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Ontario PNP Offers Nine Nomination Streams To Improve Chances Of Immigrating To Canada

Ontario posts an incredible immigrant retention rate of over 93%. A large number of immigrants prefer Ontario due to its open economic opportunities, and well-established immigrant communities. In fact, Ontario welcomed about 49% of all Canadian permanent residents or about 198,000 profiles in 2021. And the good news is that the Ontario PNP is on track to issue nearly 9,000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in 2022.


Qualifying for Canada Permanent Residency via PNP

Canada allows its provinces and territories to run their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which attracts immigrants with specific skills and experience to support local labor force needs.

Such nominated candidates are qualified to apply for Canada permanent residency by virtue of gaining Canadian experience. Now they can settle in any part of the country, even outside the province that nominated them.

Immigration Categories Under Ontario PNP

Ontario invites eligible candidates under four immigration categories and within most categories are sub-streams.

  • Human Capital Priority Steams
  • Master and Ph.D. Categories
  • Employer Job Offer Category
  • Entrepreneur Category

Those who wish to qualify for Canada permanent residency through provincial nominations have nine pathways to choose from under Ontario PNP.

Express Entry Categories

Ever since the introduction of the Express Entry system in 2015, all provincial nominee programs have at least one stream that nominates candidates directly from its federal pool of foreign skilled talent.

  • Human Capital Priority Streams: Those who are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC), are also eligible for a provincial nomination in Ontario.
  • French Speaking Skilled Worker Class: For those who are highly skilled in both official languages- English and French, Ontario PNP will favor them for provincial nominations. This stream is identical to FSWP but with a mandatory Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in French and a 6 in English.
  • Skilled Trades Stream: Candidates who are eligible for Express Entry under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are eligible for provincial nomination through the Skilled Trades stream. This means candidates must have a minimum of one year’s work experience within their trade, and it must fall into National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73, or 82.

Master and Ph.D. Categories

There are exclusive immigration programs designed for master’s students and Ph.D. students who graduate from Ontario universities and plan to stay in the province.

  • The Masters Graduate stream requires at least one year of study at an eligible Ontario university and graduation from the program.
  • The Ph.D. Students stream must complete at least two years of their Ph.D. in Ontario.

In order to qualify under both streams, candidates must have lived in Ontario for at least one year over the past two years.

Employer Job Offer Category

This category is for those aspirants with a job offer from a local employer in Ontario.

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream: Foreign workers who are abroad and have a job offer from an Ontario employer may qualify under this stream. The job must fall under NOC codes 0, A, or B and you must be able to demonstrate an appropriate license (where needed) or a cumulation of two years’ work experience in the same occupation.
  • Employer Job Offer: International Graduates: Candidates who are graduating from colleges or universities in foreign countries and have received job offers from an employer in Ontario may apply.
  • Employer Job Offer: In-demand occupations: Skilled workers either in Canada or abroad with experience that falls under NOC C or D may apply.

Entrepreneur Category

The Ontario PNP also invites foreigners to start their own businesses in the province and contribute to the economy.

Candidates for this category must also submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI). If they are invited to apply, they are required to attend a mandatory interview and sign a performance agreement.

Initially, they will be issued a temporary work permit to move to Canada and implement their proposed business plan in the next 20 months. Upon final review, they are eligible for Canada permanent residency.

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Brief Analysis Of Comprehensive Ranking System Under Express Entry For Canada PR

Anyone who is planning their immigration to Canada will across the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It is a system for profile assessment and ranking under the Express Entry system for Canada PR.

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Canada started using CRS to assess Express Entry profiles in 2015.

The Express Entry CRS is a detailed and evidence-based approach designed to identify immigrants who have the best chance of succeeding in the Canadian labor market.

It is done by awarding points to all the registered Express Entry profiles based on core human capital criteria such as age, education, language skills, and work experience. Candidates are then ranked against each other based on their CRS scores.

What is the Comprehensive Ranking System?

Canada has its unique Comprehensive Ranking System for evaluating the federal Express Entry candidates for immigration under federal immigration programs as well as Express entry linked provincial nominee programs.

Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool and they are awarded points based on factors including age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English or French.

The highest-ranked candidates are regularly issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence (PR) through regular draws from the Express Entry pool. As Canada gears up to resume all-program Express Entry draws, the Express Entry applications for Canada PR will be processed within six months.

How to Improve Express Entry CRS score?

The biggest advantage of the federal Express Entry system for candidates is the fact that the candidates can improve their Comprehensive Ranking System score anytime. This may result in an increased probability of getting an invitation to apply to Canada PR.

Areas to improve the Express Entry CRS score include:

  • Improving proficiency in a language – English or French
  • Documenting their education and work experience correctly
  • Stay updated with active provincial nominee programs
  • Obtain a Canadian job or any other new credentials
  • Any candidate can boost a CRS score by proving they have completed secondary or post-secondary education in Canada.

Additionally, all candidates in the Express Entry pool who want to be assessed for their foreign education and/or that of their spouse or common-law partner under the Comprehensive Ranking System will need to get an Education Credential Assessment (ECA).

