First quarter of 2019 sees Express Entry issues over 20,000 invitations for permanent residence

Express Entry, Canadian’s federal immigration stream, has issued 21,200 invitations for permanent residence during the first quarter of 2019, surpassing the first quarter of 2018 by 3,700 invitations.

2018 set the record for most Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued ever issued since Express Entry was introduced in 2015, with 89,800. 2019 is expected to be an even bigger year for immigration, as part of the federal government’s three-year immigration plan.

The plan includes rising annual immigration target, peaking with 350,000 admissions in 2021. These higher admission targets means more ITAs may be issued in 2019 than ever before.

The federal government uses Express Entry as their primary immigration stream for several programs, mostly for skilled workers. They are assessed and chosen using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The Government of Canada regularly conducts draws where a pool of eligible candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for permanent residence.

2019 saw the largest-ever first draw of a year, since Express Entry began in 2015.

first draw level

Lowest minimum CRS required since 2017

The first quarter of 2019, the minimum CRS score required dropped to 438, the lowest seen since 2017, when it was 436.

CRS score requirement can depend on the time between draws. Less time between draws means less profiles have been submitted into the Express Entry system, which means less high-scoring candidate are entered into the pool. This can result in a lower CRS cut-off at the time of the draw.

CRS score

CRS score cut-offs can also depends on the draw size. If IRCC continues to have larger and more frequent draws, then we can expect the minimum CRS requirement to be reduced.

For more information on Express Entry draws, contact Green Light Canada.


New federal immigration pilot for agri-food workers expected

The Canadian government is set to commence a new three-year immigration pilot designed to support Canada’s growing agri-food industry

In a statement, the government writes:

 “To help the agri-food sector meet Canada’s ambitious export targets and attract and retain needed labour, the federal government will launch a three-year immigration pilot to bring in full time, non-seasonal agricultural workers that will include a pathway to permanent residency.”

The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) has expressed support for the pilot. In a statement, they say that they have requested foreign workers to fill 2,750 job vacancies in areas such as meatpacking and meat processing.

According to Industry Canada’s Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table report released in September 2018, the country is facing serious labour shortages in the agricultural sector, and the government must utilize immigration programs to attract foreign workers.

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry contributes $111 billion to the economy every year and $304 million every day.

No further details have been announced about the pilot.

For more information on how to take advantage of Canada’s many immigration streams, contact Green Light Canada.


New immigrants responsible for 61% of Canada’s population growth in 2018

A new Statistics Canada report reveals that immigration continues to be the main source of population growth in Canada, with a total 321,065 new immigrants arriving in 2018. 

The beginning of 2019 has seen Canada’s population reach 37,314,442.

During 2018, Canada’s population has seen a growth of 528,421, of which 80.5 percent accounts for international migration, and the rest being natural births.

Statistics Canada, 2019

Source: Statistics Canada, 2019

The graph above shows that international migration has been responsible for most of Canada’s population growth. This is due in part to the federal government’s many initiatives to improve its immigration system, such as enacting the Express Entry system, which runs various immigration streams.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, IRCC released its three-year immigration targets for 2019 to 2021.

Immigration for skilled workers is central to the plan, as it has a target of 330,800 for 2019, and 350,000 for 2021.

The federal government hopes to fill various labour shortage nationwide with more skilled talent from newcomers.

Another valuable resource is Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which allows provinces and territories to nominate eligible candidate who meet their region’s economic needs.

For more information on Express Entry and PNP, contact Green Light Canada.


Canada is going to strengthen control on borders at departure from the country.

How does the system work?

According to the immigration law of Canada, when entering the country, each traveler is obligated to honestly answer all questions asked by the immigration officer on the border. This process was introduced for the purpose of collection of data on people who officially visit the country.

However, a similar system was not adjusted for the accounting of people who leave the country. Therefore, for official structures, it was difficult to define dates of departure of travelers and their presence or absence in the country.

What innovations were introduced?

The ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) will shortly be able to obtain objective data on each person leaving and visiting the country. CBSA will have access to information from several official institutions and airlines, which will be obliged to provide this information 72 hours prior to the passenger’s departure. IRCC, in its turn, will be able to use multiple data resources for confirmation of the reliability of information on the immigrants applying for permanent residence, sponsorship, family immigration, refugee programs, etc.

What will be the cost of this innovation?

According to preliminary estimates, it will be necessary to allocate $79.6 million for the development of new systems for the collection of information within the next ten years. Airlines will also be responsible for investing $30.33 million during the same period. Estimated profit in 10 years is expected to be of $357.17 million.

This information will help to easily find illegal penetration into the country of unregistered immigrants and/or terrorists and to react to the announcements of disappearance and kidnapping more effectively. Also, with this system, it will easier to find those who avoid paying taxes. This practice is already effectively used in several developed countries, in particular, Great Britain and the USA.

Contact us to find out if you can immigrate to Canada. Our experts will advise you on all issues of this immigration path.


By 2024 the immigration of Alberta could bring about 40,000 immigrants to rural communities.

The United Conservative Party (UCP) of Alberta offers a new course thanks to which it plans to integrate up to 40,000 immigrants into the rural communities within four years.

Local elections will take place in Alberta this spring, and several polls showed the leading positions of the United Conservative Party and its head Jason Kenney among the voters. Kenney, who used to hold a post of the minister of immigration of Canada from 2008 to 2013, said that UCP plans to recover the smallest rural communities by involvement of immigrants through two programs: Rural Renewal Program and Rural Entrepreneurial Stream.

Read also: Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

In case of a winning over the New Democratic Party, Kenney promises that, being integrated, both programs will be able to provide communities with up to 10,000 permanent residents a year, or 40,000 during the first term of UCP rule.

Kenney said: “The goal will be to end large backlogs, speed up processing time, proactively attract talented newcomers from overseas, welcome job-creating entrepreneurs and encourage settlement in rural Alberta, which needs population the most.”

Rural Renewal Program, which according to Kenny, may attract approximately 32,000 potential immigrants (including their spouses and children) within four years, will give an opportunity to obtain additional points for the Express Entry system. Express Entry candidates, who also have the Provincial Nomination, will collect 600 additional points, which almost guarantees obtaining permanent resident status.

Another program is the Rural Entrepreneurial Stream. Jason Kenney said that UCP plans to invite about 500 experienced entrepreneurs a year, or 2,000 during the first term of UCP rule which will result in creation of at least 4,000 jobs. He also suggested that this program will become a “green light” for 8,000 new permanent residents.

The condition, which obliges potential businessmen to invest a certain minimum of funds and to commit to actively operate business in which they should own at least 51% of stocks, will be one of the Stream criteria. Suitable candidates will be able to obtain the two – year work permit which will let them apply for permanent residence in Canada.

If you are interested in immigrating to Alberta, contact Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. to assess your chances in one of Alberta’s provincial streams.