Overview of Canadian Immigration in 2018

2018 Canadian Immigration Forecast

Overview of Canadian Immigration in 2018

Overview of Canadian Immigration in 2018

With almost half the year past, 2018 has proven to be a busy time for Canadian immigration. Since the beginning of the year, several Provincial Nominee Program intakes have opened and closed, there have been nine Express Entry draws, and Quebec has made changes to its immigration programs. So what can we anticipate for the state of immigration for the rest of the year? Here is a forecast of what might be to come for Canadian immigration in 2018!


Immigration targets that the Canadian government set for 2018 were very ambitious. The majority of immigrants to Canada in 2018 are expected to be processed through Express Entry.

The first quarter of the year saw fewer Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence issued than in the same time period in 2017. Because of this, it can be expected that future Express Entry draws will have lower minimum CRS scores in order for immigration officials to issue greater numbers of ITAs.

In fact, the first three Express Entry draws of 2018’s second quarter all had lower minimum scores and resulted in more ITAs being issued. 3500 ITAs were issued in these draws and each had a minimum CRS score of 441.

In the coming months, there is a high chance that future Express Entry draws will follow this pattern. That way Canada can meet its immigration targets that it set out at the beginning of the year.


The first few months of 2018 have also seen lots of immigration activity surrounding Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Both Alberta and Manitoba introduced new PNP streams in hopes of attracting more immigrants. Several provinces also opened intakes for their PNPs, allowing potential immigrants to apply to these programs.

The rest of 2018 will most likely see similar levels of activity with the Provincial Nominee Programs. It is possible that more provinces will open up intakes throughout the year.


The province of Quebec has a great deal of autonomy over immigration to the province and therefore has unique immigration programs. In 2018, Quebec has made some major changes to its immigration programs. The province is making some of its programs look more like the Federal Express Entry system with points based selection criteria.

It is very possible that the Quebec Skilled Worker program will open an intake of applications before the end of the summer. This would allow up to 5000 potential immigrants to apply for the program.

Additionally, Quebec might open up its investment and business immigration streams to new applications sometime after August 15th of this year.


Back in February, Canada’s immigration minister announced a renewed commitment to family immigration from the Canadian government. The minister also announced that changes will be coming to the family immigration system to make processing times for sponsorship applications shorter. Family immigration is set to become a bit easier this year as a result.


Spring is the traditional time for university graduations. With so many international students graduating from Canadian universities, it’s likely that there will be a spike in the number of applications for post graduation work permits. These permits provide a great way for international graduates to stay and work in Canada after finishing school.


Canada is still facing elevated numbers of irregular border crossings and asylum claims. It is possible that this number could increase as the weather warms.

The Canadian government is currently weighing its options to address the issue and reduce the strain on the immigration system. It is also talking to foreign governments, like the United States and Nigeria, about how to reduce the number of unauthorized border crossings.


In general, the rest of 2018 is shaping up to be an eventful time in the world of Canadian immigration! A lot of news is set to be made in the next few months, so keep following Canadim’s blog to stay up to date!

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Canada’s Global Talent Stream makes it easier to Work in Canada


Canada's Global Talent Stream makes it easier to Work in Canada

Canada’s Global Talent Stream makes it easier to Work in Canada

June 12th, 2018, marked the one-year anniversary of Canada’s Global Talent Stream pilot program. With a year under its belt, the program continues to help Canadian businesses hire high-skilled foreign talent, vital to helping Canada maintain its position as a global leader in innovative technology.


The Global Talent Stream is a two-year pilot program. The program enables Canadian employers to hire high-skilled foreign talent to fill vital roles in their businesses and organizations. Foreign nationals who have the necessary skills to fill these positions are given priority processing for work permits, meaning that they can come to Canada faster and get to work more quickly!

The Global Talent Stream requires that employers prove that they will create lasting benefits for the Canadian labour market, so only the top businesses are approved to hire through this pilot.

Only certain occupations are eligible for the stream. The full list is included below, but applicants may be excited to know that Canada added the following three occupations to the list at the one-year anniversary last week:

  • Engineering Managers – NOC 0211
  • Architecture and Science Managers – NOC 0212
  • Mathematicians and Statisticians – NOC 2161

Once a newcomer has enough Canadian work experience, they can become eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class of Express Entry.


The Global Talent Stream is a part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). It helps Canadian employers to hire high-skilled talent!


In order to apply to Category A of the Global Talent Stream, an employer must have been referred to the stream by one of the GTS’s designated partners and be using the stream to hire unique and specialized talent. The following are designated partners of the GTS, authorized to refer employers to Category A:


  1. Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  2. BC Tech Association
  3. Business Development Bank of Canada
  4. Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  5. City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office
  6. Communitech Corporation
  7. Council of Canadian Innovators
  8. Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  9. Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  10. Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour
  11. The Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  12. The Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training
  13. The Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.
  14. The Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy
  15. Halifax Regional Business and Community Economic Development Association
  16. ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
  17. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  18. Invest Ottawa
  19. London Economic Development Corporation
  20. MaRS Discovery District
  21. National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program
  22. Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  23. Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
  24. Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team
  25. Vancouver Economic Commission
  26. Venn Innovation

Last Updated: April 5, 2018


In order to apply for Category B of the Global Talent Stream, employers must be seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign talent to fill positions in occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List.


