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Saskatchewan PNP-List of Ineligible Occupations With New NOC Codes


New TEER codes have now replaced the old NOC system effective November 16, 2022. All the provincial nominee programs (PNP) in Canada will also be following the new NOC system. We will be updating all the changes with new TEER system affecting PNPs.

Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program known as Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has a list of excluded occupations for the Express Entry Category and the Occupations In-Demand Category. People with these occupations are not eligible to apply for these categories of SINP.

NOC TEER 4 (occupations that typically require a high school diploma or job-specific training) and NOC TEER 5 (occupations that typically require on-the-job training) skill levels are ineligible for the Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry subcategories.



Below is the list of 152 occupations with new TEER codes that are ineligible for SINP

NOC
(TEER)
OccupationTitle
00010Legislators
00011Senior government managers and officials
00014Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services
10019Other administrative services managers
11100Financial auditors and accountants
11103Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
12104Employment insurance and revenue officers
12201Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
12203Assessors, business valuators and appraisers
13200Customs, ship and other brokers
14103Court clerks and related court services occupations
21100Physicists and astronomers
21102Geoscientists and oceanographers
21103Meteorologists and climatologists
21109Other professional occupations in physical sciences
21111Forestry professionals
21201Landscape architects
21202Urban and land use planners
21332Petroleum engineers
21390Aerospace engineers
NOC
(TEER)
OccupationTitle
30010Managers in health care
31100Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101Specialists in surgery
31102General practitioners and family physicians
31103Veterinarians
31110Dentists
31111Optometrists
31112Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
31120Pharmacists
31121Dietitians and nutritionists
31202Physiotherapists
31204Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
31209Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31300Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31302Nurse practitioners
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32100Opticians
32101Licensed practical nurses
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32104Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
32110Denturists
32111Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32200Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
32201Massage therapists
32209Other practitioners of natural healing
40010Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
40011Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
40012Government managers – education policy development and program administration
40019Other managers in public administration
40021School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
40040Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services
40040Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services
40041Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
40042Commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces
41100Judges
41101Lawyers and Quebec notaries
NOC
(TEER)
OccupationTitle
41201Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
41220Secondary school teachers
41221Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
41301Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
41302Religious leaders
41310Police investigators and other investigative occupations
41310Police investigators and other investigative occupations
41311Probation and parole officers
41407Program officers unique to government
42100Police officers (except commissioned)
42100Police officers (except commissioned)
42101Firefighters
42102Specialized members of the Canadian Armed Forces
42200Paralegal and related occupations
42201Social and community service workers
42204Religion workers
43203Border services, customs, and immigration officers
43204Operations Members of the Canadian Armed Forces
44200Primary combat members of the Canadian Armed Forces
50010Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
50011Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
50012Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
51100Librarians
51101Conservators and curators
51102Archivists
51110Editors
51111Authors and writers (except technical)
51112Technical writers
51113Journalists
51114Translators, terminologists and interpreters
51120Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
51121Conductors, composers and arrangers
51122Musicians and singers
52100Library and public archive technicians
52110Film and video camera operators
52111Graphic arts technicians
52112Broadcast technicians
52113Audio and video recording technicians
52114Announcers and other broadcasters
NOC
(TEER)
OccupationTitle
52119Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
52120Graphic designers and illustrators
52121Interior designers and interior decorators
53100Registrars, restorers, interpreters and other occupations related to museum and art galleries
53110Photographers
53111Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators
53120Dancers
53121Actors, comedians and circus performers
53121Actors, comedians and circus performers
53122Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
53123Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
53124Artisans and craftspersons
53125Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
53200Athletes
53201Coaches
53202Sports officials and referees
54100Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
55109Other performers
62010Retail sales supervisors
62020Food service supervisors
62023Customer and information services supervisors
62201Funeral directors and embalmers
63100Insurance agents and brokers
63101Real estate agents and salespersons
63210Hairstylists and barbers
63220Shoe repairers and shoemakers
64100Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
72022Supervisors, printing and related occupations
72102Sheet metal workers
72204Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
72205Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
72302Gas fitters
72405Machine fitters
72406Elevator constructors and mechanics
72420Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
72600Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
72602Deck officers, water transport
72603Engineer officers, water transport
NOC
(TEER)
OccupationTitle
72604Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
73310Railway and yard locomotive engineers
73402Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
80022Managers in aquaculture
83101Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
83120Fishing masters and officers
83121Fishermen / women
92013Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
92015Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
92020Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
92021Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
92021Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
92022Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
92024Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
92101Water and waste treatment plant operators
93102Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

