Quebec Premier François Legault is looking at ways to give asylum seekers working in the province’s care homes a pathway to permanent residence. Government care homes – known as CHSLDs – are Quebec’s front line in the coronavirus pandemic, seeing thousands of cases and many deaths as a staffing crisis emerged in March and April.
Canada’s federal government officials tasked with implementing Canada-U.S. border restrictions in place due to coronavirus need to be on the same page in their interpretation of the new rules. Guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on who can cross the border is differing in practice from the interpretation of Canada Border Services Agency officials.
Prince Edward Island has leveraged the PEI PNP to help the province in the fight against coronavirus. In three draws since March, invitations have been issued to specific COVID-19 essential workers in the healthcare and trucking industries. A total of 29 Labour Impact and Express Entry stream invitations have been issued, again illustrating the flexibility
British Columbia immigration has conducted a new provincial draw, issuing 158 invitations to apply with specific criteria related to the coronavirus outbreak. The May 19 draw saw British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program officials exclude 31 occupations where a high-volume of applicants have recently been approved. Read More UPDATED Coronavirus: How Canada’s Provincial Immigration Programs Are
The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed for a further month as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement in a news conference on Tuesday. The original agreement, reached between Canada and the U.S. in March, was due to expire on May 21 but has been
Canada has announced new Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) rules for international students forced to study via distance learning because of restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus. The change announced on May 14, 2020, allows students unable to study in Canada to count time spent distance learning towards their PGWP eligibility. Under the change, a
Canada’s federal government has moved to slash the time it takes for temporary foreign workers to be allowed to start a new job to help employers during the coronavirus crisis. Under a new public policy, published on Tuesday, May 12, foreign workers already in Canada with a new job offer backed by a Labour Market
Canada’s federal government has introduced new rules for employers under the International Mobility Program in light of restrictions in place due to coronavirus pandemic. The changes make it mandatory for employers to allow workers to complete their 14 days of quarantine on arrival in Canada and pay them for the period, even if they are
Foreign nationals travelling to Canada must be doing so for ‘non-optional and non-discretionary’ reasons even if they are covered by exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions, the federal government says. New guidance issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says those covered by exemptions to travel restrictions will not be allowed to travel ‘for the purposes
International students considered coronavirus essential workers in Canada have been exempted from the 20 hours of work per week limit usually applied to study permit holders when classes are in session. The exemption, in place until August 31, 2020, covers those working in ‘health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical