4.12.15

Job finding in Canada - after landing




In Canada, full-time jobs are widespread. Though, a rising number of citizens have part-time or temporary jobs. Women make up a big segment of the work force and several have significant, senior positions.

Canadians may change their jobs and careers more than a few times. This is often an individual’s choice. From time to time people must change jobs since the economic situation changes. For these and other reasons, getting a job is not effortless. Many people find work after a great struggle.

Newcomers to Canada seldom enter the job market quickly and often have to start with jobs under the skill level they worked at in their home country. Once they have Canadian job understanding and their aptitude in English or French improves, so do they find a job of their respective profession?

24.2.15

Canada Job Search Tool

Canada Job Search Tool


It's never too early to start your Canada job search. 

Finding the right job in Canada is important to you if you are in the Canadian immigration process or even if you are just thinking about immigration to Canada.
Job Search

job title, keywords, company, location

The many advantages of obtaining a genuine Canadian job offer include:
  • Additional points under the Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) Category of Canadian Immigration.
  • An essential element for qualification under the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP).
  • Priority processing of your application for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa.
  • Quick entry to Canada on a Work Permit during the processing of your Canadian Immigration application.
  • And most importantly, a Canadian job will put food on your table and a roof over your head.
Canadavisa.com's free Job Search Tool pulls together current job postings and employer contact information from numerous Canadian government and private sector job search engines. Job search results are displayed in real-time and are constantly updated.

Our clients can request that we communicate with their potential employers to explain the simplicity of a Canadian job offer in the Canadian Immigration process.
Visit the rest of the Canadavisa Work in Canada zone for more information on the Canadian labour market and tips on getting the job you want in Canada.

10.2.15

Sample Resumes

Sample Resumes


resume samples

Today’s job market is more competitive than ever, and you need to distinguish yourself from other applicants when you find the position you want. LiveCareer’s extensive collection of resume samples provide a model for writing your resume, and with our help you’ll catch the attention of hiring managers.
Our resume samples are carefully prepared to highlight the techniques and best practices associated with every industry and job title, ensuring that you maximize your chances of landing the job in 2014!
Here's an example of one of our many resumes:
Carl S. Cooper
123 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
Home : 000-000-0000 Cell: 000-000-0000
email@example.com
Professional Summary
Astronomer with government and academic experience conducting astrological research, writing research papers for publication and making presentations for successful fund raising.Driven by an unquenchable curiosity about the universe and a need to unravel its mysteries.
Core Qualifications
  • Complex problem solving
  • Advanced mathematical and science skills
  • Teamwork
  • Science-related software knowledge
  • Strong physics background
  • Development of techniques to collect and study astronomical data
Experience
January 2007 to gust 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland OH Astronomer
  • Analyzed large data sets collected through observatories and satellites.
  • Prepared reports on research findings.
  • Gathered data to aid in navigation, satellite technology and space exploration.
  • Through applied research, developed computer software to assist in accurate observations and data collection.
March 2002 to December 2007 Columbia University Dept. of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, New York NY Astronomer
  • Worked on research project funded by grants.
  • Wrote grant proposals.
  • Traveled to remote locations and often worked at night for better observation conditions.
  • Assisted in the development of computer software to analyze data.
  • Analyzed astronomical and physical data through complex mathematical calculations.
July 1998 to February 2002 The Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York NY Post-doctoral Research, Astronomy
  • Worked with ground-based telescopes to observe the movements of stars, planets and galaxies.
  • Authored scientific papers for journals.
  • Designed telescopes, lasers and other scientific equipment.
  • Conducted applied research related to GPS technology.
Education
1998 California Technical University, Pasadena CA Ph.D in Astronomy

9.2.15

Resume Guide

Resume Guide

Resume With Pen - Image © istockphoto.com / Pixsooz

An effective resume is essentially a marketing document wherein you are the product.

Studies show that employers spend no more than 20 seconds glancing over each resume they receive. Your resume should present a well-organized profile of your qualifications, work experience, education, achievements and overall career objectives. What's more, it's vital that the information you present be visually appealing, consistently formatted, and error-free.

Your resume may need to be altered for Canadian employers.  You can create your own custom Canadian Resume with the free Canadavisa Resume Builder.