Source: SINP

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  • OINP Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream: Here Is Full Eligibility

    If you are a foreign national with work experience in eligible skilled trades, you can apply for a nomination and get permanent residency in Ontario. Below, you can learn about the six eligibility requirements for the OINP Express Entry Skilled Trades stream.

    Overview of Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades stream

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has an immigration stream called Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. It enables foreign nationals with relevant skilled trades work experience to apply for permanent residence to live and work permanently in Ontario.

    Before you can submit an online application to be recommended for permanent residence by the OINP, you must have a current profile in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry system, and you received a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario in a PNP draw.

    If you receive a nomination, the next step is applying to the federal government through IRCC. The federal government has the final say on who gets permanent residency. 

    You must first meet the eligibility requirements for Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream to apply. Below is how to meet the eligibility requirements. 



    Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream requirements

    Work Experience Requirements 

    To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements: 

    • Have a minimum of one year of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Ontario Major Groups 72
      • excluding occupations under transportation officers, 73, 82, 83, 93 (excluding aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors), or Minor Group 6320 (excluding cooks), as per the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

    Previous work experience 

    Your previous employment must be:

    • Acquired within the two years before the date you submitted your application to the OINP.
    • In one or more of the occupations listed on your Express Entry profile
    • In Ontario, while you maintained a legal status in Canada

     Cumulative work experience 

    Having cumulative work experience means your total work experience adds up to one year. However, it does not be one year of continuous work. 

    Full-time and part-time work experience 

    Full-time work implies working in a paid position for at least 30 hours per week, totalling a minimum of 1,560 hours of paid work in one year. 

    Equivalent part-time employment entails

    • Working at least 15 hours per week for two years, accumulating at least 1,560 hours in that time period, or
    • Working in more than one job for a minimum of 30 hours per week for one year, resulting in at least 1,560 paid work in that year. 

    Other work experience requirements 

    • Your work experience needs to have been obtained over a minimum of one year.
    • A total of 1,560 hours of work experience obtained in less than a year does not qualify.
    • Only work experience obtained after being qualified to practice that occupation in Ontario will qualify if you worked in a compulsory trade.
    • Paid work experience earned while attending a post-secondary institution full-time (for example, on a co-op work term) and self-employment is not qualified.
    • Volunteering and unpaid internships are not considered work experience.

    Getting a licence or certificate 

    Suppose you are claiming work experience in a compulsory trade. In that case, even if you are no longer working in a trade occupation, you must have a valid certificate or licence when applying to Ontario. 

    In addition, you must have a valid certificate or licence covering the work experience used to satisfy the minimum one year of work experience requirement in an eligible skilled trades occupation.

    Determine whether your job is in a compulsory trade, which requires a license.

    Ontario residency and legal status in Canada

    You must be a resident of Ontario with a valid work permit when you apply. If your work permit has expired, you can apply to the OINP if you have applied IRCC to renew or extend your work permit before it expires.

     In certain instances, you are considered to have implied status. Therefore, you can remain in Canada and continue to work under the same circumstances as your current work permit while the pending application decision is made. 

    However, you are not required to have a job when applying.

    Language Requirements For OINP Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream 

    You must be able to understand, write, read, and speak English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or above.

    Before applying to this program, you must complete an approved English or French language test to demonstrate that you have the required language skills. When you submit your application, your language test results should be less than two years old. 

    For English:

    There are two acceptable tests for English, which are:

    • International English Language Testing (IELTS)- General Training test
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)- General test 

    For French: 

    • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
    • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

    Settlement funds requirements 

    When you move to Canada, you must have the resources to sustain yourself and any dependant family members.

