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7th March

A new report shows that there is job growth in that sector in British Columbia, Alberta, and the prairie provinces.

Here are some highlights:

  • Saskatechewan – Engineering markets in Saskatchewan are more cyclical and more varied, but supply constraints are an issue. Resource projects are absorbing all available engineers – especially mining engineers. Saskatchewan is a small market with big project demands that come and go. Local post-secondary programs are not able to keep pace. Engineering immigration has been limited and strong current demand is reflected as Canadians from other provinces seek jobs and licensure in the province;
  • Alberta – Along with B.C., Alberta is the strongest engineering market in Canada. There was strong engineering job growth in the past year, however there are ongoing shortages and recruiting challenges for engineers with five to 10 years of experience or specialized skills. Growth in enrolments in post secondary programs for engineers has lagged behing national trends and may contribute to a tight labour market;
  • British Columbia – One of the two strongest engineering markets in Canada, B.C. faces skills shortages and volatile markets in resource related occupations like mining, metallurgical, and petroleum engineers. However conditions are more balanced for computer and industrial engineers. B.C employers will need to source engineers from other markets, however it is hard to attract them from other western provinces due to competitive compensation levels;
  • Manitoba – Expansion demands are concentrated in resource and utility projects. Construction, particularly in electrical generation and transmission, is a big driver. Labour markets are divided with ongoing shortages and recruiting challenges for engineers with five to 10 years of experience or specialized skills.

On a national basis, expansion demand is expected to create an additional 16,000 jobs for engineers by 2020. Virtually all of these jobs will be west of Quebec, with the bulk of them in Alberta and British Columbia. Alberta specifically has lagged behind national trends in enrolments in engineering programs and an additional 900 engineers are needed annually to balance market demand. In Manitoba, increased construction activity, in particular in electricity generation and transmission, is leading to increased need for qualified engineers.

“Employers in British Columbia will need to source engineers from other markets for much of the coming decade,” said Stephen McCrum, Vice President, Western Canada, Randstad Engineering. “The focus will be on specialized and experienced engineers to replace retiring workers.” The average age of employers in British Columbia is higher than in other provinces, raising replacement demand.

“In Saskatchewan specifically, engineering markets are in a state of flux,” McCrum said. “It is a small market, with big project demands that come and go. Local engineering programs are not meeting the cyclical demands of the market as Canadians from other provinces seek engineering jobs in Saskatchewan.”

3rd January

Canada has announced that the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will reopen in May 2013.

The FSWP is Canada’s main skilled migration programme and enables applicants to apply for permanent resident status if they have adequate skills and experience.

Jason Kenney, the Canadian minister with responsibility for immigration policy, told journalists that the FSWP would re-open to applicants on 4th May 2013 using a revised points-based selection system. He also revealed the new selection criteria that will be in place when the system goes live.

Mr Kenney closed the FSWP to new applicants who did not already have a Canadian job offer from 1st July 2012. When he announced the closure, Mr Kenney said that his department would draw up a new set of criteria for selection which would ensure that successful applicants under the FSWP would be more likely to succeed when they arrived. Mr Kenney said in June that the changes would enable successful applicants to ‘hit the ground running’ when they arrived in Canada.

Mr Kenney told journalists on 18th December that the new FSWP assessment criteria will include the following
• A higher minimum threshold of skill in either English or French (Canada’s two official languages) than before. Applicants will now have to demonstrate by way of a test that they meet level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark.
• A greater number of points will be granted to younger applicants than under the old system.
• A new ‘Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) scheme to allow the Canadian government to compare foreign educational qualifications with Canadian ones so that their worth can be better assessed
• A reform of the ‘Arranged Employment’ rules so that those with an offer of employment can be hired more quickly
• Additional points granted to FSWP applicants if their spouse has ability in English or French and if he/she has work experience in Canada

Mr Kenney said ‘the new FSWP criteria will ensure Canada is selecting the skilled immigrants our economy needs, who are the most likely to succeed and fully realise their potential in Canada.’

From May 2013 onwards, in order to demonstrate that they have an adequate standard of English, or French, applicants will have to be assessed by an approved agency. A list of these agencies can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), website. CIC is Mr Kenney’s department in the Canadian government.

