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Canada Updates : Overview of the Express Entry and PNP Draw in September 2023
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October 10, 2023

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SPS Canada

In September 2023, Canada extended a total of 17,145 new invitations for permanent residency through the Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. This marked a decrease of 7,575 invitations compared to the previous month, with Ontario PNP specifically issuing only 2,677 invitations this time.


Summary of all the Canada PNPs and Express Entry draws in September 2023


  • Express Entry Draws
  • Ontario PNP Draws
  • Quebec Arrima Draws
  • Manitoba PNP Draws
  • British Columbia PNP Draws
  • Alberta Express Entry draws
  • Prince Edward Island PNP Draws


In September, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a total of five Express Entry draws, resulting in 8,300 individuals receiving invitations to apply for permanent residence (PR).


During this month, the IRCC organized two successive invitation rounds without specifying a particular program, granting a total of 6,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).


  • Issued 600 invites on 28th September 2023 for Agriculture and agri-food occupations, the CRS score cutoff for which was 354.
  • Issued 500 invites on 27th September 2023 for French language proficiency, the CRS score cutoff for which was 472.
  • Issued No Program Specified 3000 invites on 26th September 2023, the CRS score cutoff for which was 504.
  • Issued 1000 invites on 20th September 2023 for Transport occupations, the CRS score cutoff for which was 435.
  • Issued No Program Specified 3200 invites on 19th September 2023, the CRS score cutoff for which was 531.


Additionally, the IRCC implemented Express Entry draws categorized by occupations related to transportation and agriculture/food for the very first time.

In 2023, Express Entry has extended a total of 86,048 invitations for individuals to apply for permanent residency.


Ontario  PNP Draw

During the month of September, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) unveiled six fresh rounds of invitations under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).Through these invitation rounds, the OINP granted a sum of 2,677 invitations for permanent residency, with the majority being allocated to candidates under the Human Capital Priorities stream.

OINP Express Entry invitations:

  • September 26, 2023
    • Invitations: 1,696
    • Human Capital Priorities stream
    • CRS score range: 350-462

Targeted draw for healthcare-related occupations

September 25, 2023

  • September 21, 2023
    • Invitations: 63
    • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
    • CRS score range: 348-434
    • General draw
  • September 19, 2023
    • Invitations: 537
    • Master’s Graduate Stream
    • CRS score range: 41 and above
  • September 7, 2023
    • Invitations: 300
    • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
    • CRS score range: 308-434
    • General draw


 In September, the Quebec Arrima draws issued a combined total of 2,451 invitations for individuals to apply for permanent residency. These invitations were distributed across two separate invitation rounds.For these draws, Quebec Arrima specifically considered profiles with a French language proficiency level of CLB 7.

Quebec Arrima Draws in September 2023:

  • Total Invitations: 2,451
  • Rounds of Invitations: 2

Criteria for Invitation:

  • CLB Level 7 in French
  • Specific criteria for each draw

Invitations in September:

Date: September 21, 2023

  • Invitations: 1,018
  • Cutoff Score: 579
  • Description: Targeted for 27 occupations

Date: September 7, 2023

  • Invitations: 1,433
  • Cutoff Score: 586
  • Description: General

Quebec has issued a total of 14,791 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the 14 Arrima rounds held this year.



The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued a total of 2,292 invitations for permanent residency in September through four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, with the following details:


  • On September 29, 2023, 42 invitations were extended as part of a special immigration measure for Ukrainians.
  • On September 28, 2023, 1,072 invitations were specifically offered to candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas category.
  • On September 21, 2023, 620 invitations were distributed across all program categories.
  • On September 7, 2023, 558 invitations were extended, also encompassing all program categories.


In September 2023, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued over 834 invitations for permanent residency, with the following breakdown:

  • On September 26, 2023, 204 invitations were issued through targeted draws, focusing on Tech, Early Childhood Education (ECE), and Healthcare occupations.
  • September 19, 2023, saw 225 invitations distributed, including both general and targeted draws.
  • On September 12, 2023, 183 invitations were extended through targeted draws, again prioritizing Tech, ECE, and Healthcare occupations.
  • Finally, on September 6, 2023, 222 invitations were issued, comprising a combination of general and targeted draws.



