Issue Highlights

1. South Africa Visit November 2018
2. Job Vacancies
3. Immigration News
4. Economic News
5. Military News

We will be visiting South Africa from Friday, 16 November 2018 to Monday,
19 November 2018. We will be meeting clients by appointment only on the following dates and addresses:

JOHANNESBURG – Friday, 16 November 2018 (10 am – 5 pm)
Sandton office: Nelson Mandela Square, West Tower, 2nd floor, Maude street, Sandown, Gauteng.

JOHANNESBURG – Saturday, 17 November 2018 (8 am – 5 pm)
City Lodge Oliver Tambo Airport. Please do not go to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd.

JOHANNESBURG – Sunday, 18 November 2018 (8am – 4 pm)
City Lodge Oliver Tambo Airport. Please do not go to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd.

STELLENBOSCH – Monday, 19 November 2018 (10am – 4pm)
43 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600.

If you were unable to secure a booking for this trip, there is always the option of a Skype/ telephonic meeting which is held weekly when Cobus is in Canada.

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.

Kindly complete an initial assessment to book your consultation as soon as possible for the remaining South Africa slots as the process does take some time to complete. Bookings can be made with Miss Jessica Boshoff at

If you need to speak to Cobus during his South African visit please send a SMS to his Canadian Cell, 00-1-403-710-7156; or please call our office at 010-285-0493 x 101 (this is a South African telephone number).

Job Vacancies

These opportunities are for people that are willing to emigrate and live in Canada – this is not for people that want to work for a few months or year and return to South Africa.

Employment Opportunities:

1. We have a position for a specialist Fabricator (bender) with advanced experience in bending and whom can use large bending machines.

2. CNC Machinists with experience on large items (1-2 meter in diameter).

3. An Ontario based company has requested Matrixvisa to recruit several CNC Machinists with horizontal boring mill experience. The requirements are as follows:
Minimum 5 years of experience working with medium to large precision components on CNC Horizontal Boring Mills;
Ability to set up, program and operate CNC Horizontal Boring Mill with FANUC, and;
Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, charts, tables and ensure the proper dimensions and tolerance levels of the finished product;
Strong communication skills partnered with a positive team spirit;
Must be able to work Day & Afternoon shifts along with overtime as needed.
A different Ontario company indicated that they will consider applications for the following positions:
4. Skilled Agricultural Positions. We have several skilled agriculture positions. If you are already our client, your resume has been forwarded already (as appropriate).

5. Agricultural Mechanics. A client in the Prairies is searching for several agriculture mechanics.

6. VW Mechanics. A Volkswagen dealership in Toronto is searching for VW qualified mechanics.

To apply:

Submit your resume and other initial assessment documents on our website at: or click on the ‘GET INITIAL ASSESSMENT’ button above.

Immigration Policy Updates


The Alberta government stopped the requirement that applicants must have a specific income based on the applicant’s family size.


The federal government announced on 12 June 2018, that the following occupations do not require any domestic recruitment evidence in applications for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications. Job offers are required but employers do not have to recruit locally first. The majority of the occupations are information technology positions:

0211 Engineering managers
0212 Architecture and science managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2161 Mathematicians and statisticians (Positions for actuaries or related occupations are excluded from this subset).
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2283 Information systems testing technicians

Sub-set of 5131. Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game

Sub-set of 5241 Digital media designers. The position must require a minimum of three years of job experience in at least one of the following digital media design skills: 3D modeling, compositing, paint and roto, layout and match move, digital environment and Matte painting, texture, lighting shading, character effects, effects and simulations, design and scenario, rigging, user interface or user experience, responsive design (for gaming), virtual reality, augmented reality, digital media animation, levels editing for digital media design, software editing for digital media design, pipeline software development or applications relevant for digital media design.


The BC government explained that they had vacancies of 990 physicians. A government organization, Health Match BC, managed to fill 230 positions during 2017. It seems as if the vacancies for physicians remains high in BC.

The BC government has released the number of nominees for physicians in the Provincial Nominee Class for the period 1 Jan 2017 to 30 Jun 2018 (see below):

49 Specialist Physicians
54 General Practitioners
49 Registered Nurses
35 Licensed Practical nurses


The Ontario Government has released the following statistics for its immigration streams for 2017.

Economic News


Due to several factors (including pipeline shortage) Canadian oil is being supplied at a massive discount of CAD 46 per barrel. It was reported in the National Post on 29 October 2018 that Canada is losing CAD 100 million a day as a result of this low oil price. Canadian oil companies are trying to export oil via railway. They are able to move 200 000 barrels a day via rail, but it is not enough to get all the oil to the refineries.


It was mentioned in the National Post of 28 September 2018 that our Parliamentary Budget Officer signaled that provincial and federal debt levels are too high. He explained that in 20 years from now some provinces would not be able to pay their debt, if the current increases in debt continues. The current debt levels are not sustainable. At the current growth of debt, in 25 years New Brunswick’s debt will balloon from the current 36 % of GDP to 115 % of GDP. In the same period, Manitoba will increase from 37b % to 105 % and Newfoundland from 32 % to 76 % of GDP. Increasingly articles appear about concerning debt levels on a provincial and Federal level. Canada was in a similar boat in the 1990’s and The Minister of Finance, Mr. Paul Martin, pulled the belt in and reigned in the debt.

It would not be surprising if our federal government starts austerity measures beginning in 2020. Canada has a federal election in Oct 2019 and the expectation by many is that the Liberal Trudeau government will lose the election and the conservatives will take over. Not only will the new government control the deficit, but it will also change the current skilled federal immigration system. The prediction is that the current system of immigration where anyone can apply if they have enough points will be abolished.

LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) PROJECTS

Shell Canada announced a CAD 40 billion LNG project in Kitimat (a coastal town in North West BC). This would be one of the biggest infrastructure developments in many decades.

Two smaller LNG projects are also being discussed. The first one is the Goldboro LNG project in Nova Scotia of CAD 10 billion and the second is a smaller Woodfibre LNG project just North of Vancouver in Howe Sound.

If these projects are started, it might lead to opportunities for more immigrants after the pool of unemployed Canadians have been depleted.

Military News

The Canadian Navy has announced that it will build 15 new warships at a cost of CAD 60 billion in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a Type 26 Frigate design from BAE systems in the United Kingdom. One of the bidders for the tender is Lockheed Martin Canada which leads a consortium that includes the Irving Shipyard in Halifax. It seems as if Lockheed Martin- Irving-BAE Systems is expected to win the bid to manufacture the 15 warships.

The federal government leased a used ship (Container Vessel MV Asterix) and awarded a CAD 688 million sole source contract to the Davy Shipyard in Montreal to convert the vessel to a logistics vessel. When the Liberal Trudeau government won the election, they decided to cancel the project. About a dozen people knew about the decision, but the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) decided to charge the Chief of the Navy for leaking “secret” cabinet documents to the media. Vice Admiral Norman is being represented by top criminal lawyer Marie Henein, whom was born in Egypt and emigrated to Canada when she was young. It now seems as if the RCMP’s evidence is weak. If Admiral Norman is found not guilty, the Federal Government would have to pay millions to Admiral Norman for ruining his career.



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