Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issues new invitations to express Entry

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issues new invitations to express Entry candidates

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issues new invitations to express Entry candidates

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issues new invitations to express Entry candidates

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issues new invitations to express Entry candidates

Second selection round this week for Ontario’s popular Express Entry-aligned immigration stream

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream has issued 380 new invitations to apply for provincial nomination to immigration candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.

This is the second announcement this week of new Notifications of Interests, or NOIs, issued through the Human Capital Priorities Stream, which allows Ontario to search the federal Express Entry pool for eligible immigration candidates.

Express Entry candidates who receive an NOI can apply for a provincial nomination by Ontario. If successful, they get an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, putting an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence well within reach.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said the NOIs issued in the latest round went to candidates with CRS scores between 433 and 444 and who submitted their profiles to the Express Entry pool between January 1 and January 25, 2018.

The minimum CRS score in this latest round, 433, was seven points lower than the minimum CRS score in the NOI round that took place January 23, in which 340 invitations were issued.

In order to be eligible for Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, Express Entry candidates must have a CRS score of at least 400 points, among other eligibility criteria.

The latest Ontario draw follows an Express Entry round of invitations that took place an January 24 in which 2,750 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 444 were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

The Human Capital Priorities Stream was one of the OINP’s most active in 2017, opening on numerous occasions over the course of the year. The OINP said it will continue to issue NOIs on a regular basis.

“It’s exciting to see such a busy week in the province of Ontario. In two rounds, we’ve seen more than 700 Express Entry candidates receive NOIs and a CRS minimum that dropped by seven points,” said Attorney David Cohen, senior partner with the Canadian immigration law firm Campbell, Cohen. “Added to that is the level of detail that Ontario is now providing about its invitation rounds. All in all, it’s been an important week for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program and its Human Capital Priorities Stream.”

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New Zealand increases Minimum wages to $16.50 per hour

New Zealand increases Minimum wages to $16.50 per hour

New Zealand increases Minimum wages to $16.50 per hour

New Zealand increases Minimum wages to $16.50 per hour

The Government will increase the minimum wage by 75 cents to $16.50 per hour on 1 April 2018, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced today.

“The Government is committed to a high-performing economy that delivers good jobs, decent work conditions and fair wages,” says Mr. Lees-Galloway.

“The increase to $16.50 per hour will benefit approximately 164,000 workers and their families and will increase wages throughout the economy by $129 million per year.

“Raising the minimum wage to $16.50 this year was one of the Government’s top priorities for the first 100 days, and we are committed to increasing the minimum wage to $20 by 2021.

“I’m delighted that in time for Christmas 164,000 Kiwi workers at the lowest pay grade can look forward to a lift in their conditions from 1 April 2018.

“It is important that we achieve this goal in a fiscally responsible way, which is why we are signaling to employers in advance of our plans to incrementally raise the minimum wage and spread the increases as evenly as possible each year.

“We will continue to review the minimum wage each year, and economic conditions will be taken into account when setting the new rate of the minimum wage. This consistency gives employers and employees certainty, and minimises potential negative effects of increasing the minimum wage too sharply.

“These changes are a part of this Government’s wider workplace relations policy platform, which is about backing fair pay and conditions, and ensuring those on lower incomes get to share in our economic prosperity.

“To that end, within the first 12 months of this Government’s term we will abolish starting-out rates and considers changes to the training wage. In the meantime, these rates will continue to be at 80 percent of the minimum wage, increasing to $13.20 per hour,” says Mr. Lees-Galloway.

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Study Masters Degrees in New Zealand 2018

Study Masters Degrees in New Zealand 2018

Study Masters Degrees in New Zealand 2018

Study Masters Degrees in New Zealand 2018

Master of Global Management & Master of Global Marketing

About New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country’s geography comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand has a modern, prosperous and developed market economy. It was ranked 13th in the 2016 Human Development Index, and according to the 2012 Environmental Performance Index, New Zealand is considered a strong performer in environmental protection.


During most of the year, the climate here is mild. The annual temperature range is about 50 degrees F up to 61 degrees F. Temperatures can range, though, based on which location of the island you are living in. The western coast is very wet. The Central Otago region is a semi-arid climate. There are areas of rainforest here as well as mountain tops with very cold temperatures.


New Zealanders love their outdoors. You will find that this is the place to visit if you are after mountain climbing or skiing. However, the area also has a strong cultural component that includes the early traditions of the Maori culture. Much of the country remains remote and many people live in these areas. In modern cities, though, you will find every comfort you may be accustomed to enjoying.