Canadian employers typically expect to see the following information in a resume:

1. Contact Information 
Be sure to include your name, current home address, telephone numbers including area codes, and your personal email address.

2. Professional/Career Objective 
Your professional/career objective is basically your resume's opening statement. It defines the field or position for which you are applying. It's important that your career objective be clear, concise, and customized to the job you are applying for.

3. Education 
This section of your resume should detail your academic background beginning with your most recent degree. The standard format lists your college or university followed by your degree, major and graduation date.

4. Experience 
Your career/job experience is what most employers pay particular attention to. Recent graduates with no working experience should include any part-time employment as well as summer jobs, volunteer work and internships. This section should list company names, location and employer for whom you have worked in a logical and consistent manner.

It is also advisable that you include a bulleted "job responsibilities list" that outlines your particular job functions and achievements for every job you specify. Remember to include the names and locations of organizations for which you have worked, your position/title, and dates.

5. Qualifications or Skills 
It is advisable to include a section, which briefly states any skills and qualifications that relate to your professional objective in a bulleted format. Examples include:
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office, the Internet and all associated applications.
     
6. Honors and Activities 
Some resumes also contain a section that summarizes any honors and/or activities that demonstrate strong academic abilities, i.e., honorary societies, scholarships, and/or extra-curricular activities.

Employers pay attention to how a candidate's personality and personal tastes/lifestyle fits in with the company's corporate culture and vision. Any material you include that casts you as a balanced, well-rounded individual may in fact endear you to a potential employer.

7. References 
You may choose to include your references or simply state, "References are available upon request" or something to that effect at the bottom of your resume. However, if you do choose to include references be sure that the people you list can still be contacted at the telephone numbers you give. Moreover, if you feel that a potential employer may call your references be sure to advise the people you’ve listed that they may receive a call from a potential employer.

Resume Writing Tips:
  • Spell-check your document! Make sure that punctuation, grammar, and spelling are error-free. 
  • Include a customized cover letter with your resume. A cover letter is your chance to express why you believe you're the best person for the job. You may also use this format to effectively communicate your "professional disposition". Remember to address your cover letter to the employer/manager and include the company name as well.
    • Include "action words". Action words are terms that describe your job functions such as:
      Achieved, acquired, addressed, analyzed, centralized, coordinated, created, demonstrated, designed, eliminated, enforced, implemented, improved, maintained, managed, organized, oversaw, performed, reorganized, reviewed, selected, supervised, surveyed, trained. 
  • Avoid using paragraphs or long sentences. The bullet style -- use of an action word followed by an account of the action you performed -- enables you to include a lot of information about your work-related duties, responsibilities and achievements in as condensed a form as possible.
  • If posting your resume online, it is generally advisable to do the following:
    • Left justify the entire document
    • Use a standard font, size 10-14 only
    • Avoid boldface, underlined or italicized print
    • Avoid parentheses, graphics, shading, tabs and hard returns

