Current News

New Caregiver Immigration Policy

The Federal Government announced that LMIA for caregivers that is outside of Canada will not required any more. This policy is effective 18 June 2019. Applicants must have:

  • a certain language proficiency
  • an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of a 1 year post high school education credential
  • Demonstrate that the work can be formed after arrival in Canada

Foreign nationals must  submit a application for a work permit (WP) and permanent residence (PR) at the Central Processing Centre Edmonton. Once the application for permanent residence has been approved (excluding the 24 months Canadian work experience), reports must be submitted to CPC Edmonton and the PR decision will be made. Therefore the WP is a result of a PR application. Processing time will be about 12 months. The only  NOC’s for which WP will be issued,  will be NOC 4411 and NOC 4412

Work permits will also be issued which is not tied to a specific employer, but it will be occupation specific only.

The new pilot program is called the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot.Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/updates/2019-home-child-support-pilot.html

Matrixvisa Issue No. 3/2018 – SA Visit, Vacancies, & Immigration Update

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google Mail Problem
  • South African Visit August 2018
  • Job Vacancies
  • Immigration Policy News

GOOGLE MAIL PROBLEM

The past 4 weeks, the Google Mail servers created a lot of problems. Our Information technology expert announced that Google Servers required senders to g-mail accounts to have an “SPF record” on their domain.

See https://support.google.com/a/answer/33786?hl=en. We have added this record to our servers and the problem should be resolved.

If anyone did not receive an e-mail that they are expecting, please contact our office.

SOUTH AFRICA VISIT: Aug/Sept 2018

We will be visiting South Africa from Friday 31 Aug – Sunday 2 Sept 2018. We will be meeting clients by appointment only at the following dates and addresses:

JOHANNESBURG: Friday 31 Aug 2018 (1 pm – 5 pm)
Sandton office: Nelson Mandela Square, West Tower, 2nd floor, Maude Street, Sandown, Gauteng.

JOHANNESBURG: Saturday 1 Sept 2018 (9 am – 4 pm): City Lodge Oliver Tambo Airport. Please do not go to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd.

JOHANNESBURG: Sunday, 2 Sept 2018 (9 am – 4 pm) City Lodge Oliver Tambo Airport.
Please do not go to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd.

STELLENBOSCH:  Tuesday 4 Sept 2018 (9 am – 4 pm)
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 Ms. Jessica Boshoff at bookings@matrixvisa.com

If you need to speak to Cobus during the visit please call him on 010-285-0493 X 101

 

BOOK INITIAL ASSESSMENT

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. Veterinarians x 3: Positions at Veterinary clinics in Alberta. These positions were pre-approved by the Canadian Federal government.

2. Feedlot workers for AB: We need to specialized livestock workers with cattle experience

3. Agriculture Parts Specialist: vacancies in more than one location

4. Specialist Fabricator (Bender): Applicants withadvanced experience with advanced large bending machines

5. CNC Machinist: 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.

6. Hotel Vacancies: Matrixvisa has been approached by a hotel in British Columbia to find applicants that can fill the following jobs: Hotel Assistant Manager, Accommodation Manager (Revenue Management),  Hotel Clerk, Hotel Clerk Supervisor, Housekeeping Attendant, Housekeeping Supervisor, Night Auditor for a Front desk, Maintenance Personnel (Basic Building Maintenance).

7. Egg Production: One of the largest poultry operations in British Columbia has requested Matrixvisa to search for a Broiler Breeder Supervisor/Manager and Commercial Layer Supervisor/Manager

8. Bicycle Mechanics: We also have an opportunity for 2 Bicycle Mechanics in the Vancouver area. The wage is CAD25 per hour at 40h per week or CAD4000 per month. The employer will pay for the airline ticket and arrange for shared accommodation that is not more than 30% of the gross wages or CAD1000 per month.

9. Automotive Service Technicians (x3): For a VW dealership in Toronto. VW experience not required but preferred. Wage is so called “flat -rate” and not an hourly rate. Automotive technicians are not paid by the hour but according to the production according to VW production standards.

To apply:

  1. Submit your resume and other initial assessment documents  on our website at: www.matrixvisa.com/get-assessed/

IMMIGRATION POLICY UPDATE: Parent Sponsorship

Immigration and Refugee Citizenship Canada have announced that they will revert back to the old system of the Parent Sponsorship program. The old system was first-come-first-serve and the current system is a lottery.

The lottery will be abolished, which means the sponsoring system will become more reliable. It was also announced that the quote of the number of parents will be increased to 20 000 from the current intake of 10 000 applications.

Sincerely,

THE MATRIXVISA TEAM
We are committed to sharing the latest and greatest about Canada with you.

Matrixvisa Issue No. 2/2018 – SA Meetings June 2018, Scammers, Vacancies and Immi Updates

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Matrixvisa June Meeting in South Africa
  • Job Vacancies
  • Immigration Policy Change: Alberta Skilled Workers & IT Workers
  • Economy News

SA Meetings 21-25 June 2018

We will be visiting South Africa from Thursday, 21 June 2018 – Monday, 22 June 2018. We will be meeting clients by appointment ONLY at the following dates and addresses:

STELLENBOSCH – Thursday, 21 June 2018 (9am5pm)
43 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600.
JOHANNESBURG – Friday, 22 June 2018 (11am5pm)
City Lodge Oliver Tambo Airport. Please do not go to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd.
JOHANNESBURG – Saturday, 23 June 2018 (9am5pm)
City Lodge Oliver Tambo Airport. Please do not go to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd.
JOHANNESBURG – Sunday, 24 June 2018 (9am5pm)
City Lodge Oliver Tambo Airport. Please do not go to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd.
JOHANNESBURG – Monday, 25 June 2018 (9am3pm)
Sandton office: Nelson Mandela Square, West Tower, 2nd floor, Maude street, Sandown, Gauteng.

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

For those who are interested in booking a meeting, go to ‘Get 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.

