IRCC: A temporary public policy that help graduates with expired or expiring PGWPs apply for an open work permit

January 8, 2021—Ottawa—International students bring so much to Canada, contributing over $21 billion annually to our economy and supporting the vitality of our communities. Yet the pandemic has presented myriad challenges for international students. Most notably, for many holders of a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), the pandemic’s disruption and uncertainty have jeopardized their chances of…

Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results to be required for all air travellers coming to Canada

On December 31, 2020, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, under the authority of the Aeronautics Act, is requiring effective January 7, all passengers five years of age or older, be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling by air from another country to Canada.  Associated links Backgrounder on COVID-19 Pre-departure testing and Transport…

November 25 marks the start of #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The global theme for the 2020 event is: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. Together, we call for…

Manitoba: Accessibility During COVID-19 – new resources!

November 2020 – The Disabilities Issues Office has updated its “Accessibility During COVID-19” webpage with new information and resources relevant to all Manitobans. Maintaining Accessibility during COVID-19 Accessible Service during COVID-19 Keeping Employees Safe during COVID-19 COVID-19 Resources Please share practical messages on how to maintain accessibility during the pandemic by using the Social Media…

Minister Mendicino marks the start of National Francophone Immigration Week 2020

Ottawa, November 2, 2020 —The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement: “Immigration helps to fuel Canada’s economy and enrich Canadian society. The Government of Canada firmly believes that all newcomers, including French-speaking immigrants, contribute to the vitality of this country.” Read more Ottawa, le…

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan

October 30, 2020—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan today, which sets out a path for responsible increases to immigration targets to help the Canadian economy recover from COVID-19, drive future growth and create jobs for middle-class Canadians. Although Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continued…

IRCC to launch expression of interest process for service delivery improvements projects

October 7, 2020—Ottawa—As part of its commitment to deliver high quality settlement services to newcomers, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is launching an expression of interest process for service delivery improvements (SDI) funding on October 15, 2020. Since 2017, SDI projects have centred on developing innovative approaches to better support the settlement and integration…

Update on travel restriction exemptions for international students

The Government of Canada works closely with provinces and territories on the attraction and hosting of international students in Canada and other issues related to international education. Provincial and territorial partners indicated they would like to see a process that allows international students to begin travelling to Canada again, as long as it is done…