New Federal Skilled Worker Program to accept applications beginning May 4, 2013

Ottawa, December 19, 2012 — The new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4, 2013 at which time the program will re-open for applications, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Kenney. “The new Federal Skilled Worker Program criteria will ensure Canada is selecting the skilled immigrants our economy needs, who are the most likely to succeed and fully realize their potential in Canada.”

The improvements to the FSWP points grid are based on a large body of research which has consistently shown that language proficiency and youth are two of the most important factors in the economic success of immigrants.

The final changes to the FSWP selection criteria include:

•Minimum official language thresholds and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection process;
•Increased emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience, are better positioned to adapt to changing labour market conditions, and who will spend a greater number of years contributing to Canada’s economy;
•Introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), so that education points awarded reflect the foreign credential’s true value in Canada;
•Changes to the arranged employment process, allowing employers to hire applicants quickly, if there is a demonstrated need in the Canadian labour market; and
•Additional adaptability points for spousal language ability and Canadian work experience.

“For too long, too many immigrants to Canada have experienced underemployement and unemployment, and this has been detrimental to these newcomers and to the Canadian economy,” said Minister Kenney. “Our transformational changes to the FSWP will help ensure that skilled newcomers are able to contribute their skills fully to the economy as soon as possible. This is good for newcomers, good for the economy, and good for all Canadians.”

There are two new steps to the new selection system. First, applicants will have to demonstrate that they meet the minimum language threshold, which is level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system. Applicants will be able to get a language assessment from existing agencies designated by the Minister and listed on the CIC website.

Second, applicants will have their education credentials assessed prior to arriving in Canada. A list of assessment organizations designated by the Minister will be made available early in the New Year. The assessment of foreign educational credentials will provide prospective newcomers with a more realistic understanding of how their credentials compare to education standards in Canada. It will also give them the opportunity to upgrade their education prior to coming to Canada if they choose.

It is important to note that these changes will not apply to people who have applied to the FSWP prior to May 4, 2013 with a qualifying arranged job offer or under the Ph.D. stream.

As recently announced, due to the actions taken over the past months, new applications under the FSWP will be processed in a few months, rather than a few years. In order to ensure fast processing times and to avoid backlogs, the new FSWP will accept a fixed number of applications each year.

In the medium term, the Government is also moving forward to develop and implement an Expression of Interest (EOI) model, which will provide employers with access to a pool of skilled workers.

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Backgrounder — Overview of the New Federal Skilled Worker Program The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) selects immigrants based on their ability to succeed economically in Canada. It measures applicants using a selection grid worth up to 100 points. The current pass mark is 67. Each applicant is awarded points for official language ability, age, education, work experience, employment already arranged in Canada, and adaptability (such as previous work experience or education acquired in Canada).

Following a thorough review of relevant research, an extensive program evaluation, stakeholder and public consultations, research and study of best practices in other immigrant receiving countries, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is introducing a suite of improvements to the FSWP.

What has changed and why:

LANGUAGE: Requiring a minimum level of language proficiency (28 points max.) Canadian and international research has consistently shown that language proficiency is the single most important factor in gaining better rates of employment, appropriate employment and higher earnings.

In light of this, CIC is establishing minimum language requirements and is significantly increasing the maximum points awarded for the applicant’s proficiency in English or French. Language ability is now the most important factor on the grid, representing a total of up to 28 points in recognition of its critical importance in ensuring successful outcomes.

AGE: More emphasis on younger workers (12 points max.) Studies show that younger immigrants integrate more rapidly into the labour market and spend a greater number of years contributing to Canada’s economy. The revised selection grid benefits younger immigrants by awarding a maximum of 12 points up to age 35, with diminishing points awarded from 35 to age 46. There will be no points given after age 46; however, workers aged 47 or older will continue to be eligible for the Program.

EDUCATION: New Educational Credential Assessment (25 points max.) Previously, points were awarded based on the applicant’s educational credentials in their home country and the years of education required to obtain the credential. This did not take into account its comparative value when assessed against Canadian educational credentials.

The new regulations require a mandatory assessment of foreign educational credentials to determine their equivalency to a completed educational credential in Canada. This also helps to screen out fraudulent credentials, as CIC will not accept those that are not equivalent to a completed Canadian educational credential. In summary, education points will be awarded based on the value of the educational credentials in Canada.

The Minister of CIC will designate credential assessment organizations and regulatory bodies to conduct the assessments as part of the immigration selection process. These agencies will be announced in early 2013.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Redirecting points to other factors (15 points max.) Foreign work experience is a weak predictor of success in the Canadian labour market. As a result, CIC is reducing the total number of points for work experience from 21 to 15, and increasing the years of experience required to get full points. These changes better reflect the relative value that Canadian employers place on foreign work experience, and allow extra points to be redirected to the language and age factors, which are better indicators of success in the Canadian labour market.

ARRANGED EMPLOYMENT: Streamlining the process and reducing the potential for fraudulent job offers (10 points max.) The FSWP evaluation showed that people who immigrate with a valid job offer do very well in Canada, earning 79% more in the first three years after arrival than people without arranged employment. However, a more rigorous up-front assessment of the employer and job offer is needed to curb the potential for fraud.

This will be achieved by requiring employers to get a Labour Market Opinion (LMO), issued by Human Resources Development Canada. This will verify that there is a need in the Canadian labour market for this type of worker and that the employer has tried to hire a Canadian or permanent resident first. A benefit for employers is that once they have established this labour market need, they can use the LMO to bring the worker in quickly on a work permit while the worker’s application to immigrate permanently is being processed.

ADAPTABILITY: Changes to reflect factors that help promote integration (10 points max.) CIC is proposing changes to the adaptability criteria to emphasize factors that are shown to have a positive impact on an immigrant and their family’s integration. As employers have shown a preference for workers with Canadian study and work experience, points for previous work experience in Canada will be increased for the principal applicant. Points for previous study in Canada will remain the same.

Feedback from the consultations strongly recommended replacing the points factor for a spouse’s education with points for a spouse’s language proficiency to improve the likelihood of a family’s successful integration. The points for previous spousal study and/or work in Canada, and having relatives in Canada will remain unchanged. Applicants will have more opportunities overall to earn adaptability points, although the total points will remain the same.

Overall, the new and revised FSWP will enable CIC to select younger skilled workers, proficient in English or French, who can integrate more rapidly and successfully into the Canadian labour market and be active members of the work force for a longer period of time. These changes will also assist the government in meeting the goals stated in Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012 by building a fast and flexible immigration system whose primary focus is meeting Canada’s economic and labour market needs.

SUPPORTING RESEARCH:

•A 2005 Statistics Canada study found that employment rates of immigrants increased with their ability to speak English and that language proficiency had the biggest impact on their ability to find employment in a high-skilled job or in their intended field.
•In a 2009 Compas Research survey on strategies for integrating internationally educated professionals into the Canadian work force, 87% of employers cited inadequate language skills as the top barrier preventing the foreign-educated from finding suitable employment.
•A 2008 Statistics Canada study found that literacy skills play a role in the wage gap between Canadian-born workers and newcomers to Canada.
•A 2001 academic study Footnote 1 on immigrant earnings in Canada found that on average, the greatest economic gains are realized from immigrants who arrive in Canada between 20 and 30 years old.
•A 2004 academic study Footnote 2 on elderly immigrants in Canada found that migrants aged 45 years and over experience unemployment rates almost double those aged 25 to 34 years.
FootnotesFootnote 1Schaafsma and Sweetman (2001). Immigrant earnings: age at immigration matters.

