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More foreign workers becoming Canadian permanent residents

Quebec to limit sponsorship immigration applications for 1-year

In this week’s issue, Quebec to limit sponsorship immigration applications for 1-year; a BC trade union calls on Ottawa to fix immigration issues to tackle construction labour shortages, and the number of same-sex immigrant couples in Canada rises.

More Foreign Workers Becoming Canadian Permanent Residents

📈 Using Economic Immigration Programs
Many temporary workers in Canada are getting permanent residency through economic immigration programs. The most popular pathways are the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). 

📊 Transitioning to Permanent Residency in 2-Steps
A study found that from 2006 to 2020, over 955,000 temporary workers gained permanent residency. The trend has grown over time, with 93% of those who got their first work permit from 2016 to 2020 achieving this through economic programs. COVID-19 influenced this shift, as CEC was heavily used during the pandemic.

🎓 Growth of Post-Graduate Work Program (PGWP) 
The rise in permanent residency applications is partly due to the PGWP and more spouses and common-law partners of skilled workers and international students succeeding.

👩‍💼👨‍💼 Immigrants in the Workforce
Immigrants are filling more entry-level and professional jobs. From 2001 to 2021, the number of immigrant workers in professional roles grew significantly, contributing to Canada's diverse and skilled workforce.


  • A British Columbia trade union is calling on Ottawa to fix immigration issues to tackle construction labour shortages. The union claims temporary permits for migrants lead to lower wages and fewer rights, undercutting local workers and disadvantaging fair employers.

  • Quebec will cap sponsorship immigration applications at 13,000 until June 25, 2025. In 2023, the province welcomed 10,295 new permanent residents through sponsorship programs. The new rules prioritize children and limit applications for spouses, partners, and parents. Excess applications will be returned unprocessed. Read more

  • Alberta's new AAIP pathway aims to help police services recruit skilled officers. This initiative supports Alberta’s public safety and economic growth, inviting skilled immigrants to the province. Read more

  • The number of same-sex immigrant couples in Canada rose from 900 in 2000 to 20,470 in 2020, with 21.4 percent now choosing to live outside major cities, in smaller urban and rural areas. Couples are generally younger, more educated, and have higher employment rates and incomes than opposite-sex couples.


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