The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) conducted four Express Entry draws in September, resulting in the issuance of 476 invitations for provincial nomination. Here are the details:


  • On September 26, 2023, 18 invitations were offered through the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, requiring an Alberta job offer and a CRS score of 300 and above, with a CRS cutoff of 311.
  • September 14, 2023, saw 142 invitations extended based on family connections and primary occupations in demand, targeting candidates with CRS scores ranging from 300 to 500, with a CRS cutoff of 301.
  • On September 12, 2023, 16 invitations were issued again through the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, necessitating an Alberta job offer and a CRS score of 300 and above, with a CRS cutoff of 327.
  • Also, on September 12, 2023, 300 invitations were granted in the Priority sector for Tourism and hospitality occupations, requiring an Alberta job offer and a CRS score in the range of 300 to 500, with a CRS cutoff of 383.


In total, for the year 2023, Alberta has issued 3,487 invitations to apply through 37 Express Entry draws.



The invitations were exclusively distributed in a single round of invitations within the Critical Worker stream. Eligible candidates needed to be employed by a PEI employer and have a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 55.Additionally, the program also extended 4 Business Work Permit Entrepreneur invitations to profiles with a score of 80 or higher.


In total, the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) has issued 2,018 permanent residency invitations so far in 2023.

Total Invitations IRCC Express Entry draws issued in 2023.


In 2023, the IRCC has issued a significant number of invitations to apply (ITAs), totaling 86,048, through the course of 31 Express Entry draws. These invitations represent numerous opportunities for individuals looking to pursue permanent residency in Canada. For those seeking professional guidance and support throughout the Canadian immigration process, SPS Canada, a renowned and successful immigration firm in Canada, can provide invaluable assistance.


Feel free to contact us for expert guidance and support tailored to your immigration journey. Visit our website at www.spscanada.com to learn more and get in touch today! Your Canadian dreams await, and we’re here to help make them a reality.


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Hike in the Minimum Wage: One more reason to migrate to Canada.
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October 5, 2023

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The landscape of minimum wage rates in Canada is undergoing a significant transformation, as several provinces have recently announced substantial increases in their minimum wage levels. Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island are all seeing a boost in their minimum wage rates, reflecting a commitment to improving the livelihoods of their residents.


The Latest Wage Rates are as below


Ontario: Up from $15.50 to $16.55

Manitoba: Up from $14.15 to $15.30

Saskatchewan: Up from $13.00 to $14.00

Nova Scotia: Up from $14.50 to $15.00

Newfoundland and Labrador: Up from $14.50 to $15.00

Prince Edward Island: Up from $14.50 to $15.00


How much is the new minimum wage in Ontario

The Ontario government has increased the general provincial minimum wage from $15.50 to $16.55 per hour. This minimum wage applies to most employees.


Minimum wage rates have also increased on the same date for the following groups of employees:

The Latest minimum wage for the students in Ontario

 The student minimum wage in Ontario, which applies to those under the age of 18 who work 28 hours per week or less when school is in session or during summer vacation, will now rise by $1 per hour, from $14.60 to $15.60.


Work from Home Employees, who do paid work from their homes for companies, would see their minimum salary rise by $1.15, from $17.05 to $18.20.


Hunting, fishing, and wilderness guides in Ontario will now earn $77.60 to $82.85 per day while working fewer than five consecutive hours, and $155.25 to $165.75 per day when working five or more hours.


Manitoba’s New Minimum Wage

The province has seen a rise of $1.15 in the current rate of $14.15 which adds up to $15.30 per hour. The rise of $1.15 in Manitoba’s minimum wage rate, bringing it to $15.30 per hour, is a significant step towards ensuring that workers in the province are compensated fairly for their efforts. This increase not only aligns with the rising cost of living but also acknowledges the importance of providing employees with a wage that better supports their basic needs and quality of life. Manitoba’s decision to boost the minimum wage is a positive development for workers and underscores the province’s dedication to creating a more fair and prosperous labor market.



