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How Much CRS Score Required for Canada?

Canada Express Entry is an electronic system that manages applications submitted by skilled and qualified immigrants seeking permanent residency in Canada.

Applicants are ranked and invited to apply for permanent residency using a CRS scoring system. In this article, we’ll discuss CRS scores.

We’ll tackle all the key questions such as:

  • What is a CRS score?
  • How are the CRS scores calculated?
  • What CRS scores have been required in recent times?
  • What is the lowest ever CRS score for Canada Express Entry?
  • What is a good CRS score?

Let’s get started!

What is CRS?

CRS is short for Comprehensive Ranking System. It is the points system that is used to rank applicants seeking permanent residency via Canada Express Entry.

Canada Express Entry is the fastest way for skilled immigrants to gain permanent residency in Canada. Millions of skilled immigrants submit their profiles every year. Sadly, not everyone can be invited to apply for permanent residency.

CRS scores are used to rank the applicants in the pool. The higher your CRS score, the more likely you are to receive an ITA (invitation to apply) towards realizing your Canada dream.

How the CRS points are calculated

The highest number of CRS points that an applicant can have is 1,200. CRS points are awarded based on the applicant’s skills, experience, education, adaptability, and more.

CRS point = Core/ human capital factors + spouse factor + skill transferability factors + additional points

Core/ Human capital factors include

If a spouse is immigrating with you, the maximum points you can get from human capital factors is 460, but without a spouse, you can get up to 500 points.

These factors are (assuming with a spouse):

  • Age – up to 100 points
  • Education – up to 140 points
  • Official language proficiency – up to 128 points
  • Second language proficiency – up to 22 points
  • Canadian work experience – up to 70 points

Spouse Factors

If you are immigrating with your spouse or common-law partner, you can get additional 40 points.

  • Spouse’s education – up to 10 points
  • Spouse’s language proficiency – 20 points
  • Spouse’s Canadian work experience – 10 points

Skills Transferability Factors

This section measures your suitability based on the combination of your skills and qualification. 100 points are up for grabs.

  • Language skill + post-secondary education – up to 50 points
  • Canadian work experience + post-secondary education – up to 50 points

Additional points

There are ways to earn additional points. But sadly, the additional points each applicant can get are limited to 600 points.

  • A sibling living in Canada – 15 points
  • French language skill – 50 points
  • Post-secondary education in Canada – 30 points
  • Arranged employment in Canada – 200 points
  • Provincial nomination – 600 points

How many CRS points are required to get an ITA?

To get an ITA from an Express Entry draw, you need CRS points equal to or greater than the CRS cut-off points for that draw.

The CRS cut-off varies from draw to draw, depending on the number of CRS points of applicants in the Express Entry pool and the number of skilled applicants wanted at the time. That is, if more people are needed, and/or the CRS points of applicants are generally low, expect the CRS cut-off to be low.

As can be seen from recent Express Entry draws, CRS points required for an ITA have ranged from an all-time low of 75 to 462 for the CEC program. While for the PNP program, it has ranged from 674 to 813.

Table 1: Summary of draws and CRS points requirement since 2021 till date (Feb. 22, 2022)

Year Program No. of draws Lowest CRS point Highest CRS point Average CRS point
2022 PNP 4 so far 674 808 735
2021 PNP 25 in total 682 813 738
CEC 17 in total 75 462 387

 

