Canada Immigration News Podcast: Episode 4
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Episode 4 – Hot Topics in Immigration: Nurses in New Brunswick, IEC Draws, Afghan Refugees & Quebec Arrima Update

Austin Campbell



Canada Immigration News Podcast
Canada Immigration News Podcast
Canada Immigration News Podcast
Episode 4 – Hot Topics in Immigration: Nurses in New Brunswick, IEC Draws, Afghan Refugees & Quebec Arrima Update

New Brunswick Welcomes International Nurses

First up, some great news for healthcare in New Brunswick! The province recently welcomed a new wave of internationally trained nurses, specifically French-speaking nurses from Belgium and Morocco. This recruitment mission, targeting eight nursing homes, resulted in a total of 140 job offers, with Villa Providence alone receiving 58 offers.

This initiative is part of a broader strategy to address the ongoing healthcare worker shortage in New Brunswick. Since 2019, the province has welcomed nearly 1,400 internationally trained nurses. These nurses bring valuable skills and experience to the table, while also contributing to the diversity of the healthcare workforce.

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It’s important to note that these nurses must meet the standards set by the Nurses Association of New Brunswick to ensure they can practice safely and effectively. This is a win-win situation for both the nurses who gain career opportunities in Canada and for New Brunswick residents who benefit from improved access to quality healthcare services.


Over 2,000 Invitations Issued Through International Experience Canada (IEC)

Moving on, let’s talk about exciting news for young professionals and aspiring international travelers! Over the last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a new draw in the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. From April 29th to May 5th, a total of 2,014 lucky candidates received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for an open work permit under the IEC program.

This program offers a fantastic opportunity for young adults from various countries to gain work experience and explore Canada. This recent draw saw invitations issued to candidates from a wide range of countries, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, and many more.

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Canada Continues to Welcome Afghan Refugees

Shifting gears, we want to acknowledge Canada’s ongoing commitment to resettling Afghan refugees. As of May 3rd, 2024, Canada has welcomed over 680 Afghan refugees in the past month. This brings the total number of Afghan refugees resettled in Canada to over 51,000.


These arrivals include individuals and families who assisted the Canadian government in Afghanistan, as well as vulnerable Afghans resettled under the Humanitarian program and a program for extended family members of former interpreters.

Quebec Arrima Update: 1,415 New Candidates Invited

Finally, we have news for those with their eyes set on Quebec! On May 3rd, the Quebec Ministry of Immigration (MIFI) conducted the 63rd draw through their online Arrima application system. This draw saw 1,415 candidates invited to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW).

The minimum cut-off score for this draw was 598, and successful candidates also demonstrated at least level 7 oral proficiency in French and possessed a valid job offer outside the Montreal Metropolitan Community.

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Stay Informed and Engaged!


That wraps up our episode today, but remember, this is just a glimpse into the ever-changing world of Canadian immigration. Here are some tips to stay informed:

  • Subscribe to our podcast for regular updates and insights.
  • Follow us on social media for the latest news and resources.
  • Visit the official IRCC website or Canada Immigration News for program details and application processes.
  • Consider consulting with an immigration lawyer or an RCIC for personalized guidance.

With the right knowledge and resources by your side, you can confidently navigate your Canadian immigration journey. Until next time, we wish you all the best in achieving your immigration goals!

Do you have any questions about the topics we discussed today? Leave a comment below and let’s chat! We’d also love to hear your suggestions for future episodes.



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