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May 23, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

British Columbia invites over 72 candidates for permanent residency in targeted rounds of invitations on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

See below details of latest BC PNP Draw

Date Draw type Stream Minimum
Score
Number of invitations
May 22, 2024 Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202) Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 93 <5
Targeting 25 Construction occupations 93 9
Targeting 39 Healthcare occupations 100 10
Targeting 35 tech occupations 122 50
Veterinary care 80 3

The processing timeframe for BC PNP Skills Immigration and Post-nomination requests remain three months respectively.

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May 21, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

Canada welcomed 121,620 new permanent residents in the first quarter of 2024.

See Below New PR Admissions in First Quarter of 2024 and Annual Immigration Levels Plan

Year First Quarter
New PRs
Annual
Immigration
Targets
2024 121,620 485,000
2023 145,495 465,000
2022 113,805 431,645
2021 70,495 401,000
2020 69,140 341,000
2019 65,955 330,800
2018 80,005 310,000
2017 72,835 300,000
2016 86,235 300,000
2015 51,125 260,000 to 285,000

Additionally, 135,291 authorizations and visas were issued to permanent residents from January to March. During the same months in 2023, the number was 156,272.

See below first quarter comparison by province:

Year Q1 2024
New PRs
Q1 2023
New PRs
Percentage
Change
Canada 121,620 145,495 -16.41%
Ontario 52,720 60,860 -13.37%
British Columbia 17,745 24,495 -27.56%
Alberta 15,360 17,155 -10.46%
Quebec 13,355 16,065 -16.87%
Manitoba 5,680 8,855 -35.85%
Saskatchewan 5,610 7,395 -24.13%
New Brunswick 3,995 2,940 +35.88%
Nova Scotia 3,995 3,935 +1.52%
Newfoundland and Labrador 1,405 2,045 -31.30%
Prince Edward Island 1,330 1,275 +4.31%
Yukon 295 345 -14.49%
Northwest Territories 115 125 -8%
Nunavut 10 10 unchanged

 

See below the number of new PRs admitted from top 10 source countries:

Country Q1 2024 New PRs
India 37,880
China 8,135
Phillipines 7,990
Afghanistan 5,025
Nigeria 4,690
Cameroon 3,725
Iran 3,570
Pakistan 2,630
United States 2,480
Eritrea 2,360

Indians made up 31% of new permanent resident entrants, followed by individuals from China, the Philippines, Afghanistan, and Nigeria as the top five groups.

A total of 36,635 new permanent residents have been admitted under the Express Entry system, the largest federal economic immigration category. This represents a 6% increase compared to the first quarter of 2023, when 34,555 permanent residents were admitted.

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April 29, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

Calgary has a strong economy and job market, supported by the agriculture, energy and technology industries. It’s a great and welcoming place to live for newcomers.

Based on moneysense.ca’s findings, the following list outlines the top 10 locations for real estate investment in Calgary, Alberta. This ranking considers factors such as long-term price appreciation over the past five years, property value, income and education levels, as well as accessibility by foot, bike, and public transit.

1. Patterson, SW

2. Coach hill, SW

3. Cougar Ridge, SW

4. Tuscany, NW

5. Scenic Acres, NW

6. Christie Park, SW

7. Strathcona Park, SW

8. Signal hill, SW

9. West Springs, SW

10. Kincora, SW

Do you agree with the list above? Are there any neighborhood that you think should be on this list? Please share with us.

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April 25, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

In the latest Express Entry Draw announced on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residency was issued to 1,400 candidates in a francophile draw.

The CRS score for this French draw increased by 22 points compared to the last draw, the cutoff score for this draw is 410.

See below all April Express Entry Draw

Description April 24, 2024 April 23, 2024 April 11, 2024 April 10, 2024
Draw type Targeted draw for profiles with high proficiency in French General or all program draw Targeted draw for 24 STEM occupations General or all program draw
Invitations 1,400 2,095 4,500 1,280
CRS Cutoff 410 529 491 549
Tie-breaking rule April 07, 2024 November 08, 2023 February 25, 2024 March 21, 2024

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April 23, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

In the latest Express Entry draw announced today, April 23, 2024, IRCC issued invitations to apply for permanent residency to 2,095 candidates in a general round of invitations.

Profiles with a CRS score of 529 were considered in this round of invitation.

This is the third Express Entry Draw invitation in the month of April.

