Government launches new plan

Canada’s New Affordability Plan Can Get You $500-Here is How

Recently, the government announced its Affordability Plan. The purpose of this plan is to reduce the impact on inflation. The feds are aiming to help Canadians to beat the rising costs. Also, the plan has various measures like childcare benefits, dental care as well as making housing affordable. 

“We know that Canadians are worried about inflation and that they’re asking what their government is going to do about it. That’s why we have a new Affordability Plan — $8.9 billion in new support this year — that is going to put more money in the pockets of Canadians at a time when they need it most.”

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland 

The federal government has decided to help Canadians who are struggling to pay their rent. So, you might receive a one-time payment from the feds this year. The government aims to make life more affordable in Canada. 

The feds have confirmed that each eligible low-income renter will get a one-time payment of $500 in 2022.  Around one million people in Canada might be eligible to receive this money. 

More details about the one-time payment are still to come out. However, the officials previously stated that the cost of support in 2022 and 2023 would be around $475 million.



Reasons Behind This Affordability Plan

Recently, most Canadians are struggling to buy a house in Canada. So, this is one of the many initiatives to help new and prospective home buyers in Canada. Some other measures include Tax-Free First Home Savings Account and a ban on foreign investment in housing.

The federal budget of 2022 has set out billions of dollars to make housing projects more affordable. Also, the fed government announced a $4billion Housing Accelerator Fund. This means that 100,000 new housing units would be created within the next five years. 

The plan is for people who are earning low income and are struggling to pay their rents. However, the specifics of the eligibility are yet to be announced. Also, the method of delivery for the payments is also going to be announced on a later date. 

Furthermore, the government has announced various other plans to help Canadians struggling with inflation. Moreover, the government has taken some other measures like—

  • Enhancing the Canada Workers Benefit.
  • Making early learning and child care affordable by reducing the cost of child care by an average of 50%.
  • Increasing the Old Age Security benefit by 10%
  • Proving dental care converges for lower-income Canadians. 
  • Lastly, indexing other benefits to inflation.

Thus, these are some of the steps that the government has taken to boost benefits in line with inflation. If you are live in Canada and are struggling with the costs, make sure you take advantage of all these benefits. 


  • Know Latest Average Weekly Earnings In Canada & All The Provinces

    On November 24, 2022 – Statistics Canada released September 2022 data for average weekly earnings in Canada and all provinces. Due to administrative steps that lead to the collection and compilation of data from our widely dispersed Canada, this data is typically delayed by two months.

    In September 2022, the number of employees receiving pay or benefits from their employer increased by 85,300 (+0.5%), according to the Survey of Employment, Payrolls, and Hours. Average weekly earnings in Canada is at $1,175.37, an increase of 3.5% year-on-year.

    Overall, the payroll employment were largest in Quebec (+39,100; +1.0%), Ontario (+15,300; +0.2%), British Columbia (+10,500; +0.4%) and Alberta (+10,400; +0.5%). The only province to see a decrease in payroll employment was Newfoundland and Labrador (-900; -0.4%).

    Overall, average weekly earnings increased by 3.5% year on year in September 2022, slightly higher than the 3.2% increase in August. Below are the province-wise and industry-wise weekly earnings as per Statistics Canada.

    Industry-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada (Including overtime) – September 2022

    IndustryAverage Weekly Earnings
    Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction2304.44
    Utilities1927.56
    Finance and insurance1724.12
    Professional, scientific and technical services1639.86
    Information and cultural industries1621.54
    Public administration1532.19
    Management of companies and enterprises1493.67
    Construction1456.61
    Forestry, logging and support1411.59
    Wholesale trade1399.45
    Manufacturing1248.50
    Transportation and warehousing1226.55
    Real estate and rental and leasing1204.10
    Sector aggregate1175.37
    Educational services1145.01
    Health care and social assistance1016.67
    Other services (excluding public administration)981.10
    Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services952.89
    Arts, entertainment and recreation729.04
    Retail trade704.73
    Accommodation and food services468.30


    Province-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

    GeographyWeekly Earnings Sep 2022Weekly Earnings Aug 2022
    Nunavut$1593.33$1559.50
    Northwest Territories$1560.30$1552.27
    Yukon$1334.02$1348.75
    Alberta$1266.05$1257.16
    Ontario$1206.70$1198.79
    British Columbia$1175.98$1170.23
    Newfoundland and Labrador$1159.31$1145.71
    Saskatchewan$1155.70$1143.55
    Quebec$1118.25$1120.40
    New Brunswick$1082.99$1066.62
    Manitoba$1066.67$1070.27
    Nova Scotia$1020.83$1027.02
    Prince Edward Island$985.73$975.54

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which Canadian province has the highest average weekly earnings?

    Nunavut has the highest weekly earnings at $1593.33 followed by Northwest Territories at $1560.30 and Yukon at $1334.02. However, these provinces have very low population being in the northern Canada.

    Alberta has the average weekly earnings of $1266.05 among the major Canadian provinces followed by Ontario at $1206.70 and British Columbia at $1175.98.

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Canada?

    Canada has the average weekly earnings of $1,175.37 as per latest data by Statistics Canada released on November 24, 2022.

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Ontario and British Columbia?

    Ontario has the average weekly earnings of $1206.70, while British Columbia has average weekly earnings at $1175.98

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Quebec?

    Quebec has an average weekly earnings of $1118.25

    Source: Statistics Canada


  • IRCC Increased Staff by 45%, But Processing Woes Continue

    In Canada’s immigration department, new data indicate a significant increase in hiring. However, the processing continues to be slow. The operational capacity of Canada’s immigration department, IRCC has increased by 45 per cent from pre-pandemic levels, according to never-before-published data.

    Canada has already received nearly as many applications for temporary and permanent residents as it did in 2019 before the pandemic in only eight months of 2022.

    After a two-year slowdown, the country’s immigration system is already operating 45 percent above capacity in 2019. As a result, the number of applications for permanent and temporary residents processed through the system is expected to surpass the 3.2 million recorded last year before the pandemic. 