Table 2: Draws and CRS requirement since Jan 2021

Draw No. Date of Draw Program CRS cut-off No. of ITAs issued
#216 Feb 16, 2022 PNP 710 1,082
#215 Feb 2, 2022 PNP 674 1,070
#214 Jan 19, 2022 PNP 745 1,036
#213 Jan 5, 2022 PNP 808 392
#212 Dec 22, 2021 PNP 720 746
#211 Dec 10, 2021 PNP 698 1,032
#210 Nov 24, 2021 PNP 737 613
#209 Nov 10, 2021 PNP 685 775
#208 Oct 27, 2021 PNP 744 888
#207 Oct 13, 2021 PNP 720 681
#206 Sept 29, 2021 PNP 742 761
#205 Sept 15, 2021 PNP 732 521
#204 Sept 14, 2021 CEC 462 2,000
#203 Sept 1, 2021 PNP 764 635
#202 Aug 19, 2021 CEC 403 3,000
#201 Aug 18, 2021 PNP 751 463
#200 Aug 5, 2021 CEC 404 3,000
#199 Aug 4, 2021 PNP 760 512
#198 Jul 22, 2021 CEC 357 4500
#197 Jul 21, 2021 PNP 734 462
#196 Jul 8, 2021 CEC 369 4500
#195 Jul 7, 2021 PNP 760 627
#194 Jun 24, 2021 CEC 357 6000
#193 Jun 23, 2021 PNP 742 1002
#192 Jun 10, 2021 CEC 368 6000
#191 Jun 9, 2021 PNP 711 940
#190 May 31, 2021 CEC 380 5956
#189 May 26, 2021 PNP 731 500
#188 May 20, 2021 CEC 397 1842
#187 May 13, 2021 CEC 401 4147
#186 May 12, 2021 PNP 752 557
#185 Apr 29, 2021 CEC 400 6000
#184 Apr 28, 2021 PNP 717 381
#183 Apr 16, 2021 CEC 417 6000
#182 Apr 14, 2021 PNP 753 266
#181 Apr 1, 2021 CEC 432 5000
#180 Mar 31,2021 PNP 778 284
#179 Mar 18. 2021 CEC 449 5000
#178 Mar 17, 2021 PNP 682 183
#177 Mar 08, 2021 PNP 739 671
#176 Feb 13, 2021 CEC 75 27,332
#175 Feb 10, 2021 PNP 720 654
#174 Jan 21, 2021 CEC 434 4626
#173 Jan 20, 2021 PNP 741 374
#172 Jan 7, 2021 CEC 461 4,750
#171 Jan 6, 2021 PNP 813 250

 

CRS Score FAQs

Why are the CRS cut-off for the PNP programs very high?

The PNP program is one way that the Canadian government allows applicants to boost their CS scores. Provincial nomination gets you additional 600 points.

So, if you have a low CRS score of 200 (which is highly unlikely to get you an ITA), using the provincial nomination program will give you additional 600 points. This takes your points tally to a very handsome 800 (which all but guarantees you an ITA).

Because of the big points-boost that the provincial nominations give, the CRS cut-off for the PNP program is usually significantly higher than those of other programs.

What is a good CRS score for Canada Express Entry

Since the CRS cut-off for the PNP program is usually higher than those of other programs, what makes a good CRS score depends on the program you are applying for.

That said, we’ll define a good CRS score as one that’ll get you an ITA at least 80% of the time.

Looking at the draws from the beginning of 2021 till date, a good Canada Express Entry CRS score is 450; but if using provincial nomination, a good CRS score is 760.

17 non-PNP draws that have been done since the beginning of 2021, and only two times (#204 and #172) have the CRS cut-off been more than 450. So, a CRS score of 450 will have been good enough to get you an ITA 88% of the time.

Also, 29 PNP draws have been made since 2021, and only four times (#213, #203, #180, and #171) have the CRS cut-off been more than 760. So, a score of 760 will have been good enough to get you an ITA 86% of the time.

What is the lowest CRS cut-off score ever recorded?

The lowest ever recorded CRS cut-off score was 75. This came from the draw of February 13, 2021, which saw 27,332 CEC applicants given ITAs. Before that draw, the lowest CRS cut-off point ever was 199 points, which came from the May 16, 2017 draw.

However, these draws should be taken as an anomaly. A CRS point of 0 – 300 is not likely to be enough for an ITA anytime soon.

This is because, according to the IRCC CRS score distribution of candidates (as of writing), there are 198,061 candidates in the pool, and only 5,736 of these have scores in the range of 0 – 300. So, for any CRS score less than 300 to fetch an ITA now, Canada will be inviting over 192,325 candidates to apply for permanent residency. That is highly unlikely.

Final Thoughts

The Canada Express Entry CRS cut-off requirement varies from draw to draw. However, looking at draws in recent times, a good CRS score is 450. But when using provincial nomination, a good CRS score is 760.

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How Much Is Canada Express Entry Fee

Canada Express Entry is used to manage immigration applications for skilled workers. Each year, about 11,000 skilled workers who are immigrants get permanent residency in Canada through the Canada Express Entry.

If Canada is your dream country, where you’ll want to move to and start a new life. The fastest route to realize that dream may well be getting permanent residency through this system

In this article, we’ll tell you how much Canada Express Entry costs as well as the different elements that make up the cost. By the end of this article, you’ll have the information that’ll help you to make plans to begin a new life in your dream country. Let’s get started!