    Remember that a family member can include your spouse, common-law partner, and children below or not yet 22 years old. 

    You can fulfill the settlement fund requirement by selecting one or a combination of the following:

    • Funds as evidenced by bank statement balances or statements of accounts displaying other investments such as non-locked-in, fixed-term deposits, mutual funds, etc 
    • Annual earnings from an ongoing job in Ontario
    • Having a job offer in Ontario 

    The total amount of money you must have available depends on your family size. Check out the table below for your reference.

    Ontario PNP Express Entry Stream

    You can also combine your income from your current job and savings to prove that you meet the settlement fund requirement. 

    For example, suppose you’ve calculated how much money you’ll need based on your family size and determined that you’ll need $29,000. You have a job offer in Ontario with an annual salary of $25,000 and a savings account balance of $5,000, for a total of $30,000. You could meet the settlements fund requirement by combining your job offer and bank statement.

    Please remember that if you provide bank statements that include a big one-time deposit, you may need to provide additional evidence to prove that your finances are free of debt or liabilities.

    The desire to reside in Ontario

    You must intend to dwell in Ontario after being granted permanent residence. While assessing your application, the government may determine this by looking at your ties to Ontario, which can include the following

    • Currently working or have prior work experience in Ontario 
    • Applying for jobs in Ontario and getting job offers and interview 
    • Have studied Ontario 
    • volunteering experience in the province 
    • Have a lease or own property 
    • Visited Ontario 
    • Possess professional networks and affiliations or family ties and personal relationships

    Source: OINP


  • 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.


  • 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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Province-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which Canadian province has the highest average weekly earnings?

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

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

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Canada?

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

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

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

    How much is the average weekly earnings in Quebec?

    Quebec has an average weekly earnings of $1118.25

    Source: Statistics Canada


  • IRCC Testing New Automation Tools To Improve Processing

    IRCC is implementing tools to help process applications more efficiently as more people apply for IRCC programs. With these tools, IRCC will be using the technology to aid, support, and inform IRCC decision-makers, but not replace them. 

    However, IRCC staff will continue to play an essential role in IRCC’s decision-making processes. The new tools are to automate certain tasks and activities, such as using systems to sort applications so their staff and decision-makers can dedicate more time to complex applications, issues, and final judgments.

    For applicants to have digital transparency and better understand the tools used by IRCC, below is how IRCC states that they use automation and advanced data analytics to process applications.

    Use of Advanced data analytics by IRCC to sort and organize

    With advanced data analytics tools, IRCC uses these tools to sort and expedite applications for temporary residence visa applications submitted from outside Canada. 

    IRCC has also begun a pilot program to use similar technology to speed up the processing of Canadian applications for spousal and common-law partner sponsorship. Modern data analytics solutions can identify patterns to speed up the job and provide better information to decision-makers.

    Additionally, advanced analytics help officers identify routine applications for quicker processing, such as certain applicants who have already received approval to travel to Canada within the last ten years. With this procedure, IRCC can manage their workload better and help applicants receive decisions on their applications sooner. 

    However, it is important to note that using advanced data analytics only determines if an applicant is eligible. For example, when an applicant is considered for streamlined processing, advanced data analytics will help determine if the applicant is eligible before their file is passed to an officer. Then the officer screens for admissibility, including security and criminality. 

    IRCC officers being highly trained will continue to:

    • Conduct background checks on all applicants for security and criminal records 
    • be responsible for the final decision

    Moreover, applications that are not considered routine are prioritized and sent to officers for standard manual processing. It is only the officer who always has the final say on applications.

    As per IRCC, their system never refuse or recommend rejecting applications. According to the department, only an officer makes the decision of refusing an immigration/visa application. 

    In addition, IRCC will routinely examine the system to ensure that they are operating as planned and that the outcomes align with applications that have undergone thorough human assessment. Before extending advanced data analytics to new fields, IRCC will evaluate its performance.



