5 Best Pathways to Immigrate to Canada

In recent years, Canada has emerged as one of the top immigration destinations around the world. It is estimated that about 1.3 million people from all over the world will move to Canada between 2022 and 2024.

There are over 100 immigration programs available for people looking to move to Canada and in this article, we have covered the best 5 immigration pathways you can follow to get to Canada to start a new life, whether you’re looking to study, work, or reunite with your family in Canada.

Express Entry
Express Entry is an online system the Canadian government use to manage immigration applications from skilled workers and 3 immigration programs are managed by the Express Entry program.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program – This program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience and must meet the criteria for education and other factors.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program – This program is for skilled workers who are qualified in a skilled trade and must have a valid job offer or a certificate of qualification.
  • Canadian Experience Class – This program is for skilled workers who have at least 3 years of Canadian work experience.

Immigrants with university or college degrees, skilled work experience, and moderate proficiency in English and/or French are eligible for Express Entry. Most Express Entry applications are processed within 6 months and successful applicants receive their permanent residence status within this time frame.

Provincial Nominee Programs
The Provincial Nominee Program is simply immigration by being nominated by a Canadian province or territory.

The PNP as it is popularly called is for workers who have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory; want to live in that province, and want to become permanent residents of Canada.

Many Canadian provinces such as Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, and others have developed their own immigration programs which generally require applicants to reside within their geographical areas when they arrive in Canada.

Different provinces and territories have their own immigration requirements as well as their own streams i.e. the specific groups of people targeted for their immigration programs. For example, a province or territory may target students, business people, skilled workers, and
semi-skilled workers while another province may target different groups of people in their own program stream.

The following provinces or territories have their own Provincial Nominee Programs:

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

Business Immigration
The Business Immigration program is for startups and entrepreneurs looking to move to Canada with the start-up visa program to start and operate a business in Canada or for people looking to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.

The start-up visa program requires startups and entrepreneurs to have:

  • at least 1 angel investor ready to invest at least $75,000 in a qualifying business, or
  • at least 1 venture capital fund ready to invest at least $200,000 in a qualifying business, or
  • the start-up business must have been accepted into a business incubator program.

Self-employed immigrants must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and must be willing and able to make significant contributions to the cultural or athletic life of Canada.

Family Sponsorship
People living in Canada can sponsor their relatives to live, study and work in Canada. The Family Sponsorship Immigration program requires the Sponsor to be at least 18 years old and must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.

Family members or relatives that are eligible to be sponsored are:

  • Spouse, partner, or dependent children
  • Parents and grandparents
  • Adopted child
  • Relatives (With certain conditions)

Atlantic Immigration Program
The Atlantic Immigration Program is a federal immigration program designed to help the economic growth of Canada’s 4 Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island by attracting skilled workers to these areas.

The Atlantic Immigration Program is a pathway to permanent residence for foreign skilled workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution looking to work and live in one of these provinces. The program helps employers fill jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.

To be eligible for the Atlantic Immigration Program, applicants must have a job offer from a designated Canadian employer in any of the 4 Atlantic provinces. The Atlantic Immigration Program started in 2017 as a pilot program and brings in over 6,000 newcomers to the Canadian Atlantic provinces each year.

Canada has a lot of immigration programs for people looking to immigrate to the Country but this article has discussed the best immigration pathways to live, work, study in Canada or obtain a permanent residence.

Maple Education Canada assists students and individuals who want to migrate to Canada. We offer top-notch immigration services to help you move to Canada easily and without hassles. You can reach out to our team of Certified Canadian Consultants via email: info@mapleeducation.ca for more information.

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