Cost of Canada Express Entry

Immigrating to Canada through Express Entry will cost you $2,300 (CAD) if you are a single applicant, $4,600 if you are applying as a couple, and $5,465 if you are applying as a couple with one dependent child.

What makes up the cost of Canada Express Entry?

The cost elements of the Canada Express Entry are:

  • Application Processing fee
  • Right of Permanent Residence fee
  • Biometric fee
  • Educational Credential Assessment fee
  • Language test fees
  • Medical fees
  • Miscellaneous fees

Application Processing Fee

This is the fee you pay to the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) so that they’ll process your application. You will be refunded this fee if your application is not complete, but there’ll be no refunds once your application is already being processed.

The application processing fee is $825 per person. But for dependent children, it is $225 per child.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)

This is the second of the three fees that you’ll pay to the IRCC. The RPRF is a fee that you must pay before you can become a permanent resident.

Interestingly, this means that if you withdraw your application or your application is refused, Immigration Canada will refund you the RPRF.

The Right of Permanent Residence Fee is $500 per person. But this fee does not apply to dependent children.

Biometrics

The third fee that you pay directly to the IRCC is the biometrics fee. This is to cover:

  • Collecting fingerprints and a digital photo
  • Moving your documents between where you gave the biometrics and the visa office

The biometrics fee is $85 per person. But for a family (2 or more people) applying at the same time and place, it is $170.

Educational Credential Assessment

One of the requirements of Express Entry is having completed a diploma, degree, or trade or apprenticeship credential. If your credential was obtained outside Canada, then you’ll have to have it assessed to determine that it is equal to a completed certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian institution.

There are particular organizations designated by Immigration Canada to provide “educational credential assessment”. As you’ll expect, they charge service fees. On average, the educational credential assessment fee is $200.

Language Test

Another requirement of Express Canada is proficiency in English or French. So, you must take and get a certain minimum score in English or French language tests approved by Immigration Canada. Taking the language test costs $300.

Medical Fee

You are also required to complete an immigration medical exam (IME) as part of your Express Entry application. This is because permanent residency is not given to persons whose health:

  • will be a danger to the health or safety of Canadians
  • will cause too much demand on the health/social services in Canada

The cost of the medical exam can vary, but on average it’s about $300.

Miscellaneous

This covers a variety of small costs that appear as you pursue your Canada permanent residency through Express Entry. These will include such fees as:

  • Courier
  • Notary fee
  • Cost of translating document
  • Cost of police clearance certificates

Miscellaneous fees vary widely depending on the country, but a good estimate will be $140 per person.

Canada Express Entry Fee breakdown table

Below is a summary of the different elements that make up the Canada Express Entry fee.

It shows in detail how your Canada Express Entry fee is computed if you are applying as:

  • A single adult
  • A couple with no dependent child (that is, two adults)
  • A couple with one dependent child (that is, two adults and a child)

Note that all costs are stated in Canadian dollars (CAD).

Single Couple Couple + one child
Application Processing Fee $825 $1,650 $1,875
Right of Permanent Residence fee $500 $1,000 $1,000
Biometrics $85 $170 $170
Educational Credential Assessment $200 $400 $400
Language test fee $300 $600 $600
Medical Fee $250 $500 $900
Miscellaneous $140 $280 $420
Total $2,300 $4,600 $5,365

 

Other Costs to Consider When Applying for Canada Express Entry

Two other cost elements that you need to consider when applying for Canada Express Entry are:

  • Provincial Nomination
  • Proof of Settlement Funds

Provincial Nomination

The Canada Express Entry fee calculated above assumes that you do not go through a provincial nomination. However, there are various reasons why you may want to use a provincial nomination.

Submitting your profile for Express Entry does not mean you’ll receive an ITA (invitation to apply). Strong candidates with very high CRS points will be selected over candidates simply meeting minimum requirements.

A provincial nomination will give you an additional 600 points. This’ll boost your profile, and turn you into the golden fish in the pool.

However, using the provincial nominee program comes at a cost. This ranges from $250 to $1,500, depending on the province you choose.

Disclaimer: All prices listed in the table below are gathered from sources and are subject to change.

Provincial Nominee Program Application Fee
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) $1,500-$2,000
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) $1,150
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) $500
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) $500
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) $350
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEIPNP) $300
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) $250
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) $250

 

Canada Proof of Fund

As part of your Express Entry application, you need to show “proof of funds”. This means that you need to show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family.