They will also have to have educational qualifications received from non-Canadian educational establishments assessed by an approved Canadian organisation. This comparison must be performed before the applicant arrives in Canada. This will enable an applicant to assess whether their qualifications are adequate and if necessary to undertake further training, before leaving home, a CIC statement said.

Arranged Employment is a system whereby those with a job offer in Canada before they apply to the FSWP can score an extra 10 points on the FSWP ‘points grid’. The Canadian employer must be approved by Service Canada, which is an agency created in the Canadian Department of Human Resources and Skills Development.

At present, once a Canadian employer has offered a foreign national a job, the employer must make an Arranged Employment request to Service Canada. If the request is approved, Service Canada will then send an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO), to CIC giving details of the job in question, the pay and the employer’s history. The AEO will also state that the job is genuine and permanent and will ask CIC to expedite the applicant’s request. However, it remains to be seen what the rules will be after the changes are made.

After Mr Kenney announced the proposed changes to the system in August, Ratna Omidvar, who is president of the Canadian charity the Maytree Foundation and board chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant and Employment Council, said that the change in focus may mean that Canada misses out on talent. He called for ‘a little less rigidity’ in the new system. Other critics have said that the focus on language ability might, in effect, discriminate against non-European applicants. Mr Kenney has dismissed these worries.

CIC says there is ‘a large body of research which has consistently shown that language proficiency and youth are two of the most important factors in the economic success of immigrants’.

13th December

Canada plans to speed up the entry process for thousands of foreign skilled tradespeople, to help booming industries “desperately crying out” for workers.

A new permanent residency scheme will be introduced from January 2 2013, aimed at foreigners with at least two years of experience in a registered trade, including electricians, welders, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, pipefitters and others.

They are needed by Canada’s oil, gas and construction industries that have been boosted by high commodity prices and a resilient domestic economy.

In 2013, up to 3,000 people will be accepted through the scheme – known as the Federal Skilled Trades Programme – but this is expected to rise in future years.

As well as having two years of experience, applicants must already have a job offer in Canada or a certificate from a province stating they are qualified to work there.

1st November

The Government of Canada will maintain record levels of immigration to support economic growth in 2013, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“Our Government’s number one priority remains economic and job growth,” said Minister Kenney. “Newcomers bring their skills and talents, contribute to our economy and help renew our workforce so that Canada remains competitive on the world stage.”

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)’s 2012 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration tabled today, CIC plans to admit a total of 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in 2013, for the seventh straight year. This represents the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history.

In particular, the 2013 Immigration Levels Plan makes room for the rapid growth in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The CEC, which was created in 2008, facilitates the transition from temporary to permanent residence for those with high-skilled work experience in Canada, including international students and temporary foreign workers. Admissions under the CEC have increased from about 2,500 people in 2009 to more than 6,000 in 2011, with more expected this year than ever before. In 2013, CIC intends to accept a record high of up to 10,000 permanent residents through this popular program.

“Immigration plays a vital role in our country’s long-term prosperity,” said Minister Kenney. “Our 2013 Immigration Plan will build on our economic success by bringing in more of the world’s top talent who already have a successful track record in Canada.”

Every year, CIC consults with provinces, territories and public stakeholders across Canada to develop a balanced immigration plan. Besides stakeholder consultations, the Canadian public is invited to participate through online consultations on immigration levels and mix. This year, for the first time in Canadian history, CIC consulted with key Aboriginal groups.

22nd October

Canada is looking to make itself the leading destination for UK graduates looking for better career and life opportunities.

According to Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney, Canada wants to convince UK graduates who may be struggling to find jobs in recession-hit Britain to “think Canada before you think Australia”.

To entice migrants, the length of time they need to work in skilled Canadian jobs to qualify for permanent residency is being halved from two years to one. The change is likely to take effect from next January.

It is hoped this will encourage young people who go to Canada to work in gap year jobs in bars or ski resorts, but then find more skilled work, to settle in Canada in the longer term.

Mr Kenney said: “There are a lot of young Britons who are under-employed or unemployed but are highly educated.

