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Invitations issued for Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited certain candidates to apply to the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream. It is the programs first round of invitations in this stream after releasing their new Expression of Interest System that allows applicants to enter a profile with their personal information. After answering a few questions, the applicant is presented a score.

The criteria for this selection was at least 31 points and work experience in the following occupations:

Health care occupations
3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3112 – General practitioners and family physicians
3121 – Optometrists
3122 – Chiropractors
3124 – Allied primary health practitioners
3125 – Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131 – Pharmacists
3132 – Dietitians and nutritionists
3141 – Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3213 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
3214 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215 – Medical radiation technologists
3216 – Medical sonographers
3232 – Practitioners of natural healing
3236 – Massage therapists

Skilled trades occupations
7241 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7271 – Carpenters
7291 – Roofers and shinglers
7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics…

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New Permanent Residence Stream opens tomorrow: “TR to PR Pathway”

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada just released the application guide for the “Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence Pathway” stream (TR to PR for short) that outline the required documents and forms to have ready for submission.

This new pathway is designed to help the following persons obtain permanent residence in the following categories.

  • International student graduates;
  • Essential workers in healthcare;
  • Essential workers in other occupations;
  • French-speaking international student graduates;
  • French-speaking essential workers in healthcare;
  • French-speaking essential workers in other occupations

The program will accept applicants until 5 November 2021 unless the quota is filled before that date for the categories above.

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Ontario Expression of Interest System Opens

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) officially introduced their new Expression of Interest (EOI) system yesterday, 28 April 2021. It is now open to profile submissions for potential Foreign Workers and International Students in the Employer Job Offer Category.

Their other popular In-Demand Skills and Masters Graduate streams will open in the coming weeks.

When applicants enter their profile, they are issued with a score – similar to the express entry profile system. The points are given based on your NOC skill level and type, wage of your job offer, Canadian work experience and NOC skill level, Canadian earnings ($), and highest level of education.

Applicants should have a genuine job offer to enter the program. A language test, high education and wage will increase your score.

Click on the following link for the OINP EOI score sheet: OINP points 2021

Source: https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-employer-job-offer-foreign-worker-stream 

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Manitoba Invitations to Apply to 399 people

On 19 April 2021 the Manitoba government issued “Letters of Advice to Apply” through an invitation directly from the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative to 30 people. The applicant had to have at least 703 points. The “Strategic Recruitment Initiative” is immigrants.

The program also issued “Letters of Advice to Apply” who have an IRCC Express Entry ID to 369 people of which the lowest score was 708 points. The point system can be seen here: http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/immigrate-to-manitoba/general-mpnp-policies/sw-eoi-ranking/
Source: http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/category/mpnp-notices/eoi-draw/

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Canada aims for 411 000 immigrants during 2021

It was announced that the government is aiming for 411 000 immigrants during 2021. See https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/supplementary-immigration-levels-2021-2023.html.

The expectation is that the emphasis on selection of immigrants would be placed on job offers supported by Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs), provincial nominations, people with Canadian work experience, or immigrants with experience in specific occupations (Occupation Lists).…

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Future of Skilled Immigration from Federal Budget

The days of selection purely based on points could be gone.

On Monday, 19 April 2021 the Federal Government released its 700 page budget. See https://www.budget.gc.ca/2021/home-accueil-en.html. On page 220 there is a statement about new immigration policies that are being planned

The expectation is that the focus will be on occupation lists, job offers and those with Canadian work experience and less emphasis on a selection purely based points.

This is a good change that Matrixvisa wrote about and supported since March 2017. Here is a quote from page 220 of the budget:  Streamlining Express Entry. Canadas Express Entry system has been in place since 2015. ……. Streamlining Canadas Express Entry system will allow the government to ensure our immigration system responds to Canadas growing economic and labour force needs and help Canada reach its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. The Government of Canada intends to propose amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to provide the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada with authority to use Ministerial Instructions to help select those candidates who best meet Canadas labour market needs from among the growing pool of candidates 

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90 000 Foreign Workers and Students Eligible for Permanent Residence

Over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates in Canada can now apply for permanent residence in a new program. This new program is essentially the Canada Experience Class with an occupation list.

