New Brunswick modified its entrepreneurial immigration project

New Brunswick modified its entrepreneurial immigration project

New Brunswick modified its entrepreneurial immigration project
In January 2021, New Brunswick has changed its Entrepreneur Stream of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program to a new model where the applicant must obtain a work permit before applying for a provincial nomination. All entrepreneurs will also have to sign the Business Performance Agreement and operate a business for a minimum of 1 year. Only after this stage, candidates will be able to apply for permanent residency. Earlier, New Brunswick was the only province in Canada that offered a one-step application for permanent residency through the entrepreneurial stream. From now on, the entrepreneurial streams in all provinces, except Quebec, will adopt a model in which the provincial immigration departments will first review the investment and entrepreneurship of enterprises in the local area, and then issue provincial nomination invitations.

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Ontario announced a new intake in the Regional Immigration Pilot
On January 18, 2021, the government of Ontario announced a new intake in the Regional Immigration Pilot in the framework of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). In 2021, Ontario will issue 150 nominations in the Regional Immigration Pilot. This provincial initiative is intended at attracting immigrants to remote and rural parts of the province. The pilot was launched in 2020 and in the first year, OINP nominated 150 candidates. Currently, there are three communities accepted in the program: Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, and Quinte West/Belleville.

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Statistics Canada released a new report on the country’s population growth
As of July 1, 2020, Canada had a population of 38,005,238. That number is the highest it has ever been and grew by 411,854 from the previous year. Between 2018 and 2019, population growth was higher, at nearly 530,000. This new figure is the lowest of Canada’s population growth has been from 2015 to 2016. The country finally reached more than 38 million people last year, mainly due to international immigration, which accounted for 337,283 new Canadians. Natural increase, the variation due to births and deaths, went up by 74,571 between 2019 and 2020. In 2019, it was estimated Canada’s population could reach 70 million by 2068.

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A fifth of spousal sponsorship applications are submitted incomplete
Immigration Canada disclosed that out of the permanent resident application materials received by the department for sponsoring spouses, one in every five applications is classified as “incomplete”, which adds unnecessary pressure to case processing and causes trouble for applicants. In the latest issue of Immigration Information Collection, it discloses a document issued by Michael Kalin, Director of Client Experience at IRCC titled Improving Paper-Based Applications through Human-Centred Design. The document shows that “a large proportion of applicants struggled to submit a correct and complete set of application materials to IRCC”. This adds unnecessary tension to the approval and makes applicants feel frustrated. The department has taken a number of measures to try to improve this, but problems still exist, especially in applications submitted in paper documents.

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