Return to footnote 1 referrer
Footnote 2Dempsey, C. (2004) Elderly Immigrants in Canada: Income Sources and Self-sufficiency.

Intercambista mineira morre no Canadá

Pessoal,

hoje este é um dos assuntos mais comentados no Brasil. A menina morreu na cidade de Okotoks que fica aqui ao lado de Calgary. Se alguém conheçe ou tiver notícia desta família, me avise:

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Novo programa de imigração Canadense para eletricistas, soldadores, mecânicos, encanadores, entre outros.


New Federal Skilled Trades Stream to Begin Accepting Applications on January 2, 2013 Mississauga, December 10, 2012

To address Canada’s growing demand for skilled tradespersons, a new Federal Skilled Trades Program is being launched on January 2, 2013, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“The new Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions of the country, and support economic growth,” Minister Kenney said. “For too long, Canada’s immigration system has not been open to these in-demand skilled workers. These changes are long overdue and will help us move to a fast and flexible immigration system that works for Canada’s economy.”

The program criteria are built around four requirements that ensure applicants will have the right skills and experience needed to succeed here in Canada. In order to qualify, applicants will need to:

1.have an offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory to ensure that applicants are “job ready” upon arrival;
2.meet a basic language requirement;
3.have a minimum of two years of work experience as a skilled tradesperson, to ensure that the applicant has recent and relevant practice as a qualified journeyman; and
4.have the skills and experience that match those set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC B) system, showing that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.

In order to manage intake, avoid backlogs and ensure fast processing times, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept up to a maximum of 3,000 applications in the first year of the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Minister Kenney was joined at today’s announcement by Michael Atkinson, President of the Canadian Construction Association. “The introduction of a dedicated and streamlined program for skilled trades addresses many of the shortcomings from the current Federal Skilled Worker Program,” said Michael Atkinson. “The new program ensures greater consideration is given to the needs of industry when processing eligible immigration applications.”

“Ensuring Canada’s immigration system works for small employers in need of skilled trades’ people has been a concern for some time,” said Dan Kelly, President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “With the shortage of qualified labour in many parts of Canada growing once again, the launch of the Skilled Trades immigration stream is very welcome news.”

Eligible occupations will include electricians, welders, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, and pipefitters, among others. CIC is currently working with the provinces, territories and federal government partners on the list of skilled trades’ occupations that are experiencing acute labour shortages and which will qualify under the program. This list will be announced prior to the program opening on January 2, 2013.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program will complement other avenues already in place for skilled tradespersons to immigrate to Canada, such as the Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Programs.

“As promised in Economic Action Plan 2012, we are creating a new immigration stream to facilitate entry of skilled tradespersons,” added Minister Kenney. “The Federal Skilled Trades Program will help transform Canada’s immigration system into a fast and flexible system focused on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.”

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Novas Regras para Imigração de Esposa

Mississauga, October 26, 2012 — In an ongoing effort to deter people from using marriages of convenience to cheat their way into Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) introduced a new regulation that requires certain sponsored spouses live in a legitimate relationship with their sponsor for two years or they risk losing their permanent resident status.

“There are countless cases of marriage fraud across the country,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “I have consulted widely with Canadians, and especially with victims of marriage fraud, who have told me clearly that we must take action to stop this abuse of our immigration system. Sometimes the sponsor in Canada is being duped and sometimes it's a commercial transaction. Implementing a two-year conditional permanent residence period will help deter marriage fraud, prevent the callous victimization of innocent Canadians and help us put an end to these scams.”

The new regulations apply to spouses or partners in a relationship of two years or less and who have no children in common with their sponsor at the time they submit their sponsorship application. The spouse or partner must live in a legitimate relationship with their sponsor for two years from the day on which they receive their permanent resident status in Canada. The status of the sponsored spouse or partner may be revoked if they do not remain in the relationship.

Minister Kenney was joined at today’s announcement by representatives of Canadians Against Immigration Fraud (CAIF). Sam Benet, President of CAIF stated: “We applaud Minister Kenney for taking bold steps to address the growing problem of marriage fraud and for protecting the integrity of our immigration system.”

“I think it is a very good measure,” added Palwinder Singh Gill, founder of the Canadian Marriage Fraud Victims Society. “Canada’s generous family sponsorship program was being abused because many people were marrying only to get a permanent resident card and then leave their partners. With this rule, those abusing the system will think twice.”

The regulations include an exception for sponsored spouses or partners suffering abuse or neglect. The conditional measure would cease to apply in instances where there is evidence of abuse or neglect by the sponsor or if the sponsor fails to protect the sponsored spouse or partner from abuse or neglect. This abuse or neglect could be perpetrated by the sponsor or a person related to the sponsor, whether or not the abusive party is living in the household or not during the conditional period. The exception would also apply in the event of the death of the sponsor.

The conditional measure is now in force, which means that it applies to permanent residents in relationships of two years or less, with no children in common, whose applications are received on or after October 25, 2012.

Conditional permanent residence does not differ from regular permanent residence other than the need to satisfy the two-year requirement.

These regulations bring Canadian policy in line with that of many other countries including Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, all of whom use a form of conditional status as a deterrent against marriage fraud. The lack of such a measure increased Canada’s vulnerability to this type of unlawful activity. It is expected that by implementing a conditional permanent residence measure of two years as a means to deter marriage fraud, Canada will no longer be considered a “soft target” by individuals considering a marriage of convenience to circumvent Canada’s immigration laws.

“Canadians are generous and welcoming, but they have no tolerance for fraudsters who lie and cheat to jump the queue,” said Minister Kenney. “This measure will help strengthen the integrity of our immigration system and prevent the victimization of innocent Canadians.”

In addition to conditional permanent residence, CIC introduced, in March of this past year, a measure that prohibits sponsored spouses from sponsoring a new spouse for five years following the date they become a permanent resident. Along with a multilingual advertising campaign, CIC released a short video warning people not to be duped into committing marriage fraud. The video directs people to a specific page on the CIC website (www.immigration.gc.ca/antifraud) for advice on how to immigrate to Canada “the right way.”

Fonte: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-10-26.asp

Canada's lowest unemployment rate in Alberta



CALGARY — Alberta had the lowest unemployment rate in the country in September, according to Statistics Canada.

The federal agency reported Friday that the province’s unemployment rate remained at 4.4 per cent during the month, the same as in August. In the Calgary census metropolitan area, the unemployment rate rose slightly from 4.6 per cent in August to 4.7 per cent in September.

Nationally, the unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.4 per cent.

In Alberta, employment grew by 2,100 jobs, or 0.1 per cent, on a monthly basis and by 37,400 positions or 1.8 per cent year-over-year.

“Over the past 12 months, the Alberta job creation engine has slowed down to about 4,000 jobs per month as opposed to the roughly 6,000 pace of the post-recession rebound,” said Jacques Marcil, senior economist with TD Economics.

The Calgary CMA saw employment drop by 1,700 or 0.2 per cent from the previous month but it was up 15,400 jobs or 2.1 per cent year-over-year.

Statistics Canada said employment increased for the second consecutive month in September, up 52,100 or 0.3 per cent.

Year-over-year, employment was up 174,500 jobs or 1.0 per cent.

Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets, said: “Looking past the gyrations in the monthly jobs tally, the underlying trend in Canadian employment is surprisingly stable at around a one per cent year-over-year pace, which has not been quite enough to keep the jobless rate from rising.”

Dina Ignjatovic, economist with TD Economics, said during the third quarter, average monthly job gains were about 18,000, which is consistent with an economy growing at close to 1.5 to 2.0 per cent.

“However, after being stuck at a neutral pace, recent employment gains could be an encouraging sign that momentum may be picking up heading into the end of the year,” she said.

“While there are still a host of external risks likely to keep businesses cautious in the coming months, confidence among small business owners picked up in September for the first time since March. Moreover, near-term hiring intentions of small businesses suggest that more are planning to hire workers over the next few months than those that are planning to reduce their workforce . . . Looking into 2013, modest job gains are likely to persist through the first half of the year, before accelerating slightly to about 25,000 per month, on average, during the second half of the year, as economic growth improves.”

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Canada+lowest+unemployment+rate+Alberta/7349437/story.html#ixzz28R9m0v5f

3 anos de Canadá


Hoje completamos 3 anos de Canadá ! Agradecemos a Deus por tudo o que Ele tem feito, pelas bençãos, milagres e pelo que está por vir...

Atualizando os últimos acontecimentos:

- Nos mudamos para casa que compramos começo de Julho. Como decidimos construir uma casa, aguardamos no total 8 meses desde a data da compra até a mudança. Depois crio um post explicando sobre Mortgage no Canadá e a compra da casa.

- Ontem chegou aqui em Calgary a irmã da Amanda, esposo e filho para morarem definitivamente por aqui. Eles entraram no processo federal de imigração em Maio de 2010 e o processo foi finalizado começo deste mês.

- Vamos ter que esperar mais alguns meses para dar entrada no processo de Cidadania Canadense, já que os dias que passamos fora do país de férias não contam para completar 3 anos no país.

- Segundo uma reportagem do Calgary Herald, estamos tendo em Calgary o melhor verão da última década...realmente este ano tem sido muito bom !

Revised Federal Skilled Worker Program Unveiled

Ottawa, August 17, 2012 — Proposed regulatory changes announced today to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will allow Canada to better select skilled workers who can “hit the ground running” upon arrival.

“The Federal Skilled Worker Program is Canada’s largest economic immigration program,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “The changes we are making to update the selection criteria are based on a large body of data and evidence we've accumulated over the years showing what skills and qualifications are most likely to lead to success for skilled immigrants.”

Following an extensive program evaluation, stakeholder and public consultations, as well as other research, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is proposing the following changes to the FSWP:

•Making language the most important selection factor by establishing new minimum official language thresholds and increasing points for language;
•Increasing the emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience and remain in the workforce longer;
•Increasing points for Canadian work experience and reducing points for foreign work experience;
•Simplifying the arranged employment process to prevent fraud and abuse yet enable employers to staff positions quickly; and
•Awarding points for spousal language ability and Canadian experience.
Another proposed change is the introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment – a mandatory requirement that FSWP applicants have their education abroad assessed against Canadian education standards by designated organizations. CIC will then award points according to how an applicant’s foreign educational credential compares to a completed educational credential in Canada. It does not necessarily guarantee that they would become licensed to practice in a regulated occupation.

“This is an important step we are taking to address the problem of immigrants arriving and not being able to work in their field,” stated Minister Kenney. “This new requirement will help potential newcomers make informed choices about immigration and Canadian career paths.”

CIC will be issuing a Call for Service Proposals on August 20, 2012, inviting submissions from organizations with expertise in foreign credential assessment to conduct the reviews. The deadline for submissions is September 21, 2012. For more information, please visit CIC’s International Qualifications Network website.

The full text of the proposed FSWP regulatory changes is now available online in the Canada Gazette. They also include improvements to the Canadian Experience Class and the creation of a new Federal Skilled Trades Program. The Department welcomes input from stakeholders and interested parties.

Final publication is scheduled for late 2012 and the new FSWP points grid will likely take effect in January 2013. While there is currently a pause on new applications (except for FSWP candidates with a qualifying offer of arranged employment or those applying under the PhD stream), CIC expects to begin accepting applications again early next year.

These changes have been announced by Minister Kenney in the past year.

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Entrevista para Revista Brasil Canadá



Eu e a Amanda demos uma entrevista para a revista Brasil Canadá sobre imigração de profissionais qualificados do Brasil para o Canadá. A reportagem já está disponível na página 50~53 da edição 37 e pode ser vista pela internet ou quem tiver iPad/iPhone pode baixar o aplicativo "Revista Brasil Canadá". A revista é gratuita e os exemplares são distribuidos apenas em aeroportos do Brasil e Canadá, algumas empresas e embaixadas dos países. Não vai ter na banca de revista...

Link da Revista - Clique aqui



Alguns comentários adicionais que não estão na reportagem:

* O programa de imigração do Governo Canadense (Federal Skilled Worker ou Quebec Skilled Worker) não é para qualquer um. Apenas profissionais de algumas profissões podem se candidatar para o processo. Além disso, tem que mostrar bastante experiência profissional e domínio no inglês ou francês, comprovado pelos exames IELTS ou TEF.

* Não conheço ninguém que imigrou para o Canadá através deste processo e que estava mal profissionalmente ou financeiramente no Brasil. Ao contrário, tem que estar muito bem no Brasil, principalmente na área profissional para conseguir aprovação do Governo no processo de imigração.

* Quem imigra por este processo decide vir para ter uma melhor qualidade de vida para família, segurança, etc. Devido a isso vemos muitos ex-Gerentes/diretores e profissionais de grandes empresas que deixam no Brasil uma excelente carreira para vir para o Canadá.

* Ninguém vem com emprego garantido. Chegando aqui tem que correr atrás. Dependendo de onde a pessoa decide morar e a sua profissão, pode-se conseguir um bom emprego e um bom padrão de vida em poucos meses, outros demoram mais tempo.

* Quem pensa em vir apenas pela questão econômica do Brasil ou Canadá sugiro não vir. No Brasil sempre teve excelentes empresas que pagam muito bem seus funcionários, eu mesmo sempre tive bons trabalhos no Brasil. Imigrar é muito mais do que isso.

* Quem estiver interessado, pode encontrar maiores informações site oficial de imigração: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp

Pausa no sistema de imigração FSW

News Release — Minister Kenney Hits the Reset Button: Sets the Foundation for New, Faster, More Flexible Immigration System

Calgary, June 28, 2012 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today announced the latest step in re-designing Canada’s economic immigration system.

Effective July 1st, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will place a temporary pause on new applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP).

“We have been making lots of changes to our economic immigration system,” said Minister Kenney. “We will take the next six months to do a lot of the heavy lifting to get us closer to a fast and flexible immigration system.”

The pause will allow CIC to make important changes to its economic immigration programs before accepting more applications. This is an important step in moving towards a faster, more flexible immigration system, while immigration levels are at a historic high.

Since the launch of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, Minister Kenney has announced a series of changes to CIC’s economic immigration programs. They include:

•eliminating the backlog of old FSWP applications;
•improving the selection of FSWs;
•creating a new Federal Skilled Trades Program;
•modifying the Canadian Experience Class to help transition successful skilled temporary workers to permanent residence;
•changing business immigration programs to target more active investment in Canadian growth companies and more innovative entrepreneurs; and
•moving towards a new application management system, to develop a pool of skilled workers who arrive in Canada ready to begin employment.

