Moving to Canada

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

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  • Inland Vs Outland Canada Spousal Sponsorship Applications!

    Inland Vs Outland Canada Spousal Sponsorship: When applying for spousal sponsorship, you have two options: either as an in-land or outland. Both application types have different processing times and requirements to maintain. 

    One frequently asked question is whether you should apply as an inland or outland applicant for spousal sponsorship. The answer depends on your situation and needs. For example, it is best to submit your application as an outland applicant if you need to travel or be outside Canada. 

    However, if you prefer to work and remain inside Canada, the most suitable option is to apply as an inland spousal applicant. 

    Often, most people want to take both options: to work in Canada and depart when needed. However, leaving Canada while your application is processing comes with several risks that can lead to application refusal or denied entry at the border. 

    Hence, inland applicants are strongly advised to remain in Canada while their application is processing. The main reason is that if you depart Canada, you may not be allowed to re-enter. 



    Why should inland spousal sponsorship applicants not depart the country?  

    Considering that you enter Canada as a visitor, having family or spouse inside Canada sometimes serves as a disadvantage because, as a visitor, your stay in the country is limited to 6 months (if extension is not applied or status is changed). 

    Furthermore, when the border official is aware that your spouse or common-law partner is in Canada, it becomes harder, not easier, to enter. It may seem contradictory, but keep in mind that you are asking to enter as a guest at the port of entry, which means you are only visiting for a limited time and will return home after that. 

    If you have established your home with your spouse or common-law partner, you are not truly a genuine guest who intends to return home outside of Canada, and a border officer may reject your admission.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Class Sponsorships in Canada

    Can you depart Canada in case of an emergency? 

    If an emergency requires you to leave Canada, get in touch with a licensed immigration practitioner (consultant or lawyer) before you leave. It would help if you honestly weighed the importance of being allowed to travel against the risk you are taking with your application. 

    Nevertheless, there is documentation that you may prepare in advance that may help you at the port of entry upon your return.

    What to do if you have already left Canada and were denied entry?

    Unfortunately, you will need to start your sponsorship application again if you cannot return to Canada, this time with an outland spousal sponsorship application. 

    To begin a new application as an outland applicant, you must first withdraw your current ongoing application. Moreover, the $550 application fee may not be refundable if your application is already processed.

    You may be eligible for a refund if your application is not yet processed, but it is not guaranteed, and the refund process can take months. 

    Remember that applying again comes with a new set of updated forms, proof of support with a more current date, and sometimes new police clearances. 

    Nevertheless, it is important to note that numerous applicants for inland sponsorship do arrive and depart successfully. Every time they leave the country, though, they run the possibility of having their application for permanent residence delayed or denied if they can’t get back into Canada immediately.

     In addition, living together while the application was being processed is one of the requirements for approval of an inland sponsorship, so even if you are permitted to enter Canada again, a prolonged absence from the country can still present issues.

    Can you change your application from inland to outland or vice versa? 

    No, even though the application materials will be identical, an inland sponsorship has a different legal structure and procedure than an outland sponsorship. 

    Even separate IRCC offices handle the processing of the applications. You cannot request that an application be changed to a different stream once filed under one stream. Withdrawing your spousal sponsorship and submitting a fresh application would be the option if you discover that you must switch categories for some reason.

    For more details on spousal sponsorship, refer to official IRCC page.


  • Express Entry Glitch Invited Some Ineligible Profiles In Latest Draw

    With the implementation of the new TEER system on November 16, IRCC Express Entry management system has reflected several glitches. In addition, many lawyers and immigration specialist have voiced their concerns about the ongoing IRCC glitches. 

    Certain Express Entry profiles didn’t receive an invitation to apply (ITA) in November 23 draw; although, they had CRS score above the declared cut off. While some ineligible profiles got the invite because some profiles received additional CRS points that they were not entitled to.

    This article highlights some of the glitches in the Express Entry system that has affected the system after implementation of new TEER system on November 16. 



    Glitches in the Express Entry system

    Ottawa based Immigration lawyer Tamara Mosher-Kuczer highlighted some of the glitches in the Express Entry system. She mentions that since November 16, there have been “serious” Express Entry glitches. 

    As a result of these glitches, some applicants did not receive an invitation to apply in the latest Express Entry draw, which has had severe consequences for some applicants. 

    “IRCC should own up to the errors, apologize to those in the pool, and ideally find some way to rectify for those seriously impacted,” says Tamara.

    The applicants who did not receive an invitation in the latest Express Entry draw had a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) above the minimum required score to receive an invitation. However, they were not invited. 

    Another glitch was that the applicants did not get the points for their spouse’s Canadian work experience. Generally, applicants receive 70 CRS points for a spouse’s Canadian work experience. 

    Furthermore, some applicants were marked eligible for the Canadian Experience Class and received an invitation to apply, but they did not possess the Canadian work experience to be eligible. 

    In addition, certain applicants received additional CRS points that they were not qualified for and were invited to apply based on those invalid scores. 

    IRCC is yet to respond to glitches

    IRCC is yet to respond to these ongoing glitches. Recently, several applications process has been moved online for faster processing. Yet, they continue to pose problems in the portal. 

    Good news is that certain Express Entry profiles just got lucky because of the above mentioned glitch. However, bad news is that certain deserving Express Entry profiles were left out in the latest Express Entry draw.

    We will continue to update you if there is any future update on the ongoing glitches in the Express Entry system to help you prepare for your immigration journey. 


  • Recommendations To Improve Canada Immigration Made By CIMM

    The Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) released a report, Promoting Fairness in Canada Immigration Decisions, where the Committee investigated visa outcomes in the immigration system. Upon examination, they found the system systematically and unjustifiably disfavours particular groups based on race and country of origin.

    As a result, the Committee makes wide-ranging suggestions to improve the immigration system, which consistently disadvantages some groups depending on race and country of origin.

    After hearing from several immigration advocates, lawyers, and settlement agency staff, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration decided to examine the immigration system. 



    CIMM’s Key recommendations for the immigration system 

    IRCC will share their response to the CIMM report and recommendations in a few months. Meanwhile, below are the key recommendations:

    • Visa officers should record applicant interviews to prevent miscommunication.
    • Ottawa should expand the extraordinary measures already available to Ukrainians, such as the provision allowing for the sponsorship of extended family members to people from other nations and regions experiencing humanitarian crises.
    • The Canadian government should establish a separate monitoring body responsible for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), whose mandate should include dealing with racism and complaints concerning the agency. 
    • Immediate implementation of an Anti-Racism Quality Assurance process for decisions made by visa officers to investigate the impact of individual bias and systemic racism on decisions and refusal rates at visa offices
    • Requesting that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) dedicate more resources to process caregiver permanent residency applications from all streams faster. 

    As per IRCC, they train all officers to assess all applications equally and use the same criteria regardless of their country of origin. With the upcoming reports, they are looking to examine the impact on racialized applicants and minority community members. 

    CIMM highlights longer wait times in application processing 

    According to the Committee’s information, waiting for durations for various refugee groups may differ depending on shifting government priorities and quotas.

    A non-denominational charitable group called Remember Ministries’ executive director, Jennifer Miedema informed the Committee that fund allocation tells you where priorities are placed or who are the favoured demographics.

    Miedema says that “the uneven distribution of delays equals the uneven distribution of suffering,” adding that even holding out hope for final resettlement could be harmful over a prolonged period of waiting and delay.

    Further, she explains the impact on refugees, as their hopes are raised when they submit their applications, but they need to wait for a year or two without any response. As a result, it has a heavy impact on their mental health. 

    According to the Parliamentary Committee, the government should raise the overall number of refugees it welcomes to Canada during a crisis rather than backtrack on or delay receiving those whose applications are currently on hold. 

    They also want a complete racial equity assessment of Canada’s immigration and refugee system and to allocate more resources to process and give priority to privately sponsored refugees. 

    An increasing number of federal appeals 

    The number of people requesting federal appeals to become new Canadians has increased seven times in the last three years. 

    The court system is becoming overburdened with these judicial requests to contest allegedly unjust decisions made by visa officers and procedural delays. These applications are a judicial remedy in the immigration context that compels the IRCC to carry out a public legal obligation owed to an applicant.

    The recording of candidate interviews has been recommended as a potential solution to help with court-ordered redeterminations of unsuccessful applications. According to Vancouver-based immigration lawyer Victor Ing, IRCC needs to be more transparent and honest with clients to avoid more mandamus applications.

    Next, the Committee highlighted the increased wait times in the caregiver program. 

    The caregiver Program has the longest wait times

    The Live-in Caregiver Program saw some of the longest wait times before and after the pandemic. For example, the average time to process caregiver visas in 2020 was about 57 months and two days. While in 2021, the wait time was 68 months plus one day to process applications. 

    As a result, 15,621 applications were pending or anticipated to be pending in the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot backlog as of December 31, 2021. In addition, there were 1,639 more applications in the Live-in Care Program’s database.

    Arlene Ruiz, a licensed and regulated immigration consultant and a recruiter from Alexene Immigration & Employment Services, informed the Committee that many caregivers are from the Philippines. For them, the delays in application processing cause breakdowns in their marriages and children growing out of their dependent status. 

    Immigration attorney Steven Meurrens also mentions that the IRCC lacks transparency, which adds to the problem. For example, the processing times mentioned on IRCC are inaccurate. Further, the Access to Information Act shows that there have been no caregiver files processed since 2019.

    Following this month’s announcement by the federal Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser, that Canada aims to settle 500,000 new immigrants by 2025, a new report by the Parliament has been released.

    The announcement comes after a record-breaking year for immigration to Canada in 2021, when more than 405,000 people arrived. The nation is also dealing with an unprecedented backlog of visa applications, with 2.2 million being processed by IRCC as of this month.

    Source: CIMM Report


  • CBSA Administrative Jobs Hiring Now For Calgary & Edmonton Airport

    Canada Border Services Agency is hiring for various admin jobs in Central Alberta District, Calgary International Airport (Alberta) and Edmonton International Airport (Alberta). 

    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the second-largest law enforcement agency in Canada, employs over 15,000 individuals across the country and works around the clock to defend Canada’s borders by obstructing the entry of high-risk people and commodities while facilitating legal trade and travel.

    To apply for this position, all you need is a two years of secondary school. Learn about the position details, requirements and how to apply. 

    Employment conditions 

    • Must have a Reliability Status for security clearance
    • Hold a valid driver’s license or personal mobility 
    • Can operate a government vehicle.
    • Be able to take job-related travel with advance notice
    • Can work various shifts, such as evenings and weekends
    • Be able to work overtime and on weekends, including statutory holidays.
    • Have the ability to carry up to 25 kg


    Position Requirements

    Education: The applicant must have completed two years of secondary school “OR” other employer-approved alternatives as listed below. 

    The employer-approved alternative includes the following: 

    • A satisfactory result on the test given by the Public Service Commission, which is accepted as a substitute for two years of secondary education; or
    • An acceptable balance of experience, training, and education

    Candidates are considered to have completed the two years of secondary school if they satisfy one of the following requirements:

    • Candidates who passed the Public Service Commission exam, which is accepted as a substitute for two years of high school; or
    • Candidates who have been assigned or deployed to a position in the CR classification for an indefinite period

    Experience: Candidates must have experience providing administrative support in an office setting. For example, buying office supplies, receiving supplies, entering data, managing communications, preserving documents, etc. As well as have experience offering client service to both external and internal clients.

    Job Summary? 

    All you need is your résumé and two references to apply for these positions. You would have to create your candidate profile and fill out your details. Additionally, ensure that you demonstrate how you meet the position requirements in your application. 

    Who Can Apply:

    Anyone living in Calgary, Alberta, and surrounding locations, such as Standard, Cayley, Exshaw, and Didsbury, AB, is welcome to apply for the Calgary position.  

    Additionally, those residing in Leduc (AB) and close-by locations such as Legal (AB), Ryley (AB), Ponoka (AB), and Breton (AB) can apply for the Edmonton position. 

    • Salary: $50,821 to $54,857
    • Closing date: 31 December 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time

    To apply for the Calagary position, click here. The reference number for this position is BSF22J-016272-003382. 

