Canada’s Economic Recovery Continues to Strengthen Immigration

Canada employment August 2020

The August Labour Force Survey is out and Canada saw an addition of over 246,000 new jobs last month. It meant that employment in Canada saw a steady increase in employment levels despite the economic shutdown following the imposed travel restrictions

The unemployment rate in Canada stood at 10.2% in the month of August. It is around 7 points lower than the previous month. Employment in the month of August also favoured more women as a total of 150,000 women got placement in the month. Even men enjoyed a healthy rise of nearly 96,000 new jobs during the same month. 

Province-wise rise in employment

Ontario being the most populous province in Canada added the largest number of jobs. With 142,000 new jobs in August, the province regained 93.6% employment of its pre-pandemic levels. British Columbia reported the highest increase in jobs among the western provinces. It reached 94.1% of the pre-pandemic levels. Followed by Nova Scotia in the Atlantic region with an addition of 7,200 jobs. 

Province New jobs Employment level to its pre-pandemic Unemployment Levels
Ontario 142,000 93.6% 10.6%
Quebec 54,000 95.7% 8.7%
British Columbia 15,000 94.1% 10.7%
Nova Scotia 7,200 94% 10.3%

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Express Entry inches closer to the 70,000 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 Skills 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 162th Express Entry draw required the candidates to have a qualifying CRS score of 475 for receiving an ITAs. 

The exuberant draw size and the increasing number of ITAs issued already pushed the total tally to 69,950 mark 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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