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CanadaVisa News Briefs for January, 2016
JANUARY, 2016
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The following is a summary of developments concerning Canadian Citizenship and Immigration that have taken place over the past couple of weeks.

Our Canadian immigration news briefs bring you the latest news as it happens. When published, these articles are posted across our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
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• 1,503 Candidates for Canadian Immigration Invited to Apply in 23rd Express Entry Draw

The 23rd draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on December 18, 2015. >>Read More

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• Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Application Intake Threshold

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) ‘International Skilled Worker – Express Entry’ sub-category for Canadian immigration has reached its allocation cap within two days of reopening. This is the third time in a few weeks that this sub-category of the SINP has capped out in such a short period of time. >>Read More

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• The Quebec Skilled Worker Program online application system, Mon projet Québec, will be accessible as of January 5th, 2016

On December 18th, 2015 the Ministre de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion announced that as of January 5th, 2016 candidates wishing to submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (Quebec selection certificate) under the regular Skilled Worker Program must use the online secure space Mon projet Québec. >>Read More

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• Nova Scotia Introduces E-processing for Most Immigration Applications and Temporarily Halts New Applications for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream

December 17th, 2015 the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration announced that most prospective immigrants to Nova Scotia are able to apply for immigration through a new online system. Paper-based applications will still be accepted until the end of June 2016. >>Read More

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• Saskatchewan Opens all Canadian Immigration Categories of SINP for new Applications

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has reopened each of its categories within the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). >>Read More

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• Saskatchewan International Skilled Workers – Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category Caps out Within Hours of Reopening

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has updated its application intake thresholds for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(SINP) for the second time in one morning. The latest modification reflects the fact that the International Skilled Workers – Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the SINP has reached its cap/limit of 500 new applications. >>Read More

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• Quebec Makes Important Updates to Selection Process for Skilled Worker Immigration

The Canadian province of Quebec has today made significant changes concerning the selection process for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). >>Read More

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• Manitoba Business Investor Stream for Immigration to Canada Proves Popular for Chinese Candidates

The Canadian province of Manitoba has provided some details regarding expressions of interest and applications made under its Business Investor Stream, a category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The program was first launched in February, 2015. >>Read More

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• Saskatchewan’s Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Intake Cap Two Days After Reopening

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has updated its application intake thresholds for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to reflect the fact that the SINP International Skilled Workers – Express Entry sub-category has reached its cap/limit of 500 new applications. >>Read More

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• First Express Entry Draw of 2016 Sees 1,463 Candidates Invited to Apply for Immigration to Canada

The first Express Entry draw of the new year, and the 24th since the Canadian immigration selection system came was launched last year, took place on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. A total of 1,463 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 461 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. >>Read More

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }
Pranoy January 7, 2016 at 10:45 am
I am a dentist from India and working as an assistant dental surgeon. I am 25 years old and wish to apply for immigration to Canada and request you to tell me if I will be eligible.
Thankyou

Mohammad Gul January 7, 2016 at 11:53 am
Dear Sir,

I am a retired Banker having 33 years of Banking experience and have a serious desire to migrate to my favorat country in the whole word i.e CANADA but there should be some relaxation for the aged and senior people like me in your migration process.

Thanks
Mohammad Gul

Saied Hussein Husseini January 7, 2016 at 2:35 pm
We can’t to extend our life in Afghanistan because we are pursued from terrorist groups. I want to immigrate to Canada to upgrade my Educations and I want to be a beneficial person for Canadian Society.

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Increased value of farmland in Saskatchewan 2013

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Sask. posts highest increase in 2013, FCC says

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The average value of farmland in Saskatchewan increased by 28.5 per cent in 2013, the highest increase in Canada, according to the latest farmland values report released Monday by Farm Credit Canada (FCC).
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REGINA — The average value of farmland in Saskatchewan increased by 28.5 per cent in 2013, the highest increase in Canada, according to the latest farmland values report released Monday by Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

Yet the average land price in Saskatchewan is still less expensive than in the neighbouring provinces, the report said. It’s part of a trend that shows farmland values rising in that province since 2002. Saskatchewan farmland values increased by 19.7 per cent in 2012 and 22.9 per cent in 2011.

The average value of Canadian farmland increased by 22.1 per cent in 2013, with the majority of this increase occurring in the first half of the year, said the Regina-based federal Crown corporation. Low interest rates, growing world food demand and the resulting strong commodity prices in the first half of the year supported the increase, FCC said.

This annual change represents the largest increase since FCC began reporting in 1985. The second-highest increase was 19.5 per cent in 2012. Farmland values last decreased in 1992, when they dropped by 2.1 per cent.

“The positive overall health of the agriculture industry during 2013 is reflected in recent land value trends,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC’s chief risk officer. “It’s an indicator of the industry’s strength, and it’s good news for producers who hold land as an asset,’’ he said in a press release.

“At the same time, it can be a challenge for those who want to buy farmland to expand their operations. There’s often a limited supply of land available for sale and land that’s offered for sale is strongly pursued.”

The two most important drivers of farmland values are crop receipts and interest rates, according to J.P. Gervais, FCC’s chief agricultural economist. However, he cautions producers not to use the past few profitable years — when crop prices were abnormally high due to the 2012 U.S. drought — as the basis for purchasing more land.