    If you would like to apply for the Edmonton position, click here. The reference number for this position is BSF22J-016272-003380. 


  • Atlantic Immigration Program Eligibility With New TEER NOC

    The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) provides a pathway to permanent residency for qualified foreign workers and international graduates who desire to work and live in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces; Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island.

    Therefore, those struggling due to high CRS scores in Express Entry can consider this pathway a potential option. Furthermore, TEER 4 (or NOC C) are also eligible for Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP). This article enlists the program requirements and how you can qualify for the program. 

    Who can apply for the Atlantic Immigration Program? 

    If you would like to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

    • Posses qualifying work experience, unless you are an international graduate from a recognized post-secondary Atlantic Canada institution 
    • Satisfy the education requirements 
    • Meet the language requirements 
    • Have sufficient funds to support yourself and your accompanying family member
      • However, if you are already living and working in Canada on a valid work permit, you do not need to show proof of funds. 

    If you fulfill all these requirements, you can begin looking for work with a designated Atlantic employer. Below, you can find a detailed explanation of all the required eligibility criteria. 



    Work experience requirements 

    In the last five years, you must have worked 30 hours per week for at least one year, totalling 1,560 hours. 

    Here’s how you can calculate your hours: 

    • Calculate the hours worked in part-time and full-time jobs. 
    • Only count the hours for paid work, where volunteering or unpaid internships do not count. 
    • Do not count hours when you are self-employed. 
    • Include hours worked inside or outside Canada, and ensure that you were legally authorized to work in Canada as a temporary resident. 
    • In your calculations, count the hours you accumulated over at least 12 months. 
    • Count job experience gained while studying as long as the work hours do not exceed the maximum allowed. 

    The acquired work experience should be among the following  National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEERs.

    • TEER 0 (management jobs such as restaurant managers or mine managers)
    • TEER 1 (professional jobs that usually need a degree from a university, such as doctors, dentists or architects)
    • TEER 2 (technical jobs and skilled trades requiring at least 2 years of college or apprenticeship, or occupations with supervisory or safety responsibilities such as police officers and firefighters)
    • TEER 3 (technical jobs and skilled trades requiring less than 2 years of college or apprenticeship; or more than 6 months of on-the-job training)
    • TEER 4 (intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or several weeks of job-specific training, such as industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers, or food and beverage servers)

    Your work experience must include most of the primary responsibilities in your NOC’s description and the main duties. 

    Requirements for international graduates 

    If you are an international graduate, you do not need to satisfy the work experience requirements. However, you must meet the following criteria: 

    • Have a degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship that
    • You were a full-time student for the entire time you were studying.
    • Lived in one of the four provinces for at least 16 months in the last two years before graduation, these provinces include:
      • New Brunswick
      • Nova Scotia
      • Newfoundland and Labrador or
      • Prince Edward Island
    • Had a valid permit while studying, living or working in Canada 

    Education requirements 

    You must meet one of the following requirements: 

    • If you have a job offer at the NOC 2021 TEER 0 or 1 category, you must have a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential or higher, or the equivalent from outside Canada.
    • If you have a job offer at the NOC 2021 TEER 2, 3 or 4 category, you must have a Canadian high school diploma, or the equivalent from outside Canada.

    If you studied outside of Canada, you would need an educational credential assessment (ECA) to demonstrate that your studies are at or above the required level of education for your employment offer.

    Additionally, your educational credential assessment (ECA) must be under five years old from the date you submit your application. 

    Language requirements 

    You must fulfill the minimal language criteria for the NOC category applicable to your employment offer. It might be either the meeting of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for French. 

    Each NOC category’s minimum language requirements are: 

    • CLB/NCLC 5 for TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3
    • CLB/NCLC 4 for TEER 4

    Ensure that your language results are from a designated language testing organization, which must be less than two years old when you apply. 

    Required settlement funds

    Unless you already have a valid work permit and are currently working in Canada, you must demonstrate that you have enough funds to sustain yourself and your family after arriving in Canada.

    Some of the other requirements are you:

    • Can not borrow settlement funds from another person.
      • Must have this money to cover your family’s living expenses even if they are not coming with you. 
    • Provide evidence to your home country’s Canadian visa office that you have sufficient funds when you apply to immigrate. 
    • The amount of money required to sustain your family depends on the size of your family. These fund requirements are updated each year. 
    Number of family members
    (including those you support that aren’t immigrating with you)
    Funds required
    (in Canadian dollars)
    1$3,327
    2$4,142
    3$5,092
    4$6,183
    5$7,013
    6$7,909
    7$8,806
    For each additional family member$896

    Getting a job offer 

    As mentioned earlier, you need a job offer from designated employers from one of the four provinces. You can find these employers on each province’s website:

    The job offer must meet all of the following requirements: 

    • In addition, the job offer should be full-time, non-seasonal and have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.  
    • Employers must offer you a position that will last at least one year for NOC 2021 TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 category (1 year from when you become a permanent resident).
    • The employer must offer you permanent employment with no set end date for NOC 2021 TEER 4 category job offers.
    • The employment offer cannot come from a firm in which you or your spouse possess majority ownership.
    • Unless you are an international graduate from a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada, the job offer must be at the same or higher TEER level than the work experience that qualified you for the position (see the chart below).
    • Certain healthcare industry occupations may not require a job offer at the same or higher TEER level as the qualifying work experience.
      • For example, work experience in NOC 32101 (licensed practical nurses) and NOC 31301 (registered nurses) can be used as qualifying work experience if you have a job offer in NOC 33102 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 44101 (home health care workers).

    Qualifying work experience requirement for each NOC level job offer

    NOC 2021 TEER job offer categoryWork experience requirement
    TEER 0TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
    TEER 1TEER 1, 2, 3, 4
    TEER 2TEER 2, 3, 4
    TEER 3TEER 3, 4
    TEER 4TEER 4

    Source: IRCC


  • VIA Rail Jobs Hiring Now For Toronto And Montreal Locations

    VIA Rail Canada is hiring for On-Train Service Attendants for Toronto and Montreal Terminals. It is an excellent opportunity for people with experience in hospitality, food restaurants, or airline companies and looking for entry level jobs.

    The position requires customer service, such as greeting people on board, answering their needs and showing sincere appreciation for their business. The job pays $26.26 per hour. 

    What’s more? You even get paid training along with several benefits. Learn about the position details, requirements and how to apply below. 

    Position Summary for Toronto candidates

    • Job Title: On-Train Service Attendant 
    • Job Category: Customer Service 
    • Hourly Rate: $26.26
    • Number of positions to fill: 12
    • Application deadline: November 30, 2022

    Position Summary for Montreal candidates

    • Job Title: On-Train Service Attendant 
    • Job Category: Customer Service 
    • Hourly Rate: $26.26
    • Number of positions to fill: 12
    • Application deadline: December 2, 2022


    Benefits

    • Competitive $26.26 hourly rate
    • generous pay and benefits package
    • Paid training 
    • A supportive and close group of coworkers 
    • A workplace that promotes employee health and happiness
    • Employees and their families can take advantage of various health and wellness benefits, including complete telemedicine service.
    • An employer who values equity and offers possibilities for advancement
    • An opportunity to be a part of a sustainable transportation service that connects Canadian communities.

    The paid training sessions begin on January 16, 2023, and last approximately seven weeks. You must complete the training session successfully to obtain the position. 

    Travel requirements

    If you apply to work in Montreal Terminal as an On-Train Service Attendant, you may need to travel to Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, Jonquière and Senneterre.

    Similarly, if you apply to work in Toronto Terminal, you would have to travel from Toronto to Windsor, Niagara and Montreal. 

    Responsibilities and duties

    As an On-Train Service Attendant, some of your daily duties will include the following: 

    • Ensure that every traveller receives exceptional, professional service.
    • Provide safety instructions 
    • Escort passengers on their journey and help them with their luggage
    • Offer, provide and serve food and drinks, including meat and alcohol. 
    • Sell refreshments and snacks 
    • Maintain the cleanliness of the work areas and the restrooms.
    • During each journey, pay attention to the little things.

    Job schedule 

    The position requires you to travel, and below is how much you may need to travel:  

    • On-call schedules that are variable, including weekends and holidays (bonuses for statutory holidays)
    • Away from home travel for each trip where each trip may last for one to three days 
    • Long-distance trips include accommodation and meals.

    Job Requirements

    To be eligible for this position, you have to meet the following requirements: 

    • Greet customers and can communicate in English and French 
    • Hold a high school diploma. 
    • Possess the physical ability to repeatedly handle loads of up to 23 kg (50 lb.). 
    • Have at least one year of customer service experience, preferably in the food service industry, restaurant, or as a flight attendant for an airline

    How to apply? 

    To apply, you must create an account using your email if you are a new candidate. Then, fill out your details such as identification, contact information, educational background, experience, availability, language ability and position questionnaire. 


  • Understanding New Changes To Express Entry With Bill C19 – All You Need To Know

    As Bill C-19 receives royal assent, the Express Entry system will undergo several amendments. These new amendments will bring changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System used to evaluate and rank individuals in the pool.  

    Express Entry includes all major economic immigration categories, such as the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and a component of the Provincial Nominee Program, which will experience changes under Bill C-19 in 2023.  

    Another impact would be on the expression of interest that selects top-ranking candidates through regularly released Ministry instructions. These candidates are later invited to complete an immigration application.  

    To help you prepare for the new changes, below is the summary of amendments in Bill C-19 to the Express Entry system and fee waiver for some IRCC applications. 



    Summary of Bill C-19 Amendments To Express Entry

    Express Entry Selection based on new groups and categories 

    The new amendment will include ministerial instructions to bring additional filters to the Express Entry pool based on groups and categories rather than only immigration class. The ministerial instructions serve as the foundation for the rounds of invites.

    Express Entry ITAs to specify the stream in which the applicant must apply

    Another amendment is to create new categories with eligibility requirements for the purpose of ranking. Wherein if a foreign national qualifies for more than one class, the invitation to apply for permanent residence should specify the stream in which the applicant must apply. 

    Minister to specify an economic goal with each category 

    The new amendment also requires the Minister to specify in the instruction the economic goal that the newly established category will support. 

    Applicants who have lost points due to age can receive a permanent resident visa 

    The amendment establishes exclusions that allow Express Entry permanent residence visas to be given to candidates who have received an invitation to apply but would otherwise have lost eligibility due to changes in their circumstances. 

    For example, suppose an applicant has aged and lost points or lost qualification but has maintained a score equal to the minimum required to rank in the invitation round. In that case, they may be awarded a visa or other documents. 

    Minister’s report to include established category for foreign nationals

    The amendment adds that the Minister’s annual report to Parliament must include instructions to establish any category for foreign nationals in Express Entry. These instructions should include the economic goal it supports and the number of invitations issued under this category. 

    More details on Bill C-19 will be revealed, along with the new exact categories, its eligibility criteria in coming months.

    Changes Under Bill C-19 For Fees Of Some Applications

    The Canada Gazette typically outlines regulations and publishes immigration fees. However, for any changes in immigration fees, they need to go through regulatory impact analysis and have stakeholder input before implementation.  

    Moreover, processing applications for a temporary resident visa, a permanent resident visa, a work permit, a study permit, an extension of an authorization to remain in Canada as a temporary resident, and an authorization to stay 59 Bill C-19 in Canada as a permanent resident are already exempt from the Service Fees Act.

    Other fees for services, such as those associated with processing applications based on humanitarian and compassionate considerations, are exempt. These include applications submitted under public policy, services to obtain travel documents for permanent residents, including permanent resident cards, and services associated with the processing of applications to sponsor members of the family class.

    With Bill C-19, the following new service fees would become exempt:

    • Authorization for a permanent resident to return to Canada;
    • Rehabilitation for determining criminality and serious criminality 
    • Temporary status restoration and 
    • Temporary resident permits

  • Here Are 10 Work From Home Jobs Hiring Now In Canada!

