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Express Entry Represents A “Sea Change” In Canadian Immigration, Says Chris Alexander Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, outlined how and why Canada is moving to a new immigration selection system, known as ‘Express Entry’, at a Canadian HR Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan yesterday. Express Entry will come into operation as of January 1, 2015. “We have been stuck in the 1970s, maybe even the 1960s, in immigration, receiving applications in a mechanical, robotic way from whoever happened to apply,” said Mr. Alexander. “We couldn't predict who would apply from year to year, but we were obliged by law to process every application that came in, in the order it was received.” The Minister stated that Canada was moving from a supply-driven system to a demand-driven one that actively selects candidates based on needs identified by the federal government and provincial government, as well as Canadian employers. Express Entry — will apply existing economic immigration programs to a large group of candidates. These programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. “The immigrants that we actually invite to come to Canada, the ones whose applications we actually process, are the ones we know we actually need," said Mr. Alexander.
Trudeau Advises Ottawa To Work With Provinces On Foreign Workers Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau has urged the federal government to work more closely with provinces on immigration matters, in particular how the government oversees the temporary foreign worker program. Speaking principally with regard to Alberta, which has the highest per-capita use of the program of all the provinces, Trudeau stated that “The federal government needs to work much more closely with the provinces on a whole range of issues, including immigration, to make sure that provinces are able to develop the labor force growth that they need. “The mismanagement by the Conservative government of the temporary foreign workers program has got us into a situation that is untenable for far too many Alberta businesses and communities.”
ALBERTANS TO PROTEST TIGHTER TFW RULES EDMONTON - A St. Albert McDonald’s franchisee is warning the federal government’s overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program will bring long lines, reduced hours and even business closures across Alberta. Rob Chiasson, who owns four of the chain’s fast-food restaurants, is going public — with the company’s consent — in his fight against tighter rules on hiring foreign workers. He is giving a speech Wednesday to the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce urging businesses and consumers to join him in speaking out to politicians. At stake, he says, is the very health of the Alberta economy — a claim one labour-relations academic disputes. “If we allow these changes to happen it’s going to do irreparable damage, in my view, to our business and to the economy,” Chiasson said. “As I began to speak to people in my own community … the kind of reaction I got was that it was not their problem, so I realized that if I was serious about trying to effect some change, I needed to raise awareness of the seriousness of the problem.” The federal government in June announced changes to its temporary foreign worker (TFW) program that include preventing employers in places with higher-than-average unemployment rates from applying for TFWs in the lowest wage and skill groups — the accommodation, food service and retail sectors. The government is also capping the number of low-wage TFWs an employer can hire for each work site at 30 per cent of a work site’s employees. The cap drops to 10 per cent by July 2016. Companies must reapply each year to hire TFWs instead of every two years. They’ll also need to pay more: $1,000 per employee, up from $275. In 2013 alone, Ottawa approved about 240,000 temporary foreign workers. McDonald’s has been at the center of controversy surrounding the program since reports surfaced of some employers abusing the program, including three Victoria McDonald’s restaurants owned by a franchisee who allegedly gave temporary foreign workers priority work status and in some cases took the jobs of Canadians. While McDonald’s says only four per cent of its 85,000 employees nationwide are temporary foreign workers, the program is more heavily used in Alberta. As of July 2014, 23.7 per cent of McDonald’s Alberta workforce were TFWs. The chain’s foreign worker numbers are declining as work permits expire. McDonald’s has voluntarily frozen its TFW applications until Deloitte audits the chain’s use of the program. Chiasson says some reforms are needed, but the federal overhaul exacerbates Alberta’s already dire labour shortage. Since buying the restaurants with his wife in September 2011, Chiasson said he has always been short of workers. Most of his domestic staff are students who can only cover about five of the restaurants’ 24 daily hours of operation. That leaves the busiest hours of 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. understaffed. Chiasson advertised extensively across Canada for full-time workers and offered pay well clear of minimum wage, depending on experience, with little success. “It doesn’t matter what you’re paying people; there’s not enough people,” he said. “We tried a lot of different tactics but we weren’t able to get the numbers that we needed so we began to take advantage of the temporary foreign worker program.” Of his 250 employees, about 35 per cent are TFWs. Chiasson says he has enough staff until February when the first batch of