15.5.14

10 Things You Should Know about the Federal Skilled Worker Program

10 Things You Should Know about the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Many prospective immigrants were excited to learn that the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program reopened to applicants on May 1, 2014. The program, Canada’s most popular, is open to applicants with education and experience in one of 50 eligible occupations.
While some aspects of the FSW program remain unchanged from the previous application cycle, there are some important changes as well. Here are ten things prospective applicants need to know about the FSW program as it stands today:
1. 35 new occupations have been added
Out of the 50 total eligible occupations, a full 35 of these occupations were not previously eligible. These include popular jobs in fields such as finance, nursing, health services, and management. To view the full list of 50 eligible occupations, please click here.
2. Previous applicants can re-apply
Individuals who applied to a previous cycle of the FSW program, but had files returned because their cap had been filled, may apply again if they continue to meet eligibility criteria. Individuals whose applications have already been accepted for processing do not need to send in a second application.
3. Selection criteria has not changed
No eligibility or selection criteria has been changed. This means that applicants must still score at least 67 points on the FSW selection grid in order to be selected for permanent residency. Points are attributed for factors such as language skills, education, work experience, age, and adaptability to Canada.
4. Educational assessment reports can be reused
An individual who has already had his or her educational credentials assessed by a designated organization may reuse their assessment report for application under the current FSW program. Applicants should include the original report that was returned to them with their previous application.
A copy of the original report may be used in the following circumstances:
  • The original report was sent with a FSW application on or after May 4, 2013; and
  • The original report was not returned to the applicant.
In this case, the applicant should send a copy of his or her refusal letter as well as a note explaining that their original educational assessment was not returned.
 5. Multiple applications may be accepted
If an individual has a year or more of work experience in more than one eligible occupation, he or she may apply to the FSW program under each occupation. Generally speaking, applicants may apply as many times as they like, under the same program or multiple programs. However, they must pay a separate application fee for each application.
6. No new forms are required
No additional forms are required under the newest application cycle. The already existing application forms and application guide may be used for submission.
7. Part-time work may be accepted
Applicants can count part-time work experience towards their work experience requirement. This work must be paid, continuous, and must take place within ten years of the date of application.
8. Language requirements have not changed
Applicants must still provide proof of language proficiency in English or French. This is done by providing results from a designated third party language exam.
As before, applicants must meet minimum language thresholds in order to apply to the FSW program.
9. Processing times are faster
The Canadian government has expressed its intention to bring processing times for the FSW program to under one year. Recent applicants to the program have indeed begun to receive decisions on their applications within this timeframe.
10. Last chance to apply to the FSW program     
On January 1, 2015, a new immigration intake system known as Express Entry will come into force. This system will pre-select applicants for a range of immigration programs, including the FSW program. As it currently stands, this is the last opportunity for applicants to apply directly to the FSW program.

21.4.14

Nova Scotia: An Immigration Destination

Nova Scotia: An Immigration Destination

In recent weeks, the small Canadian province of Nova Scotia has been under the spotlight for many prospective immigrants. This is due largely to the creation of a new stream of immigration called the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream (RLMD), which is administered as part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. Unlike most Canadian immigration programs, the RLMD stream does not require a job offer in order to apply.
The new stream offers the chance for prospective immigrants to settle in one of Canada’s most culturally dynamic provinces. Individuals wishing to obtain Canadian Permanent Residency through the RLMD stream or any of Canada’s immigration programs may wish to consider Nova Scotia, and to learn more about what the province has to offer.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is the Provincial Nominee Program for Nova Scotia. Through the NSNP, Nova Scotia is able to target immigrants with the skills that are most needed throughout the province.
The RLMD stream is one of three streams currently administered by the NSNP. It’s creation was announced just a few weeks ago, and it began receiving applications on March 6, 2014. To learn more about the RLMD stream, please read our full coverage of the announcement from our last issue.
The NSNP has released some additional information regarding the stream and its requirements, including the following:
  • At this time, there is no limit to the number of applications that will be accepted for review under the RLMD stream. This year only 150 applicants to this stream will receive a Provincial Nomination Certificate, but not necessarily the first 150 applications submitted.
  • Applicants who do not receive a Provincial Nomination Certificate for this year will be given the option of withdrawing their application or remaining in the queue for next year.
  • Both IELTS General and IELTS Academic tests will be accepted as proof of English proficiency.
What is Nova Scotia?
Nova Scotia is Canada’s second-smallest province in area, but with almost 1 million residents it is the most densely populated in the country. It is located in Eastern Canada, close to the province ofNew Brunswick and the American state of Maine. It is one of the country’s three Maritime Provinces, and is almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax, is a city of about 400,000 residents. It is home to world class universities such as Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Saint Mary’s University. Despite its modest size, Halifax is internationally renowned for its active music, art, and theatre scenes. A large number of Canada’s most famous actors and painters call Halifax home.
Working in Nova Scotia
According to a government study, Nova Scotia expects to experience “significant growth” due to retirement rates as well as expansion of new sectors of industry. These sectors includes: aerospace, information technology, skilled trades, financial services, and healthcare.
It is no surprise that the 43 eligible occupations for the RLMD stream fall largely within the scope of the province’s emerging sectors. In fact, Nova Scotia’s economy is expanding so quickly that the province has projected that it needs 75,000 new workers between the years 2011 and 2016. A full two-thirds of these new jobs will originate from the service sector.
Demand for Civil Engineers in Canada

