Expect Canada’s tech sector to get bigger than ever

If there is one thing that the latest Global Startup Ecosystem Rankings can blatantly scream about, then it is the fact that the global tech world is still mostly about US-based companies and a handful ones from Europe and Asia. California, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle dominated the top ten best tech ecosystems in the world, leaving the remaining slots to London, Shanghai, and Tel...

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Canada: Expect more changes to Express Entry

Since it last introduced points modifications last November, the Canadian government has been consistently telling the public that it wouldn’t be the last and that there would be more changes to the Express Entry scheme in the coming months. Just recently, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed the newest and most imminent changes to the Express Entry...

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Ontario’s unemployment rate hits lowest in 16 years

The government of Ontario said that the unemployment rate in the province currently sits at 5.8 percent, the lowest since January 2001. The remarkably low unemployment rate is also below the national average of 6.5 percent, the lowest in the entire country since October 2008. Among the reasons behind the number is Ontario’s aggressive labour market, to which a total of 98,600 jobs have been...

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Liberal government reminds public that Conditional Permanent Residence has been abolished

It has been a few weeks since the new administration abolished the Conditional Permanent Residence provision for sponsored spouses and common-law partners. Many are still unaware of the move that seeks to make the immigration route more accessible to many, prompting the government to remind the public anew to avoid confusion. On April 28, sponsored spouses and common-law partners are no longer...

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Over 300 foreign citizens invited by British Columbia for immigration

On Wednesday, May 10, a total of 364 foreign citizens working in Canada received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), the province’s official immigration nomination scheme. This figure represents an increase of 35 percent in the number of candidates issued with an ITA on the previous draw held on April 19 in which only 269 ITA recipients were...

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Nova Scotia resumes online application services after temporary closure

It didn’t take long for the province of Nova Scotia to reinstate all online application services for it provincial nomination program.    On May 9, 2017, the immigration ministry of Nova Scotia announced that it would temporarily suspend all online application services for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) due to several system- and network-related issues. The nomination program’s server...

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Canada lifts visa requirement for select Brazilians, Bulgarians, and Romanians

The government of Canada, through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), recently announced that it has expanded the list of countries eligible for the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).  The eTA, which is electronically linked to the traveller’s passport, is a newly introduced entry requirement for visa-exempt non-Canadian citizens flying to or transiting through the...

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New Brunswick opens Express Entry Labour Market Stream for immigration

The Government of New Brunswick announced that it has officially opened the Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS) to all foreign workers wishing to permanently settle in the province.  From now on, all foreign citizens currently working in the province can now apply to this immigration scheme through the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP).    A provincial nomination...

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Ontario reopens Master’s and PhD Graduate Streams anew

It’s no longer surprising to hear that the province of Ontario has decided to reopen the Master’s and PhD Graduate Streams, the most popular immigration routes under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) again. After all, Ontario has repeatedly stated in the past that this would be the new system for these streams ever since they, alongside Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream,...

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Ontario to issue targeted NOI to religious worker immigrants

The government of Ontario has announced that it would issue a targeted Notification of Interest (NOI) in the coming weeks to applicants under various religious occupations. It will be done through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) under the Human Capital Priorities Stream.  According to the province, the move is in line with its goal of meeting the expanding labour market demand in...

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