Federal minister wants to more than double immigration for Newfoundland

The federal minister wants to more than double immigration target for Newfoundland and Labrador

The federal minister wants to more than double immigration target for Newfoundland and Labrador

The federal minister wants to more than double immigration target for Newfoundland and Labrador

The federal minister wants to more than double immigration target for Newfoundland and Labrador

‘We are ready to make this happen,’ Seamus O’Regan says of a plan to bring in at least 4,000 newcomers a year

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador could more than double its immigration target if federal cabinet minister Seamus O’Regan has his way.

O’Regan, who serves as Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Member of Parliament for a riding in Newfoundland’s capital city St. John’s, says he has buy-in from Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, to increase the province’s current immigration target of 1,700 newcomers by 2022 to at least 4,000.

“I was just on the phone with my friend, Somali refugee-turned-Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, and we are ready to make this happen,” O’Regan told a meeting of the St. John’s Board of Trade this week.

Given the combination of outmigration and a population that is aging “at an incredible rate,” O’Regan said 4,000 new immigrants is the baseline for keeping the social effects of Newfoundland and Labrador’s shrinking tax base from getting worse.

“We need a minimum of 4,000 new immigrants a year in this province just to maintain the status quo,” O’Regan said. “But I’m not interested in maintaining the status quo. I’m interested in growing this economy. I’m interested in more jobs, in higher profits, in increased prosperity — and that means more immigrants. A lot more.”

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador projects that by 2025, the province will experience a 10 percent decline in its working-age population, resulting in 35,000 fewer people in the provincial labour market.

The province has been welcoming a steadily increasing number of newcomers in recent years, increasing from a total of 546 in 2007 to 1,122 in 2015.

O’Regan said he plans to assemble representatives of labour, business and government in Newfoundland and Labrador to look at ways they can make the increase he is proposing a reality.

“I believe that doom is not inevitable and that there exists the opportunity for our province to succeed and to thrive, but we’ve got to take bold action and we’ve got to strike out in new directions,” he said.

‘A cord of wood, a cup of sugar for the new neighbor down the way’

The Veterans Affairs minister said he believes the people of Newfoundland and Labrador would open their doors to newcomers.

“Once people come here, they are welcomed into our communities, they are welcomed into our homes, and they are often welcomed into our hearts,” he said.

O’Regan took pride in a recent Canadian survey of immigrants that ranked St. John’s among the most open and welcoming cities in the country.

“We always have a cord of wood or a cup of sugar for the new neighbour down the way, and that is worth fighting for,” he said.

He pointed to his own experience as a gay man who married his partner in St. John’s and found nothing but acceptance from the local residents. He also pointed to his grandfather’s experience as a refugee who fled civil war in Ireland and was welcomed in Newfoundland.

“No one was interested in taking in an Irishman, nothing but trouble, but the Dominion of Newfoundland did — and I’d like to think it worked out pretty well for my family and me.”

O’Regan said Newfoundlanders have everything to gain from a new wave of immigration to the province.

“They don’t take our jobs, they create them,” he said. “Immigrants send more of their children to college and university; they use less social services than we do. And they are far more likely to start their own businesses and create jobs than we are.”

He highlighted the case of HeyOrca, a local social media planning business founded by international students who graduated from Memorial University in St. John’s.

“They hired 30 people over the last two years and 90 percent of their market is in the U.S.,” O’Regan noted. “I want more. I want them all over the province.”

“This is the time for boldness, for seizing opportunities that present themselves on the global stage.”

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New Manitoba draw invites 638 candidates to apply for provincial nomination

New Manitoba draw invites 638 candidates to apply for provincial nomination

New Manitoba draw invites 638 candidates to apply for provincial nomination

New Manitoba draw invites 638 candidates to apply for provincial nomination

New Manitoba draw invites 638 candidates to apply for provincial nomination

253 Express Entry candidates among those invited

Manitoba has issued 638 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in a new draw conducted March 13. Of that total, 253 invitations went to candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.

Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) said it issued 253 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to Express Entry candidates who have a job seeker validation code and at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on the MPNP’s In-Demand Occupations List.

The lowest-ranked Express Entry candidate invited had a ranking score under Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system of 545. This score is a decrease of 15 points over the previous draw through the MPNP’s new Express Entry sub-stream, and 20 points lower than the sub-stream’s inaugural draw on January 11.

A total of 184 candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream were also issued LAAs, with the lowest-ranked candidate having an EOI ranking score of 545.

A further 144 candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream were issued LAAs. The lowest-ranked candidate in this group had an EOI ranking score of 590.

These candidates had to have the following:

A close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;

Declared a regional destination;

At least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; and

A minimum language proficiency of CLB 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).

Another 57 LAAs were issued under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative through the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, with the lowest-ranked candidate having a score 703.

Strategic Recruitment Initiatives include:

Recruitment missions. These overseas employment/immigration fairs involve MPNP representatives interviewing foreign skilled workers and subsequently inviting them to apply after they have made a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP.

Exploratory visits. The MPNP may invite people who have undertaken a pre-approved Exploratory Visit and passed an interview with a program official.

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Top Australian Universities for 2018 based on Graduate Employability

Top 10 Australian Universities – 2018

Top Australian Universities for 2018 based on Graduate employability

Top Australian Universities for 2018 based on Graduate employability

Below are the Top 10 Australian Universities for 2018 based on graduate employability.

The University of Sydney

This university retains its top position as the highest ranked in Australia for graduate employability even in 2018. It is active in hosting workshops, employer information sessions, and career fairs assisting students and employers to network with each other.

The University of Melbourne

Boasting of 4 Prime Ministers of Australia as its alumni, this university is the second-ranked in 2018 for graduate employability in Australia. The start-up accelerator launched by the University of Melbourne is named 8th best globally, as quoted by the Top Universities.

The University of New South Wales

5 Stars were recently awarded to the UNSW in the Good Universities Guide for ‘Getting a Job’. It was also found that 76% of this university’s undergraduates found a job within 4 months of graduating.

The University of Queensland

UQ offers its students a cost-free online course in employability and has a rate of graduate employability higher than the national average. It also has diverse other initiatives for optimum success of students.

University of Technology, Sydney

76% of the UTS graduates who are Australian-residents get a job within 3 months of completion of their studies as per the latest report. The average salary is 53, 130 $. It runs a range of events and career fairs for students.

Monash University

It features in the Global Top 50 for Employer Reputation that reflects its fame as one of the prestigious Australian Universities. Monash University has diverse career seminars, events, and industry panels.

Australian National University

88% of the graduates of ANU get a job within 4 months of completion of their studies. This has been revealed by the Graduate Destination Report. It offers several opportunities for volunteering.

RMIT University

This university offers support to its entrepreneurial students with its RMIT Activator. It is a customized interactive program that offers the opportunity to create ideas, launch start-ups, and access collaborative workspaces.

Queensland University of Technology

Having a global outlook, QUT describes itself a ‘University for the Real World’. It actively promotes connections between students and employers through Work Integrated Learning and career fairs.

Macquarie University

89% of the graduates of this university obtained a full-time job within 12 months of completing their studies. Macquarie University offers the chance to its students to obtain practical exposure to industry within their degree through its unique PACE Program.

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