Demand for Civil Engineers in Canada

Canada has always been successful in maintaining the hotspot status for skilled people across the globe to fly down and work and settle in Canada. Accordingly, Canada has been able to afford so much of employment in many technically skilled areas to attract numerous skilled workers from all countries.
Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Visa has been a boon for many skilled people across countries who have had one of their eyes reserved for Canada constantly to observe the changing trends of various streams. Especially in the domain of Civil Engineering, there has been a constant demand for qualified, well trained and experienced civil engineers to meet up with the scarcity of professionals in the country. The Canadian federal skilled worker program has been trying relentlessly to fill up the vacancies and has opened gates for skilled workers across many sectors to be welcomed into Canada.
The latest statistics reinforce to the above quoted statement in regards to the civil engineers in Canada. With 300 being the cutoff limit for FSW Visa for civil engineers to Canada, the recent update dated 17th October 2013 reveals that 167 out of 300 caps are filled which denotes that 133 applications are still open for applying.
Upon a careful review of applications and evaluation, eligible ones are granted with Canada FSW visa to live, work and settle in Canada. Engineering managers have topped the charts in terms of FSW capping. Civil Engineering stats stand second only to Engineering Managers and Financial Analysts in terms of attracting foreign immigrants.
Civil Engineers are most likely to make a handsome $60, 000 per annum in Canada which in comparison is very high to other professions. Also all the recent surveys in Canada make it crystal clear that Civil Engineering roles and vacancies top the charts of employment in Canada.
Apart from Federal Skilled Worker Visa, even the Quebec Skilled Worker Program attributes maximum points for the civil engineers if chosen to go there in search of civil engineering jobs in Quebec.
To maintain a great standard in such highly regarded profession,  is opening only 300 applications at one time for huge inflow of application for a better scrutiny.
Life in Canada is always promising and also more rewarding for the most sought-after professions like Civil Engineering. With the rise of industries like construction in the country, Canada is keen on promoting its infrastructure on a global level and for this; they are looking forward to possess the most talented work force in the domain of civil engineering.

8.3.14

Canadian Work Permits for Entrepreneurs

Canadian Work Permits for Entrepreneurs

Foreign entrepreneurs have a range of options to come to Canada. With their innovative ideas and unique business expertise, these individuals help to drive economic growth across the country.
Several Canadian permanent resident immigration programs target entrepreneurs, but the process can be lengthy. For many entrepreneurs, the fastest way to enter Canada is by obtaining a temporary work permit. Once in the country, they can often leverage their Canadian work experience to support an application for permanent residency.
The temporary foreign worker program includes several options designed to bring entrepreneurial talent to Canada. Choosing the right program under which to apply is of the utmost importance. Below is a brief overview of the temporary work permit options available for entrepreneurs:

