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    Canada Immigration Processing Changes For Express Entry & All PR Applications 2024

    April 4th, 2024 at 12:09 am

    Canada Immigration Processing Changes For Express Entry & All PR Applications 2024

    In the year 2024, Canada’s labor laws and immigration policies had undergone substantial changes. Notably, anyone hoping to relocate to Canada will be impacted by the impending hike in immigration processing expenses.
    Five provinces have simultaneously changed their minimum wages to reflect changes in workforce demands and economic dynamics. These changes have an impact on workers and immigrants alike, influencing their prospects and obstacles in Canada.

    Canada Immigration Processing Fees Increased 2024

    With effect from April 30, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced an increase in immigration fees for all applications for permanent status. Since 2020, the Immigration and Nationality Commission (IRCC) has raised immigration costs every two years. The most recent price rise, which occurred in 2022, is notable.
    The fees increased by a relatively small amount, to approximately 3%, in April 2022. As of April 30, 2024, the new fees are almost 12.13%. The new rate is calculated by rounding to the nearest five dollars the cumulative percentage increase in the consumer or Price Index published by Statistics Canada for the preceding two years (2022 and 2023).
    All applicants for permanent residence are exempt from paying the right of permanent residence fee, except dependent children and protected individuals. Under some circumstances, principal candidates in the humanitarian, compassionate, and public policy categories are exempt from paying the right of permanent residence charge.
    Family members cannot apply for permanent residency on behalf of the “Permit Holder” class. People in this group are required to apply on their own as principal applicants.

    New Canada Immigration Fees Effective April 30th, 2024

    Program Applicants Current fees (April 2022– March 2024) New fees
    (April 2024–March 2026) 
    Right of Permanent Residence Fee Principal applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner $515 $575
    Federal Skilled Workers, Provincial Nominee Program, Quebec Skilled Workers, Atlantic Immigration Class, and most economic pilots (Rural, Agri-Food) Principal applicant $850 $950
    Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $850 $950
    Accompanying dependent child  $230 $260
    Live-in Caregiver Program and caregivers pilots (Home Child Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot) Principal applicant $570 $635
    Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $570 $635
    Accompanying dependent child  $155 $175
    Business (federal and Quebec) Principal applicant $1,625 $1,810
    Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $850 $950
    Accompanying dependent child  $230 $260
    Family reunification (spouses, partners, and children; parents and grandparents; and other relatives) Sponsorship fee $75 $85
    Sponsored principal applicant $490 $545
    Sponsored child (principal applicant under 22 years old and not a spouse/partner)  $75 $85
    Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $570 $635
    Accompanying dependent child  $155 $175
    Protected persons Principal applicant  $570 $635
    Accompanying spouse or common-law partner  $570 $635
    Accompanying dependent child  $155 $175
    Humanitarian and compassionate consideration / Public policy Principal applicant  $570 $635
    Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $570 $635
    Accompanying dependent child  $155 $175
    Permit holders Principal applicant  $335 $375
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    New Minimum Wage in Canada and Five Provinces

    On April 1st, 2024, the new minimum wage will go into effect in Canada and the five Canadian provinces or territories of Yukon, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The federal national minimum wage in Canada increased from $16.65 per hour to $17.30 per hour to keep up with inflation.
    The federal minimum wage is mandatory for all commercial sectors in Canada that are subject to federal regulation, such as banking, postal services, courier services, and interprovincial air, rail, road, and ocean transportation. Nevertheless, detractors persist in criticizing the new minimum wage, claiming that it falls short of real living earnings in different regions of Canada.

    New Minimum Wage in 5 Canadian Provinces

    A new minimum wage went into effect in five Canadian provinces on April 1st, 2024. The minimum wage on Prince Edward Island increased to $15.40 per hour, a 40-cent increase. The minimum wage in Nova Scotia has been increased to $12.00 per hour as of late. As of April 1st, 2024, the minimum wage in New Brunswick is officially established at $15.30 per hour, an increase from $14.75.
    Additionally, Newfoundland and Labrador’s minimum wage has increased to $15.60 per hour, an increase of 60 cents. In addition, Yukon’s minimum wage has climbed to $17.59 per hour, an increase of 82 cents.

    Official Minimum Wage in Canada and the Upcoming Salary Schedule

    In Canada, the minimum wage is not equal to the living wage. The practical living wages in Canada’s major cities continue to be higher than the official minimum salaries in the nation and its provinces. The living wage is determined by taking into account the genuine cost of living in a certain location and is based on facts particular to that community.
    The living wages in 55 major locations in Canada are listed below;
    Region Province Living Wage Rates per hour
    Canmore Alberta 38.80
    Clayoquot Sound British Columbia 26.51
    Halifax Nova Scotia 26.50
    Daajing Giids British Columbia 26.25
    Golden British Columbia 25.78
    Metro Vancouver British Columbia 25.68
    Sunshine Coast British Columbia 25.61
    Greater Victoria British Columbia 25.40
    Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia 25.40
    Cowichan Valley British Columbia 25.20
    Powell River British Columbia 25.06
    Southern Nova Scotia 25.05
    GTA Ontario 25.05
    Jasper Alberta 24.90
    Revelstoke British Columbia 24.60
    Kelowna British Columbia 24.60
    Fort McMurray Alberta 24.50
    Northern Nova Scotia 24.30
    St. Albert Alberta 23.80
    Calgary Alberta 23.70
    Nanaimo British Columbia 22.87
    Cape Breton Nova Scotia 22.85
    Grey Bruce Perth Huron Simcoe Ontario 22.75
    Columbia Valley British Columbia 22.63
    Edmonton Alberta 22.25
    Prince George British Columbia 22.09
    Comox Valley British Columbia 22.02
    Ottawa Ontario 21.95
    High River Alberta 21.70
    Lac La Biche County Alberta 21.60
    Trail British Columbia 21.55
    Nelson British Columbia 21.14
    Stony Plain Alberta 21.10
    Spruce Grove Alberta 21.00
    Kamloops British Columbia 20.91
    Dufferin Guelph Wellington Waterloo Ontario 20.90
    Hamilton Ontario 20.80
    Fraser Valley British Columbia 20.66
    Dawson Creek British Columbia 20.64
    Lethbridge Alberta 20.60
    East Ontario 20.60
    Brant Haldimand Norfolk, Niagara Ontario 20.35
    North Ontario 19.80
    Drayton Valley Alberta 19.55
    Winnipeg Manitoba 19.21
    Brooks Alberta 19.05
    Saskatoon Saskatchewan 18.95
    Grande Prairie Alberta 18.90
    London Elgin, and Oxford Ontario 18.85
    Red Deer Alberta 18.75
    Southwest Ontario 18.65
    Regina Saskatchewan 17.80
    Thompson Manitoba 17.48
    Medicine Hat Alberta 17.35
    Brandon Manitoba 15.69
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    When does the federal minimum wage in Canada increase?

    Canada updates its federal minimum wage on April 1st of each year per the Consumer Price Index.


    Changes to minimum wage rates and immigration processing fees highlight how Canada’s socioeconomic environment is changing. It is critical to acknowledge the various effects on workers attempting to receive fair compensation and immigrants seeking a fresh start as the country navigates these developments.
    These updates serve as a helpful reminder of how dynamic policies are and how important it is to modify them in response to the demands of a changing society.

    Follow us on Newsnowgh.com to stay up to date on the latest information regarding work permits, visa application processes, paths to permanent residency, and visa-sponsored employment.


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