NOC Code Occupation Title Min. Wage Requirement (Annual Salary) Min. Wage Requirement (Hourly Salary)
0211 Engineering Managers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
0212 Architecture and science managers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
0213 Computer and information systems managers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
Subset of 2161* Mathematicians and statisticians    
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2172 Database analysts and data administrators Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2173 Software engineers and designers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers            Prevailing Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2175 Web designers and developers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2283 Information systems testing technicians $78,000 $37.50
Sub-set of 5131 Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game $75,000 $36.06
Sub-set of 5241* Digital Media and Design $80,000 $38.46

*Positions for actuaries or related occupations are excluded from this subset

Last Updated: June 13th, 2018

Employers should note that, in order to be eligible, talent must meet both the occupation requirement as well as the minimum wage requirement.

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Canada’s prairie province of Alberta announced on Thursday, June 14th, that it was opening two new streams of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program: the Alberta Express Entry stream and the Alberta Opportunity Stream. Candidates who successfully apply to these streams will receive a Provincial Nomination from Alberta – fast-tracking their Canadian permanent residence.

Alberta announced in late 2017 that it would be introducing the Express Entry and Opportunity streams, but the exact criteria for the programs were not released until June 14th. Generally, the Express Entry stream targets candidates who already have active profiles in the federal Express Entry system, while the Opportunity stream targets those who are working in Alberta at the time of application.


The Alberta Express Entry stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. In order to be considered for the PNP stream, a candidate must already have an active profile in one of the three Express Entry aligned programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class.

Alberta will automatically consider profiles in the federal Express Entry pool. AINP will directly contact candidates whose profiles are of interest and will invite these candidates to apply for the AINP Express Entry stream. While the exact selection criteria is unknown, AINP states that it will seek candidates who demonstrate strong ties to Alberta and who can support regional economic development and diversification.

It should be noted that in order to be considered by AINP, candidates must indicate Alberta as a province of interest in their Express Entry profile.

Once a candidate is notified by AINP, they may submit an official PNP application to the province. If this application is approved, the candidate will receive a provincial nomination, resulting in a 600 point increase to their Express Entry CRS score. This means that the candidate will be virtually guaranteed an official Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the next Express Entry Draw.


The Alberta Opportunity stream does NOT require candidates to have an active Express Entry profile in order to apply. However, the program does have strict eligibility requirements:


1 – Residency status and work permit requirements

Applicants must have valid status as a temporary resident in Canada which authorizes them to work. The candidate must be residing and working in the province of Alberta. Please note that refugee claimants are not eligible under this stream.

2 – Occupation requirements

At the time an application is postmarked to AINP and at the time the application is assessed, the applicant must be working in an eligible occupation in Alberta which matches their previous work experience. Post-Graduation Work Permit holders must also be working in an occupation related to their field of study in Alberta.

There are two lists of ineligible occupations:

The Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list: This list applies to all applicants. If your occupation is on this list, you are not eligible to apply.

The List of High-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta as indicated on Canada’s Refusal to Process an LMIA List: This list only applies to applicants who hold a Post-Graduation Work Permit. If you hold a PGWP and your occupation is on this list, then you are not eligible to apply.

3 – English or French language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French, equivalent to the Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 4. This must be demonstrated by providing valid results from one of Canada’s approved language tests.

Please note that as of June 14th, 2019, the language requirement will increase to Canadian Language Benchmark Level 5 in either English or French.

4 – Education requirements

All applicants must have completed a minimum of high school education in their country of origin.

5 – Work experience requirements

At the time the application is postmarked and at the time AINP assesses the application, the applicant must be working in an occupation in Alberta which matches their previous work experience. PGWP holders must also be working in an occupation which matches their Alberta educational credential.

Experience must have been full-time (30 hours/week) – part-time experience will not be considered. As well, applicants must have the proper regulation, licensing, and/or status in Canada to perform the occupation legally.

Applicants must have a bona fide full-time job offer from their current Alberta employer to continue work in their current occupation. The job offer must be signed by the applicant and the employer and must offer continuous, full-time, paid work in the applicant’s current occupation in Alberta.

6 – Income level requirements

All applicants must meet a minimum gross annual income requirement based on their family size. The family size includes the applicant, a spouse and/or common-law partner, and any dependent children.

No. Of members in family unit Required Gross annual income
1 $21,833
2 $30,876
3 $37,816
4 $43,666
5 $48,820
6 $53,480
7 $57,765
8 $61,753
9 $65,499
10 $69,042

Applicants can include their spouse or common-law partner’s salary when calculating the gross annual income, only if their partner meets the following two criteria:

Has a yearly Alberta income that is greater or equal to 42% of the principal applicant’s; and

Has a bona fide job offer from an Alberta employer and is working currently for that employer with the proper authorization.


The Alberta Opportunity Stream is always open to new applications. Eligible candidates can submit an application at any time and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Interested candidates must prepare a complete paper-based application. All documents must be prepared in hard copy and submitted in a single envelope, by mail, to the AINP office.

If the province approves the application, Alberta will notify the applicant they have been selected for provincial nomination. Successful applicants will receive an official nomination package in the mail from AINP.

After receiving a provincial nomination, an applicant has six months to submit a federal application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants in this program must complete and submit a paper-based application for permanent residence and submit it by mail to the appropriate application center. Paper-based PNP applications for permanent residence are generally processed within 18 months

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