What is the Latest Wage Rate in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has increased the minimum wage in the province by $1 from $13 to $14 per hour. This adjustment signifies a significant commitment to improving the economic well-being of the province’s workers. With this higher minimum wage, individuals in Saskatchewan can look forward to increased financial security, enhanced purchasing power, and improved overall quality of life.


What is the Nova Scotia updated Minimum Wage

Effective October 1, 2023, Minimum Wage for Nova Scotia has increased from $14.50 to $15.00 per hour. This increase not only keeps pace with the evolving economic landscape but also acknowledges the importance of providing workers in the province with a fair and livable wage.

Nova Scotia’s commitment to this adjustment reflects its dedication to improving the financial well-being of its workforce and ensuring that individuals can meet their basic needs with dignity

The latest Minimum Wage in Newfoundland and Labrador

In this province the latest minimum wage has been revised from $14.50 to $15.00 per hour. This adjustment signifies a recognition of the evolving economic conditions and a commitment to providing workers with a wage that aligns more closely with the rising cost of living. It also sends a positive message about the province’s dedication to the financial well-being of its workforce, striving to ensure that individuals can achieve a higher level of economic stability and security.


Prince Edward Island Minimum Wage Increase

Starting October 1, 2023, employees working in PEI will get a minimum wage rate of $15.00 per hour, in place of the previous $14.50. What makes this development particularly noteworthy is that it marks PEI’s second minimum wage increase in the same year, proving the province’s proactive approach in addressing the economic well-being of its workforce.


By taking this step, PEI not only keeps pace with the changing economic landscape but also highlights its commitment to providing workers with fair compensation that enables them to meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life. This move will likely positively impact the financial stability of individuals in PEI and contribute to a more equitable labor market.



What is Minimum Wage?

Minimum wage is the lowest hourly rate set by district or federal governments, often adjusted once or twice a year in line with inflation and the Consumer Price Index. Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan Jr., emphasizes that these increases reflect Canada’s commitment to workers and overall economic growth.


SPS Canada Immigration, a trusted immigration firm with over 20 years of experience, plays a vital role in helping newcomers in realizing their Canadian dreams. As the minimum wage increases in several provinces across the country, SPS Canada Immigration stays dedicated to supporting immigrants and ensuring they are well-informed about the labor laws and policies that protect their rights. With a deep commitment to helping individuals set up themselves comfortably in their new home, SPS Canada Immigration continues to be a valuable resource for those looking to embark on their journey to Canada.


Do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to aid you every step of the way. Feel free to contact us for expert guidance and support. To learn more or get in touch today, you can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad). You can also visit our website at https://www.spscanada.com/ or send an email to support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad).

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Canadas Work permit – Top Questions Answered
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September 28, 2023

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A work permit  enables a non-Canadian individual to engage in temporary employment within Canada. Understanding the various work permit choices and the associated procedures in Canada can be quite challenging. Below, you will find responses to the most commonly posed queries regarding the Canadian work permit application process.


What is the fee for processing a work permit in Canada?

The processing fee for a work permit in Canada remains consistent regardless of your industry or the specific application stream you fall under.

The cost for a work permit processing fee is $155 CAD per person, with a reduced fee of $100 CAD per person for those applying for an open work permit


What are the necessary documents and forms for applying for a work permit in Canada include:

  • A valid travel document or passport is must for work permit or Study visa
  • Submission of biometric fingerprints and a photograph
  • Proof that you meet the requirements for your intended job
  • Certificat d’Acceptation du Quebec, if applicable
  • Evidence of relationships with all spouses, children, or common-law partners
  • Completed “Application For Work Permit Made Outside of Canada” (IMM 1295) form if applying from outside Canada
  • Completed Document Checklist (IMM 5488)
  • Completed Family Information (IMM 5645) form
  • Completed Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa form. This form should be completed by the principal applicant, their spouse or common-law partner, and all dependent children older than 18. This form is necessary for foreign nationals requiring a temporary resident visa to enter Canada.