“This temporary pause on new Federal Skilled Worker applications will allow us to set the program on a new course as we intend to launch revised selection criteria soon,” said Minister Kenney. “The pause has no impact on the number of workers Canada admits into the country, as CIC continues to process applications already received. Current immigration remains at historically high levels.”

Application intake is expected to resume in January 2013, when the proposed FSWP regulatory changes – which will be published in the Canada Gazette in the coming months – are expected to come into force.

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act allows the Minister to issue special instructions to immigration officers to enable the Government of Canada to best attain its immigration goals. Since the 2008 Action Plan for Faster Immigration, four sets of “Ministerial Instructions” have been issued relating to Economic Class applications.

Under this fifth set of Ministerial Instructions, CIC will also introduce a pause on new federal IIP applications. This pause will remain in place until further notice, allowing the Department to make progress on processing its existing inventory.

As Minister Kenney announced earlier in April, CIC will be consulting with provinces, territories and stakeholders on ways to reform the current IIP in order to maximize the economic benefit to Canada. The Department is also consulting on whether to create a new investor program on a short-term basis, to promote growth in the Canadian economy.

The temporary pause on FSWP applications does not apply to candidates with offers of arranged employment or those applying under the PhD eligibility stream. The full set of Ministerial Instructions will be available online in the Canada Gazette tomorrow.

Fonte: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-06-28.asp?utm_source=media-centre-email&utm_medium=email-eng&utm_campaign=generic#.T-zTZA1hYbU.facebook

Car Sharing em Calgary



Quando moramos em Vancouver nós não tinhamos carro, então eu acabava alugando os carros da ZIPCAR, que é uma empresa de compartilhamento de carros. Basicamente esta empresa tem carros espalhados ao redor da cidade em estacionamentos públicos. Quem é membro pode alugar o carro a partir de 8$ por hora (Toyota Prius), mas também tem carros mais luxuosos como AUDI e BMW. Você pode alugar o carro através de uma aplicação do Iphone ou pelo próprio site. Quando você chega no carro, basta abrir a porta porque a chave fica permanente dentro do carro e no parasol tem um cartão de crédito para abastecer o carro quando quiser nos postos ESSO.

Em Calgary agora temos uma empresa semelhante, o CAR2GO. Acho que o único carro que eles tem é o SMART, que é um carro compacto para duas pessoas. Pelo o que eu estava vendo o aluguel custa $0.35 centavos por minuto, $12.99 por hora e o valor máximo cobrado para um dia é $65.99. No valor está incluso Gasolina, GPS, estacionamento, etc. Não existe cobrança de mensalidade ou taxa de associação.

Excelente opção para quem não quer comprar um carro mas precisa de carro de vez em quando.

PromoCode para não pagar 35$ de registro: ONWARD (merci Karlson)

Site: http://www.car2go.com/calgary/en/concept/

Quebec X Alberta X Sask


Não é atoa que no momento estamos tendo uma grande migração de profissionais qualificados da parte leste do Canada para as províncias de Alberta e Sask (ler este artigo).Muitos são recém imigrantes no Canada que não encontraram um bom trabalho na parte leste.

Para os que pensam em imigrar, antes de vir recomendo fazer uma pesquisa séria sobre as oportunidades de vaga de trabalho na sua área de atuação e ver se vale a pena a parte leste.


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Alberta booming again as it’s forecast to lead country in economic growth



Boa notícia para quem está se mudando para Alberta e pensa em ter um bom trabalho e qualidade de vida...

Real GDP increase of 4% this year

CALGARY — Alberta will be the country’s leader in economic and employment growth in the next two years, says a report released Tuesday by RBC Economics.

The report said Alberta will see real GDP growth of 4.0 per cent this year followed by 3.9 per cent next year while employment growth will be 2.8 per cent this year and 2.6 per cent in 2013.

The province will top all provinces in both categories in each of the two years with the exception of GDP growth in 2013 which will tie it for the best in the country with Saskatchewan.

Nationally, RBC is forecasting economic growth of 2.6 per cent for the country in each of the next two years with employment growth at 1.1 per cent in 2012 and 1.6 per cent in 2013.

“The Alberta economy is off to a very strong start to 2012. It is leading all other provinces on the majority of performance indicators so far this year and by a wide margin in several instances,” said the RBC Economic Outlook. “Such vigour confirms that the impressive pickup in economic activity last year — when real GDP growth exceeded five per cent for the first time since 2006 — was no fluke.”

“Mega” capital spending in its energy sector continues to be a catalyst for activity across all industrial sectors in the province, said RBC.

“We believe that the solid momentum in the Alberta economy to date will be maintained during the remainder of this year,” added the report. “Massive investment in the energy sector — slated to reach new heights in 2012 — will continue to prime activity throughout the provincial economy. Add in another banner year for Alberta’s oil production, notwithstanding temporary disruptions in the spring, and a turnaround in the housing sector, and then we have the elements for strong economic growth. Alberta is booming again.”

Just last week, Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s chief economist, Ben Brunnen, predicted that Calgary and Alberta are poised for the strongest period of economic growth in the past five years.

He said Alberta will lead the country in economic growth this year with real GDP growth between five and 5.2 per cent and Calgary’s forecast growth is 3.8 per cent.

Nationally, the RBC report said Canada’s economic growth was somewhat subdued in the first quarter of 2012 but is expected to gain ground going forward.

“We expect that gains in consumer spending will be complemented by stronger business investment flows. Exports should also pick up as U.S. demand recovers,” said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist with RBC. “On balance, conditions for growth are positive, supported by a continuation of a low interest rate environment and a Canadian financial sector that is healthy and ready to provide credit.”

The Outlook said Canadian businesses are in an enviable position – holding high cash balances and having access to financing at low interest rates. Recent surveys indicate that Canadian businesses intend to invest in capital goods and non-residential construction, which RBC said will account for about one-third of GDP growth in both 2012 and 2013.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Alberta+booming+again+forecast+lead+country+economic+growth/6768250/story.html#ixzz1xbDgTU9v

Global protests denounce Ottawa’s plan to wipe out immigration backlog


Waving placards denouncing Ottawa’s plan to eliminate a lengthy immigration backlog, protesters in four foreign cities urged Canada not to repeat its discriminatory immigration past.

In Hong Kong, organizers said about 80 affected immigration applicants — many travelling from inner Mainland China — staged a demonstration against the federal government’s plan to return the applications of 280,000 people in the queue.

Similar protests were held Monday in Leeds, England, and Karachi, Pakistan. In India’s Chandigarh, 200 people attended a rally and candle-light vigil, according to the Canadian Backloggers Pre-2008 Association.

“The Chinese Exclusion Act in 1923 is being repeated,” protester Yiming Jiang told the Star in a telephone interview Monday, referring to Canada’s legislated ban on Chinese migrants. “We are pleading the Canadian government not cancel our applicants and reward queue-jumpers.”

The protesters in Hong Kong — some travelled with young children from Dalian and Changchun — carried signs that read “Give Us 76 Months Back” and “We Want Justice, Not Refund.” They also handed a petition letter to Canadian consulate official, Angela Gawel.

Although the federal government has said affected applicants can reapply under the new skilled immigration program introduced in 2008, many in the backlog like Jiang will not qualify because only those with skills and experience in one of 29 professions are eligible.

