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January 1 2015

Citizenship and Immigration launches Express Entry program

  • New two step stream of applying for immigration under Federal Skilled Worker, Trades, Canadian Experience Class, and Provincial Nominees
  • Applicant must qualify in one of the existing programs first
  • EE applications applied online
  • Candidates join a pool of candidates that compete for selection by CIC
  • Scores in ranking are based on a human capital model, and can be influenced by candidate taking specific actions
  • Job Bank registration with ESDC will be required for all candidates who do not have an LMIA
  • Employers can view candidates in future under a Job Matching program, and make job offers to candidates, greatly improving their chances to be selected if LMIA applied for and received

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship reopens

  • Program reopens January 2, 2015
  • Cap of 5000 applicants, last year filled to capacity in three weeks

November 2014

Ontario to introduce a new Immigration Act for province

  • Ontario Provincial Nominee Program will undergo changes yet to be announced

Caregiver program – changes to the Live-In Caregiver program

  • No longer requirement to live in
  • Two streams: child care and elderly or medical issues health care
  • Cap of 2750 per stream
  • New education requirements to be met

August 2014

Quebec Investor Program

  • New rules effective August 2014 to March 15 2015
  • Intake Jan 1 to 30, 2015
  • Cap of 1750, with 1200 maximum from China
  • Client with Advanced knowledge of French not subject to cap
  • Net worth $1.6Million, to invest $800,000

July 2014

Temporary Foreign Worker Program overhauled

  • Program name change from LMO to LMIA: Labour Market Impact Assessment
  • Two streams: High Wage and Low Wage, based on a median set for province ( Ontario is $21 / hour)
  • High wage: requires Transition Plan
  • Low wage: restricted to 1 year terms
  • Low wage: if more than 10 employees, subject to a cap of maximum 10% of work force
  • Application fee raised from $275 to $1000.