Additionally, you might need to provide required documentation from your prospective employer.


Can I apply for Canadian Work-Permit without job offer letter ?

In most cases, obtaining a Canadian work permit typically requires a job offer from a Canadian employer, often supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The purpose of an LMIA is to ensure that hiring a foreign worker will not negatively impact the Canadian labor market.

However, there are exceptions to this requirement, and some foreign workers can apply for a work permit in Canada without an LMIA or a job offer.

For instance, individuals who have recently graduated from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) may qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), which does not necessitate a job offer. Similarly, spouses of individuals already holding Canadian work or study permits may be eligible for a work permit without requiring a job offer.

You may be eligible for an open work permit in Canada if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You are an international student who has graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and are eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP).
  • You are a student who is no longer able to afford the costs of your studies (destitute student).
  • You have applied for permanent residence in Canada.
  • You are a dependent family member of someone who has applied for permanent residence.
  • You are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student.
  • You are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
  • You are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person, or a family member of one of these individuals.
  • You are under an unenforceable removal order.
  • You hold a temporary resident permit.
  • You are a young worker participating in special programs.

Can I bring my family to Canada on my work permit ?

Yes, if you are applying for a work permit in Canada and have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, you may be eligible to bring your family, including your spouse or partner and dependent children, to Canada.


Your spouse or partner may also be eligible to apply for an open work permit, which allows them to work for almost any employer in Canada. Dependent children of temporary foreign workers may also be eligible for a work permit, provided they meet certain criteria. This allows your family to accompany you and potentially work or study while you are in Canada on your work permit.


If you’re seeking assistance with the work permit application process or have questions about bringing your family to Canada, . To learn more, you can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad), or send an email to support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad).

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Police Certificate: Quick Information Guide for Canadian Immigration
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September 25, 2023

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Shreya Udani

Police Certificate: Quick Information Guide 

 Planning to move to Canada? You might need a police certificate, an important document for immigration. This certificate plays a vital role in the Canadian immigration process by helping authorities confirm whether you have a criminal record or not. Let’s explore police certificates, who requires them, when to submit, and how to get one. 


What is a Police Certificate? 

A police certificate is an official statement confirming whether you have a criminal record status or providing a record if you have one. It is known by various names, like police clearance certificates or good conduct certificates. If your certificate isn’t in English or French, a certified translator’s translation is essential. 


Who Needs a Police Certificate? 

The necessity of a police certificate hinges on your chosen immigration program. Typically, applicants and family members aged 18 or older might need one. Here are some common situations: 

Express Entry Applicants 

If you’re pursuing the Express Entry program, you usually have 90 days to submit your police certificate. To avoid delays, start this process as soon as you enter the Express Entry pool. 

International Experience Canada (IEC) Aspirants 

IEC candidates often need a police certificate when applying for a work permit in Canada. This ensures the safety and eligibility of temporary workers and visitors. 

Other Immigration or Citizenship Programs 

Requirements for police certificates can vary in different programs. Consult the program’s instruction guide for specific guidelines. 


How to Obtain a Police Certificate? 

Getting a police certificate typically involves contacting the relevant authorities in your country. Here’s an overview: 

Provide Information: You may need to provide personal details, documents, photographs, fingerprints, and your addresses and residence dates. 

Fees May Apply: Expect to pay a fee for the certificate. Fee amounts can vary. 

Contact Local Authorities: Reach out to local police or government agencies responsible for issuing police certificates in your country. They will guide you through the process. 

Starting early is essential, as obtaining a police certificate can be time-consuming. This way, you’ll have the necessary documentation ready when it’s time to submit your immigration application. 

Feel free to contact us for expert guidance and support tailored to your immigration journey. Visit our website at www.spscanada.com  to learn more and get in touch today! Your Canadian dreams await, and we’re here to help make them a reality.   

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Canada’s new category-based Express Entry draws: A focus on transport occupations
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September 21, 2023

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Naju Gadhavi

On May 31, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced changes to Express Entry through category-based selection. These changes will help address labor shortages and support economic goals by inviting candidates with specific work experience or French language ability to apply for permanent residence.