BOOK INITIAL ASSESSMENT

Vacancies

  1. Veterinarians x 3: Veterinary clinics in Alberta
  2. Underground Mechanics: We are about to start interviews for an employer in Ontario. Applicants MUST have 2 years of underground experience with jumbo drills rigs and scoops/LHDs
  3. Feedlot workers for Ab and SK:  We need to specialized livestock workers with cattle experience
  4. Agriculture Parts Specialist: vacancies in more than one location
  5. Cattle worker: required for a farm in Saskatchewan.
  6. Grain farm manager: with extensive grain farm experience is required.
  7. Specialist Fabricator (Bender): Applicants with advanced experience and can use large bending machines
  8. A 12 000 acre grain farm is looking for an experienced person in grain/crops. The applicant must have strong mechanical abilities The couple are in their late 30s with children 7,5 and 3.
  9. In a another Prairie farm a manager of grain farm is needed.
  10. CNC Machinists: with experience on large items (1-2 meter in diameter), 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.

Immigration Policy Updates

ALBERTA IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM

The Alberta Government announced their latest policies.  The details can be seen here: https://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/programs-and-forms/ainp.aspx

This will now be open for all skills levels, not just skill level 0, A or B

Most skilled workers  may now apply under the new “Alberta opportunity Stream” for which employer support are not needed. Work experience must equal either: Applicants must have at least 12 months in Alberta within past 18 months in the nominated occupation or  24 months in current occupation in Canada or abroad within past 30 months. Applicants must also meet certain income levels

Income Levels required for Alberta:

# family members Gross income
1 21,833
2 30,876
3 37,816
4 43,666
5 48,820
6 53,480
7 57,765
8 61,753
9 65,499
10 69,042

Taxable benefits (principal applicant or partner) may be included in calculation of yearly income before tax

In order to include the income of  spouse or common law partner income the following requirements must be met:

  • gross annual partner income must be greater than or equal to 42% of principal applicant’s gross annual income (Therefor if the principle applicant earns $ 40 000 the spouse must earn 42 % of $40 000 which is $16,800.
  • partner must have a job offer for full or part time work for an Alberta employer, and be working with authorization for that employer

MEDICAL INADMISSIBILITY

In the past a person would be medically inadmissible if the  annual  cost of the treatment or provision of social services resulted in more expenses than about $6604 per annum for 5 year in a row. This has now become nearly $19, 812 per annum. Many of our clients will now qualify for immigration. It is not sure how long this will last and the expectation is that this might change again in the next election.

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW FOR THE TRADES

During June 2018, the first draw for the Federal Skills Trades Class was at 199 points. Applicants must have a specific language score, 2 year experience in the trade in the preceding 5 years and a LMIA or a Canadian Red Seal.

OCCUPATIONS IN SHORT SUPPLY

The federal Government announced on 12 June 2018  that the following occupations does not require any domestic recruitment in applications for Labour Market Applications.  Job offers are required but employers does not have to recruit locally first .   The majority decisions 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

British Columbia Government has a similar list of 32 occasions for which no recruitment is required when job offers are made to foreign nationals

0113 Purchasing managers
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
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
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

ECONOMIC NEWS

The Alberta oil producers struggle to get their oil to tide water (a sea port). Planned pipelines to the East (Quebec), to Northern BC (Port of Kitimat/Prince Rupert) as well as the Keystone X Pipeline to the USA have been cancelled. The last remaining pipeline  to the Port of Vancouver is called the Trans Mountain pipeline. It is owned by  an American Company, Kinder Morgan. The pipeline was built in the 1950’s  and now it must be enlarged from 300 000 barrels per day to 890 000 barrels can be transported per day. This will result  in a seven fold increase of the number of oil tankers. A fight has begun between different groups (provincial governments  and lobbying groups).  The Alberta government also developed legislation to ban oil exports to British Columbia which means British Columbia suppliers might have to buy petroleum from Washington State. This will result in a radical increase in costs  of gasoline (petrol in BC).

The Canadian Government is now negotiation the NAFTA agreement with the Trump administration. The Trump administration indicated that it would like to withdraw from the free trade agreement and establish tariffs on automotive  imports,  steel and aluminium from Canada.  Our Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland was in Washington this week to lobby for some sanity. She and the whole of Canada  was publicly supported by the Republicans (President Trump’s own party). Canada has replied with tariffs against US goods, worth billions every year. A poll suggested many Canadians said they will not buy American goods if the USA continues its actions against us.

Sincerely,
The Matrixvisa Team

Matrixvisa Issue No. 7/2016 – Canada’s Best Cities to Live In, Immigration News & Labour Market

Issue Highlights

1. Immigration News
2. Best Cities in the World: Canada Takes 3
3. Economy News:
– Skilled Shortages in the Asia-Pacific Corridor in British Columbia
– Commerce in Alberta
– Canadian Natural Gas
– Alberta Labour Market
– Global Trends Effecting Canada
4. Agricultural News
5. Film Industry Booking in BC
6. Top Job NOC’s on Express Entry
7. Foreign Trained Medical Doctors
8. Wild Canada
9. Funny Canadian News
10. Enjoying the Outdoors: Lyme Disease
11. Job Positions Available

Immigration News

 The Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has indicted on 12 Aug that he plans to substantially increase immigration to Canada. The expectation is that the number of immigrants will slowly increase over the coming years.

Last month Matrixvisa Inc. was invited by the IRCC to participate in an event with the federal government on 25 Aug 2016 to provide feedback to the federal government on Express Entry. We attended and provided feedback to contribute to the hoped for improvement of the present Express Entry System.

In August, Matrixvisa Inc. also sent letters containing suggestions for immigration policy changes to the following parties:

  1. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Director for Issues Management. The letter can be seen below.
  1. The Minister of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. The letter can be seen below.

The expectation is that the awaited changes in immigration policy will occur in September or October 2016, especially with regards to LMIAs.

Best Cities in the World: Canada takes 3 in the top 5 World Cities

In the past week the Economist published an article for the most livable cities in the world. The survey reviewed 30 factors in five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.  First on the list was Melbourne, Australia, with 97.5 out a 100.  Vancouver was at number three, Toronto in number four and Calgary was tied at number 5 with Adelaide in Australia (both getting 96.6).