    Whether you are an experienced professional or trying to build up experience, there is plenty of work from home opportunities. You can make several extra bugs from the comfort of your home, and many even offer you the flexibility to choose your schedule. 

    Below are ten work-from-home opportunities, regardless of your experience levels. All you need is a reliable internet connection and your laptop. 

    Moreover, you can find positions that will probably pay you weekly due to the nature of these jobs. We have included the average base salary from Indeed data to help you calculate your estimated salary. 

    10 Work-from-home Jobs with Average Base Salaries  

    Translator

    Average Base Salary: $27.06/hr

    Main duties: Translators take a message written in one language and convert it into another. They translate while keeping the original message’s meaning intact.

    Proofreader

    Average Base Salary: $24.16/hr

    Main duties: Proofreaders examine written material and fix grammatical and spelling mistakes. Additionally, they look for good syntax, punctuation, and brand voice.

    Virtual Assistant

    Average base salary: $22.11/hr

    Main duties: Virtual assistants manage calendars for their clients, which could include scheduling meetings, calls, travel plans, etc. In addition, they frequently connect with their client through phone and email.



    Content writer

    Average base salary: 21.49/hr

    Main duties: Content writers create marketing copy to promote their client’s services or goods. In addition, they conduct research to learn more about their client’s services and goods and input their material into a content management system for evaluation. 

    Transcriptionist

    Average base salary: 21.34/hr

    Main duties: A transcriptionist listens to audio files and notes each word they hear. In addition to reviewing and organizing their transcriptions for later access, they frequently write shorthand notes. 

    Blogger

    Average base salary: 21.19/hr

    Main duties: Bloggers create online blog content and get paid for views. For example, they create blog posts, edit them for clarity and grammatical accuracy, and publish them. Or they help write content for other blogs. In addition, bloggers use social media to advertise their blog posts. 

    Interpreter

    Average Base Salary: 20.93/hr

    Main duties: An interpreter translates a message or document from one language into another. They translate these messages into other languages and frequently into sign language for hearing-impaired people. Written documents can be translated into another language by interpreters as well.

    Social media handler

    Average base salary: 19.95/hr

    Main duties: Social media experts create content for a company’s social media platforms. In addition, they may need to engage with customers to expand the company’s social media following. Social media experts may also review websites and social media stats to enhance their tactics.

    Customer service representative

    Average base salary: $18.45/hr 

    Main duties: Customer service representatives take customer calls and solve their problems. In addition, they respond to customer inquiries, provide product details, and handle exchanges and returns.

    Call center representative

    Average base salary: 18.23/hr

    Main duties: Call centre agents to speak with customers and utilize their familiarity with goods and services to serve them better. They pay attention to customers’ complaints and work to understand their needs better to offer the best solution.


  • Canada Common-law Sponsorship – Errors You Need To Avoid

    Legal proof of a common-law relationship is more challenging to establish than legal proof of marriage. With a common-law relationship, you only have a collection of various pieces of evidence that, when taken together, form a picture of a committed relationship between two people.

    Therefore, the burden of proof falls heavily on a common-law applicant. If you are a potential common law sponsorship applicant, here are 4 common errors you can avoid in your application. 

    Error 1: Not meeting the common-law definition before applying

    Before submitting your application, you must confirm that you meet the IRCC’s common law definition. It requires you to have lived together continuously for at least a year to qualify for a common-law relationship

    Cohabitation, or living together, implies that you have lived at the same address as your partner for at least one year. If your partner is away to visit their family or due to any occasion, you should wait to apply until you have lived together continuously for 12 months.

    If you have not lived with your partner for 12 continuous months, you do not meet the definition of a common-law relationship

     However, if you and your partner were both travelling to visit relatives for an occasion, your continuous time together would make you eligible for common-law. This is because you do not need to be inside Canada, but you need to be together. 

    Whether you can have time apart under the common-law standards always comes up. But, in most cases, obtaining common-law status can proceed during relatively brief and temporary absences. The general guideline is that if you want to become common-law partners, you shouldn’t be separated for more than two weeks. 

    Additionally, it doesn’t matter if you are currently living together or not, provided you have lived together for at least 12 continuous months and can prove it. You are regarded as common law as long as your relationship endures.

    Another important aspect to remember is that you must have met the cohabitation requirements the day you sign your forms or apply together. Your application may be refused if you do not meet the eligibility requirements. 

    Error 2: Failing to provide evidence of a 12-month cohabitation

     Living together for at least a year is the main factor that distinguishes a common-law from other types of relationships. Therefore, you must include supporting documentation with your application demonstrating that you both resided at the same place for a minimum of a year. 

    Some of the acceptable proofs include the following:

    • Shared lease with both applicants’ names 
    • Receiving mail at the same address 
    • Your bank statements with the same address 
    • Shared bills 
    • Or any other evidence demonstrating your cohabitation 

    If you have relocated more than once in the past year, you should provide documentation connecting the two to each residence you have occupied.



    Error 3: No Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Status 

    A Statutory Declaration of Common-Law status, Form IMM 5409, is a specific form used to disclose the details of a common-law relationship for immigration. 

    You must submit this form with your applications if you are in a common-law relationship. Ensure that you fill out the form correctly and include it in all your applications. 

    Error 4: Not keeping copies of your IRCC application 

    When you apply for common-law sponsorship application, ensure that you keep copies of the entire filing. It is important because if IRCC requests more information, you may need to refer to the information you have already submitted. 

    To avoid sending the same evidence, ensure that you keep copies of your filing and gather and document sufficient evidence of your relationship. Additionally, keeping file copies can help you identify if a specific area lacks evidence. 

    Additionally, there is a chance that the officer may overlook your application. You must always be able to demonstrate what you sent and when it was received.


  • New Immigration Plan Can Help With Alberta Labour Shortage

    As Canada intends to significantly increase the number of immigrants annually, groups in Alberta believe it will benefit businesses facing labour shortages. The immigration levels plan, which immigration minister Sean Fraser unveiled on November 1, 2022, calls for a massive influx of immigrants to enter the country: 465,000 in 2023, rising to 500,000 in 2025.

    Government has a strong focus on admitting people based on their employment qualifications or experience. Alberta-based organizations want the government to ease limitations on immigrants choosing lower-paying positions and to support organizations that assist newcomers’ resettlement in ensuring that the new Canadians can genuinely help with the labour shortage.



    Calgary Chamber of Commerce Report on Immigration 

    The Calgary Chamber of Commerce released a report outlining the crucial role immigration plays in easing labour shortages. 

    President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Deborah Yedlin, explained that whether you work in the service industry, technology, energy, or the healthcare industry, everyone is searching for that last unit of labour. Immigration has become important to address the talent shortage that every business faces across the country.

    Regarding the latest immigration levels plan, Yedlin accepts the new plan but suggests expanding the options to low-wage workers rather than solely focusing on highly skilled, technically trained experts. 

    According to Yedlin, there is a bit of a catch-22 with programs like the Alberta Opportunity Stream since you require prior work experience and language proficiency, which limits the pool of immigrants who can apply.

    She explains that the government needs to figure out how to ensure that the ability to come and work is offered as an opportunity for a broader proportion of the immigrant population than it already is, including low-wage workers.

    Affordable housing to attract immigrants

    According to Randy Boissonault, a member of parliament for Edmonton Centre, Alberta’s lower cost of living can draw people.

    Since all of the communities in Alberta have done an excellent job of continuing to create housing, Edmonton and Calgary are at the top of the list for affordable housing nationwide, according to Boissonault.

    He anticipates that the hundreds of thousands of newcomers will be able to fill employment gaps in the IT industry.

    On meeting the Alberta Machine Institute in the heart of Edmonton, they told Boissonault that many of their partners are searching for computer scientists and mathematicians who can significantly advance the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    The provincial government oversees a program whose objective is to hasten the processing of visas for foreign workers hired by IT firms in Alberta.

    Yedlin claimed that because Albertans frequently lack the qualifications required for a position, businesses are forced to rely heavily on immigration. She emphasizes the tech positions that have remained unfilled for a considerable time despite being advertised for months in Calgary. 

    Newcomer settlement organizations need more support.

    Rispah Tremblay, senior manager of settlement services at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN), which assists newcomers in settling in the capital area, said the immigration levels plan presents some difficulties for other organizations.

    Such that with increasing numbers, newcomer settlement organizations need additional resources, explained Tremblay. 

    Tremblay says that EMCN would require additional funding to pay employees who handle cases, assist clients in finding housing, and teach languages.

    New immigrants might not be able to integrate into the Canadian workforce without the assistance of the staff members who assist newcomers with their settlement needs.

    There must be an additional help to settle and get the right training or support they need as soon as they get here, she said. It will allow them to integrate and start working immediately.

    Tremblay is also worried that the housing supply would start to run out with everyone migrating here. Although she hasn’t heard anything from the federal government on funding to support service expansion, she anticipates that discussions will begin in the spring.


  • Entry-Level Canada Government Jobs Hiring Now For 100 Positions

    The Public Service Commission of Canada is hiring for entry-level jobs for various locations. The department is looking to hire for AS-01, AS-02, CR-04, CR-05, PG-01, & PG-02 for 100 positions.

    These positions are part of Post Secondary recruitment calling for all college and university grand to join federal public service. Anyone in Canada with a valid status is welcome to apply, including Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad. 

    • Closing date: November 30, 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time
    • Salary: $47,415 to $70,668

    Job duties and requirements

    The public Service Commission of Canada is looking to fill 100 positions under the following streams. Below are the duties under each stream. 

    STREAM 1: Procurement & Contracting

    Federal Procurement & Contracting is in charge of managing commercial ties with the world’s top enterprises. In addition, the Canadian government is one of the country’s major purchasers of everything from scientific services to high-tech equipment to military equipment and professional services.

    The responsibilities and duties include the following: 

    • Analyzes the needs, specifications, and requisition papers of regular and low to medium-complexity company owners;
    • In partnership with the business owners, verifies and analyses the overall performance of contracts for correctness, integrity, and compliance.
    • Provides procurement strategy guidance and recommendations that fulfil operational objectives while also delivering greater socioeconomic benefit;
    • Creates and distributes solicitation papers that include needs and delivery requirements, work descriptions and specifications, and assessment criteria.
    • Contract conditions and pricing are negotiated with the provider.
    • Manages supplier connections and their performance.

    STREAM 2: Material Management

    The federal Material Management Community is in charge of acquiring approximately $3.5 billion in machinery and equipment, over 28,000 vehicles, and $54 million in gross revenue from the sale of excess movable assets.

    • The following are some examples of duties and responsibilities.
    • Regulate the lifespan of moveable assets, products, and services.
    • Fleet management and assistance with the government’s transition to zero-emission automobiles;
    • Assesses and plans material and activity requirements;
    • Strategic guidance and analysis on material management policies, laws, regulations, and practises;
    • Surplus asset disposition;
    • Tracks inventory levels and equipment status.

    STREAM 3: Real Property

    Real estate enables the delivery of programmes and services to Canadians. Their portfolio consists of 20,000 properties with more than 41 million hectares of land and over 39,000 buildings totaling 29 million m2 of floor space, ranging from national parks to border crossings and military bases.

    Responsibilities and duties may include:

    • Management of assets;
    • Acquisition and disposal transactions;
    • Project delivery;
    • Governance and reporting;
    • Client consultation and liaison;
    • Contract management;
    • Financial management and analysis.


    Eligibility requirements 

    You must meet the following eligibility requirements for the entry-level positions mentioned above. Education: College diploma or university degree achieved or to be obtained by June 30, 2023 from a recognized post-secondary institution.

    The degree must be in a discipline linked to the employment, such as Logistics, Business Administration, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Law, Commerce, Materiel Management, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Public Administration, or Technology (Avionics, Mechanical, Electronics, or Martial Arts).

    Experience requirements for all stream

    • Experience with software programmes (for example, Microsoft Office) and report preparation utilising spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Excel)
    • Capability to gather, assemble, and analyse data or information from a variety of sources.
    • Can handle many priorities in a high-pressure, competing-demands situation.

    How to apply? 

    You only need your resume to apply. Then, fill out the online application and demonstrate how you meet the qualification requirements. 

