Employment Rate Among Immigrants in Canada Continue to Increase: September month survey

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The September Labour Force Survey is out and Canada saw a rapid rise in employment rate among immigrants in Canada. The overall employment rate rose by 2.1% in September which is higher than the jump of 1.4% in August month

Thus, the employment rate in Canada now is 3.7% of its pre-coronavirus levels, i.e. 720,000 jobs. This means bigger gains for immigrants in Canada despite the economic shutdown following the imposed travel restrictions. The additional focus given to family immigration will further attract more foreign talent to immigrate to Canada. 

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Source: Statistics Canada

The unemployment rate in Canada stood at 9.0% in the month of August. It is encouraging for aspiring immigrants to know that the rate has been declining for consecutive four months. 


Province-wise rise in employment

Ontario being the most populous province in Canada added the largest number of jobs. With 168,000 new jobs in September, the province regained nearly 95% or more employment of its pre-pandemic levels. Among the western provinces was British Columbia that reported the highest increase in jobs. It reached over 95% of the pre-pandemic levels. It was not an encouraging month for Atlantic provinces as Prince Edward and New Brunswick showed decline in employment gains whereas Nova Scotia showed some rise in employment levels. 

Province New jobs Unemployment Levels
Ontario 168,000 9.5%
Quebec 77,000 7.4%
Montreal CMA 57,000 N/A
British Columbia 55,000 8.4%
Vancouver CMA 35,000 N/A
Alberta 38,000 11.7%
Manitoba 15,000 7.0%
Nova Scotia 12,000 7.9%

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The employment rate of very recent immigrants, who had moved to Canada less than five years ago, was little changed at 63% in September. 

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Express Entry inches closer to the 80,000 landmark

The vast majority of the employment gains were in full-time positions with solid growth in services sectors. This is expected to benefit recent immigrants in Canada. This also opens up a lot of opportunities for foreign skilled workers, who wish to move to the country permanently for a better career.

Since its inception in 2015, the Express Entry system has been the preferred pathway to obtain Canada PR for several economic-class including foreign skilled, semi-skilled workers, and international graduates. A registered profile in the Express Entry pool is utilized for consideration among three federal immigration programs- the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP). 

These profiles are evaluated based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), thereby upholding the merit-based immigration system. 

A CRS score is dependent on human capital factors like age, education, work experience, and proficiency in English or French. Your spouses’ adaptability skills may secure some points towards your overall CRS score. Candidates without a job offer can also register themselves in the Express Entry system.

In addition, a dedicated stream from any Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) may make use of registered candidates to issue them a provincial nomination. Such a nomination will fetch an additional 600 CRS points and thereby guarantee an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the subsequent Express Entry draw. 

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the largest nomination draw with a draw size of 4200 ITAs for Canada PR. The 164th Express Entry draw required the candidates to have a qualifying CRS score of 471 for receiving an ITAs. 

The exuberant draw size and the increasing number of ITAs issued already pushed the total tally to 78,350 in 2020. This is only to reveal the popularity of the Express Entry pathway for several foriegn skilled workers without a job offer or Canadian experience to seek permanent residence in Canada. 


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