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Your Rights as a Federal Skilled Worker Immigrant in Canada


As a Federal Skilled Worker Immigrant in Canada you have many rights and entitlements that are protected under Canadian law. These rights include the right to work, healthcare, education, social services, participation in Canadian democracy, freedom from discrimination, and due process. It’s important to understand your rights and to take advantage of them to ensure a smooth transition to life in Canada.


Know Your Rights as a Permanent Resident on the FSWP


  • Right to work: As an FSW immigrant, you have the right to work in Canada. You can work for any employer in any occupation, as long as your work permit is valid. Your employer must comply with Canadian employment laws, including paying you at least the minimum wage and providing you with a safe working environment.


  • Right to healthcare: FSW immigrants are eligible for healthcare benefits in Canada. You will need to apply for a healthcare card, also known as a provincial health card, which will give you access to basic medical services. However, it’s important to note that some medical services may not be covered.


  • Right to education: FSW immigrants have the right to access public education in Canada. This includes free education for children up to the age of 18, as well as access to post-secondary education. You may need to pay international student fees for post-secondary education but there are often scholarships and bursaries available to help offset the costs.


  • Right to social services: FSW immigrants have the same rights as Canadian citizens to access social services, such as welfare and childcare support. To access these services you will need to apply and meet the eligibility criteria.


  • Right to participate in Canadian democracy: FSW immigrants have the right to vote in federal and provincial elections, as long as they are Canadian citizens. You can also participate in civic life by attending community meetings and joining local organizations.


  • Right to freedom from discrimination: FSW immigrants are protected under Canadian law from discrimination based on their race, ethnicity, religion, gender or orientation. If you experience discrimination then you can file a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.


  • Right to due process: If you face legal issues while living in Canada, you have the right to due process under Canadian law. This includes the right to legal representation the right to a fair trial, and the right to appeal a decision.


  • Right to live in Canada: As an FSW immigrant, you have the right to live and settle in Canada permanently. Once you receive your permanent residency status you have the right to live in Canada and to come and go as you please.


  • Right to family reunification: You have the right to sponsor certain family members to come and live with you in Canada. This includes your spouse or common-law partner dependent children, and some other family members in certain circumstances.


  • Right to privacy: FSW immigrants have the right to privacy under Canadian law. This means that your personal information is protected, and you have the right to know how your information is being used.


  • Right to express yourself: You have the right to freedom of expression in Canada, which includes the freedom to express your opinions, beliefs and ideas, both in public and in private.


  • Right to religion: You have the right to practice your religion in Canada as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.


  • Right to peaceful assembly and association: You have the right to peacefully assemble and to associate with others in Canada.


  • Right to access information: FSW immigrants have the right to access information under Canadian law, including information held by the government, businesses and other organizations.

Understand the Canadian Constitution


The Canadian Constitution is the supreme law of Canada, and it sets out the basic principles and rules that govern the country. It consists of a number of different documents, including the Constitution Act 1867, the Constitution Act 1982, and other important laws and legal principles.


The Constitution Act 1867 outlines the structure and powers of the federal government and the provincial governments. It sets out the distribution of powers between the federal and provincial governments and it establishes the three branches of government: the legislative, executive and judicial branches.


The Constitution Act 1982, includes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is a document that outlines the fundamental rights and freedoms of all Canadians. The Charter includes rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial. It also includes provisions for the protection of minority language rights and Aboriginal rights.


The Canadian Constitution is also guided by other important legal principles such as the rule of law which ensures that all individuals are subject to the law, and that the law is applied equally and fairly to everyone. Other important principles include federalism, democracy and the protection of human rights.


The Canadian Constitution provides the framework for how Canada is governed and protects the rights and freedoms of all Canadians including Permanent Residents.

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Jacqueline Chow is an international immigration and visa expert with over 15 years of experience in the field. With a background in law and a passion for helping people, Jacqueline has built a reputation as a trusted and reliable source of information and advice on all aspects of immigration and visas. She has worked with clients from all over the world, including high-net-worth individuals, professionals, skilled workers and families. As a sought-after speaker and commentator Jacqueline has been featured in various media outlets and has given talks on immigration and visas at conferences and events around the world.