Job vacancies rose in every Canadian province in 3rd quarter of 2018

Job vacancies rose in every Canadian province in 3rd quarter of 2018
Job vacancies rose in every Canadian province in 3rd quarter of 2018

Job vacancies rose in every Canadian province in 3rd quarter of 2018

Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia reported the largest year-over-year increases

Job vacancies increased in every Canadian province in the third quarter of 2018, according to a new report by Statistics Canada.

Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia reported the largest year-over-year increases during the three-month period spanning July 1 to September 30, 2018.

Statistics Canada said there were 550,000 job vacancies in Canada during the quarter, which was an increase of 83,000 over the same period in 2017.

“This was the eighth consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase in both the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate,” the agency said of 2018’s third quarter.

Job openings rose by 31,020 in Quebec, an increase of 35.5 percent over the third quarter of 2017. Close to half of these job openings were in the health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services and manufacturing sectors.

Statistics Canada said the job vacancy rate in Quebec rose by 0.7 percentage points to 3.2 percent during the quarter — the second largest provincial increase after Prince Edward Island.

“After having one of the lowest job vacancy rates among the provinces from 2015 to the first half of 2017, higher demand for labour in Quebec helped push its rate closer to the national average (3.3%),” Statistics Canada reported.

Of the 10 Canadian economic regions with the highest job vacancy growth rates, seven were in Quebec. The province’s Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec economic region led the top 10 with a year-over-year increase of 64.2 percent.

Quebec’s Immigration Ministry introduced changes last year to its Regular Skilled Worker Program that could help the province identify and prioritize immigration candidates with work experience that is needed in regions like Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec as well as others facing labour shortages.

Job vacancies in Ontario increased by 22,465, or 12.2 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2017. Ontario’s health care and social services sector posted the greatest increase in job vacancies during the quarter.

British Columbia saw job vacancies increase by 17,950, or 19.4 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2017, led by its construction sector.

Alberta reported 5,100 more job vacancies in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the year before, an increase of 9.5 percent. The province’s health care and social assistance sector led with an increase of 2,000 job openings over the third quarter of 2017.

The Atlantic Canada province of New Brunswick rounded out the top five with a third-quarter increase of 2,140 job vacancies compared to the year before.

Provincial Nominee Programs help fill the gaps

Helping fill these vacancies is a key function of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which allows participating provinces and territories to nominate skilled foreign workers for permanent residence.

Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick are among the nine Canadian provinces and two territories with immigration streams that are linked to Canada’s PNP.

Quebec does not participate in Canada’s PNP, but instead has a separate arrangement with the Government of Canada that allows it to select foreign workers for immigration to the province.

“Canada’s PNP is gaining in stature every year, and these latest statistics are part of the reason why,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

“Canadian employers need workers, and Canada’s PNP streams help them fill those gaps.”

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The 5 Best Countries to Live and Work Abroad

The 5 Best Countries to Live and Work Abroad
The 5 Best Countries to Live and Work Abroad

The 5 Best Countries to Live and Work Abroad

Digital nomadism is no longer just a fad. Now, more than ever, significant numbers of people in their 20s, 30s, and even 40s are simultaneously traveling and working abroad or remotely. Every year, as part of its annual Expat Explorer initiative, HSBC bank polls more than 22,000 avid travelers to uncover their picks for the best places to do just that. Whether you need to make a radical change in your solo life or are looking to expatriate the entire family, here are the survey’s top five destinations for living and working abroad.


In the latest survey, Singapore remained in the top slot. It scored high marks in three of the most important categories: third in economics, fifth for families, and sixth in subjective experience. Reported earnings increased among a plurality of those surveyed. However, as with many Asian countries, working more than five days per week is typical which often results in a worse work-life balance. Social integration can be a problem for foreign travelers. Here, Singapore also ranks high with more than two-thirds noting they felt “settled-in” in less than a year and a full 95 percent confirming that locals were an essential part of their social circle.


Like Iceland and Australia, New Zealand is a popular bucket-list destination among many travelers. It’s clean, beautiful, rugged, and locals are notoriously among the friendliest in the world. For all these reasons, the country again ranks in the survey’s No. 2 spot. Many expats consider improving their overall quality of life an important part of their decision on where to move. Those who do move to New Zealand confirm a much better quality of life, and more than half claim the country’s myriad adventure opportunities encouraged them to lead more active lives.

Many of the same reasons that young travelers love New Zealand also apply to Germany. The country is clean, offers a wealth of outdoor opportunities, and it’s among the most stable economies in the world. We’re pretty sure the beer scene isn’t too bad either. With an average of just 26 hours per week, it boasts one of the lowest numbers of average work hours in the world. More than 70 percent of survey respondents confirmed a much better work-life balance after moving there.

For many Americans, Canada has long offered a magnetic charm and simplicity (poutine is no doubt a large part of that draw). It turns out expats around the world agree which is why Canada remains in the survey’s No. 4 slot. The country is actively luring travelers to expatriate to the country — a full one million of them by 2020. Locals are known for their hospitality and graciousness which is perhaps why 70 percent of survey respondents said it was easy to make friends and build their social circle. More than half spend the majority of their free time with locals. Nearly 70 percent confirm that Canada is among the most liberal and welcoming countries for people of all races, colors, and creeds.


Bahrain is the only newcomer to the survey’s elite top five. The tiny archipelago in the Arabian Gulf might be small and impossible for most Westerners to locate on a map, but it’s actually one of the most modern and stable financial centers in the world. HSBC claims that it’s overtaken Hong Kong as a powerhouse of industry, banking, and tourism. For digital nomads, it’s worth noting the population is young, mostly English-speaking, and incredibly friendly. Nearly half its residents are immigrants so, should you decide to expatriate there, you certainly won’t be alone.