    IRCC increased workforce, yet processing times continue to grow 

    Unprecedented data shows that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada now employs 8,104 front-line operations employees, up from 5,583 in March 2019, with the majority of the new employees hired since the start of 2022. This is true even if the number of employees on leave increased gradually from 559 in March 2019 to 733 in October.

    Additionally, the number of workers who continued to telework decreased from about 100 per cent at the start of the pandemic to 71.8 per cent last month.

    Richard Kurland, an immigration attorney and policy analyst, says more employees can process more files. As a result, it should lead to higher volumes of decisions when combined with the artificial intelligence decision-making system.

    “You are using the A.I. to do the strenuous labour. Now that the files that require human contact are on track and heading in the correct direction, you have more people to handle them.

    However, Immigration officials would prefer to see the following numbers in check, though:

    • Web forms have become the primary method for applicants to contact the department, increasing from 1.61 million in 2020 to 2.26 million in 2021 and 2.42 million as of September this year;
    • Another important inquiry tool is access-to-information requests, which increased from 98,042 before the pandemic to 204,549 in 2021 before falling to 122,016 so far this year;
    • By 2022, there will have been 963 lawsuits filed against the immigration department, up from just 112 in 2019. These lawsuits sought a court order compelling authorities to process files.

    Therefore, not all critics agree that the immigration system has stabilized.

    Lack of clarity for the reasons for processing delays 

    Vancouver immigration attorney Steven Meurrens questioned why there were still backlogs despite having 45 percent more employees processing applications. He says he is confused why processing times “keep getting worse” in multiple programs and certain visa offices.

    Further, he questioned if there are bugs with new technology or if certain visa postings have I.T. issues. Or other Technology-related concerns due to working from home. Unfortunately, since the department won’t reveal, it isn’t easy to deduce what’s happening from the statistics.

    According to Ravi Jain of the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association, the department’s increased staffing levels did not correspond to the enormous delay in how people were experiencing the online immigration system. He wants a royal commission to investigate the backlogs and delays in immigration.

    In my opinion, they weren’t really doing much, says Jain. But nevertheless, they cannot get away with this. Because it’s harming individuals in so many ways, it just seems “criminal” to me, said Jain.

    Through the main immigration programs, Canada had received more than 2.9 million new applications for permanent and temporary residents as of August 31. Those figures will undoubtedly raise the total above the 3.2 million files in 2019, with four months left in 2022.

    In comparison to the total of 3,225,130 (235,257 permanent and 2.99 million temporary residents) reported in 2019, immigration officers processed 2.25 million immigration petitions throughout the time period—207,590 permanent and 2.04 million temporary immigrants.

    Source: Toronto Star


  • Moving To Canada – Know Free Pre-Arrival Services For Job & Settlement

    Moving to Canada and starting a new life here can be very overwhelming. Most newcomers have a lot of concerns about settling in a new country. And it is quite understandable. However, if you are a newcomer to Canada, don’t worry the government has got you covered.

    The Canadian government funds a lot of settlement agencies to make the transition easier for newcomers. These agencies provide pre-arrival settlement services to help newcomers adapt to a new country. Pre-arrival services are programs offered online or in person. These programs are free and help newcomers to better understand life in Canada.

    Also, some services can help you find a job. They can help you get your education or work experience recognized in Canada. Moreover, some programs provide you with specific information regarding your profession. This could include language training or essential skills training. 


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    Listed below are the organizations and how they can help you settle in Canada

    Active Engagement and Integration Project

    This project offers in-person services in China, and also online services globally, such as:

    • general information about living in Canada
    • orientation to education, health care, housing, and transportation in Canada
    • needs assessment
    • referrals to community services.
    Planning for Canada

    The program offers in-person services in India and the Philippines and also online services globally, including:

    • general information about living in Canada
    • orientation to education, health care, housing, and transportation in Canada
    • needs assessment
    • referrals to community services.
    Next Stop Canada

    This organization offers online services globally, including:

    • general information about living in Canada
    • orientation to education, health care, housing, and transportation in Canada
    • needs assessment
    • referrals to community services
    • specialized programming for youth between 12 to 19 years old, such as connections to youth mentors.
    Connexions Francophones

    This program offers in-person services in Morocco and online services globally. Moreover, if you want to live in a Francophone community in Canada, they can help you with:

    • information and orientation
    • connections with Francophone local organizations
    • needs assessment
    • a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

    Organizations that help with career and job search

    Active Engagement and Integration Project (AEIP)

    This project offers online services globally. It helps you:

    • write your resume
    • prepare to work in Canada
    • get your credentials recognized
    • attend online job fairs to learn about potential employers.
    Canada InfoNet

    This organization offers online services globally to help you:

    • prepare for work
    • access employer-interactive webinars
    • access job matching platforms
    • find a mentor with experience in your sector
    • learn about Canadian workplace culture.
    Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA)

    This organization offers online services globally. They offer support such as:

    • online courses, including “Job Search Strategies” and “Working in Canada”
    • webinars
    • help for preparing to work in Canada.
    Connexions Francophones

    This program offers employment services to French-speaking newcomers wishing to settle in Francophone communities. Services include:

    • virtual job fairs in real-time with potential employers seeking French-speaking employees
    • how to prepare to work in Canada and also get your credentials recognized
    • webinars about mentoring, writing a resume, and Canadian workplace culture.
    BCCA Integrating Newcomers

    The British Columbia Construction Association Integrating Newcomers (BCCA-IN) program provides free one-on-one pre-arrival services to newcomers with a construction background. Services BCCA-IN offers are –  

    • skills assessment
    • job leads
    • accreditation advice
    • settlement services referrals.

    BCCA-IN supports architects, designers, project managers, estimators, engineers, tradespeople, and those in strategic business support groups

    BuildON

    This organization offers online services globally. If you plan on living in Ontario, BuildOn offers services that focus on:

    • construction
    • skilled trades
    • engineering.
    ACCES Employment: Canadian Employment Connections and Entrepreneurship Connections Pre-Arrival (CEC-ECP)

    This organization offers online services globally. They offer industry-specific job services, including one-on-one coaching, to help you:

    • prepare to look for jobs
    • prepare to work in Canada
    • learn about workplace culture.
    Global Onboarding of Talent Initiative (GO Talent)

    This initiative offers online services globally. They support newcomers from the information and technology sector to help you:

    • with sector-specific help
    • attend career events
    • find a job
    • get your credentials recognized.
    Integrating Newcomers

    This Canada-wide program offers pre-arrival employment support services to prepare newcomers for jobs in the construction industry, no matter what city, province, or territory you’re moving to.

