Thinking of immigrating to Canada?

In this section you’ll learn more about what makes Canada a first choice for many immigrants.

Canada is the second largest country in the world (after Russia) by land mass.Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. At last count, there may be as many as two million, with 563 lakes larger than 100 square kilometres.Canada is the first country in the world to adopt a policy of multiculturalism, embracing diversity and pluralism. Today, according to the Parliament of Canada’s Canadian Multiculturalism report, the country is home to people from over 250 ethnic origins.Hockey is the national winter sport of Canada while lacrosse is the national summer sport.

Climate

The biggest part of Canada has a continental climate, although average winter and summer high temperatures across Canada vary according to the location. Winters can be harsh in many regions of the country, particularly in the interior and Prairie provinces, which experience a continental climate. In these areas the daily average temperatures can be near -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) but can even drop below -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit) with severe wind chills. In noncoastal regions, snow can cover the ground almost six months of the year. Coastal British Columbia enjoys a temperate climate, with a mild and rainy winter.

On the east and west coasts in summer average high temperatures are generally in the low 20 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit), while between the coasts, the average summer high temperature ranges from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit), with occasional extreme heat in some interior locations exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Benefits

Canadians experience less violent crimes, less break-ins and less crime overall than many other countries. Canada offers many social welfare programs that are helpful. While the health care system takes a few hits here and there it is overall a very good system that treats people fairly. In order to continue with economic growth and due to skills shortages in many industries the Canadian government continue to emphasise the need to attract foreign workers to the nation. With no shortage of jobs in Canada the deal is sweetened for expats by Canada’s affordable and high quality healthcare.The country and the government no doubt mean business when it comes to making it as appealing as possible for migrants living in Canada. If you want to move to a place where you feel 100% secure because the crime rate is so low than Canada should be on your short list. Canada experiences one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Capital and City Centers

Ottawa, located in the province of Ontario, is the Capital City of Canada. Other major city centers that are popular landing spots for new immigrants include (by population size):

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Montreal, Québec
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Québec City, Québec
Student visa

Canada is a bilingual country, which makes studying here an excellent opportunity to develop your language skills and boost your prospects for an interesting career. Coursework in French and English is an integral part of Canada’s educational system, which enriches its cultural and community life.

Canadian college and university diplomas are recognized around the world. The Canadian education system encourages cross-disciplinary studies and the advancement of communicable skills (e.g. vital thinking, coordination and interaction) and uses cutting-edge technology and digital media.

The Canadian government offers a work program to students who have obtained a diploma from a post-secondary school in Canada and are looking to gain work experience. This is an excellent way to continue to love in Canada while diversifying and developing your professional skills.

Institutes
  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Laval University
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Guelph

Types of Visas

Express Entry

Federal Skilled worker category is designed for individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada on the basis of their own credentials. To qualify for skilled worker category, applicants will be assessed on different factors of Education, Age, Work Experience, Language proficiency, Arranged Employment and Adaptability factors. Under Adaptability factor applicants will get points for their Spouse education, Canadian education/ work and close relatives in Canada. To qualify under this category applicants needs to attain 67 points.

Dependent Visa

We know it is important to help families who come from other countries to reunite in Canada. If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you can sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, marital partner, dependent child (including adopted child) or other eligible relative (such as a parent or grandparent) to become a permanent resident.

Immigrants falling under this category are eligible to use this family sponsoring process known as Family Class.

If you become a permanent resident, you can live, study and work in Canada.

You can sponsor a relative to come to Canada as a permanent resident; you are responsible for supporting your relative financially when he or she arrives. As a sponsor, you must make sure your spouse or relative does not need to seek financial assistance from the government.

The process to sponsor your family begins when you, as a citizen or permanent resident in Canada, apply to be a sponsor.

There are two different processes for sponsoring your family. One process is used for sponsoring your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner and/or dependent children. Another process is used to sponsor other eligible relatives.

Visitor Visa

Canada welcomes you as a tourist, student or temporary worker. Every year, more than 5 million people visit Canada to enjoy the many opportunities which is offered by Canada.

Depending on where you live, and the reason for your visit, you will need to meet certain entry requirements. In some cases, if you plan to stay in Canada for a certain period of time, you will need a Temporary Resident Visa.

Business Visa

The Business Immigration Program seeks to attract experienced business people to Canada who will support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy.

You can qualify in the following three different programs:

  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Self-employed
  • Start up
  • Self operated business work permit leading to PR
  • Intra company transfers

Each application can be made for only one class and the class cannot be changed once the application is submitted. The criteria you must meet to qualify are different for each class.

Family /Parents and Grandparents Visa

Your relative may be able to come to Canada as a permanent resident. If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you can sponsor your relative (parents, real brother & sisters) under the Family Class program.

Provincial Nominee Program

Persons who immigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program have the skills, education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that nominates them. They are ready to establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in Canada.

Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. If you choose to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle and complete its provincial nomination process. The province will consider your application based on its immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there.

Here is a list of the provinces and territories currently participating in this program. Since the criteria vary among the provinces, you should visit their websites for more information.

  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon
  • Northwest Territories

After you have been nominated by a province or territory, you have to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. A CIC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration regulations.

You will have to pass a medical examination and security and criminal checks.

Provincial nominees are not assessed on the six selection factors of the Federal Skilled Workers Program.

Temp. Work permit

Every year, over 150,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages, or to work as live-in caregivers.

A work permit is needed for most temporary jobs in Canada. Some jobs do not require a work permit.

You may not need a work permit if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Athletes and coaches
  • Aviation accident or incident investigators
  • Business visitors
  • Civil aviation inspectors
  • Clergy
  • Convention organizers
  • Crew members
  • Emergency service providers
  • Examiners and evaluators
  • Expert witnesses or investigators
  • Family members of foreign representatives
  • Foreign government officers
  • Foreign representatives
  • Health-care students
  • Judges, referees and similar officials
  • Military personnel
  • News reporters, film and media crews
  • Performing artists
  • Public speakers
  • Students working on campus