work permits start expiring. “By this time next year, I expect it will start to become very difficult, especially in September when our part-time students return to school.” Under the new rules, he would have to hire 210 part-time workers to qualify for 15 full-time temporary foreign workers. Those staffing levels mean he’ll have to close shop between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.. He predicted the labour crunch will hit all businesses and institutions such as day cares and seniors’ homes will also suffer. “If one understands that there’s a labour shortage and if one understands that these temporary foreign workers are sent away from Canada. We’re talking about 114,000 in Canada and 40,000 in Alberta. “When 40,000 people in Alberta get sent away, those jobs don’t automatically get filled … that has an effect right across the economy, not just the hospitality and service sector.” One labour relations expert suggested fears of an understaffed economy are overblown. “Do we really need to buy hamburgers on every street corner at 3 o’clock Sunday morning?” said Bob Barnetson, an associate professor at Athabasca University. He said the new rules were triggered by allegations employers displaced Canadians with TFWs. “That suggests there are Canadian workers available. Many employers simply prefer foreign workers because they’re less costly and they’re less likely to resist employer demands in the workplace.” Alberta does not have an absolute labour shortage, but a relative one, he said. In the former, there are no more workers no matter how much wages go up. In a relative shortage, there are no more people willing to work for prevailing wage rates and working conditions. He pointed to higher jobless rates among aboriginals, people with disabilities and youth. “McDonald’s jobs are crappy so it’s not surprising he’s having a hard time finding workers. … The labour market is self-regulating. If these businesses can’t afford to pay a competitive wage, then they’ll go out of business. That’s how a free market works.” On Thursday, McDonald’s is hosting its third annual West Hiring Day where the company plans to hire 650 new employees in Alberta, with 250 needed in Edmonton alone.
U.S Immigration to benefit Canada. During a visit to Vancouver, Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney highlighted Canada’s opportunity to take advantage of the current state of the United States’ immigration system by attracting young foreign nationals from the tech sector. Minister Kenney endorsed efforts by the Government of Canada to attract educated immigrants with degrees earned in the United States to settle in Canada in the wake of American policy obstacles that have made it difficult for them to earn green cards. “We’re seeking very deliberately to benefit from the dysfunctional American immigration system,” said Minister Kenney. “If the United States doesn’t want to open the door to permanent residency for them, that door will be opened in principle for them to come to Canada.” Minister Kenney made the announcement at a library in West Vancouver, where he was visiting to reveal a $3.3 million funding package for the British Columbia government. The package aims to match more skilled immigrants with work in the province.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program The AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It supports Alberta's economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province. Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through CIC as a Provincial Nominee. CIC makes final decisions on all Provincial Nominee permanent resident applications. The AINP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. In addition, there are options to apply on your own, or with your employer. Contact Canadian Immigration Group for further assessment on your eligibility.
News Update Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with business leaders and stakeholders in Toronto yesterday about the January 2015 launch of the Express Entry electronic application management system. The system will serve as a faster and more economic way for skilled immigrants to come to Canada. Express Entry will help the government to actively recruit, assess and select skilled immigrants through three of Canada’s existing economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. The system will also apply under a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs, in order to meet labour market needs of certain provinces. Employers will select qualified candidates through the Government of Canada’s new and improved job bank, and through select provinces and territories. Express Entry candidates who receive a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer, or a nomination through the Provincial Nominee Program, will be invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency shortly after. This is a key distinguishing figure between Express Entry and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which exists only to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. “Our government is reforming Canada’s economic immigration system to make it faster, fairer, and more flexible to ensure Canada’s labour market needs are met,” said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. “Express Entry will connect candidates for permanent residents with employers who have been unable to find skilled Canadians or permanent residents for the job, and bring them here quickly. Our government is working closely with provincial and territorial partners, as well as employers to ensure January’s launch of Express Entry is a success.”
