21 Feb IRCC published full details for Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
IRCC published full details for Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
In March 2020, Canada will begin accepting applications from eligible candidates in the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. Meat product manufacturing; Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production; and Animal production, (excluding aquaculture) are three industries targeted by the pilot. According to IRCC, beginning on January 1 of each year, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. This pilot will last for 3 years. IRCC also allocated annual quota for each eligible occupation. The eligible occupations include six following NOCs: NOC 6331 Retail butchers and NOC 9462 Industrial butchers (both NOCs combined were allocated 1470 spots), NOC 8252 Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (50 spots), NOC 9617 Food processing labourers (730), NOC 8431 General farmworkers (200 spots), and NOC 8611 Harvesting labourers (300 spots).
Yukon University to accept more international students
On February 20, 2020, the Government of Yukon announced that The Yukon University Act came into force. It replaced the Yukon College Act and enabled Yukon College to transition to Yukon University, the first university in the Canadian North. The official launch is scheduled for May 8, 2020. International students already demonstrate an increased interest in the transition to university. Yukon University has expanded international student recruitment efforts in order to diversify the international students’ population at YukonU. Nevertheless, Yukon University introduced a cap so that foreign students do not make up more than 15% of the total students all credit students. It is also expected that YukonU will offer more academic programs that are eligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program.
#Yukon, #international_students, #PGWP
Waterloo Region has the fastest population growth in Canada
According to Statistics Canada, permanent and temporary immigration continues to drive growth in the nation’s census metropolitan areas. A report recently released by Statistics Canada shows the population of Census Metropolitan Areas rose to 27 million in 2018-19. Waterloo Region is leading the way in terms of growth, at 2.8%, followed by London and the Ontario part of Ottawa-Gatineau, both at 2.3%. Statistics Canada says permanent and temporary immigration continues to drive population growth in the nation’s Census Metropolitan Areas, accounting for almost all of their growth in 2018-19. According to the government, the trend is linked to higher targets for permanent immigration and to various government programs that draw many temporary workers and foreign students to the country.
#demography, #Statistics_Canada, #immigration_levels
Quebec invited 23 persons in the first rounds of Arrima in 2020
On February 20, 2020, the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Francisation et Intégration (IFI), published the results of the first invitation round in the Quebec’s online system Arrima conducted in 2020. On January 16, 2020, IFI invited 23 candidates to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. All invited candidates in this round submitted their applications before December 17, 2019, and were staying in Quebec on June 16, 2019, while having a valid study or work permit. In total, since the launch of Arrima, the government of Quebec invited 2085 persons.
#IFI, #Quebec, #Arrima, #QSW