“I think so many young Britons have, for some reason, thought of Australia before Canada as a destination for immigration, and we want to be at the front of the competition for the world’s best and brightest.”

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He put Australia’s enduring appeal down to “rugby and cricket, andNeighbours, and the attraction of the weather”.

Reasons to choose Canada over Australia, he said, included its closer proximity to the UK and robust economy – “the strongest in the G8”.

However, there is disagreement within Canada as to whether the government should be retraining its own workers rather than recruiting from overseas.

11th April

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney today announced changes to strengthen provincial immigration programs.

Starting July 1, 2012, most Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants for semi- and low-skilled professions will have to undergo mandatory language testing of their listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities and meet a minimum standard across all four of these categories.

In addition, Minister Kenney said that further changes to the program will be made to continue to focus on economic streams. The changes are the latest in a series of announcements the Minister has made about transforming Canada’s economic immigration program into a fast and flexible system focused on jobs, growth and prosperity.

“As a result, immigrants coming to Canada under PNPs will arrive with much better language skills and will be selected for the impact they can have on Canada’s economy,” the Minister said. He was joined at a news conference by his Saskatchewan counterpart, Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris.

The announcement is the latest in a series Minister Kenney has made about transforming Canada’s immigration system to better support economic growth.

The PNP has been a major success in helping to spread the benefits of immigration across the country, with many economic immigrants choosing to settle outside of the three major cities. In Saskatchewan, 5,354 immigrants arrived under the program in 2010, compared with 173 in 2003.

“We have supported enormous growth in the number of provincial nominees in recent years because it makes sense for the provinces and territories to have the flexibility to meet regional needs,” said Minister Kenney. “Saskatchewan has successfully used the program and has actively recruited immigrants with the skills needed here. I’d like to thank the province for its continued cooperation.”

“Newcomers play a significant role in building and maintaining the highest quality of life in our province and in our country,” said Minister Norris. “The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to building the best provincial immigration program to meet our economic and labour market needs.”

The Provincial Nominee Program was designed to be aligned with Canada’s economic and labour needs. But, in some provinces, it is being used as an indirect route to family reunification.

“We have a federal family sponsorship program that reunites families,” added Minister Kenney. “This is not the goal of the PNP and we want to work with provinces and territories to ensure that the program is solely focused on supporting economic growth rather than duplicating non-economic federal immigration streams.”

The PNP is now Canada’s second largest economic immigration program, with admissions having grown from about 8,000 immigrants in 2005 to expected admissions of 42,000 people this year. Each province and territory is responsible for the design and management of its own PNP, which must be consistent with federal immigration policy, legislation and the terms of bilateral agreements.

23rd February

An official with Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration says more immigrants will be needed to fill jobs as the federal shipbuilding contract ramps up.

Executive director Elizabeth Mills says the province is putting together a business case that will be presented to Ottawa.Mills told a legislature committee today that the current demand for skilled workers is meeting the supply, but that will change rapidly by 2014.Mills says economic models indicate there could be between 3,000 to 10,000 jobs that need to be filled as part of the shipbuilding contract.

She says the province will need to increase immigration through all immigration streams including its nominee program for skilled workers to help address that.

Mills says demand is high for the current program, which is capped at 500 and has met its target in each of the last two years.

8th February

Saskatchewan and the prairie provinces are growing at their fastest rate ever, according to the latest population census.

Indeed, the west of the country is booming. For the first time in the nation’s history, Western Canada has a greater population than all of Quebec, the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador combined. The population shift came thanks to the West’s massive resource base and related employment opportunities, of course. Income and corporate tax rates, retirement options, even climate are other factors that favour the West.

In Alberta and Saskatchewan especially, young families are able to find viable housing options within major metropolitan areas and in their adjacent, suburban communities. Airdrie, which is just north of Calgary, experienced an astonishing 47% growth rate from 2006 to 2011. Okotoks, to the south, saw its population increase 43% and High River, a little further down the highway, grew nearly 21% over the same census period. Strathmore, just east of Calgary, had a 20% growth spurt.

