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Ontario Provincial Nominee Invites

The ON Provincial Nominee Program has nine several streams

  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream*
  • Human Capital Priorities stream*
  • Skilled Trades stream*
  • Entrepreneur stream
  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student stream
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream
  • Masters Graduate stream
  • PhD Graduate stream

On 15 July 2021 several skill Level C and D occupations were targeted in the  Employer Job Offer : In Demand Skills Stream

Applicants had to have 12 months experience in these 5 occupations could be obtained anywhere in Ontario
3413 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associate
4412 – Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
8431 – General farm workers
8611 – Harvesting labourers
9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Applicants must have had 12 months of experience in one of the following towns to be invited (Chatham-Kent, Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, City of Cornwall) within the following occupations.
9411 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
9416 – Metalworking and forging machine operators
9417 – Machining tool operators
9418 – Other metal products machine operators
9421 – Chemical plant machine operators
9422 – Plastics processing machine operators
9437 – Woodworking machine …

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British Columbia will require certification for ten trades

At the moment only a small number of trades require Canadian certification in BC. They are elevator mechanics, certain trades that operate ammonia as well power engineers.

Others such as welders, electricians, automotive mechanics did not have to obtain a Red Seal in Canada to work in these occupations. It was reported in the media that certain trades will require certification in the future such as construction electrician, industrial electrician, powerline technician, gasfitter, steamfitter-pipefitter, heavy equipment technician and automotive service technicians.

The electrical trades will require certification in 2023 (18 months) and the rest in 2025.

Source: https://vancouversun.com/business/b-c-to-begin-reinstatement-of-compulsory-trade-certification

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Mr. Nir Babani the previous owner of UIS Canada is being investigated

Mr. Nir Babani the previous owner of UIS Canada (https://www.uiscanada.com) are now being investigated after several complaints have been received.

The regulator, ICCRC reported the following: “We are writing to advise that ICCRC has formally initiated a disciplinary proceeding against Nir Babani, R407271. The first step in the proceeding is a motion to seek an interim suspension of Nir Babani’s membership with ICCRC pending the final adjudication of the merits of misconduct alleged in the complaints. If ICCRC is successful on this motion Nir Babani will not be able to legally offer immigration services in Canada until the Disciplinary Committee makes a final decision on the merits of the complaints. Not all the complaints we have received against Nir Babani are identified in the interim motion proceeding. 

Open the link to see a list of theCurrent Proceedings of Disciplinary Actions against Mr. Nir Babani.

Current Proceedings of Disciplinary Actions

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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program: What occupations get invited?

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MB PNP) invites foreign nationals that has been working in Manitoba for six months as well as foreign nationals that is outside of Canada.

Those invited from outside of Canada are recruited via the “Skilled Worker Overseas” stream also known as the “Strategic Recruitment Initiative”. The points applicants had to score were as follow:

7 June 2021- 708 points
1 June 2021- 601 points
25 May 2021- 703 points
6 May 2021- 703 points
26 April 2021- 721 points

Applicants will require a job offer to reach the required points

What type of occupations are being invited? Open the link below to see a list of occupations that where invited during the first 6 months of 2020:

MB Strategic Recruitment Inititaive -1

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B.C. heat wave shatters Canadian record for highest temperature ever recorded

The Province of British Columbia (BC) has recorded the highest temperatures in the history of Canada with the heat wave the province is currently experiencing.

Lytton, B.C., broke the record Sunday afternoon for the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada with a measurement of 46.6 C, according to Environment Canada. The previous record high temperature for the country was 45 C, set in Saskatchewan in July 1937.

Other notable highs include the Fraser Valley, which broke 40 C at Cultus Lake for the first time Saturday while temperatures in the Pemberton Valley are so high an evacuation order has been issued because of rising river levels caused by snowmelt.

Forecasters expect the Lower Mainland to reach temperatures as high as 45 C today (Monday), when the heat wave is expected to peak. Abbotsford, in the Fraser Valley, will be the city to watch on Monday as it will feel as hot as 50 C.

Source: Global News

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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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