    Responsible technological development

    Before implementing any future technology, IRCC will be investigating its use and evaluate the need for that service, including its benefits and impacts on clients. 

    A team of experts, including decision-makers, will be involved in developing and using future advanced data analytics tools at IRCC, including a comprehensive examination for bias and discriminatory implications.

    Personal information protection

    IRCC designed complex data analytics technologies using information from previous clients’ apps. Other IRCC systems will be designed in the same manner. 

    If you are currently applying to an IRCC program or have previously applied, the information in your application and additional information gathered to support your application may be used by IRCC to create an advanced data analytics system within IRCC. 

    IRCC may use these analytics technologies to assist in processing applications and decision-making in line with the Privacy Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    The advanced data analytics systems exclusively use personal information that is relevant and required for the application process, including information provided by our law enforcement partners in compliance with established information-sharing agreements. However, the systems do not use data from social media channels.

    As IRCC extends complex data analytics, privacy will remain a top consideration. Accordingly, IRCC continues to take its personal information privacy obligations seriously and to observe and respect Canada’s Privacy Act and related directives and regulations. 

    Source: IRCC


  • 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. 


  • Dual Intent Canada Immigration Applications-All You Need To Know

    When a foreign national seeks to enter Canada temporarily as a visitor, student or worker while concurrently applying for permanent residency in Canada, they have dual intent.

    While it is legal to have two intents, one for temporary residency and one for permanent residence, the applicant must satisfy both requirements. 

    The possibility that a temporary resident applicant may be approved for permanent residence in the future does not exempt the individual from meeting the requirements of a temporary resident. In particular, the requirement to leave Canada at the end of the period authorized for their stay. 

    How do officers evaluate dual intent applications? 

    While evaluating dual intent applications, the office assesses if a temporary residence applicant genuinely intends to fulfill their obligations as a temporary resident—to depart Canada at the end of their period of authorization. 

    Accordingly, the officer distinguishes these applicants from an applicant who will not depart Canada at the end of their authorized stay if their application for permanent residence is denied.

    While evaluating applications, the officer considers the specific circumstances of the temporary residence applicant o determine the applicant’s intentions, for which the officer may look into numerous factors. 

    These factors include the following while deciding whether to approve a request for temporary residence: 

    • The duration of time the applicant will spend in Canada. 
    • Applicant’s financial means of support 
    • Valid ties to home country and other obligations 
    • the purpose, context and reasons for the applicant’s stay in Canada
    • Submitted information and documents’ credibility 
    • Previous compliance with IRPA and IRPR regulations on temporary residents (visitors, students, and workers), as well as information available in biographic and biometric information sharing

    Evaluating an application with dual intent implications is no different than evaluating any other temporary residence application. Each applicant benefits from a procedurally fair, such as individual evaluation. 

    Before any temporary residence application is approved, the applicant must satisfy the officer that they meet all of the conditions of the IRPA and the IRPR relating to temporary residence.

    If an officer has concerns or doubts about an applicant’s intentions, they inform the applicant and provide them with an opportunity to respond to the officer’s concerns. Similarly, if a temporary resident application is refused, the officer will mention the reason for the refusal in the letter. 



    Applying with your spouse or partner

    When you apply for dual intent with your spouse or partner, the officer considers the sponsored partner’s circumstances. While assessing, the officer considers the following: 

    • whether or not the sponsorship application was approved
    • whether or not the application for permanent residency has been approved at the first stage
    • how much the applicant has maintained ties in their home country
    • what the applicant’s plans are if their application for permanent residence is denied

    Officers may issue a temporary resident visa if the sponsored spouse or partner can satisfy the officer that they will leave Canada after their authorized period of stay and if their permanent residence application is denied. 

    Applying with Grandparents and parents

    Suppose you are a dual intent applicant who applies with their parents and grandparents. In that case, the officer considers the following factors when issuing TRVs, including multiple-entry visas, to parents and grandparents. 

