Canada Sets Immigration Record in 2022 and Seeks More Immigrants
January 4, 2023
In 2022, Canada welcomed more than 431,000 new permanent residents. This marked the largest annual increase in Canadian Immigration history, as the Government of Canada seeks to ease the country’s labour shortages.
Canada has set a target of 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023 and plans to raise that target to 500,000 in 2025.
Immigration accounts for nearly all of Canada’s labour-force growth and about 75% of the nation’s population growth. During the 2021 Census, nearly one in four people counted were a landed immigrant or permanent resident of Canada (or had been at one time). Among the Group of Seven economies, Canada has the largest proportion of immigrants.
By 2036, immigrants will represent almost a third of Canada’s population.
16 New Occupations Now Eligible for Permanent Residence under Express Entry
November 17, 2022
On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced the implementation of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for Immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system.
The NOC is the national reference for occupations in Canada. It provides a systematic classification structure that categorizes the entire range of occupational activity in Canada. IRCC uses the NOC to determine and assess the occupational eligibility criteria under its temporary and permanent residency programs.
With the implementation of the 2021 NOC, foreign nationals with work experience in the following sixteen (16) occupations are now eligible to apply through Express Entry:
- payroll administrators
- dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
- nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
- pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
- elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
- sheriffs and bailiffs
- correctional service officers
- by-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
- estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
- residential and commercial installers and servicers
- pest controllers and fumigators
- other repairers and servicers
- transport truck drivers
- bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
- heavy equipment operators
- aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
By making these occupations eligible under Express Entry, the Government of Canada is working to welcome newcomers who bring the skills the Canadian economy needs to help address acute labour shortages across the country.
If you have work experience in any of these occupations and would like to have your eligibility to immigrate to Canada assessed or reassessed by Abrams & Krochak, please visit https://www.akcanada.com/assessment1.php and you will receive your eligibility assessment, via e-mail, within one (1) business day.
Government Of Canada Announces 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan
November 1, 2022
The Government of Canada is planning a massive increase in the number of immigrants entering Canada, with a goal of seeing 500,000 people arrive each year by 2025.
Today, Tuesday, November 1, 2022, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, released Canada’s 2023–2025 Immigration Levels Plan. The plan puts an emphasis on increasing the number immigrants who will be admitted to Canada based on their work skills or experience over the next three years. The ultimate goal is to help Canadian businesses find workers and to attract the skills required in key sectors—including health care, skilled trades, manufacturing and technology.
The Government of Canada is setting targets in the new levels plan of 465,000 permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. The plan has a long-term focus on economic growth, with just over 60% of admissions in the economic class by 2025. The number of economic immigrants to be admitted to Canada from 2023 to 2025 is projected to be as follows:
The plan comes on the heels of a report from Statistics Canada that a record 23 per cent of people in Canada are landed immigrants or permanent residents.
Canada to Resume Express Entry Draws in July 2022 to Address Canada’s Labour Shortage – 6 Month Processing Times
April 22, 2022
As Canada continues to recover from COVID-19, there are hundreds of thousands of vacant positions in all sectors across the country that employers are looking to fill. The Government of Canada recognizes that Immigration has become increasingly more important to fuel the Canadian economy. Canada’s strong economic growth is outpacing the country’s ability to find and keep workers.
For these reasons, on April 22, 2022, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced that Express Entry draws will soon resume and that invitations for candidates to apply for permanent residence will begin in early July 2022. This includes candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
Travel restrictions throughout most of 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 delayed the processing of overseas applications, which led to an increase in the size of the processing inventory. To manage this inventory, IRCC temporarily paused invitations to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. Minister Fraser announced that when invitations to apply resume in early July 2022, the vast majority of new applications will be processed within the 6-month service standard.
What does this mean?
If you are an existing client of Abrams & Krochak and have been delaying proceeding with your Express Entry Application, now is the perfect time to resume the processing of your Application so that your Express Entry Online Profile can be created and uploaded to the IRCC website prior to draws resuming in July 2022. If you have any questions pertaining to your file and the status of your Application, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
If you are not yet a client of Abrams & Krochak but had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry favourably assessed by the firm and wish to proceed with your proposed Canadian Immigration plans, please follow the instructions that were previously provided to you in our “Favourable Eligibility Assessment”. If you no longer have those instructions, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to provide them to you, again.
If you have not had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry assessed by Abrams & Krochak OR you wish to have your eligibility to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry reassessed by the firm, please complete our Express Entry Online Eligibility Assessment Questionnaire at https://www.akcanada.com/assessment1.php.