    To submit your application, click here. Fill out all details asked in the candidate profile and ensure you upload your education documents. The reference number for this position is PSC22J-028082-000008.


  • New NOC Codes: Step-Wise Guide To Find Your NOC

    New NOC codes: On November 16, IRCC switches to the new 2021 National Occupational Classification (NOC) version in alignment with Employment and Social Development of Canada (ESDC). It implies that the NOC 2016 skill type and skill level framework (NOC 0, A, B, C, and D) will now be represented by new 6-category system representing the training, education, experience, and responsibilities (TEER) required to work in an occupation.

    As a result, the previous four-digit codes will become five digits under the new NOC 2021. It will also impact the eligibility criteria for all programs that use NOC. To prepare for these changes, you can learn the following in this article:

    Steps to find new NOC code 

    Step 1: Visit the National Occupational Classification (NOC) official website. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Step 2: You can search by job title or NOC code on this page. If you want to search by job title, look for the “Version” section, then click on the box below it that says “NOC 2016 Version 1.3.” Then, it will open a drop-down menu and select the latest “NOC 2021 Version 1.3.”

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Step 3: Once you select the new NOC 2021 version, enter your job title to find your NOC 2021 code and TEER category. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Below is an example of a job titled Marketing Coordinator. You also view other matching job titles. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER


    Understanding New NOC categories

    All programs that previously used skill types or levels will now use NOC 2021 codes and TEER categories. 

    Most positions will remain in the TEER category, corresponding to the skill level in the table below. However, certain jobs may change to other TEER categories. The most significant change is the subdivision of Skill Level B jobs that will now become TEER 2 or TEER 3 jobs.

    The table below explains the distribution between skill types or levels and corresponding TEER categories. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER
    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Immigration Programs that new NOC will affect 

     Generally, all programs that have used NOC skill types or levels to invite applicants will be affected. Therefore, all the programs below will switch to using NOC 2021 codes and TEER levels. 

    Additionally, several occupations will become eligible and ineligible under specific programs due to the new NOC 2021 implementation. 

    Frequently Asked Questions regarding new TEER system

    Do you need to update your Express Entry profile as new NOC is implemented? 
    Suppose you are an Express Entry candidate who submitted your profile before November 16 but has not yet received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Then, you must update your Express Entry profile with your new NOC 2021 code and TEER category. 

    If you receive an ITA before November 16, you can submit your Express Entry application using the NOC 2016 system. In addition, you can also refer to the NOC code mentioned on your ITA receipt and submit your application accordingly. However, there is no need for you to update to NOC 2021 if you received an ITA before November 16. 

    How will new NOC affect CRS scores? 
    The points distribution would be similar to what it has been with NOC 2016. Such as, so far, Express Entry applicants with arranged employment in Skill Levels 0, A and B have received 50 additional points. 

    With NOC 2021, applicants will receive 50 additional points for arranged employment provided their NOC is in TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3. 

    Similarly, you will continue to receive points for Canadian education. However, your work experience must be in occupations that are TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3. 

    How can you prepare for new NOC? 
    To be prepared, you can be mindful of the new changes in the TEER lead statements and primary duties. Although most duties may be similar, your work experience letter must reflect the duties mentioned in your new NOC 2021 code and TEER category. 

    Moreover, you must continue to match the duties in your NOC 2021 occupation if you want to claim points for the skilled experience inside and outside Canada. 


  • Getting Married While Canada PR Application Is In Processing

    Often Canada immigration applications take months or for certain categories years to process. It may be common for people to experience changes in their lives as they wait. For example, getting married is one of the common changes an applicant experiences as they wait for their application to be processed. 

    Suppose you are someone whose family composition changed while your permanent residency application was in the process. In that case, you can learn how it will impact your application and the steps you should take. 

    It is important to remember that IRCC requires you to notify them of any changes to your application, including any information regarding dependant spouses. 

    In this article, you can learn:

    What to do if you get married after applying for Canada PR? 

    As mentioned earlier, you must inform IRCC of any changes in your family composition, such as getting married and having a spouse. However, you do have the option to either add your spouse as a dependent in your application. Or, apply for your spouse separately (this may require more paperwork). 

    Nevertheless, you must inform IRCC of the change in your marital status even if your spouse is not accompanying you to Canada.  


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    Adding your spouse before IRCC processes your application

    If your application is in the initial stage and is pending a decision, you can add your spouse. Depending on your application type, you may need to complete the following forms for your spouse.

    Forms to include

    Official documents to include

    • Marriage certificate (in English or French)
    • Updated birth registration or marriage ID (if applicable)
    • Any official document from the place of marriage 

    Other supporting documents to evidence a genuine relationship

    • Proof of shared finances such as joint bank accounts, shared bills, or investments 
    • Letters from friends and family 
    • Photographs of multiple occasions 
    • Evidence of cohabitation, like a shared lease 
    • Any other document proving your genuine relationship 

    To add your spouse, you may need to pay application fees for the following:

    • Sponsorship fee: $75
    • Processing fee: $570 
    • Biometrics fees: $85
    • Right to permanent resident fee: $515

    How to add your spouse after receiving an ITA? 

    If you received an Invitation to Apply and submitted your application, you could still add your new spouse to your application. First, inform IRCC about the recent change in your marital status. Then IRCC will send you a list of documents required to add your spouse to your application. 

    How to check your spouse’s immigration status after adding her to your application? 

    If you added your new spouse to your application and want to check if IRCC has processed your updated information, log in to your “My Account” and view details. 

    Once you open your account, check if your application lists any dependents. If you notice that no dependents are added to your account, IRCC has not yet processed your spouse’s information. 

    Additionally, spouses must be eligible for entry to Canada under existing immigration laws, which implies that they must satisfy the security, criminal, and medical requirements. They will be deemed inadmissible to Canada if they fail to meet any of these criteria, which will affect your PR application.

    Getting married after your PR application has been approved, but you are yet to enter Canada 

    If your PR application is approved, but you are outside Canada, ensure that you update your marital status before entering Canada. IRCC may reevaluate your application. However, failure to inform IRCC may be deemed a misrepresentation and can impact your PR and future applications. 

    Even if your spouse is not accompanying you to Canada, you must inform IRCC of your marital status change before landing in Canada. If you added your spouse, they might review your spouse’s medical and grounds of inadmissibility. 

    Alternatively, you can sponsor your spouse to bring you to Canada. However, there are different processes for outland and inland spousal application. 


  • Entry-Level CRA Jobs Hiring Now At Multiple Locations In Ontario!

    Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) jobs hiring now across Ontario without any prior experience paying up to $76,545 per year. It is best to apply as soon as possible because CRA will prioritize the first 500 people who apply and meet the staffing requirements. Then, as needed, other applicants may be considered. 

    • Location: various locations in Ontario 
    • Salary: $68,012 to $76,545
    • Closing date: November 21, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern Time 

    About the position and offered benefits 

    The CRA provides some of the most sought-after benefit plans, career development opportunities, and attractive pay rates, among other things:

    • Flexible schedules to help you find the proper balance between work and personal life.
    • Generous vacation and other leave provisions (e.g., family-related, sick days, etc.);
    • healthcare plan that covers many of life’s events, such as medical, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care, out-of-province medical bills and hospitalizations, etc.
    • Access to a suitable pension plan;
    • A workplace that promotes workforce diversity and talent development.

    Who can apply? 

    Individuals living in Canada on a valid status, Canadian citizens and permanent residents living abroad are welcome to apply. The applicant must reside in Ontario region only. 

    However, preference will be given to veterans, Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Selected applicants will be notified in writing of the next step in the hiring process.



    Position duties and responsibilities 

    The CRA is looking for individuals to join the SP-05 and SP-06 teams. The employment responsibilities will differ depending on the role. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Duties for SP-05 Salary Range – $62,858 to $70,749

    • Audit and examine taxpayers’ returns, books, records, taxpayer requests, and supporting documentation to ensure and enforce compliance with the CRA’s statutes.

    or

    • Examines objections, requests for appeal and assessment, fairness reviews, and takes decisions to confirm, vacate, or vary the notice of objection, request for appeal, or notice of assessment.

     Duties for SP-06 Salary Range – $68,012 to $76,545

    • Respond to raised issues and other dispute requests filed or received from the Ombudsman Liaison Office by taxpayers and their representatives.
    • Settle objection notices, discretionary requests for review, deadline extension requests, Fairness Program requests, and other requests made by taxpayers and their representatives.

    or

    • Enforce employer compliance about reporting taxable benefits and income from office or employment, including related withholding and remitting requirements.

    or

    • Audit and review returns and applications to ensure compliance with Canada Revenue Agency statutes (CRA).

    or

    • Performing taxpayer audits, regulatory reviews, licensing/registration, and giving technical advice to ensure compliance with CRA-administered excise duty and tax legislation.

    Job Requirements 

    Language requirements

    • English essential
    • Bilingual imperative CBC/CBC

    Essential Requirements 

    Education: A secondary school diploma AND completion of the following courses or fields of study from a recognized post-secondary institution or a recognized professional accounting association:

    • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Intermediate Financial Reporting 2; Or
    • FA3; Or
    • Intermediate Financial Accounting 2; Or
    • Intermediate Accounting 2.

    To learn more about CRA’s minimum education standard, visit  SP Group II – Intermediate Accounting

    Ensure you upload your educational credentials to your candidate profile’s Education Section and submit all required documentation with your application by the closing date. If you do not comply, your application may be rejected.

    Please keep in mind that all educational documents must be clear and legible. Your name and institution must be included on the proof. Accounting courses, course codes, course names, and grades must all be listed on transcripts. Additionally, CRA will not accept editable documents or mailed documents. 

    Experience: No prior experience is necessary 

    How to apply? 

    Candidates should submit their online application, educational qualifications, and other relevant documents as soon as possible. Moreover, there is no need to submit your CV and cover letter. 

    On an ongoing basis, candidates will be assessed against the prerequisite staffing requirements. You will be invited to an assessment if you meet the prerequisite staffing standards.

    To submit your application, click here. Fill out all details asked in the candidate profile and ensure you upload your education documents. The requisition number for this position is 58805698. 


  • Canada To Start Targeted Draws For Skilled Workers Next Year

    To address the severe labour shortages, Canada is prepared to begin targeted Express Entry draws for skilled workers as early as next year, according to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

    In an interview, the federal immigration minister told Reuters that Canada would begin conducting targeted draws for skilled immigrants next year. It would allow them to handpick candidates with the most in-demand skills for the areas of the country that need workers the most.

    Learn about the minister’s latest interview on targeted draws coming next year, IRCC focus and what we know so far.

    Conducting targeted draws in early 2023 

    The current Express Entry system ranks potential economic immigrants according to their language, education, experience and other skills. Those with the highest CRS scores receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. 

    With the upcoming changes, Canada can select individuals with particular skills and abilities in specific professions. As well as consider those who plan to move to certain provinces. 

    We can do a targeted draw beginning in 2023. That will allow us to select workers by the sector that they work in and the part of Canada that they are going to

    This means we will be able to bring a greater focus to welcome more healthcare workers … in jurisdictions that will allow them to practice

    -said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser


    Focus on healthcare workers 

    The COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of nurses are putting excessive stress on Canada’s healthcare system. As a result, many foreign-trained doctors and nurses do not wind up working in their sector. The country has also had difficulty licensing healthcare employees after they arrive.

    The healthcare system in Canada is the provinces’ responsibility. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser promised to work with provinces that make recognizing the foreign credentials of doctors and nurses simpler in an interview with Reuters. 

    He continued by saying that the federal government would work with the provinces to establish a clearer pathway and move forward with targeted draws for the provinces that facilitate the transition.

    Further, he explained that he would focus only on provinces that make it simple for health professionals to verify their qualifications from abroad and begin practising as soon as they arrive. 

    “I’m not interested in conducting a targeted draw for healthcare workers that are going to come to Canada and not be permitted to practice their profession”

    – Said Fraser

    Targeted draws to invite the Federal High Skilled Class category

     The federal government increased its immigration targets this week, announcing a three-year goal of 1.45 million new permanent residents. The targeted draws will fall within Canada’s federal “high-skilled” category, representing about 21.1% of new arrivals during that time.

