Deck chairs on a deck overlooking Clear Lake in Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba has conducted the nineteenth draw under its Expression of Interest (EOI) immigration system, with a total of 609 candidates issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) on July 29, 2016. This province, located in central Canada, issues LAAs through two sub-categories of the Skilled Workers category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP); 155 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 454 LAAs were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category.

A Canadian flag waving from a boat on a lake

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited 755 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the latest draw from the Express Entry pool, which took place on July 27, 2016. The minimum number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) was 488.

A quiet residential street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

As of August 2, 2016, foreign buyers of residential property in the Vancouver area will have to pay an extra 15 percent tax. The new tax, which was unveiled this week by the government of British Columbia (B.C.), is part of provincial plan to slow the foreign speculation that many blame for making the region’s homes the most unaffordable in Canada.

a close-up of a smartphone, showing the login screen for the video game Pokemon Go

Two Canadian teenagers found unexpected trouble over the weekend while playing Pokémon Go, the augmented-reality mobile-based video game that is taking the world by storm. While immersed in the virtual world, they were apprehended illegally crossing the border into the United States.

Two flag pins of Zimbabwe and Haiti

The federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has published an operational bulletin covering the temporary public policy for applications for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds as a result of lifting the temporary suspension of removals (TSR) on Haiti and Zimbabwe.

A freight train carriage in the Canadian prairies emblazoned with the word Saskatchewan

The International Skilled Worker - Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reopened. The government of Saskatchewan updated its website the morning of Wednesday, July 20 to announce that this Canadian immigration option was now open to new applications.

a map showing the border of the USA and Canada, with a pushpin inserted in Montreal

Today, July 19, Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion (MIDI) announced that the next intake period for the popular Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will open on August 16, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Montreal time, and will receive up to 5,000 applications. The intake period may remain open until August 22, or until the intake cap of 5,000 applicants is reached, whichever occurs soonest.

A young student studying outdoors at Concordia University's Loyola campus in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC) has updated the conditions for issuing a study permit to a student who is required to complete a prerequisite program before he or she begins a second program in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).

Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required by candidates for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry selection system to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence remained at 482 in the latest draw from the pool, which took place on July 13. A total of 747 candidates were invited to apply.

a cartoon of figures collectively saying bonjour

Quebec’s Minister of Immigration Kathleen Weil has announced a new promotional campaign to encourage immigrant enrollment in French-language courses. The $750,000 initiative will focus on promoting courses through social media and community websites, as well as in newspapers, on the radio and on public transport. Ms Weil outlined the plan yesterday, Monday July 11.

view of St John's, Newfoundland, from above

The first ever Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration Agreement was signed by Canada’s Minister of Immigration John McCallum and Newfoundland’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skill, Gerry Byrne, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, this week. This agreement intends to improve connections between the provincial and federal governments in order to encourage immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canadian flag over bridge between USA and Canada in Thousand Islands region, Ontario, Canada

In discussion with local community members in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadian Minister of Immigration John McCallum emphasised that his department is “committed to streamlining things, to getting rid of silly rules, to improving the way the system operates.”

The flags of Romania and Canada

The government of Canada is set to remove Romania and Bulgaria from the list of countries whose citizens require visas in order to travel to Canada. Immigration Minister John McCallum is expected in Brussels this week, where it is expected that progress will be made on resolving a long-standing visa dispute with the two Eastern European countries, both of which are members of the European Union (EU).

The seafront in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Canada's Atlantic provinces are set for a boost in immigration numbers after the federal government, together with the Premiers of the Atlantic provinces, announced a new pilot program to facilitate the entry of more immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The plan is part of a new Atlantic Growth Strategy.