Economy News

APGCI Investments Map. Digital image. Government of Canada. N.p., 01 Sept. 2013. Web.

Major Skilled Shortages predicted in the Asia-Pacific Gateway Corridor in British Columbia

The Asia–Pacific Gateway and Corridor is a system of transportation infrastructure, including British Columbia Lower Mainland (Vancouver area) and Prince Rupert ports, road and rail connections that reach across Western Canada and into the economic heartlands of North America, as well as major airports and border crossings.  The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor was created as the best transportation network for trade between North America and Asia and it is a growing, vital part of the national economy.

It was reported in the Vancouver Sun on 4 Sept 2016 that the Asia-Pacific Gateway Skills study showed that 10 000 jobs will open in 52 transportation and construction occupations across British Columbia in the next 9 years (2016-2025). According to the study, just over half of the workers required in the next decade will be straight out of school and new to the workforce, while immigrants from other provinces or countries will make up 21 per cent.

Alberta Labour Market

The joblessness rate is 8,6 % which is the highest it has been since 1994. The highest it has been being in September 1984 at 12,4 %.

Even though many have lost their jobs in the Oil industry, it was reported that some information technology companies are struggling to fill their vacancies in Alberta.

On 27 Aug 2016 it was reported in the The Star Phoenix and other newspapers that according to the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources between 40,000 to 60,000 energy professionals are out of work in Alberta based on feedback from its membership, which includes all disciplines — geoscientists, engineers, finance and business specialists.

Commerce in Alberta

It was reported in the media that in Alberta the automotive sales dropped to C $851 million in June 2016 which is a C $20 million or 2,3% drop from June 2015 (1 year earlier).

Canadian Natural Gas

In Canada, natural gas plays a very important role especially in the heating of homes and commercial/ industrial facilities. Western Canada’s natural gas cannot be exported due to the absence of a natural gas export terminal on the coast. The Calgary based TransCanada Corp is now attempting to ship the natural gas from Western Canadian markets to Ontario (where 15 million of Canada’s population lives). TransCanada is competing against cheap gas from Pennsylvania which is being shipped to Ontario by Endbridge Inc. Enbridge  is shipping the US natural gas to Ontario via its subsidiary, Union Gas. The head office of Enbridge is also in Calgary. Therefore 2 Calgary companies are currently competing for the substantial Ontario market.

TransCanada indicated that it can bring the natural gas to the Town of Dawn, Ontario. Dawn (close to Sarnia) is a very large natural gas trading facility and has the largest underground natural gas storage facility in Canada.

TransCanada is attempting to convince Toronto natural gas buyers to purchase natural gas from Western Canada instead of buying USA natural gas from Enbdridge Inc. This is a crucial 2 weeks for Western Canadian producers as gas contracts are signed for 10 year periods and if TransCanada loses against Enbridge it will have negative consequences for Canadian gas producers.

Global Trends Effecting Canada

All commodity producing nations such as Canada, Australia and South Africa are effected by the decline in world commodity prices.  It was reported in the Globe and Mail on 8 April 2015 that the global commodity super cycle has come to an end. That includes metallurgical coal,  iron ore, potash, uranium, etc. China imported 40 % of the world’s commodities and decided to manufacture more consumer products that require less commodities such as iron ore, metallurgical coal, etc. That played a pivotal role in the super cycle coming to an end.

Recently the price of metallurgical coal as increased to close to USD180 per tonne (spot prices) which is great indication of recovery. This month USA company purchased 3 coal mines in North East BC (Tumbler Ridge Area) and many that lost their jobs will again be employed. We believe there is still enough unemployed Canadians and they will have the opportunity to apply for vacant jobs.

BHP Billiton reported a financial loss of $6.4 billion at the financial year ending on 30 June 2016. BHP Billion is also slowing down their potash project Jensen in Saskatchewan and is cutting back on staff at the Jansen project. The potash prices were USD 400 a few years ago and now it is USD154.  The government of Saskatchewan is expecting prices to rebound to USD205 this year and to then slowly increase up to USD221 by 2020. The Canadian marketing body for potash decided not to go ahead with a CAD 775 million port expansion in prince Rupert, British Columbia. Laid-off potash miners from New Brunswick took up vacant jobs in Saskatchewan potash mines which is preventing many foreign workers from entering the Canadian potash industry. 

Agriculture News

Small Footprint Family. Digital image. The Inconvenient Truth About Canola. N.p., n.d. Web.

Canada is expecting the second largest crop of wheat canola and other grains in Canadian history with 36,6 million tonnes this year. The problem however is that wheat prices and canola prices are the lowest since 2006.

Last year China brought 40 percent of all Canadian canola (to make products like margarine, mayonnaise, etc). However, from 1 Sept 2016 China has an import rule that limits the amount of extraneous plant material to 1% in Canola imports; China blames canola for Blackleg fungus disease. In contrast to this suggestion, The Globe and Mail reported on 26 Aug 2016 that the Canadian government said that the claim is not scientifically supported.

The price for beef dropped so low that one of Canada’s largest feedlots will freeze it’s operations until the price of beef has increased again. Last year a fed steer would bring CAD3000 and now it is only CAD2000.  The price of beef has dropped from C$202,06/cwt in may 2015 and by May 2016 it was C$158, 70/cwt and for the week of 9 Sept it was C$129/cwt. Cwt is unit of measurement that is about 45 kg.

The Canadian Agriculture Human Recourses Council has determined that there is a current shortage of 59 000 jobs/ people in the Agricultural Industry and by 2025 it will be 114,000 jobs/ people. The report can be seen here.

Film Industry is Booming in BC

The Union of BC Performers reported that 53 films and television productions are either shooting or in the pre-production phase in British Columbia (BC). BC has seen a 45 % increase in filming this year compared with last year. In July 2016 the City of Vancouver issued 565 Permits for various location shoots compared with 283 for June 2015. Star Trek Beyond was filmed over 78 days in BC and spent C $69 million in the province with more than C $40 million going towards wages for 3900 crew members.

