Quebec City presses next provincial government to bring in more newcomers

Quebec City presses next provincial government to bring in more newcomers

Quebec City presses next provincial government to bring in more newcomers

Quebec City presses next provincial government to bring in more newcomers

Regis Labeaume says Quebec’s capital city should be welcoming 5,300 newcomers a year

The mayor of Quebec City is calling for an increase in immigration there to address what he says is a ‘dangerous’ shortage of labour.

Immigration topped Mayor Regis Labeaume newly released list of annual priorities, citing the urgent need to fill 17,000 job vacancies in the Quebec City region.

“This dramatic lack of manpower is the most dangerous problem and can jeopardize our economic future,” Labeaume said. “It is no longer the time for observations or studies or good intentions.”

The mayor said the Quebec City region is only receiving six percent of newcomers immigrating to the province each year, and that number should be at least 10 percent.

This would translate to around 5,300 newcomers per year, or an increase of around 2,000 over current levels.

Election issue

Labeaume’s call comes as Quebec’s political parties jockey for position in advance of the province’s October 1 general election.

He said Quebec’s next government also needs to improve the province’s immigration system to reduce application processing times and generally make the immigration process easier, notably the recognition of foreign professional experience and degrees.

Lebeaume further emphasized the need for French-speaking immigrants, noting that most people living in the Quebec City region speak French as their first language.

“It’s a French city and there are two ways to succeed in immigration: to get a job and to speak the local language,” Labeaume told journalists.

“We have the jobs; if they speak French, it’s going to be a total success.”

Labeaume challenged those now running for office to say how many more immigrants they would be ready to accept if elected.

Philippe Couillard, leader of the ruling Quebec Liberal Party, welcomed Labeaume’s challenge, saying recent changes that his government has made to the province’s immigration system will help.

“We’ve provided the tools to better distribute newcomers around the province,” Couillard said.

Changes introduced to Quebec’s immigration system include a new Expression of Interest system for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

The new system will allow immigration authorities to select immigration candidates who match labour market needs in regions around the province.

Quebec City is the capital of Quebec and one of Canada’s oldest, most picturesque cities. Its walled Old Town is famous for its cobblestone streets and European charm.

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Summary report of August – Canada Express Entry linked PNP

Summary report of August – Canada Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee programs

Summary report of August - Canada Express Entry linked PNP

Summary report of August – Canada Express Entry linked PNP

Late summer review: Canada’s Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs

Developments in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia among big PNP stories this summer

It’s been a busy summer for Canada’s Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs, with developments in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Ontario leading the way.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a set number of immigrants for Canadian permanent residence each year.

Each of Canada’s 11 PNPs now has at least one so-called “enhanced nomination” stream that allows it to invite candidates in the federal government’s Express Entry system to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three federal economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

A provincial nomination obtained through an Express Entry-linked immigration category/stream awards candidates in the Express Entry pool an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The additional points effectively move candidates to the front of the line for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

Collectively, Canada’s PNPs will be responsible for more than 30 percent of planned economic immigration to Canada in 2018.

Saskatchewan introduces new Express Entry EOI

Among the key developments, this summer was the province of Saskatchewan’s transition on July 16 from a first-come, first-served application approach to an Expression of Interest system for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand immigration sub-categories.

Under an Expression of Interest (EOI) system, interested immigration candidates create a profile and provide the requested information as a first step to being considered under the immigration program in question.

Eligible candidates are given a score based on the information they provide and are then ranked against the competition. The highest-ranked candidates are issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination during periodic draws from the EOI pool of candidates.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) announced its first invitations to apply for a provincial nomination under this new EOI system on August 21, with 466 invitations being issued to candidates in the Express Entry sub-category.

In order to be eligible, Express Entry candidates must have high-skilled work experience in a profession found on Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List and satisfy other eligibility requirements, including obtaining at least 60 points on Saskatchewan’s unique points grid.

The SINP has said the switch to an EOI system will allow it to better target those most likely to succeed in Saskatchewan’s labour market.

Nova Scotia’s introduces Labour Market Priorities Stream

The Atlantic Canada province of Nova Scotia also introduced a significant addition to its roster of Express Entry-linked immigration pathways at the start of August with the creation of its Labour Market Priorities Stream.

This new stream allows Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration to identify Express Entry candidates who meet “market-identified labour shortages” to apply for a provincial nomination.

Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration put this new stream to use on August 8 when it issued Letters of Interest to 314 Express Entry candidates with at least two years of work experience as early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214).

“Attracting and retaining skilled workers will help increase access to important services such as early childhood education while helping grow our population,” a spokesperson for Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration told CIC News. “This will strengthen our communities and our provincial economy — benefiting all Nova Scotians.”

The Labour Market Priorities Stream is described as “flexible” and the specified occupations could vary from draw to draw depending on Nova Scotia’s needs.

In addition to the Labour Market Priorities Stream, Nova Scotia has two other immigration streams that tap the federal Express Entry system — the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream and the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry Stream.

Ontario Express Entry

One of the biggest PNP draws of the summer took place on August 9 when Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issued 947 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates with job offers in the province and CRS scores as low as 350.

These were the first invitations issued through the Human Capital Priorities Stream since March 26, when Ontario held a similar targeted job offer draw. In that draw, Ontario invited 480 Express Entry candidates with CRS ranging from 351 to 446.