See below April Express Entry Draw so far:

Description April 23, 2024 April 11, 2024 April 10, 2024
Draw type General or all program draw Targeted draw for 24 STEM occupations General or all program draw
Invitations 2,095 4,500 1,280
CRS Cutoff 529 491 549
Tie-breaking rule November 08, 2023 at 17:50:29 UTC February 25, 2024 at 11:55:12 UTC March 21, 2024 at 03:37:24 UTC

See below Latest Express Entry CRS Score distribution

CRS score range Number of candidates
601-1200 1,057
501-600 10,625
451-500 60,933
491-500 7,520
481-490 11,495
471-480 16,928
461-470 13,558
451-460 11,432
401-450 52,475
441-450 10,646
431-440 10,645
421-430 9,645
411-420 10,740
401-410 10,799
351-400 56,383
301-350 27,740
0-300 5,484
Total 214,697

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April 23, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

Are you currently in Canada or planning on moving to Canada?

If your answer is YES to any of the above question, then this article is for you.

The cost of living in Canada is high and buying gas has become quite draining on resources. We have put together some applications below that can help you with saving on gas, some of them are gas reward programs and the rest are websites that would help you choose where to buy gas:

1. Costco: you can get wholesale gas prices cheaper than other stations.

2. PC Optimum: you can earn PC Optimum points at Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore and other stores and turn them into gas savings.

3. Canadian tire: earn $0.03 per litre when you buy gas at Canadian Tire Gas+ locations.
4. GasBuddy: scan prices in your area and filter gas stations by price.

5. Waze.com: gas efficient routes + other driver updated gas prices

6. CAA.ca: search for gas prices nearby on this site

7. Gaswizard.ca: this site predicts the cheapest day to buy gas

Do you have any of the applications above? Save and share as this information could be helpful to you or someone around you.

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April 16, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

On Monday, April 15, 2024, IRCC announced a new 2-year innovation stream pilot via the Global Hypergrowth project . With this new innovation, specific Canadian companies can now employ foreign workers on work permit without Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The global hypergrowth project is a service put up by the Canadian government to help businesses in Canada develop faster

The family members of these foreign workers will also be eligible to work for almost any employer in Canada.

The Innovation Stream is scheduled to continue for two years, ending on March 22, 2026.

See below the Eligibility Requirements for the Innovation Stream Pilot

To apply for a work permit under the Innovation Stream Pilot:

1. Foreign nationals inside or outside Canada need a job offer from one of the eligible employers under the Global Hypergrowth Project.

2. Applicants need to fill out their work permit application using the IRCC Secure Account.

3. The job offer must fall under a TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 occupation as per the National Occupational Classification.

4. Offered wages by the company must be equal to or higher than the median hourly wages set for the region. Also, if the position is covered by a bargaining agreement the wage offered must meet the standards outlined in that agreement. The job offer should state that the employer will review wages on the first day of work and annually by January 1 to ensure they remain competitive throughout employment.

5. Immigration officers must be satisfied that applicants have the skills, for the job they are applying for. Applicants must meet the education and experience requirements specified in the National Occupational Classification for their offered occupation.

See below full list of Companies in Canada Eligible To Hire Through Innovation Stream

Presently, only eight companies are eligible to hire foreign nationals (inside or outside Canada) without needing an LMIA via the Innovation Stream:

1. Ada Support Inc.

2. AlayaCare

3. CellCarta

4. Clarius Mobile Health

5. Clio

6. Duchesnay Pharmaceutical Group (DPG)

7. Lightspeed Commerce

8. Vive Crop Protection

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April 16, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

Is it tough finding a job in Canada? What were the things that helped you get a foot in the door?

See below tips that can help you land your dream job in Canada:

1. Find a way to offer value before requesting for help. This is an important principle with networking, it cannot be a parasitic relationship.

2. Volunteer to gain Canadian work experience and where possible, do a bridging program.

3. If you need to, get further education.

4. Do your research, your experience may work with different job titles than you were used to back home.

5. Tailor each resume and cover letter you send to the specific job and use a Canadian template.

6. Use settlement agencies, mentorship platforms, networking events and request coffee chats with professionals to grow your network. The more people you meet, the higher your chances of landing your dream job, worst case, they won’t respond, but networking will connect you to the hidden job market.

7. Before your interview, learn about the company and its culture.

8. Prepare an elevator pitch and master it by sharing it often to define the value you can bring to a potential employer.