L3 Unit 8 – Understanding the Television and Film Industries. Digital image. 4damday. N.p., n.d. Web.

Top Jobs NOC’s in Express Entry

This is the list of top occupations drawn from Express Entry from Jan 2015 to July 2016:

NOC6311 – Food service supervisors 2,356 people

NOC6322 – Cooks 2,295 people

NOC2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants 1,255

NOC2173 – Software engineers 940

NOC2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media developers 935

NOC4011 – University professors and lecturers 745

NOC6211 – Retail sales supervisors 669

NOC5241 – Graphic Designers and Illustrators 550

NOC1111 – Financial Auditors and Accountants 494

NOC1112 – Financial and Investment Analysts 446

Our analyses is:

Food Services Supervisors, Cooks and Retails Sales Supervisors were drawn based on Labour Market Impact Assessments (worth 600 points).

Due to the high educational requirements of many of the other NOCs on this list, people in those NOCs most likely came without LMIAs or job offers.

These top 10 occupations are not an indication of occupational demand as Express Entry has nothing to do with demand for skills inside Canada (except if someone has been drawn based on the points received from a LMIA).

Foreign Trained Medical Doctors

The Canadian Institute of Health Information published research about the number of foreign trained doctors in Canada recently. It was determined that in Saskatchewan 53% of the doctors are trained outside of Canada of which South African trained doctors make up a large portion.

The challenge in Saskatchewan and British Columbia is that they require both the Evaluation Examination and the Part I examination of the Medical Counsel of Canada before a foreign doctor can practice in Canada.

Wild Canada

The past couple of months there has been several reports of bear and wolf attacks on Canadians. It is therefore always wise to be well prepared with bear spray etc.

It was reported that a cougar recently attacked a man in Vancouver Island (Port Hardy).

HOPD, and National Park Service. A File Photo of a Cougar. Digital image. Times Colonist. The Canadian Press, 11 Aug. 2016. Web.

Funny Canadian News

Journalists in Canada have a difficult time gathering news worthy articles and similarly police are not swamped with fighting crime. The result is that just about anything reaches national news:

It was reported by the Canadian press on Canada Broadcasting Corporation (www.cbc.ca) that in Toronto, a naked man took a bath under someone’s garden hose and then made off with a couple of tomatoes once he had is bath. The police investigated but could not find the illegal bather or the tomatoes.

Balzer, Donna. Harvest Tomatoes as They Ripen or Pick the Whole Plant for Hanging in the Garage. Digital image. National Post. N.p., 27 Aug. 2016. Web.

In a different CBC story, it was reported that a cyclist was fined for speeding in a school zone in the Town of Saanich on Vancouver Island.

Aurthur, Mike, (CBC). Saanich Police Issued a Ticket to a Cyclist for Allegedly Speeding through This School Zone on Glanford Ave. Digital image. CBC News. N.p., 7 Sept. 2016. Web.

Enjoying the Outdoors: Lyme disease

Immigrants that enjoy the outdoors must always check for ticks as some carry Lyme Disease. In places like New Brunswick the number of ticks carrying the disease has increased from 15 to 40 % The number of cases reported of humans contracting the disease in Canada has increased as follows:

2009: 144 cases

2010: 143 cases

2011: 266 cases

2012: 338 cases

2013: 682 cases

2014: 522 cases

2015:  917 cases

More can be read about it here.

Jobs

Emigrants looking for work should read about the 23 reasons why they might struggle to find work in Canada on our website here.

We are searching for individuals to fill the following Canadian vacancies:

Six cattle feedlot workers

A specialized livestock worker with cattle pasture experience

Medical doctors with specialization in Emergency Medicine (for Alberta)

An automotive mechanic (Saskatchewan)

An appliance technician (repairing washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges, etc.) (Saskatchewan)

Carpenters with concrete experience as well as construction foreman with concrete experience (Saskatchewan)

Two employers seeking veterinarians. Foreign trained applicants must be willing to complete the required examinations (see here).  One employer might be willing to employ the foreign national as a veterinary technician.

SINCERELY,
COBUS KRIEK &
THE MATRIXVISA TEAM

We are committed to sharing the latest and greatest about Canada with you.

Matrixvisa Issue No. 6/2016 – South Africa Meetings, Immigration Updates, Jobs

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Matrixvisa Firm Update
  2. South African Visit
  3. Book a Meeting September 2016
  4. Immigration Policy News
  5. Economy
  6. Jobs

MATRIXVISA FIRM UPDATE

We are pleased to announce that Miss Jashke Kriek, the Case Manager of Matrixvisa Inc. was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as an Australian Lawyer in Melbourne, Australia on 21 June 2016.  She is also preparing to be admitted as a Canadian lawyer.

Photo above: left Cobus Kriek, right Jashke Kriek.

SOUTH AFRICAN VISIT

Matrixvisa will be in South Africa from 1 September 2016 until 13 September 2016. Ms. Jashke Kriek (our case manager) will accompany us during the South African visit.

JOHANNESBURG: Thursday, 1 September & Friday, 2 September (9am – 4:00pm)
Meetings will be held at our office:
Mandela Square – Sandton (West Tower, 2nd Floor), Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2146.

JOHANNESBURG: Saturday, 3 September & Sunday, 4 September (9:00 – 5:00pm)
Meetings will be held in the Ruby Room at City Lodge at Oliver Tambo International Airport, O R Tambo Airport Road, Johannesburg, 1627, South Africa.
Please do not travel to City Lodge at Barbara Rd, which is 5 km away from the Airport. Most GPS take drivers to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd, which is the wrong City Lodge Hotel.

DURBAN: Monday, 5 September 2016 (4:00pm – 8pm)
Meetings will be held at the Holiday Express Inn, 2 Ncondo Place, Durban, 4320, South Africa.

PORT ELIZABETH: Tuesday, 6 September 2016 (1:00pm – 4:00pm)
Meetings will be held on the 3rd Floor, Regus House, Fairview Office Park, Ring Road, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth, 6045, South Africa.

