Canada’s immigration system is truly a world leader.

Canada welcomes more than 300,000 immigrants every year, which marks a 1%-growth of country’s population annually. Immigrants come to Canada under three immigration categories – economic immigration, family reunification (sponsorship) and humanitarian considerations (asylum seekers and refugees).

In addition, millions of people come to Canada to visit, work, or study temporarily.

Economic immigration

Express Entry is an e-system which operates the profiles of candidates for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class.

Provincial Nominee Programs: Canadian provinces and territories (except Quebec) have their own immigration programs, which often have “softened” requirements compared to federal programs.

Regional Immigration Programs: there are two programs for immigration to certain regions of Canada – Atlantic Immigration Pilot and Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

Sector-Specific Immigration Programs: Canada has recently announced the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.

Quebec Immigration: The Province of Quebec has its own special immigration system.

Business Programs: Foreign entrepreneurs can become permanent residents of Canada and launch their business here.

Caregiver Programs: Individuals with Canadian work experience as a home child care provider, or home support worker, can become permanents residents of Canada.

Family immigration programs (Sponsorship)

Family Class Immigration: Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouses or common-law partners, dependent children, parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada.

Humanitarian considerations (Refugee System)

Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Refugee status is not a free ticket to Canada. The Canadian refugee system is not for those who are looking for a better life. It is designed to protect those who can prove that they face persecution or the threat of life in their home country.