    Professions supported include

    • tradespeople
    • engineers (in any discipline)
    • architects
    • technicians
    • technologists
    • Business support specialists.
    Pre-Arrival Supports and Services Program (PASS)

    This program helps nurses prepare to work in Canada’s healthcare field. PASS provides connections to sector-specific information including:

    • workplace practices in health care
    • mentoring with Canadian nurses
    • schools
    • the nursing registration process
    • regulatory bodies.

    Who is eligible?

    You can get these services, if:

    • Your permanent residence (PR) application has been approved.
    • You are currently living outside of Canada.
    • You have one of these documents:
      • letter saying you can get pre-arrival services
      • confirmation of permanent residence letter
      • a passport request letter that indicates permanent resident visa issuance
      • letter asking for your medical exam results
      • single-entry permanent resident visa
      • letter from us letting your know you can pick up your permanent resident visa

  • Canada Unemployment Rate Stays at 5.2% – New StatCan Report

    November 4- New Statistics Canada report shows that employment in October increased by 108,000 (+0.6%), recovering losses from May to September. However, the unemployment rate in October remained unchanged at 5.2 per cent. 

    Statistics Canada’s new report discusses the changes in employment activities in October 2022. Below, you can find the summary of these changes. 

    Summary of changes in employment activities 

    Overall, October saw an increase in employment by 108,000 (+0.6%), making up for the losses experienced from May to September 2022. In comparison, the unemployment rate in October stayed the same at 5.2 per cent. 

    The industries that experienced an increase in employment were manufacturing, construction, accommodation and food services. But, at the same time, it declined in wholesale and retail trade and natural resources.

    Moreover, since March 2022, the number of private-sector employees has increased for the first time. However, employees in the public sector and self-employed workers saw no change in employment.



    In addition, employment increased among men and women between the ages of 25 and 54 in October. On the other hand, men and women aged 15 to 24 and those aged 55 and up showed minimal change. 

    Generally, employment increased in six provinces, with the most significant increases in Ontario and Quebec. Regarding wages, employee hourly wage growth stayed above 5 per cent for the fifth consecutive month in October, increasing 5.6% (+$1.68 to $31.94) compared to October 2021. 

    Following a 0.6 per cent decrease in September, total hours worked increased by 0.7 per cent in October. However, the total hours worked increased by 2.2% compared to October 2021.

    About two-thirds of employees with wages more than $40.00 per hour had received a raise in the past year, compared to half (50.1%) of those with wages less than $20.00 per hour (population aged 15 to 69; not seasonally adjusted).

    Additionally, over one-third (35.3%) of Canadians aged 15 and older lived in homes that reported trouble meeting financial needs in October, up from one-fifth in October 2020. Lastly, more than 1.7 million Canadians had hybrid work arrangements in October for those aged 15 to 69.

    Industries with a significant change in employment 

    Employment in construction increased by 25,000 (+1.6%) in October, with increases in five provinces, including Quebec (+17,000; +5.9%) and British Columbia (+6,000; +2.5%). 

    Despite this growth, construction employment remained almost unchanged in October compared to March 2022, consistent with the latest GDP data showing slowing economic activity in the industry during a similar time.

    Moreover, employment in the manufacturing industry increased by 24,000 (+1.4%), offsetting the 28,000 (-1.6%) decrease recorded in September. British Columbia (+12,000; +6.9%) and Nova Scotia (+3,700; +11.6%) accounted for most of the increase. Manufacturing employment remained relatively unchanged on a year-over-year basis.

    Accommodation and food service employment increased by 18,000 (+1.7%) in October, the first growth in the industry since May. However, according to the most recent Job Vacancy and Wage Survey data, the industry had a more significant job vacancy rate in August than all other industries.

    Employment in professional, scientific, and technical services increased by 18,000 (+1.0%) in October, the third increase in six months. Since June 2020, the number of people working in the industry has been steadily increasing, and in October, it was 297,000 (+19.3%), higher than before the pandemic.

    Moreover, there was also employment growth in “other” services (+18,000; +2.4%) and public administration (+15,000; +1.3%) in October.

    In October, the number of individuals employed in wholesale and retail trade decreased by 20,000 (-0.7%). The industry’s employment last rose in May and was a little changed year over year in October. While retail sales grew 0.7% to $61.8 billion in August, advance estimates indicate that sales may fall 0.5% in September.

    After three months of minimal change, natural resource employment fell (-6,800; -2.0%) in October, nearly entirely attributable to a dip in Quebec (-6,100; -13.2%).

    Other employment trends for October 2022 

    In the last year, hybrid employment—the ability to work part-time from home and part-time from a location other than home—has emerged as a viable alternative for employers and employees. 

    In October, nearly one in ten (9.0%; 1,746,000) workers reported working both at home and elsewhere, up 0.4 percentage points from September and 5.4 percentage points from January 2022. 

    Also, in October, 15.8% of workers worked exclusively from home, an 8.5 percentage point decrease from the beginning of the year (population aged 15 to 69).

    The average hourly wages were 5.6% higher (+$1.68 to $31.94) than the previous year (not seasonally adjusted) in October. However, even though average wages have increased by more than 5% year on year in the last five months, they have not kept up with inflation, which was 6.9% in September, contributing to many Canadians’ concerns about affordability and the cost of living.

    The proportion of employees who received a raise after being with the same company for at least a year was among the lowest in agriculture (47.2%) and accommodation and food services (49.7%), two areas with average hourly wages below the national average. 

    In health care and social assistance (53.6%) and educational services (50.3%), where the majority of employees are unionized, the proportion of employees who received a rise was similarly relatively low.

    In contrast, the proportion of employees who had received a rise was among the greatest in manufacturing (67.7%), finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (68.2%), and professional, scientific and technical services (68.4%), three sectors where unionization is often low.

