Vision for proposed Northern Ontario immigration pilot outlined

The vision for proposed Northern Ontario immigration pilot outlined

The vision for proposed Northern Ontario immigration pilot outlined

The vision for proposed Northern Ontario immigration pilot outlined

The vision for proposed Northern Ontario immigration pilot outlined

Leading advocate of project says ‘middle-skilled’ labour is needed in Ontario’s northern regions

The head of one of the main organizations pushing for an immigration pilot for Ontario’s northern regions has provided new details of his vision for the program.

Charles Cirtwill, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Policy Institute, detailed a number of key issues that he said the pilot must address in a column published this week.

For one, Cirtwill said it is essential that the pilot reflect the fact labour needs in smaller, rural communities are typically different from those in urban centres.

“My colleagues at the Northern Policy Institute (NPI) have found that seven of the 10 jobs in demand in Northern Ontario, based on number of vacancies posted, were ‘middle-skilled’ jobs in National Occupational Classification codes C or D,” Cirtwill said.

Canada’s National Occupational Classification, or NOC, organizes more than 30,000 occupations according to skill level and skill type. Skill levels C and D include semi- and low-skilled occupations in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, and some clerical and assistant categories.

Cirtwill says the pilot must also recognize the fact that labour needs in Northern Ontario can vary from community to community — “some need truck drivers, others tourism staff, skilled trades or office support staff,” he wrote.

Accordingly, the pilot program should allow for a broad range of foreign labour while placing “a hard cap on any one specific job classification.”

‘1,500 new immigrants a year’

As to how many immigrants the proposed pilot should welcome on an annual basis, Cirtwill said the various regions that make up Northern Ontario need “at least 1,500 new immigrants a year to have a sustainable mix of working age population to dependents (under 19 and over 65).”

This target assumes full employment among current residents, including Northern Ontario’s Indigenous Peoples, he said.

Planners would also have to establish sub-targets to ensure that each region covered by the pilot receives its fair share of newcomers. This would ensure that Northern Ontario’s “Big Five” communities — North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Thunder Bay, and Sault Ste. Marie — aren’t the only beneficiaries of the pilot program, Cirtwill said.

Other key considerations are the project’s duration and the need for proper oversight and monitoring. A minimum of three to five years would allow for the collection of “sound data,” Cirtwill argued, adding that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) must prioritize “releasing better and more timely data.”

Cirtwill’s column follows meetings in August that brought together business and community leaders from Northern Ontario with Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen.

The Northern Policy Institute and others are hoping Hussen and IRCC will approve a pilot program for Ontario’s rural and remote regions along the lines of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which was introduced last year to fill skilled and semi-skilled labour shortages in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

At the time, Minister Hussen said his department is studying the possibility, but a better understanding of the region’s specific needs is required.

“Just like in Atlantic Canada, if we’re going to proceed with that, we want to have a program conceivably that is very much tailored to the local needs of the regions and also a program that is really designed by the stakeholders [in Northern Ontario], as opposed to the government in Ottawa,” Minister Hussen said..

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Quebec’s popular Immigrant Investor Program reopen from September 10

Quebec’s popular Immigrant Investor Program reopens September 10

Quebec’s popular Immigrant Investor Program reopen from September 10

Quebec’s popular Immigrant Investor Program reopen from September 10

Participants can obtain permanent residence through passive investment of $1.2 million

The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program will reopen September 10 for a total of 1,900 applications.

This typically popular program is the only provincial immigration stream that allows applicants to obtain permanent residence through a passive investment.

This means that candidates are only required to make an investment in Quebec for a five-year term, whereas many Canadian provinces have immigration streams for entrepreneurs that require candidates to actively run a business.

As a result, quotas for the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) generally fill quickly. A maximum of 1,235 applications will be accepted from China (including Hong Kong and Macau) during the intake period, which is scheduled to remain open until March 15, 2019.

Modified criteria

Next week’s opening will be the first since modifications to the program’s eligibility criteria took effect on August 2.