NEW FEDERAL SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM The Government of Canada announced new occupations and caps for the popular Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program. Additional important information has been announced for the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) programs. The new changes go into effect for all three programs on May 1, 2014. Federal Skilled Worker Announcements Effective May 1, 2014, the FSW will be accepting an overall total of 25,000 new applications. Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in one of 50 eligible occupations. A maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted per eligible occupation. The eligible occupations include many widely practiced professions. They are as follows: Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013) Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015) Financial managers (0111) Human resources managers (0112) Purchasing managers (0113) Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121) Managers in health care (0311) Construction managers (0711) Home building and renovation managers (0712) Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811) Manufacturing managers (0911) Financial auditors and accountants (1111) Financial and investment analysts (1112) Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113) Other financial officers (1114) Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123) Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212) Property administrators (1224) Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113) Civil engineers (2131) Mechanical engineers (2132) Electrical and electronics engineers (2133) Petroleum engineers (2145) Information systems analysts and consultants (2171) Database analysts and data administrators (2172) Software engineers and designers (2173) Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174) Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232) Construction estimators (2234) Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241) Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243) Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263) Computer network technicians (2281) Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011) Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012) Specialist physicians (3111) General practitioners and family physicians (3112) Dietitians and nutritionists (3132) Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141) Physiotherapists (3142) Occupational therapists (3143) Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214) Medical radiation technologists (3215) Medical sonographers (3216) Licensed practical nurses (3233) Paramedical occupations (3234) University professors and lecturers (4011) Psychologists (4151) Early childhood educators and assistants (4214) Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)
Quick facts In 2013, 128,936 people were granted citizenship—an average of 10,745 each month. So far in 2014, Canada has welcomed more than 41,000 new citizens at 462 ceremonies across Canada. Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history—an average of 257,000 newcomers each year. Accordingly, the demand for citizenship has increased by 30 percent. Canada has the highest rate of naturalization in the world—85 percent of eligible permanent residents become citizens. Citizenship and Immigration Canada received 333,860 citizenship applications in 2013, the highest volume ever. For a new Canadian, the citizenship ceremony marks their formal entry into the Canadian family. It is one of the few occasions when we formally reflect on the rights, responsibilities, privileges and benefits of being a Canadian citizen.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have recently released a Notice of Intent regarding their plan to launch a new eTA program for Canada. As part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program is set to be implemented in 2015. As part of this initiative, nationals of countries other than the United States who currently do not require a visa to enter Canada will need to obtain this online authorization before flying to Canada. Therefore, it is anticipated that an eTA will be required by close to three million international air travelers who visit Canada every year. The eTA resembles current such programs for US and Australia, which have already been implemented and successfully used.
Bill C-24 introduces some key changes to the way in which newcomers become citizens. Newcomers will be expected to show that they have established strong ties to Canada and residence requirements will ensure that the applicant has resided physically in Canada for the duration that is specified in the Act (physical presence of 4 out of 6 years or 1,460 days) with a signed declaration of “intent to reside” in Canada. Permanent Residents will be required to be present in Canada for 183 days each year for four out of six years. Under the new system, there will be one step instead of three and applicants can expect a decision to be made within a year. Changes and measures that will be put into place are expected to reduce the backlog of applicants by 80% and streamline the process to be more simple and efficient. Citizenship will automatically be extended to those with strong ties to Canada who were born before 1947 and their children born in the first generation outside of Canada (“Lost Canadians”).
Many international students find that their ‘homework’ begins long before arriving in Canada. Before setting foot in the country, they must obtain a study permit, coordinate travel plans, and prepare for their upcoming studies. One of the most important steps that an international student must complete is making sure that they will have health insurance coverage during their time in Canada.