The only exceptions are:

  • Your application is under the Canada Experience class
  • You already have a valid job offer in Canada, and you are authorized to work in the country

Technically, this is not a fee because you’re not paying out the money to anyone. However, the funds must be readily available to you. How much money you’ll need to make available for Canada “proof of funds” depends on the size of your family as follows:

Number of family members Funds required (CAD)
1 $13,213
2 $16,449
3 $20,222
4 $24,553
5 $27,847
6 $31,407
7 $34,967
For each additional family member $3,560

Final Thoughts

Immigrating to Canada via Express Entry is not cost-prohibitive. If you apply smartly, you can boost your CRS points and be a strong candidate in the pool. That way, you’ll not need a provincial nomination which jacks up Express Entry fees. You’ll need just about $2,300 to make your Canadian dream come true.

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How Much Does LMIA Cost?

LMIA is an acronym for Labour Market Impact Assessment, which was formerly referred to as an LMO, labour market opinion. It is a document that an employer in Canada needs before being able to hire a foreign worker.

A positive LMIA from the Service Canada (ESDC – Employment and Social Development Canada) is called a confirmation letter.  It is possible for a company to hire without a LMIA but one is usually required. Here, we will look at the processes in which you can hire foreign workers without or with a LMIA, the requirements for getting one, the cost, and time it takes.

Cost of an LMIA Application

The cost to process a LMIA has increased in recent years and now the application fee is $1,000. This is an increase from $275 from the old LMO cost and also the fee needs to be paid for each worker that is required.

Hiring without an LMIA

If you are unable to obtain an LMIA or would like to know a process of hiring workers for the short term without an LMIA, then you can apply for the International Mobility Program. This program helps you to hire certain foreign workers, without getting an LMIA. This program does have its stipulations, which requires you to pay an employer compliance fee and to put in the employment offer, to the employee, through the IRCC Employer Portal.

Hiring if you need an LMIA

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program allows you to hire a foreign worker temporarily to overcome the labour and skill shortage. Service Canada will issue you an LMIA if you meet the program’s requirements and undergo an interview with a program officer, and you will need to give a copy of the confirmation letter to each of your temporary foreign workers and ask all of them to apply for a work permit.

Requirements for an LMIA

LMIA shows that the company has a position that cannot be filled by a Canadian candidate. There needs to be proof that the company advertised and tried to hire in the local market, but with no person fitting the job description or a lack of labour force for that position, the company had to look for a person abroad.

The company will have to send the ESDC proof that the job was advertised in the ‘Canada Job Bank’ website for at least four weeks before submitting the application.

Employers applying for an LMIA also have to demonstrate at least two other different methods they used to recruit people for the position, and, in certain cases, evidence will be required that they pursued underrepresented groups of Canadians. The job position should require the language to be only English and French for it to be applicable.

Employers can also be inspected at a later date to assess their compliance after a work permit has been issued. The LMIA application is only applicable for the employee for that region, company, and position. An employee cannot change companies or move locations with the same LMIA.

Categories of Application

The LMIA is divided into two categories depending on the wage of the employee, which are classed as high wage workers and low wage workers. The category in which a prospective worker falls under depends on whether the remuneration for the particular job is below, equal, or above the territorial median wage. If it is equal or above, then the company needs to apply for a high-wage workers LMIA. If it is below the median, then the company will be looking at applying to hire a low-wage worker.

Hiring High Wage Workers

Usually, when a company wants to hire a high-wage worker then they need to submit a transition plan to get a positive LMIA. This plan exists to make sure that the employer plans to decrease their dependency and reliance on foreign labour in favour of Canadians.

This plan includes a form that needs to be submitted with the LMIA application. It asks the employers to provide three distinct actions the company will take to recruit, train or manage Canadians for their job positions, specifically to look at ways of hiring underrepresented groups, like new immigrants, indigenous people, disabled, etc. Alternatively, they could require the company to highlight one major action they will take to help facilitate their foreign worker to get a permanent residence.

Low-Wage Workers

Canadian employers who want to hire a low-wage worker do not need to submit a transition plan with their application for a LMIA. They are however subject to other regulations that are not applicable for high-wage workers.

If a company hires low-wage workers, then there Is a limit to the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers that a company can hire. Canadian employers who have more than 10 employees are not allowed to hire more than 10% of their current workforce from abroad. This limit decreases as the years pass so that the company can move from hiring a foreign workforce and move towards hiring a Canadian workforce for the positions in their company.