Both draws were exceptional in that the Human Capital Priorities Stream normally targets candidates with a CRS score of at least 400 and a job offer is not among its usual requirements. Of the eight draws held through the stream this year, six had no job offer requirement.

Ontario did not say if the job offers had to be in a specific occupation or field. In the past, Ontario has issued targeted invitations to candidates with work experience in select Information Communication Technology occupations.

The August 9 draw brought the number of invitations issued through the Human Capital Priorities Stream so far this year to 3,534.

Ontario’s other two Express Entry-linked streams — the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and the Skilled Trades Stream — have also been active this summer.

Since June, Ontario has held 11 invitations rounds through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, issuing a total of 323 NOIs in the process.

In order to qualify for Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, candidates must be eligible for either the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class and have a Canadian Language Benchmark of at least 7 in French and 6 in English, among other criteria.

In that same period, Ontario held two invitation rounds through the Skilled Trades Stream that saw a total of 279 NOIs issued.

The Skilled Trades Stream is for skilled trades workers with a valid Express Entry profile who are eligible for the Canadian Experience Class and have work experience in an eligible skilled trade.

There is no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for either the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream or the Skilled Trades Stream.

Manitoba, PEI, New Brunswick and BC Express Entry

Express Entry-linked PNPs in the provinces of Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia have also issued invitations this summer.

Manitoba’s Express Entry Pathway held three draws in June and July — on June 22, July 6 and July 9 — and issued a total of 448 Letters of Advice to Apply to candidates with scores as low 519 under its unique points grid.

This EOI-based pathway is open to candidates who meet the pathway’s eligibility criteria and have experience in one of the province’s in-demand occupations.

Prince Edward Island’s EOI-based Express Entry Stream has issued invitations three times so far this summer, on June 21, July 19 and August 16. Its Office of Immigration did not provide a breakdown of how many Express Entry EOI candidates were invited in each round.

On Canada’s West Coast, British Columbia continued its habit of weekly invitations to Express Entry candidates.

Candidates in its Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC: International Graduate was targeted through weekly draws in June, July and August.

BC did not say how many Express Entry candidates were invited in each draw, but scores ranged from 87 to 96 under the Skills Immigration Registration System’s points grid.

Alberta Express Entry announced

Though it technically happened before summer’s official arrival, Alberta announced the long-awaited arrival of its Express Entry Stream on June 14 along with its new Alberta Opportunity Stream.

“Candidates who have demonstrated strong ties to Alberta and who can help support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities will be invited to apply,” the AINP said in its announcement of its Express Entry Stream.

Qualified candidates with profiles in the Express Entry pool will be selected directly by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

Express Entry candidates can only apply after being invited by the AINP.

Like all Express Entry-linked streams, the first step toward pursuing this new Alberta stream is to enter the Express Entry pool.

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Why Toronto? The story behind Canada’s most Popular Immigrant Destination

Why Toronto? The story behind Canada’s most Popular Immigrant Destination

Why Toronto? The story behind Canada’s most Popular Immigrant Destination

Why Toronto? The story behind Canada’s most Popular Immigrant Destination

By and far, the city of Toronto is Canada’s most popular destination for new immigrants. But why? The city’s bustling economy, vibrant culture, and diverse population make all the difference in making the city attractive to newcomers!

Toronto: The Most Popular Destination for Immigrants

Looking at the numbers, Toronto is staggeringly popular among immigrants, moreso than any other city in Canada. Located in the province of Ontario, the city of Toronto is in the geographic center of Canada, a relatively short drive to the national capital of Ottawa, the French-Canadian hub of Montreal, and the border to the United States.

In 2017, more than 2 out of 3 new Express Entry immigrants flocked to the province of Ontario, with the majority hoping to settle in Toronto. The city’s immigrant population has been growing steadily over the past several decades, now with immigrants making up nearly half of the total population and with more than half of the population identifying as a member of a visible minority community.

For those looking for a welcoming environment for newcomers within the bustling metropolis of Canada’s largest city, Toronto offers an unparalleled living situation!

Why do so many people choose Toronto?

There are many reasons why people choose to live in Toronto. However, when asked about it, most Torontonians will mention some or all of the following:

Employment: Toronto has one of the strongest economies in the country. There are many job opportunities across a range of industries. Most recently, Toronto has been ranked as one of the leading tech-jobs markets in North America, making it an extremely attractive destination for those working in computer programming, software engineering, and database management positions.

Culture: The city is well-known for its vibrant cultural offerings. The city has exquisite cuisines from around the world, incredible cultural neighborhoods, like Chinatown and Little Italy, and some amazing artistic companies and festivals. Every year the city hosts the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the most well-known film festivals in the world, and plays home to the prestigious Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and the renowned National Ballet of Canada.

Diversity: According to the 2016 census, immigrants made up a staggering 49% of the city’s population. While this number may seem high, it makes sense when considering the many different cultures, neighborhoods, and activities offered by the city. Toronto has always celebrated its range of population, touting diversity as strength, even being named the most diverse city in the world by BBC Radio in 2016.

Access to Services: Toronto has a robust public transit system, allowing its residents to travel quickly and easily throughout the city using subways, busses, streetcars, and GoTrains. As well, as with every city in Canada, citizens and permanent residents have access to universal health care and social services. This means that residents can access the many hospitals and community services which promote their health and well-being.

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