STELLENBOSCH: Friday, 9 September 2016 (9:00am – 4:00pm)
Meetings will be held at Office 301, 3rd floor, Eikestad Mall, 43 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, 7599, South Africa.

BOOK A MEETING

Our consultation fee is $150 (for a 1 hour consultation).

2 Steps to Book a Meeting:
1. Assessment of documents
2. Invitation to have an initial consultation meeting

Important Facts
1. Please note that we are not paid to find work for our clients (that is not legal in most parts of Canada), but we assist them in methods to look for work and in legal advice to immigrate.
2. If your enquiry relates to obtaining legal advice, such as whether you are eligible to immigrate to Canada – please note that regulation requires that Cobus Kriek signs a contract with you before providing any legal advice.

Book Now

IMMIGRATION POLICY NEWS

Immigration Changes Planned

On 28 June 2016, the Director of Issues Management and the Deputy Chief of Staff Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Mr. Bernie Derible, spoke at a Town Hall meeting hosted by the Member of Parliament for Don Valley in Toronto, Honorable Yasmin Ratansi.

Photo of  Minister John McCallum from Macleans News Online. 

He spoke about the current objective of 300 000 immigrants as not necessarily being the maximum number of immigrants to be welcomed into Canada in 2016.  The message appeared to be that the government is considering to increase the number of immigrants who are allowed to emigrate to Canada in 2016.

It was reported that Mr Derible also mentioned the following objectives/plans:

  • Possibility of increasing the number of immigrants allowed into Canada every year;
  • Age of dependency will go back to 22 years;
  • Citizenship will only require 3 years of residence and not 4 years;
  • Applicants that fail the knowledge test for Citizenship can just re-write the test and do not have to re-apply;
  • Labour Market Impact Assessments exemptions might be a possibility for certain occupations;
  • The government will look into the most common reason for refusals for temporary entries: “I do not believe that you will return to your country of Citizenship and therefore your case is refused.” In our view many officers abuse the legislation as part of an enforcement attitude;
  • Currently a person on a work permit must obtain permanent residence in 4 years or leave Canada (with some exceptions). This maximum number of four years might be abolished;
  • Inland spousal sponsorship must come down to 6 months from the current 24 months; and,
  • There will be a pathway for all Temporary Foreign Workers to become permanent residents. Currently some low skilled workers cannot obtain permanent resident status if there is not a provincial stream.

We have written to Mr. Derible specifically on the ability of intra-company transferees and foreign nationals working on open work permits (if the spouses are students for example) to become permanent residents in the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Federal Skills Trades Class.  A number of years ago this was possible, but the opportunity was closed by the previous Conservative government.

On 5 July 2016, the Canadian government launched a national discussion on immigration.  The government has invited the public to provide comments on the following questions:

  • How many newcomers should we welcome to Canada in 2017 and beyond?
  • How can we best support newcomers to ensure they become successful members of our communities?
  • Do we have the balance right among the immigration programs or streams? If not, what priorities should form the foundation of Canada’s immigration planning?
  • How can immigration play a role in supporting economic growth and innovation in Canada?
  • Should there be more programs for businesses to permanently hire foreign workers if they can’t find Canadians to fill the job?
  • What is the right balance between attracting global talent for high-growth sectors, on the one hand, and ensuring affordable labour for businesses that have historically seen lower growth, on the other?
  • How can immigration fill in the gaps in our demographics and economy?
  • What Canadian values and traditions are important to share with newcomers to help them integrate into Canadian society?
  • Currently, immigration levels are planned yearly.  Do you agree with the thinking that planning should be multi-year?
  • What modernization techniques should Canada invest in for processing of applications?
  • What should Canada do to ensure its immigration system is modern and efficient?
  • Is there any rationale for providing options to those willing to pay higher fees for an expedited process?
  • Is it important for Canada to continue to show leadership in global migration? If so, how can we best do that?
  • How can Canada attract the best global talent and international students?
  • In what ways can Canada be a model to the world on refugees, migration and immigration?

Matrixvisa will write to the department and address some of these questions.

It is clear that the new government is immigrant friendly while the previous Conservative government was strict, in some cases unforgiving and followed a harsh approach on immigration policies.

2016 Immigration Programs So Far

The British-Columbia government issued nominations for 15 entrepreneurs on 15 June. The selection is 130 points on the BC’s point scoring system for Entrepreneurs.

The Manitoba government drew 593 people (Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream) on 29 June 2016. The draws took place on 173 points on the Manitoba scoring system.

The Manitoba government also drew 378 people (Overseas Skilled Worker Stream) on 29 June 2016. The draws took place on 173 points on the Manitoba scoring system.

The following draws took place through Express Entry:

29 June:  483 points:  773 people were invited
15 June:  488 points: 752 people were invited
1 June: 483 Points: 762 people were invited
18 May:  484 points: 763 people were invited

Saskatchewan Express Entry

We spoke with an officer of the provincial government and he said the Saskatchewan Express Entry was open for 20 hours in June. On 20 July 2016 it opened at 8am and closed by 21 July 2016 at about 3pm.

Therefore, applicants MUST have all documents ready by the time it opens up. It can take weeks to prepare each file with no guarantee that the program will open any time soon or even for the rest of the year.

In order to be eligible in the Saskatchewan Express Entry all the requirements must be met, including the following:

a) have an Express Entry Profile
b) have the correct experience in one of the following occupations:

NOC     Title

0213    Computer and information systems managers
0423    Managers in social, community and correctional services
0513    Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
0714    Facility operation and maintenance managers
0821    Managers in agriculture
1224    Property administrators
1225    Purchasing agents and officers
1252    Health information management occupations
2161    Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171    Information systems analysts and consultants
2221    Biological technologists and technicians
2225    Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231    Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232    Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2244    Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
2253    Drafting technologists and technicians
2255    Technical occupations in geomantic and meteorology
7253    Gas fitters
7312    Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7321    Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
332    Appliance servicers and repairers

For an artisan (in Canada the term journeyman is used) to be enter Express Entry, an applicant must have a LMIA or a Provincial Certificate of Qualification (“Red Seal”).

The above photograph is a screenshot of the Saskatchewan Immigration Website.