    Employment in Canada hit a record high in May, and during the summer, there were record numbers of job openings and record-low unemployment rates in the country’s labour market. 

    Consumer inflation in the headlines reached levels not seen in nearly 40 years during the late spring and summer months. In recent times, employment also fell or was flat for four months before increasing in October. 

    Source: Statistics Canada


  • Long Wait Times At Canada Airports – Here Is How To Avoid

    Some major Canadian airports are generally busy and require long waits in lines. However, your arrival process will become quicker if you prepare your customs and immigration declaration in advance for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). So the next time you fly, use ArriveCAN’s Advance CBSA Declaration.

    The Traveller Modernization initiative of the CBSA, which uses cutting-edge digital tools and technologies to improve and expedite the processing of travellers, is the Advance CBSA Declaration.

    How can submitting your declaration in advance can help? 

    By using ArriveCAN’s Advance CBSA Declaration tool, you can submit a customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours before flying into Canada, allowing you to cross the border more quickly. You can also reduce wait times at the airport by submitting your declaration in advance.



    Who can utilize the Advance CBSA Declaration?

    ArriveCAN includes an optional feature called the Advance CBSA Declaration. Currently, it is accessible to air travellers landing in Canada at:

    • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) Terminals 1 and 3
    • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
    • Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
    • Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG)
    • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)

    Moreover, the optional service will become accessible to passengers arriving at Calgary, Edmonton, Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ottawa, and Québec City international airports in the coming months.

    How to submit your declaration in advance? 

    After adding your travel information to ArriveCAN, proceed to the prompt on your receipt page. To register an Advance CBSA Declaration for yourself or your group before your travel, you must:

    • Enter your passport, Canadian permanent resident card or travel document details 
    • Respond to the customs and immigration questions honestly
    • Complete and send the declaration within 72 hours of arriving in Canada

    Once you submit your details, you will receive your Advance CBSA Declaration and your reference number through email. 

    What to do after you land? 

    After you land in Canada, follow the instructions below:

    • When you reach the airport kiosk or eGate, scan your passport, PR card or other travel documents.
      • Generally, up to 5 travellers can use a kiosk at a time, and only one traveller can use eGate, where the traveller using the eGate must be at least 16 years. 
      • Once you scan your passport/travel documents, it will retrieve your declaration information.
    • Review, update or edit your declaration if needed, then submit your final declaration to CBSA.
    • Collect the kiosk or eGate receipt and take it to a border services officer for further processing. 

    Source: CBSA


  • 7 Best Cities In Canada For New Immigrants To Move In!

    Whether you are a new immigrant in Canada or someone already in Canada looking to move, below is the list of 7 immigrant-friendly cities you can move to with good quality of life.

    List of 7 Best Cities For New Immigrants

    1. Ottawa 

    The city of Ottawa is a favourite with immigrants. The city constantly receives high marks for life quality and cleanliness and is often seen as one of the nicest places to live in the world.

    Ottawa is a vibrant, young city with beautiful architecture, a thriving city centre, and picturesque neighbourhoods because of its cultural diversity. Enormous young people are drawn to the city by its two universities, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

    The city is home to just under 1 million people, but new investment and Canada’s immigration drive forecasts to increase population by 3% over the next three years. Another advantage is that Ottawa is incredibly green and clean. There are many options for an active outdoor lifestyle, and it is bike-friendly.

    There are various trails, walkways, running tracks, and bike lanes along the magnificent Rideau Canal that runs through the city. Moreover, the canal freezes over in the winter and turns into the longest ice skating rink in the world.

    The city of Ottawa experiences four distinct seasons, which offer a change of scenery throughout the year. The city’s winters are chilly and dazzlingly bright, and many winter activities are available. Conversely, summers can be fairly hot and muggy.

    Ottawa offers many services in French and English because the city is officially bilingual. While knowing French is helpful, English is widely spoken. You don’t need to be bilingual to lead a happy life there, but learning French may help you integrate quickly or land a specific job.

    Despite being higher than average, Ottawa’s cost of living is still very reasonable. Apartments can be rented between CAN $700 and 1400 per month, depending on your desired area. However, eating out and buying groceries can be expensive, mainly if they are imported. Although incomes are higher than usual, Ottawa’s unemployment rate of 5.3% is one of the lowest.

    Retail salespeople, computer programmers, and interactive media creators are among the top professions. In addition, information systems analysts and consultants are also in high demand.

    The federal government of Canada is headquartered in Ottawa, which also has significant municipal and provincial government employees. In Ottawa, the public sector employs about 20% of the labour force. Natural and applied sciences, as well as fields related to them and occupations in education, law, and community, experienced the fastest employment growth.



    2. Burlington

    Burlington, close to Toronto, is the ideal location for people who desire to live in a big city close to nature and the great outdoors. It is located at the southwestern edge of Lake Ontario. Burlington preserves more than 580 hectares of parkland and has an excellent quality of life.

    Many schools, universities, and healthcare services are available to residents, making for a decent quality of life. In addition, Burlington offers wonderful and varied options, from the 115 parks spread around the city to the museums to the numerous annual festivals locals participate in.

    The average home in Burlington costs approximately $500,000, four and a half times the average income. As a result, Burlington is one of the more expensive cities. However, this city gets top grades for its low unemployment, lovely weather, minimal crime, high earnings, and excellent transit.

    burlington

    The city’s diverse economic basis contributes to its economic stability and guarantees that work opportunities are consistently available across many sectors.

    Any one industry or employer does not dominate the economy of Burlington. Nevertheless, it’s not difficult to find work in Burlington, and the city’s low unemployment rate can be attributed to the diverse economy of the affluent Golden Horseshoe region.

    The commuter train between downtown Burlington and central Burlington makes it simple to reach Toronto from Burlington. The commute by rail lasts one hour. So many professionals decide to commute daily from Burlington to Toronto for business.

    3. Oakville

    Oakville, a charming suburban community in southern Ontario, is particularly proud of its excellent location in Halton Region on Lake Ontario, which provides residents with simple access to Toronto’s metropolitan centre and natural wonders on the one hand.