“We have waited for so long, they can’t just wipe us out like this. It is just unfair,” said Jiang, 29, a cosmetic company sales manager, who applied in 2007.
In Leeds, demonstrators wore black ribbons and held a candle light march, demanding Ottawa not repeat the “Komagata Maru” incident in 1914, when 356 passengers on the Japanese steamship were banned from landing in British Columbia and forced to return to India.

“We condemn and demand the withdrawal of this unholy proposal to scrap our applications,” said organizer Preet Deep Singh in Leeds, part of the worldwide Canadian Backloggers Pre-2008 Association.

“The Canadian government has made us wait for so long. We are not given justice,” added Singh, 37, a business manager, who submitted his application in 2004 with his wife and now resides in England.

The Conservative government seems to have taken note of the bad publicity surrounding Canada’s international image.

On Friday, Citizenship and Immigration quietly issued a new operational directive instructing its visa officers to resume the processing of the pre-2008 immigration applications at least until the backlog wipeout becomes law. Officials earlier had been told to stop processing backlogged applications.

“This is yet another example of why nothing CIC says should be trusted to remain true 10 minutes after it has been said,” said Toronto lawyer Tim Leahy, who is leading a class-action lawsuit against Ottawa on behalf of 700 immigration applicants.

The new directive could merely be a ploy to hold back the inevitable court case on grounds the files have not yet been closed and there is no cause of action, Leahy added.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1171050--global-protests-denounce-ottawa-s-plan-to-wipe-out-immigration-backlog

Building a Fast and Flexible Economic Immigration System

London, April 17, 2012 — The Government of Canada is taking concrete steps to realize its vision of an immigration system that actively recruits talent rather than passively receives and processes all applications, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“As the Prime Minister has stated, the Government of Canada is committed to making economic and labour force needs the central focus of our immigration efforts,” said Minister Jason Kenney. “We have already begun the groundwork and will be building on this foundation in the months ahead to ensure our long-term economic success.”

As outlined in the Government's Economic Action Plan 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will work with provinces, territories, and employers to create a pool of skilled workers who are ready to begin employment in Canada.

“We are making transformational changes to Canada's immigration system,” said Minister Kenney. “We want a system that is faster, more flexible – a system that attracts younger people who can help grow our economy the minute they arrive in Canada.”

CIC has announced that it is already taking proactive steps towards building a fast and flexible immigration system that meets Canada’s economic needs. For example, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) points system will be reformed to reflect the importance of younger immigrants with Canadian work experience and better official language skills. Furthermore, CIC will strengthen the assessment of educational credentials to ensure that immigrants are closer to being ready to work upon arrival in Canada. FSW applicants will have their foreign educational credentials assessed and verified abroad as a part of the application process.

Today, Minister Kenney announced two additional changes that will help transform Canada’s immigration system. One proposed change would help CIC ensure FSW applicants meet current labour market needs. It would allow new rules set out in Ministerial Instructions to apply to people who have already submitted an application. For example, instructions could place a priority on a specific occupation, such as doctors, and have existing applications from doctors processed first, regardless of where they are in the queue.

A similar change would allow new regulations, once approved, to apply retrospectively to people who have already submitted an application. These changes would help ensure that immigrants are chosen based on Canada’s current needs and priorities.

“Canada risks losing the global competition for talent as potential immigrants choose to take their skills to other countries with more responsive immigration systems, rather than remain in the queue for years to have their application processed here,” concluded Minister Kenney. “All of the changes we are exploring will make Canada more competitive with other similarly-placed countries and more attractive to the best and brightest from around the world, and will better match our immigration system with the best interests of the Canadian economy.”

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-04-17.asp

BREAKING NEWS: Canadian Government Budget Slashes Immigration Backlog


Resumindo:

The bad news: Quem aplicou antes de 28/02/2008 está fora do processo, indepentende da profissão.

The good news: Quem aplicou depois pode ter o processo finalizado entre 6 e 12 meses.

Special Edition: Canadian Government Budget Slashes Immigration Backlog
March, 2012

The Government of Canada announced on 29 March 2012 a plan to reduce the backlog of Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications by returning all applications and government fees submitted prior to 27 February 2008. This will amount to a total of almost 300,000 returned applications, as well as approximately $130 million in refunded government processing fees.

Approximately 160,000 FSW applications, submitted after 28 February 2008, will remain in queue for processing.
The Announcement

This statement has been issued as part of the larger Federal Budget for 2012, which was released on 29 March. The budget includes information for reducing national deficit and creating more fiscally efficient government infrastructure, an integral part of which is tied to immigration policy and processing times. As part of this plan, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), is expected to reduce its operating costs by $179 million over the next three years.

The budget mentions that “Canada risks losing the global talent competition for the world’s best and brightest as potential immigrants choose to take their skills to other countries with more responsive immigration systems rather than remain in the queue to have their applications process in Canada”.

With this in mind, the decision was reached to not only return the approximately 300,000 applications, but to focus on creating a system that would streamline processing and “reduce duplication and overlap” in the overall structure.

Government Rationale

The applications being returned are currently only from the FSW program. No additional plans have yet been announced to address backlogs in other immigration categories.

CIC hopes that reducing application numbers will allow it to streamline its programs in a way that will eliminate overhead costs currently incurred by dealing with the backlog. For instance, some visa offices devote significant amounts of time and money to processing pre-2008 applications. With these out of the way, visa officers will be free to devote time and energy to processing applications that have a higher likelihood of approval under current government standards.

The decision is also part of a larger effort by CIC to “transition to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system”. This new system will be aimed at more accurately addressing Canadian labour market needs as well as better serving those applicants still in line to be processed. Currently, Canada is facing severe labour shortages, specifically in Western provinces where skilled tradespeople are in great demand.

It is important to note that, despite widespread austerity measures being imposed on most government departments, CIC is one of only five that are being asked to reduce operating costs by less than six percent. In fact, proposed upgrades to the Canadian immigration system are likely to cost over $25 million in upcoming years.

Advice for Returned Applicants

The promise of new, streamlined immigration systems is no comfort for the thousands of individuals and their families who have now seen their hopes for Canadian immigration come to an end.

“This is such awful news for the people who have been waiting patiently in line,” says Attorney David Cohen, “Of course, they are free to submit a new application, but that will be of little solace at this time. I truly feel badly for them”.

Applicants who will see their files returned but are still keen to come to Canada are by no means excluded from re-submitting an application, either through the FSW program or one of the over 60 other available Canadian immigration programs. As the government more thoroughly outlines its plans for immigration in the future, prospective applicants should make sure to keep abreast of new developments that may be of benefit to themselves and their unique skill sets.

To find out if you are eligible for the over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please fill out our free online assessment.

http://www.cicnews.com/2012/03/canadian-government-slashes-backlog-031472.html

Minister Kenney proposes to assess foreign education credentials before skilled workers arrive

Ottawa, March 28, 2012 – Canada is proposing a major change to how foreign skilled workers’ education credentials are assessed, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

The proposed new requirement would mean that applicants wanting to immigrate as Federal Skilled Workers would have their foreign education credentials assessed and verified by designated organizations before they arrive in Canada.

“Our Government is building an immigration system that is focused on economic growth and ensuring that all Canadians, including immigrants, are able to contribute to their maximum capacity,” said Jason Kenney. “By having their foreign education credentials assessed before their arrival to Canada, foreign skilled workers will have a better sense of how their credentials fit into the Canadian labour market and will be able to contribute their full skill set to the economy more quickly. This proposal is part of a broader package of transformational changes that will make Canada’s immigration policies work better for the Canadian economy.”

