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Pilot Program to Reunite Families Starts Today

Pilot Program to Reunite Families Starts Today

Foreign nationals whom apply to immigrate to Canada are required to declare and have all of their family members (e.g. spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, etc.) examined even if those family members are not accompanying them to Canada.

If a principal applicant fails to declare and / or have a non-accompanying family member examined, they are forever excluded from being able to sponsor that person under the family class or the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class pursuant to paragraph 117(9)(d) or 125(1)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Starting today, the Government of Canada has introduced a 2-year pilot program that allows these family members to be sponsored. This pilot program applies to:

  • Applications still in process on May 31, 2019;
  • Applications received between May 31, 2019 and September 9, 2021;* and
  • Applications pending reconsideration between May 31, 2019 and September 9, 2021.*

*The Government of Canada has introduced this pilot program via temporary public policy. Therefore, this pilot program can be cancelled at any time.

To book a consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss sponsoring a family member, please contact us on (403) 407-2733 or at .

Canada Recognizes the Extension of Validity of Venezuelan Passports

The Canadian Government has announced that it recognizes the the decree published by the Venezuelan National Assembly on June 7, 2019 with respect to the validity of expired Venezuelan passports. Venezuelan passport holders wanting to travel to or remain in Canada can now continue to use their passport if it expired less than five years ago or will soon expire. For further information regarding this announcement, please refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website via the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2019/08/canada-recognizes-the-extension-of-validity-of-venezuelan-passports.html.

Changes to the High-Wage / Low-Wage Thresholds

Changes to the High-Wage / Low-Wage Thresholds

Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, there are significantly different requirements depending upon whether a position is classified as a high-wage position or a low-wage position. For example, if a position is classified as a low-wage position, the employer is required to target underrepresented groups (e.g. indigenous persons, vulnerable youth, newcomers, and persons with disabilities) when advertising the position.

If an employer is offering a wage which is at or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, the application must be submitted under the high-wage stream. Conversely, if an employer is offering a wage which is below the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, the application must be submitted under the low-wage stream.

Effective today, Employment and Social Development Canada has adjusted the provincial or territorial median hourly wages. As indicated in the Table below, all wages have increased expect for Nova Scotia which remains the same and Nunavut which has decreased by CAD$1.00 per hour.

Employers who are yet to file a labour market impact assessment application, including those currently completing the advertising and recruitment activities, will be subject to these changes.

Open Work Permit Pilot for Applicants Under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class Extended

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced today that it is extending the open work permit pilot for applicants under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class until July 31, 2020. Read the official announcement here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/open-work-permit-pilot-extension.html?fbclid=IwAR396HsswJZk7OIh4-ulGpItLoUbhsNjzNQqU7v7SEBhT7T6B4wSUp_wMCA 

New Federal Immigration Program for Rural and Northern Communities

New Federal Immigration Program for Rural and Northern Communities

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the creation of a five year Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The objective of this Pilot is to help small and rural communities meet local labour market needs and support regional economic development. This Pilot will provide a pathway to permanent residence for foreign nationals wanting to immigrate to small and rural communities in Canada. Communities that are interested in participating in this Pilot must submit an application, consisting of a Community Interest Form and supporting documents, to IRCC through a community-based economic development organization by 11:59 pm PST on March 1, 2019. Click on the caption above to read more about this Pilot. 

Get Ready to Submit Your 2019 Interest to Sponsor Form for the Parents and Grandparents Program

Get Ready to Submit Your 2019 Interest to Sponsor Form for the Parents and Grandparents Program

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and registered Indians the opportunity to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently published information regarding the new application intake process. Click on the caption above to read more about the new application intake process.