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Weekly News Review April 17 – 21, 2023

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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.
Government of Canada's worker strike

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The Government of Canada’s worker strike may affect immigration processing

On April 17, 2023, The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the Canadian federal public sector’s largest union, announced that they would go on strike if an agreement could not be reached with the Government of Canada. The PSAC started striking on April 19, 2023, and is currently in a legal strike position, which gives them a 60-day window to initiate a strike. According to the union’s estimates, about 155,000 public servants, including those employed at Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), have joined striking. Last week, PSAC members voted overwhelmingly to take strike action after being without a contract with the Federal Government since June 2021.

Minister of Immigration Sean Fraser stated that the ongoing strike would cause delays in application processing and affect several services, including citizenship events, consular passport and citizenship services, access to information and privacy (ATIP), grants services, and immigration and passport application processing, significantly reducing IRCC’s capacity. The Canadian government has asked the union to return to negotiations, but there has been no resolution to the conflict yet.  However, it is recommended that individuals applying for immigration status in Canada monitor the situation closely and seek updates from the IRCC or an immigration lawyer.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to become a permanent immigration program

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program may eventually become a permanent immigration program. The program successfully attracts skilled workers and their families to these communities, helping to address labour shortages and support economic growth. Under the five-year RNIP project, the RNIP communities recruit skilled immigrants as part of a labour shortage project to fill the skills gap in smaller communities with aging populations. The RNIP program is currently being piloted in 11 communities across Canada, including Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and North Bay in Ontario.

The program has also helped to increase diversity and cultural vibrancy in these smaller communities. The RNIP program has been praised for its success in connecting skilled immigrants with job opportunities in smaller communities. The program has also successfully increased the population and diversity of these communities. The potential for the RNIP program to become a permanent immigration program is exciting news for participating communities and skilled immigrants seeking to settle in Canada. As the program continues to be successful, more communities may be added to the program in the future, providing even more opportunities for skilled immigrants to settle in Canada.

Canadian employers are seeking foreign tech workers to address labour shortages

Canadian employers are increasingly seeking international candidates to fill technology positions due to a shortage of qualified applicants. This presents opportunities for foreign nationals interested in immigrating to Canada through the Express Entry system. According to the Federal Government’s Job Bank website, the job outlook in this sector is rated as “good” to “very good” across the country for the next three years. In 2022, the average salary for certain positions ranged from $51,900 to $154,300, with some positions offering even higher wages. In 2023, the expected salary range has shifted slightly to $74,000 – $130,600, with a median salary of $100,100.

Some of Canada’s most in-demand tech jobs include software engineers, database analysts and web developers. Employers also seek candidates with experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning and cybersecurity. Candidates with a strong educational background and work experience in these fields may have an advantage in the Canadian job market. It is also worth noting that some Canadian provinces offer specific immigration programs for tech workers, which may make the immigration process easier for those with relevant skills and experience.

Saskatchewan provides the best educational credential assessment system for foreign-trained professionals

According to Saskatchewan Immigration Minister Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan boasts Canada’s best Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) system. The province offers financial support of up to $6,000 to healthcare professionals seeking to upgrade or remediate their educational credentials, allowing them to practice in their respective fields. Immigration to Saskatchewan is on the rise, according to the latest data from IRCC. In 2020, the number of new permanent residents in the province increased by a remarkable 97.6%, reaching a record-breaking 21,635. Saskatchewan is leveraging its advanced educational credential system to help foreign nationals acquire ECA for their international training.

The province’s educational institutions have also been ranked among the best in the country, with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina ranking in the top 20 of Canada’s best universities. This, coupled with the province’s strong economy and high quality of life, makes Saskatchewan an attractive destination for foreign-trained professionals seeking to further their careers and improve their lives. If you are a foreign-trained professional seeking to work in Canada, Saskatchewan is a great place to start. Prospective immigrants can contact Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers for more information about immigration opportunities.

Manitoba held two new draws under the provincial immigration program

The province of Manitoba has conducted two new draws through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) in the past week. On April 17, 2023, the province held a new draw for Ukrainian candidates and invited 28 applicants. On April 20, Manitoba held the 176th invitation round in the MPNP and issued invitations to 507 candidates under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM), Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO), and International Education streams. So far, the provincial government has invited 3,881 candidates through the MPNP, including 607 Express Entry candidates.

The MPNP is one of Canada’s most popular provincial nomination programs, offering a pathway to permanent residence for skilled workers and graduates who meet the province’s labour market needs. The program has been an important tool for Manitoba to attract and retain talented immigrants to the province, contributing to its economic growth and development. Manitoba plans to conduct regular invitation rounds under the MPNP throughout the year. Manitoba’s continued commitment to the MPNP is a positive sign for skilled workers looking to immigrate to Canada. If you also want to immigrate to Canada through the MPNP, Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can help! Do not hesitate to book an appointment with one of our immigration lawyers.

Canada has reached the lowest inflation rate since 2021

A low inflation rate positively impacts immigration and newcomers in Canada. In March 2023, Canada’s inflation rate decreased to 4.3%, its lowest level since August 2021, down from 5.2% in February 2023. The Bank of Canada predicts the inflation rate will reach 3% in the coming months and has set a target of 2% by the end of 2024. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 0.5% monthly in March, following a 0.4% increase in February. Travel tours had the most significant month-over-month change, with a rise of 36.7%.

With a lower inflation rate, the cost of living decreases, making it easier for newcomers to adjust to life in Canada. A lower inflation rate can also lead to a stronger Canadian dollar, making it more attractive for immigrants to come to Canada. In addition, when inflation is low, businesses may be more likely to invest and expand, leading to job growth and more opportunities for newcomers to find employment. Overall, a low inflation rate makes Canada a more attractive destination for immigrants and helps them to settle in more easily.

Ottawa plans to bring in 30,000 immigrants to replace retiring farmers

The Canadian farming industry is experiencing a significant challenge that will have far-reaching consequences if not addressed. Recent reports indicate that approximately 40 percent of farmers in Canada are expected to retire within the next ten years, and an overwhelming 66 percent of them still need a succession plan. This leaves the country in a precarious position as it faces a potential shortage of farmers. Such a shortage could be felt in various sectors, but the economy and food security will likely take the biggest hit in the long run.

Given this situation, there have been calls to update Canada’s immigration programs and allow 30,000 new immigrants to focus on farming. The immigration of farmers is not new to Canada. In the past, immigrants have made significant contributions to the country’s agricultural sector, and many have become successful farmers. By bringing in new immigrants with farming experience, Canada will address both the shortage of farmers and the need for new blood in the industry.

Are you interested in immigrating to Canada but do not know where to start? Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can help you with your immigration needs.  Our experienced lawyers offer a range of services to help individuals immigrate to Canada. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you.

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.