Proposed pilot would encourage immigration to Northern Ontario

Proposed pilot would encourage immigration to Northern Ontario

Proposed pilot would encourage immigration to Northern Ontario

Proposed pilot would encourage immigration to Northern Ontario

Northern Policy Institute says pilot would target up to 1,500 foreign workers per year

The Government of Ontario is being encouraged to create a new immigration pilot program that would address labour needs in its northern and rural regions.

Promoted by the Northern Policy Institute, an independent think tank dedicated to issues in Northern Ontario, the proposed Ontario Rural and Remote Pilot draws on existing immigration programs like the federal-provincial Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) and Manitoba’s Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative.

Charles Cirtwill, President and CEO of the Northern Policy Institute, says Ontario’s rural regions need a similar program to address persistent labour shortages and population decline.

With Ontario gearing up for a general provincial election in June, Cirtwill says the next weeks are important ones for the pilot proposal.

“The federal government and northern leaders on the federal side are thinking in the right direction and I think the provincial election is an opportunity to see if we can’t get the provincial leaders going in that same direction,” Cirtwill told CIC News.

Federal interest in the pilot

Cirtwill says the Government of Canada has already indicated its interest in working with partners in Northern Ontario on a program like the AIP, which pairs designated employers in Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces with suitable foreign workers or recent international graduates of universities in Canada’s Atlantic region.

Canada’s Industry, Innovation and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains have even made “explicit reference” to the Atlantic pilot as a model for increasing immigration levels to the region under the federal government’s new Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario, Cirtwill claims.

Like the AIP, the Ontario pilot would involve a separate nomination allotment from the federal government that would be over and above Ontario’s annual Provincial Nominee Program quota, which for 2018 is 6,600. Cirtwill said this could number around 1,000 to 1,500 newcomers each year for settlement in Northern Ontario over a five-year trial period.

If successful, the program could then be expanded to other rural and remote regions of Ontario.

Manitoba’s Morden Initiative

Manitoba’s Morden Initiative is also serving as inspiration for the Ontario pilot. Launched in 2012, the innovative program was designed to identify eligible foreign workers who meet labour needs in targeted occupations in the city of Morden, Manitoba. The program helped the local population grow by 11 percent between 2011 and 2016.

“By giving those communities the direct ability to market jobs to already vetted immigrant applicants, candidates with the skills and desire to do those jobs, Manitoba led the way in immigration attraction, settlement and retention,” Cirtwill says. “Ontario could be next.”

The creation of a rural-focused immigration stream for Ontario would help correct the current imbalance that sees the vast majority of immigrants coming into the province settle in and around Toronto. A total of 356,930 immigrants settled in Toronto between 2001 and 2016, Cirtwill notes, compared to 695 in Thunder Bay and 1,000 in Sudbury during that same time period.

“If you look at rural and remote regions of Ontario — whether that’s Northern Ontario or Southwestern Ontario or Eastern Ontario — the simple fact is that immigration attraction and settlement is really well below national averages and in need of significant encouragement and assistance,” he says.

“Do I expect it to happen tomorrow? No,” he adds. “Did it need to happen yesterday? Absolutely.”

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program did not respond when contacted by CIC News for comment.

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How to increase your CRS score for Canada Immigration

How to Increase your CRS Score?

How to Increase your CRS Score?

How to Increase your CRS Score?

There are various ways you can increase your CRS Score. Am not sure which way you will feel better but below are some of the main factors which can help you in order to Increase your CRS Score as well as your FSWP points so that you can qualify for Canada Express Entry Programme.

  1. Your Education.
  2. Your Work Experience.
  3. Your IELTS.
  4. Your NOC.
  5. Your Age
  6. Your Spouse Details.

Your Education: If you have done your Education and have a Masters Degree you will be acquiring highest points. Most of the applicant who apply for Canada Express Entry are from Bachelors Degree. No Matter if you are having a bachelors degree you can still maintain your points by having high work experience instead of wasting your money and time by doing Masters.

Your Work Experience: This is the most important Part of Express Entry. If you need good CRS Score you have to increase the number of years of work experience. When you check your CRS Score in CIC Website, the maximum number of years they ask for is 3 years or more, except if you have worked there in Canada. As the number of Work Experience is increased your CRS Score also get an increase which increases the chance of getting ITA very soon.