Time Taken For A LMIA Application

The time taken to process an LMIA can vary depending on the job, industry and the location that the application is destined for. It can take from a few weeks to even a few months. The ESDC has recently vowed to process specific LMIA applications within 10 business days. These applications include:

  • LMIA applications for skilled trades, which are the occupations in highest demand
  • Top 10% occupations, which are the highest-paid positions in the country
  • Applications for short work permits, which normally lasts 120 days or less

A LMIA is only taken by a company that feels that there is no other recourse for them but to hire someone from outside the country. It is not an easy process and there are difficulties, but it is a very stringent method to make sure that the companies prioritise looking within their own borders to fill the position. It does this while also providing avenues for companies to hire from abroad if they don’t find a suitable candidate within the country.

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How to Find a Job in Canada

Canada is the most peaceful nation outside Oceania and Europe and the world’s tenth-most peaceful country. It’s also one of the world’s most welcoming countries. Remember, every home that welcomes visitors is more blessed than a closed-door home. Canada is known for its welcoming generosity to people who want to immigrate for various valid reasons. Annually, our government allows over 400,000 foreigners to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents to fulfill their dreams and enjoy freedom.

But how difficult or easy is it to find a job in Canada? How do you find a dream job in Canada without taking shortcuts that soon backfire as deadly short-circuits? Keep reading to answer these fundamental questions and learn how we can help you immigrate to Canada legally.

What Does a Canadian Job Mean?

Canada provides hundreds of thousands of immigrants with job opportunities. Some immigrate to Canada as refugees who later on join the labour force. Others relocate to Canada, seeking greener pastures and career advancement opportunities.

These two immigrant groups can secure permanent residency by following the laid-down procedures. So, getting a job in Canada the right way is a sure pathway to obtaining permanent residence. Here are quick facts about immigration before examining how to secure your Canadian dream job.

  • The Canadian government allows a given number of permanent residents based on its annual Immigration Levels Plan. This Levels Plan is tabled in Parliament yearly.
  • In 2019, Canada welcomed over 341,000 permanent residents and admitted over 184,500 others in 2020. In 2021 Canada welcomed 401,000 new permanent residents (https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/12/canada-welcomes-the-most-immigrants-in-a-single-year-in-its-history.html)
  • Immigrants constitute almost 100% of Canada’s labor force growth. They also account for approximately 75% of its population growth, predominantly in the economic category.
  • By 2036, immigration will account for up to 30% of Canada’s population, up from 20.7% in 2011.
  • Immigrants address labor shortages in primary sectors like healthcare. They comprise 37% of pharmacists, 36% of physicians, 39% of dentists, 23% of registered nurses, and 35% of nurse aides and other related professions.

Options for Your Permanent Residency Strategy

Becoming a permanent Canadian resident is easier and safer if you do it legally. The law provides you with different avenues, work and study being top ones. This section examines how you can use your career or education pursuit to become a permanent resident.

Work

Since most people seeking permanent Canadian residency and citizenship use work, we shall focus on this avenue more. Here are some tips to help you secure a job in Canada.

  • Target your search

You need to laser-focus your job search to succeed in your goal. Thus, know which job you want to get and where it is. Narrow your search to job opportunities that suit your core competencies, dreams, goals, skills, experience, and strengths.

Additionally, focus your search on the region or province with the greatest number of vacancies. For instance, if you want an ICT job, focus near large cities like Vancouver or Montreal. Below are free and helpful official state resources to help you search for your dream job.

  • The Government of Canada Job Bank: This is an official Canadian job listing website.
  • Immigration Resources: The Canadian Government has every necessary immigration resource to accelerate your search on a single page to get your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and assess your qualifications.
  • Head-hunters, recruitment agencies and licensed immigration consultants like Green Light Canada Immigration can refer you to the Canadian employers they work for.

You may also jumpstart your job search using reputable online job boards like Workopolis, Monster, Indeed, and Eco Canada.

  • Brush up your resume

Now you know where your dream jobs are. It’s time to polish your resume to secure prime interviews with potential employers. Please note that Canada has a traditional way of formatting resumes. Canadian employers prefer reading your highlighted work experience to long job lists.

It would also be better to tailor your resume to meet specific job requirements. If necessary, follow up your resume with a cover letter to consolidate your application and make your resume outstanding.