BC Express Entry

The BC Express Entry opened on Saturday 23 July 2016.

The requirements are as follows:

  • must have obtained an IRCC Express Entry profile number and a Job Seeker Validation Code that indicates you meet the criteria for one of the federal economic immigration programs subject to IRCC’s Express Entry system:
  • have accepted a full-time, indeterminate job offer from a B.C. employer in a skilled occupation as outlined in the National Occupational Classification Matrix (NOC skill level 0, A or B)
  • be qualified to perform the duties of the job offered to you including all regulatory, registration, and licensing requirements to perform the duties of the occupation in B.C.
  • have a minimum of two (2) years of directly related work experience in the job offered to you
  • the employer must have advertised for at least 2 weeks

Immigration Project For The Maritimes

The federal government has announced a new program to increase immigration to the Maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or PEI). These provinces are experiencing an increasing aging population and there are just not enough children being born.

The economic setback of the Maritime Provinces goes back as far as 1867 when Nova Scotia and New Brunswick joined the Confederation.  At the time the Maritime Provinces were trading with USA states in the North East USA known as New England. The Maritimes has cotton mills, sugar refineries, glassworks and shipbuilding. The shipbuilding was world class and one of the biggest in the North Atlantic seaboard. In 1879 the Canadian government created a tariff wall and the Atlantic provinces where cut-off from their USA markets. Suddenly they had to trade with Montreal, 1200 km away. The industries collapsed and seasonal jobs in fishing and forestry was all that remained.

Today, Nova Scotia has Canada’s largest car tire factory. The province is also well known for agriculture. The Maritimes are likely to receive a major boost of large contracts to build many of Canada’s new navy ships.

Importantly, a provincial commission in Nova Scotia forecasts that the province’s working-age population will have declined by 100,000 or about 20% in the next 20 years. In July 2014 a three-year pilot program was announced to boost immigration and the Maritimes to counter the aging populations and slumping economies. Under this immigration project 2000 extra immigrants would be allowed yearly in addition to the current quotas.

(Source: Mr. John Ibbitson, Globe and Mail, 20 March 2015 and Jane Taber, Globe and Mail, 4 July 2016).

New Brunswick has new Occupation List

In order to be selected applicants must attend an International Information Session of the New Brunswick government held around the world.  This is the feedback from some of the international locations (there are many locations and these are not the only locations):

  1. Netherlands in Feb 2015: 300 people attended the booth, 20 were identified as possible candidates, 15 applications where received of which 7-10 was nominated
  1. United Kingdom March and Oct 2015: 50 applicants pre-screened of which 25 was identified for Express Entry, Received 10-15 Applications
  1. Egypt, Morocco, UAE & Qatar in May 2015: Pre-screened 150 applicants, Identified 15-20 candidates, 10 nominations under New Brunswick Express Entry.

Matrixvisa Inc requests the New Brunswick government to allow our clients to attend these international sessions.  The new occupation list was released on Friday 15 July 2016:

NOC Code and Occupations
#0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
#1241 Administrative assistants
#1221 Administrative officers
#3233 Licensed practical nurses
#6322 Cooks
#0631 Restaurant and food service managers
#1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
#9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
#0821 Managers in agriculture
#7242 Industrial electricians
#1224 Property administrators
#0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
#0911 Manufacturing managers
#1225 Purchasing agents and officers
#0311 Managers in health care
#6211 Retail sales supervisors
#0601 Corporate sales managers
#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
#2281 Computer network technicians
#2282 User support technicians
#0111 Financial managers
#0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers
#0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
#3211 Medical laboratory technologists
#6311 Food service supervisors
#0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers

ECONOMY

Housing Bubble
In addition to regular news on the price of oil, weekly discussions about the property bubble in Vancouver is now also in the news.  While the government has not yet intervened, a federal working group has been appointed to address the issue and BC provincial premiers are taking notice. Professor Grubel from Simon Fraser University said he believes that the Vancouver housing bubble will burst and that it is just a matter of time before the market implodes.

Jobs Created in BC
British Columbia is one of the leaders in economic growth; 16 000 new jobs were created in June 2016. The premier said the growth would allow it to eliminate the CAD5,7 billion expected deficit for 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Ontario Best Growth
Ontario has grownat 3 percent during the first quarter of 2016, which is the highest in Canada and the highest in the G7 countries.

Alberta and Oil
Canada’s largest oil producer, Suncor, has been buying up smaller companies as it prepares for an oil rebound.

Even though the oil price collapsed during 2015 the country still created 158 000 jobs.

Although Alberta has lost many jobs in the past 18 months, Edmonton is steaming ahead and employers created 30 000 jobs during 2105.

Potash News
Colonsay potash mine (part of Mosaic) about 65 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) laid off 330 people for 7 months due to the low potash price.  In 2008 the potash price was CAD800 per ton and now it is CAD205 per ton.

Mosaic’s expectation is that all employees will be  brought back in January 2017.  It was reported in the Star Phoenix in 18 July that Scotia Bank has mentioned that the mine might remain idle for the whole of 2017 and that the miner might not be brought back by Jan 2017

Gold and Nickel News
The gold price is expected to increase to CAD1500 per ounce which is great news for the Canadian gold producers.

Canada Pension Plan
On 21 June it was reported by the Canada Broadcasting Corporation (www.cbc.ca) that the Federal Government is busy with a plan to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  At the moment all workers and employers are contributing 4.95 % of a worker’s annual wage to the CPP; between CAD3500 and CAD54 900. The plan is to increase this by 1 % to 5,95% over 5 years. It means that the average worker will contribute an extra CAD25 per month.  The following was reported: “That will be followed by an increase in the maximum pensionable earnings level to $82,700 from $54,900, phased in over two years, meaning higher-income earners will pay further premiums — but will stand to receive even higher retirement benefits. In plain terms, a middle-income Canadian entering the workforce now who earns an average of $50,000 a year would receive a pension of $16,000 a year (in today’s dollars) in retirement, instead of the $12,000 allocated under the current regime, according to Finance Canada.

