Is immigration going to cause a housing crisis in Canada and is the government prepared to tackle the problem?

A new report recently issued by Desjardins suggests that housing affordability is unlikely to return to Toronto anytime soon. According to the report, which predicted three possible outcomes for Toronto’s future housing market, not even the worst-case scenario should bring home prices sufficiently down in the city. Although the report pertains specifically to Toronto, some […]

Canada’s most recent measure to facilitate the LMIA process: the brand-new Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) program

Great news for enterprises that frequently hire foreign workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program! Canada has recently introduced the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP), which is meant to tackle labour shortages and streamline the process for eligible employers looking to hire in-demand positions. Among other advantages, employers who demonstrate a history of complying with […]

What is GCMS notes and how are they helpful during the lifespan of an immigration application?

The Global Case Management System (GCMS) is a tool used by Canadian agencies, such as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), to manage all sorts of official processes, including work permit, Express Entry and other types of applications. When using this system, immigration officers and other agents create and […]

Navigating the Recent Changes to Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

Canada has become a global hub for innovation, emerging as a leader in global tech talent attraction. One of the main immigration programs that enables Canada to attract the young bright minds is the Start-up Visa Program. It’s a groundbreaking initiative introduced in 2013 by the federal government that offers a unique pathway to Canadian […]

What to know about the new policies around Work Permits

The Canadian government is striving to address the Canadian labour shortage by adopting multiple measures, and it is fair to say that supporting immigration is one of the most important of them. Former Immigration Minister, the Honourable Sean Fraser, has made it clear in many occasions that Canada encourages immigration by committing to high immigration […]

Canada’s Top In-Demand Occupations in 2023

From the growth of skills-based hiring to the popularity of hybrid work models, the landscape of work has changed dramatically and professionals all over the globe are thinking about their next career move. For those considering a relocation to Canada, LinkedIn recently conducted a study where they analyzed millions of jobs commenced by LinkedIn members […]

Family members of most work permit holders now eligible for an open work permit

As of January 30, 2023, family members of most foreign workers can apply for an open work permit with a few exceptions. As announced in December 2022, IRCC is temporarily extending work permits to spouses and working-age children of principal applicants in the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP) with the […]

IRCC expands immigration program for out-of-status construction workers in the GTA

As part of easing its current labour shortages in skilled trades, the Government of Canada has recently announced that it is expanding its pilot program which has provided hundreds of out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with a path to permanent residency.   In 2019, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and […]


  Background As Canada is experiencing a huge shortage of healthcare professionals to care for public at the hospitals, private clinics, or other medical providing facilities, the federal and provincial governments have enacted new policies to help attract candidates from outside of Canada. In the past few months, the immigration department has implemented new procedures […]

Canada Expands Work Eligibility to Spouses and Working-Age Children

In its latest effort to address the current labour shortages, on December 2, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that the country will expand the eligibility of open work permits to the spouses and working-age children of certain work permit holders under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) as a temporary two-year measure. Before this […]

Nova Scotia launches new immigration plan for Francophones

On November 7, 2022, Nova Scotia announced a new action plan to expand the province’s French-speaking population. This plan, called ‘Growing Nova Scotia’s Francophone Population – An Action Plan for Success (2022-25)’ outlines the province’s strategy to attract francophones from other countries and provinces, including the following efforts: •growing community and partner engagement; •promoting and […]

New Regulations, New NOC System and New Median Wage…Oh My!

It has been a busy few months filled with important updates from IRCC – with some revisions presently initiated and other changes on the way. These recent updates each carry unique potential impacts on employers, foreign workers and Canadian Immigration. New Immigration Regulations Targeting Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada As of September 26, 2022, new […]

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