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Immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador is flourishing
The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeing an influx of immigrants this year who are coming to work in the province through economic immigration programs. This is ahead of next year’s anticipated increase in the rate of economic growth. So far this year, Newfoundland and Labrador has been taking in immigrants at almost three times the rate as seven years ago. In 2015, 1,120 new permanent residents made the province their home. If current trends continue, we can expect 3,015 new arrivals by the end of 2022.

Ontario needs more healthcare professionals and tech workers

Comparing this year to the start of 2021, Ontario has a higher demand for healthcare workers and professional and technical services. According to TD Economics’ latest forecast, real GDP growth in Ontario will decrease from 2.9 percent to 0.7 percent next year and only improve slightly by 2024 with 1 percent growth. Economists suppose as the economy gradually slows down, the unemployment rate in Ontario is slowly predicted to increase (from 5.6% over the next two years to 6.3% by 2023 and 6.7% by 2024).

Ottawa will start holding targeted Express Entry draws in 2023
To ease impending labour shortages, Canada will begin hosting targeted Express Entry draws specifically for skilled workers starting next year. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser explained that targeted draws would allow the government to select workers by the sector and the location they intend to live in Canada. Immigration Minister also stated his intention to work with provinces to simplify the process of foreign credential recognition for doctors and nurses. This way, healthcare workers will be more efficiently employed under a specific skilled worker program targeting areas where demand is high.

IRCC will implement the new TEER system this week
On November 16, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will update the National Occupation Classification (NOC) to include the Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system. The NOC is revised every ten years to keep up with the changing Canadian labour market. This newest revision provides a new framework for classifying occupations by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada. The only impact this change will have, is administrative, as there will be no changes to advertising or delivery of the immigration programs.

ESDC updated processing times for LMIA applications
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the processing times for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centres, the current average LMIA processing times slightly increased for all streams except for Global Talent:

Global Talent Stream – 9 business days
Agricultural stream – 18 business days (+ 3 days)
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 8 business days (+3 days)
Permanent residence stream – 23 business days (+1 day)
In-home caregivers – 36 business days (+9 days)
High-wage stream – 38 business days (+4 days)
Low-wage stream – 39 business days (+2 days)

Applying for temporary selection to study in Quebec is more accessible than before
International students do not need to acquire a new Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies if they want to postpone the start of their study program to the next academic session. Before, if a student started a new study program a semester later than what was noted on their CAQ-study form, they would have to get further documentation. It should be noted that if a student begins their studies in the next semester, this does not automatically extend the expiry date of their CAQ. Students must complete their program before their CAQ expires or submit a new application for temporary selection to stay in the country.

Nova Scotia needs more jobs to fill the labour shortages in the province
Job seekers from other countries interested in coming to Nova Scotia through economic immigration programs are still in luck. Statistics Canada figures demonstrate that the number of job vacancies in the province increased by 52.1 percent from the second quarter of last year to this year. Despite employers adding 21,240 employees to their payrolls in the past year, many positions still need to be filled. While next year’s real GDP growth in Nova Scotia is projected to slow from 2.2% to 0.5%, the economy is expected to come back with 2.4% real GDP growth in 2024. In addition, the pent-up demand for labour is likely to keep the job market good for those seeking employment.

Hiring more foreign talent to balance the Canadian labour market
In his recent speech, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem spoke about how immigration may be the key to achieving labour market stability and correcting inflation. He stated that the Canadian labour market has more demand than labour supply. The governor stated that labour shortages had increased wages across the country, pushing inflation upwards. Macklem urges Canadian employers to hire immigrants to meet the rising demand for labourers and fight inflation – with preference given to recent arrivals.


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