Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

155 Letters of Advice to Apply issued on January 11 draw

Manitoba’s new Express Entry-aligned pathway has invited 155 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in its first-ever draw.

Conducted on Thursday, January 11, the draw saw the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issue 155 Letters of Advice to Apply, or LAAs, to eligible candidates through the Manitoba Express Entry Pathway. In order to receive an LAA through this pathway, candidates needed a score of at least 565 under the province’s Expression of Interest system.

The Express Entry Pathway draw was one of three categories featured in the MPNP January 11 draw.  An additional 17 skilled workers were invited under the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream.

The province also invited 119 candidates in the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream to apply, with the lowest ranked candidate invited at a score of 520.

Express Entry Pathway requirements

To be considered for this pathway, candidates must have a valid profile in both Manitoba’s Expression of Interest pool and the federal Express Entry pool. They also need at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s new In-Demand Occupation list.

Manitoba says the Express Entry Pathway is for candidates demonstrating high so-called human capital values. Candidates must also have the confirmed support of a close friend or relative who has been a resident of Manitoba for at least one year.

To provide a sense of the kind of candidate who would have been invited to apply to the MPNP through its Express Entry Pathway in this round, here is a fictional example:

Shiva is a 33 year old, has demonstrated high-intermediate English language proficiency. He also has a bachelor’s degree, has obtained four years of work experience as a software engineer and has a profile in the Express Entry pool as a Federal Skilled Worker. Shiva has an uncle living in Manitoba and intends to reside in Manitoba, but outside of Winnipeg. Shiva’s ranking score of 610 would have been higher than the 565 needed to obtain an Invitation from Manitoba.

Eight provinces now have an Express Entry stream

The creation of the Express Entry Pathway and Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupation List was part of a sweeping overhaul of the MPNP that was unveiled November 15. Manitoba is now one of eight Canadian provinces with Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) component, many of which do not require a family connection to the province.

Express Entry-aligned PNP streams allow a province to invite federal Express Entry candidates to apply for what’s known as an enhanced provincial nomination. Such a nomination provides an additional 600 points towards an Express Entry candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System score, which is usually sufficient to trigger an Invitation to Apply in a subsequent round.

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Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year

Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year

Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year

Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year

Statistics Canada finds greatest year-over-year increases in Quebec, British Columbia

The number of job vacancies reported by Canadian employers in the third quarter of 2017 was up 15 percent over the same quarter in 2016, Statistics Canada reports.

Canadian businesses reported 468,000 job vacancies in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 62,000 over the third quarter of 2016. A previous report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said job vacancies in the third quarter of 2017 were the highest in nearly a decade.

Permanent positions accounted for 80.2 percent of all job vacancies in the third quarter of 2017, Statistics Canada reports.

This was the fourth consecutive quarter with year-over-year increases in both the number of job vacancies in Canada and the job vacancy rate, which stood at 2.9 percent for the third quarter of 2017.

These year-over-year increases were “broadly based across the provinces, industrial sectors and occupations,” Statistics Canada says.

Job vacancy growth highest in Quebec, British Columbia

Quebec and British Columbia were found to have had the highest year-over-year increases in the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate for the third quarter of 2017. They were among nine Canadian provinces that saw a third quarter increase in the number of job vacancies over the same quarter in 2016.

Businesses in Quebec reported 87,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, an increase of 21,000, or 30.6 percent, over the same quarter in 2016. Statistics Canada says the increase was “widespread across sectors,” with manufacturing leading the way. Over this same period, employment in Quebec grew by 2.2 percent and the province’s unemployment rate fell by one percent, from seven to six percent.

Change in the number of job vacancies between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017, by province and territory

In British Columbia, job vacancies were up by 16,000, or 20.2 percent, over the third quarter of 2016. B.C.’s job vacancy rate stood at 4.2 percent in the third quarter of 2017 — the highest in the country. Statistic Canada reports that the biggest increase in job vacancies in B.C. was in transportation and warehousing.

Alberta posted a job vacancy increase of 9,400 jobs, an increase of 21.3 percent over the third quarter of 2016. The job sectors posting the highest increases were construction, transportation and warehousing, mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.

Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, had 11,000 more job vacancies over the third quarter of 2016, with the health care and social assistance and manufacturing sectors showing the greatest increase.

Newfoundland and Labrador was the only province to show a year-over-year decline in job vacancies over the third quarter of 2016, with 500 fewer vacancies.

Vacancies rise in 7 of 10 occupational categories

Compared to the third quarter of 2016, the number of job vacancies was up in seven of Statistics Canada’s 10 broad occupational categories. The categories with the greatest increases were trades, transport and equipment operators, and sales and service occupations.

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Ontario announces increased allocation and reopens Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario announces increased allocation for 2018 and reopens Human Capital Priorities Stream

ontario announces increased allocation and reopens human capital stream

ontario announces increased allocation and reopens human capital stream

Seven other Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program streams also accepting applications

Ontario has announced an increased Provincial Nominee Program allocation for 2018 and the opening of its popular Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, along with seven others.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has been given the green light to nominate 6,600 immigrants in 2018, an increase of 600 more than its official 2017 allocation from Canada’s federal government.

The OINP also said it will resume issuing Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to applicants who qualify for its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, which allows Ontario to search the federal Express Entry pool and select candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class with at least 400 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and who meet other criteria. For more information on Human Capital Priorities requirements.

Any Express Entry candidate with a provincial nomination receives an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, putting them well within reach of an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream issued NOIs on a number of occasions in 2017, including a special opening last July that waived the requirement to have at least 400 CRS points for Express Entry candidates with work experience in a number of Information and Communications Technology-related occupations.

Anyone who receives an NOI through the Human Capital Priorities Stream now has 45 calendar days to submit their application online for the provincial nomination.

Ontario’s two other Express Entry-aligned streams, the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, have also opened and will be issuing NOIs.

Five other OINP streams are also now accepting applications. They are:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  • Corporate Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream
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