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Austria Visitor Visa Application, How to apply? And Where to apply?

Austria Visitor Visa Application, How to apply? And Where to apply?
Austria Visitor Visa Application, How to apply? And Where to apply?

Austria Visitor Visa Application, How to apply? And Where to apply?

Austria Visa Application Requirements

The German-speaking country of Austria has an area of 83,871km2 in the old continent of Europe. It is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita GDP terms, and amongst the most powerful economies in the European Union.

Located at the center of European traffic between east and west along the Danubian trade route and between north and south through the Alpine passes, the country remains a top tourism attraction in Europe.

Foreign travelers can apply for the Austrian Schengen Visa since 1997 when Austria as an EU Member State also became a member state of the Schengen Area. In 2017 alone, 304,556 short-term visa applications were filed at the Austrian embassies/consulates around the world. It is estimated that 38.6 million tourists, including EU nationals, visited the country in the same year.

Austria Entry Requirements

Non-EU nationals, when showing up at the Austrian port of entry, will have to present some travel and identification documents to the Austrian border officer. These documents are as follows:

  • A valid passport or travel document. Issued in the last 10 years and it should be valid for at least 3 months after your date of departure.
  • A visa – if you are subject to Austrian visa regime.

Please note that the Austrian border officer holds the final decision whether you should be permitted to enter Austria or not. The border official will check your documents and may ask you a few questions about your trip to Austria like:

  1. What is your purpose of visiting Austria?
  2. How long do you intend to stay in Austria?
  3. Where are you going to stay in Austria? Etc.

And if everything looks okay, you will be allowed to enter Austria, and thus the Schengen Area.

Please, make sure that the Austrian border officer stamps your passport when you enter the Schengen area. Without a stamp, you could be fined or detained from Austria.

Who Needs a Schengen Visa to Enter Austria?

Due to the common visa rules of the Schengen zone, part of which Austria is, the following will need to obtain a visa when traveling to Austria for short-stays:

Nationals of third-world countries that have not reached a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen states

Nationals of third-world countries that have reached a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen states, but were rejected from entering Austria or any other Schengen country.

What Type of Visa Do I Need to Enter Austria?

If you are planning to visit Austria for a short stay trip (up to 90 days), then you have to apply for a Schengen short stay visa to Austria, known also as a C-type visa.

Depending on your purpose of entry to Austria, you can get one of the following Schengen visa types for Austria:

Austrian Airport Visa – for those who need to transit through one of the Austrian airports, to reach their travel destination country, outside the Schengen Area.

Austrian Tourist Visa – for those wishing to visit Austria for holidays or sightseeing.

Austrian Visitor Visa – for travelers who want to visit friends or family members residing in Austria.

Austrian Business Visa – for business people who need to attend business-related activities in Austria.

Austrian Visa for Official Visit – for Official Delegations coming to Austria on an official trip.

Austrian Medical Visa – for people seeking medical treatment in Austria.

Austrian Study Visa – for students that wish to attend a course for up to three months at an educational institution in Austria.

Austrian Visa for Cultural, Sports and Film Crews – for people wishing to attend an activity in Austria that belongs this nature.

How to Apply for an Austrian Short-Stay Visa?

In order to complete the application process to obtain a short-stay visa to Austria, you must follow these steps:

  1. Find out where you need to apply for a visa to Austria.
  2. Choose the right Austrian visa type. Based on the purpose of your travel to Austria, choose the right visa type to apply for.
  3. Collect the required documents for a visa to Austria.  Make sure you collect the right documents for the type of Austrian visa you are applying for and they all comply with the criteria as defined by the Austrian embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
  4. Make a visa appointment with the Austrian Embassy/Consulate or a visa application center in your country of residence.
  5. Attend the visa interview at the appropriate Austrian Embassy/Consulate/VAC.

Where to Apply for an Austrian Short-Stay Visa?

You will have to apply for a short-stay visa to Austria at the Austrian body responsible for visa admission in your country of residence.  This could be one of the following:

  • The Austrian Embassy
  • An Austrian consulate
  • A Visa Application Center to which Austria has outsourced visa submission
  • The Embassy / Consulate of another Schengen country to which Austria has outsourced visa submission

Who Can Apply for a Schengen Visa at the Austrian Embassy / Consulate / VAC?

Since Austria is part of the visa-free travel area of Schengen, where you need to apply for a short-stay visa depends on a few factors.

You will need to apply at the Austrian embassy / consulate / VAC in your country of residence if:

Austria is the only country you will be visiting

You will visit more Schengen states, but Austria is your main destination, which means:

  • You will be spending more days in Austria, than in the other countries
  • You will be spending an equal amount of days in each country, but you will enter the Schengen Zone through Austria

Please keep in mind that to be eligible to apply for an Austrian short stay visa you must be:

  • A citizen of the country from where you are applying
  • A foreign citizen currently in a temporary residence permit in the country from where you are applying

You cannot apply for a short-stay Austrian visa from a country in which you are currently on a visa.

How Long Does It Take to Get an Austrian Visa?

The processing time for an Austrian Schengen visa may take up to 15 days, in a normal situation. In some cases, this period may be extended up to 30 due to the number of applications the embassy/consulate of Austria is receiving, or the uniqueness of your case.

Still, exceptional applications may take up to 60 days to be processed by the Austrian embassy/consulate. That is why you are highly recommended to apply for your Austrian short-stay visa as soon as you can, but no earlier than three months prior to your trip to Austria.

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