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Weekly Canadian Immigration News Review & IRCC Updates July 1 – July 7 2024

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A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern and a skilled litigator, Lev focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law. His immigration practice is focused on complex corporate and personal immigration and refugee law matters.
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Abramovich Immigration Law presents a weekly news review highlighting the latest updates and developments in Canadian immigration policies for the first week of July.

IRCC Held Three Express Entry draws In A Week

In the first week of July, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held three draws under Express Entry. On July 3, IRCC invited 920 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates. On July 4, Canada held the first Skilled Trades Express Entry draw of 2024 and issued 1,800 Invitations to Apply (ITA). Additionally, IRCC held the second healthcare-targeted Express Entry draw of 2024 and invited 3,750 candidates in 35 healthcare occupations. So far, Canada has invited 49,924 candidates in 23 Express Entry draws in 2024.

Express Entry is an online immigration application system the Canadian Government uses to manage and process applications for skilled workers who wish to immigrate to Canada.

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Canada Announced A New Free Trade Agreement With Ukraine 

On July 5, 2024, Canada unveiled new guidelines for businesspersons under the Canada–Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA). Effective July 1, 2024, these guidelines include temporary entry provisions for businesspersons, such as business visitors, intracompany transferees, investors, and professionals. The CUFTA aims to enhance economic relations between Canada and Ukraine by simplifying the movement of business professionals and promoting investment opportunities. The Government of Canada will assess work permit applications under the International Mobility Program (IMP). 

Introducing these new provisions under the CUFTA significantly fosters stronger economic ties between Canada and Ukraine. The agreement encourages more robust trade and investment activities by allowing easier access for business professionals. The work permit assessments under paragraph 204(a) of the IRPR under the International Mobility Program (IMP) further ensure that the movement of businesspersons is facilitated efficiently. This strategic move is expected to boost bilateral economic growth and cooperation, creating new business opportunities in both countries.

Canada’s Parents And Grandparents Program Gains Popularity 

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is seeing a notable increase in popularity, with a 4.2% rise in new permanent residents in April, as reported by IRCC. April welcomed 2,100 newcomers under the PGP, marking an increase from previous months. Despite this growth, there were 7,910 new arrivals in the first four months of 2024, a 12.8% decrease from the same period last year. Ontario led the way with 3,870 new residents, while Quebec saw the highest percentage increase 

As Canada continues to aim for higher immigration targets overall, the PGP numbers are anticipated to rise in the coming years. The increasing trend highlights the program’s growing significance in Canada’s immigration landscape. The IRCC’s latest data underscores the PGP’s upward trajectory, positioning it as a vital component of Canada’s strategy to attract and retain new residents. This trend is expected to continue, reflecting Canada’s commitment to family reunification and strengthening the social fabric through immigration.

Canada’s Average Weekly Earnings Rose By 3.7% From Last Year 

In April, Canada saw a 3.7% increase in sectoral average weekly earnings compared to the previous year, reaching $1,240. This follows a 4.1% rise in March. According to the Statistics Canada report, the rise in average weekly earnings is due to wage changes, employment composition, hours worked, and base-year impacts. April marked the third consecutive month of a decline in employees receiving pay and benefits, dropping by 22,700 (-0.1%), while job vacancies fell by 32,000 (-5.3%) to 575,400. 

Monthly payroll employment declined in eight out of twenty sectors. Notable decreases were observed in manufacturing (-6,000; -0.4%), administrative and support, waste management and remediation services (-5,200; -0.6%), and accommodation and food services (-4,800; -0.4%). This trend indicates a shift in the labour market, reflecting changes in employment dynamics and industry-specific challenges. The data highlights the need to understand these sectoral shifts to address employment and wage growth effectively.

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program Sees Increased Interest 

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has seen a significant surge in popularity, with the number of workers nearly doubling over the past five years. This increase is primarily due to a heightened demand from employers across various sectors, including a notable rise in the recruitment of administrative assistants and construction labourers. In 2023 alone, the program admitted 239,646 workers, starkly contrasting to the 108,988 workers admitted in 2018. This growth is partly due to the easing of regulations following the pandemic. 

Despite its increasing popularity, the TFWP has faced criticism for potentially exploiting temporary foreign workers and disrupting fair market competition. Critics argue that the program’s expansion may lead to unfavourable working conditions for the workers involved. However, the demand for temporary foreign workers continues to rise, driven by post-pandemic regulatory changes that have made it easier for employers to hire from abroad. The program’s future remains a topic of debate as stakeholders weigh its benefits against potential drawbacks. 

Canada Announces New Guidelines For Spouses Of Nursing Students 

On July 3, 2024, the Canadian Government revealed a significant update to benefit spouses or common-law partners of international students holding study permits. The new update specifically includes the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree in the list of eligible professional degree programs for applications submitted from April 30, 2024. This change aims to provide more opportunities for the families of international students, thereby making Canada an even more attractive destination for higher education. 

This policy update is intended to support international students by allowing their spouses or common-law partners to work while they pursue their studies. By enabling family members to work, the Canadian Government hopes to alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with studying abroad. This initiative underscores Canada’s commitment to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for international learners and their families.

New Brunswick’s Continued Growth May Make More Immigrants Consider Moving To The Province 

The newly released 2023 Economy in Review report highlights New Brunswick’s sustained growth and achievements over the past year, as Finance and Treasury Board Minister Ernie Steeves noted. Steeves emphasized the economy’s robust performance, particularly in population, employment growth, and private-sector investment. He attributed these positive outcomes to deliberate actions to foster provincial growth, which yielded promising results. New Brunswick’s economy saw a 1.3 percent increase in 2023, mirroring the growth rate achieved in 2022. 

The province experienced a record-breaking population growth of 3.1 percent, reaching 834,691 as of July 1, 2023, primarily driven by heightened immigration. Statistics Canada projects the current population to be approaching 860,000. Moncton emerged as Canada’s fastest-growing census metropolitan area for the second consecutive year, with Fredericton ranking ninth. Employment surged by 3.5 percent in 2023, setting a record of 386,500 jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped to an all-time low of 6.6 percent.

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Lev Abramovich

A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern and a skilled litigator, Lev focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law. His immigration practice is focused on complex corporate and personal immigration and refugee law matters.