Canada Immigration News, PNP updates, Biometrics options and CUSMA as of June 20, 2020

Happy World Refugee Day! June 20, marks World Refugee Day. As you are aware, refugee applications are an integral part of immigration to Canada. Therefore, I’ll take this opportunity and congratulate all those who provide a better life for the victims of persecution. Without further ado, let’s take a quick look at Canada immigration news.

Canada Immigration News #1: NAFTA 2.0 and the labour movement to Canada

According to the UPS website and, the new NAFTA agreement will come to effect on July 1, 2020. Of course, depending on who you ask, the new deal has different names: Canadians call is CUSMA; Americans call it USMCA; Mexicans call it T-MEC! Regardless, Annex 16 of the new agreement refers to labour movements. Luckily, this chapter does not show significant changes compared to the good old NAFTA. Therefore, Mexican and US citizens may continue to benefit from special work permits to Canada. If you are not familiar with those options, read the following article:

Canada Immigration News #2: More Visa Application Centres take biometrics

According to the IRCC website, Service Canada and ASC locations in Canada and the US remain closed for biometrics. However, about 50 Visa Application Centres (VACs) are now available for biometrics worldwide. Therefore, if you need to give biometrics check out our post on this subject:

Of course, if no VAC is open close to you, don’t panic. The government is still flexible and won’t refuse applications because of biometrics. However, you must give biometrics as soon as a VAC close to you opens. If you are in Canada or the US, you need to wait for the local centres to open.

Canada Immigration News #3: Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

We visited the PNP websites to explore which province is active in inviting immigrants. Of course, some provinces lag in reporting online. Therefore, our report is as accurate as their websites.

Province Latest Activity Remarks
British Columbia June 16, 2020 A total of 276 invitations under five categories, namely:
  • SI – Skilled Worker
  • SI – International Graduate
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker
  • EEBC – International Graduate
Alberta N/A According to their website, they won’t provide status updates.
Saskatchewan May 28, 2020 A total of 125 invitations under the Occupations In-Demand (OID) program and another 127 invitations under the Express Entry! In both groups, the lowest score was 78.
Manitoba June 19, 2020 They issued letters of Advice to Apply as follows:
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: a total of 111 candidates with the lowest score of 504
  • International Education Stream: a total of 12 candidates
  • Skilled Workers Overseas: a total of 58 candidates with the lowest score of 686
Ontario June 3, 2020 A total of 669 Notice of Invitations (NOI) under Human Capital Priorities Stream:
  • 167 candidates with one year or more of Canadian experience – Priority Occupations
  • 532 candidates with one year or more of foreign experience – Priority Occupations
Quebec January 16, 2020 Only 23 invitations!
New Brunswick N/A We contacted them and asked for the updates. We will update this post if they reply to us.
Nova Scotia N/A We contacted them and asked for the updates. We will update this post if they reply to us.
Prince Edward Island May 15, 2020 A total of 14 invitations under the Labour Impact Category to support applicants working in essential service industries (i.e. Healthcare and Trucking)! They stopped regular invitations in March. The last regular draw was on February 20, 2020. They invited ten entrepreneur applicants and 143 labour and Express Entry applicants then.
Newfoundland and Labrador N/A We contacted them and asked for the updates. We will update this post if they reply to us.
Northwest Territories N/A We contacted them and asked for the updates. We will update this post if they reply to us.
Yukon N/A We contacted them and asked for the updates. We will update this post if they reply to us.


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    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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