Calgary itself had the highest rate of population growth of any metropolitan area in Canada, at over 12%, with Edmonton just at its heels. And look at Saskatoon: Third highest metropolitan growth rate in Canada. Why? Affordable housing and work that attracts newcomers, mostly immigrants.

Saskatchewan has seen population growth for each of the past 11 years. Immigration Minister Rob Norris said he anticipates some 4,000 people will apply under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program this year. With family members, that could mean as many as 12,500 people arriving in Saskatchewan.

Jobs are the big draw. Demand for skilled labour in Western Canada’s booming oil and gas sector continues to grow, and Saskatchewan is flush with both, as well as potash and uranium. Indeed, the Saskatchewan economy remains a juggernaut even in the face of worldwide economic turmoil.

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7th February

Canadian governments and employers will be in Edinburgh next week, hoping to recruit some highly skilled Scottish workers.

The Canada Live jobs expo will play host to the governments of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward island, as well as several Canadian employers from the provinces. Skilled workers are in demand to fill a number of roles in Canada, and the recruitment teams will be looking to fill these vacancies in Edinburgh.

The roles being recruited for range from highly qualified software engineers, nurses, and financial specialists, through to truck mechanics, welders, and trade specialists like plasterers. In addition to generous salary and relocation allowances, successful candidates will also be able to benefit from the breathtaking scenery and outdoors life that Canada’s east coast can offer, not to mention its famed seafood.

Gaylene MacKenzie, Program Officer for Prince Edward island’s Immigration & Investment Division, and someone who has strong Scottish antecedents, says “ We are coming to Scotland looking for candidates who want to help us grow our province. Over the past decade, we have helped literally thousands of people from north of the border make a new life in Canada, so we are here to recruit more skilled workers to join them.”

John Weir, from event organisers EDP, comments, “Canada Live is proud to be bringing Canada to Scotland. Over the two days we are in Edinburgh, we’ll be giving visitors a real flavour of Canadian life, as well as all the vital information they’ll need to make a new life over the pond.”

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31st January

Canada’s mayors have sounded the alarm about a drastic shortage of rental housing across the country.

One-third of Canadians are renters, yet apartment construction has accounted for just 10 per cent of all new residential building over the last 15 years, according to a new report released by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) according to The Star.

A virtual doubling in house prices the last decade has pushed home ownership further and further out of reach of many Canadians and left municipalities like Brampton with waiting lists of 15,000 people and growing for affordable rental units, said Brampton mayor Susan Fennell, also co-chair of FCM’s Big Cities Mayors caucus.

While there is enough social housing in Canada right now for almost 700,000 lower-income Canadians, that makes up just 5 per cent of the country’s housing stock and isn’t nearly enough to keep up with demand, the report notes.

Condos have become a secondary form of rental accommodation in bigger cities like Toronto, but they are often too high-priced for many renters, and too small for most families, Fennell noted.

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30th January

Thousands of temporary foreign workers are at risk of losing their permission to work in Canada and being sent home reports The Star.

Since November, many foreigners working in skilled jobs and trades in Canada have had their renewal applications rejected. Some are being forced to collect wages under the table while trying to restore their work status.

Legal experts blame the chaos on two government departments being badly out of sync in processing the documents required to get a temporary work permit.

“It is a colossal headache,” said David Coombes, an immigration consultant based in Victoria, B.C., who has had seven such refusals recently. “This is unfair to the employers and especially to the workers, who will have to go home.”

A foreign worker needs two documents to work legally in Canada. The first is a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada, which assesses whether a foreign worker is needed. The second is Citizenship and Immigration Canada, charged with processing the work permit application, which involves verifying the job as well as medical and criminal checks.

According to Service Canada, the average processing time for an LMO is up from 15 business days a year ago to 22 days — a figure that’s widely disputed.

Cobus Kriek, a Toronto-based immigration consultant, said it’s taking up to 12 weeks now to get an LMO for his clients.

“This is a massive crisis for both employers and workers,” said Kriek, who has had two work permit refusals on the basis that an LMO was not ready.