An ECA is used to determine the Canadian equivalent of an education degree obtained outside Canada. It is not required in order to enter the Express Entry pool as a Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class candidate. However, under the Federal Skilled Worker Class, you will need an ECA.

How are Points Awarded Under the Comprehensive Ranking System?

A candidate may be eligible to get up to 1200 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. There are four factors under which you can gain CRS points:

  • Core/Human Captial (age, skilled work experience in Canada, education, and language)
  • Spouse or common-law partner (education, language, work experience)
  • Skill Transferability (combinations of language, education, and work experience)
  • Additional factors (Provincial nomination, sibling in Canada, proficiency in English and French)
  1. Core/human capital

Core/human capital factors can add up to a maximum of 500 points with language the highest number of points at 150 for a single applicant, followed by education at 140, age at 100, and Canadian work experience at 70 points.

  • Age:
  • Maximum points are awarded to those in the prime of their working life.
  • Candidates in their 20s score 100 points. Points progressively decline beginning from age 30, until it reaches 0 points for those aged 45 and older.
  • Work experience in Canada:
  • All Express Entry programs require a minimum amount of skilled work experience in an occupation that falls under skill levels 0, A, or B of Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC) system.
  • The CRS awards additional points to those with Canadian experience.
  • A single candidate with more than five years of Canadian work experience can score up to 80 points, while the minimum requirement of one year is 40.
  • Education:
  • More years of education will result in more points.
  • If a candidate with a bachelor’s degree or a three or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or another institute can score up to 120 points.
  • Longer programs, such as a PhD, will score 150 while candidates who have only completed secondary school will receive 30 points.
  • Spouse or common-law partner

If you are planning to immigrate with a spouse or common-law partner, you should have them estimate their CRS score using a Comprehensive Ranking System calculator.

To account for your partner, the CRS reduces the number of points the Principal Applicant (PA) can get for various factors by a total of 40 points. However, at the same time, the CRS also allows the PA to earn up to 40 points through their partner’s profile.

If they have a higher score than you, it may be a good idea to have them apply as the principal applicant to maximize your overall CRS score.

  • Skill Transferability

The CRS also ranks based on skill transferability factors. Candidates can get an additional 100 Express Entry CRS points if they can show a combination of work experience and education both inside and outside of Canada, or a combination of post-secondary education and a high CLB score.

  • Additional factors

For example, a candidate who has a sibling in Canada will score higher, as well as a candidate who has a minimum CLB score of seven in both English and French.

Another example can be that the highest number of additional points comes from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Candidates who receive a notification of interest from a province can apply for nomination to immigrate to a specific province. If they are successful in their provincial nomination, 600 CRS points get added to their Express Entry profile, which is higher than most candidates’ scores and is likely to result in an invitation to apply for permanent residency from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

For instance, in the latest Express Entry draws, 932 provincial nominees received invitations to apply for Canada PR. The automatic addition of 600 points to their base human capital score meant candidates effectively required only 196 Express Entry CRS points to qualify.

While getting assessed under the Comprehensive Ranking Score is the easiest way to qualify for Canada PR, you are free to pursue other Canadian permanent residence pathways at the same time.

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Canadian Immigration via Provincial Nominee Program: Understanding Base vs Enhanced PNP

Canadian immigration via Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has shown tremendous success in recent years. In fact, Canada has been focusing only on candidates with a prior provincial nomination to apply for Canadian permanent residency since the pandemic.


PNP will become Canada’s leading economic class pathway in 2022 and 2023, accounting for over 80,000 new immigrants each year. This blog will discuss the basics of applying for Canadian immigration via Provincial Nominee Program.

Is Canadian Immigration Through Provincial Nominee Program the Right Path for You?

Canadian immigration means applying for permanent residency. Canadian provinces and territories are allowed to nominate applicants based on their local economic demands and the individual’s skills in establishing themselves within the province.

Receiving a provincial nomination acts as an eligibility certificate for temporary residence status in a particular province. Further, the doors to qualify for Canadian permanent residency open along with it.

Interested candidates can qualify for consideration through two streams: they can apply directly to a province through a base stream or get an enhanced nomination through the federal Express Entry system.

Base PNP

  • Candidates can apply directly to a province for consideration.
  • There are over 80 PNP streams throughout Canada and it is up to the candidate to self-evaluate which program is the best fit.
  • Alternatively, you can contact our expert consultants to help you suggest suitable streams based on your work and academic profile.

Once a province receives the application, it will review it to decide whether to grant a candidate a provincial nomination. The current average processing time for base PNP streams of 27 months.

Enhanced PNP

  • Enhanced nominations are the most preferred option to apply for Canadian immigration via the provincial nominee program.
  • It requires interested candidates to create an Express Entry profile on the federal government’s website.
  • Dedicated provincial streams under PNPs have direct access to the federal pool to review and nominate desirable candidates.

If a candidate is eligible for at least one of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the provincial governments will send them a notification of interest inviting the candidate to apply for provincial nomination.