Cost of Living

Living in New Zealand is much like living in Australia. The country’s cost of living in Auckland is similar to what you will find in London, Sydney, or New York. Imported items do cost significantly more.

Higher Education in New Zealand

Once a student completes his or her basic education, the individual can enter into one of the government-owned tertiary institutions. This includes universities, colleges of education, specialist colleges, and polytechnics. There are also private training institutions available to students. About 14 percent of the country’s adult population has a bachelor’s degree, while at least 30 percent of New Zealand’s population holds a secondary qualification of some kind. When compared to other countries in the world, New Zealand’s educational system, including its universities and colleges of special education, are excellent. As rated by the Program for International Student Assessment, the country ranks number seven as best in the world. The country is known for its high schools in areas of mathematics, science, and reading. New Zealand has eight total universities, all of which rank highly in QS World University Rankings.

There are plenty of reasons to study in New Zealand, including its diverse culture, modern, vibrant cities, and the ecological features found here. There is always something to do here, whether it is exploring the outdoors or exploring the culturally important entertainment.

Students attend school from March to November each year. However, it may be possible to enter into other programs mid-way through the year. Most schools operate on semester schedules, though some use trimesters or quarters as well. To enroll as an international student, individuals must first have a recognized level of education now. That is an English proficiency and qualifying secondary education from their home country. Students must also apply directly to each of the universities he or she wishes to be considered for. The deadlines, fees, and requirements range widely for each of the schools.

In terms of costs, only New Zealand citizens are given free education and most higher education requires payment by citizens as well. The cost of attending school in New Zealand depends on the university selected. Tuition information is provided to the student from the school, but it may include accommodations for the student as well.

Obtaining a Student Visa in New Zealand

In order to live in New Zealand for full-time education, the student must obtain a visa. If you plan to be in the country for less than three months, this is not necessary. A traditional visitor visa is enough at that level. Beyond this, though, students must meet specific requirements to qualify for a student visa. This includes having approval from one of the country’s recognized schools, having funds to cover living expenses, including a flight to your home country, medical certificates if you plan to be in the area for over 12 months, and, for those over the age of 18, a letter showing that accommodations have been arranged.

Health Insurance

Students who plan to enroll in one of the universities must have supplied health insurance for him or herself. Students will need to purchase health insurance through an approved New Zealand-based provider. It is not provided by the school. However, to obtain a student visa to study in the country, students will need to show proof of health insurance. It is not free in this country.

Why Study in New Zealand?

The educational system in New Zealand is exceptional. Foreign travelers are welcomed. The vibrant life here, as well as the outstanding, modern amenities make it an ideal place to learn and grow. Though the area has plenty of educational opportunities to offer, there is a lot to learn just from the sheer love of life that many locals have here.

Global thinking in a connected world

Get a foot-hold in the business world with this intensive, professionally focused postgraduate programme offered by Victoria Business School, Wellington. Choose from the Master of Global Management (MGMgmt) or the Master of Global Marketing (MGMktg).

Build on your undergraduate degree and gain valuable skills in management, marketing and business. The 180-point Master’s programmes are course-based and include an industry placement where you’ll gain real-world experience and valuable networking opportunities.

You can join the Masters in Global Management and Marketing programmes from a background in any field, and with any degree.

Become one of the next generation of business leaders who can anchor business strategy in a global context and use this as a vehicle for growth.

Broad skills

Gain a broad foundation in modern business and explore how global connectivity impacts and influences the way business is done. You’ll find out how companies successfully compete in the global business environment, and examine modern management theory and practice and marketing strategy. Graduates will be able to find solutions to problems at a global strategic level.

Real-world connections

Take advantage of the University’s connections in the business world and hear from guest lecturers who are industry professionals. You’ll also complete a consulting project with a real company or organisation.

Master of Global Management

  • Starts: 20 Nov 2017, 19 Nov 2018, 11 Nov 2019
  • Type: Coursework and some research
  • Location: On campus (Pipitea, Wellington)
  • Complete: 180 points (11courses)
  • Entry: Bachelor’s degree with at least a B- average

Master of Global Marketing

  • Starts: 20 Nov 2017, 19 Nov 2018, 11 Nov 2019
  • Type: Coursework and some research
  • Location: On campus (Pipitea, Wellington)
  • Complete: 180 points (11courses)
  • Entry: Bachelor’s degree with at least a B- average


Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. You’ll have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars.


Graduate with the skills you need to work in a management or marketing role in medium or large organisations, in New Zealand or overseas.

This qualification paves the way for careers in global logistics, international business development, import/export management and international brand management.

You could also continue your studies with a research-based Master’s degree or possibly a Ph.D.

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