Matrixvisa has been predicting occupation lists to become more important in immigration policy since March 2017 when an article appeared in Canada’s Immigration law magazine ImmQuest: See  https://www.matrixvisa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FundamentalChangeinFSWArticleApr2017-1.pdf The policy announcement  is an indication that the days of selection purely based on points will slowly disappear.

To be eligible, workers must have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in a health-care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017. Applicant must also have a Canada Language Benchmark of 4.

Effective May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following 3 streams: Temporary workers in health care (20 000), International students who graduated from a Canadian institution (40 000) and Temporary workers in other selected essential occupations (30 000). The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit. Up to 90,000 new permanent residents …

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Ontario Provincial Nominee Program invites Express Entry candidates

On 13 April several applicants with Express Entry points between 456 and 467 were invited in the following occupations:

0213 Computer and information systems managers
2147 Computer engineers
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers

There are 9 streams in the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program:

  1. French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream*
  2. Human Capital Priorities stream (HCP)
  3. Skilled Trades stream
  4. Entrepreneur stream
  5. Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream
  6. Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream
  7. Employer Job Offer: International Student stream
  8. Masters Graduate stream
  9. PhD Graduate stream

If you were invited to apply and need help with your application click on the following link: Matrixvisa Assessments and Consultations

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Money laundering at $45- $113 billion per annum

“Criminal money laundering in Canada is worth up to $113 billion a year, says a federal report. The mafia is mainly active in three cities while motorcycle gangs operate nationwide. According to a report by the RCMP-led Criminal Intelligence Service, Public Report On Organized Crime In Canada, the extent of money laundering in Canada is estimated between $45 billion and $113 billion. Mob fronts include retailers, trucking companies, contractors and warehouse operators. RCMP Chief Superintendent Rob Gilchrist said that professional money launderers and their networks pose a significant threat to Canada’s financial system.
Source: https://www.blacklocks.ca/money-laundering-at-113b/ (to read the full article you require subscription)…

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Canada ‘s budget Deficit More than World War II

The Canadian federal governmet’s spending for 2020/2021 is now projected to exceed the spending at the peak of World War II and the highest in Canadian history at CAD381 billion. There seems to be no end spending as the government is trying to buy votes for the next election: Massive increases in child care and universal income (a basic or guaranteed income would provide a no-strings-attached minimum income to citizens that would amount to a $17,000-benefit for a single person or $24,000 for a couple) are being planned.  The universal income will cost about CAD85 billion a year. Immigrants comming to Canada should prepare themselves for much higher taxes for the next few decades. The upside is that  it might create more jobs for immigrants as the productivity might decrease (why work if you get no-strings attached guaranteed income)
Sources:
https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-canadians-will-pay-for-trudeau-governments-record-spending
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/02/universal-basic-income-canada-wont-do-enough-fix-inequality/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/parliamentary-budget-officer-says-basic-income-program-could-halve-poverty-rate-1.5377748

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Canada created 295 000 jobs in Feb 2021 & 303 000 jobs in March 2021

Despite an increase in infections, the Canadian economy created 295 000 jobs in February 2021 and another 303 000 jobs in March 2021. It was also reported that “economy added jobs even in some of the areas hit hardest by the pandemic, including retail, accommodation and food services. There were also gains in health care, construction and education.”
Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-jobless-march-1.5981104

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Canada’s labour recovery got a big boost in March

On April 9 the Globe and Mail published an article saying that: “Canada’s labour recovery got a big boost in March, though progress could prove short-lived as parts of the country enact tighter restrictions to contain a third wave of COVID-19. According to Statistics Canada employment rose by 303,100 last month and the unemployment rate fell to 7.5 per cent from February’s 8.2 per cent. The gain was triple what economists were expecting. The labour surge was driven by six-figure gains in both full-time and part-time work, while the number of self-employed jumped by 56,000 people, the first increase in three months. Around two-thirds of job creation came from the private sector.” Read article here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/economy/article-canadian-economy-adds-more-than-300000-jobs-in-march-unemployment-rate/ (subscription needed)

 

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Canadian Federal Government Sued for Quarantine Order

