LOCATION: Northern Part of North America

POPULATION: 37,859,919


CURRENCY: Canadian Dollars


MAJOR INDUSTRIES: Tourism, Construction, Energy

Canada is a G7 country with one of the world’s best performing economies. As the world’s second largest country, Canada, is also rich in natural resources, including the world’s second largest oil reserves and fourth largest supply of fresh water. Canada provides a cosmopolitan, family-friendly lifestyle, with several world-class cities that provide well diversified business environments, vibrant social scenes and a wealth of cultural events. Canada also offers incredible natural beauty, including oceanic coastlines, immense forests, rugged mountains, vast prairies and pristine beaches.



The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a path to Canadian Permanent Residency. The Canadian federal government has entered into arrangements with Canadian Provinces and Territories that allows the provinces to select their own immigrants and have the flexibility to address their own unique economic needs. If the applicant wants to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, he must first apply to the province where he wish to settle and complete the process. Approved applicants will be issued a Provincial Nominee Certificate. The applicant is eligible to apply for Permanent Residence relying on that Provincial Nominee Certificate. The applicant can now apply for a temporary work permit to work with the Canada employer while the Permanent Residence application is in process. As of January 2015, most of the provincial nominee programs have combined their programs with the Express Entry system, in this case, the issuance of the PNP certificate will give the applicant an additional CRS 600 points, which will almost guarantee their selection in the following round of invitations.


​The Canadian Express Entry (EE) program is a one-stop access point to submit Permanent Residency applications for four separate Permanent Residence categories. Currently, application processing times range from 8-12 months or less.

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Some Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)


The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) has been one of the most popular immigration programs. It is a process for obtaining Permanent Residency in Canada. FSW is the longest standing economic-based Permanent Residency program in Canada. It is suitable for those who are prospectively looking to live and work in Canada, but have not yet secured employment in Canada, or are self-employed in Canada and not progressing through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In order to qualify, the applicant must score a minimum of 67 points out of the possible 100 points.

The category works on a point system with the minimum requirement of 67 points out of a possible 100 to qualify. Points can be gained for the following:

  • Age
  • Level of education
  • Language ability in English and French
  • Work Experience
  • Arranged employment
  • Adaptability (points for other connections to Canada)

The applicants must meet the following minimal requirements to apply as a skilled worker:

  • The applicant must have at least one year of continuous full-time, paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment
  • The applicant must have had this experience within the last 10 years
  • The work experience must be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC)


The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a Permanent Residence program for persons who have already been in Canada and working at a managerial, professional or skilled worker level (NOC O, A or B).

The following requirements must be met to quality for the program:
  • Have worked in Canada for one year within the past 36 months.
  • Employment must have been at the managerial, professional, or skilled worker level (NOC O, A or B).
  • The work in Canada was completed legally, while in Canada on an authorizing status document. 
  • Meet a minimum language requirement of CLB 5 for a NOC B position, or CLB 7 for a NOC O or A position.


The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) was launched on January 2nd 2013 in order to provide a route for skilled trades people to immigrate to Canada.

The following requirements must be met to qualify for the program:

  • Must have at least two years of work experience in an accepted occupation.
  • Must have this experience in the last five years.
  • Must obtain a Certificate of Qualification or must have a job offer(s) from up to two Canadian employers that totals at least one year of full time work.
  • Must meet the minimum language requirements in English or French.

Minimal Language Requirements:

  • Must meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)5 level for speaking and listening.
  • CLB 4 for reading and writing in either English or French.

For English, results from both the CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) and the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) tests are accepted.

Requirements for obtaining Citizenship:

  • Investors and their family members who have lived in Canada for three out of the five years (1,095 days) preceding the application.
  • Have adequate knowledge of English and/or French.
  • Have no criminal record.
  • Have acquired knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizen.
  • Understanding of Canada’s history, values, institutions and symbols.

Key Benefits :

  • G8 and NAFTA member.
  • World-class health care system, one of the best in the world.
  • Dual Citizenship.
  • Excellent education system.
  • One of the most valued passports for international travel.
  • Excellent place to do business, with access to the entire North American market.

1. Please note, all information provided here should not be considered legal advice.
2. The text is intended as a source of basic information. It is regularly updated. No liability can be accepted for the accuracy or completeness of its contents.