How to Qualify for Canadian Permanent Residency with Provincial Nomination?

Once the candidates have received a provincial nomination, they can apply for Canadian permanent residency. For candidates with enhanced PNP, an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points are added to their Express Entry profile.

These additional points may effectively guarantee an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency from IRCC. The next step is to pass a medical exam and get a police check.

Once the candidate is approved by IRCC, they can complete their permanent residence landing in Canada.

For instance, in the latest Express Entry draws on June 08, 932 candidates with provincial nominations and a CRS score of 796 got ITAs for Canada PR.

Fees for Canadian Immigration via Provincial Nominee Program

The application fees for most PNPs range from $250 to $1,500, depending on the program. However, there are four jurisdictions that do not charge fees to apply for provincial nominations: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.

While the fees for applying through Express Entry with IRCC start at $1,365 CAD. This does not include the cost of biometrics, language tests, educational credential assessments, or spousal/dependent requirements.

Separate fees are to be paid to process your PNP application and then for IRCC to process your permanent residence application.

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The situation varies for each candidate and so are the circumstances of applying for or accepting provincial nominations. The best recommendation is to research thoroughly and then visit a certified Canadian immigration consultant. It will help make an informed choice on what works best for your situation, budget, and timeframe.

Monthly Review: Canada Immigration Nomination Draws in May 2022

In this edition of Canada immigration nomination draws, we are discussing nearly 1,400 invitations to apply for provincial nominations and another 1,134 ITAs for Canada permanent residency during the month of May 2022.


With Canada showing potential to improve immigrant outcomes in essential sectors, planning your skilled-based immigration to Canada should be your number one priority in current times.

Canada Permanent Residency Under Express Entry in May 2022

Last month, Canada Express Entry only invited registered candidates with successful provincial nominations to apply for permanent residence.

Express Entry Draws – May 2022
Draw Number Canada Immigration Nomination Draws  Qualifying CRS ITAs issued
#223 May 25 PNP-specific: 741 points 589
#222 May 11 PNP-specific: 753 points 545

Canada Express Entry is a long-drawn (maximum one-year validity) two-step process.

All registered profiles are assessed and ranked on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Core human factors such as age, education, language skills, and work experience are used to calculate a CRS profile score.

The second step will involve the fortnightly nomination draws held by IRCC. The high-ranking candidates based on the CRS score get invitations to apply (ITA) for Canada permanent residency.

Further, candidates with an active Express Entry were extremely benefitted as provincial nomination will give them a chance to gain an additional 600 points towards their overall CRS score. This would effectively guarantee them an ITA for Canada PR in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Somewhere in the whole nomination draw in 2021, the preference for candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is still being sidelined. The recent Express Entry draws are also not considering qualified profiles under Canada Experience Class (CEC).

However, Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will resume FSWP & CEC invitations in July.

FSWP Express Entry provides a direct immigration pathway for skilled foreign workers even without a job offer or work experience in Canada to obtain permanent residence (PR).

Canada PR via Provincial Nominee Programs in May 2022

Since its launch in 1998, the Provincial Nominee Programs have become the second main route to permanent residence in Canada.

The unique arrangement between the federal and provincial/territorial governments in Canada, except in Quebec & Nunavut, allows the nomination of foreign candidates separately based on the unique labor demand of each province.

By 2024, more than 93,000 immigrants per year are expected to be admitted as permanent residents through various Provincial Nominee Programs.


A total of 100 candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination on May 19 under the Alberta Express Entry stream. Invited candidates needed a CRS score of at least 382 in order to be invited.


The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continued to hold its weekly draws. The province invited 636 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination under various streams like Express Entry British Columbia, Skills Immigration, and the Tech stream. Few profiles were also invited under Entrepreneur Regional Pilot streams.


The province of Manitoba held a draw under Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas streams, issuing a total of 315 Letters of Advice to Apply issued of which 48 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry profile.


PEI PNP went as per its pre-scheduled draws on May 20. A total of 137 eligible candidates are under Express Entry, Labour, and Business Impact candidates.

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Saskatchewan invites a total of 251 profiles to apply for provincial nominations under various streams. Some 106 invitations went to Express Entry candidates and 91 invitations went to Occupations In-Demand candidates in that invitation round. The remaining 54 invitations went to its Entrepreneurs stream.


On May 5, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) invited 30 candidates to apply for a permanent selection under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). Candidates had to have profiles in the Arrima Expression of Interest system and to have a valid job offer outside of the Montreal Metropolitan area.

Job vacancies in Quebec will boost the immigration of qualified professionals in the coming months. Those who wish to settle in Quebec are assessed under a different system than those who want to settle elsewhere in Canada.

Canada to Increase Immigration Levels

Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser seem confident and prepared to increase Canada’s immigration levels if it is necessary to address labor shortages.

In a recent interview, Fraser sought support from local businesses and communities to increase the immigration levels, adding that he is “very much open to” even higher levels to accommodate more foreign migrants in Canada.

