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Já faz um tempão que não escrevo nada aqui no blog sobre nós mas hoje deu vontade de escrever um pouco mais além de imigração.
Continuamos em Calgary a adoramos esta cidade. Vamos fazer 4 anos de Canada e um ano que nos mudamos para uma casa que construímos do zero. Estou adorando a experiência de cuidar da casa, lavar garagem e até de tirar a neve ! Pelo menos em Calgary além de nevar pouco em comparação com outras cidades (veja este link) ainda podemos contar com o Chinook que faz derreter a neve e ajuda na limpeza.

Eu e Amanda continuamos na mesma empresa e trabalhando com SAP, mas agora e estou envolvido em alguns projetos que estão acontecendo na filial da empresa no Brasil, e com isso só este ano já consegui três viajens a trabalho, o que é ótimo porque também posso rever a família.

Calgary recentemente passou por uma das maiores enchentes que já teve no Canadá e foi impressionante ver a reação que as autoridades tiveram para alertar com antecedência as pessoas em áreas de risco para que não houvesse acidentes pessoais e o espírito de cooperação da população para reerguer a cidade também foi algo muito marcante. Duas semanas depois parecia que nada tivesse acontecido. As ruas estavam limpas, pontes e ruas que tinham sido destruidas foram refeitos e aos poucos a cidade começou a voltar ao normal.

O verão até o momento continua como nos outros anos. Um pouco frio de manhã cedo e mais quente a tarde, tendo alguns dias que a temperatura chega aos 30c e outros que pode cair para 12c.

Minha família veio nos visitar e ficaram 10 dias e foi ótimo passear com eles em Calgary, no Stampede e nas montanhas. O Stampede terminou ontem e por pouco não foi cancelado devido a inundação que deixou o parque inteiro de baixo da água, mas depois deles trabalharem 24hrs por dia,  conseguiram fazer o parque voltar a funcionar poucos dias antes de começar o festival.

Anunciada Nova lista de profissões para o Processo de Imigração FSWP


Hoje saiu no site do CIC as profissões elegíveis para o novo Processo Federal de Imigração FSWP. O pessoal da área de TI voltou para a lista de profissões (NOC 2174), porém são apenas 300 vagas por profissão para o mundo inteiro ! ou seja, não basta ter apenas a experiência e perfil exigido, o processo terá que ser enviado nas primeiras semanas a partir de quando eles estiverem recebendo as aplicações. Se as vagas forem preenchidas, o candidato terá que aguardar até o próximo ano para aplicar novamente.

Para saber se você se encaixa na experiência exigida para o pessoal de TI (NOC 2174), acesse o seguinte link:

http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/noc/english/noc/2011/ProfileNocCode.aspx?val=2&val1=2174&val17=2174&val18=0&val19=0

Backgrounder — Information for Applicants to the New Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) selects immigrants based on their ability to succeed economically in Canada. After meeting eligibility requirements, applicants are assessed against selection criteria, also known as the “points grid.” There are 100 points available to applicants, with points awarded for official language abilities, age, education, work experience, employment already arranged in Canada, and adaptability. The current pass mark is 67.
After 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, improvements to the FSWP were announced in December 2012. These improvements will come into force on May 4, 2013.
A pause on the intake of most new FSWP applications has been in place since July 1, 2012, except for those with a qualifying job offer and those who applying under the PhD stream. The pause will be lifted and an eligible occupations stream re-established on May 4, 2013.
While Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will not be accepting applications for the 24 eligible occupations until May 4, 2013, there are some new requirements that applicants can start preparing for, such as language tests and foreign educational credential assessments. The complete application process, featuring the new selection criteria, will be available on CIC’s website by May 4, 2013.
All individuals who are considering applying on or after May 4 should be aware that if their application does not meet the new criteria, it will not be processed. A prospective applicant should ensure they meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • They have at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the 24 eligible occupations;
  • They have a qualifying offer of arranged employment (*note changes to the arranged employment process were previously published in this web notice); or
  • They are eligible to apply through the PhD stream.
If prospective applicants are confident that they meet at least one of the above requirements, they must also meet the minimum language threshold and obtain an educational credential assessment (if submitting a foreign educational credential).

Eligible Occupations List

The eligible occupations stream will have an overall cap of 5,000 new applications and sub-caps of 300 applications in each of the 24 occupations on the list.

Eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification code):

  • 0211 Engineering managers
  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts
  • 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2134 Chemical engineers
  • 2143 Mining engineers
  • 2144 Geological engineers
  • 2145 Petroleum engineers
  • 2146 Aerospace engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
  • 2154 Land surveyors
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3143 Occupational Therapists
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216 Medical sonographers
  • 3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)


Minimum Language Threshold

All prospective applicants to the FSWP should first determine whether they meet the new minimum language threshold: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). To prove language proficiency, a prospective applicant must take a third-party language test from an organization designated by the Minister and submit their test report along with their application to CIC.
Language test results will be accepted by CIC for two years from the date that they were issued by the designated organization.
CIC-designated language testing organizations include: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and Test d’évaluation de français (TEF).
Third-party language tests are scored differently by each of the three organizations. Here are the scores on each of the tests that correspond to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 or higher:

English

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
An FSWP applicant must score at least 4L on the CELPIP-General test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold.
A score of 4L on the CELPIP-General test corresponds to CLB 7. A score of 4H corresponds to CLB 8, and a score of 5 or higher corresponds to CLB 9 or higher.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
An FSWP applicant must score at least 6.0 on the IELTS General Training test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold of CLB 7.

French

Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)
An FSWP applicant must score at least 206 in reading, 248 in listening, and 309 in both speaking and writing on the TEF to meet the minimum language threshold of NCLC 7.

 

Arranged Employment

Previously, employers have applied for an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) from Human Resources Skills Development Canada when they wished to hire a foreign national on a permanent, full-time basis and support their employee’s application for permanent residence through the FSWP.
Starting on May 4, 2013, CIC will no longer accept AEOs in support of an FSWP application. Instead, most offers of arranged employment will require a Labour Market Opinion.

 

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

Another important change that takes effect on May 4, 2013, is the introduction of the educational credential assessment (ECA). Prospective applicants may start the process of getting an ECA before May 4 if they are planning to submit a foreign educational credential. However, applicants should keep in mind the other program eligibility requirements listed above, i.e. whether they have a qualifying offer of arranged employment or are applying under the PhD stream or eligible occupations stream; and if they meet the minimum language threshold through a designated third-party test. Applicants who have Canadian educational credentials do not need to get an ECA, unless they are also submitting a foreign educational credential in support of their application.
The ECA process will help determine if the foreign educational credential is authentic and equivalent to a completed credential in Canada. For prospective applicants, the ECA can provide a realistic understanding of how their foreign educational credentials are likely to be recognized in Canada.
As of April 17, 2013, four organizations have been designated by the Minister to provide ECA reports for purposes of immigrating to Canada under the FSWP. Additional organizations may be designated by CIC in the future. The designated organizations are:

The Medical Council of Canada has been designated only for those principal applicants who intend to apply with specialist physician (2011 National Occupation Classification [NOC] code 3111) or general practitioner/family physician (2011 NOC code 3112) as their primary occupation in their FSWP application. Neither NOC code 3111 nor 3112 is on the eligible occupations list that takes effect on May 4, so this will only affect those applying under the PhD stream or with a qualifying job offer based on those NOC codes.
Applicants should contact the designated organizations directly for further information on their documentation requirements, processing times and fees.
CIC will only accept ECA reports issued after the date the organization was designated by CIC to provide ECA reports for immigration purposes (i.e. April 17, 2013). An ECA report will be valid for immigration purposes for 5 years from the date that it was issued by the designated organization.
IMPORTANT NOTE: CIC will update application kits and web materials before the new FSWP is launched on May 4, 2013. Prospective applicants who wish to get a head start on their application can proceed with the steps and information outlined above but should check the CIC website for new FSWP application forms.
 
Fonte: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2013/2013-04-18.asp

Curso Online sobre Imigração para o Canadá


Options for Permanent Residence


Discover which immigration program is best for you

Attend a free online session that explains:

New federal programs from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

Changes to existing programs

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

These sessions are live and you attend online. A Government of Alberta immigration specialist will be available to answer your questions.

Changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Pelo que tudo indica, teremos uma nova lista de profissões e um número limitado de vagas por profissão...

 With new criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) set to take effect in May, many prospective immigrants may already be preparing to apply.
However, future FSWP applicants should be aware that CIC expects to announce three important elements of the FSWP in April that will have an impact on the application process, including:

  • a cap on the number of applications that will be accepted in the first year;
  • a new list of priority occupations; and
  • the organizations that will be designated to conduct educational assessments.

Applicants who prepare their application before this information is announced do so at their own risk. Applications that do not meet the criteria that will be announced in April will not be processed.
On December 19, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced significant changes to the FSWP. In addition, the Minister announced that the new FSWP would be opened up for applications on May 4, 2013. A pause on applications, except for those from certain PhD students and those supported by a qualifying job offer, has been in place since July 1, 2012.

 Fonte: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2013-03-01.asp

Alberta employment continues to rise

 


Target Canada recently held a hiring fair, for its Chinook and Shawnessy Target locations, at the Delta Calgary South in Calgary.

