• SA & Namibia Visit November 2017
  • Alberta Immigration Policy Changes
  • Matrixvisa Challenges New Brunswick Program Policy
  • Entrepreneur Opportunity in B.C.
  • Vacancies


We are again visiting South Africa and Namibia from Friday 10 November – Friday 16 November 2017.  Our dates will be as follows:

JOHANNESBURG – Friday, 10 November (11am – 4pm)
JOHANNESBURG – Saturday, 11 November (8am – 4pm)
JOHANNESBURG – Sunday, 12 November (8am – 4pm)
WINDHOEK – Monday, 13 November (3pm – 8pm)
WINDHOEK – Tuesday, 14 November (7am – 10am)
STELLENBOSCH – Thursday, 16 November (10am – 4pm)

For those who are interested in booking a meeting, go to ‘Get an Initial Assessment’ to begin the two step process. All applicants must complete an initial assessment before being invited to book a consultation

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The Alberta government has announced a major immigration policy change that will take effect on 1 January 2018.

Some of the changes are as follows:

  • Self employed Immigrants would no longer be eligible to apply in the Provincial Nominee Program
  • Only foreign nationals working on work permits supported by Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA), Intra-company transfer work permits and  holders of International Experience Class work permits would be eligible to apply for nomination
  • All applicants must have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of at least 5 on all four language abilities
  • For applicants that  apply to the AINP under NOC code 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates), the AINP will require a minimum language test score of  CLB of 7 for each English language abilities
  • At the time your application is postmarked you must have completed at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent. To show you meet this requirement you must have your highest level of foreign education verified through an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). The AINP only accepts the ECAs accepted by IRCC.
  • At the time your application is postmarked applicants  must have either: a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months; or a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months. This work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) and/or abroad.
  • Applicants are not required to provide an ECA if they  have a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized Canadian post-secondary, technical college or secondary institution, or work experience that qualifies you for the AINP in any trade and you have a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or trade certificate that is recognized by Alberta Advanced Training and Education.
  • There is a list of prohibited occupations for which the AINP will not issued nominations:

0011  Legislators
0422 School Principals and Administrators of Elementary and Secondary Education
0423 Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services
0432 Fire Chiefs and Senior Firefighting Officers
0651 Escort Agency Managers, Massage Parlour Managers
4031 Secondary School Teachers
4032 Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers
4154 Professional Occupations in Religion
5121 Authors and Writers
5133  Musicians and Singers
5135  Actors and Comedians
5136  Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
1227 Court Officers and Justices of the Peace
3223*  Dental Laboratory Bench Workers
4214 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants (only those without certification as a Child Development Worker (Level 2) or Child Development Supervisor (Level 3) through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office)*
4216 Other Instructors
4217 Other Religious Occupations
5232 Other Performers, n.e.c.
5244 Artisans and Craftspersons
5251 Athletes
6232 Real Estate Agents and Salespersons
4411 Home Child Care Providers
4412 Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations
4413 Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants
6533 Casino Occupations
6564 Other Personal Service Occupations (astrologers, chat line agent, dating service consultant, fortune teller, psychic consultant, psychic reader)
7513 Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs
8442 Trappers and Hunters
6623 Other Sales Related Occupations
6722 Operators and Attendants in Amusement, Recreation and Sport
6742 Other Service Support Occupations, n.e.c.
8611  Harvesting Labourers
8612 Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers
8613 Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers
8614 Mine Labourers

This is in addition to the list of occupations by the Federal Government that prohibits the issuance of LMIAs to certain occupations in Alberta which can be seen here:


The Province of New Brunswick (NB) only allows an eligible applicant to apply via Expression of Interest for nomination if the foreign national has attended an information session. Nomination Certificates are used to apply for permanent residence. The NB Provincial Nominee Program conducts information sessions in countries of their choice around the world. The NB government never visit South Africa and therefore South African and Namibian applicants can not get the opportunity to apply via expression of interest for a NB nomination. We wrote a letter to the Minister of Immigration in NB showcasing South Africa as a valuable source country for immigrants with the hope that the NB government will choose to conduct information session in South Africa in the future. The letter can be seen in Our Efforts.


A well known yachting company in British Colombia (charter company as well as a brokerage) is in a growth phase with two new branches being opened shortly. This is an excellent opportunity for an investor with CAD600 000 net worth, who is willing to invest  at least CAD350 000 as part of fulfilling the entrepreneur program requirements as a pathway to permanent residence. A passion for the outdoors and tourism would be crucial.


AGRONOMIST. A vacancy exists for an agronomist in Saskatchewan. The position would require the provision of advice to farmers regarding soil analyses, crop rotation, seed choice, fertilizer etc. A degree or Diploma in Agriculture would be an important benefit.

HD MECHANICS. A well-established mine contractor in Northern Ontario is looking for 4 mechanics. The prerequisites include:

  • Underground Experience
  • Experience on Jumbo Drill Rigs, Scooptrams (LHDs) and underground haul trucks
  • Altas Copco or Sandvik experience would be helpful

CNC MACHINISTS, LARGE CASTINGS. Two organizations in Ontario have requested that Matrixvisa search for machinists with experience in CNC machining of large castings. Some of the castings can weigh up to 25 tons. The first employer has Kuraki horizontal boring mills with Fanuc controls and Monti horizontal borning mills with Heidenhain controls. This employer also has lathes with Giana with Fagor controls and Tacchi with Siemens controls. The second employer has TOS horizontal boring mills, Stanko boring mills, and a Keller Universal Milling Machine with Hydrotel Vertical Spindle Milling Machines. Most have Heidenhein TNC430, iTNC430, and iTNC 530 controls.

MOULD MAKER. There is also a vacancy for a mould maker in Ontario.

FARM SUPERVISORS. An employer in British Columbia requested us to recruit 3 hands-on  farm managers with poultry experience.

OVERHEAD CRANE TECHNICIANS. A number of employers are searching for electricians with 10 000 hours experience in overhead cranes.


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