BC Medical Doctors
It was reported in the Vancouver Sun on 15 June 2016 that there are 700 vacant positions for medical doctors in British Columbia. According to the statistics of 2015 only a third of vacant positions are expected to be filled. Alan Ruddiman, president of Doctors of B.C., said B.C. is now facing “the perfect storm” with an aging medical workforce (average age 54) and an aging population needing doctors more than ever. The following was also reported: “Foreign-trained medical graduates, including the 100 or so B.C. residents who each year graduate from medical schools outside Canada, could help fill vacancies. According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., about 200 foreign (international medical graduates) doctors are deemed eligible for registration and licensure if they meet certain criteria. But there are only 58 funded residency spots for such graduates.”

Jobs
We have a few job positions available. Please send resumes to admin@matrixvisa.com

Cattle Farmers
We have three employers that require immigrants with experience in cattle (both free roaming and feedlots).

Medical Doctors
We have vacancies open for several medical doctors to work in Saskatchewan. The doctors must have passed two exams from the Medical Council of Canada:  Evaluating Exam and Part I.

Urologist
A vacancy exists for a Urologist in Eastern Canada. A South African specialist is retiring and a replacement is required.

Mechanic with Extensive Farm Equipment
We have vacancies for mechanics with extensive farm equipment experience. This is not suitable for applicants with earth moving equipment experience.

Millwrights/Fitters/Electricians
On 6 July 2016 we received a call from a major Canadian employer to discuss possibilities for a new factory manufacturing OSB Board (Oriented Strand Board). OSB Board is an engineering lumber also known as flakeboard, aspenite or smartply.  This could mean opportunities for trades (millwrights, fitters and electricians) and possibly other engineering positions. OSB board is used in house construction in North America.

Here is a photo of a house being built with OSB board on the left. The house on the right has already been completed.

See the OSB Board close up to see how it has been manufactured. 

Sincerely,

THE MATRIXVISA TEAM

We are committed to sharing the latest and greatest about Canada with you. 

Matrixvisa Issue No. 5/2016 – JOB OPENINGS, IMMIGRATION NEWS & DAILY LIVING IN CANADA

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Immigration News
    •  Matrixvisa Article Published
    • Express Entry Points to Drop
    • Employers do not have to be in Business for 12 Months
    • Parliament is reviewing LMIAs and other Foreign Worker Policies
    • Jail for Employer of Foreign Worker* Skilled Worker Reading Important
  2. Forest Fires in Canadian Boreal Forest
  3. Warned of Speed and Texting
  4. Economic News
  5. Daily Living

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Matrixvisa Inc. published an article in Immigration Law Magazine of Canada. Once again Matrixvisa has taken the lead on a complex immigration legal issue in Canada. When an employer wants to employ a foreign skilled worker (doctor, engineer, banker or mechanic), the employer  must first choose the relevant National Occupation Classification (NOC) and then advertise that specific NOC position for 28 days before they can apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). There is currently a high refusal rate of LMIAs in some visa offices because federal visa officers claim that some requirements of the employers in the advertisements are too strict if the advertising requirements of the NOC position exceed the federal government’s Employment Requirements of the NOC itself. In our article, we argued that refusals by officers based on this reasoning are ultra vires (outside the scope of the law) and are actually unconstitutional. The article was published in 2 parts and it can be seen at Matrixvisa’s Efforts.

Express Entry Predicted to Drop.  An officer from Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada had a seminar about Express Entry in Edmonton. A video of the seminar was uploaded on 7 May 2016. It is 29 minutes in from start to finish. About 15 minutes into the video, the officer beings to discuss the Express Entry points.  At 16 min and 20 seconds into the clip, he made a prediction that that points will be lowered as inventories will drop.  He mentions that the “warehouses” of applications will be depleted, and in order to meet quota targets the points will come down by September or October 2016. He predicts that the draws will be just below 400 points.

Job Positions. This month we have been approached by a town to recruit four medical doctors. Matrixvisa will complete this assignment with our partner in South Africa, Medrec (see here).

We have assisted two bus mechanics to find their own employment and the employer has shown interest to proceed with a LMIA.

We are in discussion with different employers about an overhead crane manufacturing manager position, dairy farm positions and several others.

We are searching for a Volkswagen mechanic for a Volkswagen dealership and we are also searching for a agriculture mechanics.

If you are currently working in any of these occupations and desire to immigrate, please contact our office.

Employers do not have to be in Business for 12 months. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations do not require a businesses to be in existence for 12 months before being eligible to employ a foreign national with a LMIA. In contradiction, the government’s website indicates that employers do have to be in business for 12 months before being eligible to apply for a LMIA. We wrote to the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada to express our concerns. The Director General of the Foreign Workers, Ms Janet Goulding, wrote to us last week and confirmed that the 12 month rule is not law and that it is a discretionary issue. The letter can be seen here with achievement number 29.

Parliament is reviewing LMIAs and other Foreign Worker Policies. The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) are having hearings this month regarding the foreign worker program. It is expected that the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and the Express Entry system might go through some changes. Matrixvisa Inc. will send its presentation to the committee this week.

Jail for Employer of Foreign Workers. An Alberta women (immigrant from the Philippines) was sentenced to 7 years in a federal prison for several immigration offences, one which consisted of not paying overtime to her employees. This demonstrates that the government is serious when it comes to protecting foreign workers.

Skilled Worker Reading Important. Foreign nationals that are considering immigration as skilled workers should read the information at the following links:

MEANWHILE IN CANADA

The well known forest fires that resulted in the mass evacuation of 80 000 people from Fort Mc Murray this month has taken place in the Canadian boreal forest.

The boreal forest is part of a circumpolar forest that exists in the Nordic Countries, Alaska and Russia (where it is called the “Taiga”).

The boreal forest is between the Arctic tundra and the more moderate south. It is dominated by coniferous forests, spruce in particular, with vast wet lands throughout. It contains 14% of Canada’s population and is home to many animals including the well known Caribou.