Find a Job in Canada

  • Perfect your interview skills

Have you applied for your dream job? Are you ready to open your next career frontier? Then preparing for it is a must-have step. Perfecting your interviewing skills prepares you for your next job.

A successful interview requires effective communication skills and professional body language. Your dressing code should also match your desired job type because people will address you the way you dress. Also, apply the same principles to online interviews.

Take time to think about the soon-coming conversation and figure out how to answer questions. Always focus on the conversations because recruiters easily detect disconnected interviewees. Overall, don’t wear yourself out seeking 100% perfection because most employers seek employees willing to learn and grow. So, just focus on presenting yourself as the perfect “raw material” for greatness by showing the right attitude.

  • Get accreditation 

Getting accreditation boosts your chances of securing your ideal Canadian job. Get certification for your past work, education, and papers. This certification ensures your job experience and education match Canadian academic and professional standards.

You can follow these steps to accredit your credentials and experience in Canada. All papers must be French or English. Otherwise, translate them before submission.

  • Up your networking game

Landing your dream job isn’t a solo cheetah hunt but a networked lion pride hunt. You need other people’s input to secure your Canadian job opportunity because networking enhances your chances.

Leverage a professional social platform like LinkedIn to move closer to your desired job. LinkedIn has many recruiters seeking qualified candidates. Go ahead and draft a stellar profile to attract potential employers within your professional field.

Connect to these prospective employers and engage them on the platform without sounding pushy and desperate. Don’t forget to attend online networking events in your chosen city and career field to boost your network.

  • Accept help

Just like networking, don’t pursue your immigration dream alone. Instead, accept help from well-meaning people. Many people are willing to help you with professional guidance.

For instance, some can offer you pre or post-arrival services like employment mentorship to prepare you for your stay in Canada. These services help you plan for your immigration to Canada early enough to avoid unnecessary shocks on your arrival.

A firm like Green Light Immigration is an excellent model that offers a full range of immigration services. The company has top Canada immigration consultants leading this preparation stage to make your Canadian immigration more meaningful. You enjoy customized immigration solutions that connect you to academic and career opportunities when settling in Canada.

Studies

Education is another avenue you can use to settle permanently in Canada. Although this option isn’t better or cheaper than working, it’s still beneficial. Additionally, the Canadian Government allows you to work while studying. This option lets you help your spouse secure a work permit, work temporarily, or secure permanent Canadian residency after graduating.

Luckily, international students in Canada may work for up to 20 hours weekly or full-time during planned breaks, without work permits. You only need a study permit and full-time enrollment in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to work on or off-campus.

You can work directly for your college or essential service providers like gyms operating on your campus. This multitasking approach helps you support yourself financially, connect with new people, and build work experience.

Alternatively, you may focus on your studies full-time and work after your graduation in your career field. The law gives you different options for becoming a permanent Canadian resident. You can use the Come to Canada tool to explore available options.

Get the Green Light to Immigrate Today

Working and studying in Canada are two valuable pathways to secure permanent Canadian residency. You can use whatever suits you best to fulfill your dreams in Canada. So, which of these two options is cheaper and better you ask? Working is definitely the better option because you can use it to further your studies online.

That’s why we shared invaluable insights to help you secure your dream job as you settle in Canada. Go ahead and utilize them to boost your employment and live your Canadian dream.

Do you have obstacles standing in your way? Don’t worry because we can help you get a secure green light and settle in Canada legally without any fears. Our custom services prepare you for a prosperous future in Canada. Step forward and contact us today to help you realize your dream to immigrate to Canada.

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Canada’s Job Vacancies

While the coronavirus pandemic has left its mark on Canadian employment, the country’s job market has shown some promising signs of recovery. One of these signs is the recent jump in the overall number of job vacancies recorded in the third quarter of 2021.

However, not all sectors show the same amount of growth in their job openings. This leaves the overall unemployment records still lower than before the pandemic. Here is a general outlook on Canada’s current job vacancy stats.

Sectors With The Highest  Job Vacancy Rates

According to the latest statistical records, Canada had 912,600 job openings in the third quarter of 2021. This is a staggering 62.1 % increase compared to the same period back in 2019. Needless to say, due to the pandemic, labor demand has dwindled in some sectors but even considering this, the overall job vacancy rate has risen by 5.4%. When considering the state of the matter across the different provinces, Nova Scotia had a slightly smaller increase in vacancies. Whereas provinces such as Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec were hit with much higher unoccupied positions.

