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Activities to try this winter in Ontario!

December 6, 2017

Michelle AtkinsonWinter is quickly approaching, which means the temperature is starting to drop and snow will soon arrive. Luckily, we have compiled a list of exciting activities for you to try this winter! 1. Ziplining over the Elora Gorge! In the winter time, this summertime favourite turns into a winter wonderland where you can ride a zipline over the snow-covered Elora Gorge. 2. Grab a BeaverTail! BeaverTails are a Canadian delicacy. They originally opened in Ottawa but have now expanded to Toronto, so make sure to grab one while they’re hot!…

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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reaches nomination allocation for 2017

December 5, 2017

Maria KogayOn November 22, 2017 OINP has reached its provincial nomination allocation for 2017. Canada’s most populous province had been allotted 6,000 nominations for the year and the OINP announced November 22 that this total had been reached. The OINP said all paid applications that have already been submitted will be processed. Approved applications will receive a provincial nomination certificate in early 2018 and applicants will be notified at that time. The 2017 year was an especially active year for Express Entry-linked Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream which was opened and closed…

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The latest from the 2016 Canadian Census states the Canadian workforce is more educated than ever before

December 1, 2017

Michelle AtkinsonAccording to Statistics Canada, the majority of Canadians nowadays have completed a post-secondary education of some sort. Data from the 2016 census shows that 54 per cent of Canadians between the ages of 25 to 64 have a post-secondary education, which has increased from 48.3 per cent in 2006. This is the highest level among industrialized nations. The number of young women attaining a bachelor’s degree has grown significantly within the last decade, jumping nearly eight percentage points to 40.7 percent. In regards to men, the highest growth rate came…

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Canada is Expecting a Whole Lot of Snow this Winter!

November 22, 2017

Michelle AtkinsonGet ready for a whole lot of snow, Canada. One of Canada’s high-profile weather forecasters has forewarned you. The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist, Chris Scott, said that after speaking to his forecast team, you should, “buckle up, because it looks like a stormy winter.” He says that this year’s La Nina weather system is strikingly similar to that of 2007 – 2008, when Toronto had its snowiest winter on record. He continued to say that when we have cooler waters off the coast of South America, that’s La Nina, and…

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Take a trip to the polar bear capital of the world: Churchill, Manitoba!

November 8, 2017

Michelle AtkinsonDid you know that you can visit polar bears in their natural habitat here in Canada? Canada is known for being a polar bear habitat but did you know that travelling to their location is pretty easy? First, you would have to travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba. From there, it would be just a short flight to Churchill, Manitoba, which is also known as the polar bear capital of the world. There is a very good chance, depending on the season, that you will see many polar bears there roaming around on the shores of Hudson Bay. The…

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Federal Government Announces Three-Year Immigration Plan

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November 6, 2017

Adam SadinskyThe federal government announced on Wednesday, November 1 that Canada will welcome close to one million immigrants over the next three years. After accepting 300,000 newcomers this year, that number will rise to 310,000 in 2018, 330,000 in 2019, and finally 340,000 in 2019. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada said that the increase in immigration levels is the result of a need to add to the workforce as more and more Canadians retire. The vast majority of immigrants in 2018 will come from the economic class,…

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Changes to the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program

November 3, 2017

Roxana LunguThe Government of Alberta recently announced that beginning January 2, 2018 all its economic class under the Alberta Provincial Nominee categories will be updated.  In accordance with the announcement made by the Alberta Provincial Immigration Nominee Program, the only available category for applicants will be “Alberta Opportunity Stream” which excludes self-employed farmers.  Further, in 2018, the AINP will be implementing intake and nomination guidelines that will establish the maximum number of applications accepted and nominations issued each year by the province, as well as maximum number of applications and nominations…

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Young Adult Children Can Now Qualify as Dependents

October 30, 2017

Rebecca KimImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) raised the age limit for dependent children in immigration applications to under 22 years of age, as of 24 October 2017. The increased age limit enables Canadians and permanent residents to bring their young adult children to Canada. A child under 22 years of age can now be included as a dependent on his or her parent’s application as long as he or she is not married or in a common-law relationship. Furthermore, individuals who are 22 years of age and older can also be…

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Awesome facts about Canada that you need to know

October 25, 2017

Michelle AtkinsonCanada is home to over 36 million people who probably know some of the essential facts about Canada. Considering Canada is such a large country, there are always realities that you may not know about that will amaze you, such as: 1. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature is as cold as Mars: Everyone knows that Canada becomes extremely cold during the winter months (December, January, February and March) and sometimes even unbearable, especially when you are waiting outside in a snowstorm for public transit. In Ottawa, Ontario, the average low for…

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This Week’s Success Story: Medical Inadmissibility Finding Overturned!

October 18, 2017

Michelle AtkinsonOur clients originally filed an application for permanent residence over 6 years ago under the Federal Investor category, and we are pleased to report that they recently arrived in Canada after working with our office and Canada Immigration over those years to mitigate their overage dependent’s potential demand on Canada’s social services. Originally it was thought that the dependent would cause a demand of over $65,000 a year, although we worked together with the family and Canada Immigration, and a solid Plan was provided to mitigate those costs.

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