    Canada is experiencing a severe labour shortage. According to the most recent data on job openings, there were 1.0 million unemployed persons and 958,500 available positions in Canada in August.

    Business organizations have argued that the government should take stronger action on immigration to support businesses facing a historic labour shortage.

    As immigration numbers reach historic highs, concerns about where the newcomers will live are increasing. There is already a housing scarcity in Canada.

    According to Fraser, the government will emphasize bringing in trained labourers to help create new housing and choosing immigrants for places with the “absorptive capacity” to accept them.

    Increased focus on Economic class immigrants 

    More than 60% of all immigration to Canada is expected to be from the economic class this year.

    Canada is already on track to accept 279,292 new permanent residents through economic programs this year, which is about 2.6% or 7,267 new permanent residents more than Ottawa had hoped to achieve through the new immigration levels plan for the next year.

    President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, Goldy Hyder, explains that economic-class permanent residents account for only 58.5 percent of overall admissions in the immigration levels plan announced by the federal government last week. 

    Of the 309,240 new permanent residents who entered Canada during the first eight months of this year, they arrived under the economic immigration programs making up 60.2% of the total.

    If the country adopted the target of 65% for economic immigration set by the Business Council of Canada, 302,250 new permanent residents would enter the country under economic programs out of the country’s total 465,000 in the following year.

    Economic immigration, according to the Business Council of Canada, is essential to expanding the Canadian economy.

    Every unfilled position represents one less person contributing to the economic prosperity of Canada and one less person paying taxes to maintain Canada’s social infrastructure, says Hyder.


  • Know Immigration Options For Applicants Awaiting CEC Draw

    Immigration Options For Applicants Waiting For CEC-Only Draw. On November 9, the latest Express Entry draw invited 4,750 candidates from all Express Entry programs, including Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades. The cut-off threshold for this draw was 494 CRS points. 

    As cut-offs continue to stay high for Express Entry, several international students and work permit holders are hoping for Canadian Experience Class-only draws. Although, it remains uncertain whether there will be a CEC-only draw. Or there will be options for international students and work permit holders, as emphasized by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in his recent report.

    Recently, minister Fraser said he is looking for options to give more points to Canadian experience in the Express Entry, but actual details are not finalized yet. However, if you are someone hoping for CEC-only draws, this article will help you understand your options and plan. 



    Understanding the CRS breakdown 

    The CRS score cut-off in the last two Express Entry draw finally dropped below 500 points. However, given previous trends, the CRS score cut-off will likely stay high for the upcoming draws, given that CRS only dropped by 2 points in the latest draw.

    However, no one can accurately predict all upcoming CRS score cut-offs. It is because many distinct factors affect the CRS score cut-off; each factor remains unpredictable and impacts the cut-offs in various ways. These factors are: 

    Other options for international students and work permit holders 

    If you are waiting for CRS score cut-offs to lower, you may want to consider some other options. It may be best to wait for the CRS score to reduce, but if you are at risk of becoming out of status, here are 3 options you can consider. 

    1. Applying for PNP

    Most often, PNP requires you to have a connection to the province. However, you could consider the following programs that do not require you to have a specific connection to the province, but you may need a job offer. New Immigration levels plan clearly states that provincial nominee programs have target of inviting 105,500 candidates in 2023.

    Newfoundland and Labrador International Graduate

    You could be qualified to apply for a provincial nomination under this program if you’ve completed a post-secondary program of at least two years’ duration anywhere in Canada. Still, you’re now employed in Newfoundland and Labrador. Graduates employed in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least a year on a post-graduate work permit are eligible for the program.

    B.C International Graduate

    This program can be possible if you have completed a post-secondary degree anywhere in Canada and presently hold a job offer from a company in British Columbia. To be eligible, you also need two years of full-time work experience in a similar role to the job offer. 

    Ontario ONIP Job Offer-International Students stream

    You may qualify for this PNP if you have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer and have completed a post-secondary program in Canada. Your Canadian education must have been for a study program that lasted at least two years or a one-year course with a prior necessary degree requirement. 

    2. Getting an LMIA Work Permit 

    If you have worked for a specific employer for a long time, you may ask them to support you with a LIMA. Although the process may be complex, with a valid job offer, you can get more points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. 

    There are currently more than 4,400 LMIA approved job postings in Canada. Click here to find LMIA approved jobs.

    3. Returning to School

    Lastly, you may consider returning to school if you are running out of all options and only need to extend your stay until CRS score cut-offs drop. It is an expensive option, but it can definitely prevent you from leaving Canada. It may help you maintain your status and extend your stay in Canada. 


  • More Than 4400 LMIA Approved Jobs In Canada – Here Is How To Find One

    Getting LMIA-approved jobs in Canada can often be difficult as the employer needs to apply for an LMIA and receive a positive response. Moreover, before hiring a Temporary Foreign Worker for a certain occupation, an employer must obtain a positive LMIA.

    In general, Service Canada will issue a positive LMIA if an assessment reveals that hiring a temporary foreign worker (TFW) will positively or neutrally impact the Canadian labour market. 

    However, to dodge the lengthy process of getting an LMIA, you can find LMIA-approved jobs using Canada Job Bank. In addition, you can refer to the list of employers who have applied and received a positive LMIA. 

    Below are the steps to help you find LMIA-approved jobs on Canada Job Bank and another option to find LMIA-positive employers. 



    Steps to find LMIA approved jobs using Canada Job Bank 

    Step 1: Visit the official Canada Job Bank Website, then scroll down to “Temporary Foreign Worker.”

    Step 2: Once you land on the Temporary Foreign Worker page, you will find a “search” button with the number of job postings. Click on this search button. 

    Step 3: After you hit the search button, you can view the number of jobs available and filter through the location, salary, language at work and LMIA status. 

    Step 4: Within the filter options (on the left), scroll down to “Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) status” and select the check box that says “LMIA approved.”

    After following these steps, you will find the list of available jobs that are also LMIA-approved. Then, you can apply online and reach out to employers directly to express your interest or clarify any position query. 

    How to find LMIA positive employers?

    As mentioned earlier, employers need to apply for an LMIA and receive a positive response to hire a foreign national. If they receive a negative response, they will not be able to hire a foreign national. 

    To avoid job fraud and for interested candidates to access information without paying any fee, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) publishes a list of employers who requested an LMIA and received a positive response. 

    ESDC publishes the list of employers who received a positive LMIA each year. So whether you are a temporary foreign worker looking for another employer or someone looking to get a job offer, you can refer to ESDC’s list to find potential employers. 

    Additionally, this ESDC’s LMIA-positive employer list is divided into two quarters. To view the list, click here


  • Nova Scotia Needs To reform Immigration System – New Auditor’s Report

    According to a new auditor general, Kim Adair’s report, Nova Scotia needs to reform immigration system of the province. The government needs to understand better what immigrants need to settle in the province as the province sets out ambitious goals to increase the general population.

    In a report released Tuesday (November 8), Kim Adair stated that the government spends $6.4 million annually on immigrant settlement assistance without understanding whether the money helps prevent them from leaving.

    Below are report highlights and findings, in addition to the suggestions made by the auditor general.

    More work is needed to meet Nova Scotia’s immigration target

    Adair explains that the current retention rate of 70% must be increased to 75%, which would require an increase in yearly population growth of more than twofold, to 25,000 people, from the current 10,000.

    The auditor general’s recommendations, such as looking at how settlement financing may best fulfill immigrant needs, are being worked on, according to immigration minister Jill Balser. As more and more newcomers settle in Nova Scotia, Balser said, the services must be flexible and adaptive to serve individual needs constantly.

    She added that her agency is also creating two new roles to handle fraud investigations and program compliance checks, introducing 12 new positions to process immigration applications more consistently.

    In 2021, Nova Scotia welcomed a record 9,160 immigrants; as of August of this year, that total had already surpassed 9,375 persons.



    Lack of evaluation by immigration Department of immigrant required services 

    Adair claimed that the Immigration Department had not evaluated the kinds of services required to help immigrants settle in Nova Scotia, adding that the government puts an undue reliance on information obtained from outside sources.

    Adair’s report stated that it is very difficult to identify what settlement services are required, which service providers should receive money, and whether any gaps exist without a detailed assessment to evaluate the requirements of immigrants. 

    The auditor general said that 18 immigrant settlement companies are currently working in the province, offering services such as language training, employment counselling, and community welcoming initiatives. However, Adair claimed that the government had not thoroughly examined the services given, their locations, or the demand for them.

    For instance, according to the report, evaluating whether language training is offered across the province or figuring out whether there is a greater need for particular settlement services in some places than others.

    The importance of feedback from immigrants

    Adair emphasized feedback from immigrants could help determine where future funding should be directed. In addition, the province has to identify labour market gaps for effective spending to match newcomers to jobs.

    While speaking to reporters in an interview, Adair said her department recommended that rather than just being reactionary, a framework should be in place. It would help the government get on top of the issues since it takes time to shift their focused efforts to particular gaps in the labour force. 

    Additionally, she said that her audit uncovered inconsistencies in how the province evaluates immigration petitions, leaving the system vulnerable to fraud.

    Furthermore, Adair noted that the province intends to increase its population to two million by 2060, requiring improvements in such areas.


  • New TEER System Implements Next Week – All You Need To Know

    On November 16, next week, IRCC will implement the new National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021, the Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system. With this implementation, several changes are coming to the Express Entry system. 

    These changes will impact Express Entry eligibility. For example, 16 NOC C occupations will become eligible for Express Entry. Additionally, it will also be implemented by all the provincial nominee programs (PNPs). For e.g., 12 NOC codes will become ineligible for the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

    Another change is in the eligibility criteria of the Express Entry. As with NOC 2016 system, an applicant needed to have skilled experience, such as in NOC 0, A or B, to qualify for Express Entry. Next week, with the implementation of NOC 2021, the eligibility criteria for Express Entry will change. 

    In this article, you can learn about the upcoming changes in the Express Entry system with the implementation of the new NOC c or the TEER system.  



    What is the new NOC 2021 and the TEER system?

    Canada uses NOC, National Occupation Classification, as a national standard for identifying occupations. After every ten years, the Canadian federal government updates NOC to reflect the country’s labour and economic market changes. 

    The old 4-digit “Skill Level” structure will be replaced by the NOC 2021. To illustrate the level of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) required for a given occupation, new NOC categories are introduced. These new categories include a brand-new five-digit hierarchical structure. 

    Understanding NOC 2021 categorisation and the TEER system

    TEER

    Overview of the new TEER categories 

    TEER 0: This category includes legislative and senior management occupations with significant experience and knowledge and handles responsibility for directing, resource planning and management. 

    TEER 1: This category typically calls for a college/ university degree or prior experience and knowledge in the subject matter from a similar job listed under TEER 2.

    TEER 2: This includes occupations with major safety or supervisory duties and typically need two to three years of post-secondary education or at least two years of apprenticeship training.

    TEER 3: This includes occupations requiring fewer than two years of post-secondary education, on-the-job training, training courses, or work experience of more than six months.

    TEER 4:  Occupations requiring either a high school diploma or no formal education are under TEER 4 category. Applicants with several years of experience in this category may qualify for TEER 3. 

    TEER 5: This category is for occupations without formal education requirements. 

    TEER

    Express Entry eligibility requirements with the new TEER system 

    To continue participating in Express Entry, you must update your profile with the new TEER system if you haven’t received an invitation to apply (ITA) by November 16, 2022.

    Additionally, if you were issued an ITA before November 16, 2022, you must continue to use the NOC 2016 system exclusively.

    For the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program, IRCC has provided updated NOC 2021 eligibility criteria for Express Entry. To understand eligibility after November 16, see the tables below.

    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) 

    TEER

    Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

    TEER

    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

    TEER
    TEER

    Occupations that will become eligible & ineligible under the TEER system

    With the implementation of the new TEER system, certain occupations will become eligible under the Express Entry system. Sixteen occupations previously under NOC C will upgrade to TEER 3 next week, making them eligible under Express Entry. 