Although job vacancies have been on the rise in 18 of the 20 principal industrial sectors in the country, the issue has not affected all sectors the same way. In fact, around 60% of the empty positions were recorded in the disciplines where the unmet labor demand has continued to rise. These sectors are social and healthcare, the hospitality and food industry, retail, manufacturing, and construction.

Due to the increasing age of the local population, these jobs were in high demand for at least five consecutive years, but the recent events have only exaggerated the situation. On the other hand, in the sectors such as fishing, hunting, agriculture, rental, leasing, and real estate, the number of vacancies at the end of 2021 isn’t showing any incline compared with the same period of 2019.

Even prior to the pressure caused by the pandemic, the healthcare system has already been increasing its number of employees. Now, they have an even greater need for qualified workers, similarly to the retail, food services, and accommodation sectors which, after a temporary downsizing during the lockdown, now wish to resume operation with their regular number of employees. In healthcare or the food industry, employers are trying to fulfill the positions by increasing the average payroll, this is not the case in construction, where the wages saw very little change.

Factors That Affect Job Vacancy Rates

job vacancy rates

The two factors having the most significant impact on these numbers are declining unemployment rates and overall employment growth. As the Canadian economy does its best to bounce back from the staggering blow of the pandemic, this allows employers to open up new positions. Because many of the public health restrictions were also lifted, higher customer demand has become noticeable, further contributing to the latest vacancy rates.

Naturally, many other factors played a part in shaping the current state of the Canadian employment market. For example, in various sectors, the labor demand was unmet due to its significant increase, such was the case in the health sector. In other sectors, employees were forced to leave their positions due to the sudden changes in the skill profile that was required of them. Some decided to change their occupation and find something that was more suitable for their skill levels, while others have decided to upgrade their skills so they could find jobs with better wages.

Foreign seasonal workers and students could no longer fulfill their positions – nor can they find new ones as easily as they did before due to travel and other personal safety restrictions. Since these are typically low-wage jobs, they were ultimately left vacant for the better part of the last two years. In some sectors, the increased vacancies were due to shortages of specific skills or simply because of the geographical restrictions imposed by the new travel and safety guidelines within the country.

How Do The Wages Compare

It’s important to note that employment vacancies are more pronounced in disciplines where the average wages are on the lower side. Albeit this is not a new phenomenon, the average number of employees in these sectors has fallen by 2.7%, while the rate of vacancies in the same fields has risen by 2%, compared to the third quarter of 2019.

In comparison, the occupations with higher average wages saw a 9.4% decline in their share of vacancies between October 2019 and October 2021. There is also a drop of 6% in the unemployment rate in the last two months of 2021. This is partly because, in these sectors, the average rates have risen by 4.3% during the same two-year period.

The average wage in occupations with the highest raise in employment vacancies, such as construction, healthcare workers, restaurant workers and retail employees, has been raised by 9.7%. The hourly wages in the same sectors have already been increased by between 4.9 and 6.6 percent, depending on the profession.

It’s also true that in many of these sectors, employers are looking for more specific and advanced skill sets than they did before. In almost 90% of vacant positions, the candidates are expected to have active listening and critical thinking skills. The ability to solve complex problems without their supervisors’ intervention and social perceptiveness is also in demand in these sectors.

Final Thoughts

The record-high job vacancies cannot provide an ideal solution for unemployment in all sectors. Nevertheless, their statistics provide essential information about the disciplines that do need more workers. It also allows employers to channel their resources in a direction that will result in a higher employment rate.

Offering higher wages is one solution to increase occupational rates in these sectors, but it’s not the only one. Due to the ongoing pandemic, workers and students preparing to work in these fields demand more security and benefits. This also applies to the immigrants who, due to the new laws and safety regulations, can’t secure proper education or a permanent work position in Canada.

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Immigrant Wages in Canada

While the immigration rates have slightly slowed due to the worldwide pandemic, some countries are starting to welcome a surge of new immigrants into their workforce. Canada, for example, is promising many benefits for its new permanent residents in terms of wages, insurance, and much more.

This article discusses current immigrant wages in Canada and the factors that affect them. We’ll also offer a few tips on how newcomers can make the most of their situation in their new state of residence.

