March 8, 2016
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, announced that Canada will be accepting more immigrants in 2016. The goal is to welcome up to 305,000 immigrants in 2016, with an emphasis on resettlement of refugees, and reunification of Canadian citizens or permanent residents with their family members currently living abroad.
Some of the changes include giving additional points to applicants who have siblings residing in Canada under the Express Entry system, and increasing age of dependent children from 19 to 22 years old. There are also plans to make positive changes in the Caregivers program, such as eliminating the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee, and making the hiring process easier for employers and safer for caregivers.
Moreover, the government plans to reduce barriers to entry for international students, thus maximizing their contribution to Canadian society. Improvements will also be made in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, specifically aiming at increasing transparency and integrity of this program. Building happy families and promoting economic growth has always been important in Canada. Do not wait, start your immigration process today!