This brings us to discuss the importance of hiring certified consultants for simplifying your Canadian immigration. Certified Immigration Consultant like CanApprove can help you & highly recommended to qualify for Canadian immigration nomination draws if you have been:

  • rejected previously or
  • have a potential medical inadmissibility concern or
  • you’re applying through a complex immigration program or
  • you may have a unique case in hand or
  • you wish to ignore tedious documentation.

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An Updated Guide On How To Become A Canadian Citizen

Canada is celebrating Citizenship Week from May 23 to May 29 this year. We thought this is the right opportunity to present an updated guide on how to become a Canadian citizen by immigration.

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Since the Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect on January 1, 1947, the act has been amended to reflect the multicultural values of Canadian society. Canada didn’t suspend but innovated with virtual Canadian citizenship ceremonies even during the pandemic.

Most recently, Canada made changes to provide for Canadian citizenship to foreign-born children whose Canadian parents are not biologically.

Canadian citizenship holds much significance and meaning for a lot of foreigners willing to study, work and settle in the country. For many, the promise of Canadian citizenship is a gateway to a better life.

Once you have decided to migrate to Canada, all you have to do is follow the below steps to obtain citizenship:

  • Determine your eligibility by taking the online assessment and applying for a Canada PR visa. There are 100+ federal and provincial programs to invite economic-class & family-class immigrations.
  • Fulfil the criteria for citizenship for naturalization which is 1,095 days out of the 5 years on a Canada PR visa. Once the foundation is laid, apply for the Canadian citizenship test and get a chance to attend a citizenship ceremony!

Canadian Permanent Residency vs Becoming a Canadian Citizen

There are primarily two things that an individual holding a Canada PR status cannot compete against an individual with Canadian citizenship. They cannot cast their right to vote or contest in the elections nor hold a high-level government post.

Canadian Permanent Residence Canadian Citizenship
An individual holding Canada PR is a citizen of another country but a permanent resident of Canada. Canadian citizenship allows its holders to become citizens of another country.
Any foreign individual applying to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry Programs, Provincial Nominee Programs, Atlantic Immigration Pilot, and Entrepreneur programs is eligible to get permanent residence status. A foreign individual can obtain Canadian citizenship by naturalization or by the virtue of holding Canada PR.

How can a Foreigner Become a Canadian Citizen?

For a foreigner to become a Canadian citizen, any eligible applicant would undergo a two-step process fulfilling certain human capital requirements like

  • young, working-age (25-33 years preferred)
  • education qualification (a graduation degree preferred)
  • work experience (at least one year of relevant experience in Canada or more than 3 years of work experience outside Canada preferred)
  • Language proficiency in English or French (bilingual candidates are given additional points)

Once the applicant comes good on the above factors, they are nominated to apply for Canadian permanent residency (PR) through economic-class pathways like Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, or other pathways through Business Immigration, spousal privilege, graduate visas, etc.

Once Canada PR is obtained, any eligible resident can plan to apply for Canadian citizenship by fulfilling the following requirements:

How to become a Canadian citizen: meet residency requirements

Aspiring residents must have been physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days (three years) during the five years before the date you apply for citizenship. Any time spent outside of Canada does not count towards your physical presence requirements but there are some exceptions.

It is recommended to apply with more than 1,095 days of living in Canada to avoid calculation problems.

If you were in Canada as a temporary resident including students or work permit holders, you may be able to count that time toward your residency requirement as well.  However, each day that you spent in Canada as a temporary resident in the last five years counts as a half-day when you calculate your physical presence.

How to become a Canadian citizen: file your taxes

During your residence in Canada, you must have filed taxes before you can become a Canadian citizen. Even if you lived in Canada for only part of a year, you may be required to file an income tax return to pay taxes, claim refunds, and avail of various benefits and credit payments.

How to become a Canadian citizen: improve language skills

Those aged 18 to 54 must also show they can communicate in English or French by achieving a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level of 4 or higher in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Language assessment made at the time of obtaining Canadian permanent residency can also be used to apply for Canadian citizenship.

After fulfilling the above requirements, eligible candidates must undergo a written citizenship test.

Canadian Citizenship Test Format

The candidates need to confirm their identity through the submission of personal information. Once done, the applicants have at least 21 days to complete the test at a convenient time. The system will monitor the response of candidates using a webcam throughout the duration of the test.

Eligible candidates can take the Canada Citizenship test online in any of the two official languages: English or French. Just like the offline exam pattern, the online Canada Citizenship test will have 20 choice-based questions, which need to be answered within 30 minutes.

A total of 75% marks are needed to qualify for the test, i.e., the candidates must answer at least 15 questions correctly out of the total of 20 questions. All the questions are expected out of topics like the history of Canada, Politics, Economy, Geography, Laws, rights, and responsibilities of a Canadian citizen.

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Which Is Better: Canada vs Australia Immigration Points System for Foreign Skilled Workers?