    Toronto’s downtown is only 30 minutes away by car from Oakville, and it takes an hour to get to Niagara Falls and the US border. Because of its exceptional catering for families and kids, it deserves to be included on the list of Canada’s greatest places to live.

    Oakville Canada

    There is no shortage of things to do for those who enjoy the arts, culture, and music. These include performances at the nearby Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, trips to museums and galleries, and fantastic festivals like the annual Waterfront Festival, Festival of Classics, and Jazz Festival in Oakville.

    There are many leisure options in the neighbourhood. For example, seven golf courses are available for play, including the PGA-recognized Glen Abbey Golf Course, which has frequently hosted the Canadian Open.

    Over 2,400 acres of parkland contain many well-maintained hiking routes. In addition, two beautiful harbours and boating options are available in Oakville for boaters. With manufacturing facilities run by UTC Aerospace Systems and General Electric, as well as Siemens and The Ford Motor Company’s Canadian offices based in Oakville, jobs are simple to get.

    Oakville is a popular location for life science businesses, primarily focusing on pharmaceuticals and eldercare. However, like Burlington, Oakville is a suburb of Toronto, and many locals travel to Toronto for work, where there are numerous and varied career options.

    4. St. Albert

    For several years running, St. Albert, Alberta, has been moving up the list of the greatest provinces in Canada. More Canadians and foreigners are moving to Alberta because of its robust economy and well-paying jobs as people realize that the province offers more than simply oil.

    It includes all the conveniences, including parks and facilities to support a healthy lifestyle, schools, health care, and recreational options. More than 85 km of bike routes run alongside the Sturgeon River in St. Albert. There are also plenty of outdoor rinks. A 55,000-person annual International Children’s Festival is held there as well.

    St Albert

    Although the country’s winters can be brutal (with an average of 28 days per year with a minimum temperature below -20 C), there is still plenty of sunshine all year round, and crime rates are progressively declining. St. Albert is a popular location for people who prefer a slower pace of life because it is only 30 kilometres from Edmonton, the regional capital.

    Edmonton commuting services are convenient through the St. Albert Transit system. St. Albert may be a better option if living in Edmonton doesn’t appeal to you, but your employer is there. With most residents travelling to Edmonton for work, St. Albert has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation (4.3%) and some of the highest earnings.

    St. Albert can’t completely avoid the trend in the area even though it has a considerably smaller exposure to the oil and gas business. Petrochemicals are the most significant industry in Edmonton’s nearby oil and gas hub.

    Oil and natural gas are abundant in the area, earning Edmonton the moniker “Oil Capital of Canada.” Many St. Albert people commute to Edmonton to work in the oil industry. However, there are numerous different career fields available in the region. For example, information technology, banking, and biotechnology all offer opportunities.

    5. Boucherville

    With a population of about 43,000, Boucherville is one of the oldest municipalities in Québec. The city’s unemployment rate is an exceptionally low 2.88 percent, and the typical household income is $92,253.

    Boucherville’s proximity to Montreal and rapid population expansion, along with its bike-friendly streets and vibrant arts and sports scene, make it particularly appealing to foreign residents.

    In Boucherville, the outdoors is undoubtedly an important aspect. One of the most incredible parks in Canada is the Iles-de-Boucherville National Park, which offers activities like sea kayaking, snow hiking, volleyball on sand, riding, and wildlife viewing.

    Boucherville Canada

    It’s the ideal place for a family who enjoys golf, the outdoors, and scenic views but yet needs access to a big city’s facilities. Most people in Boucherville speak French; about 2% of the population can speak English fluently. About 90% of the population speaks French. Therefore, if you wish to relocate to Boucherville, understanding French is a need.

    Bilingual people have higher employment prospects from an employment standpoint. The city generally has a low unemployment rate, and personnel acquire top salaries. Boucherville’s commercial park is domestic to around 575 agencies, presenting employment to 23 000 people.

    Given that Montreal, Canada’s second-largest city, is only 18 kilometres from Boucherville, many Boucherville inhabitants commute to Montreal for work. Montreal’s typical industries are aerospace, software, electronics, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and transportation.

    Over 40,000 people are employed in Quebec’s aerospace industry, which includes firms like Bell Helicopter Textron, Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and CAE. The city is one of North America’s main aerospace hubs.

    6. Vancouver

    It’s not surprising that Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the best cities in the world to live in. The city has it all: mountains, beaches, islands, a coastline, an urban core, and lovely residential districts.

    Vancouver genuinely offers everything. The real estate market in Vancouver is the only disadvantage if you intend to relocate there.

    In the suburbs, the cost of a family house can soon exceed $1 million, and any properties that come on the market are quickly purchased. As a result, finding a place to live can be challenging because even rent can be costly.

    Vancouver Canada

    However, you may take advantage of all Vancouver offers after resolving your home situation. It has excellent links to nearby islands and other countries, so leaving the city and entering nature is frequently simpler than going downtown.

    The economy of Vancouver is vibrant and diverse. Since the city is the third-most-popular filming destination after New York and LA, the film and television industries are major employers in the region.

    Vancouver jobs are simple to locate and pay well, thanks to the 2010 Winter Olympics, which attracted investment that facilitates locating a home! However, Vancouver has a fairly high overall cost of living. 

    In most of Canada, Vancouver boasts the best public transportation, shopping areas, harbour, and well-maintained parks (Stanley Park is renowned worldwide). It also offers the best schools, hospitals, and medical services.

    Since Vancouver’s weather is milder than other cities, outdoor activities are more available all year round. Vancouver is amazing if you can afford it.

    7. Calgary

    There is a good probability that you will have to choose between Calgary and Edmonton if you are going to Alberta. Anyone moving to Canada will find that Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, has a lot to offer.

    It is a vibrant metropolis with 1.5 million residents that is constantly alive and deeply rooted in the natural world and its surroundings. Life in Calgary is undoubtedly picturesque due to the city’s location at the elbow and bow of two rivers at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

    The railway’s westward expansion initially caused Calgary to develop from a small village into a city. As a result, it combines all the city’s facilities with all the charm of a mountain village.

