Quebec leads job vacancy percentages nationally with 37%

 After one quarter in 2018, Canada has been reported to have created 462,000 job vacancies according to Statistics Canada. The same source also claims that among all the provinces and territories in Canada, Quebec has been reported to have the largest increase for the three-month period between 2017 and 2018. In general, job vacancies in Quebec increased by 37% compared to the first three months of last year, with 25,000 job openings. Among the different job sectors, the industrial sector and occupational groups saw the largest increases. Overall, 9 out of 10 of the largest industrial sectors in Canada saw increases. Provincially speaking, Quebec and British Columbia were the provinces that experienced the most significant increases. In Quebec, the economic region that saw the most increase was Montreal with 8,700 job postings being made in the first quarter of 2018. British Columbia saw similar results to Quebec with a report of 24,000 more jobs being created in the first quarter of the year, an increase of 36% compared to last year. In Ontario, the economic regions of Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie were the ones that reported to have the highest job vacancies. However, with an increase of job opportunities comes an increase of the unemployment rate. In June 2018, the unemployment rate increased from 5.8% to 6% during the course of the month. These statistics can also be broken down into age groups. The Canadian youth (between ages of 15-24), the unemployment rate is high at 11.7%. However, this number makes sense considering that the majority of people aged 15 years old are not looking for a job and are mostly in school. Canadian men (aged over 25), the unemployment rate was calculated to be 5.2%. However, this does not even come close to the unemployment rate for Canadian women (aged over 25) being the highest of all categories with an unemployment rate of  45%. To the contrary, in the same month it was reported that 32,000 people found jobs over the three-month period. Quebec’s liberal government has projected that by the year 2024, more than one million jobs will need to be occupied. A major factor that will help reach this goal will be immigration. Turning to an industry perspective, construction improved the most with an additional 27,000 jobs being created in the month of June. Another industry that did well, was the natural resources industry with an increase of 13,000 jobs being created. Another big increase was viewed in the manufacturing industry, with 11,000 more jobs being made available. The private, public and self-employed sector were all noticed to have little change in the month of June.

Saskatchewan adopts

 The following summary will discuss the new Express Entry In-Demand sub-category system and Expression of Interest system adopted by Saskatchewan which will be effective beginning on July 16  ,2018. It will also discuss how this new system will work.

                To begin, the SINP’s  EOI (Expression of Interest) system will use the same assessment grid that the International Skilled Worker category uses. Here’s how the system process will work. The pre-application process requires candidates to fill out an online form that will assess the applicant’s eligibility for a sub-category in accordance with their respective selection criteria. Included in the criteria are; education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age and a candidate’s connections to Saskatchewan’s labor market. Candidates are also required to have work experience in obne of Saskatchewan’s labor market. 

New Express Entry system gains interest from 3,750 ITA’s

 The Canadian government  has invited 3,750 Express Entry aplicants to apply for permanent residence following a draw that was held July 11th, 2018. The minimum comprehensive ranking system score for this draw was 442. The minimum score required is the exact same as the previous invitation round on June 25th, 2018. Furthermore, the number of invitations to Apply (ITA’s) is the same as the two previous draws which were held on June 13 and June 25. The tie breaking date and time for this draw was June 26,2018 at 1:38:55 UTC. This means that all the aplicants who scored 442 who submitted their applications before a specific date and time receive an ITA in this invitation round. 

Quebec publishes new details for its new Expression of Interest system

 This new Expression of Interest (EOI) system which will come into effect August 2nd,2018, will replace Quebec’s current system for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). Anyone who is interested in the QSWP is asked to submit an online Expression of Interest profile to Quebec’s Immigration Ministry (MIDI).

To begin the process, anyone who is aged 18 years old or older, could submit a profile to QSWP’s Expression of Interest Bank. Candidates who receive a score based on factors such as, skilled work experience, education and training, proficiency in French or English, financial self-sufficiency, and others. To be considered all profiles will have to meet the minimum required score of two points in the education category. At the same time, it is required to receive the one point that is rewards for financial self-sufficiency.

In the next step, profiles that satisfy the primary requirements for education and financial self-sufficiency must then meet the required passing score of 43 points for a grouping of factors called Employability, which is based on education, work experience, age language proficiency, time spent in Quebec and family in Quebec. It also requires a valid employment offer. Having a job offer is a bonus. However, it is not required to be eligible for the QSWP. The employability cut off score for candidates who has a spouse or common law partner is 52.

In the third step, candidates who meet the employability cut-off score must then proceed to reaching the minimum cut of threshold under a grouping of factors called Selection, which is a passing score of 50 points. This step considers the points given under the six factors considered for Employability. Applicants who are invited to apply for CSQ will have a total of 90 days to submit their applications.