The Different Wage Profiles

Over the past couple of years, the profile of immigrants admitted to Canada has changed drastically. Before, a significant number of immigrants were either seasonal workers or arrivals with low educational profiles who needed additional experience to climb the corporate ladder. These days, immigrants fill in-demand positions, many of which are much higher paid than in other countries. In fact, some of them can grant higher salaries than the median wage for Canadians.

To better understand what this means, a distinction between the average wage and the median wage has to be made. The average wage represents the sum of all of a group divided by the number of its members. On the other hand, the median wage represents income that’s in the middle of the income ranges for a group. This provides a more thorough insight into the situation of this group. Since immigrants represent a minor group compared to the rest of the Canadian population, a detailed influx of information can give us a more representative image.

The Recent Movement of Canadian Immigrant Wages

Until 2019, Canada has been focusing on raising the number of admitted immigrants and integrating all newcomers into its workforce. This has been done through different tactics such as educational and work programs, which allowed foreigners to gain Canadian work experience in and outside of the country.

Through their pre-admission and experience, a record number of new arrivals were able to show proficiency in languages and deep knowledge of the Canadian job market. Armed with these skills, they were able to secure high-wage entry positions. In addition, many employers made favorable changes in their admission requirements, acknowledging foreign certificates. This was typically done in sectors locals showed a lack of interest for, creating a void that needed filling.

After the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, immigration came to a short standstill. Canada focused on securing the wages for those already living in the country, including the temporary residents. However, as the world has opened up again, the Canadian government has seen the opportunity to fill in vacant positions with a much-needed foreign workforce once again.

That said, the pandemic also brought on the need for new laws and regulations securing personal safety measures, which often limit the movements of the new immigrants. At the same time, they are provided with more favorable health insurance plans and higher entry-level wages than ever before. Healthcare, transportation, and production are just some of the most in-demand fields where these new rules were applied.

Factors That Affect Immigrant Wages in Canada

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Despite the favorable movements of the median entry wages, it’s important to note that not all immigrants will earn the same salaries even in the same positions. Here are some crucial factors that may affect the Canadian immigrant wages:

Country of origin: Studies show that those arriving from English-speaking and well-developed countries can secure jobs with much higher salaries than those coming from developing or poorly developed countries.

Pre-admission experience: Those arriving in Canada with previous work experience will have salaries that can be even higher than the median wage for permanent residents.

Education level: Apart from the required proficiency in English, a new arrival showing aptitude in French or any other major language group may also have a chance to acquire higher entry wages.

Age: Younger immigrants are much more likely to pursue higher education and work experience prior to their arrival to Canada, which helps them secure better-paying jobs.

Previous stay in the country: Most people who obtained a lucrative position after immigrating to Canada have already stayed in a country beforehand for education or seasonal work.

Willingness to commit: Immigrants with pre-admission experience willing to remain in their providence of admission are seen as more trustworthy and will climb the corporate ladder faster.

Country regulations: The coronavirus pandemic has brought the need for new laws that limit the possibility of looking for other jobs, encouraging many to pursue professional development.

Category of admission: Immigrants entering a country with a short-term work visa (such as seasonal workers) will have lower wages than those granted with even a temporary residency.

How Immigrants Can Raise Their Wages

After close observation, it becomes obvious that to obtain better-paying jobs, the new residents will need to arm themselves with knowledge and experience in the field of admission. While education in the relevant field is appreciated, this alone won’t qualify anyone for a higher salary.

For those wanting to earn a better than average wage, it’s a good idea to enter into a Canadian economic program organized in the home country. By combining their proof of education with their newly acquired skills, they will be much more likely to secure a permanent job in their providence of admission.

Doing thorough research and study of the job market can help foreigners prepare for landing a higher-wage entry position in Canada. There is a wide variety of in-demand positions that offer higher pay and more security through health insurance and other policies. For some, securing these benefits can be even more valuable than the amount of the wage itself.

Conclusion

While immigrant wages in Canada are still below the sums earned by the local residents, they are showing a steady increase. The pandemic had some negative effects on immigration to Canada but it only reinforced the stability of newcomers’ earnings.

The lack of interest shoved by permanent residents in some fields also contributes to the climb of Canadian immigrant wages. The country has established several economical programs, allowing foreigners to gain Canadian work experience before arriving into their province of admission.

Independently of their immigration status, the more extensive skill set someone possesses, the higher their salary will be. It is now a great time for anyone to find work in Canada, especially for highly skilled workers.