Do you want to start a new life in Canada from Nigeria but you worry about adapting? There is no need to fear starting over because Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the entire world with many immigrant communities forming across its 13 provinces and territories. Due to labour market shortages in many of the local economies, the government has made plans to welcome over a million internationals into the workforce within the next three years, and specifically not less than 401,000 immigrants in 2021 only.
Below we have listed some of the support structures that you would have as a Nigerian permanent resident living in Canada. These will all make the process easier once you are successfully invited over to settle in the country. If you are interested in immigrating from Nigeria to Canada, you’ll need to apply as soon as possible. Despite bigger quotas for Canadian immigration, more and more people around the world are making this multicultural destination their first choice.
Nigerian Support Networks in Canada
Events and Festivals
Some examples of annual events that celebrate Nigerian heritage are the Afro Gala, the Independence Day celebration, and the African Descent Festival in Vancouver. These are only a few examples of the kind of events that happen regularly in larger city centers for Nigerians but also others of African descent that want to celebrate their multiculturalism while still building a life in Canada.
There are many official Nigerian groups to be found in Canada, specifically in the provinces/territories of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec, and Saskatchewan. Below are examples of the types of organizations that exist and are open to members from the general public that have ties to Nigerian heritage. This means later generations will also have links to Nigerian culture, despite growing up in Canada.
|Examples of Nigerian Groups in Canada|
|Nigerian Canadian Association||A non-profit community organization that addresses issues of concern to Nigerian residents living in Canada and addresses their representation in society.|
|Igbo Union of Canada||An organization to unite Igbo-speaking groups living in Greater Toronto in efforts to celebrate indigenous culture.|
|Nigeria High Commission||An organization that is more politically affiliated and gives members the opportunity to help those still living in Nigeria through awareness and dialogue between nations.|
Cities with Most Nigerian Expats
There are nearly 70,000 Nigerians currently enjoying life in Canada with most situated in the populous city of Toronto in Ontario. Here are a few more cities where you will find many expat communities in the country that are made up of Nigerian immigrants.
Ways to Immigrate to Canada from Nigeria
Some ways to immigrate include getting family sponsorship which allows a sibling, parent, or grandparent that is a citizen or permanent resident in Canada to sponsor you (or the other way around) to live in Canada. Other ways to get started with immigration are to work in Canada on a temporary work permit or to start your studies at a recognized Canadian university.
Express Entry System
The Express Entry system was created in 2015 to umbrella the three federal programs, which are the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. These applications are for skilled or experienced workers that fall under specific occupations under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) in Canada and take as little as six months to process.
Candidates need to first check if they are eligible to qualify for their selected program (as this is measured in addition to the requirements under Express Entry) before creating an online profile. This profile will be awarded points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which is detailed below. Candidates are then entered into the Express Entry pool where the highest-scoring profiles are drawn (typically every two weeks) and issued with an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
CRS Criteria Awards Points For:
- CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
- Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
- Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
- Arranged employment
- Provincial Nomination achieved
- Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
- Your spouse’s profile (if married)
Provincial Nominee Program
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was designed to address specific labour market shortages appearing in the provinces and territories. 11 out of the 13 regions of Canada participate in this program and each offers its own streams to applicants looking to settle in that area.
|Prince Edward Island|
|Newfoundland & Labrador|
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