Canada increases the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Allotment

 The Canadian government decided to increase the number of skilled immigrants and their family members who can obtain permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program this year by 500, raising the total allotment to 2,500. The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Huusen, announced the increase on Tuesday after meeting with the premiers of Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces- Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfound Land and Labrador. In an interview with reports, Hussen said “The provinces have told us that they need more space to ensure that they have the people that they need to continue to grow their businesses right here in Atlantic Canada”. As of May 31, 2018 Huusen, said that there were 1,000 employers designated under the one-year old AIPP, which allows approved employers to attract skilled foreign workers with the work experience to fill in the labour force gaps. The IRCC says that it has received 900 applications for permanent residence through the AIPP since it was introduced. Admissions targets through the AIPP are measured at; 1,000 for 2018, 2,000 for 2019 and 4,000 for 20. 

The Number of Temporary Visa refusals are on the rise, according to reports

According to a report from the Globe and Mail, Canada refused more than a quarter of all candidate applications in 2017 and in the first three months of 2018. The report from the Globe and Mail was published on July 8th. It is based on data obtained by the Globe and Mail from immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) which shows the number of Temporary Visa candidates for purposes including tourism, school, business, conferences and family visits. The number of refusals increasing significantly since 2012. During the years 2012 and 2017, the yearly number of applications processed each year by the IRCC, increased from 1.3 million to 2.3 million, the Globe and Mail claims. In that same period, the number of applications that were refused soared to higher than 600,000 in 2017. Of those 600,000, 494,133 of them were non-student TRV applications, who were refused at a 26% in 2017. In comparison, in 2012 the refusal rate for non-student TRV’s was 18 per cent. The data that was calculated for the first three months of 2018, surpassed the numbers of last year by a 30% increase for non-student visas.

            According to the Globe and Mail, the data reveal is becoming more difficult to get a Canadian visa approved- “and the odds against applicants are rising”. Refusal ratings were highest for candidates from Africa and the Middle East, 75% of which were from Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan being rejected in the last two years.

            According to the Canadian government, the following basic requirements must be to be permitted to travel to Canada. You must have a valid travel document, such as a passport. You must be in good health. You must have no criminal or immigration-related convictions. Convince to an immigration officer that you have ties- such as job, home, financial assets or family-that will take you back to your home country. Convince an immigration officer that you will be leaving Canada at the end of your visit. You must have enough money for you stay.

Canadian Citizenship

To right to have Canadian citizenship, is a status that is greatly wanted by countless individuals worldwide. That is because of its quality of life found in Canada and the various important rights and privileges citizens enjoy. Canada is simply a great place to live and to be a citizen of it. If someone has at least one Canadian parent, they are in a good position of having a fast-tracked route in which a citizenship can be obtained. The most common method to obtaining a Canadian citizenship taken by foreign nationals is through one of the permanent residency programs.

To begin, Canada’s permanent residency programs are subjected to eligibility criteria which must be met to be considered as a candidate. These criteria differ from program to program but many of them pertain to age, language ability, education level and skilled work experience. Secondly, to transfer from Canadian permanent residency to citizenship, there are certain criteria that must be complied. Presently speaking, these requirements are that an individual must live in Canada for 3 out of 5 years as a permanent resident before being eligible for Canadian citizenship. This time can be subjected to certain limitations of expectations. However, in the larger part this is the case to be a workable candidate to obtain citizenship in Canada. For many potential candidates, these residency requirements could cause an issue. Many individuals have certain obligations and responsibilities which is necessarily entail them to be outside of Canada. Keep in mind exceptional situations, which are few and far between, in such scenarios a permanent resident could not successfully acquire a Canadian citizenship.

If an applicant has a questions or concerns regrading the applications, it is in his or her interest to consult qualified and competent Canadian immigration attorneys to ensure that the process is as smooth and problem-free as possible.

British Columbia’s Tech Pilot

 British Columbia’s Tech Pilot

An updated version of British Columbia’s Tech Pilot will resume for another year. The Tech Pilot system, which was introduced last August was designed to help British Columbia’s booming tech sector attract foreign talent in 32 in-demand occupations. These occupations were done trough weekly draws from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program or BC PNP’s pool of immigration candidates.

In an updated issue on June 26th, 2018 the BC PNP announced that it will extend the pilot until June 2019. Moreover, it will also reduce the number of in-demand occupations from 32 to 29 as well as the duration of its required job offer from a permanent full-time offer to a full-time offer of at least one year.

The removal of the three occupations from the list of in-demand occupations was based upon criticism from the tech sector employers and demonstrates actual demand, according to the BC PNP. The three position which were removed area were; Purchasing Managers, Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, Business Development Officers, Marketing Public Relations and Business Development and Marketing Research and Consultants. 