The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the first round of invitations for transport occupations through category-based selection in Express Entry will occur this week. This focus on candidates with experience in the transport sector—including commercial truck drivers, pilots, and aircraft assembly workers—will help the sector attract the skilled talent it needs across the country.


What is category-based selection?

Category-based selection is a new feature of Express Entry that allows IRCC to invite candidates from specific occupations or language groups. This helps IRCC to target its recruitment efforts and address specific labor market needs.

What does this mean for skilled workers in the transport sector?

Category-based selection is good news for skilled workers in the transport sector who are interested in immigrating to Canada. This new feature of Express Entry makes it easier for them to be invited to apply for permanent residence.

If you are a skilled worker in the transport sector and you are interested in immigrating to Canada, I encourage you to create an Express Entry profile and regularly check the IRCC website for information about category-based selection draws.

Express Entry Draw Targets Transport Occupations

On September 20, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the first Express Entry draw in over a month. The draw targeted candidates with work experience in transport occupations. IRCC invited 1,000 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 435.

This draw is part of IRCC’s efforts to address the labor shortage in the transportation sector. Transport occupations include truck drivers, pilots, aviation mechanical engineers, and seafarers. These occupations are essential to the Canadian economy, and IRCC is looking to attract new talent to these fields.

Express Entry: Canada’s Fast Track to Permanent Residence

The Express Entry system is a points-based system that IRCC uses to manage applications for permanent residence. Candidates are awarded points based on their age, education, work experience, language skills, and other factors. The candidates with the highest scores are most likely to be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Express Entry has a number of benefits for both Canada and immigrants. For Canada, Express Entry helps to attract skilled immigrants who can contribute to the economy. For immigrants, Express Entry is a relatively quick and easy way to immigrate to Canada.

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada through Express Entry, you can create a profile on the IRCC website. You will need to provide information about your work experience, education, language skills, and other factors. Once your profile is complete, you will be entered into the Express Entry pool. If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, you will have 60 days to submit your application.

Here are some tips for increasing your chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry:

  • Improve your CRS score by getting more education, work experience, or language skills.
  • Get a provincial nomination. A provincial nomination is a letter from a Canadian province or territory that indicates that the province or territory is interested in nominating you for permanent residence. Candidates with provincial nominations have a higher priority in the Express Entry pool.
  • Create a strong Express Entry profile. Make sure to include all relevant information and to proofread your profile carefully.

If you have any questions about Express Entry, you can visit the IRCC website and get in touch with SPS Canada for any Information in this matter.

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Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) vs. Temporary Resident Permit (TRP): Know the Differences
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September 15, 2023

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Shreya Udani

The two most confusing types of temporary entry into the country are the Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) and the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). These two visas serve different purposes and have their own sets of requirements, validity periods, and application procedures. In this article, we will explore the key differences between TRPs and TRVs to make sure you are choosing the right one. 

Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) 

The Temporary Resident Permit, or TRP, is a travel document designed to allow individuals who are otherwise inadmissible to Canada to visit the country temporarily. Here are some key details about TRPs: 

  • Eligibility: TRPs are available to anyone who is deemed inadmissible to Canada for various reasons. 
  • Ineligibility: You cannot apply for a TRP if your refugee claim is currently being processed, your refugee claim was denied in the last 12 months, or you are eligible for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA). 
  • Application Process: You can apply for a TRP in advance at a Canadian visa office in your home country or at a Point of Entry (e.g., a border crossing or airport). 
  • Required Documentation: To obtain a TRP, you need to demonstrate that your trip to Canada is necessary, that the benefits outweigh any risks of your entry, that you will leave Canada when your TRP expires, and that you will not work or study in Canada without authorization. Additionally, you must commit to following all Canadian laws while in the country. 
  • Validity Period: TRPs can be valid for a duration ranging from one day to up to three years, depending on the decision of the immigration authorities. 
  • Single or Multiple Entry: Whether you receive a single-entry or multiple-entry TRP depends on the immigration authorities’ discretion. 
  • Renewal: TRPs cannot be renewed; you must exit Canada and reapply for a new one. 
  • Cost: The application fee for a TRP is $200 CAD per person. 


Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) 

On the other hand, the Temporary Resident Visa, or TRV, is an official document placed in your passport to confirm that you meet the requirements to enter Canada as a temporary resident. Here’s what you need to know about TRVs: 


  • Eligibility: Anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident generally requires a TRV to enter Canada, unless they have a visa exemption. 
  • Application Process: You must apply for a TRV before arriving in Canada; it cannot be obtained at a Point of Entry. 
  • Required Documentation: To obtain a TRV, you must demonstrate that you intend to leave Canada at the end of your stay, have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members during your visit, will not work or study in Canada without authorization, will comply with Canadian laws, have no criminal record, and are in good health. 
  • Single or Multiple Entry: Similar to TRPs, whether you receive a single-entry or multiple-entry TRV depends on the immigration authorities’ discretion. 
  • Renewal: TRVs can be renewed if needed. 
  • Cost: The application fee for a TRV is $100 CAD per person. 


TRPs are designed for individuals who are inadmissible to Canada for various reasons, while TRVs are for temporary residents such as students, workers, and visitors who need to meet specific requirements. Each visa comes with its own application process, eligibility criteria, validity periods, and costs.  

SPS Canada is here to help by carefully considering your circumstances and needs and choosing the right option to ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit to the beautiful country of Canada. Feel free to contact SPS Canada for expert guidance and support tailored to your immigration journey. Visit our website at www.spscanada.com to learn more and get in touch today! Your Canadian dreams await, and we’re here to help make them a reality.    


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What is the Cost and Demand of Childcare in Canada
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September 14, 2023

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Newcomers to Canada typically settle in the country when they are younger than the average Canadian, leading to the likelihood of them starting families at a younger age. Consequently, the availability of diverse and affordable childcare solutions becomes crucial, not only to ensure the well-being of children but also to stimulate economic development and enhance social well-being.


Affordable Childcare Boosts Employment, Especially for Women.

In Quebec, the introduction of low-cost universal childcare led to more women participating in the labor force and utilizing paid childcare services. From 1998 to 2015, working hours for mothers increased by 9%, contributing $2.8 billion to the GDP.

For newcomers, lack of affordable childcare options may lead them to stay at home to care for their children. Unlike native Canadians, immigrants may lack local family support or the financial means for daycare as they adapt to their new lives.

How to Locate Childcare Alternatives in Canada

Canada offers a variety of childcare choices, including nannies, daycare facilities, home-based daycare services, and before and after-school programs.

The availability of quality childcare options tends to be more extensive in provinces and territories that allocate greater public funding, while others may offer fewer alternatives.

To identify a suitable childcare solution, initiate your search by visiting your city’s website and the Ministry of Education website for your province. Both resources will furnish lists of licensed childcare centers in your area. For unlicensed facilities or informal care arrangements, peruse community center bulletin boards and seek recommendations from fellow parents in your community.

Childcare Costs in Canada – 2022 Summary

In 2022, a survey by Statistics Canada looked at how much parents paid for childcare in Canada. Here’s what they found:

  • Full-Time Childcare for Young Kids:

    • On average, parents paid about $7,790 per year for full-time childcare.
    • This means around $649 per month or about $31 per day.
    • Full-time care means at least 30 hours a week.
  • Childcare Costs for All Ages (Including Part-Time):

    • For kids getting any amount of care, including part-time, the average yearly cost was around $6,565.
    • This works out to roughly $547 per month or about $29 per day.
  • Considering Age:

    • Parents generally paid more for very young kids (0 to 3 years) compared to slightly older kids (4 to 5 years).
    • In 2022, full-time childcare for 0-to-3-year-olds cost an average of $8,146 per year, while for 4-to-5-year-olds, it was about $6,880 per year.
  • Different Types of Childcare:

    • The cost of childcare depended on what kind of childcare parents chose.
    • For full-time childcare at centers, parents paid about $7,957 per year for kids aged 0 to 5.
    • If they used family childcare homes, it cost them around $7,042 per year for kids of the same age.
    • The most expensive option was full-time care by a non-relative (like a nanny) at the child’s home, which averaged about $26,669 per year.
    • On the other hand, parents paid less, around $3,517 per year, when a relative other than a parent took care of the child. Many parents didn’t have to pay anything for this type of care.

