BC invited around 172 skilled candidates and tech professionals under the BCPNP

BC invited around 172 skilled candidates and tech professionals under the BCPNP

BC invited around 172 skilled candidates and tech professionals under the BCPNP
On July 18, 2023, British Columbia issued new invitations in the Skilled Worker – International Graduate categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). In the Tech-targeted draw, BC issued 112 invitations with a minimum score of 88 points. In the Childcare-targeted draw for early childhood educators (NOC 42202), the province invited 39 candidates who scored 60 points. In the Healthcare-targeted draw, the province issued 16 invitations. Additionally, fewer than five invitations have been issued for other priority occupations (NOCs 31103, 32104). The province invited up to 172 candidates with a score of 60-90 points. Including this draw, in 2023, British Columbia has already issued 5,826 invitations.

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The Canadian Government needs more immigrants to improve the economy
As Canada faces an aging population, a new report suggests that the country needs to increase immigration to balance the demographic. According to the report, the working-age population would have to grow by 2.2% annually through 2040 to maintain the same old-age dependency ratio as in 2022. To return to the average ratio between 1990 and 2015, the same group would have to grow by 4.5% each year. While the potential increase in immigration levels has sparked debate over whether the country can handle more newcomers, proponents argue that the labour market can absorb more workers and more working-age Canadians are needed to support the tax base. Last year, Canada’s population grew by over one million people, the fastest rate since 1957.

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Ottawa announced more support for asylum seekers
On July 18, 2023, the Federal Government announced increased support for asylum seekers in Canada due to the rising number of people claiming asylum. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Sean Fraser, announced a one-time injection of approximately $212 million in funding into the Interim Housing Assistance Program (IHAP) until March 31, 2024. This includes roughly $97 million in new allotment for the City of Toronto. The IHAP provides funding on a cost-sharing basis to provinces and municipalities for interim housing for asylum claimants. Additionally, IRCC has been working with the most impacted provinces and territories to increase the amount of temporary housing, including over 3,800 hotel rooms in six provinces to provide temporary housing to asylum claimants.

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Canada accepted over 500 Afghan refugees
On July 18, 2023, the Government of Canada made a new update regarding the Afghan refugees arriving in the country. The last update shows that Canada has accepted 505 Afghan refugees since July 11, 2023. As of now, Canada has welcomed a total of 34,715 Afghan refugees. Canada received 19,155 Afghans and their families’ applications under the Special Immigration Measures Program for Afghans who had assisted the Government of Canada in Afghanistan. 11,050 Afghans arrived in Canada under that program, and 18,020 Afghan nationals came under the Humanitarian program. In addition, Canada admitted 2,095 applicants under the pathway for extended family members of former interpreters.

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