A view of downtown Vancouver on a fine day

On August 24, 2016, a total of 598 candidates for immigration to British Columbia, Canada were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). These ITAs were issued to a range of candidates who had previously expressed an interest in immigrating to the province.

The vast majority of ITAs were issued to candidates in categories under the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), with the remaining ITAs issued to candidates in the Entrepreneur Immigration stream pool.

A magnificent sunset of the prairies in Manitoba, Canada

A total of 714 candidates for immigration to Canada through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) have been issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) in the latest draw under the Expression of Interest (EOI) immigration system, which took place on August 24, 2016. This is the 20th draw in total since the system was first introduced last year. This province, located in central Canada, issues LAAs through two sub-categories of the Skilled Workers category of the MPNP were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 538 LAAs were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category.

Downtown Montreal as viewed from Mount Royal

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has called on the government of Quebec to increase the overall annual intake of immigrants to the province, from around 50,000 to 60,000. The recommendations were presented yesterday to the Committee on Citizen Relations as part of consultations on immigration planning in Quebec for the period 2017-2019.

Downtown Toronto as viewed from Lake Ontario on a Fall day

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to 750 candidates in the Express Entry pool. The latest draw from the pool, and the 41st in total since the selection system was launched in January, 2015, took place on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Candidates with 538 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were issued an ITA.

Participants in the annual Port Huron Float Down

Canadian authorities in Sarnia, Ontario had some unexpected guests on Sunday, August 21, after approximately 1,500 US residents accidentally floated to Canada during the Port Huron Float Down, an annual event on the St.Clair river that divides the US state of Michigan from Ontario. The trespassing flotilla of dinghies, inner tubes and rafts was no match for strong winds that whipped up throughout the afternoon.

John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures

The Chief Executive Officer of one of Canada’s leading pension funds has recommended that Canada more than triples its existing levels of immigration over the coming years. John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of OMERS, one of Canada's leading pension funds, says that innovation and talent acquisition can solve Canada’s growth dilemma. Ruffolo also serves as vice-chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators.

A map of Canada with a Canadian flag

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, has said that the government of Canada hopes to bring even more newcomers to Canada, but as housing prices skyrocket in Vancouver and Toronto his government hopes to lure them to other locations. Minister McCallum also cited labour market shortages and aging populations as further reasons to populate certain regions.

A view of Quebec City from the St Lawrence, with Chateau Frontenac in the background

The submission period for applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has closed at 1:19 p.m. on August 16, hours after opening at 8:30 a.m. the same day. The maximum number of 5,000 applications to the QSWP were received through Mon projet Québec, the online immigration application management system used by the government of Quebec to receive applications for the QSWP.

A group of people waving miniature Canadian flags

John McCallum, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, has stated his goal of significantly increasing immigration to Canada beyond its current record level as a way to fill the country's labour needs and rise to the demographic challenges faced by an aging population.

A Canadian maple leaf flag

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 754 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw took place the morning of August 10, 2016, and is the fortieth draw since the Canadian immigration selection system was launched in January, 2015. Each candidate who received an ITA had 490 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

A young Chinese girl playing with maple leaves in a garden in Canada

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, is currently in Beijing to meet with representatives from the Chinese Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Public Security to discuss opening five new Canadian visa offices across China.

Downtown Montreal in summer, as viewed from Mount Royal

As the 2016 World Social Forum gets underway in Montreal today, it is likely that many would-be delegates and invitees will not be in attendance. Many applications for Temporary Residents Visas (TRVs), also known as visitor visas, were rejected by the government of Canada, or were not processed in time for the event.

a judge in a black robe bangs a gavel on a sounding board

The Director of Communications at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), Daniel Roukema, has received the 2016 Consumer Protection Award from the American Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulations (CLEAR). This award recognizes that the ICCRC actively improves the Canadian immigration procedure for clients who retain the services of an authorized Canadian immigration representative.

A vineyard beside a lake in British Columbia, Canada

The province of British Columbia (BC) has issued 602 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates for immigration to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The ITAs were issued across three categories: Express Entry BC - Skilled Worker, Express Entry BC - International Graduate, and Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled.