Canada and the rest of the world endured a year like no other in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and immigration was severely impacted. Travel restrictions and the closure of the Canada-U.S. border meant newcomers were reduced to a trickle from March, with numbers of new permanent residents way below federal government projections. Exemptions
Temporary workers from Trinidad & Tobago stranded in Canada due to COVID-19 restrictions in their country have been given access to open work permits. A temporary public policy, in effect until February 12, 2021, allows the agricultural workers to apply for temporary status and get a six-month open work permit. The step makes them eligible
Controversial changes to the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) came into force on Wednesday, July 22. The changes see new work experience requirements introduced for international student and increase work experience requirements for temporary foreign workers. The admissible occupation levels for temporary workers has also been changed. A series of transitional measures were also introduced aimed
Watered-down reforms to the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) have drawn more criticism from stakeholders, including student and business groups. The governing Coalition Avenir Quebec is being accused of not listening to concerns, while student groups labelled the easing of the reforms ‘insufficient’. Business groups meanwhile, said the reforms would limit immigration to Quebec for low-skilled
Quebec has moved to soften planned changes to the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) following outcry during the recent consultation period. Measures announced on Thursday, July 9 include: The introduction of a transitional clause for international students already in Quebec. A softening of new work experience requirements for certain international students. A reduction in the proposed
Quebec universities have written to Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette requesting changes to his plan to reform the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ). Although Bureau de cooperation interuniversitaire (BCI) is happier with Jolin-Barrette’s second effort at PEQ reform, the group, in a letter dated June 16, has called for current international students and those arriving this fall
Quebec will increase work experience requirements under the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) and introduce two new pilots targeting specific occupations in changes announced on Thursday, May 28. Under the changes, revealed by Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette, temporary foreign workers will require three years of experience in the last four, while graduates will need one or
Changes to the temporary foreign worker program as put forth by Employment Minister Jason Kenney are drawing severe criticism from Maritime labour ministers who are concerned that lobster and seafood industry will be dramatically affected. The ministers draw a comparison of the fishery to the agriculture industry, which is allowed to employ the temporary workers.