Canadian population plan is set to target over a million economic immigrants to the country by 2021. Popular immigration programs such as the Express Entry system and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have responsibly welcomed several foreign skilled workers. Hence there arises no compulsion for it to change/ However individual provinces and territories have made adjustments to meet the particular needs of each region.


Such Canadian provinces and territories that made updates to the PNPs in 2019 include Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Saskatchewan. These changes resulted in the addition of new pilots targeting in-demand occupations, especially tech workers and physicians as well as entrepreneurs. 


It is also to be noted that 2019 also witnessed a radical shift targeting skilled workers who aspire to work and settle in Rural and Northern Regions and Atlantic areas in Canada. 


Major updates made to Canada’s immigration system in 2019


  • Canada Parents and Grandparents (PGP) sponsorship program was positively reopened in January this year. The future of Canada PGP also looks good in 2020. Find out more here. 
  • Since the inception of Open Work Permit Pilot for sponsored spouses and common-law partners in 2014, for the fourth time, Canada chose to extend it until July 31, 2020. This is to benefit a lot of aspiring immigrants like you! 
  • Canada has extended the amount of time given for graduates to apply for a PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit) from 90 days to 180 days. It has also removed the requirement to have a study permit when applying for PGWP. 
  • Global Talent Stream is now made permanent. Also, the list of qualifying occupations has been updated by adding computer technicians.
  • Owing to the success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Canada has extended it until December 2021. This will aid the Atlantic provinces and territories in filing their current labor market gap.


Canada’s immigration policies have been applauded to be flexible to introduce changes and attract several skilled immigrants on a constant basis for over a decade now. With increasing intakes and growing competition among the aspirants to get permanent residence in Canada, the margins of qualification have shrunk. It calls for the need to consult a registered Canada Immigration Consultant to advise you meticulously to choose the right immigration program according to your profile. 

Get your free assessment and evaluation done by one of our expert consultants. You may also contact us to find out more about possible ways to improve your chances of immigrating to Canada.

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