CALGARY — Employment continued to rise in Alberta in February keeping the province’s unemployment rate at 4.5 per cent — the second lowest in the country behind Saskatchewan’s 3.8 per cent.

Statistics Canada reported Friday that 4,200 new jobs were created in Alberta during the month which was up 0.2 per cent from the previous month. Year-over-year, there were 52,900 new jobs created in the province, up 2.5 per cent.

In the Calgary census metropolitan area, the unemployment rate rose from 4.9 per cent in January to 5.0 per cent in February. On a monthly basis, the region created 2,300 new jobs, up 0.3 per cent. On an annual basis, 23,100 new jobs have been created for an increase of 3.1 per cent.

Nationally, the federal agency said the unemployment rate remained at 7.0 per cent.

Across the country, employment rose by 50,700 from the previous month for a 0.3 per cent gain. Year-over-year, it was up by 1.9 per cent or 336,200 positions.

Robert Kavcic, senior economist with BMO Capital Markets, said the February employment report was strong.

He said Canadian employment has now grown by an average of more than 30,000 per month over the past seven months, with only one hiccup (January) over that period.

Sonya Gulati, senior economist with TD Economics, said February’s tally “put the Canadian job creation engine back into production mode, a welcome development.”

“Hiring intentions are also being expressed by businesses, suggesting that the job growth number will remain positive, albeit modest, in the months ahead,” she said.  

Fonte: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Alberta+employment+continues+rise/8068434/story.html#ixzz2MxpWwLuN

Inverno em Calgary


     Calgary é considerada a cidade mais ensolarada do Canadá e durante o inverno. Por mais que esteja frio, o céu está quase sempre azul e sem nenhuma nuvem. Aqui também é a cidade com a menor Precipitação do Canadá (cálculo do volume de chuva e neve). Só para ter uma idéia, esta é a previsão de temperatura e precipitação nas quatro maiores cidades do Canadá para o inverno de 2012/2013:

      http://www.theweathernetwork.com/outlook/
     Aqui também faz alguns dias de frio bem louco (-25c, -30c), mas geralmente não dura mais do que quatro dias seguidos porque logo vem o santo Chinook. Chinook é um fenômeno climático que faz a temperatura subir 20 graus em poucas horas, e este fenômeno pode ocorrer várias vezes durante a semana. No momento estamos com Chinook em Calgary, veja a temperatura para os próximos dias:
         Este fenômeno só acontece em Calgary e em algumas cidades próximas. Edmonton que está 300Km daqui não tem Chinook devido a distancia que tem das Montanhas.
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Eles amam o Quebec mas estão se mudando para o Oeste


Recentemente o jornal Global Mail fez esta reportagem e aconselho os futuros imigrantes que estão perto de vir para o Canadá ou que ainda estão pensando em vir que estudem bem sobre o local aonde desejam morar, principalmente sobre as oportunidades de trabalho. Infelizmente o que está acontecendo no momento é que a cada dia cresce mais o número de imigrantes que foram para o Quebec e depois de alguns meses acabam se mudando para Alberta, Saskatchewan ou Manitoba, inclusive tem acontecido com muitos brasileiros de virem para Calgary.

Alguns pontos importantes que achei na reportagem:

* They had neither jobs nor a place to live. But they were sure it was the right decision (Quebec).

* Quebec is “very beautiful, very clean,”...But they could not see a future, not one with gainful employment, anyway, and at least seven other couples they know have come to the same conclusion.

* Statistics Canada figures for the first 11 months of this year show that Quebec has by far the country’s highest unemployment rate for immigrants, at 11.5 per cent. It also has a higher unemployment gap between immigrants and non-immigrants than any other province.

* In those five years, Quebec has lost more than 40,000 residents through interprovincial migration

* By last year, more than 62,000 newcomers who arrived between 2000 and 2009 had gone

* The more educated immigrants were, the likelier they were to pack up.

* We have better chances out west

* “I have some friends [in Montreal] who are writing their theses,” she says. “They are almost at the end of their education. And they told us they plan to come to Calgary.”

Sem dúvida seria muito bom se a econômia atual estivesse bem em qualquer lugar e que os imigrantes conseguissem um trabalho descente independente de onde eles escolhessem morar, mas este não é cenário atual no Canadá.

A economia está crescendo mas a passos bem lentos e a tendencia é que permaneça assim por muito tempo. Quem sabe em alguns anos este cenário mude e oportunidades voltem a apareçer em qualquer lugar do país.