If you are thinking to migrate abroad for better career options and improved living standards, chances are high that Canada and Australia are already on your priority list. The world’s major immigration destinations – Canada and Australia – use a merit-based points system to determine whether or not a candidate is eligible to apply for immigration. Here we are comparing Canada vs Australia  immigration points system for you to make an informed decision.

Immigration in a literal sense means obtaining a permanent residency visa in the country of choice. The points awarded in such an immigration system will take into account a variety of core human capital factors such as

  • Age,
  • Work Experience,
  • Language Proficiency,
  • Education, and
  • Spouse/Partner skill set.

The higher the number of points, the more likely you will qualify to migrate abroad to Canada or Australia!

Quick Comparison Between Canada vs Australia Immigration Points System

If you observe closely, both these countries exhibit a very different approach to allowing immigrants or granting permanent residency to eligible skilled workers.

Canada’s given immigration points system corresponds to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, which happens to be the most popular program among foreign skilled workers for permanent residency.

If you score 67 points or higher, you may qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. If you meet the other requirements too, you can submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. Once you’re in the Express Entry pool, your profile will be evaluated and ranked based on a different system called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

If you’re interested in Australian permanent residency, four visa subclasses evaluate your eligibility. You must score 65 points or higher to qualify under two direct pathways for Australian PR (Subclass 189, Subclass 190) or two provincial pathways (Subclass 491, Subclass 188).

Some minor details may have been overlooked here for sake of uniformity. Contact our immigration consultants now for a full update on Canada vs Australia immigration points system based on your profile.

  • Applicant Age Criterion

Canada Immigration Points System Australia Immigration Points System
Age Group Points Age Group Points
18-35 years 12 18-24 years & 33-39 years 25
36-40 years 11-7 25-32 years 30
41-46 years 6-1 40-44 years 15
47 years & above 0 45 years & above 0

In terms of age criteria, Canada awards maximum points to the younger population over 18 years who would typically pursue higher education before gaining work experience in related occupations and On the other hand Australia prefers candidates who are in their prime working age (25-32 years) to qualify for permanent residency.

  • Applicant Work Experience Criterion

Canada Immigration Points System Australia Immigration Points System
Work Experience Points Work Experience Points
1 year 09 1-3 years (outside Australia) 0
2-3 years 11 3-4 years (outside Australia) 05
4-5 years 13 5-7 years (outside Australia) 10
6+ years 15 8+ years (outside Australia) 15

Australia is biased in awarding points based on work experience.

Australia awards maximum points to eligible skilled workers who have had work experience inside Australia. For example,

  • 3-4 (experience in Australia): 10 points
  • 5-7 (experience in Australia): 15 points
  • 8+ (experience in Australia): 20 points

On the other hand, Canada remains neutral and prefers any candidates with work experience outside or inside Canada.

Australia considers eligible candidates with more than 3 years of work experience as against Canada which considers skilled workers for immigration with just over 1 year of work experience.

  • Language Proficiency Criterion

Canada Immigration Points System Australia Immigration Points System
English Proficiency Points English Proficiency Points
CLB 9 or higher 24 Competent English 0
CLB 8 20 Proficient English 10
CLB 7 15 Superior English 20

The distinguishing factor here is Canada has two official languages: English and French, whereas Australia considers English as its official language. Therefore, interested candidates have to qualify for language proficiency according to the requirements of the permanent residency program.

CLB stands for Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and is equivalent to the standard proficiency test available for English and French. Those who show proficiency in French are given an additional 4 points along with their band score in CLB.

  • Applicant Education Criterion

Canada Immigration Points System Australia Immigration Points System
Education Points Education Points
Degree/Diploma 19 Degree/Diploma 10
Bachelor’s Degree 21 Bachelor’s Degree 15
Doctorate 25 Doctorate 20

Canada is more liberal in awarding assessment points based on the applicant’s educational qualification. This is more because Canada allows for direct immigration of eligible candidates even without study or work experience in any of the Canadian provinces or territories.

Further, Canada awards assessment points for additional categories like

  • HS or SC Diploma: 5 points
  • College Certificate: 15 points
  • BS/MBA/Master’s: 23 points

Both the countries favor retaining international students after graduation. While Canada awards Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) for 3 years, Australia offers a flexible work visa for graduating students. These visa holders gain work experience inside the country and may be eligible to qualify for permanent residency after a certain period.

Final Verdict: Canada vs Australia Immigration Points System

When it comes to Skills of Partner/Spouse, Canada awards a maximum of 5 points whereas Australia awards a maximum of 10 points. However, it will be premature to conclude that Canada does not favor family immigration.

Canada is pursuing the most ambitious immigration plan in its history to welcome over 1.7 million new permanent residents in the next three years. Over 60 percent of the target is said to be economic-class immigration programs and whereas about 20 percent would be fulfilled from the family-class programs.

Earlier in April 2022, the Morrison Government called for increasing permanent skilled migration numbers. The cause to increase immigration to Australia post-pandemic is reflected well in Australia’s federal budget for 2022-23. The Australian government has fixed the 2022-23 permanent migration program ceiling at 160,000 places.

