26 Jan Ontario issued 692 invitations through the Masters Graduate stream
Ontario issued 692 invitations through the Masters Graduate stream
On January 25, 2023, Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) issued 692 invitations to apply (ITAs) to potential candidates in the Expression of Interest system pool for the Masters Graduate stream. Candidates who received an invitation had a minimum score of 44 points, 2 points fewer than in the previous draw. The profiles of selected candidates were created between November 22, 2022, and January 25, 2023. In total, this year, the province invited 2,970 candidates in five draws under the OINP streams.
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British Columbia invited up to ten entrepreneurs
On January 24, 2023, British Columbia held its first draws for business candidates in the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) of this year. In the Base Category of the Entrepreneur Stream, BC PNP invited up to five candidates. The lowest score of this round was 115 points, 1 point fewer than the previous draw. In addition, the province invited fewer than 5 candidates in the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot category with a minimum score of 129. The maximum points in the Entrepreneur Stream grid are 200. 120 points candidates can get for self-declared factors such as Experience & Ownership, Net Worth, Investment, etc. Another 80 points are given for the business concept. This year, British Columbia has already issued 838 invitations.
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Ottawa has spent $94 million on refugee accommodation since the last election
Since the election, nearly $94 million has been allocated by the federal government to secure entire hotel rooms for an extended period to accommodate asylum seekers entering Canada. Most of these “long leases” were Quebec-based hotels for asylum seekers, especially those entering Canada through Roxham Road’s irregular border crossing. The Immigration Department said the government wants to alleviate the strain on provinces, even though provincial authorities are responsible for providing housing and assistance to asylum seekers.
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Bill 96 divided public opinion in Quebec
Bill 96 sparked intense debates across Quebec, dividing public opinion in the province. Proponents of the bill argued that it would help protect French culture and language. Opponents, meanwhile, argued that the legislation was discriminatory and would limit the rights of immigrants. As Quebec moves forward with the gradual roll-out of this legislation in the upcoming years, Quebec’s businesses will be profoundly affected by the new provisions of Bill 96. In particular, businesses must now ensure they meet the thresholds of francophone hires required by the new law.