    Calgary - Alberta PNP draw
    Calgary Downtown

    The entire region got enormous investment when Calgary was chosen as the host city for the 1988 Winter Olympics. However, despite having some of the best sporting facilities and transportation options, Calgary residents continue to profit financially. Calgary is one of the most diverse cities in Canada thanks to its 180 distinct neighbourhoods, each of which has its history and culture.

    There is constantly something new to discover because redevelopment occurs in several older neighbourhoods. The city’s parks and outdoor areas are exceptionally maintained, particularly Prince Island Park, which hosts several festivities like a music festival and a cowboy stampede.

    The great amenities and ongoing redevelopment are driving up house costs. For example, a condominium typically costs around CA$300,000, but a home typically costs around CA$500,000. Calgary is an easy area to move to if you’re seeking work because there are many positions in the tourist, film, manufacturing, aerospace, health, financial services, and transport sectors.


  • Know New Average Weekly Earnings In All Canada Provinces

    On October 27, 2022 Statistics Canada released August 2022 data for average weekly earnings in Canada and all provinces. This data is typically delayed by two months due to administrative steps that lead to the collection and compilation of data from our widely spread Canada.

    In August 2022, the number of employees receiving pay or benefits from their employer fell by 22,200 (-0.1%), according to the Survey of Employment, Payrolls, and Hours.

    Overall, the payroll employment decline was led by losses in Quebec (-28,100; -0.7%) and Ontario (-13,800; -0.2%), which were partially offset by gains in British Columbia (+8,100; +0.3%) and Manitoba (+2,800; +0.4%).

    However, average weekly earnings increased by 3.2% year on year in August 2022, slightly higher than the 3.0% increase in July. Below are the province-wise and industry-wise weekly earnings as per Statistics Canada.

    Industry-Wise Weekly Earnings (Including overtime) – August 2022

    IndustryAverage Weekly Earnings
    Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction $2,275.28
    Utilities $1,942.64
    Management of companies and enterprises  $1,660.00
    Professional, scientific and technical services $1,615.08
    Finance and insurance $1,604.42
    Information and cultural industries $1,565.31
    Public administration  $1,485.14
    Construction  $1,433.17
    Forestry, logging and support $1,330.51
    Transportation and warehousing  $1,255.65
    Manufacturing  $1,247.58
    Educational services  $1,211.12
    Real estate and rental and leasing $1,192.71
    Health care and social assistance  $1,025.56
    Other services (except public administration) $986.62
    Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services  $961.05
    Trade  $889.76
    Arts, entertainment and recreation  $704.35
    Accommodation and food services  $480.11
    Industry-Wise Average Weekly Earnings – August 2022


    Province-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

    GeographyWeekly Earnings
    Canada$1170.14
    Newfoundland and Labrador$1145.71
    Prince Edward Island$975.54
    Nova Scotia$1027.02
    New Brunswick$1066.62
    Quebec$1120.40
    Ontario$1198.79
    Manitoba$1070.27
    Saskatchewan$1143.55
    Alberta$1257.16
    British Columbia$1170.23
    Yukon$1348.75
    Northwest Territories$1552.27
    Nunavut$1559.50

    Latest average weekly earnings in Canada

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which Canadian province has the highest average weekly earnings?

    Nunavut has the highest weekly earnings at $1559.50 followed by Northwest Territories at $1552.27 and Yukon at $1348.75. However, these provinces have very low population being in the northern Canada.

    Alberta has the average weekly earnings of $1257.16 among the major Canadian provinces followed by Ontario at $1198.79 and British Columbia at $1170.23.

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Canada?

    Canada has the average weekly earnings of $1170.14 as per latest data by Statistics Canada released on October 27, 2022.

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Ontario and British Columbia?

    Ontario has the average weekly earnings of $1198.70, while British Columbia has average weekly earnings at $1170.23

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Quebec?

    Quebec has an average weekly earnings of $1120.40

    Source: Statistics Canada

  • Moving To Alberta For Better Life – Know Reasons To Make The Move

    Alberta is full of opportunities where you can live, work and build your future. If you have ever wondered how life would be in Alberta, this article is for you. Besides its breathtaking natural beauty, warm communities, and exhilarating experiences, Alberta also draws visitors worldwide.

    People choose Alberta as their preferred location to work and live each year, coming from around Canada and the world. Alberta offers a good standard of living, diverse and friendly neighbourhoods, and breathtaking scenery.

    Numerous top-notch services are available throughout Alberta’s distinct regions and cultures. With an emphasis on economic growth, job creation, and a wealth of entrepreneurial prospects. 

    Learn about work life, cost of living, culture, healthcare, education and weather in Alberta.

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    Photo by Donovan Kelly on Pexels.com

    Work-life in Alberta 

    Salaries in Alberta vary depending on the employer. Other factors include hours worked, educational credentials, experience, and responsibilities required for employment. However, wages in Alberta are among the highest in Canada.

    When you first move to a place, one of your priorities is to find work. To make your journey smooth, the Alberta government has several services to help you with your job search. For example, you can refer to the “Alberta is calling campaign,” which offers information about careers, education, and jobs.

    Moreover, the Government of Canada’s job bank contains tools and information about careers, including the skills and knowledge required for various jobs. With Job Match, you can create a professional resume and get matched to job openings that match your experience and skill set.



    Cost of living in Alberta

    Better and higher income

    Families in Alberta often have a higher family income than families in the rest of Canada. For example, according to a 2020 Canadian income survey, Alberta families earned a median after-tax income of $104,000, more than the national average of $92,400.

    Housing 

    You can own a house in Alberta’s two major cities for as little as $450,000. For example, in Edmonton, you can own 4 homes for the same price as one house in Vancouver.

    Moreover, rent varies according to where you live and your housing type. For example, the province’s average rent is $1266, but bigger cities will have higher rentals.

    Transportation 

    Many Albertans own a car. However, you must have a driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle registration to drive a car, truck, or van. Here’s how to Exchange a driver’s licence from outside Alberta.

    Nevertheless, public buses are available in many cities, and train transit is available in Calgary and Edmonton.

    Culture, community and lifestyle 

    Alberta communities range from small, rural settlements with only a few hundred residents to over one million in two major cities, Calgary and Edmonton. Each city has its distinct personality and a wide range of employment options. 