A pre-arrival assessment would let applicants know how their education credentials compare to Canadian credentials and it will give immigrants a sense of how Canadian employers are likely to value their education. This will also screen out people without proper education levels and is an important step in helping to address the problem of immigrants arriving and not being able to work in their field.

The assessment of international educational credentials would not mean that Federal Skilled Workers would automatically find employment in Canada commensurate with their skills nor would it guarantee that they would become licensed to practice in a regulated occupation. Applicants who intend to work in a regulated profession would likely need to have their qualifications assessed in greater depth for purposes of licensure by a regulatory body specific to their profession and intended province of work.

“Internationally trained workers make an important contribution to Canada’s job market and the economy,” added Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “That’s why our Government is working in partnership to improve foreign credential recognition so that skilled newcomers can put their knowledge and skills to work sooner.”

Minister Kenney also used the occasion to release the 2011 Government of Canada Progress Report on Foreign Credential Recognition, Strengthening Canada’s Economy. The annual report, led by the Foreign Credentials Referral Office, highlights achievements made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada , Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Health Canada to help foreign trained individuals integrate into the Canadian workforce.

Highlights of the report include:

•expansion of the Canadian Immigration Integration Program (CIIP), which is designed and managed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. CIIP currently offers pre-arrival orientation sessions in up to 25 countries, based on demand;

•an innovative assessment and bridging program to help internationally educated nurses meet regulatory requirements for licensure across Canada; and

•the launch of the International Qualifications Network Website for stakeholders to share information and best practices in credential assessment.

To read the Government of Canada 2011 Progress Report on Foreign Credential Recognition, Strengthening Canada’s Economy, go to: http://www.credentials.gc.ca/fcro/progress-report2011.asp

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-03-28.asp

Calgary to lead economic growth

Region to produce 22,000 new jobs, expert says

Calgary is forecast to lead the country in economic growth between the years 2013-2016 averaging 4.1 per cent each year, according to the Conference Board of Canada's Metropolitan Outlook Spring 2012 published Tuesday.

The report forecast Saskatoon to lead the country this year with real GDP growth of 3.6 per cent followed by Calgary at 3.5 per cent and Edmonton at 3.2 per cent.

In 2011, the board said Regina led all areas in economic growth at 6.1 per cent followed by Saskatoon (4.8 per cent), Edmonton (4.4 per cent), Vancouver and Calgary (each at 3.1 per cent).

"In 2012, overall activity (in Calgary) is expected to improve once more, thanks to continued strength in the manufacturing and business services sectors," the board said in its report. "Moreover, another solid year is expected in the wholesale and retail trade sector.

"Given the positive economic outlook, job prospects in Calgary will build on the momentum created in 2011."

The board said total employment is set to rise by another 3.1 per cent this year, which translates into roughly 22,000 new jobs in the Calgary region.

"With energy prices anticipated to remain relatively high in the coming years, economic growth in Calgary will reach 4.4 per cent in 2013, then average a nation-leading four per cent per year from 2014 to 2016, driving the unemployment rate down to 4.1 per cent by the end of the forecast," the report said.

The board forecast Canadian economic growth of 2.1 per cent this year and averaging 2.6 per cent between 2013-2016.

Ben Brunnen, chief economist at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, said the board's Calgary forecast is consistent with some of the indicators he's seeing in the city.

"The size of the investments coming in through the energy sector, the construction, building permits are really coming back quite strong. We've got the airport expansion underway," Brunnen said.

"From an economic activity perspective, there's a lot happening in our city. When we're looking at what's happening provincewide, Calgary tends to lag a little bit. When we look at the strong investment numbers from the province and see how those get manifested in the city, the Calgary economy tends to pick up a little bit after the provincial economy.

"The province has been strong. In 2013, without a doubt, we expect to see some strong growth in the city of Calgary as well."

He said investment drives job creation which drives people coming to the city.

The conference board report is forecasting economic growth of 3.3 per cent in Alberta this year followed by 4.0 per cent in 2013. The average growth is forecast for 3.5 per cent between 2013-2016.

"With investment expected to total in the tens of billions of dollars, Alberta's construction industry will be strong in 2012," the report said.

"Energy investment will also drive growth over the forecast, while output of minerals fuels and mineral services will expand rapidly as incremental activity comes online."

mtoneguzzi@calgaryherald.com

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald


Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Calgary+lead+economic+growth/6370605/story.html#ixzz1qQqVxD1b

Parent and Grandparent Immigration Program

O ministério de imigração (CIC) está reformulando o programa de reunificação familiar e lançou uma pesquisa na internet para que o público pudesse participar e opinar sobre as possíveis idéias de mudança no processo. Quem estiver interessado em participar e ficar por dentro das possíveis mudanças acesse o link:

http://cic.sondages-surveys.ca/s/PGP/?l=en

Ontario FSW Pilot Program

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has asked provinces and territories for assistance in reducing the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) backlog of applications submitted before February 2008 through the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot (FSW Pilot) initiative.

The province of Ontario identified five (5) occupations in which applicants destined to the province will get an opportunity to apply for an Ontario nomination leading to permanent residency on an expedited basis.

If you submitted an application for permanent residence in Canada under the FSW program and that you declared Ontario as your destination, you will receive an invitation to apply as nominee if your occupation is any of the following:

Computer Analysts and Consultants (NOC 2171)
Software Developers (NOC 2173)
Interactive Media Programmers and Developers (NOC 2174)
Financial and Investment Analysts (NOC 1112)
Mathematicians (NOC 2161)


Applicant to Opportunities Ontario under the FSW Pilot must meet the following criteria:

1. Intend to live and work in Ontario.

2. Be in one of the five occupations identified by Ontario (Computer Analysts and Consultants/NOC 2171, Software Developers/NOC 2173, Interactive Media Programmers and Developers/NOC 2174, Financial and Investment Analysts/NOC 1112, Mathematicians/NOC 2161).

3. Have a minimum of 3 years of related, paid, full-time verifiable experience in that occupation within the past 5 years.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

4. Have a minimum of a 3-year degree from a post-secondary institution.

5. Have a minimum language proficiency of 6.5 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 4.5 for the Test d’evaluation du français (TEF).

6. Demonstrate a minimum level of savings/income to support yourself and your dependants. See 2011 Updated Settlement Funds Schedule for the amount you need.

If you received an invitation to apply under Ontario FSW Pilot Program, you must submit your application on or before May 4, 2012. Opportunities Ontario can only nominate 600 applicants under this initiative.

Fonte: http://www.gatewaytocanada.com/2012/03/ontario-fsw-pilot-program-opportunities.html

FSW Program Backlog Reduction - Pilot Program

E as mudanças já começaram...confirmando um post anterior, já tem gente recebendo a carta do consulado...pelo menos algumas pessoas que aplicaram antes de 27/02/2008.

If you submit an application for permanent residence in Canada under the Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) program before Feb 27, 2008, there may be a good news for you.

We recently received correspondences from 3 Provincial Case Processing Pilot offices of Citizenship and Immigration Canada for 92 clients informing them of their opportunity to apply under Provincial Nominee Program. This is part of CIC's Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) Program Backlog Reduction Pilot program. The three provinces are Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba. If you declared any of this province as your destination in Canada and your occupation is included in the province's in-demand occupation, you will receive a letter of invitation from the province.

The aim of this pilot is to nominate FSW applicants with experience in any occupations under Provincial Nominee Programs.

