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Changes to the PGWP Program

Exploring the New Changes to the PGWP Program

The Government of Canada recently made significant adjustments to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program, effective from February 15, 2024. These changes aim to enhance opportunities for international students pursuing higher education in Canada while also addressing evolving needs and challenges. Extended Duration for PGWPs Previously, the duration of PGWPs was tied to the length...

IEC Candidates

New Invitation Rounds Held by IRCC for IEC Candidates

Last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted fresh draws within the International Experience Canada (IEC) program pools. From February 5 to February 11, a total of 4,857 young individuals from various countries received invitations to apply for an IEC open work permit. As of February 11, there are 31,392 candidates registered in the...

Family Physicians

Addressing Canada’s Need for Immigrant Doctors and Access to Family Physicians

Canada is facing a pressing issue in its healthcare system: a shortage of family doctors. Despite a population boom of over five million people in the last decade, the country has only added 167 medical residencies during the same period. This scarcity makes it increasingly challenging for Canadians to secure regular access to family physicians,...

LMIA Processing Times

ESDC’s Updated LMIA Processing Times: January 2024

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) recently revised the processing times for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications across various streams. This update, effective as of January 12, 2024, reflects changes in processing times for different LMIA categories based on data from all processing centers. Streamlined Processing Times The current average processing times have decreased...

International Experience Canada

Canada Welcomes Over 12,000 Candidates through International Experience Canada

Exciting news for aspiring young adventurers and career-seekers! Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted draws in the International Experience Canada (IEC) pool, inviting 12,501 individuals to apply for open work permits. This signifies Canada’s unwavering commitment to attracting diverse global talent and enriching its cultural tapestry. From January 22nd to February 4th, 2024,...

Sudbury Businesses Advocate

Sudbury Businesses Advocate for Permanent RNIP: Ensuring Workforce Stability and Economic Growth

Businesses in Sudbury, the largest city in northern Ontario, are expressing concerns about the impending conclusion of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program this year. They fear that its discontinuation will pose challenges in recruiting necessary employees. Consequently, they are urging the Canadian government to make the RNIP a permanent immigration program. Call...

Opportunities for International Nurses

Unlocking Opportunities for International Nurses in the New Brunswick Healthcare System

In a significant stride towards bolstering its healthcare workforce, New Brunswick welcomes international nurses with open arms. Health Minister Bruce Fitch, on January 30, 2024, celebrated the invaluable contributions of nurses with international education at Loch Lomond Villa in Saint John. Recruitment Success and Growing Workforce A recent recruitment mission in the Philippines has yielded...

New Brunswick's Construction Sector

Bridging Labor Gaps in New Brunswick’s Construction Sector

The Canadian province of New Brunswick is striving to address persistent labor shortages in the construction sector. Both provincial and federal governments have joined hands with the Construction Association of New Brunswick (CANB) to overcome the situation. They have exclusively formed a dedicated establishment, the Labour Force Adjustment Committee to strategically leverage immigration to counter...

Minimum Wage Upgrades

Minimum Wage Upgrades in Atlantic Canada: A Step Towards Economic Equity

Two provinces in Atlantic Canada are set to witness a rise in their minimum wages, a development aimed at addressing economic disparities. New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador are adjusting their minimum wage rates, attempting to strike a balance between workers’ needs and businesses’ sustainability. New Brunswick’s Increment Effective April 1, New Brunswick’s minimum wage will...