While both the countries are poised well to welcome more skilled immigrants to boost post-pandemic recovery, you have to book a free appointment with CanApprove and consult an expert before making a decision.

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Canada PR Options for Immigration of Tech Talents

Express Entry Year-End Report noted tech occupations dominated among candidates who were invited to apply for Canada permanent residence. In more recent times, Canadian employers are looking for increased skilled immigration to fulfil the increasing job vacancies. This calls for the right opportunity to discuss various Canada PR options that are exclusively available for foreign tech talents willing to work & settle in Canada.

Canada Work Permits
  • Global Talent Stream
  • Intra-Company Transfer (non CUSMA)
Canadian Permanent Residency
  • Express Entry
  • Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway
  • British Columbia Tech
  • Ontario Tech Draws
  • Quebec Immigration Program
  • Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway

What are Canada PR Options for Tech Talents?

Foreign workers are not obliged to renew their work permit or LMIA after obtaining Canada permanent residency status. Here are a number of exclusive Canada PR options open to tech skilled workers:

  • Express Entry
  • Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway
  • British Columbia Tech
  • Ontario Tech Draws
  • Quebec Immigration Program
  • Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway

Federal Pathway for Canada Immigration

Immigration in Canada means obtaining permanent residency. Aspirants choose Canada because of its direct permanent residence pathway. Any prospective candidate who seeks to obtain Canada permanent residency must register their profiles online on the Express Entry portal. All the registered profiles are then assessed and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Such profiles are evaluated on a total of 1200 points. The human capital criteria like

  • age,
  • education,
  • work experience outside Canada,
  • language proficiency in English/French,
  • spouse adaptability,
  • Canadian study experience, etc. are considered for evaluation purposes.

Tech workers qualify for any of the two federal programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) under Canada Express Entry. However, Canada has not invited any profiles to apply for Canadian immigration under these programs since 2021.

FSWP was the main source of foreign skilled immigrants to Canada without a job offer until recently when IRCC decided to focus on inviting only CEC & PNP candidates. CEC profiles mostly consisted of international student graduates who had gained at least one year of work experience and were eligible to apply for permanent residency.

Canada is expected to resume Express Entry draws for FSWP & CEC profiles in “early July”. 

Provincial Immigration Pathways for Canadian Permanent Residency

After receiving provincial nominations from any of the below provincial streams, you can apply to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to qualify for permanent residency. Among various Canada PR options, provincial pathways are in most demand.

Between 2021 and now, Canada Express Entry draws have relied majorly on Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). All the recent Express Entry nominees had a successful provincial nomination and were already registered in the Express Entry pool. For instance, in the latest Express Entry draws, Canada invited 787 PNP candidates to apply with CRS scores of at least 782.

Provincial nominees with active Express Entry profiles got 600 points over and above their usual Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This may guarantee an invitation to apply for Canada permanent residency in upcoming PNP-specific Express Entry draws.

Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway

The newly launched Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) dedicated an expedited provincial nomination to eligible Express Entry candidates under the name Accelerated Tech Pathway.

Interested candidates needs to to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates need to meet the eligibility criteria for the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
  • They need to either be currently working in Alberta or have a job offer in one of 23 eligible occupations.

Some eligible occupations include graphic designers and illustrators, mechanical engineers, and user support technicians.

British Columbia Tech

The British Columbia Tech stream is a priority pathway under BC Provincial Nominee Program. This PNP targets candidates who have job offers in one of 29 tech occupations.

To get an invitation in a BC Tech draw, candidates must be eligible for one of BC’s immigration programs and have a job offer of at least one year.

Ontario Tech Draws

Ontario conducts Tech Draws for tech workers who are eligible for the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream.

Interested candidates needs to to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Eligible for either the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class.
  • They also need to have work experience in one of the following six tech occupations.

Six eligible occupations include software engineers and designers; computer engineers; computer programmers and interactive media developers; web designers and developers; database analysts, and data administrators; computer and information systems managers.

Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway

The newly launched Saskatchewan’s Tech Talent Pathway is an exclusive provincial pathway for Canada PR for tech talents.

Eligible candidates require at least one year of work experience in that occupation within the past five years or six months of work experience in the province. Language proficiency may vary between Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 to 7, depending on the case basis.

Some eligible occupations include software engineers, web designers, and user support technicians.

Quebec Immigration Program – Pilot for AI & IT Professionals

Quebec launched two immigration pilots in April 2021 to grow its tech sector. They include the Artificial intelligence (AI) stream and the Information technology (IT) & Visual Effects stream. Both french-speaking and non-french-speaking candidates are eligible to apply.

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Route to Canada PR through RNIP: Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Obtaining permanent residency (PR) in any advanced economy is an aspirational dream of many middle-class families in Asia & Africa. Surprisingly as it may be, Canada is among the few OECD nations that offer a direct pathway to permanent residency. Here is one such route to Canada PR through RNIP which is a community-driven initiative for Canadian immigration.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) was launched in 2019 and is expected to continue for the next five years. It selects eligible foreign skilled workers based on their work experience, academic profile, and language proficiency. Owing to its success, many participating communities are now demanding the federal government makes it a permanent immigration program.

