Canada Immigration Update
International Mobility Program Plus: Open work permits for Quebec Selection Certificate holders outside Quebec
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced a new work permit category call the International Mobility Program Plus (IMP+). This is an open work permit category with a numerical cap of 14,700 for 2022.
The category allows applicants for permanent residence who intend to reside in Quebec to apply for an open work permit, which in turn will allow them to work for almost any employer in the province of Quebec. Applicants must not live in Quebec at the time of the application, and must hold a Certificate of Selection for Quebec (CSQ) for either the Regular Skilled Worker Program or the Permanent Immigration Pilot Program for workers in the artificial intelligence, information technologies and visual effects sectors.
The goal is to allow applicants for permanent residence in the province of Quebec to move to that province and start working sooner, and while waiting for their applications for permanent residence to be processed.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/quebec-skilled-workers/international-mobility-program-plus-csq.html
Alberta lifts restrictions on hiring new temporary foreign workers
As of May 1, 2022, the Alberta government lifted restrictions on hiring new temporary foreign workers with job offers in the province. This change eliminates the 'refusal to process' list for new Labour Market Impact Assessments for certain identified occupations in the province. The move is understood to be in response to the need for skilled workers for sectors of the Alberta economy that are experience labour shortages.
To read more: https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-updates.aspx#jumplinks-0