For more information and support, visit our website at www.sps canada.com Our website is a valuable resource where you can find additional information and resources related to childcare in Canada, making your journey as a parent smoother and more manageable. We’re here to help you every step of the way.




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Canadian Passport Ranks 6th in the World, Surpassing the US.
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September 13, 2023

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The Canadian passport has been ranked 6th in the world, surpassing the United States, which is now ranked 7th. This is the first time that Canada has ranked higher than the US in the Henley Passport Index, which ranks passports based on the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free or with a visa on arrival.

The improvement in Canada’s passport ranking is due to a number of factors, including the country’s strong economic performance and its reputation for safety and security. Canada also recently added 13 more countries to its visa-free travel list, including Panama, the Caribbean island states of Antigua and Barbados, and the Philippines.

How powerfull is the Canadian Passport?

In 2023, the Canadian passport holds a prominent position among the world’s most influential passports. It grants its holders entry to 186 countries and territories without the requirement of a prior visa, either through visa-free access or by obtaining a visa upon arrival at their destination.

1 Singapore 192
2 Finland, France, Germany 190
4 Denmark, Italy, Sweden 189
5 Austria, Luxembourg, Spain 188
6 Canada, Portugal, United Kingdom 187
7 United States 186
8 Belgium, Netherlands, Norway 185
9 Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, South Korea 184
10 Japan 183


What are the positive Travel Opportunities with Canadian Passport

The extensive travel opportunities offered by the Canadian passport are not only a matter of convenience but also a reflection of the country’s international reputation and diplomatic ties. Whether you’re planning a business trip, a leisurely vacation, or an exploration of new cultures, having a Canadian passport opens doors to a world of possibilities.

On June 6, 2023, Canada expanded its visa-free travel program to include 13 more countries. These countries are now eligible to travel to Canada visa-free or with an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

The new countries eligible for visa-free travel to Canada are:

  • Panama
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Costa Rica
  • Uruguay
  • Argentina
  • Morocco
  • Seychelles
  • Thailand
  • Philippines

The expansion of Canada’s visa-free travel program is a positive development for both Canadian and international travelers. It will make it easier and more convenient for people from these countries to visit Canada, which will boost tourism and economic activity.


As an ethical immigration firm, SPS Canada is your dedicated partner when it comes to planning a move abroad. Our primary focus is on ensuring that your international journey is not only smooth but also ethical, complying with all immigration laws and regulations. Whether you’re considering relocating for work, study, family, or any other reason, we are here to provide trustworthy guidance and support throughout the entire process.






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Citizenship Countdown: The Role of the Physical Presence Calculator
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September 11, 2023

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Shreya Udani

When it comes to achieving Canadian citizenship, one of the most important factors to consider is your physical presence in Canada. For permanent residents aspiring to become Canadian citizens, the Physical Presence Calculator is an invaluable tool that can help you to easily calculate your eligibility required for physical presence in achieving citizenship dream. In this article, we’ll discuss into what the Physical Presence Calculator is, its significance, and how it can help in your journey toward becoming a Canadian citizen. 


Requirements for physical presence in Canadian Citizenship: 

To qualify for Canadian citizenship, you must have been physically present in Canada for a minimum of 1,095 days (about 3 years) within the five years immediately preceding your citizenship application date.  

However, it’s essential to note that merely meeting this minimum requirement might not be enough. It is recommended applicants to aim for more than 1,095 days of physical presence, as this can account for potential errors in absence calculations or other factors that might inadvertently reduce your total physical presence days. 

