01 Nov The Immigration Minister announced new measures to strengthen Canada’s immigration system
The Immigration Minister announced new measures to strengthen Canada’s immigration system
On October 31, 2023, Immigration Minister Marc Miller presented the report “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future.” This report outlines plans to bolster Canada’s immigration system to support economic growth and keep Canada appealing. The report suggests several enhancements, such as responding faster to global crises, introducing a new Francophone Immigration Policy, and improving the International Student Program. It also advocates for including services like housing and healthcare in immigration planning. The report even proposes the establishment of a Chief International Talent Officer position and a more user-friendly immigration website.
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Public support for immigration declines significantly due to affordability concerns
Public support for immigration in Canada has dropped significantly in the past year due to affordability and housing concerns linked to a surge in newcomers, reveals a survey by the Environics Institute for Survey Research and Century Initiative. The poll shows a rise from 27% to 44% of Canadians thinking immigration levels are too high. This is the most enormous opinion shift Environics saw in over four decades of polling. A year ago, immigration support was at its peak. However, economic worries such as high inflation, increasing interest payments, and a severe housing crisis have since prevailed.
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BC invited over 200 candidates under the BCPNP
On October 31, 2023, the Government of British Columbia held new invitation draws under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) and issued invitations to apply to qualified Skills Immigration registrants. Targeted ITAs have also been issued to qualified candidates in healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations. In the general draw, the province invited 133 candidates. The minimum score for candidates invited in this draw was 91-113 points. BC issued 48 ITAs to candidates under the childcare-targeted draw for early childhood educators (NOC 42202). In the Healthcare-targeted draw, BC British Columbia invited 22 candidates who scored 60 points. In addition, fewer than five invitations have been issued for other priority occupations (NOCs 31103, 32104). In total, British Columbia issued up to 208 ITAs in this draw. This year, British Columbia has already invited 8,765 candidates.