NAFTA Investor
Under the NAFTA agreement, citizens of the United States or Mexico who invest in new or existing businesses in Canada may be eligible to apply for Investor work permits to manage their Canadian businesses. The NAFTA Investor program allows American or Mexican entrepreneurs who have already made a significant investment in a Canadian business to enter Canada to develop and direct that business. Typically, the Investor is the majority shareholder or sole owner of the business in Canada. To apply, the Investor must provide a business plan detailing the total capital required to establish or purchase the business and provide evidence that a significant portion of these funds have already been committed to the project. There is an expectation that the business will generate jobs or other benefits to the local economy and will not be purely a means of self support for the investor.
While the NAFTA Investor work permit is only available to citizens of the US and Mexico, other types of entrepreneurial work permits have no citizenship restrictions.
Intra-Company Transfer
Entrepreneurs who plan to continue to operate an existing business overseas while also expanding into Canada may qualify for Intra-Company Transferee work permits . The Intra-Company Transfer program is primarily used by multinational corporations to move management and key staff between branches, but it can also be well suited for entrepreneurs. The basic requirements for this program are as follows:
  • The new business in Canada must be viable. Viability can be demonstrated by providing a business plan, financial information and evidence that business premises have been leased in Canada. To qualify, the business plan must involve hiring at least one Canadian during the first year of operations.
  • The overseas and Canadian businesses must have common ownership. Specifically, the two companies must have a parent-branch, parent-subsidiary, or affiliate relationship.
  • The person being transferred to manage the Canadian business must have at least one year of full-time employment in an equivalent senior managerial or executive position with the overseas company.
Intra-company transfer is an excellent option if you plan to divide your time between managing your current overseas business and starting a new branch or subsidiary in Canada.
Other Work Permits for Business Owners
If you are investing in a Canadian business which is not related to an existing business overseas, you may consider either a C11 Entrepreneur work permit or an LMO-based work permit for owner operators.
  • A C11 Entrepreneur work permit may be an option if you are the sole or majority owner of the Canadian business. This type of application is typically most successful for seasonal businesses or in cases where the business owner intends to maintain a primary residence outside Canada. CIC is reluctant to issue temporary work permits to business owners who plan to manage a permanent, year-round business in Canada on an indefinite basis because permanent, year-round work in Canada falls outside the scope of the temporary foreign worker program. In this situation, you may consider either restructuring your business in Canada so that you qualify for another type of work permit or applying for a permanent resident visa through one of Canada’s Business Immigration programs.
  • If you are a minority owner of the Canadian business but plan to take an active role in day-to-day management, an Owner- Operator LMO-based work permit is an excellent option. An LMO (Labour Market Opinion) is a document issued by the government confirming that hiring a foreign worker will have a positive or neutral effect on the local labour market. LMOs are most commonly issued to companies which show that foreign workers are needed to fill temporary labour shortages in Canada. This process involves advertising the position extensively in Canada and can be time consuming. However, if the foreign worker is an owner-operator with minority ownership, no advertising is required. Instead, the Canadian company can demonstrate that the foreign entrepreneur’s management of the business will actively benefit the local labour market. Factors considered include job creation, maintaining existing jobs, and transferring skills to Canadian employees.
Advice for Entrepreneurs
Working as an entrepreneur in Canada is an exciting and rewarding endeavor. However, given the fact that entrepreneurs are often moving not just themselves but their businesses to Canada as well, obtaining Canadian work authorization can at times be difficult. Thankfully, Canada is keen to attract entrepreneurs, who are considered valuable members of the workforce.
“Entrepreneurs are seen as drivers of Canada’s economy that help to create Canadian jobs,” saidAttorney David Cohen. “Many of our country’s most prominent entrepreneurs in fact came to Canada from abroad.”
When applying to work in Canada, entrepreneurs should make sure that they are fully aware of the range of options available for themselves, their families, and their businesses. These options can vary greatly depending on an individual’s professional experience as well as the nature of their business and its connections to Canada.
“Working with entrepreneurs who are seeking to balance their business objectives with work and immigration goals adds a new level of complexity to an application,” said Attorney Cohen. “However, their effort is more than worth it. Entrepreneurs benefit from an innovative, open economy, while our country is given the opportunity to house some of the world’s best new businesses.”

12.2.14

Dishwasher Cover Letter Sample for Resume

Dishwasher Job Description 

A dishwasher, in any kind of setting, is accountable for ensuring that guests or patrons receive clean and tidy china, silverware and glassware. S/he is also responsible for providing support and assistance to bussers, cooks, bartenders, servers and other workers; keeping all work and kitchen areas clean, dry and safe for other workers.

Dishwasher Cover Letter

Preparing a cover letter for dishwasher resume is a time-consuming task. The content and quality of your formal written application is essential in determining whether you are short-listed for an interview for a position of dish washer or kitchen worker. Candidates who best demonstrate their skills and abilities in their letter to meet all the necessary requirements of the position will likely to get an interview call.

The following Cover Letter Sample for dishwasher is presented to assist you in preparing your written application and to facilitate you to plan for the interview. This example template will work both for experienced and fresh applicants having no prior experience.


Dishwasher Cover Letter Sample

658 Example Avenue
Alexandria, VA 65287

March 11, 2012

Ms. Sara McGill
Director of Human Resources
Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
Alexandria, VA


Dear Ms. McGill:

I am writing to express my interest in the Dishwasher position that is currently available in the Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. I learned of this exciting opportunity through the jobs portal of indeed. Along with my skills in dishwashing, cleaning and general housekeeping, I am confident that my abilities would be successfully utilized in this dishwashing position.