Canada Announces New Immigration Programs/Initiatives for Ukrainians Fleeing War
March 3, 2022
On Thursday, March 3, 2022, the Government of Canada announced the following:
As part of the Government of Canada’s response to the war in Ukraine, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is introducing new immigration streams for Ukrainians who want to come to Canada temporarily or permanently.
For Ukrainians who want to come to Canada temporarily, IRCC will create a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel, available for individuals fleeing Ukraine. There will be no limit to the number of Ukrainians who can apply. This is the fastest, safest, and most efficient way for Ukrainians to come to Canada and eliminates many of the normal visa requirements. All Ukrainian nationals will be able to apply through this new path, and, pending background check and security screening, their stay in Canada could be extended by at least 2 years. IRCC aims to have the extended pathway open for applications in 2 weeks, and, in the interim, encourages Ukrainians to apply through all existing programs, and their Applications will be prioritized.
IRCC will also quickly implement a special family reunification sponsorship pathway for permanent residence for Ukrainians who have immediate and extended family members in Canada. IRCC will develop the details of this program in the coming weeks, including by working with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
All Ukrainians who come to Canada as part of these measures will be eligible to apply for open work permits, making it easier for employers to quickly hire Ukrainian nationals.
This announcement follows an earlier announcement on February 24, 2022, which reads as follows:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is taking additional steps to support Ukrainians and people residing in Ukraine, and to make it easier and faster for Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their accompanying immediate family members to return to Canada.
As part of the Government of Canada’s response, IRCC has taken the decision to prioritize applications for new and replacement travel documents for Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members. Over a month ago, IRCC implemented measures to priority process citizenship grant applications for adoption, as well as permanent and temporary residence applications for people with a primary residence in Ukraine who want to reunite or travel with family, study, work, or start a new life in Canada. Ukrainian nationals currently in Canada on a temporary basis can apply to extend their status as a visitor, student or worker.
In addition to prioritizing applications, IRCC is launching a package of new immigration measures, including the following:
- Establishing a dedicated service channel for Ukraine enquiries that will be available for clients both in Canada and abroad at 613-321-4243, with collect calls accepted. In addition, clients can now add the keyword “Ukraine2022” to the IRCC Web form with their enquiry and their email will be prioritized.
- Implementing urgent processing of travel documents, including issuing single-journey travel documents for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who do not have valid passports.
- Updating a Web page to provide current information on measures; this page will include content in Ukrainian for ease of reference.
- Ensuring that Ukrainians currently in Canada are able to extend their stay or stay longer in Canada by prioritizing the renewal of work and study permits, and extending a policy that allows individuals to apply for a work permit from within Canada. This policy would allow temporary residents who receive a job offer to remain in Canada and start working while they wait for their work permit application to be processed.
IRCC will issue open work permits to Ukrainian visitors, workers and students who are currently in Canada and cannot go home, so they can stay longer if they wish. IRCC will waive fees, retroactive to February 22, 2022, for certain travel and immigration documents, such as Canadian passports, permanent resident travel documents, proofs of citizenship, visitor visas, and work and study permits. Further details will be made available in the coming weeks as these measures launch.
IRCC has also taken steps to increase operational readiness in the region, including relocating staff, moving additional supplies and equipment, such as mobile biometric collection kits, in anticipation of an increased volume of requests, and adjusting operations in offices across their global network to ensure service continuity for Ukraine. Online options are available for most applications.
If Abrams & Krochak can assist you or your loved ones with any of the aforementioned Applications, please let us know by e-mail at email@example.com and we will send you full details regarding our fees and services.
Government of Canada Announces 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan
February 14, 2022
Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2022‒2024 Immigration Levels Plan. The Plan aims to help the Canadian economy recover by fueling post-pandemic growth.
In 2021, Canada welcomed more than 405,000 new permanent residents—the most immigrants in a single year in Canada’s history. Despite having regained many of the jobs lost during the pandemic, there are still hundreds of thousands of positions in all sectors waiting to be filled. Immigration already accounts for almost 100% of labour force growth, and with 5 million Canadians set to retire by the end of this decade, the economic need for increased Immigration has never been higher.
To ensure Canada has the workers it needs to fill critical labour market gaps and support a strong economy into the future, the 2022–2024 Immigration Levels Plan aims to continue welcoming immigrants at a rate of about 1% of Canada’s population, including 431,645 permanent residents in 2022, 447,055 in 2023, and 451,000 in 2024. Nearly 60% of new immigrants to Canada will be in the Economic Class (i.e. skilled workers, skilled tradespeople, provincial nominees, business immigrants).
To support these increased levels, the Government of Canada plans to modernize Canada’s Immigration system and reduce inventories to create predictable processing times for Immigration Applications.