In the wake of pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19), most countries including Canada have restricted their borders, their immigration departments have issued special instructions calling for a delay in processing and there is a constant call for social distancing. 


In times of self-isolation, one may ponder upon opportunities available in the future. Soon the pandemic is expected to settle as major advances are in progress. So why not utilize the time to look out for promising career opportunities and immigration means to a developed country like Canada?   


Take our free online assessment to plan but act later for a brighter future in Canada. 


Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Express Entry is the most preferred immigration pathway by most skilled aspirants who are looking to immigrate quickly to Canada.  


Unbelievable beginning for Express Entry nominations as draw size increases dramatically whereas a marginal fluctuation was witnessed in the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score held so far in 2020. 


Draw Number


ITAs issued

Minimum CRS score

138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473


Look out for best performing PNP

Few Canadian provinces with its Express Entry linked immigration streams as well as provincial specific streams actively invited eligible candidates thus far in 2020 to apply for permanent residence in Canada. These include: 


  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream


Amongst the mentioned Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), Alberta continues to invite candidates even with low CRS score of upto 300. Ontario too conducted a special nomination draw that focussed on 10 skilled occupations including Financial Managers, Business consultants, Registered Nurses, Administrative Managers, etc.  


Canada 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada went ahead with its announcement of 2020-2022 Immigration Levels plan. The country is expecting to welcome over 1 million new permanent residences over the next three years. 


The plan envisages over 58% of target newcomers through Economic class immigration to Canada like Express Entry programs, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Quebec’s programs, and other federal streams such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP). 


Business & Investor class under the federal immigration programs is pegged at a constant intake of 750 each year. 


The plan has also taken into consideration the rise of nearly 26% of newcomers in Canada through the family class programs. The government has set the same target for family class immigration of 91,000 newcomers over the coming three years.


Occupations that remain most in-demand

Apart from the favourable immigration policies, occupations that received the highest number of ITAs for Canada PR in the past are: 


  • NOC 0621 Retail & Wholesale Trade Manager
  • NOC 1215 Supervisors, Supply chain, tracking, and scheduling cor-ordination
  • NOC 2173 Software Engineers & Designers
  • NOC 2174 Computer Programmers & Interactive Media developers
  • NOC 1111 Financial auditors & Accountants
  • NOC 0124 Advertising, Marketing, and Public relations managers
  • NOC 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • NOC 1241 Administrative assistants
  • NOC 3012 Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses
  • NOC 2172 Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • NOC 4212 Social and Community Service Workers


Immigrant Women inclusive Canadian Society

It has been found that newcomer women and girls are usually deterred by language barriers, cultural differences such as dress codes, or the fear of being racialized and stereotyped. As a result, they form the most underrepresented section of the population in Canadian sports. The provincial authorities, non-government organizations (NGOs) across Canada are working towards bringing a more inclusive society for immigrant women as well. 


Canadian women have a high workforce participation rate, with 82% of women between the ages of 25 to 54 opting to work outside of their homes. Also, entry-level Managerial positions are equally open to women & men.


Preferred Canadian Cities in 2019

Province City Newcomers
Ontario Toronto 117,720
British Columbia Vancouver 40,020
Quebec Montreal 34,620
Alberta Calgary 19,625
Alberta Edmonton 16,420
Manitoba Winnipeg 14,745
Ontario Ottawa-Gatineau 10,930
Nova Scotia Halifax 6,240
Saskatchewan Regina 6,140
Saskatchewan Saskatoon 5,865
Ontario Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo 4,585
Ontario Windsor 2,990
New Brunswick Moncton 1,915
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown 1,900
New Brunswick Fredericton 1,570
Newfoundland & Labrador St. John’s 1,290
New Brunswick Saint John 1,035

Various work opportunities, life chances available in Canada is so vast that it is beyond the reach of this write-up to assemble it all-in-one. Contact Canada Immigration Consultant to get further details and regular updates on Canadian Immigration.

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