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New Immigrants Catching Up to Canadians in Finding Jobs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Canada to introduce annual limits on temporary work and study permits

In this weekโ€™s issue, Canada to introduce annual limits on temporary work and study permits, New Brunswick's record immigration and economic growth creates many job opportunities, and professionals in regulated occupations must obtain confirmation of their certification to get work permits.

New Immigrants Catching Up to Canadians in Finding Jobs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Newcomers Closing the Employment Gap
New immigrants in Canada are catching up to Canadian-born workers in finding jobs, especially since COVID-19. From November 2010 to November 2022, the employment rate for new immigrants increased by 12.7 percentage points, while it only grew by 4.2 points for Canadians.

Employment Rates Improve
In December 2021, the employment rate gap between newcomers and Canadian-born workers was the smallest ever, with newcomers at 79.6% and Canadians at 85.8%. Today, the rates are 76.3% for newcomers and 85.9% for Canadians. This is a big improvement from 2006, when the gap was nearly 17%.

Why the Improvement?

1. Two-Step Immigration Process ๐ŸŒŽ
More immigrants are being selected from temporary foreign workers already in Canada. The number of new Canadians with work permits before becoming permanent residents jumped from 19% in 2010 to 36% in 2022.

2. Immigration Selection Changes ๐Ÿ“‹
The Express Entry system, introduced since 2015, values work experience, language skills, and education more, helping immigrants find jobs faster.

3. Strong Canadian Job Market ๐Ÿ“ˆ 
Low unemployment and high demand for skilled workers have boosted job opportunities for immigrants.

Longer Stay, Better Employment
Statistics Canada found that the longer immigrants stay in Canada, the higher their employment rates. For those in Canada for 5-10 years or more than 10 years, employment rates were the highest since 2019. However, rates fell between 2022 and 2023 for those who arrived within the last five years.

Overall, Canadaโ€™s strong job market and effective immigration policies are helping newcomers integrate better into the workforce. ๐Ÿ’ผ


  • Immigration Minister Miller is overhauling Canada's immigration system by introducing annual limits on temporary work and study permits. Key changes include integrating temporary residents into annual immigration planning and improving data on labour market needs. Despite these adjustments, Canada will continue to welcome record numbers of newcomers. Read more

  • New Brunswick's record immigration and economic growth have created many job opportunities, especially in the public sector. With employment expected to grow by 1.7% this year, foreign nationals can gain permanent residency through various immigration programs. Top in-demand jobs include nurses, cooks, carpenters, and administrative assistants. Read more

  • To work in Canada in any regulated occupation like health care, applicants must obtain certification from provincial licensing authorities. Officers must ensure applicants can meet these requirements before or soon after arriving in Canada. If not, the work permit may be denied. Read more

  • Temporary foreign workers in Prince Edward Island (PEI) are concerned about new immigration policies that may limit their chances of getting permanent residency. PEI plans to reduce immigration to ease housing demands and support public services. Workers worry this will force them to leave when their permits expire. Read more


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We are thrilled to spotlight Kate from The Newcomer Collective for this weekโ€™s feature podcast. Kate interviews internationals from around the world who share their honest, real-life experience of moving to Canada. She started this podcast to help newcomers adjust to the big move from abroad and share in the lessons learned while helping those with similar challenges.

In this episode, Kate explores the mental health challenges of moving to a new country with licensed psychologist Gabriela Encina. Kate and Gabriela have enlightening conversation about common struggles like insecurity, loneliness, and regret. Gabriela shares advice on tackling guilt, self-sabotage, and homesickness. Tune in for a compassionate conversation about the emotional aspects of relocating that often go unspoken.



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