Immigration Resources


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), along with other government departments and international allies, continues to closely monitor COVID 19 and any impacts on people and operations.

HOW COVID-19 IS AFFECTING IMMIGRATION

IRCC NEWSROOM AND PRESS RELEASE UPDATES

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has also translated 10 questions and answers about CERB into multiple languages so that people can get the information they need, in the language they are most comfortable with. In addition to this, the Public Health Agency of Canada also has a list of resources relating to COVID-19, many of which are available in multiple languages. Fact sheets, infographics and videos with key public health advice on COVID-19 are added and updated regularly.

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Temporary Foreign Workers

The Government of Canada has announced that it will provide support of $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker to employers or those working with them to ensure requirements are fully met. The funding is conditional on employers not being found in violation of the mandatory 14-day isolation protocols or any other public health order. This program will be available as long as the Quarantine Act is in force and the isolation protocol is followed.

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The Government of Canada has also announced a new temporary policy that will drastically reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job. While this policy is in place, a worker who is already in Canada and has secured a new job offer, typically backed by a labour market test, can get approval to start working in their new job, even while their work permit application is being fully processed. This will cut what can often take 10 weeks or more, down to 10 days or less.

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International students

Post-secondary institutions and prospective students alike are considering their approach to the fall semester. Both have sought guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regarding eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) for students starting at an eligible DLI this fall.

Under normal circumstances, criteria for the PGWPP limit an international student’s ability to pursue a program via distance learning, from inside or outside Canada, and time spent studying outside Canada is deducted from the length of the work permit for which they are eligible. PGWPP eligibility will not be affected for international students whose fall 2020 courses will be online due to COVID-19. This is in line with guidance provided to students already studying in Canada or whose program had a spring or summer start date.

Students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.In addition, they will not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.

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Canada Revenue Agency: Newcomers to Canada (immigrants and returning residents)

The Government of Canada has information available on the Canadian tax system to help newcomers complete theirr first income tax and benefit return as a resident of Canada. This process applies only for the first tax year that a person is a new resident of Canada for income tax purposes. After the first tax year in Canada, a person is no longer considered a newcomer for income tax purposes.

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Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have developed detailed guidance pertaining to Temporary Foreign Workers and their employers.

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Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration (CBICI) and YREACH

The offices of the Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration (CBICI) and YREACH are all currently closed, however, their staff are available remotely for immigrant settlement service support.

UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON CAPE BRETON ISLAND CENTRE FOR IMMIGRATION

UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON YREACH