What do we mean by a Community-Driven Initiative for Canadian Immigration?

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a community-driven initiative that allows foreign skilled workers to immigrate to Canada. The participating communities are required to attract and retain new immigrants through their dedicated economic development plans. They also provide the right infrastructural support in connecting them with local job vacancies.

The main intention behind this initiative is to encourage regional immigration for mutual gains. While the local community grows through increased economic activities, foreign skilled workers find easier Canadian PR options to settle in an OECD nation like Canada.

Using Statistics Canada’s index of remoteness, these communities are known to have a population of about 50,000 people or less and be located at least 75 km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area.

List of 11 Participating Communities

As of now, the federal government of Canada has allowed 11 communities from provinces like Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan to promote regional immigration of foreign skilled workers.

The following 11 communities are participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration pilot:

Canadian Province Participating Community
Ontario (5) North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay
Manitoba (2) Brandon, Altona/Rhineland
Saskatchewan (1) Moose Jaw
Alberta (1) Claresholm
British Columbia (2) Vernon, West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson)

Communities from other Canadian provinces like Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon will soon be added.

How to Qualify for Canada PR through RNIP?

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a part of the federal skilled worker program through which eligible profiles can obtain permanent residency. In order to receive a successful nomination to apply for Canada PR through RNIP, profiles must fulfill both federal criteria and community recommendations.

The federal criteria to qualify under RNIP include

  • Work experience: At least one year of continuous work experience in the last three years


  • Education: Graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community.
  • Language proficiency: Meet the language threshold for the NOC skill type/level of the job being offered.
  • Settlement Funds: Proof of financial stability to settle and support themselves and their family.

A community recommendation is based on the candidate’s:

  • intention to live in the designated community.
  • job offer and the community’s economic needs.
How to Apply?

  • Selection of communities for participating in the RNIP.
  • The community recommends the candidate, thereby making them eligible for applying to IRCC for Canada PR through RNIP.
  • The candidate submits their Canadian permanent residence application to IRCC.

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Work Experience

Eligible profiles to qualify for Canada PR under RNIP must have gained a minimum of 1,560 hours of experience either in Canada or outside Canada. However, the occupation must be listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC). There is no restriction on having worked with multiple employers.

Internation students who have graduated from a post-secondary program in the community that is recommending them are exempt from the work experience requirement.

RNIP does not consider self-employed work experience.

Settlement Funds

Canadian immigration authorities ask for compulsory proof of funds from eligible candidates applying under RNIP to settle in the community. These funds must be their own and cannot be borrowed from anyone.

The following documents can be used as proof of funds:

  • bank account statements
  • documents that show the real property or other investments (such as stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills, etc.)
You must have at least $9,000 to show as proof of fund. The exact amount will depend on your profile. Please contact our immigration consultants to learn more.

Language Proficiency

The minimum requirements for each NOC skill type/level are as follows. “CLB” stands for Canadian Language Benchmark.

  • NOC 0 and A: Minimum language score of a CLB 6 is required
  • NOC B: Minimum language score of a CLB 5 is required

Read more about IELTS for Canadian immigration in our previous blog.

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IELTS for Canada Visa: How to Maximize Score in English to Boost Your Chances for Study or PR?

The academic and professional ambitions of candidates willing to settle in OECD nations can be realized through IELTS for Canada visa. In fact, it is well-documented that language proficiency in English or French act as a deal-breaker to entering Canada for professional career opportunities or study in Canada options.

Any economic-class immigrant aspirant who wishes to apply for Canada permanent residency, either through Express Entry or Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), must compulsorily come good in human capital factors like age, education, and work experience. While a prior job offer in Canada is not a mandatory requirement (and varies on a program basis), proof of English/French proficiency is compulsory.

IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and is one of two accepted language proficiency tests in English. The other is the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).

The major difference between IELTS and CELPIP is the English accents. CELPIP uses Canadian accents for the speaking and listening portion of the test, unlike the IELTS, which uses English-speaking accents from other countries, including Australia and New Zealand.

Let’s explore more on how to maximize score in IELTS for study in Canada or even qualify for Canada permanent residency through various economic-class pathways.

Are Language Tests Compulsory for Canadian Immigration?

Yes, your level of language proficiency in English or French is one of the few deciding factors in gaining Canada permanent residency or temporary residence visas like study permits or work permits.

IELTS is a language test designed to prove English proficiency for students who wish to pursue post-secondary study in Canada or settle in Canada under Express Entry & other immigration programs. Whereas, CELPIP is exclusively designed to assess Canada permanent residency applicants.

Apart from English as a universal test of proficiency, Canada also considers French as its official language. Canadian provinces like Quebec, and British Columbia attracts a lot of french-speaking immigrants.

If you speak French, taking the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) or the Test de Connaissance du français (TCF) can significantly increase your chances in the Express Entry pool.

The language test results must meet the Canadian Language benchmarks (CLB) for English and Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for French. Newcomers who speak English and French can earn up to a maximum of 28 points. If you only speak one of Canada’s official languages, you can still earn a maximum of 24 points.