    However, changes in the NOC will also make 12 occupations ineligible, as some have been moved from NOC C to NOC D, falling under the TEER 5 level. In addition, it will impact applicants under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) that accepts NOC C and above skill levels. 

    Below is the list of occupations that will become eligible and ineligible. 

    16 occupations that will become eligible under Express Entry 

    1. Payroll Administrators
    2. Dental Assistants and dental laboratory assistants
    3. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
    4. Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
    5. Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
    6. Sheriffs and bailiffs
    7. Correctional service officers
    8. By-lay enforcement and other regulatory officers
    9. Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
    10. Residential and commercial installers and servicers
    11. Pest controllers and fumigators
    12. Other repairers and servicers
    13. Transport truck drivers
    14. Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
    15. Heavy equipment operators
    16. Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors

    12 occupations that will become ineligible For Atlantic Immigrant Program (AIP) 

    1. Pet groomers and animal care workers
    2. Other support occupations in personal services
    3. Longshore workers
    4. Material handlers
    5. Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
    6. Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors
    7. Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
    8. Livestock labourers
    9. Nursery and greenhouse labourers
    10. Trappers and hunters
    11. Food and beverage servers
    12. Labourers in textile processing and cutting

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  • Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile – Here Are 7 Important Tips

    A lot of people feel that finding a job in Canada can be difficult. However, if you use the right tips and tricks, you can get your dream job in Canada. There is a huge hidden job market in Canada. This means that about 60-80% of the jobs are filled without the employer advertising them publicly. So, it is very important that you build your network. LinkedIn is an excellent tool to do this. 

    LinkedIn is one of the most commonly used social platforms for professionals. You can connect with other professionals and your dream job. Moreover, you can highlight your experience and skills. This makes it easier for recruiters to know you better. However, you have to make sure that your Linkedin is well-optimized. This will help you build your professional network strategically.

    If you are new to using LinkedIn or are not sure how to optimize your LinkedIn profile for a job search in Canada, don’t worry we have got you covered. This article lists the top 7 tips to optimize your LinkedIn profile. 


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    1. Complete your profile

    The first thing that you should do is complete your profile. Having a complete profile shows that you are professional. Also, it makes you more visible to recruiters. Your LinkedIn profile speaks for you to all potential employers. So, make sure that you have a photo, and a generic summary and highlight all your skills, projects, interests, and certifications in relevant sections. 

    2. Use a professional headshot

    Having a professional photo is very important while optimizing your LinkedIn profile. Your picture should not have a distracting background. Avoid any grainy or low-quality images. Also, try to feature your face in the majority of your frame. Lastly, make sure to have a smile and a friendly expression. 

    3. Have a compelling headline

    Your headline is a great opportunity to show who you are. It should be more than just what you do. You should try to showcase why you are unique. Include details that a recruiter will care about. Moreover, using keywords in your headline can improve your rankings as well as your visibility. 

    4. Have an engaging professional summary

    Your summary section in the profile is a perfect place to tell about you and your professional brand. You should mention your top skills and qualities. Include three to five sentences about your experience. Also, you should mention your future goals. Lastly, include ways by which other professionals can engage with you. 

    5. Focus on your profile SEO

    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an important component of your LinkedIn profile. You should try to add relevant keywords in your field to your profile. Try to add backlinks to your profile from other websites. This can include job portals and social networking platforms. Lastly, try to publish posts on Instagram. This will bring more people to your platform. Thus, your chances of hiring will increase. 

    6. Get Recommendations

    Recommendations on LinkedIn are like references from people in your network. You should request these from your current or former managers. Also, you can ask your colleagues too. This not only boosts your profile but also builds trust and authoritativeness. You can think of recommendations like reviews on your profile. Recruiters are able to make informed decisions based on these recommendations. 

    7. Build your network

    The main purpose of LinkedIn is to build your network. So, you should connect with like-minded people. Don’t hesitate to message professionals, employers, recruiters, entrepreneurs, and others in your industry. This will help you get noticed by other professionals. This in turn will help you build a solid relationship. Some of your connections might in turn recommend you for jobs that they know are hiring. 


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  • New Immigration Program For New Brunswick Announced By Sean Fraser

    Today, IRCC minister Sean Fraser and New Brunswick immigration minister Arlene Dunn announced a new immigration program for the province. The new program is called “New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot.”

    The new pilot is aiming at attracting skilled workers into occupations that are difficult to fill. New stream will also allows participating firms to give skill and language training, as well as counselling and assistance to the newcomers they bring into the province.

    The 5-year pilot program will be examined and assessed on a regular basis to ensure that it stays responsive to immigration demands while also delivering the best potential results for the province.



    List of employers participating in the new pilot program

    Below listed 6 employers have been chosen to take part in the pilot as they have been in good standing with the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program.

    1. Cooke Aquaculture
    2. Groupe Savoie Inc.
    3. Groupe Westco
    4. Imperial Manufacturing
    5. J.D. Irving Ltd.
    6. McCain Foods.

    Requirements For Participating Employers:

    The participating employers must have:

    • have thorough settlement plans for housing and transportation as well as strong pledges to long-term retention
    • have complete human resource strategy in place for recruiting and hiring qualified foreign workers, as well as enhancing on-the-job capabilities
    • deliver up to 200 hours of language instruction to selected individuals as needed; and
    • provide assistance and help to students interested in pursuing their Canadian secondary education equivalency

    IRCC minister Sean Fraser said, ““Immigration is not only good for our communities, it is essential. Newcomers play a key role in Atlantic Canadian communities, and in helping businesses succeed. New Brunswick’s Critical Worker Pilot is an innovative approach that will help employers across New Brunswick meet their specific labour market needs.””

    Arlene Dunn said “New Brunswick has a successful track record with immigration-related pilot programs, which is why we are grateful that the federal government has chosen our province for this one. Participating employers will greatly benefit from filling critical vacancies and applicants will find meaningful work in a welcoming community.”

    Details for applications and how to apply are yet to be revealed by New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program. We will post the details as soon as they are made public.

    Source: Opportunities NB


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  • New Immigration Plan To Attract Francophones Released By Nova Scotia

    On November 7, the Province of Nova Scotia released an action plan to promote the expansion of the French-speaking population. This new plan is also part of the Province’s National Francophone Immigration Week celebration.

    From November 6 to 12, National Francophone Immigration Week honours the numerous significant contributions made by French-speaking immigrants in Canada. In this article, learn about:

    Growing Nova Scotia’s Francophone Population Plan details

    The Province wants to achieve or surpass the 4.4% goal set by the federal government for immigrants who speak French in Canada.

    To achieve this goal, the Province will invite 150 Francophone candidates from the federal Express Entry system to apply to Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities stream of the Provincial Nominee Program. 

    Expanding efforts to attract francophone newcomers from other countries and provinces are part of Growing Nova Scotia’s Francophone Population – An Action Plan for Success (2022–25). It involves work on the following:

    • Increasing partner and community engagement 
    • Promoting and attracting newcomers 
    • Population growth initiatives
    • Inclusion and retention through settlement services
    • Program research and evaluation

    The new action plan is the result of collaboration with francophone partners from across Nova Scotia, including:

    •  Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, 
    • Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, 
    • Université Sainte-Anne, 
    • Provincial Council of School Boards, and 
    • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

    In response to this new plan, Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial, president Marcel Cottreau says,

    “As a francophone organization, the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial looks forward to working with the Province on this new plan. This action plan will allow us to welcome more francophone newcomers to our beautiful province and, in turn, will increase our student population, expand our qualified staff, and develop Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone community.”

    Marcel Cottreau, President, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial

    Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Comments 

    Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration Jill Balser says, “The Acadian and francophone communities have been an essential part of our province’s identity and heritage for more than 400 years.”

    “Our new action plan demonstrates Nova Scotia’s commitment to increasing the number of French-speaking newcomers throughout the province and ensuring they have opportunities and supports to thrive,” said Balser. 

    Moreover, during the Destination Canada Mobility Forum in France and Morocco the following week, Minister Balser will go with a provincial delegation to promote Nova Scotia to skilled French-speaking employees.

    Nova Scotia Immigration Goals 

    Nova Scotia is making headway in attracting French-speaking residents. 

    Since the launch of the first francophone immigration action plan in 2019, the percentage of French-speaking candidates approved under the Provincial Nominee Program has increased from less than 1% in 2018 to 6.4% in 2021.

    Additionally, Nova Scotia exceeded its one million population goal in December 2021 and intends to reach two million by 2060.

    Click here to view the Growing Nova Scotia’s Francophone Population – An Action Plan for Success (2022–25).

    Source: Nova Scotia News Release

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  • Alberta Government Job Hiring Now For More Than 40 Locations

    Alberta Government Job: The Government of Alberta is hiring now for the Ministry of Children’s Services for 5 regions across the Province:

    North Region: Includes Edson, Hinton, Whitecourt, Athabasca, Westlock, Barrhead, Lac La Biche, St. Paul, Vegreville, Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Slave Lake, Grande Cache, Grande Prairie, Peace River, High Prairie, High Level, Fairview, Fort McMurray and Valleyview.

    Edmonton Region: Includes Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Stony Plain, Leduc, Enoch, and Metis Settlements.

    Central Region: Includes Lloydminster, Wainwright, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Drayton Valley, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer, Stettler, Drumheller, and Olds.

    Calgary Region: Includes Calgary, High River, Airdrie, and Strathmore

    South Region: Includes Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Blairmore, Taber, Brooks, and Fort MacLeod.

    About the position 

    Early intervention, child development, and providing support and services to children, youth, and families are all priorities for Children’s Services. It seeks to provide children in Alberta with the resources they require to flourish in healthy homes and communities. 

    The CI Practitioner – Entry Level is a developmental role that will set you on a rewarding career path in Children’s Services. Working with a team of CI professionals, you will expand your knowledge and skills as you work toward being a fully licensed Child Intervention Practitioner.

    You will build confidence in your capacity to work collaboratively with families and community partners to create safe environments and identify safety and risk issues within communities and households. 

    The Ministry of Children’s Services has several Child Intervention Practitioner – Entry Level job openings around Alberta to fill existing and future vacancies.



    Job Requirements

    Education: A bachelor’s degree or diploma in social work, with no prior experience, or equivalency as specified below, is necessary.

    • A university degree related to:
      • BA Child Studies/Child & Youth Care
      • BA Education
      • Bachelor of Health Sciences
      • Bachelor of Human Services
      • BA/BSc Psychology
      • BA Sociology
      • Bachelor of Community Rehab
      • BSc. Family Studies/Human Ecology
      • BA Early Child Development
      • Law Degree
      • Any of the above degrees and one year of related experience
    • Or a diploma related to Addictions/Counseling, Child and Youth Care, Human Services, and Criminal Justice, with 2 years of related experience 
    • Or a certificate related and 3 years of related experience.

    Related experience for equivalencies:

    • Case management and planning in a child intervention setting.
    • Crisis intervention and protection work.
    • Foster care.
    • Family preservation and family support.
    • Counselling youth.
    • Youth corrections work.
    • Child Care Program development (Teacher, Teacher Aide, Psychologist).
    • Experience and understanding Indigenous peoples, various cultures, community connections, and socially inclusive environments.

    Other requirements include communicating effectively and concisely in writing and utilizing professional and inclusive vocabulary. 

    Competencies

    Creative Problem Solving: Ability to obtain information from many sources, analyze and interpret information to develop reports, and make decisions related to case planning.

    Agility: Can prioritize competing for workload pressures while contributing to organizational goals.

    Drive for Results: Demonstrates the ability to gather, integrate, and understand complex information sets, as well as achieve goals and priorities to produce results per departmental objectives and instructions: excellent analytical, evaluation, and critical thinking abilities.

    Building Collaborative Environments: can work cooperatively and collaboratively with various teams within the business, community, and other Government ministries/agencies to fulfill client and ministry goals and objectives.

    Developing Networks:  The ability to interact positively, build relationships and work effectively with others.

    Develop Self and Others: The ability to invest in the long-term capabilities development of oneself and others.