In keeping with the requirements stated in your job posting, I am highly skilled in:
• Washing dishes, glassware and other utensils by hand
• Operating a commercial dishwashing machine and all kitchen equipment
• Keeping kitchen area sanitized and free of garbage and water
• Restocking all equipment and supplies
• Stocking any deliveries received in a proper and safe manner 

·  
Furthermore, I have a demonstrated ability to create a welcoming environment for guests through my excellent communication skills. My enclosed resume gives more details about my qualifications and capabilities. I am confident that as a Dishwasher in your hotel, I can create a productive team environment that is customer-centered.

As an enthusiastic candidate, I would welcome the chance to discuss my talent and qualifications in detail. I will contact you in coming week to follow-up. In the meantime, I may be reached at [contact #] or [email address]. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sincerely,


(Signature)
John Anderson



Enc. Resume

23.1.14

Canada Seeks to Double Number of International Students by 2022

Canada Seeks to Double Number of International Students by 2022

According to a new plan released this week, the Canadian government hopes to attract 450,000 international students by 2022. This is double the current number of international students currently studying in the country.
Though significant, this 450,000 goal is not without precedent. The number of international students in Canada has been increasing at a steady pace. In 2012, more than 265,000 foreign students were studying across the country, an 11% increase from the previous year. In total, international student levels have risen a staggering 94% since 2001.
At present, Canada ranks 7th worldwide in terms of the number of international students it hosts each year. However, its numbers are increasing faster than in any other country.
International students benefit Canada in a number of ways. In 2010, it is estimated that they spent more than $8 billion on tuition, accommodation, and other expenses. In addition, they supported over 86,000 jobs. Many students remain in Canada after their studies, pursuing either temporary work or permanent residency. These students help to strengthen Canada’s labour market while enjoying the country’s economic opportunities and high quality of life.




Investment in Research to Strengthen the Forage Seed Industry

Investment in Research to Strengthen the Forage Seed Industry

On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux and MP Chris Warkentin (Peace River) today announced an investment of over $923,000 to the Peace Region Forage Seed Association (PRFSA) which will improve seed production and quality, as well as the economic and environmental sustainability of crops within Canada. These improvements will deliver more value to producers and help meet the growing demand for forage seed both domestically and internationally.
Harvesting creeping red fescue seed (photo credit: Peace Region Forage Seed Association)


Under this project, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers will collaborate with industry on a number of activities to help the sector. Research will be done on how incorporating forage seed production within annual crop rotations can increase value for producers; evaluating the seed yield potential of forage and turf grass varieties in western Canada, and examining ways to increase the quality of grass and legume seed crops in Canada.
Today’s investment is made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698-million initiative under Growing Forward 2. The Program’s industry-led research and development stream supports pre-commercialization research, development and knowledge transfer leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based practices, processes, and products.

Quick facts

  • PRFSA was formed in 1995 to develop the forage seed industry in the Peace Region and to prioritize issues and exchange information among members and industry.
  • There are 326,000 acres of land in forage seed production in Canada.
  • Canadian exports of forage seeds average about $280 million annually, with the United States and Europe among the key export destinations.

Quotes

"Research and innovation are vital to the growth and sustainability of the forage seed sector. This investment through Growing Forward 2 will increase the competitiveness of the industry by improving agronomic practices that result in better returns for producers and the sector."
- Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux
"Our Governments top priority remains the economy and creating jobs. I am pleased that this project with the Peace River Forage Seed Association will help the industry open new sales opportunities in Canada and in markets around the world."
- MP Chris Warkentin (Peace River)
“This investment in research makes a big difference. We are grateful for the support, which will help us to improve turf and forage seed crops grown in Canada.”
- Reuben Loewen, President of the PRFSA




20.1.14

Government of Canada helps over 1 000 newcomers get their qualifications recognized and find jobs in Canada

Foreign Credential Recognition loans help internationally trained workers put their skills to work faster
January 18, 2014 – Vancouver, BC – Employment and Social Development Canada
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, celebrated a significant milestone for the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loans Pilot Project. Over 1 000 internationally trained workers have now benefitted from loans that have helped them get their credentials recognized helping them take advantage of job opportunities here in Canada.
Minister Kenney stressed the importance of attracting and retaining the best international talent and helping internationally trained workers put their skills to work sooner in communities across Canada.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada launched the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot Project in 2012. The project is currently delivered in partnership with nine community organizations, including S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
  • Eligible newcomers and Canadians trained abroad may receive up to $15,000 in loans to help cover the costs of licensing, exams, training and skills upgrading, which can often present a significant obstacle to credential recognition.
  • As a community partner in Vancouver, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has provided over 341 loans to internationally trained workers to date.