Canada actually has 8 forest regions, each with their own unique trees and animals:

Forest Region Location Predominant Tree Species
Acadian Maritimes red spruce, balsam fir, yellow birch
Boreal Northern Canada white spruce, black spruce, balsam fir, jack pine, white birch, trembling aspen, tamarack, willow
Carolinian (Deciduous) Southwestern Ontario beech, maple, black walnut, hickory, oak
Coast British Columbia western red cedar, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, Douglas-fir
Columbia British Columbia western red cedar, western hemlock, Douglas-fir
Great Lakes–St Lawrence Central Canada red pine, eastern white pine, eastern hemlock, yellow birch, maple, oak
Montane British Columbia and Alberta Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, trembling aspen
Subalpine British Columbia and Alberta Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir, lodgepole pine

CALGARY POLICE SERVING COFFEE TO COMMUNITY AT LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS

The Calgary Police Service was serving our community at a local Tim Hortons Coffee Shop. Calgary Police Officers were lending a hand at a Tim Hortons Coffee shop on the start of Tim Hortons Camp Day for 2016. Every year, owners of Tim Hortons Coffee Shops donate 100% of this days earnings to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF). This foundation hosts camp experience programs to help children from disadvantaged homes develop lifelong skills. It is also part of the outreach of the local police to the community.

WARNED OF SPEEDING & TEXTING

In Alberta, towns and cities do not have to post the speed limit of 50 km/h as the Alberta Traffic Act stipulates the speed limit is 50 km/h in all towns and cities. Therefore if you do need see a speed limit, it can be assumed that the speed limit is 50 km/h.

Ever heard about getting the first 10 km/h free when speeding? Be warned! In Canada, that is not the case! Even if you speed 1 km/h over the speed limited, expect a ticket. In the City of Calgary for example, speeding is a source of revenue as the city annually collects CAD 21 million in traffic fines.

In British Columbia the fine for distracted driving (texting or talking on the phone) is CAD543 for the first offence, CAD800 for a second and CAD1600 for a 3rd infraction.

It was reported by the Canada Broadcasting Corporation that the Royal Canadian Mounted Policy (RCMP or Mounties) are now taking photos of drivers at a distance of 1.2 km with a 24 MP camera. If anyone is caught texting or speaking on a cellphone, it will likely be a high fine!


ECONOMY NEWS

Last week the oil price reached CAD50 a barrel, which was the highest in 8 months. Shortly afterwards, the price once again dipped down, however the trend seems to be slowly going upwards.

In North Eastern British Columbia (BC), a new oil discovery is making news. ARC resources from Calgary has discovered a 100 000 barrel-a-day source in the Tower Region (40 km South West of Fort St John). ARC is now producing half of BC’s 26 000 barrels a day crude oil and is hoping that it will increase to 100 000 barrels a day. The break even point is CAD30 per barrel, which means it is already profitable.

The world price is silver is increasing, and a Canadian mining company with operations in Mexico, First Majestic Silver is doing extremely well in the industry as the industrial demand for silver might increase ninefold in price.

Tourism remains in the economic spotlight as more Americans visit Canada. During a recent interview with American tourists, one of the reason they enjoy visiting Canada is as a result of the friendly people and the peacefulness that they experience in Canada.

A new trend in Tourism is ”glamping”,  which is the combination of “glamour” and “camping”. Local service providers can be found here.

A search for Canadian glamping sites will reveal 107 providers. The popularity is growing with locals and foreign tourists. Whether one prefers a tip, a yurt or a luxury Airstream trailer, it is all possible.

  • At Rock Water Secret Cove located in British Columbia (BC) Sunshine Coast there are luxury tents, see here.
  • At the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario yurts can be rented, see here.
  • Tipis can be rented at Goldenwood Lodge in Golden BC, see here.
  • Air Stream trailers can be rented on Pender Island, BC, see here.

Canada has about 22 % of the world’s uranium. In northern Saskatchewan, the world’s largest and highest grade can be found. Although an uranium mine closed due to the current low uranium price, the price is expected to increase in the coming years. As a result, Fission Uranium is busy planning a very large uranium mine.

DAILY LIVING

One of the negatives side-effect of uranium in our soil is the effect of radon poisoning in homes that are not well maintained. The natural decay of uranium results in the release of an odourless and colourless gas called Radon, which easily seeps through cracks in basements. Forty-four percent of tested homes had radon levels above the maximum limits for human safety. The following was reported in an article from the Calgary Herald on 22 January 2016: “New homes are also being looked at in terms of legislation. Since December 2014, the B.C. Building Code provisions for the rough-in of a subfloor depressurization system now require installation of a radon vent pipe which extends through, and terminates outside, the building. The Alberta Building Code was also updated as of Nov. 1, 2015, to include radon mitigation”. The good news for existing home owners is that radon seepage can be eliminated for the reasonable cost of about CAD2500 . The full article can be seen here. It is reported that radon poisoning is the 2nd largest cause of lung cancer in Canada.

Other helpful sites are: Randon West, Randon Controls, Health Canada, CBC.

True to the Canadian culture of inclusiveness the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Parks is teaching new immigrants the skill of camping, as reported by the Canada Broadcasting Corporation.

With the camping season comes a popular activity –  backyard fires in small fire pit. Sadly, not all municipal bylaws allow backyard fire pits (for example Mississauga and Calgary allow fire pits in backyards but Maple Ridge and Abbotsford in BC do not). For those who enjoy a backyard fire from time to time, buying wood can be very expensive due to the high costs in labor.

A good alternative is to make friends with a local arborist (cuts down trees). Home owners may request that trees on their property be removed for safety or building reasons and your new arborist acquaintance may just  give the wood to you free for your removal efforts.

Once one has the wood, the next challenge is to get the chunks of tree chopped into fire pit sized pieces. A splitter axe could take weeks but a more effective recourse is a hydraulic wood splitter which can be rented from Home Deport for CAD70 for 4 hours (depending on area).

See below a picture of Walter Kriek splitting wood (Walter immigrated to Canada at the age of 6).

SINCERELY,
THE MATRIXVISA TEAM

We are committed to sharing the latest and greatest about Canada with you.