The main modifications include higher net asset and investment requirements, which have been raised to CAD $2 million and CAD $1.2 million, respectively.

The previous requirements were net assets of CAD $1.6 million and an investment of CAD $800,000.

The investment must be for a five-year term with a subsidiary of Investissement Quebec and the investment agreement must be made through a financial intermediary authorized to participate in the QIIP.

The investment of CAD $1.2 million is guaranteed by the Quebec government and will be returned in full after five years.

Other eligibility requirements include being over 18 years of age, having management experience, intending to settle in the province of Quebec and obtaining a passing score under Quebec’s points system.

To calculate your potential points under the QIIP scoring system, use the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) calculator.

Quebec’s two other business immigration programs, the Quebec Entrepreneur Program and the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program, opened August 15 to new applications.

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Largest Express Entry draw in 2018 issued 3900 invitations

Largest Express Entry draw in 2018 issued 3,900 invitations to apply

Largest Express Entry draw in 2018 issued 3900 invitations

Largest Express Entry draw in 2018 issued 3900 invitations

Largest Express Entry draw in 2018 issued 3900 invitations

CRS minimum score stays at 440 in September 5 draw

The Government of Canada held its largest Express Entry draw of 2018 on September 5, issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

This is the fourth all-program draw in 2018 with a minimum score of 440, which is the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score drawn in 2018 to date.

The tie-break date and time used in this draw was April 29, 2018, at 14:28:34 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 440, as well as those candidates with scores of 440 who submitted their profile before this specified date and time, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this invitation round.

The Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates in Canada’s three main federal economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates are ranked according to their CRS score and the highest-ranked candidates are issued an ITA through regular invitation rounds.

Today’s draw broke the trend of issuing 3,750 ITAs that was first established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on June 13 and characterized the six draws held since then.

Throughout 2018, IRCC has issued a set number of ITAs over a series of draws, and then raised the number of ITAs by increments of 250 or 500. Draw sizes began at 2,750 at the start of 2018 and have increased incrementally to the current size of 3,900 ITAs.

The regular pace of these larger draws since June 13 could be helping keep the CRS score at 440 and preventing it from going higher. Larger draw sizes, and more regular draws, can also have the effect of lowering CRS scores.

There are several ways for Express Entry candidates to improve their scores, including a provincial nomination that results in 600 additional CRS points. Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have been extremely active and innovative in 2018.

IRCC has now issued a total of 58,600 ITAs over 18 draws in 2018, which puts it slightly ahead of the 57,751 ITAs that were issued over the first 18 draws of 2017. However, IRCC had issued 63,777 ITAs in 2017 by this same point in September. This leaves IRCC 5,177 ITAs behind last year’s pace.

A total of 86,023 ITAs were issued in 2017. Given Canada’s increased admission targets for both 2018 and 2019, it remains possible that this year’s total could surpass the number of ITAs issued in 2017.

The following hypothetical examples illustrate candidates who would have obtained an ITA in today’s draw:

Dev is 36, has a Master’s degree, an advanced English language proficiency and has been working as a management consultant for six years. While Dev has never worked or studied in Canada, his CRS score of 443 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in today’s draw.

Ada is 34 and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Canada. Ada has been working in Canada as a graphic designer for two years.  Prior to studying in Canada, Ada worked as a retail supervisor for three years. Ada wrote her IELTS and scored a 6 in each category. Ada’s CRS score of 442 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA during the most recent Express Entry Draw.

Sai is 31, has a Bachelor’s degree, and has been working as a cook for five years. He wrote his IELTS and obtained an 8 in each category. While Sai has never worked or studied in Canada, he has a sister who is a permanent resident of Canada residing in Vancouver. His CRS of 442 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in the September 5 draw.

“We’ve been waiting to see if IRCC would increase the number of Express Entry candidates invited, given the increased admissions targets for both 2018 and 2019,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Cambell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

“Now that IRCC once again has increased the number of ITAs, we’ll see if it continues this trend throughout the fall.”

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