Reportagem: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/new-canadians-love-quebec-but-theyre-leaving-it/article6673482/?page=all

Canada census shows people moving west: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/08/census-2011-main.html

18 + 1 Razões para se Mudar para Calgary


1. Calgary has been ranked as the worlds #1 Eco-City by the Mercer QoL survey for 2011 out of 320 cities surveyed! This survey takes into consideration things such as water drink-ability and accessibility, sewage system quality, garbage extraction and the amount of pollution and traffic. Less pollution and efficient water and sewage systems means a healthier atmosphere while living in the big city.

2. The same Mercer Quality of Life survey ranked Calgary #17 in the world for personal safety and #33 for best city in the world for 2011. People aren’t concerned while walking down the street at night for the most part because the city is one of Canadas safest major cities!

3. The downtown plus 15 system is the largest inside connective walkway system of its kind in the world making life warm if working down town during the cold seasons. Inner city living has never been easier with convenient access to inside shopping centres and businesses using the plus 15 system.

4. Calgary has the highest amount of head offices in Canada per capita and additionally over 40% of the worlds oil and gas companies call Calgary home. This means more job opportunities for persons looking for work or who are already established but are looking to relocate.

5. Calgary is a home to one of Canadas largest airports and is a major logistics and distribution centre that connects western and eastern Canada. This means more jobs too and a thriving transportation, storage and logistics sector.

6. Economist magazine in 2006 named the city as a must see destination for business travelers abroad; placing #2 to be exact.

7. YYC leads Canada with the youngest, most educated personnel in the country. About 60 percent of Calgarians have attended post-secondary institutions for education. If you are young and are looking for opportunities this city is the place to be.

8. Alberta has led North America in the jobs market since 2000. The completion of the Trans-Canada Pipeline in the late 1950’s helped to advance Calgary forward and become the world-wide energy bastion it is today. This means jobs, and lots of them. Approximately 20,000 people have moved to Calgary in 2011. Alberta also is home to 95% of Canada’s oil reserves which rank 3rd in the world for total reserves and 1st in the world for democratic, invest able oil reserves.

9. 1912 was the first Calgary Stampede and Exhibition. To date the event has become one of the most unique and flavourful rodeos in the world, seeing approximately 1.2 million plus visitors each year. The Stampede is the greatest outdoor show on Earth for a very good reason! 2012 is the 100 year celebration! Yahoo!

10. Since the hosting of the Winter Olympics in 1988, Calgary’s population has increased nearly 50% from 600,000 to 1.2 million. Population continues to increase every year because of the vast job and investment opportunities available in the region. The quality of life in Calgary is hard to rival. The economist magazine has ranked the city the 5th best city to live in the entire world for 2010 and 2011.

11. Calgary has multiple redevelopment projects in place for inner city areas because of the dramatic growth of population. The city is about the same size as the city of New York but only has about 10% of the population that New York does. Outer suburban communities have astounding privacy while new inner city condo developments add more living opportunities for urban dwellers.

12. Calgary’s Folk Music Festival is hosted by Prince’s Island Park downtown and has recently been named one of the 7 musical wonders of the planet by the Globe and Mail. There are many events around town that are renowned internationally, bringing leisure and fun for the whole family.

13. While we are on the “note” of music, a new National Music Centre to be built in the newly redeveloped East Village community is in the planning stages. The National Music Centre will put Calgary on the map in terms of exposing our home grown talent to the international music community and will be a beginning for many successful musicians and artists.

14. Calgary is a youthful city full of excitement and scores of wonderful people, where the average age is 35.7 years. Youthful populace brings energy and dedication to the workplace and family living and values to the city.

15. Naheed Nenshi was elected Calgary’s Mayor in recent years. Turns out that he is the first Muslim Mayor ever on the continent. This speaks to the level of acceptance that Calgarians typically have for different cultures and religions other than their own. Calgary is a multi-cultural and diverse city that welcomes and supports everyone!

16. Encana’s Bow Tower project will be the tallest office tower building at 58 stories, next only to Toronto’s First Canadian Place which is 72 stories. (The Bow was suppose to be 70 stories but shading concerns lowered the height to 58). This is the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto and is the only Foster designed building in Canada!

17. Calgary is a place where people in front of you hold the door for you, a place where people say please and thank you and almost always give you the respect you deserve. I can honestly say that these actions, even though miniscule in the broader spectrum of life, do add up and can sometimes effect the way people feel about living in the place they do. What do you think? Let me know below!

18. Calgary has been rated the 5th best city to live in the world 3 years in a row by the Economist Magazine.

19. Em Calgary temos a igreja mais legal para Brasileiros do Canadá (quem faz parte de alguma igreja no Brasil sabe o quanto isso faz falta), e os retiros que fazemos são de tirar o fôlego ! Visite: www.cristaosbrasileiros.ca

Fonte: http://bestcalgaryhomes.com/many-reasons-to-relocate-to-calgary

 
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