    Prerequisites for Employment

    As part of the application process, you must complete and pass the following tests:

    • Written evaluation and assessment,
    • Professional and/or academic reference checks,
    • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector,
    • Intervention Record Check,
    • Alberta College of Social Workers Registration (if applicable), and 
    • Provide a current 5 year Commercial Driver Abstract

    The applicants are responsible for the initial costs of obtaining the above requirements.

    Job Summary

    Salary: $2,255.61 to $2,907.15 bi-weekly ($58,871 – $75,876/ year)

    Work hours: Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (36.25 hours per week (full-time)). 

    Closing Date: December 9, 2022

    Travel Requirements: Because travel will be required in the CI Practitioner – Entry Level role, successful candidates will be required to provide a current five-year Commercial Driver Abstract. Additionally, when government fleet vehicles are unavailable, employees may be obliged to utilize their own automobiles.

    How to apply? 

    To apply, click here. You may need to create your profile and include your education and experience details. 

    While completing your profile, ensure that you include information that clearly and concisely indicates how their qualifications fulfill the listed requirements, such as education, experience, and examples of required competencies.

    Additionally, if you want to learn more about the position, you can join the information session on November 24, organized by the Government of Alberta. Below are the details to join the information session. 

    Open House: November 24, 2022, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MDT

    Join conversation (microsoft.com)
    Meeting ID: 213 327 203 822 
    Passcode: pqFxE5 
    Or call in (audio only) 
    +1 587-415-7406,,517879574# Canada, Edmonton 
    Phone Conference ID: 517 879 574# 


  • IRCC Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) – All You Need To Know

    An official document known as an Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) proves that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has received your immigration application. 

    IRCC issues an AOR document after you submit an application and the processing time officially begins from the date of AOR. The document’s importance varies based on the application filed and how it is submitted.

    This article delves into:

    When do you receive an AOR? 

    Depending on the kind of application, IRCC could release an AOR at different times. One such instance is the automated generation of an AOR for Express Entry, which often occurs minutes after the permanent residence application is filed. 

    Contrarily, the AOR for a citizenship or sponsorship application may take weeks or even months.

    What does receiving an AOR indicate? 

    The AOR is a receipt that confirms that IRCC received your application. However, the date of the AOR is important if the factors below apply to you. 

    The age of your dependent children: Only children who match the description of a dependent child may be added to your application. Except in certain circumstances, a dependent child must be unmarried and under 22. Your child must satisfy this requirement by the date IRCC receives your application, as stated on your AOR.

    Validity of your document: The validity of some documents, including police records, IELTS test scores, and ECA reports, is limited. Therefore, when your application is received, these documents must be current and valid on the date stated on the AOR. For this reason, ensure that you apply before your documents expire. 



    Does AOR indicate your application is complete? 

    Obtaining an AOR does not always imply that your application is completed or incomplete. It all depends on the kind of application you filed. For instance, IRCC automatically gives an AOR to Express Entry applicants, but they might reject the application if certain papers are missing.

    The IRCC has verified that the application is complete if you receive an AOR after filing a citizenship application.

    The difference in applying via paper or online 

    When IRCC receives your application, they send you a confirmation as an AOR. As a result, the AOR date for a paper-based application will be the day the IRCC mailroom receives your application package. 

    Once they begin processing your application, they will send the AOR. To monitor your application and get a confirmation when it arrives, it is crucial to utilize a courier service that demands a signature when delivering it.

    The AOR date for an electronic application submission usually coincides with the day you click the submit button. However, due to clerical errors or time zone variances, the date on your AOR may occasionally show to be one or two days later. It is a good idea to submit in advance because of this reason. 

    How soon after receiving AOR do you get decision?

    The IRCC may not have even begun processing your application when you get the AOR. Receiving an AOR does not essentially mean that IRCC has started processing your application.

    AOR is just an acknowledgement by IRCC that they have officially received your application. Therefore, the time it takes to receive PR after receiving your AOR may vary depending on the program you applied for.

    Certain applicants start comparing or expecting the decision on their application based on consensus mentioned over the various online forums after receiving the AOR. However, that is not the case. IRCC processing is random and certain applications may take longer than others.

    For more information, visit IRCC’s official page.


  • Seasonal Jobs In Canada Surge By 28% – New Indeed Report

    Indeed’s holiday jobs hiring trends report, published on Wednesday, shows that seasonal job posts for this winter are up 28% from last year and 40% above the levels in 2019. While the percentage of job seekers looking for seasonal work is up 25% from last year, it is still slightly below pre-pandemic levels.

    According to a recent Indeed study, employers may find it more difficult to find temporary workers during the upcoming holiday season due to the increase in job postings compared to before the pandemic.

    The survey stated that while hiring will likely increase generally over the holiday season (November 2022 – January 2023), certain businesses may have trouble filling positions due to increased demand for seasonal workers and job seeker interest.



    Possible solutions to finding seasonal workers

    Indeed’s Senior Economist Brendon Bernard says the seasonal hiring trend is similar to the rest of the labour market. Employers have reported difficulty filling positions across the sector, and this season, he predicted, will be no different.

    Bernard says employers may need to change compensation to attract new hires or provide flexible schedules. 

    Nevertheless, he believes it would be challenging to fill certain posts for some specific organizations. He suggests that the question employers must ask themselves is, what are they doing to set themselves apart? 

    Moreover, Indeed says that holiday season hiring typically begins in September, but positions for holiday jobs have accelerated early this year. 

    Holiday-season-2022 jobs

    The aftermath of the pandemic 

    After two years of slowed recruiting due to the pandemic, it is a strong turnaround, says Bernard. There has been a little more return to normal this year, says Bernad. However, he said it’s likely that employers are getting ready for an expected increase in foot traffic.

    Indeed report shows that the market’s overall share of seasonal employment is 1.3 per cent, higher than in 2021 but not nearly at pre-pandemic levels. In 2022, Canada’s overall job postings will have reached record highs, indicating a more competitive employment market, particularly in some industries.

    Further, seasonal employment for customer service agents and sales associates is concentrated in the retail sector. Indeed data shows that customer-facing retail jobs make up half of this year’s seasonal postings.

    Other Expert Opinion 

    Michelle Wasylyshen, the spokesperson for the Retail Council of Canada, says the labour shortage is a persistent problem in retail.

    She explained that retailers are anxious about their ability to ramp up staffing numbers with the approaching Christmas shopping season and significant shopping occasions like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Boxing Day.

    There has been a decrease in the pool of part-time workers, which Wasylyshen says is one factor causing the retail labour crisis. Throughout the pandemic, “fewer seniors and young people returned to the workplace,” she said.

    If retailers cannot meet their employment needs, they may need to cut hours or take other corrective measures to increase compensation to attract workers, she added.


  • Job Experience Letter For Canada – Know Full Details To Include

    Job reference letters are an essential part of your permanent residency application. Whether you apply through Express Entry, PNP or come on a work permit, you will need an employer reference letter to evidence your previous work experience. 

    Moreover, there are certain Canadian immigration specifications that your letter needs to match if you want to claim points for your work experience in the Express Entry system. In this article, you will learn about the details your reference letter should include, along with common mistakes and alternatives to reference letters. 

    Details to include in a job reference letter 

    For IRCC to verify your employment history, your employer reference letter should include the following information. 

    • Company information, including company name and address 
    • Printed on the company’s official letterhead
    • Your Full name 
    • All positions held while employed 
    • Supervisor name, position and contact details 
    • Main duties of all positions 
    • Duration and dates of each held position
    • Annual salary 
    • Employment duration 
    • The number of hours worked each week
    • Dates you worked at the company 


    Common mistakes on job reference letters 

    One of the most common mistakes is when your reference letters do not include your main duties. While evaluating your application, IRCC uses your NOC’s description and duties you assess your application. 

    Therefore, to ensure that you get points for your experience, check if your reference letter includes your main duties, which align with your NOC’s description and main duties. Additionally, if you have a new job offer while your permanent residency application is processing, make sure that you update your profile according to the new job offer.

    Another critical point to remember is that from November 16, IRCC will implement the use of the new NOC 2021 to assess all applications. 

    Alternatives to the employment reference letter 

    A job reference letter is the most suitable evidence you can provide to claim points. However, in circumstances where the company is no longer operating or your point of contact is not with the company anymore, there are certain alternatives you can consider. 

    The following is alternative evidence that may help your application: 

    • Pay stubs 
    • Tax forms 
    • Offer of employment 
    • Personal letters from co-workers 
    • Bank statements with pay deposits 
    • Any media references with your name on the company can include social media posts welcoming you as a new hire 
    • Affidavit from your former supervisor or co-worker, including their official ID and business cards 
    • Include a letter explaining why you could not get a job reference letter. 

    Lastly, include any evidence you think will help strengthen your application if you are missing a job reference letter. Remember to refer to the new NOC 2021 while you self-assess your application. 


  • Here Are IRCC Service Standards For Processing Various Applications

    IRCC is still struggling with backlog and now they have started providing monthly data on applications within “service standards” as well as applications in “backlog”. We all know what backlog is, but it is important to understand what are IRCC service standards for all the immigration categories.

    Canada immigration has different standards of processing application category-wise. This is similar to any business’ service standards. Simple e.g., A pizza business has service standard of delivering pizza within 30 minutes of ordering. Although, they may not be able to achieve it for 100% of the customers, but it is their service standard which they strive to meet for most of the customers.

    Similarly, IRCC has different service standards for processing different application types. If an application is not within that service standard, then it is called backlog. Any application still within the service standard is not considered as backlog since it is being processed within service standards.

    In context to applications processing, IRCC target to process 80% of applications within service standards. However, IRCC was not able to do it because of pandemic. So, as a result number of backlog grew significantly. Below enlisted are IRCC service standards for major application types and IRCC performance in 2020-2021.

    Category-Wise IRCC Service Standards

    Applications for Citizenship, Family Sponsorship, & PR cards

    Application TypeIRCC Service Standard (Target is to process 80% of the applications in this time)IRCC Performance In 2020-2021
    (Percentage of applications processed within service standards)
    Citizenship grant applications – Adults and minorsProcess within 12 months 10%
    Right of citizenshipInvite applicants to citizenship ceremony within 4 months of approving their application 27%
    Family Class Priority (Overseas – spouses, common-law partners, conjugal partners and dependent children)Process within 12 months37%
    Initial permanent resident cardIssue an initial permanent resident card within 60 days (from the time the confirmation of permanent residence form is completed at a port of entry or at an IRCC-inland office)57%
    IRCC Service Standards


    Economic Immigration

    Application TypeIRCC Service Standard (Target is to process 80% of the applications in this time)IRCC Performance In 2020-2021
    (Percentage of applications processed within service standards)
    Express Entry Canadian Experience Class (CEC)Process within 180 days 38%
    Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)Process within 180 days16%
    Provincial Nominee Program (Paper Applications)Process within 11 months (doesn’t include the time it takes the province or territory to process)8%
    Provincial Nominee Program (via Express Entry)Process within 180 days41%
    Quebec-selected Skilled Workers ProgramProcess applications within 11 months (doesn’t include the time it takes the province to process)0%
    Express Entry Federal Skilled Trades ProgramProcess within 180 days5%
    IRCC Service Standards

    Temporary residence applications

    Application TypeIRCC Service Standard (Target is to process 80% of the applications in this time)IRCC Performance In 2020-2021
    (Percentage of applications processed within service standards)
    Work PermitProcess within 60 days 74%
    Work Permit extensions inside CanadaProcess within 120 days87%
    Work permit applications under International Experience CanadaProcess within 56 days or less (target is to process 100% of applications within service standards)24%
    Issuance of opinion to employers on exemption from a Labour Market Impact Assessment or work permitissue opinions to employers within 14 days99%
    Study permit (outside Canada)Process within 60 days59%
    Study permit (new permit and extension) inside CanadaProcess within 120 days91%
    Visitor visa and electronic travel authorization (eTA)Process within 14 days27%
    Parents and grandparents Super VisaProcess within 112 days.41%
    Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTA)Automated approvals within 5 minutes for most applicants100%
    IRCC Service Standards

    IRCC Client Support Centre

    TypeIRCC Service Standard (Target is to process 80% of the applications in this time)IRCC Performance In 2020-2021
    (Percentage of applications processed within service standards)
    Email enquiriesWeb form inquiries (emails) to be acknowledged within 1 business day and responded to within 3 business days. 27%
    Telephone enquiries50% of calls seeking an agent reach the wait line, and customers should wait no more than 30 minutes once in the queue.44%
    IRCC Service Standards

    Source: IRCC Service Standards

  • 10 Canada Jobs That Will Continue To Be In-Demand In 2023!

