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 collected a number of resources focused on financial assistance for newcomers, temporary residents and refugees.

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Canada is helping people who are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you live in Canada, even temporarily, there may be support for you. Some of the information on this page is available in multiple languages.

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 made changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada due to COVID-19. To learn more about the changes, including travel, testing and isolation requirements, please visit the link below.

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International Students

Current travel restrictions  caused by COVID-19 are having an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now. These restrictions stop most discretionary travel to Canada. The Government of Canada is providing guidance for International students, including resources and restrictions for those looking to enter Canada for post-secondary education.

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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 YREACH

Pathways to Permanent Residency

The Cape Breton Partnership facilitated this session on Pathways to Permanent Residency on Tuesday, May 26. It featured panel discussions with the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.