    Although Alberta is the fourth-most populous province in Canada, it is also the fourth-largest, making it easy to escape into nature and enjoy the outdoors.

    Additionally, you have a wide range of housing options around the province, each with unique character and employment opportunities.

    About 80% of locals participate in volunteer work, making it a particularly popular activity in Alberta. 

    French-speaking regions

    With almost 87,000 individuals, Alberta’s French-speaking (Francophone) population is one of the largest and fastest-growing French-speaking populations in Canada. As a result, the names of almost 2,000 communities and natural sites in Alberta are French-influenced.

    Officially speaking, Beaumont, Legal, Falher, and Plamondon are four bilingual municipalities in Alberta.

    Natural landscape

    The landscape of Alberta is varied, with plains, sloping hills, foothills, and the Rocky Mountains. Alberta has enough variety, from dry badlands to boreal woods, to keep you exploring the province for a lifetime.

    If you wish to see mountains, they are not that far away. Driving takes around an hour from Calgary and four hours from Edmonton to get to Banff, famous for its rocky mountains and beautiful skylines. 

    lake and mountain
    Photo by James Wheeler on Pexels.com

    Cost and accessibility of healthcare

    Although Alberta doesn’t charge for health insurance, registration is required. The majority of Alberta residents and employees have free access to hospitals, clinics, and the majority of medical services provided through the province’s health care insurance program.

    People in Alberta have access to the following services:

    • Hospital or clinic
    • Many different social support services
    • Qualified doctors and healthcare professionals

    Education in Alberta 

    Alberta has a great education system that offers several options based on language and religion. 

    Preschool to grade 12

    In Alberta, children must attend school from six to sixteen. Until the end of senior high school or grades K through 12, public education is free for students under 20.

    Generally, students attend school from early September to late June. There are many different types of schools, including public, Catholic, Francophone, charter, and private. In addition, they also provide innovative programs, including home education, online learning, and alternative programs.

    Provincial tests ensure that the highest standards are maintained. These tests also allow teachers and parents to determine how students are doing and what help they may need.

    Regular provincial tests help maintain high standards as it allows teachers and parents to assess students’ performance and identify areas that need improvement. 

    Post-secondary education options

    Colleges and universities

    With 26 colleges and universities, Alberta offers a wide range of post-secondary options. The cost of tuition fees is different across the province of Alberta and is subsidized by the government. 

    Technical education

     Polytechnic Institutions like the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton are two post-secondary options in Alberta.

    These institutions provide continuing education programs, apprenticeships, applied degrees, certifications, and diplomas relating to trades and technical work.

    Alberta’s weather

    The four distinct seasons of Alberta range from hot summers to chilly winters and everything in between. However, with up to 18 hours of daylight in the summer and more than 312 sunny days per year, Alberta has the most number of sunny days in Canada.

    Although it does get cold in the winter, homes are heated centrally, keeping you comfortable. The province’s geographical location results in a “dry cold,” which is manageable provided you wear appropriate clothing. You will be ready to take advantage of everything an Alberta winter has to offer if you are dressed appropriately and wear layers.


  • Know IRCC Requirements For Unmarried Couples Sponsorship To Canada

    We often receive questions whether you can sponsor your boyfriend or girlfriend to Canada. IRCC recognizes married couples, Common-law partners, and conjugal relationships. However, mostly there is confusion between common-law and conjugal sponsorship as well as the proofs required to prove the relationship.

    Although the two may sound similar, they are perceived differently in the context of immigration. In this article, you can learn about:

    Common-Law Sponsorship

    Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident who wishes to sponsor their common-law partner must submit a Common-Law Sponsorship application. 

    In the context of immigration, common-law partnership means a couple who has lived together for at least a year in a ‘marriage-like’ relationship. 

    Legally, to meet the requirements of a common-law partnership, the two people do not need to be married but need evidence that they live or lived together in a “marriage-like” relationship. 

    The requirements for common-law partnerships are: 

    • They should have lived together for at least one year. If the partners have lived together before for one year but do not presently, they are still eligible to submit a sponsorship application. 
    • Be together in a romantic relationship
    • Maintain a monogamous relationship
    • Have social and financial lives connected 

    Therefore, to be considered in a common-law relationship, you cannot be married to your partner, as explained above. 

    If you would like to sponsor your common-law partner, then in your sponsorship application, you can submit form IMM5409 Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union. 



    Conjugal Sponsorship

    A Canadian citizen or permanent resident can apply for conjugal sponsorship to sponsor their partner. 

    A “marriage-like” relationship is called a conjugal relationship. To be considered in a conjugal relationship, the two partners must prove that they are “unable” to get married and “live together” for reasons beyond their control. 

    To meet the conjugal relationship requirements, the conjugal partner should be:

    • Living outside Canada 
    • In a relationship with the sponsor for at least one year 
    • Unable to live with the sponsor as a couple due to reasons beyond their control, such as immigration barriers, religious reasons or sexual orientation.

    It is crucial to remember that marriages and common-law partnerships are two distinct categories of conjugal relationships. However, a conjugal partner can only be sponsored as a family member if the two people in the relationship cannot get married or cohabitate because of uncontrollable circumstances.

    IRCC clearly states that expense or difficulty to one or both partners may not be a valid reason for conjugal sponsorships.

    Because conjugal sponsorships are rare, couples should try and satisfy the spousal or common-law sponsorship criteria. Moreover, only unmarried partners outside Canada could qualify for conjugal sponsorship. 

    IRCC Requirements

    According to IRCC, there are certain requirements for common-law partners and co-habitation.