If you receive this kind of letter, it is your chance to have an expedited process!

I will post more information later.

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If you have a pending FSW application filed before February 27, 2008 and that you selected Alberta as your destination, you may be eligible under AINP - Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Backlog Reduction Pilot. This would mean an expedited process!

You will receive a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada inviting you to apply under this program if in your Federal Skilled Worker application you indicated that you were interested in moving to Alberta and that you work in one of four occupations in need in Alberta:

NOC 0211 – Engineering Managers
NOC 2131 – Civil Engineers
NOC 2132 – Mechanical Engineers
NOC 0911 – Manufacturing Managers

Criteria you must meet in order to be eligible for the AINP

At the time of application to the AINP, you the Candidate must:

1. Intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
2. Be between the ages of 24 and 55
3. Meet the following education criteria:

- You have completed a post-secondary diploma or degree program at least two (2) years in duration at an accredited educational institution, in a field of study directly related to your current employment and work experience:

If you are working as a NOC 0211 – Engineering Manager, NOC 2131 – Civil Engineer or NOC 2131 – Mechanical Engineer, a related field of study includes an engineering technology diploma or degree, and

- You currently meet and/or met the licensing or registration requirements to perform the job duties of your current and previous jobs in the country in which you were performing those job duties (if applicable) OR

- You have a “Letter of No Objection” from the body regulating the engineering profession in Alberta, The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) or be registered with APEGGA as a foreign licensee.

4. Be currently performing the job duties of the occupation (NOC) identified in the letter you received from CIC advising you of this Pilot, and have a minimum of three (3) years paid, full-time work experience performing duties in this occupation since January 1, 2007

5. Have achieved a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the last two (2) years OR a minimum of Level 4.0 on the Test d’evaluation de français (TEF) in the last two (2) years.

6. Have accessible funds in a bank or financial institution of at least CAD $10,000 for the Candidate, and CAD $2,000 for each of the Candidate’s dependants (spouse or common-law partner and child)

Joint accounts with your Spouse/Common-law partner (if applicable) in which you are clearly identified as one of the account holders are acceptable.

Please note that meeting these criteria does not guarantee your application will be assessed, or that you will be issued a Nomination letter or a permanent resident visa.


Fonte: http://www.gatewaytocanada.com/2012/03/ainp-federal-skilled-worker-fsw-backlog.html

Immigration changes will ease backlog: Kenney


The Canadian Press
Date: Wed. Mar. 7 2012 4:18 PM ET

OTTAWA — Major changes to the immigration system could include erasing a massive backlog of applications, the minister in charge said Wednesday.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said all options are on the table when it comes to modernizing the process of bringing in would-be immigrants.

"We must have transformational change to move to an immigration program that works for Canada and for newcomers," he said in a speech to the Economic Club of Canada.

He said the changes which will roll out over the course of 2012, will include one to give the provinces the ability to cherry-pick the immigrants they want.

He said Canada also has an eye on New Zealand, where a backlog of immigration applications was legislated away in 2003 and replaced by a pool of prospective applicants.

For now, a pilot program will allow provinces and territories to accept an additional 1,500 immigrants a year if they select them from an existing backlog of skilled worker applications.

"At this point we are looking at all options of dealing with these backlogs and coming up with a faster, more responsive system," Kenney told reporters after the speech.

A parliamentary committee report tabled Tuesday said there is currently a backlog of over a million applications, including as many as 460,000 in the skilled worker category.

Officials told the committee that without changes to the system that backlog won't be eliminated until 2017.

Kenney said the system as it stands is dysfunctional.

"We can't continue to tell people that they're going to wait for eight years for a decision on whether they can come to Canada," he said.

He said the government also needs to be more proactive when it comes to communicating with potential applicants about different routes into Canada.

But NDP Immigration critic Don Davies says while it's important to match immigrants with economic needs, there needs to be a more holistic approach to the issue.

"Immigration deals with people, it deals with families and human beings," Davies said.

"It's not just treating people like economic widgets in a machine that we can ruthlessly bring into our country."

And he said the idea of transferring more power to the provinces and in turn to employers, has risks.

"I don't think we want to be delegating the choice of who comes to the country to the private sector," he said.

Kenney said that wouldn't be the point of allowing more matching between jobs and immigrants.

"It's not about privatizing the immigration system, it's about a more active role of recruitment for people so they have jobs when they show up," he said.

"I'd rather have an engineer working as an engineer than a cab driver. That's really where we are trying to go with this."

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Politics/20120307/immigration-changes-to-backlog-120307/#ixzz1oTlzCIJX

Minister Kenney outlines vision of a fast and flexible immigration system

Toronto, March 1, 2012 - In a keynote address to the National Metropolis Conference today, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney outlined his vision for a faster, more responsive immigration system that better meets Canada’s economic needs.

“Immigration is playing an increasingly important role in our economy and we need a system that does a better job of attracting the people who have the skills that are in demand and getting them here quickly,” said Minister Kenney. “We have made some great strides towards an immigration system that is fast and flexible, but know that there is more work to do.”

In his speech, the Minister highlighted recent changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, where current applicants must have experience in one of 29 occupations in demand, or have a job offer in Canada.

He also noted the growing success of the Canadian Experience Class, which allows certain foreign students and temporary foreign workers to translate their Canadian work and education experience into permanent residence. And he lauded the growth of provincial and territorial nominee programs, noting the role they have played in spreading the benefits of immigration across the country and addressing long-term regional labour needs.

While recognizing these improvements, the Minister indicated that more challenges lie ahead in seeing his vision realized. He noted, for instance, that the current points system used to assess federal skilled worker applicants needs to be more flexible and intelligent. It should place greater emphasis on the importance of language, he said, while recognizing that the language ability needed to successfully integrate in Canada is different for a doctor as opposed to a welder. It should also place greater emphasis on younger workers with high quality credentials that can be recognized quickly.

The Minister pledged to do a better job of attracting entrepreneurs and investors to Canada, noting that we lag behind the U.S., where half of the top 50 venture-capital backed companies are founded by immigrants.

While noting progress to date, he also promised to do more to reduce the legacy of backlogs, where there are wait times of seven years or longer in some categories.

“It makes no sense to tell people ‘apply now, but put your life on hold for a few years before we’ll even let you know if you qualify,'” said the Minister. “I will continue to make changes to create a faster, more flexible immigration system. Canadians need and deserve a system that boldly puts Canada’s best interests first.”

Fonte: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-03-01.asp

Atrasos no Processo Federal de Imigração

Apenas um update para o pessoal do processo FSW Ministerial Instructions 1.

* O consulado está analisando os processos que chegaram para eles em Março/Abril 2010, ou seja, antes de chegar em São Paulo eles foram para Sidney, então devem ser processos abertos no final de 2009.

* O consulado estará enviando dentro de alguns meses uma carta informando sobre a demora e os próximos passos a serem tomados. Me lembro que isso já ocorreu em 2008 também.

Se alguém tiver mais alguma informação me avise !

Economia de Alberta em busca de mais imigrantes

De acordo com a reportagem abaixo, os relatórios do último Census revelam que a Economia de Alberta continuará liderando no Canada, mas para se manter mais sustentável, a província precisa de mais trabalhadores qualificados. Para isso estão até pensando em criar um programa de imigração exclusivo para Alberta, similar ao processo do Quebec.