Quotes

“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity, and we recognize that skilled newcomers help fill shortages in key occupations and make an important contribution to Canada’s economy. Through Foreign Credential Recognition loans, internationally trained workers can now get help to cover the cost of having their credentials recognized, so they can find jobs in their fields more quickly."
- Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism
“This pilot project brings government, non-profit organizations and private stakeholders together to provide financial assistance to internationally trained workers. It helps newcomers follow their career paths in Canada and integrate into Canadian society."
- Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

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17.1.14

Canadian Experience Class – Program Changes and Intake Caps

Canadian Experience Class – Program Changes and Intake Caps

Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced significant changes to the popular Canadian Experience Class (CEC) of immigration. Most importantly, an intake cap of 12,000 applications has been instituted for the upcoming year. The cap is effective from November 9, 2013 to October 31, 2014.
The CEC is a popular immigration path for individuals who are already living and working in Canada. The changes made to the CEC will help ensure that the program, which currently sees processing times of about a year, will avoid backlogs and uphold its fast timeframe for processing. In addition, the changes will allow the program to further target the workers that Canada most needs to succeed in today’s competitive economy.
What is the CEC?
Since its creation in 2008, the CEC has welcomed over 25,000 new permanent residents. These individuals already posses Canadian experience, and therefore can continue to directly contribute to the country’s economy after receiving Canadian Permanent Residency. In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:
  • Have at least 12 months of full-time skilled work experience (or an equal amount in part-time)* in the past three years before applying;
  • Plan to live outside of the Province of Quebec;
  • Have gained the Canadian work experience legally; and
  • Meet minimum language requirements
The structure of this program makes it ideal for international graduates of Canadian institutions who remain in Canada on post-graduation work permits, as well as temporary foreign workers in general.
*Some restrictions have been placed on this eligibility criterion. Details follow.
Caps and Occupation Restrictions
The overall intake cap of 12,000 applications came into effect last Saturday, November 9. All applications that are received on or after that date will be subject to this cap, as well as the other changes outlined in this article.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) noticed that a disproportionate number of CEC applications fell into a very limited number of occupations. In an effort to maintain a more equal representation of occupations, the following 6 are no longer eligible for the CEC:
  • Cooks
  • Food Service Supervisors
  • Administrative Officers
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers
  • Retail Sales Supervisors
Applicants with experience in one of the above occupations, who submitted to the CEC prior to November 9, 2013, will still be processed.
To further ensure an even distribution of occupations, no more than 200 applications will be accepted from any occupations designated as ‘B’ level in Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC) index. B level jobs are generally technical, administrative, or skilled trades. NOC levels ‘A’ and ‘0’, which are managerial and professional in nature, are not subject to the individual 200 cap, although they are subject to the overall cap of 12,000.
Procedural Change
To increase fairness and efficiency, applications to the CEC will have their proof of language proficiency assessed upon receipt of their file. This means that if an application does not meet language requirements, it will be immediately returned to the sender with a refund in processing fees. This will help government officers quickly return files that are not eligible, therefore giving applicants ample time to consider other options for permanent residency.
What this Means for Applicants
The CEC remains a highly popular program due to its straightforward application procedures and fast processing times. These changes have been made to make sure that the program keeps its reputation as an ideal option for temporary foreign workers from a variety of backgrounds.
However, the introduction of caps has may increase pressure on eligible individuals who have not yet submitted their applications.
“We have seen the CEC grow in popularity every year, “There is no way of knowing how many potential applicants have now begun to prepare and submit applications before caps close. If an individual is genuinely interested in immigrating through this program, he or she would be well advised to send in their application as soon as possible. As well, getting it right the first time will be important because a returned application may result in an applicant being capped out.”
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