    IRCC Common-law requirements

    For common-law partner, documentary evidence should include:

    • Include a completed Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire (IMM 5532) in the application package
    • Provide proof of separation from a former spouse if either the sponsor or the partner were previously married
    • A completed Statutory Declaration of Severance of Common-law Union form (IMM 5519) if either the sponsor or the partner were previously in a common-law relationship with someone else
    • Long form birth certificates for children if applicable or doption records listing the names of both parents
    • Photos of sponsor and their partner showing they are in a conjugal relationship
    • If the sponsor and principal applicant are unable to provide documents from a minimum of two of the following sets of documents, a detailed written explanation must be provided:
      • important documents for the principal applicant and sponsor showing they are recognized as each other’s common-law partner (such as employment or insurance benefits)
      • documentary evidence of financial support between the principal applicant and sponsor, and/or shared expenses
      • other proof that the relationship is recognized by friends and/or family (e.g. letters from friends/family, social medical information showing a public relationship)
    Evidence from at least two of the following documents proving that the sponsor and principal applicant have been living together for at least a year is required if the sponsor and principal applicant are presently living together (e.g. documents showing the same address for both).
    • proof of joint ownership of residential property
    • rental agreement showing both the sponsor and principal applicant as occupants of a rental property
    • proof of joint utility accounts (e.g. electricity, gas, telephone, Internet), joint credit card accounts, or joint bank accounts
    • vehicle insurance showing that both the principal applicant and sponsor have been declared to the insurance company as residents of the insured’s address.
    • copies of government-issued documents for the principal applicant and sponsor showing the same address (e.g. driver’s licenses)
    • other documents issued to the principal applicant and sponsor showing the same address, whether the accounts are held jointly or not (e.g. cellphone bills, pay stubs, tax forms, bank or credit card statements, insurance policies)

    If the sponsor and principal applicant are not currently living together, proof proving they lived together for at least a year in the past must be presented, along with the following requirements.

    • proof of contact, including letters, printed text messages, emails or social media conversations, or other documented proof of contact between the principal applicant and sponsor. A maximum of 10 pages should be provided
    • proof of the sponsor’s visits, such as airline ticket coupons or used boarding passes, photocopies of pages of passport for your sponsor showing entry-exit stamps supporting visits, etc. If the sponsor did not visit the principal applicant, an explanation must be included in the principal applicant’s IMM 5532 form (Part C, question 4)

    IRCC Co-habitation requirements

    One of the eligibility criteria in R124 is cohabitation with the sponsor in Canada. Documents provided as proof of the relationship should also establish that the spouse or common-law partner and the sponsor are living together. If this is not clear from the evidence available, CPC-M should request further documents or refer to a IRCC for an interview.

    Evidence of cohabitation may include:

    • 1. joint bank accounts or credit cards
    • 2. joint ownership of residential property
    • 3. joint residential leases
    • 4. joint rental receipts
    • 5. joint utilities accounts (electricity, gas, telephone)
    • 6. joint management of household expenditures
    • 7. evidence of joint purchases, especially for household items
    • 8. correspondence addressed to either or both parties at the same address
    • 9. important documents of both parties showing the same address, for example, identification documents, driver’s licenses, insurance policies
    • 10. shared responsibility for household management, household chores
    • 11. children of one or both partners are residing with the couple
    • 12. record of telephone calls
    Source: IRCC

  • Steps To Apply Canada Visitor Visa Via New IRCC Portal

    Do you plan to visit Canada any time soon? Depending on your country of residence, you will need a visitor visa, also known as a temporary resident visa, to enter Canada. Best thing about visitor or tourist visa is that anyone can apply who want to visit Canada for:

    • Tourism purposes
    • Visiting a family/friend
    • Business visit

    Moreover, IRCC offers a specific online application platform for those seeking visitor visas. Eligible applicants can apply using this portal, and IRCC will contact candidates within 14 to 30 business days of receiving their application. Nevertheless, the processing time may vary for each country. 

    In this article, you can learn how to apply for a visitor visa using the new IRCC portal. As well as visitor visa requirements and stay details. 

    • Who can apply for a visitor visa? 
    • How long can you stay on a visitor visa? 
    • How to apply?


    Who can apply for Canada visitor visa? 

    Regardless of the portal type, you must meet the basic eligibility requirements to get a visitor visa. These include: 

    • Having a valid travel document, such as a passport 
    • Being in good health 
    • Convincing the visa officer that you have strong ties to your home country, such as a job, home, family, financial assets, etc 
    • Ensuring the visa officer that you will leave Canada by the end of your visit 
    • Possess sufficient funds for your stay; the amount of money you will need depends on how long and where you will stay. 
    • In addition, you may need a medical exam and
    • letter of invitation from the person residing in Canada if you are visiting your family or friend or for business meet. 

    How long can you stay in Canada on a visitor visa? 

    You can stay up to six months as a visitor in Canada. However, The border services officer at the point of entry may let you stay for more or less than six months. 

    If so, they will record the date for your departure in your passport. They may also provide you with a visiting record, including the time you must depart and other information.

    If your passport is not stamped, you may remain in Canada for six months beginning on the day you entered or until your passport expires, whichever occurs first. After that, you can ask a border services officer for a stamp if you need one. 

    How to apply Canada Visitor Visa?

    Below is the step-by-step guide on how to apply using the new portal. 

    Step 1: 

    First, you have to indicate if you are applying only for yourself, for someone else or yourself and someone else. Select the appropriate option from the “Before you start your application” page to begin the process, as shown below. 

    Step 2: 

    Once you select one of the three options, you will be presented with the following question “Do you already have an application in process?” Select “Yes” or “No,” according to your situation. 

    If you select “Yes,” indicating that your application is in progress, you can choose to apply again and withdraw your ongoing application. However, you may not get a refund. 

    However, if you still want to proceed, select “I understand and want to apply.” Below is the page you will see once you click yes for your application in progress. 

    The next step explains the steps if you select “No,” for no application in process. 

    Step 3:

    If you don’t have any application in process, you need to create an online account and register using an email. Hence, select “Get an IRCC Portal account.” Below is a reference of what it will look like. 

    Step 4 

    Once you register using your email, you will receive a code to sign up for an account. Then, you can complete the online form and upload your documents. You may need to answer some of the prompted questions that will generate the list of required documents. 

    However, you can use this link and answer: “Why are you visiting Canada?” Then, depending on your answer, you can get a list of supporting documents needed for a visitor visa application. 

    Step 5: 

    After you upload all your documents, you will be asked to pay the processing fee of $100. You can pay this fee using a credit card or a prepaid card from Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express®, JCB® and UnionPay®.