Farming in rural Quebec, Canada

The government of Canada has announced that it is freezing the 20 per cent cap on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers a company can hire. The cap, which was set to go down to 10 per cent next week, will instead stay where it is.

Montreal's Old Port and harbour in summer

Individuals who are interested in immigrating to the Canadian province of Quebec, but who have not yet created an account in the online secure space Mon projet Québec, may now create one with a view to the next application intake period, the dates for which are due to be announced shortly. Mon projet Québec is an online immigration application management system used by the Canadian province of Quebec in order to process applications under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Wascana marina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

A popular Canadian immigration option in Saskatchewan has reopened for new applications.

The International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) — one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) — allows skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan to make an application for a provincial nomination certificate, which is then followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Interestingly, applicants do not require a job offer in order to make an application.

Man works on his laptop

On June 14, 2016, the Canadian government launched its new innovation strategy, which includes a vow to speed up the immigration process for foreign skilled workers joining rapidly growing tech firms.

Canadian flag blowing in the wind, lit from behind

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 752 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw was conducted the morning of June 15, 2016 and is the thirteenth to take place so far this year. Each candidate who received an ITA had 488 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Large scale map of Quebec, Canada

Mon projet Québec, the online immigration application management system used by the government of Quebec for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), has reached its maximum number of 5,000 applications submitted within hours. The intake period, which began at 8:30 a.m. this morning (Montreal time), closed at 12:58 p.m. this afternoon.

Man holds Quebec flag

An application intake period for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) began today, June 13, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. (Montreal time). During this intake period, candidates who have already created an account in the Mon projet Québec system, the online immigration application management system used by the government of Quebec for its QSWP, can submit an application for a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de séléction du Québec (CSQ). With a CSQ, candidates can apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.

MoneySense's annual ranking of the best cities and towns for new immigrants to Canada has been updated for 2016, with various destinations across the country vying to be crowned number one. The ranking system looks at employment rates, rental costs and existing immigrant populations in communities across Canada.

Ultimately, it was the nation's capital, Ottawa, which came in first place.

canada-flag-city

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required for candidates in the Express Entry pool to be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence has decreased by one point in the latest draw, the twelfth to take place so far this year. A total of 762 candidates were issued an ITA on June 1, 2016, with the CRS point requirement set at 483.

The previous draw, which took place on May 18, required candidates to have 484 points in order to be invited to apply.

A lake in British Columbia, Canada

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 16 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) yesterday in a draw for its Entrepreneur Immigration stream. The minimum score requirement for this draw was 133, which is in line with the previous draws for this stream.

A man holding a board with French writing on it

The Government of Canada is launching a new work permit option today under the International Mobility Program (IMP) called Mobilité Francophone. This stream aims to make hiring francophone skilled workers more straightforward for employers in certain regions of Canada.

Montreal, Quebec in summer

The popular Quebec Investor Program has reopened for up to 1,900 new applications, as of May 30, 2016. Of the 1,900 applications that may be accepted, a maximum of 1,330 applications may be accepted from nationals of the People's Republic of China, including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

Two flags of Quebec hoisted from a brick wall

The government of Quebec plans to implement an online 'virtual waiting room' in time for the approaching application intake period for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), which is scheduled to begin June 13, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. EST (Montréal time).