Kriek said foreign workers can continue working legally under what is known as “implied status” if their renewal application is filed before the work permit expires. But once the renewal has been refused, they’re not allowed to work. Employers have to submit a new application, at $150 per worker, hoping the LMO will come through on time, said Kriek.

A mining company in Alberta that employs more than 500 people complained it has taken 21 weeks to obtain a work permit for their foreign workers.

“We are in the process of completing major expansions, but we cannot get the foreign workers here fast enough,” the company, which asked not to be identified in this story, said in a letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Immigration said it takes 40 days to process work permits with an existing employer, compared with 86 days a year ago.

“It is important that the employer applies for a new LMO before the expiration of their employee’s work permit,” said immigration spokesperson Nancy Caron.

“This is not a change in policy or procedure and would help to ensure that the LMO is issued in time for CIC to process the work permit application.”

But critics complain that Service Canada does not post the LMO processing time online and employers are unaware of the long delay.

Service Canada told the Star some regions tend to experience more delay due to the volume of applications. Other delays are caused by missing information — for instance, proof from the employer that the company has tried to recruit in Canada — or a failure to fully complete and sign the application.

Also, a more “rigorous LMO assessment process” has been in place since last April to improve the integrity of the program and better protect foreign workers from abuse. The department says it’s working on making better use of online services and a simplified application process to reduce delays.

Sukhjit Nagra, a consultant based in Delta, B.C., said her client, a high-skilled commercial carpenter, had his work permit expire early in November and has until the end of this month before he has to pack and return to India. A renewal application is in process but the LMO still hasn’t arrived.

“It is not just an inconvenience. His employer has taken on contracts based on this foreign worker being there to lead two other, lower-skilled Canadian workers,” said Nagra. “This is a problem. The employer is going to lose money. Our economy is going to lose money.”

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7th January

Alberta has had it’s best year for jobs growth since 1997, say new statistics.

Alberta’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in the nation, decreasing slightly from five per cent in Nov. to 4.9 per cent in December. The growth in jobs has been driven by the energy industry, and in particular Alberta’s rich oil reserves. The main industries The main industries seeing growth in jobs include construction, health care, social assistance, and both the wholesale and retail trade.

The province’s low unemployment rate is great news for job hunters, but for many employers, it represents what may be the biggest looming threat to continued growth in 2012, as the competition — and the cost — to attract and retain skilled staff heats up.  During the last jobs boom in Alberta, there was a huge shortage of skilled labour, and to offset this, many companies will again look at bringing in skilled workers from the UK and elsewhere.

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31st December

Alberta is 114,000 shortfall between the jobs available and those able to fill them, up over 48 per cent on its 2009 forecast.

The Alberta government’s latest occupational demand and supply outlook sees 606,000 new jobs being created by 2021, with 492,000 new workers joining the labour force to fill them.

Shortages are expected in the trades, among health-care workers, financial services, retail, public service and the restaurant and tourism industries.

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16th December

The newly installed Premier of Canadian province British Columbia, Christy Clark,  has announced the creation of the BC Immigration Task Force – with the aim of increasing the number of skilled immigrants and investors in BC.

The task force will review the effectiveness of all of B.C.’s current immigration programs and make recommendations on how to improve the federal government’s responsiveness to immigration needs for skilled workers throughout Western Canada. John Yap, head of the task force, said skilled people all over the world want to come to B.C. The aim of the task force is to make it easier for skilled workers to emigrate.

The nine-member group will consist of community and business leaders and will review the Provincial Nominee Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Immigrant Investor Program. The group will begin its work immediately and submit a final report by the end of March 2012.

“We’ve laid out an ambitious plan to create jobs in the B.C. Jobs Plan and we will need skilled immigrants to help fill more than one million job openings expected over the next decade,” Clark said. “We don’t know yet, how we’re going to fill those jobs.”

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23rd August

Canada is struggling with physician shortages across the country and will need to recruit more doctors from overseas.

That’s according to a director of the national organization that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada.Dr. Ken Harris, education director for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, said a new interprovincial transfer agreement that allows doctors to move more freely across the country could intensify the departure of doctors in some parts of the country.

