Prepared by Shreeya A Pal; Shi Hui Yu; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on August 27, 2022

According to a recent study conducted by Statistics Canada, immigration to Canada has increased the proportion of Canadians who speak a language other than English and French at home. From 2016 to 2021, there was a significant increase in the number of Canadians whose primary language at home was a South Asian tongue.

Immigration is the reason for this expansion. One in five of the people who immigrated to Canada as permanent residents between 2016 and 2020 were born in India, and one-quarter were born in a South Asian nation. Between 2016 and 2021, the number of Canadians who spoke a South Asian language at home increased at a rate greater than the country’s overall population growth of 5.2%. In particular, the number of Malayalam speakers increased by 129% to 35,000, Hindi by 66% to 92,000, Punjabi by 49% to 520,000, and Gujarati by 43% to 92,000.

In summary, the number of South Asian language speakers in Canada increased at a rate that was at least eight times faster than that of the overall Canadian population.

How to migrate to Canada?

Express Entry and the Provincial Nominee Programs are two well-liked immigration routes for South Asian nationals seeking to move to Canada.

What is Express Entry & how does it work?

Express Entry is an electronic selection system used by the Federal as well as Provincial governments of Canada [to select], as well as designated Canadian employers [to nominate] candidates for Canadian permanent residence under three of its popular economic [skilled] immigration programs:

Candidates eligible for any of the above programs are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French, etc. And, based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence.

Prior to applying, an applicant must declare their desire to settle in Canada permanently. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will then assign them a grade/score. Candidates under skilled workers migration category are then categorized using the CRS to identify those who will succeed in the Canadian labor market, the most. It is a points-based selection system & not a lottery system.

It assesses each applicant and assigns a score based on their human capital, considering factors like age, education, language proficiency, and work experience, among others. The Canadian government performs Express Entry draws regularly every two weeks, inviting those with the best CRS scores to apply to become permanent citizens.



What are Provincial Nominee Programs & how do they work?

Another popular route for talented professionals to migrate to Canada is through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). A PNP exists in almost all of Canada’s provinces and territories – except for Nunavut & Canada’s North-West territories.

The Provincial Nominee Programs’ (PNPs’) goal is to increase immigration’s positive effects across the nation. To enhance its economic and demographic needs and to welcome qualified workers, each province and territory has established its own immigration channels. A candidate may enter one of the PNPs through the Express Entry federal pool.

It is referred to as an “improved/enhanced nomination” if you are nominated by a province under this stream. The advantage of this type of nomination is that you will gain an extra 600 CRS points, which almost ensures that you will be invited to apply for permanent residence in a future Express Entry draw.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn about finding employment in Canada, making your initial days stress-free, etc.

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