hire foreign workers for positions they haven’t been able to fill locally.

For more information on how to take advantage of these immigrations streams, contact Green Light Canada.

Ontario’s first immigration lottery invites 1,600 tech workers with low CRS scores

July 15, 2019

Ontario held its first draw for tech workers on July 12, inviting 1,623 Express Entry candidates with technological work experience to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Those invited in the July 12 draw had a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 439 to 459, with an Express Entry profile created between July 12, 2018 to July 12, 2019.

The Ontario Nomination Program (OINP) announced that it would begin holding Tech Draws to meet the growing demand for workers in the province’s tech sector.

Ontario is home to several tech companies, located in cities such as Waterloo, Toronto, and Ottawa.

According to GBRE Group, tech companies in Toronto alone created more jobs in 2017, than in the San Francisco Bay area.

First step: Apply for Express Entry

Candidate to wish to be considered for a tech draw invitation must be registered until the federal Express Entry system, under the Federal Skilled Worker Class or Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates in the Express Entry are assessed by various factors under the CRS scoring system.

A provincial nomination is very helpful as it gives candidates 600 more CRS points, which can guarantee permanent residence.

Usually, the minimum score required to receive an invitation from Express Entry draws range from 438 to 470 as of this year, with 450 being the most common.

It has only occurred once this year, that candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class streams have made the cut-off in an Express Entry draw with a CRS score of 439.

How do Tech Draws work?

Tech Draws are run by the province’s Human Capital Priorities immigrant stream, which allows the OINP to search for Express Entry candidates who meet the stream’s requirements.

A job is not required to be eligible, however, candidates must have one year of full-time experience (or equivalent part-time experience) in one of the following six tech fields:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

NOC means “National Occupational Classification”, a system of classification for all job types in the Canadian labour market.

For more information on how to be eligible for tech draws, contact Green Light Canada.

Canada announces new permanent residency pathway for temporary agri-food workers 

July 12, 2019

Temporary foreign workers who have experience in Canada’s agri-food sector will have the opportunity to obtain permanent residence status, as of early 2020.

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is a three-year long program designed to keep experienced foreign workers with job offers in Canada, for the benefit of the agricultural and agri-food industry.

According to the Government of Canada, the industry exported $66.2 billion in products, and is responsible for 1 in 8 jobs in the country. Additionally, industries such as meat processing and mushroom products have experienced “ongoing difficulty in finding and keeping new employees.”

At the moment, migrant farm workers who come to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker program for season work only receive work permits that allow a limited stay in Canada, and do not have a pathway to permanent residence status.

The jobs and industries eligible under the new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot are:

  • Meat processing
    • Retail butcher
    • Industrial butcher
    • Food processing labourer
  • Mushroom production, greenhouse crop production, livestock raising
    • Harvesting labourer
    • General farm worker
    • Farm supervisor

Only 2,750 applicants will be process into the pilot each year. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) estimates that the pilot could bring 16,500 new permanent residents (which includes family members) into Canada over the pilot’s three year duration.

Eligibility requirements

The eligibility requirements for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot are:

  • 12 months of full-time, non-seasonal work experience in Canada, through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Must be in one of the eligible occupations.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 in English or French
  • Foreign equivalent of a Canadian high school education or greater
  • A job offer for full-time, non-seasonal work in Canada

Additional details on how to apply will be available in early 2020, according to the federal government.

For any questions about applying for a work permit, contact Green Light Canada.