How to Maximize Score in IELTS?

First & foremost, you need to be clear about which IELTS you need, Academic or General Training, and by when you need your results. The qualifying score of IELTS for Canada visa may vary as per the receiving organizations such as Canadian universities or immigration authorities.

IELTS is conducted on both offline & online modes. The proficiency test for English has four parts: Reading, Listening, Academic Writing & Speaking. The scores in IELTS for Canada visa are considered in terms of band levels. Each candidate is expected to score above the qualifying band, depending on the visa program.

For example,


Undergraduate level studies: Overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Canada

Graduate level studies: Overall band of 7.0 in IELTS Canada

Faculty of law: Overall band of 7.0 in IELTS Canada


An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Canada


An Overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Canada


Required minimum score: An overall band of 7.0 in IELTS Canada

Nursing programs: An overall band of 8.0 in IELTS Canada

Other Graduate programs: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Canada


Required minimum score: An overall band of 5 in IELTS Canada


Required minimum score: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Canada

IELTS Reading

This section is designed to assess your reading skills like skimming and scanning through the text. You would deal with around 2,700 words and answer 40 questions in one hour. The recommended time that you should give each passage is 20 minutes.

IELTS Listening

This section is designed to assess your listening skills to understand native speakers and their vocabulary. Enough time is given to preview the questions before the audio starts. Hence, it is recommended to underline keywords in the questions and look at the gaps to predict the type of information or the type of words needed.

It is also important to get familiarized with a Canadian English accent. Useful sources include podcasts and Ted Talks available on YouTube.

IELTS Academic Writing

You will need to get used to a standard essay format to showcase your knowledge of Canadian English vocabulary and articulation skills.

IELTS Speaking

You are required to present at least a 2-minute monologue on any given topic. You will be assessed based on your fluency and confidence in speech.

Whatever the mode of examination and pattern be, it is important to get familiarized with the required format of IELTS for Canada visa, including knowing the timing, the number of parts, the types of questions and task types, and which Canada visa option you are applying for. It is always good practice to have done some IELTS practice tests before your actual test to keep your confidence high. These are available on IELTS.org.

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Morden, the best place to start your career under the skilled workers program!

Under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, the Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative (MCDII) actively seeks new permanent residents for the community (MPNP). Candidates who are successful and their dependent family members will be granted permanent residency in Canada. Morden, Manitoba, has roughly 9,000 people and is located 112 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.


Migrants are individuals who relocate from one location to another, usually for a job. However, before migrants may enter the nation to work, they must be classified as high-skilled or low-skilled. The categorisation of Canadian policies toward different types of workers is highly unique.

Why choose Morden?

Morden is a place where the greatness of the past links up with the excitement of the future!

Morden believes in offering a dynamic community with an exceptional quality of life. Morden provides all requirements and lifestyles with world-class events like the Corn & Apple Festival, extensive medical services at Agassiz Medical Centre and Boundary Trails Hospital, and sophisticated conference and leisure facilities at the Access Event Centre.

Morden is a cultural melting pot where people from all walks of life and newcomers are welcomed as life-long friends, where you can come with your family and find work, or where you can spend your retirement years in reasonably priced detached housing, assisted living (Homestead South), or full-time care (Tabor Home).


A few quick facts:

  • In Morden, immigrants represent over 15% of the population.
  • Mexico is the most common nation of origin among Morden immigrants, followed by Kazakhstan and Germany.
  • Between 1980 and 2016, more than three-quarters (76%) of all immigrants to Morden were economic immigrants, while family sponsored a few under a fifth (19%), and 3% were refugees.

Basic requirements

Welders, Industrial painters, Woodworking machine operators For all other occupations must 
·      You must be between the ages of 21 and 45  ·      You must be between the ages of 21 and 45
·      Have no other connection to other parts of Canada ·      Have no other links to Canada (for example, acquaintances, relatives, past job or schooling) 
·      Have finished at least a one-year post-secondary education or training ·      Have finished a one-year post-secondary education or training program for which they got a diploma, certificate, or degree
·      Have a General IELTS test score of at least five in each band  ·      Have settlement funds as required by Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
·      Have a genuine desire and capacity to establish themselves and live in Morden economically  ·      Have a genuine desire and capacity to establish oneself economically and settle in Morden
·      Have settlement funds as required by Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program ·      Have a federal express entry profile with a CLB language score of 7 and post-secondary education supported by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) 
·      Have two (2) years of recent welding and commercial or residential carpentry experience ·      Have two (2) years of recent work experience over the past five years in their target occupation

 Note: The MPNP expects the candidate to guarantee that he or she satisfies the essential criteria during the exploratory visit.

Application Process:

  • Check Eligibility
  • Appy to MCDII
  • Get Selected
  • Travel for an exploratory visit to Morden, Manitoba
  • Come back and apply for MPNP
  • Get Nomination
  • Apply for Permanent Residence Visa
  • Upon Visa stamping, travel with family

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