Your IELTS: The required IELTS score for Canada PR is 7778 i.e. Listening: 8, Reading: 7, Writing: 7, Speaking: 7.Many candidates go one repeating the exam again and again so that they can acquire the required score but it gets very much difficult for them to do so. We can also say that the main reason for this is because they have left their studies long back and started working which breaks the link between their studies.

Candidates living in their hometown usually speak in their own language and after studies; they talk in the same language even in their working atmosphere which makes them difficult to bring the same tune which used to be before. Hence they struggle to overcome their English weakness and go on repeating the exam again. I would recommend them to please take some time, practice as much you can and don’t rush to give your exam. Be confident before to book your exam dates.

Your NOC: This is also one of the most important part. I have seen many a time that a candidate who has good IELTS score and good Work Experience doesn’t get selected or get nomination easily. Many a time it happens that even having low CRS score candidate get nomination very quickly while some are going on waiting in the pool with a high CRS score for their ITA since long.

This is because of their Low NOC Popularity. Yes the NOC Popularity I mean to say the NOC which are most in demand in Canada is getting nomination very quickly even if they have low CRS score. I would recommend you please check your NOC Code and check if your NOC is in demand or not. Check all PNP’s website individually and verifies it.

Your Age: Well the best time for applying for Canada Express Entry is before the age of 34.Try to apply before this age so that you can get good CRS score. After that, your score will gradually fall down every year you go by.

Your Spouse Details: Yes if you are married and would like to take your spouse with you? Your spouse can also help you in adding the points in CRS score by giving IELTS and doing WES. Spouse points will only help you in adding some points but won’t make much difference in the total CRS score. But going Canada is not so easy. Each and every point counts so I would recommend that spouse should also add his points using his IELTS and WES report.

This was my review of Canada Express Entry Tips

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Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream to accept 350 applications

Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream to accept 350 applications April 28

Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream to accept 350 applications April 28

Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream to accept 350 applications April 28

Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream operates on first-come, first-served basis

The province of Nova Scotia will reopen Category B of its popular Demand: Express Entry Stream to 350 applications tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Atlantic Daylight Time.

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream (NSDEE) only accepts applications from candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry pool. It operates on a first-come, first-served basis and typically reaches its intake limit quickly.

Eligible candidates who are interested in applying to the stream may benefit from being prepared in advance and ensuring they have all documentation up-to-date and ready to submit.

Applicants who are successfully nominated by the province of Nova Scotia receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, leaving them well positioned to receive an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Category B of the NSDEE is open to skilled workers with the required amount of work experience in one of Nova Scotia’s opportunity occupations, and who score at least 67 points on Nova Scotia’s unique points system, among other criteria. No job offer is required and there is no mandatory minimum CRS score.

It’s important to note that Nova Scotia recently made changes to its list of opportunity occupations that saw the number of occupations reduced from 16 to 11.

The occupations now on the list are:

Occupation NOC Code Skill Level
Financial Auditors and Accountants 1111 A
Other Financial Officers 1114 A
Professional Occupations in advertising, Marketing and Public Relations 1123 A
Administrative assistants 1241 B
Accounting and related clerks 1311 B
Civil Engineers 2131 A
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3012 A
Licensed practical nurses 3233 B
College and other vocational instructors 4021 A
Paralegal and related occupations 4211 B
Social and community service workers 4212 B

To apply under Category B, you must:

Have a profile registered in the federal Express Entry system.

Score 67 points or more on the stream’s six selection factors.

Have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in one of Nova Scotia’s target occupations.

Have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent.

Prove language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.

Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

The NSDEE’s Category A: Arranged Employment in Nova Scotia remains open. Applicants to this category must have an arranged job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from a Nova Scotia employer. The job offer must be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level O, A, or B occupation.

For full details on eligibility requirements and selection factors, see our dedicated Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry page.

The first step to pursuing either category under NSDEE is to submit a profile to the federal Express Entry pool.

“The announcement of this stream opening a day in advance is welcome news to eligible candidates who find themselves on the revised occupations list,” said Attorney David Cohen, senior partner at the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal. “This program has filled very quickly in the past, and even with a reduced occupation list, will likely fill quickly again when it opens tomorrow.”

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