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Canada doubles immigration program for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area 

The Government of Canada continues to deliver innovative immigration measures, such as creating pathways for out-of-status migrants, to help Canadian employers address critical labour shortages.

In 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in partnership with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), launched a permanent residence pilot program for 500 out-of-status workers in the construction industry in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Building on the success of this initiative, Peter Fonseca, Member of Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville and Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today that IRCC is extending and expanding the pilot program, doubling its scope to 1,000 out-of-status construction workers in the GTA.

This program acknowledges the critical role that construction workers play in building and growing our cities, and offers them and their families a path to permanent residency so that they can stay long-term. This program is one of a number of new measures implemented to address labour shortages in Canada by ensuring that we bring and retain the workers we need to grow the economy and build our communities.

The program promotes greater stability in the construction industry and ensures that skilled workers in Canada continue to address critical housing development needs. Just as important, this initiative will help bring a larger number of workers out of the underground economy, which benefits Canada’s world-renowned programs and services (like the Canada Child Benefit, Old Age Security and Employment Insurance).

Eligible individuals have until January 2, 2024, to apply for permanent residence and can include their spouses, partners and dependent children in their application. Potential applicants will continue to submit their names to the CLC, who will determine their eligibility before referring them to IRCC.

The Government of Canada will take into account the advice from consultations with academics, non-governmental organizations, provinces and territories as we explore new and innovative ways to regularize the status of undocumented workers in Canada.


QUT, RMIT University and The Australian National University scientists aim to grow plants on the moon by 2025.

An Australian space start-up will experiment with growing plants on the moon by sending a capsule containing carefully selected seeds and ‘resurrection’ plants, along with sensors, a camera and water on a commercial lunar lander travelling to the moon in 2024.

QUT – Project set to grow plants on the moon


Western Sydney University ranked #1 for sustainability, equity and inclusion

Our partner university Western Sydney University (WSU) was ranked #1 in the world for sustainability, equity, and inclusion in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Ratings. Out of 1400 institutions, Western Sydney University topped the list with the rankings being based on a university’s teaching, research, outreach and stewardship.
Navitas is a proud partner of WSU. Students wishing to study at WSU can start in Navitas programs at the Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT) or Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus


Transition period for distance learning measures

International students studying online from abroad or who submit a study permit application no later than August 31, 2022, will continue to be able to complete up to 100% of their program online without affecting their PGWP eligibility. However, study time completed from abroad starting on September 1, 2023, will be deducted from the length of their post-graduation work permit, regardless of when a student began their studies.

1. The extension of temporary distance learning measures will affect those starting programs from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023. Specifically, these measures will apply:

2. No more than 50% of the credits earned can be completed outside Canada to remain eligible for a PGWP.
Studies completed online from outside Canada starting on September 1, 2023, will be deducted from the length of a future PGWP.


Australia ranks 12th out of 150 countries in the 2022 World Happiness Report!

Home to some of the best universities in the world, vibrant cities, stunning beaches and diverse wildlife, Australia is renown for its laid-back and fun-loving lifestyle as well as its friendly multi-cultural society. These are just some of the reasons international students are attracted to live, learn and thrive in Australia.

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Six Australian Cities in the TOP 35 globally

Australia once again stands out as one of the best destinations to study abroad, offering a world-class education in student friendly cities.

Melbourne and Sydney made the world’s top 10 while Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra placed among the top 35 globally!