The warning comes in the wake of a 50 per cent increase in the number of doctors leaving New Brunswick since Canada’s provincial governments moved to reduce barriers to labour mobility.The province’s internationally-trained doctors are also fighting for the same mobility rights which they allege have been stripped away by the New Brunswick College and the provincial government to make sure they can’t practise elsewhere in Canada.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Harris said. “If we increase mobility then will this make it more difficult for us to populate smaller, and I hesitate to use the word, but less desirable settings?As long as there are human resource shortages across the country and physicians are freely mobile, that allows them to go wherever they want and for that to happen.”

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16th August

Anyone who has the skills that Canada needs can jump the immigration queue and make their dream of emigrating to Canada a reality.

That’s according to Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who has said that applicants with experience in key occupations and with job offers from Canadian employers can move to the front of Canada’s growing immigration queue – currently thought to be more than a million applicants. At present, around 30% of Canadian immigrants are economic migrants selected as a result of having a job offer or the requisite skills.

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5th August

London based ArcelorMittal is planning a giant new opencast mine 300 miles inside the Canadian Arctic Circle in a bid to extract a potential $23bn (£14bn) worth of iron ore. This move comes amidst soaring iron ore prices in China.

The mining industry can be said to be the single most important factor in building the Canadian Economy up  to where it is today. It is the largest exporter of minerals and metals in the world and is the leading producer and exporter of potash and uranium; the second-largest producer of asbestos and sulphur and the third-largest of titanium, platinum-group metals (PGMs) and mine zinc, fourth in aluminium (from imported oxide), fifth in copper, lead, silver, and gold, and among the leading producers of nickel, salt, and nitrogen in ammonia. Petroleum, natural gas and diamonds are also top commodity exports. Canada exports 90% of all extracted minerals. Despite its top ranking, Canada still has vast potential as only 0.03% of the country has been explored.

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8th July

Canadians should see a “solid” jobs market for the remainder of the year, according to a newly released survey of hiring managers.
The job growth trend in Canada remains solid, as employers expect to continue to add more positions in the second half of this year.’s latest job forecast shows that six-in-ten (61 per cent) employers plan to hire new employees between July and December, up from 58 per cent in 2010.

“The job growth trend in Canada remains solid, as employers expect to continue to add more positions in the second half of this year,” CareerBuilder said in a statement.

Forty-three per cent of respondents said they would be hiring full-time staff in the last half of the year, 26 per cent said they’d hire parttime workers, and 27 per cent said they would be looking for temporary or contract workers.

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14th February

Canada is welcoming record numbers of migrants, many from the UK, according to the Canadian Immigration Minister.

“While other Western countries cut back on immigration during the recession, our government kept legal immigration levels high. Canada’s post-recession economy demands a high level of economic immigration to keep our economy strong,” said Minister Kenney.

“In 2010, we welcomed the highest number of permanent residents in the past 50 years to support Canada’s economic recovery while taking action to maintain the integrity of Canada’s immigration system with the introduction of the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act.”

In 2010, Canada admitted 280,636 permanent residents, about six per cent more than the government’s planned range of 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents for 2010. This is in line with the announcement made in June last year to adjust the 2010 immigration plan to meet the need for economic immigration. The 280,636 figure is about 60,000 higher than the average annual intake of permanent residents in the 1990s.

The high number of economic immigrants in 2010 has helped the Canadian Immigration department decrease application backlogs in the federal skilled worker category, reduce wait times under the Action Plan for Faster Immigration, and better meet labour market needs.

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20th December

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2nd November

The federal government wants to keep Canada’s immigration levels steady next year but change the mix of newcomers, limiting economic immigrants and boosting the number of spouses and children.

The Conservative government says it aims to take in between 240,000 and 265,000 new permanent residents in 2011, which is broadly the same numbers as in 2009 and this year.But Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is looking to cut the economic class of immigrants by about 5,000 people – despite highlighting the growing dependence of the Canadian workforce on immigrant labour.

“Canada’s post-recession economy demands a high level of legal immigration to keep our workforce strong,” Mr. Kenney said in a news release.

Provinces are taking a growing role in selecting economic immigrants, the report notes. As the number of federally selected newcomers in the economic class drops back, the number of provincially selected workers is climbing.

