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Latest edition – November 2016

This edition of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Newsletter includes the following:

2017 immigration levels in Canada

In late October, the Government of Canada tabled the 2016 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, which included the forward-looking 2017 levels plan. The levels plan outlines the number of people Canada will welcome as permanent residents, and the plan for 2017 is to welcome 300 000 immigrants who will permanently call Canada home.

The 2017 plan will help the Government of Canada achieve its goal of strengthening Canada’s economy by keeping Canada competitive globally. Immigrants with skills and experience are able to quickly contribute to the Canadian economy and society, helping create jobs, spur innovation and strengthen communities.

Immigrants contribute to Canada’s success and enrich our country economically, socially and culturally. The Government of Canada is committed to an immigration system that strengthens the Canadian middle class through economic growth and attracting investment, supports diversity and helps build vibrant, dynamic and inclusive communities.

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Proposed changes to the age of dependants and conditional permanent residence under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

The Government of Canada is committed to family reunification and has made it a priority under the immigration program.

To fulfil this commitment, the Government of Canada is proposing changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations regarding the age of dependent children and conditional permanent residence requirements.

The Government of Canada is proposing to change the maximum age in the definition of a dependent child in its immigration programs. At present, the definition of a dependent child is “less than 19” years of age. This definition came into effect on August 1, 2014, and was a change from “less than 22” years of age. The proposed amendment would return the maximum age to “less than 22” years of age.

In addition, under the current regulations, certain spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents must live with their sponsor for two years to maintain their permanent residence status. The Government of Canada is proposing to eliminate this condition.

These proposed changes will help the Government of Canada fulfil its commitment to reunite more families and make it easier for immigrants to build successful lives in Canada.

IRCC published the proposed regulatory changes in the Canada Gazette on October 29, 2016, and is seeking written comments from the public for a 30-day period.

Visit the Canada Gazette website to learn more about the proposed changes.

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Express Entry improvements

On November 19, 2016, targeted improvements were made to the Express Entry system that support Canada’s Global Skills Strategy and will help attract some of the best and brightest minds to Canada from around the world.

The improvements to Express Entry include the following:

  • Those in Canada temporarily on an employer-specific Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt work permit will no longer need to get an LMIA to be awarded job offer points by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
  • Job offers will now only need to be a minimum of one year in duration after a visa for permanent residence is issued.
  • The number of points awarded for a job offer has been reduced.
  • Points will be awarded to international students who completed their studies in Canada above high school.
  • Candidates will now have more time to submit an application for permanent residence once an invitation to apply is received.

With these changes, Canada will permanently welcome more experienced professionals, highly skilled workers and international students who completed their studies in Canada. Together they will help strengthen Canada’s competitiveness in a global marketplace by spurring innovation, strengthening communities and creating jobs that benefit Canada’s middle class.

These changes are part of a number of improvements the Government is making for a more fair and responsive immigration system that will address emerging needs and ensure long-term economic growth.

About Express Entry

Canada’s Express Entry system manages applications for certain federal economic immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.

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Launch of International Experience Canada 2017 season

International Experience Canada (IEC) is a program that allows Canadian youth and foreign nationals between the ages of 18 and 35 to travel and work abroad for up to two years. IEC provides the opportunity to gain life-changing personal and professional experience by traveling and working abroad. Canadian youth and foreign nationals can participate in the program under three categories: Working Holiday, Young Professionals and International Co-op (Internship).

The 2017 season for the new IEC rounds opened on October 17, 2016. Visit our website to find out if you are eligible.

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Summary report on the national consultations on immigration now available

During the summer of 2016, IRCC consulted with Canadians on immigration in Canada.

The Department would like to thank everyone who contributed their views. The feedback gathered from Canadians will help guide decisions on how many people we will welcome in the coming years and the future of immigration in Canada.

Visit our website to read the consultation summary report.

Canada’s 150th anniversary

The countdown to Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation is on!

The Government of Canada, in collaboration with an array of partners, kicked off the celebrations on August 4 to count down the last 150 days of 2016. As part of the celebration, the Government of Canada is offering a variety of activities and events held across the country during these 150 days.

One of the activities to check out is Canada: Day 1, a full-scale travelling exhibit produced by Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Canada: Day 1 exhibit explores the experiences of newcomers from their first day of arrival in Canada and how Canada became their home. The Canada: Day 1 travelling exhibit will make its way across Canada in 2016 and 2017, bringing these stories to more Canadians.

Interested in the exhibit but cannot attend in person? Check out the virtual exhibit available on our website.

Canadians are invited to continue to take part in the countdown and show their community spirit by participating, celebrating and exploring.

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Citizenship Week 2016 celebrations

Canadians celebrated Citizenship Week from October 10 to 16, 2016, by participating in some of the many IRCC citizenship events and activities. Citizenship Week occurs each year during the second week of October and is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the rights and responsibilities all Canadians share.

Check out how Canadians took part in Citizenship Week this year. View citizenship stories, photos and videos by searching #MyCitizenship on any of our social media channels.

Did you know...?

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Visit our website and learn how individuals can protect themselves from fraud and how to report an incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

IRCC feature video

The IRCC video team produces dozens of informative and creative videos each year on a wide range of subjects of interest to the Department and our clients. We highlight one of their many great productions in each issue of our newsletter.

In this issue, we bring you the video “Express Entry – Immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker.”

In this video, individuals who have immigrated to Canada share their experiences of coming to Canada through Express Entry and what they think of their new home.

Upcoming events and important dates

Mark your calendar! Below is a selection of upcoming special events and national celebrations.

December 10 is Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day, in 1948, that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the UN General Assembly. This day aims to reinforce the global commitment to the UDHR and the fundamental rights of all human beings.

December 11 marks the anniversary of the establishment of the Statute of Westminster, the beginning of Canada’s independence as a country.

December 18 is International Migrants Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide.

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