Canada has implemented new anti-COVID measures

Canada has implemented new anti-COVID measures

Canada has implemented new anti-COVID measures
The Public Health Agency of Canada in cooperation with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and Public Safety Canada has implemented new travel protocols. Beginning February 15, most travellers arriving by land are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of pre-arrival. Essential workers are exempt from this requirement. Beginning February 22, travellers arriving by land will be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine. All air travellers will be required to take a COVID-19 test before and after their arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. Air travellers will also be required to book a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel and stay there for up to 3 nights, at their own expense, while waiting for the test results. The hotel booking will open on February 18.

#travel_restrictions, #Health_Canada, #IRCC, #COVID_19

International students completing their programs online will now be eligible for PGWP
In 2017, Canada adopted a new strategy for attracting more international students. The total number of students in the country increased three times since then. Amidst the pandemic, the government decided to use the opportunity and recruit even more students. On February 12, 2021, IRCC announced that international students who complete their entire postsecondary program online will be eligible for the three-year open work permit after graduation. According to the new policy, studies completed outside Canada by December 31, 2021, will count towards a future PGWP and allow international students to get PGWP. The academic programs must be completed during 2020-2021. Additionally, students must possess a study permit or approval for a study permit.

#international_students, #study_in_Canada, #study_permits, #international_graduates, #PGWP, #IRCC

Federal funding to connect immigrant workers with workplaces seeking to recruit
Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt MP Marc G. Serré announced a Government of Canada investment of $95,000 to help the Northern Policy Institute attract newcomers to the region and connect them with workplaces in need of their skills. The announcement was made on behalf of Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor. “Skilled workers are the key to helping businesses boost productivity, adopt new technologies, and improve global competitiveness. That is why our government is committed to helping businesses overcome this identified barrier to growth that will, in turn, strengthen Northern Ontario’s economy,” said Joly. The project, which is underway and progressing well, assists businesses in navigating and participating in immigrant and migrant settlement and attraction services, programs and administration. In addition, the project is helping raise awareness of and facilitating access to job matching, payroll subsidy programs, and other employment supports.

#Ontario, #rural_immigration, #Sudbury

Foreign freelance horse jockeys intending to work in Ontario may be exempt from LMIA
On February 12, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released new instructions regarding the new pilot process for foreign horse jockeys coming to race in Ontario. The exemption may be obtained if horse jockeys possess a letter confirming eligibility for licensing from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the offer of employment from the Ontario employer or horse owner, proof that the first race they will enter is a stakes race. The LMIA exemption code for this case is C11. The eligibility requirements for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba remain the same. Horse jockeys intending to work in any other province or territory require an LMIA and a work permit.

#horse_jockeys, #LMIA_exemption, #work_permit, #IRCC