Glen Hodgson, chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada, argues that the recession prompted a temporary glut in workers. As the economy recovers, and as retirements soar, he figures Canada will require about 350,000 immigrants a year by 2030 in order to keep its workforce growing.

30th September

Manitoba experienced its highest inflow of international immigrants in nearly 40 years this spring.

New population figures released by Statistics Canada show that Manitoba had a net international migration of nearly 4,400 people between April 1 and July 1 2010. Given that each of those migrants will bring an average of 2 family members with them, the actual number is probably nearer 13,000.

Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard said the federal government recently imposed a cap of 5,000 spaces for Manitoba’s nominee program for 2010 and 5,000 more in 2011, in order to balance the influx of economic immigrants with other streams like refugees and family reunifications.

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6th January

Are you an ambitious entrepreneur looking for a new challenge overseas ? If so, come to Canada Live! in London and you could be on your way to Canada.

British Columbia is looking for keen entrepreneurs and encourage those interested at immigrating to the Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley to put their best business step forward.  At Canada Live!, taking place at the Business Design Centre in London, on the 15th & 16th February 2014, they will be interviewing interested candidates and offering their assistance in smoothing the move to Canada.

All you need to do is to submit a brief two page overview of your business opportunity, including what your plans are, any background, the timeframe, investment required and send it to Every entrant will receive two free tickets to the Canada Live event, and be entered in a competition to win airfare and accommodation to Kelowna, British Columbia ( At the show, you will also meet the team from Invest Kelowna and Okanagan College who will talk to you about your business plan – and who knows, may give you the chance to move to Canada.

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2nd May

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) selects immigrants based on their ability to succeed economically in Canada. After meeting eligibility requirements, applicants are assessed against selection criteria, also known as the “points grid.” There are 100 points available to applicants, with points awarded for official language abilities, age, education, work experience, employment already arranged in Canada, and adaptability. The current pass mark is 67.

After a thorough review of relevant research, an extensive program evaluation, stakeholder and public consultations, research and study of best practices in other immigrant-receiving countries, improvements to the FSWP were announced in December 2012. These improvements will come into force on May 4, 2013.

A pause on the intake of most new FSWP applications has been in place since July 1, 2012, except for those with a qualifying job offer and those who applying under the PhD stream. The pause will be lifted and an eligible occupations stream re-established on May 4, 2013.

While Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will not be accepting applications for the 24 eligible occupations until May 4, 2013, there are some new requirements that applicants can start preparing for, such as language tests and foreign educational credential assessments. The complete application process, featuring the new selection criteria, will be available on CIC’s website by May 4, 2013.

All individuals who are considering applying on or after May 4 should be aware that if their application does not meet the new criteria, it will not be processed. A prospective applicant should ensure they meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • They have at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the 24 eligible occupations;
  • They have a qualifying offer of arranged employment (*note changes to the arranged employment process were previously published in this web notice); or
  • They are eligible to apply through the PhD stream.

If prospective applicants are confident that they meet at least one of the above requirements, they must also meet the minimum language threshold and obtain an educational credential assessment (if submitting a foreign educational credential).

Eligible Occupations List

The eligible occupations stream will have an overall cap of 5,000 new applications and sub-caps of 300 applications in each of the 24 occupations on the list.

Eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification code):

  • 0211 Engineering managers
  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts
  • 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2134 Chemical engineers
  • 2143 Mining engineers
  • 2144 Geological engineers
  • 2145 Petroleum engineers
  • 2146 Aerospace engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
  • 2154 Land surveyors
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3143 Occupational Therapists
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216 Medical sonographers
  • 3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

Minimum Language Threshold

All prospective applicants to the FSWP should first determine whether they meet the new minimum language threshold: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). To prove language proficiency, a prospective applicant must take a third-party language test from an organization designated by the Minister and submit their test report along with their application to CIC.

Language test results will be accepted by CIC for two years from the date that they were issued by the designated organization.

CIC-designated language testing organizations include: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and Test d’évaluation de français (TEF).