Moreover, a key requirement for meeting the physical presence eligibility is having a minimum of two years as a permanent resident. This underlines the significance of obtaining and maintaining your permanent resident status before embarking on your citizenship journey. 


Key points to note for Calculation: 

When using the Physical Presence Calculator, it’s crucial to understand how your time in Canada is tabulated: 

  • Five-Year Window: Five years immediately leading up to your citizenship application date are taken into account for calculating your physical presence. 
  •  Temporary Presence: Each day you were physically present in Canada as an authorized temporary resident (such as students or temporary foreign workers) or protected person before becoming a permanent resident is counted as half a day, with a maximum cap of 365 days (about 12 months).  
  •  Permanent Residency: Every day you spend in Canada after becoming a permanent resident count as one full day toward your physical presence requirement. 
  •  Exclusions: Time spent serving a sentence for a criminal offense in Canada, does not contribute to your physical presence total. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. 


The Physical Presence Calculator is an indispensable tool for permanent residents pursuing Canadian citizenship. It offers a clear and accurate assessment of whether you meet the physical presence requirements, enabling you to plan your path to citizenship with confidence. By understanding the calculator’s requirements and ensuring you meet the minimum criteria, you can take the next step toward unlocking the privilege of Canadian citizenship. 


Feel free to contact SPS Canada for expert guidance and support tailored to your immigration journey. Visit our website at www.spscanada.com to learn more and get in touch today! Your Canadian dreams await, and we’re here to help make them a reality.   


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IRCC Unveils Changes to the Parents and Grandparents Program for 2023
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September 10, 2023

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Naju Gadhavi

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has just unveiled an update regarding the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). For this year, IRCC is prepared to accept a maximum of 15,000 complete sponsorship applications under the PGP.

Starting on October 10, IRCC will commence sending invitations to apply to a pool of 24,200 potential sponsors who have expressed interest, with the goal of receiving a total of 15,000 completed applications.

Instead of initiating a new round of interest submissions, IRCC will be sending invitations to apply to randomly selected potential sponsors from the pool of submissions made in 2020. If you submitted an interest form in 2020 but did not receive an invitation to apply in 2021 or 2022, it is recommended that you check the email account you provided when you submitted your interest form in 2020.

For those who are invited to apply as part of the 2023 intake, IRCC will continue to use the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, which enables electronic submission of applications.

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan

In 2022, IRCC extended invitations to 23,100 potential sponsors, inviting them to apply for the sponsorship of their parents and grandparents, with the objective of receiving 15,000 completed applications.

Each year, IRCC releases its Immigration Levels Plan, which serves as a blueprint for its operations and outlines its objectives for welcoming newcomers to Canada.

For 2023, Canada’s target for new permanent residents is set at 465,000. Specifically, the goal is to welcome 28,500 parents and grandparents during the year.

By 2025, Canada aims to reach a newcomer target of 500,000, with the aim of welcoming 36,000 parents and grandparents.

The Super Visa

The Super Visa is a popular choice among Canadian citizens and permanent residents seeking to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada.

This visa is temporary and grants parents and grandparents the privilege of visiting their family in Canada for up to five consecutive years without needing to renew their visitor status. Super Visa holders are allowed multiple entries into Canada over a 10-year period. Additionally, those already holding a Super Visa may be eligible to apply for an extension, allowing them to remain in Canada for up to seven years as visitors.

Unlike other immigration programs, the Super Visa is not subject to a lottery system and is available throughout the year, providing greater predictability for those interested in sponsoring their parents or grandparents.

To be eligible for the Super Visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Not be inadmissible to Canada due to criminal or health-related reasons.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to meet the income requirements as determined by the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO).
  4. Provide a signed letter from their child or grandchild in Canada, including a commitment to provide financial support throughout the visit and details of the household members’ list and numbers.
  5. Present evidence of medical insurance coverage for at least one year with a Canadian insurance company.

SPS Canada invites you to take the first step towards your Parents and Grarandparents Program application today. With a team of seasoned experts boasting over 22 years of experience, we are here to guide you through the process seamlessly. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and let’s embark on this journey towards your future in Canada together.

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