Plan on working at a Canadian festival this summer? A work permit might be required

 With the summer commencing soon in Canada, the numerous lineup of festivals, conferences and conventions is soon to begin. Usually these events are quite extravagant and often require people of one or several foreign nationals to be vigorously involved in the necessary preparations. The responsibilities of such individuals can wary widely, they range from organizing and overseeing the setup of the event, to installing and managing a single booth at the event.

The first factor that determines whether or not a Canadian work permit is required is the role that the foreign national produces in the preparation and organization of the event. If the works requires to be physically involved or “hands on work”, then a work permit will most likely be required. Activities such as supervising the event as event planners, managers or organizers, generally do not require a work permit.

Second, another factor which is important is to determine whether the event can be categorized as a Canadian or foreign event. If the event is being organized and put together by a Canadian entity or a Canadian individual, then a work permit will most likely be required. To the contrary, if a foreign organization is hosting the event, then a work permit will most likely not be required, provided that the previous condition is met as it concerns the nature of the work being conducted. Some examples of individuals who are exempt from a work permit in this context include; employees of foreign organizations that are either executive organizing committee members or administrative support staff. The same can be said about people who are working under contract for foreign organizations if they fall into one of the following occupation categories; Event planners, exhibit managers, professionals, conference organizers, destination marketing company personnel, event accommodations consultants.

At most events, there are usually merchants who are selling foreign made or Canadian goods. Guests of such events are usually the targets demographics of these merchants so these events give them the opportunity to sell their products to the public. Whether or not a work permit is required is dependant on the process through which the products are sold, if money is changing hands and the product is given to the consumer on the spot, and then a work permit is required. The origin of the product is also important in determining whether a work permit is required. If a product was made in Canada, it is a Canadian product. If it was made elsewhere, it is not a Canadian product.

Ontario reopens popular immigration streams targeting international graduates

The Canadian province of Ontario reopened its Masters Graduate Stream and PhD Graduate Stream on January 29.

 

The Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams are two of the most sought-after immigration programs offered under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). No job offer is required to apply to these streams, which are designed to retain international graduates who studied in the province.

Intake limits through these two first-come, first-served streams are often reached quickly, and the Masters Graduate Stream closed around an hour after it opened. Ontario did not disclose how many applications it was accepting for the current application intake period.

The PhD Graduate Stream remains open to applications.

The two streams opened on three occasions in 2017 — in February, May and October — and also reached their intake limits quickly. The OINP said it expects to reopen the Masters Graduate Stream periodically this year until Ontario’s 2018 provincial nomination allocation is fulfilled. The OINP can nominate 6,600 people through its various immigration streams this year, up 600 over 2017.

Ontario is the most popular study destination for international students, particularly post-graduate students, who are attracted by the quality of education and research opportunities offered across the province.

New Brunswick’s Express Entry Labour Market Stream reopens to IT workers

The Express Entry New Brunswick Labour Market Stream has temporarily reopened to Expressions of Interest from skilled workers with work experience in software engineering and nine other occupation categories.

 

In an update published January 30, the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) reported that the stream is opening to those with work experience in one of the 10 following priority occupations:

  • NOC 2173: Software engineers and designers
  • NOC 2171: Information systems analysts and consultants
  • NOC 2281: Computer network technician
  • NOC 2172: Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 2174: Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • NOC 6322: Cooks
  • NOC 0631: Restaurant and food service managers
  • NOC 1311: Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  • NOC 0311: Managers in health care
  • NOC 6211: Retail sales supervisors

Potential applicants to this stream must also have attended one of the NBPNP’s information sessions in the previous 24 months.

Potential applicants are not required to have an existing profile in the federal Express Entry system but they will have to create one if they are successfully nominated by New Brunswick. As a result, the NBPNP will only consider potential applicants who score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 in the selection factors and meet the eligibility criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

This is the second opening of Express Entry New Brunswick Labour Market Stream since September 2017 that has targeted Information and Communications Technology workers, among others.

Other Requirements

Other Requirements

The sponsor should also convince the immigration officer of their behavioural eligibility to sponsor their spouse/common-law partner. The eligibility criteria they are asked to prove is related to their behavioral suitability as a Canadian resident or citizen which affects their ability to sponsor a foreign citizen. You can prove your good behavior by obtaining a police certificate verifying that you have not been convicted of any crimes, including the use of violence or any other sort of physical abuse of relatives, friends, your spouse’s relatives, or previous romantic relationships. If the sponsor has been previously sponsored by another Canadian citizen or permanent resident, they will not be eligible to sponsor their spouse for a minimum of five years. 

 

No Financial Undertaking?

When reuniting with your spouse, Canada does not ask for a high income. However, there are still some requirements to meet. The sponsor must show that they can support their spouse when they arrive to Canada. This is to prevent the sponsor from having to receive social welfare, in which case, the sponsor would be liable to pay back the government.