On 15 March 2021, a news organization, Rebel News Network Ltd., sued the Federal Government about it’s requirements to quarantine. The argument was made that Part I of the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982 which  is known as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, are being breached.  It was reported by a news organization,  Black Locks, that “The order under the Quarantine Act requires air passengers including Canadian citizens to prepay three nights’ stay at airport hotels, meals, cleaning and pandemic tests on arrival in Canada, about $2000 by federal estimate. Rebel News said the order was “not necessary or even effective at reducing the spread of Covid-19,” and the “true motivation for mandating the quarantine provisions was to effect an arbitrary detention to deter travel outside the country by implementing a dangerous, costly, capricious and mandatory quarantine period for air travelers entering Canada.” The argument is further supported by the refusal of the Minister of Health to release the evidence on which this quaratine order are based.
Source: https://www.blacklocks.ca/govt-sued-on-covid-hotels/ Subscription is required.…

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Home prices in Toronto up by 22%

The average selling price for homes across the Toronto region reached a record $1,097,565. That is 22 per cent higher than March 2020. More and more experts are predicting a correction (or crash in prices). Some home buyers  can not get mortages (Bonds) as the selling prices of homes are more than the appraised value. Immigrants should be carefull before buying property at the moment.
Source: Globe and Mail, 6 April 2021 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-toronto-march-home-sales-blow-past-2016-record/ (For Subscribers only)…

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EE draw: 5000 invitations issued for CEC

An Express Entry draw took place today 1 April, specifically aimed at candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 5000 Invitations were issued and the CRS score of the lowest ranked candidate was 432.

To be eligible to apply in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), you must:

  • Have at least 1 year of full-time (or equivalent) skilled work experience in Canada
  • Apply within 3 years of obtaining your skilled work experience
  • Have had legal status while working, or studying, in Canada
  • Meet minimum language levels in English or French; and
  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec

 

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New quarantine requirements for temporary foreign workers

The Government of Canada announced that after March 21 they will be moving forward with a two-pronged approach to quarantine requirements for Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) based on their final destination.

Asymptomatic TFWs will be able to travel directly to their place of quarantine after getting a COVID-19 test at the airport provided they travel by private transportation and are accompanied only by others who travelled with them to Canada.

TFWs who will need to travel by public means to a secondary location upon arrival in Canada will be required to stay in a Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA) and await the results of their COVID-19 test.

TFWs with visas in agriculture, agri-food, fish and seafood sectors will continue to be exempted from a 3-nights stay in a Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA) while they await the results of their COVID-19 test results, if they are asymptomatic and are not travelling throughout Canada via public means of transportation.

The reason for this is because these sectors were identified to have a direct impact on ensuring Canada’s food supply chain and food security.

This includes the following occupations:

Primary agriculture:

  • 0821 – Managers in agriculture
  • 0822 – Managers in horticulture
  • 8252 – Agricultural
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New quarantine requirements for temporary foreign workers

The Government of Canada announced that after March 21 they will be moving forward with a two-pronged approach to quarantine requirements for Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) based on their final destination.

Asymptomatic TFWs will be able to travel directly to their place of quarantine after getting a COVID-19 test at the airport provided they travel by private transportation and are accompanied only by others who travelled with them to Canada.

TFWs who will need to travel by public means to a secondary location upon arrival in Canada will be required to stay in a Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA) and await the results of their COVID-19 test.

TFWs with visas in agriculture, agri-food, fish and seafood sectors will continue to be exempted from a 3-nights stay in a Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA) while they await the results of their COVID-19 test results, if they are asymptomatic and are not travelling throughout Canada via public means of transportation.

The reason for this is because these sectors were identified to have a direct impact on ensuring Canada’s food supply chain and food security.

This includes the following occupations:

Primary agriculture:

  • 0821 – Managers in agriculture
  • 0822 – Managers in horticulture
  • 8252 – Agricultural
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EE draw: 5000 CEC candidates invited to apply for PR

Another Express Entry draw took place on March 18. This time it was spesifically aimed at candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the CRS score of the lowest ranked candidate was 449.

In the previous express entry draw for candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) on 13 February, 27 332 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence. In this draw the CRS score for the lowest ranked candidate was only 75.

To be eligible to apply in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), you must:

  • Have at least 1 year of full-time (or equivalent) skilled work experience in Canada
  • Apply within 3 years of obtaining your skilled work experience
  • Have had legal status while working, or studying, in Canada
  • Meet minimum language levels in English or French; and
  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec

 

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