Third-party language tests are scored differently by each of the three organizations. Here are the scores on each of the tests that correspond to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 or higher:


Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

An FSWP applicant must score at least 4L on the CELPIP-General test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold.

A score of 4L on the CELPIP-General test corresponds to CLB 7. A score of 4H corresponds to CLB 8, and a score of 5 or higher corresponds to CLB 9 or higher.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

An FSWP applicant must score at least 6.0 on the IELTS General Training test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold of CLB 7.


Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)

An FSWP applicant must score at least 206 in reading, 248 in listening, and 309 in both speaking and writing on the TEF to meet the minimum language threshold of NCLC 7.

Arranged Employment

Previously, employers have applied for an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) from Human Resources Skills Development Canada when they wished to hire a foreign national on a permanent, full-time basis and support their employee’s application for permanent residence through the FSWP.

Starting on May 4, 2013, CIC will no longer accept AEOs in support of an FSWP application. Instead, most offers of arranged employment will require a Labour Market Opinion.

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

Another important change that takes effect on May 4, 2013, is the introduction of the educational credential assessment (ECA). Prospective applicants may start the process of getting an ECA before May 4 if they are planning to submit a foreign educational credential. However, applicants should keep in mind the other program eligibility requirements listed above, i.e. whether they have a qualifying offer of arranged employment or are applying under the PhD stream or eligible occupations stream;and if they meet the minimum language threshold through a designated third-party test. Applicants who have Canadian educational credentials do not need to get an ECA, unless they are also submitting a foreign educational credential in support of their application.

The ECA process will help determine if the foreign educational credential is authentic and equivalent to a completed credential in Canada. For prospective applicants, the ECA can provide a realistic understanding of how their foreign educational credentials are likely to be recognized in Canada.

As of April 17, 2013, four organizations have been designated by the Minister to provide ECA reports for purposes of immigrating to Canada under the FSWP. Additional organizations may be designated by CIC in the future. The designated organizations are:

The Medical Council of Canada has been designated only for those principal applicants who intend to apply with specialist physician (2011 National Occupation Classification [NOC] code 3111) or general practitioner/family physician (2011 NOC code 3112) as their primary occupation in their FSWP application. Neither NOC code 3111 nor 3112 is on the eligible occupations list that takes effect on May 4, so this will only affect those applying under the PhD stream or with a qualifying job offer based on those NOC codes.

Applicants should contact the designated organizations directly for further information on their documentation requirements, processing times and fees.

CIC will only accept ECA reports issued after the date the organization was designated by CIC to provide ECA reports for immigration purposes (i.e. April 17, 2013). An ECA report will be valid for immigration purposes for 5 years from the date that it was issued by the designated organization.

22nd March

Saskatchewan’s population hit an all-time high of 1,067,612 last year, according to population estimates released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.

That number represents a 17,064-person jump over 2010 figures — the highest single-year increase since 1953 when the population rose by 18,000 people. The province’s 1.62 per cent growth rate was the second highest in Canada behind Alberta.

Net interprovincial migration was recorded at 1,181 people. Saskatchewan and Alberta were the only two provinces to experience more people moving in from other parts of Canada than those who left.

Premier Brad Wall attributed the rise to Saskatchewan’s growing economy.

“This speaks to the strength of our economy and illustrates a clear shift in the economic fortunes of our country to Western Canada and to Saskatchewan,” Wall said. “Saskatchewan is now a ‘have’ province with a vibrant economy and a growing population. That’s a big change from just a few short years ago.”

16th March

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is calling on employers to actively seek out and recruit the skilled immigrants they need, so that the Immigration Department can fast-track their applications and address Canada’s skills shortages.

Mr. Kenney plans create a just-in-time immigration system in which immigrants, particularly those with strong language skills, would be offered a job, have their credentials assessed, get accepted and settled in Canada – all within a year of applying. At the moment, that process can take several years

Richard McKeagan, president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada, welcomed the news that Mr. Kenney wants to introduce a special immigration stream for skilled tradespeople. “There’s going to be a skills shortage in our industry, there are some already in some parts of the country,” Mr. McKeagan said. “Anything that allows people in the construction industry, where we need people, to find meaningful employment, we support that.”

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