“Recent long-term outlooks for crops suggest world stocks of grains and oilseeds will rebuild, bringing prices closer to their long-term average,” Gervais said. “Margins will be tighter and eventually interest rates will increase,” he said. “Producers need to look at their operations and ensure they can manage through a number of scenarios when it comes to revenues and expenses.”

Tighter crop margins may also affect the land rental market. Rental rates usually take a little time to adjust downward following lower grain and oilseed prices. Multi-year leases are also gaining in popularity. Yet Gervais expects rental agreements to move over time in the same direction as crop receipts.

“For the next several years, we expect the demand for farmland to slow down, which supports a so-called soft landing scenario,” Gervais said. “We don’t anticipate farmland values to collapse, but we do expect slower increases due to potentially lower crop receipts.”

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Various categories are rated to determine which urban area offer the best places to live, work and play. Categories include: weather, affordable housing, household income, discretionary income, new cars on the road, job prospects, population growth, health care access, low crime and ability to walk or bike to work.

Here are some of the reasons why Regina is high on the list:

Average household income – $91,328.02
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Number of days annually above 20 degrees Celsius – 107.46
Number of days yearly below -20 Celsius – 45.04
Percentage drop in crime rate over five years – 24.28
Percent unemployment rate – 4.8
Percent of new cars, 2011 model year and up, on the road as of July 2013 – 15.36
Percentage of people that walk to work – 5.38
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Five key agricultural issues in 2014
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BRUCE JOHNSTONE bjohnstone@leaderpost.com
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Land values could flatten

Five key agricultural issues in 2014

Flattening land values, trade deals and disputes, U.S. politics and economy, sagging equipment sales, and the bounce-back in beef are the five key agricultural issues to watch in 2014, says Farm Credit Canada chief agricultural economist J. P. Gervais.

Leader-Post U.S. beef herds have been reduced over the past five year, but the Canadian herd is stable and appears ready to rebound.

Land values

North American farmland values have increased rapidly over the past several years, but they could soon plateau, Gervais said in his annual look-ahead. A record-setting harvest in 2013 means increased world supplies and prices retreating closer to their average. Reduced commodity prices could mean many producers will be less aggressive in expanding their operations, resulting in lower appreciation of land values.

“Many producers will be surveying the landscape to determine if they should buy more land or pay off some debt,” Gervais said.

Trade deals

The tentative agreement between the European Union and Canada on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) may be generating the headlines, but Canada is also negotiating other major trade deals, including the TransPacific Partnership (TPP).

Both trade deals represent a concerted effort to lessen our dependence on the United States, which accounts for 30 per cent of Canada’s agriculture exports and two-thirds of agri-food exports. CETA, once ratified, will open up a market of 500 million consumers for Canadian agriculture products, while TPP negotiations involve 12 countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan and the United States.

U.S. politics and economy

The ongoing “fiscal cliff-debt ceiling” dispute between Democrats and Republicans resulted in a partial government shutdown this year and continues to pose a risk that the U.S. will default on its debt. However, Gervais predicts the U.S. economy will continue to improve, citing the U.S. Federal Reserve’s recent decision to start scaling back its aggressive monetary policy due to strength in the labour market and household finances.

“This change in the U.S. monetary direction can have wide impacts in the financial markets — mostly on the value of the emerging markets’ currencies — impacting the competitiveness of Canadian agricultural commodities.”

Disputes also distract U.S. legislators from coming up with a long-term plan for the U.S. Farm Bill, which indirectly impacts Canadian producers by influencing the crops planted in the U.S. and therefore world prices. Legislators recently passed a short-term extension of the 2008 Farm Bill and are confident a new farm bill will be enacted in early 2014.

Bullish on beef

Canadian beef producers should expect healthy returns over the next couple of years, according to Gervais.

Stronger beef prices are the result of supply and demand. Cattle numbers have been declining as a result of drought in the U.S. and financial conditions that forced many producers to reduce their herds or leave the sector. The U.S. herd was reduced by five per cent over the past two years and will take several years to recover, while the Canadian herd is stable and appears ready to rebound.

“In the short-term, Canadian producers are in a much better position to serve the North American market, which has seen an end to the decline in per capita red meat consumption. The demand for animal proteins is also growing in emerging markets, such as China,” Gervais said. “The European Union trade deal has the potential to give Canadian beef the advantage in other global markets, including Europe.”

However, U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) legislation has hurt Canadian cattle producers, especially the new rules recently issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The coming year will determine if the U.S. government backpedals on this legislation, either voluntarily or through pressure from its trading partners.

Equipment sales gearing down

Farm equipment sales have been on fire for the past five years. From 2006 to 2012, an average of 2,100 tractors were sold every month in Canada, according the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, while sales are expected to be equally as strong for 2013.

With slightly lower crop prices, 2014 could see a retreat in equipment sales closer to the 2001-2005 average, when 1,540 tractors were sold monthly. A weaker Canadian dollar will also make buying imported equipment more expensive.

“In the short-term, we will likely see equipment prices staying steady, but they could soften somewhat if supplies remain high and producers decide to retain their old equipment or buy used equipment,” Gervais said.