    As the labour shortage in Canada continues to persist, the Canadian labour market depends on immigration to fill the gap. Therefore immigration will remain crucial to fill labour gaps and jobs in 2023. 

    The Canadian government is committed to welcoming more skilled immigrants to the country through 2023 and beyond. Furthermore, there are expectation that IRCC will expand its target for immigration levels plan 2023 – 2025. As a result, there is a significant need for skilled workers to fill the roughly one million open positions. 

    In 2023, it is anticipated that foreign applicants with experience in in-demand professions will also have excellent job prospects in Canada and may make strong candidates for skilled immigration programs.

    So, below are 10 occupations that will continue to be in demand in 2023 and beyond as the country enters new year. 

    1. Registered Nurse (RN)

    In many Canadian provinces, there is still a high demand for jobs in the healthcare industry. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a severe shortage of nurses, and many provinces have targeted PNP draws for registered nurses.

    As a result, there are growing immigration opportunities for foreign applicants with nursing experience due to the high demand for nurses. 


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    2. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

    An aging population and the Covid-19 pandemic are increasing the healthcare system’s demand, which calls for more Licensed Practical Nurses. 

    In addition, there are numerous immigration options that individuals working in the healthcare industry may be able to take advantage of, much like Registered Nurses.

    3. Pharmacist

    Pharmacists are in charge of distributing medication and offering health consultations to advise on medications. A pharmacist can develop their career by working at a hospital or pharmacy or opening their own business.

    However, because pharmacies are governed at the provincial level, each province will have its own rules. Therefore, you need a degree in pharmacy to work as a pharmacist in Canada. 

    You must also pass the  Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) test and register with your province or territory. Pharmacists have recently been in great demand, much like other medical-related professions.

    4. Veterinarian 

    Canada is one of several countries where people like having pets. But unfortunately, Canada lacks a sufficient number of veterinarians. As a result, this profession has been one of the most in-demand in Canada for a number of years. 

    Many provinces have targeted PNP incentives to attract vets to the country. However, given that this is a provincially regulated profession, any veterinarian seeking to establish a career in Canada must possess a license from the appropriate regulatory authority within the provinces or territories.

    5. Web Developers 

    Web developers are professionals that are involved in the creation of websites and applications. Therefore, the types of projects one would have the opportunity to work on typically have a broad scope.

    Tech workers who want to immigrate to Canada have several possibilities because of the country’s thriving tech sector. Web developers now have a reliable route to getting a work permit for Canada with Canada’s Global Talent Stream.

    Additionally, several Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) options are available for applicants with experience in this field.

    6. Electrical Engineer

    Designing, analyzing, and defining electrical systems are skills needed for careers as electrical engineers. In addition, electrical engineers play a crucial role in the entire process of system building and testing. 

    However, being a technical job, this position often requires a higher education. 

    7. Electricians

    Electricians in Canada have some of the top skilled trades jobs because of their in-demand profession. As a result, industrial electricians are in high demand, particularly in the entire country. 

    Industrial electricians and other electricians in related fields can find employment in Canada if they are new immigrants with the necessary training and work experience.

    8. Accountant

    A successful company’s operations depend heavily on its accountants. In the post-pandemic economy, controlling funds play a prominent role in ensuring continued success as businesses expand.

    In the coming years, accountants can anticipate career possibilities around the country with potential growth.

    9. Truck Driver

    One of the most in-demand careers in Canada is Truck Driver. Transporting commercial goods from coast to coast is required in every province and territory in Canada. 

    Moreover, substantial work opportunities exist for those looking to immigrate to Canada as truck drivers because, according to Statistics Canada, the vacancy rate in the truck transportation industry is around 8%.

    10. Welder

    By 2028, Canada intends to add 23,000 new welding positions to its labour force, increasing demand for this occupation. 

    In Prince Edward Island and British Columbia, welding jobs are in particularly high demand. However, people with expertise in welding are likely to have a significant edge in all provinces. 


  • ESDC Jobs Hiring Now In Atlantic Canada Without Experience

    Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is now hiring for officer-level jobs in Atlantic Canada with quick application processes and no experience requirement. The only requirement is to have a high school diploma. 

    You will also receive training and guidance before starting your position. Check out the eligibility requirements, offered positions, job duties and more. 

    Salary: $54,878 to $61,379

    Position types: Temporary (term), Casual, Seasonal, Acting, Deployment, Secondment, Permanent (indeterminate)- Full-Time (37.5 hours/week), Part Time

    Closing date: 30 November 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time

    Who can apply? 

    This position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents with postal codes beginning with A, B, C or E. 



    ESDC Jobs positions and duties 

    Employment and Social Development Canada is hiring for several positions that also provide an opportunity to grow and expand your skills. 

    Some of the potential opportunities include: 

    Citizen Services/Passport Officers: they are directly in contact with in-person clients to offer assistance and access to federal programs and services that benefit Canadians

    Payment Service Officers: provide services to the public by telephone to assist in matters like Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Old Age Security (OAS), etc. (Inbound Call Centre).

    National Identity Services Officers: provide telephone assistance to the public (inbound call centres) on their Social Insurance Number (SIN) and support for the My Service Canada Account and National Student Loans Service Centre Account.

    Payment Service Officers / Program Service Officers: handle claims for Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and Old Age Security (OAS), among other things.

    Integrity Services Officers educate clients on their rights and responsibilities about the type of benefits they are getting, and they perform non-complex investigations to prevent, identify, and remedy fraud.

    All jobs will get training. You may be assigned various responsibilities as a PM01 Officer, depending on operational requirements.

    Essential requirements 

    Ensure that your application demonstrates how you meet the following essential qualifications. 

    Education: Secondary school diplomas or employer-approved alternatives are acceptable to meet the education requirements. In an employer-approved alternative, a good PSC exam score can substitute for a secondary school diploma; or an acceptable combination of education, training, and experience). These can include: 

    • A high school diploma or a secondary school diploma; or 
    • Equivalencies issued by provincial or territorial authorities, such as General Education Development (GED), Adult Basic Education (ABE), or a high school equivalent, will be accepted.
    • A degree from a recognized post-secondary school will be accepted in place of a Secondary School Diploma.
    • The Public Service Commission’s General Intelligence Test 320 has been recognized as an alternative to a secondary school diploma (GIT-320).
    • The appropriate combination will be determined by considering the highest degree of education obtained and the depth and breadth of training and experience gained in customer service and an office setting.

    Assessments

    The assessment includes meeting the language requirements, these include:

    • English Essential “OR”
    • French Essential “OR”
    • Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC “OR”
    • Bilingual Imperative BBC/BBC

    If you have a certain level of french language abilities and would like to test if you will be fit for a bilingual position, you can take an unsupervised internet test for second language writing skills. 

    Personal Qualities and Competencies:

    • Good Oral and written communication 
    • Can Demonstrate Integrity and Respect
    • Ability to work effectively with others
    • Can think things through
    • Show initiative and be action-oriented
    • Have attention to detail 

    Other operational requirements include being willing to work overtime when needed. 

    How to apply for these jobs? 

    You only need your updated resume and education documents indicating that you meet the requirements. There is no need for cover letters. 

    To submit your application, click here. Ensure that you indicate the location where you would accept employment. 

    The inventory will keep your application active for 180 days. When your application expires, you will receive a message on the “My jobs menu” 21 days before expiring.  

    Suppose you let your application expire while the hiring process is ongoing. In that case, you will no longer be considered active in the inventory and will receive a notice indicating that your application has expired. 

    Lastly, you will need to answer a few screening questions about essential education requirements while submitting your application.  

    Summary

    As mentioned earlier, you only need your resume to apply and need to answer essential education requirements. You may be asked to submit essential education requirement evidence during the assessment.

    Essential requirements: High school diploma and language skills
    Salary: $54,878 to $61,379
    Closing date: 30 November 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time

    Locations: 

    Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown, Montague, O’Leary, Souris, Summerside

    Nova Scotia – Inverness, Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, Yarmouth, Amherst, Antigonish, Bedford, Bridgewater, Dartmouth, Digby, Glace Bay, Guysborough, Halifax, Kentville, New Glasgow, North Sydney, Shelburne, Truro, Windsor

    New Brunswick – Bathurst, Campbellton, Caraquet, Dalhousie, Edmundston, Fredericton, Grand Falls, Miramichi, Moncton, Richibucto, Saint John, Saint-Quentin, Shediac, Shippagan, St. Stephen, Sussex, Tracadie-Sheila, Woodstock

    Newfoundland – Clarenville, Corner Brook, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Happy Valley, Harbour Grace, Labrador City, Marystown, Placentia, Port Aux Basques, Rocky Harbour, Springdale, St. Anthony, St. John’s, Stephenville

    For more information, visit GC jobs page.


  • Entry-Level Jobs At Service Canada Hiring Now In B.C.

    Employment and Social Development Canada – Service Canada is looking to hire for entry-level jobs in British Columbia (B.C.). The exciting part is there are no prior experience requirements, and all you need is a high school diploma! 

    There are about 60 positions that need to be filled. Ensure that you apply as soon as possible, as the first round of assessments begins as early as October 31, 2022.

    Learn about the jobs positions, requirements, duties and how to apply below.

    Position Summary 

    Closing date: 31 January 2023 – 23:59, Pacific Time

    Salary: $54,878 to $61,379

    Position type: Temporary (Term, Deployment, Acting, Casual employment) and Permanent (Indeterminate, Deployment) positions 

    Locations: Surrey (BC) and within a 75-kilometre radius of Surrey (BC), within Canadian territory, extending to Chilliwack (BC), Sidney (BC), Roberts Creek (BC).



    Roles and duties 

    Passport Officer (PO) 

    As a Passport Officer, you will help answer in-person inquiries from people at a Service Canada Centre or a Passport Canada Office. 

    Passport Officers are members of a highly trained team tasked with administering the Canadian Passport Program in accordance with policies and procedures. 

    In addition, as a Passport Officer, you will interact with the general public to review, decide on, and process their passport applications.

    Citizen Services Officer (CSO)

    Citizen Services Officers serve as the face of government, responding to citizens’ eService or in-person questions in Service Canada Centres. 

    In this role, you will serve as the principal point of contact for clients seeking in-person access to government services, entitlements, and benefits. 

     In this capacity, you could be helping citizens with various programs and services, such as assisting them to become self-sufficient using our online services or assisting them with pension or passport documents.

    Work environment 

    Work will be in a public-facing office, but telework/working remotely may be required. Therefore, applicants must be willing and able to work in public areas and remotely if necessary.

    Work involves dealing with high volumes of clients in a busy environment.

    Essential requirements 

    Education: Applicants must have a high school or secondary school diploma. Or the following employer-approved alternatives:

    • An adequate combination of education, training and experience; or
    • Have an acceptable score on the PSC-approved test as an alternative to a secondary school diploma

    In addition, as a candidate, you must provide evidence of Canadian or equivalent foreign education. 

    Other skill requirements

    • Can demonstrate integrity and respect
    • Take the initiative and be action-oriented
    • Work effectively with others 
    • Have attention to detail
    • Communication (Oral)

    Who can apply?

    Anyone residing in Surrey (BC) within a 75 km radius is welcome to apply. However, preference will be given to veterans first, then Canadian citizens and permanent residents. 

    How to apply? 

    All you need is your resume to apply for this position. You can submit your application online application the Government of Canada website. 

    Use your GC login credentials to sign in or create a new account. The reference number for this position is CSD22J-019232-002155.

    For more details and the official job posting, click here