The following is a summary of developments in Canadian Citizenship and Immigration that took place or were announced over the last few weeks.
New Brunswick’s foreign credentials recognition process praised as efficient, accessible
The head of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, Andrew McLeod, praised the province’s foreign credential recognition process for being efficient and accessible. The application process is simplified and applicants are quickly notified whether their credentials will be recognized, or what steps they need to take in order to become licensed in New Brunswick. Engineers who become licensed in New Brunswick can work anywhere in Canada if they register with the provincial or territorial board governing their profession.
Canada and Ontario extend their immigration agreement
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced earlier this month that the Canadian government had extended its immigration agreement with the province of Ontario for an additional year. The agreement is being extended so that the federal and provincial governments can negotiate a successor agreement that will ensure that Ontario receives the settlement support and funding it needs.
Internship Program for young immigrants expanded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
The Young Newcomers Internship Program, which was made permanent last year, will be expanded so that more newcomers can benefit from it. Initially, participants in the program were given internships in various branches of the Citizenship and Immigration department so that they could learn about government operations. However, thanks to the expansion, the internships will take place in other government departments as well.
Canadian economy adds four times the number of expected jobs in April
When job creation and employment statistics for April were released this month, experts were pleasantly surprised to see that the Canadian economy had added four times the expected number of jobs. The creation of 108,700 jobs was the largest monthly job gain on record in Canada.