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.


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.

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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.

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