Editorial: Census reveals challenges facing Alberta

Although there are larger metropolitan areas, Calgary has become the third largest Canadian city after Toronto and Montreal.


In a world rattled by economic uncertainty, new national census figures released Wednesday are enough to give anyone a serious dose of Alberta envy. Calgary is the fastest growing major city in the fastest growing province in the fastest growing G8 nation. Edmonton is the fastest growing metropolitan region. And, Alberta has eight of the 10 fastest growing mid-sized urban centres in the nation, led by Okotoks, which grew an amazing 42.9 per cent since 2006.



Jurisdictions around the world would die for similar statistics. Yet, with success comes enormous challenge, as anyone who was in Alberta in the frenetic period of 2005 to early 2008 can attest. Despite the influx of people into Alberta as shown in the new census, the critical issue facing the province in the coming decade will be people. Last year, the Alberta government estimated a labour shortage of approximately 114,000 workers through 2021.


The census data is certain to frame debate around issues ranging from electoral reform to immigration. On the latter, there are strong arguments that Alberta should assume greater control of its own immigration, similar to Quebec, to ensure we meet the economic needs of the province.


A case in point is Balwin Villa, an Edmonton facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients that was recently caught short-staffed when Ottawa refused to extend the one-year work visas of 13 nurses from the Philippines. The nurses had been recruited as temporary workers with the goal of earning provincial LPN certification. The denial of visa extensions means the nurses have 90 days to apply for alternate reasons to remain in the country.


In 2007, Alberta and Ottawa reached a new agreement to give Alberta more control over its own immigration file. The government that is closest to the people is best equipped to determine its own needs, yet the Balwin Villa case shows that issues remain.


The Temporary Foreign Worker Program under which they arrived has been plagued by its share of issues, forcing the province to bring in new regulations last year. There are now more rigorous assessment of the genuineness of job offers and a two-year foreign worker hiring prohibition for employers who have failed to meet commitments to workers on wages and working conditions.


As the census data shows, Alberta is under unique pressure on the job front. Saskatchewan, now a full partner in the resource boom, is also competing with Alberta for labour. With Newfoundland’s resource development also on the rise, Alberta can no longer rely on that province as a labour pool, and Newfoundlanders certainly deserve the opportunity to work close to home. Given all these factors, more collaborative work needs to be done with Ottawa on the immigration file.


The census data also reaffirms that Alberta is deserving of six additional Commons seats under a democratic reform plan recently announced by the Conservative government. For the first time in Canadian history, the proportion of the population living west of Ontario, 30.7 per cent, is greater than the number of people living to the east (30.6 per cent).


Although there are larger metropolitan areas, Calgary has become the third largest Canadian city after Toronto and Montreal.


The West is now truly in. The challenge is to see it remains that way, with enough people to keep us ticking.


© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

Fonte: http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Editorial+Census+reveals+challenges+facing+Alberta/6122805/story.html#ixzz1lwfAzrWs

Inverno menos frio da história de Calgary


Este ano estamos tendo o inverno menos frio da história de Calgary. As temperaturas durante o dia estão variando entre +5c e +10c, as vezes sobe um pouco mais. No dia que partir para o Brasil, 30 de Dezembro, estava fazendo +15c ! E por ser a cidade mais ensolarada do Canada, com temperaturas nesta média a neve já derreteu, e quando cai derrete em poucas horas, com isso já tem gente até jogando golf...se bobear este ano Calgary está melhor que Vancouver, que chove muito no inverno !

Obs: Antes do inverno começar estavam prevendo o pior inverno dos últimos tempos para Calgary...mas todo ano eles falam isso e nunca acontece...

It’s official: Calgarians are basking in one of the warmest winters ever

By Eva Ferguson, Calgary Herald February 1, 2012 6:08 PM

Murray Dougherty, left, and John Queen take advantage of the mild weather at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Calgary Tuesday, February 1, 2012.

Photograph by: Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald


As Calgary’s balmy winter moves from January into February, Calgarians across the city are swapping ice skates and skis for golf clubs and tennis rackets, celebrating what is officially one of the warmest winters in almost a century and a half.

Save for a few chilly days two weeks ago, Calgary and much of southern Alberta have been blessed with above-average temperatures for all of December, most of January and now the first two weeks of February are forecast to hover between 3 C and 11 C daily highs.

And while we haven’t hit any actual records, Environment Canada says this past December and January were among the top 10 warmest since 1884.

“It’s significant. In fact, most of the Prairies have been above-normal temperatures, below-normal precipitation and we’re looking at a continuation of that into February,” said Bill McMurtry, Calgary-based meteorologist with Environment Canada. “But if you live here in Calgary, you know not to ever expect winter to be over.”

For Calgarians enjoying the outdoors, with a high of 8 C Wednesday under varied sprinklings of sunshine, winter was the last thing on their mind.

John McQueen teed up for a round of golf at the Fox Hollow course, joking that he’d just returned from Cuba but never managed to swing a club there.

“I just didn’t think to. But who needs to golf in Cuba, when you can golf in Calgary,” he said with a smile.

Paired up with McQueen, Murray Dougherty admitted while he grew up in Calgary, he’s never actually golfed as early as February. “We really have had a mild winter. It’s been amazing.”

Waiting to follow the two-some was Dwight Essex.

“Who would have thought there’d be a lineup at the tee box in February,” he quipped.

Fox Hollow assistant pro Doug Repp spent the day fielding hundreds of phone calls from prospective golfers anxious to book a tee time after word that the course, just west of Deerfoot Trail at 32nd Avenue N.E., opened for its first day Wednesday.

“We’ve opened for warm days here and there in past winters, when it’s been nice.

“But this could be the longest we actually stay open with the forecast being so warm over the next two weeks.”

Lunchtime joggers along the Bow River also made the most of Wednesday’s warmth in shorts and T-shirts for their midday workouts.

“The warm weather just keeps going, and going and going this year,” said oilpatch engineer Frank Meier in summer running wear.

“Usually I like to ski, but I haven’t been this year. It’s just so nice and warm in the city. I think I might golf a little on the weekend.”

But stay-at-home mom Janis Dixon says her two boys, both Timbits hockey players, have been lamenting the warmth and the way it messes with the community outdoor rink.

“Believe or not, we are a family that hopes for cold,” she said with a laugh.

“When it gets this mild, the outdoor ice just melts and they can’t play as much hockey.”

Her boys, Mitchell, 5, and Bryce, 4, spent a few minutes swatting balls at the backboard of the Crescent Heights community tennis courts while their beloved rink sparkled in the sun only a few feet away, the edges giving way to slush.


Compared to the warmest December and January in history, 1930-31, this season was actually fairly brisk.

Temperatures for December 1930 and January 1931 averaged 0.2 C and 0.6 C respectively, while this year’s average temperatures were –7.4 C in December 2011 and –8.9 C for January 2012.

“I think this winter might just seem really mild to a lot of people because last year’s was so bad in terms of snow and cold,” said McMurtry.

eferguson@calgaryherald.com

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Fonte: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/official+Calgarians+basking+warmest+winters+ever/6087083/story.html

Diferenças entre Brasil e Canada

Ai vai alguns vídeos criados pelo Luiz Filipe Nobre, residente de Calgary. Para ver os outros vídeos, visite o site dele no Youtube:

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Obs. Cada província no Canada tem um imposto diferente. O exemplo do vídeo é da província de Alberta, que não tem imposto provincial, apenas o federal 5% GST.

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