9. If necessary, don’t be afraid to take a transition job.

10. Upskill until you land your dream job.

It is important to note that these tips are not one size fits all, so what works for Mr A might not necessarily work for B but we are pretty sure this could help you achieve your goal if you choose to follow some or even all of these steps.

Has any of the above tips worked for you? Do you have any that you have tried and tested that isn’t on the list? Please share.

Need help obtaining a visitor visa to visit Canada, or professional help putting in a study visa application, work permit application, Expression of Interest, creating an express entry or provincial nomination profile, preparing your application after receiving an invitation to apply or even just reviewing an application you prepared yourself? Book a consultation or send us an email on info@eseumohimmigration.com

April 8, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

The 2024 quota for the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program increases to 21,500. This increment is a step in the right direction as OINP has asked the federal government for an increase in the PNP quota since 2021.

In 2023, the first major increase in OINP allotment was effected from a total of 9,750 to 16,500. Now in 2024, an additional 5,000 has been added to the number in 2023 bringing it to a total of 21,500.

The new OINP allocation in 2024 is nearly 20% of the immigration levels plan for provincial nomination this year.

See below Ontario Immigration Quota Year-on-Year Comparison

Year OINP Quota
2024 21,500
2023 16,500
2022 9,750
2021 9,000

See below most Recent OINP Express Entry Draws

Human Capital Priorities stream

Date NOIs issued Number of NOIs issued CRS score range Profiles created in IRCC Express Entry system Notes
March 21, 2024 2,281 468-480 March 21, 2023 –
March 21, 2024
Targeted draw Please refer to the OINP Program Update page for a list of targeted occupations
March 7, 2024 2,104 352-421 March 7, 2023 –
March 7, 2024
Targeted draw Please refer to the OINP Program Update page for a list of targeted occupations
February 8, 2024 2,118 471–480 February 8, 2023 –
February 8, 2024
Targeted draw Please refer to the OINP Program Update page for a list of targeted occupations
February 6, 2024 2,086 379-430 February 6, 2023 –
February 6, 2024
Targeted draw Please refer to the OINP Program Update page for a list of targeted occupations

See below French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream

Date/time NOIs issued Number of NOIs issued CRS score range Profiles created in IRCCs Express Entry system Notes
January 18, 2024 984 317-469 January 18, 2023 –
January 18, 2024
General Draw

See below Skilled Trades stream

Date/time NOIs issued Number of NOIs issued CRS score range Profiles created in IRCC’s Express Entry system Notes
March 1, 2024 2,583 350-424 March 1, 2023 –
March 1, 2024
Targeted draw
Please refer to the OINP Program Update page for a list of targeted occupations
January 11, 2024 2,552 350-424 January 11, 2023 –
January 11, 2024
Targeted draw
Please refer to the OINP Program Update page for a list of targeted occupations

See below the total of invitations to apply sent by Ontario in 2024 apart from the NOI sent to Express Entry candidates listed above:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream – 3,128
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student stream – 5,073
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream – 0
  • Masters Graduate stream – 2,714
  • PhD Graduate stream – 229
  • Entrepreneur stream – 0

IRCC allots an annual provincial nominee quota to all provinces each year which allows them to choose immigrants according to the needs of the province.

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March 28, 2024

Dear future neighbour,

In the city of Calgary, Alberta, you can rent a three bedroom apartment for an average of $2,837 in the city centre. This is according to statistics available on Numbeo.com which are gathered from residents in the city.

Unfortunately, accommodation affordability cannot be the only factor you consider when moving to a new city. We will be reviewing these factors and recommend cities based on statistics to help you make an informed decision.

See below in descending order the list of the cost of renting a similar apartment in the city centre in the province of Alberta:

1. Calgary – $2,837

2. Airdrie – $2,500

3. Edmonton – $2,115

4. Cold lake – $2,000

5. Fort Saskatchewan – $2,000

6. St. Albert – $1,639

7. Medicine Hat – $1,500

8. Grande Prairie – $1,450

9. Lethbridge – $1,125

Did we leave out any? Would you like to ask some questions? Are you interested in studying in Canada? Need help obtaining a visitor visa to visit Canada, work permit application, Expression of Interest, creating an express entry or provincial nomination profile or even just reviewing an application you prepared yourself? Start the journey by sending an email on info@eseumohimmigration.com