Did you know that Canada’s government recently set out its plan to boost immigration for the period 2021-2023 and that the nation seeks to receive more than 400,000 immigrants each year?
So, if you have been considering moving to Canada this is a good moment to think about it seriously. In 2020 immigration to Canada became lethargic due to the global pandemic, but the official plan seeks to energize immigration again.
Canada is the second-largest country in the world but has only 37 million inhabitants. To keep its economy growing it needs flows of immigrants each year. The current aging of the Canadian population is also a factor in propelling the government to attract more people.
Canada knows how important immigration is to the functioning of its economy and that’s why it has well-developed policies that make it one of the friendliest countries towards immigrants in the world.
There are many ways to immigrate to Canada, but what is important to know is that all these ways start with a key requirement: one must speak English or French, either of the two official Canadian languages.
So, if you have a good level of English or French, you’re a step ahead, but if don’t, you’d better start studying or improving your language skills in order to be considered eligible to live in Canada.
This program was created in 2015 and aims to attract skilled workers with work experience in different fields. It’s based on a system of points that you get if you meet the selection criteria based on age, studies, work experience, language skills, if you have a valid job offer, and your adaptability to live in Canada.
The minimal amount needed to pass is 67 out of 100 points.
The process to be considered eligible and be invited to come to Canada as a permanent resident can take two years on average.
One important thing is that Canada will require proof of funds, which means you have to prove that you have sufficient money to support you and your family, no matter if your family comes with you to Canada or stays in your home country.
This proof of funds won’t be necessary if you already have a current work permit in Canada or a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.
If you have permanent residence status, you can live in any Canadian province you want, except in Quebec, which has its own immigration program. https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/immigrer-canada/travailleurs-qualifies-quebec.html
Coming to Canada as an international student is another way to emigrate and it’s the fastest way. What you need to do is to choose among one of the Designated Educational Institutions approved by Canada and study a program that lasts at least 8 months.
Once you finish your studies you can apply for a work permit, for the same duration as your studies. It’s important to know that studying languages doesn’t count to get a work permit.
Then, the experience you get while working may help you be eligible for permanent residence. The disadvantage of this way to emigrate is that you need to have sufficient funds to pay for your studies and to support yourself and your family while studying.
To see a list of educational institutions approved after the pandemic Covid-19, check this link: https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/coronavirus-covid19/etudiants/approuve-eed.html#wb-auto-47
PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM
Another way to emigrate to Canada is through the Provincial Nominee Program, which consists of contacting directly one of the 10 provinces, and if they accept and nominate you, you can apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Each Canadian province has its own needs and requirements when it comes to immigration, and some of them might offer an easier path to meet those requirements and to gain the points needed.
The primary condition is that if you apply to the Provincial Nominee Program in the province of Saskatchewan or Manitoba, for example, you have to commit to living in the province for which you applied.
Check out the province’s requirements here: https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/immigrer-canada/candidats-provinces/fonctionnement.html
The paperwork to get a nomination by one of the provinces usually takes between 15 and 19 months.
ATLANTIC PILOT PROGRAM
It’s well known that the Canadian provinces in the Atlantic region — Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland — lack the workforce to keep pace with their economies.
That’s why this program makes it easier for Canadian employers from these provinces to hire foreign workers.
The employer who wants to hire foreign workers has to apply to be a “designated employer,” which is a process that costs nothing. Once the employer receives the provincial designation, foreign skilled workers or international graduates can be hired for a position in Atlantic Canada.
Before making a job offer to any candidate, the employer has to be sure the candidate meets the criteria, like language skills, academic credentials, proof of work experience, and proof that the candidate has sufficient money to support himself and his family in Canada.
The province must approve any job offer. To get provincial approval, the employer must demonstrate that it failed to fill the position with a Canadian or local workforce. Once the job offer is approved, the foreign worker can apply for permanent residence.
IMMIGRATION PILOT PROGRAM IN RURAL AND NORTHERN COMMUNITIES
This program aims to help rural and northern Canadian communities to support their economies through immigration, and is similar to the Atlantic Pilot Program.
So, you can get in contact with an employer from one of the communities participating in the program, get a job offer, make a referral request to the community where you intend to work, and if you get the referral, you can apply for permanent residence.
The criteria includes having qualifying work experience that meets the demands of the community, language skills, proof of having enough money to make the transition to live in the community and that you are committed to living there.
Check out here which are the participating communities: https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/immigrer-canada/programme-pilote-immigration-rurale-nord.html
AGRI-FOOD PILOT PROGRAM
This program aims to attract experienced foreign workers to the agricultural and food industries in Canada and provides them a path to permanent residence. The program will remain in place until May 2023.
To apply for permanent residence under this program, you must have a valid job offer for full-time nonseasonal employment, meet the language requirements, meet the educational requirements, and have funds to settle in Canada. if applicable.
Check out here which are the eligible industries and professions required. https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/immigrer-canada/programme-pilote-sur-lagroalimentaire/industries-admissibles.html
Some other ways to emigrate to Canada are included under the following programs:
Business Start-up Visa Program, if you’re a businessperson or an entrepreneur and want to start a business and create jobs in Canada.
Sponsorship of a Family Member, if you have a family member (spouse, common-law partner, child, or parent) older than 18 years old who has Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status.
Self-Employed Immigration Program, if you have useful experience in the cultural or artistic field, or in sports, and you can be a self-employed worker.
Refugee Protection Program, when you suffer persecution or your life is in danger in your home country.
I hope you find the information useful and if you want to check if you meet the minimum requirements to emigrate to Canada, click here: https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/outil-venir-canada-immigration-entree-express.html