Canada stands as a global beacon for international immigration, boasting over 80 programs and streams administered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to attract a diverse pool of immigrants. As you prepare to embark on your journey to Canada, we understand that prospective immigrants often carry certain expectations that may not align with the reality of life in Canada. To help you set the right expectations,
we’ve compiled a list of the top 11 things you should know before moving to Canada.
If you have a valid foreign driving license, you may be able to exchange it for a Canadian license, though requirements vary by province. Some may require tests, so check with the local transportation department in your chosen province.
The cost of living in Canada varies significantly by province and city. Major cities like Toronto have higher living costs than smaller towns and rural areas.
When applying for jobs in Canada, tailor your CV or resume to meet Canadian employer expectations, as formats and content may differ from your home country.
Canada offers a range of immigration programs designed to welcome skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. These programs are tailored to suit various circumstances and aspirations.
Here’s an overview of the key immigration pathways to Canada:
The Express Entry system stands as the primary channel for eligible skilled workers to pursue immigration to Canada. This streamlined system manages applications for three federal economic immigration programs:
• Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
• Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
• Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
To learn more about Canada’s Express Entry System and its eligibility criteria, talk to our RCICs.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) empower Canadian provinces and territories, with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, to nominate individuals who align with specific criteria and possess the skills and experience needed for in-demand occupations in their local labor markets.
Each province and territory administers its own PNP, featuring distinct eligibility requirements and selection criteria. Successful PNP applicants receive a provincial nomination, which opens the door to applying for permanent residency through the federal government. This nomination also awards an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, significantly boosting the likelihood of selection in an Express Entry draw if an Express Entry profile is registered.
For more details on Canada’s PNPs and their unique features, explore our comprehensive guide.
Canada extends several immigration programs tailored for entrepreneurs, investors, and self-employed individuals keen on establishing or investing in businesses within the country. These programs encompass:
Start-Up Visa Program: Foreign entrepreneurs can either purchase or establish businesses in Canada, contributing to the nation’s employment and economic growth. Note that individuals whose businesses are not incorporated in Canada, have less than 50% equity in the business, and lack a letter of support from a designated organization in Canada may not apply.
Self-Employed Persons Program: Immigrant applicants with relevant artistic or athletic experience can apply for permanent residency, supporting themselves and enriching Canadian athletics and the arts.
Please be aware that businesspeople seeking temporary visits to Canada for business purposes can explore the Business Visitor Visa.
To address specific labor market needs in particular industries or communities, IRCC administers various Canada pilot programs, including:
Home Care Provider Pilot (HCPP)
Discover more about these pilot programs and their objectives.
If you have a close family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and over 18, they may sponsor you for immigration to Canada through the Family Sponsorship immigration stream. Eligible sponsored individuals include spouses or common-law partners, dependent or adopted children, parents, grandparents, and certain close relatives.
For those not yet eligible for permanent residency in Canada but eager to join Canada’s vibrant job market, applying for a Canada work permit is a viable option. Two main types of work permits are available:
Work permits provide valuable work experience, which can be pivotal in later applying for permanent residency in Canada through programs such as the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Should you need further information on these immigration pathways or require detailed guidance on your specific situation, feel free to reach out to us. Canada welcomes you with open arms and diverse opportunities!