Top 3 Canada Immigration Programs to Immigrate to Canada in 2020

The department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set a target of 341,000 admissions in 2020 under the various Canada Immigration Programs. This number will include 49,700 protected persons and 4,500 humanitarian and other programs that do not fall under regular immigration streams. This leaves 286,800 opportunities for immigrants to secure permanent residency in Canada.

Of the 286,000 immigration places available, the highest amount, a total of 85,800 places are reserved for the Federal High Skilled Program in the Express Entry Stream, with a further 67,800 being available through the Provincial Nomination Program. These two programs work hand in hand, which will be explained in detail further on. Following that the Care Provider Pilot will create 5,000 immigration opportunities and the Atlantic Immigration Program will create a further 4,000 opportunities for immigrants to apply for permanent residency. If you are ready to get your immigration application underway, follow the link below. If you would like to know more about the different immigration programs, continue reading.

Express Entry System


Canada's flagship immigration program is intended to fast-track the immigration process. The system works by requiring potential immigrants to create an online profile on the ICCRC webpage. Applicants will then enter their information and supporting documents to attain a Comprehensive Ranking System score out of 1,200 total points. The highest points you can earn based on skills transferability and human capital factors such as your age, language skills, work experience, qualifications and your spouse’s human capital factors is 600 points. The other 600 points up for grabs is if you can secure one of the following:

Additional Points
A valid job offer in the NOC0 is worth 200, and one under the NOC 0, A or B is worth 50 points
A high score in English or French CLB tests can be worth up to an additional 30 points. You must still take the CLB test even if you are from an English speaking country. Look at it this way, easy points!
A Provincial Nomination is worth 600 points
If you have a sibling living in Canada, 15 points
A post-secondary qualification from a Canadian institution, two years or less is 15 points and three years or more is 30 points

Provincial Nomination Program

So clearly, if you are able to secure a provincial nomination, you will be at the very top of the Express Entry pool and be almost guaranteed an invitation to apply for permanent residency. It is the single most important factor in your CRS score. The PNPis a program that allows provinces to nominate immigrants who wish to settle, live and work in a particular province. The candidate can apply directly to the province or create an expression of interest through their Express Entry profile. The province then considers the application based on their labour and skill requirements and makes a decision. The PNP also does not have a skill level cut off, so if your job is skill level C or D, you may find a stream under one of the PNP’s you will be eligible for.

You can receive a provincial nomination even if you do not have a valid job offer from the province you intend to settle and live in, if they feel you will add to their economy. If you do have a valid job offer from a designated employer in the province you intend to settle and live in, a provincial nomination will be much easier to get and if you meet all the eligibility requirements, you are all but guaranteed an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

Care Providers Pilots


Canada has introduced two new pilots, the Home Support Worker Pilot and the Child Care Provider Pilot. The aim of these two new pilots was to iron out some of the issues potential immigrants experienced working as caregivers in Canada. The two biggest changes these pilots introduced are:

  • Care providers no longer need to ‘live-in’ with their employers; and
  • Care providers are not obliged to work for the same employer, they are granted an open work permit.

These changes were introduced in order to protect immigrants from being caught in abusive situations, which they would often be forced to remain in, in their pursuit of permanent residency. Now immigrants can freely change employers and once they have 24 months of full time experience and meet all the other eligibility requirements, can obtain permanent residency status.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot


The amount of immigration applications being accepted in 2020 for the AIP has doubled from 2019 to 4,000. You are eligible to apply for permanent residency through this pilot if you intend to settle, live and work in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador. This pilot is for those who:

  • Are an international graduate from a post secondary institution in one of the four Atlantic provinces; or
  • Have a valid full time job offer under the NOC level 0, A, B or C - Skilled and semi-skilled workers; and
  • Meet the eligibility requirements such as work experience, education, language ability and proof of funds.

How We Can Help You


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