    • have permanent residency applications pending
    • intend to visit but not immigrate to Canada

    The purpose of becoming a permanent resident does not restrict a person from becoming a temporary resident. Officers will typically issue a TRV if a parent or grandparent plans to become a permanent resident in the future and can convince an officer that they will leave Canada after the approved period of stay. 

    Source: IRCC


  • 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


  • Know IRCC New Updated Online Processing Times – November 22

    IRCC updated its online processing tool in early 2022 to provide more precise processing timeframe information. As part of an effort to reform Canada’s immigration system, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced this change on March 31, 2022. This article lists the most recent processing times from the IRCC website as of November 16, 2022.

    Canada immigration backlog reduced from 1.49 million as of September 30, 2022 to 1.2 million as of October 31, 2022. This new data has been updated by IRCC today (November 16, 2022). Additionally, 1.04 million applications are still processing within service standards. So, in total, there are now approximately 2.2 million applications under processing at IRCC.

    Processing Times for Citizenship & PR cards

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Citizenship grant24 monthsNo Change
    Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)16 monthsNo Change
    Resumption of citizenship34 monthsNo Change
    Renunciation of Citizenship17 monthsNo Change
    Search of citizenship records15 monthsNo Change
    New PR card98 days– 9 Days
    PR card renewals89 days– 1 Day

    Processing Time for Family Sponsorship

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada20 monthsNo Change
    Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada14 monthsNo Change
    Parents or Grandparents PR37 monthsNo Change

    Processing time for Canadian Passport 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted in person at Service Canada Centre – Passport services)10 business daysNo Change
    In-Canada New Passport (Regular application submitted by mail to Service Canada Centre)20 business daysNo Change
    In-Canda Urgent pick-upBy the end of next business dayNo Change
    In-Canada Express pick-up2-9 business daysNo Change
    Regular passport application mailed from outside Canada20 daysNo Change

    Processing time for Economic Class

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 19 monthsNo Change
    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) 27 monthsNo Change
    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)51 months+ 2 Months
    Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) vis Express Entry14 monthsNo Change
    Non-Express Entry PNP22 monthsNo Change
    Quebec Skilled Worker22 monthsNo Change
    Quebec Business Class65 monthsNo Change
    Federal Self-Employed42 monthsNo Change
    Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)14 monthsNo Change
    Start-Up Visa31 monthsNo Change


    Processing Time for Temporary Residence Application 

    Application TypeCurrent Processing TimeChange From Last Week
    Visitor visa outside CanadaVaries by country
    India: 163 days
    Nigeria: 189 Days
    United States: 60 Days
    Pakistan: 220 Days
    Philippines: 122 Days
    UAE: 196 Days
    Bangladesh: 119 Days
    Sri Lanka: 215 Days
    United Kingdom: 145 Days
    – 1 Day for India, Nigeria & UK
    – 4 Days for United States
    + 5 Days for Pakistan
    No Change for Philippines
    + 3 Days for UAE
    + 8 Days for Bangladesh
    + 16 Days for Sri Lanka
    Visitor visa inside CanadaOnline: 22 days
    Paper-Based: 45 days
    + 2 Days for online
    No Change for paper-based
    Parents or Grandparents SupervisaVaries by country
    India: 159 days
    Nigeria: 238 Days
    United States: 468 Days
    Pakistan: 246 Days
    Philippines: 182 Days
    UAE: 180 Days
    Bangladesh: 196 Days
    Sri Lanka: 282 Days
    United Kingdom: 178 Days
    + 6 Days for India
    – 2 Days for Nigeria
    + 1 Day for India
    – 79 Days for United States
    – 6 Days for Pakistan
    – 8 Days for Philippines
    + 2 Days for UAE
    – 7 Days for Bangladesh
    – 4 Days for Sri Lanka
    + 2 Days for UK
    Visitor Extension (Visitor Record)Online: 205 days
    Paper-Based: 167 days
    + 1 Days (Online & Paper-Based)
    Study Permit Outside Canada12 WeeksNo Change
    Study Permit Inside Canada4 WeeksNo Change
    Study Permit ExtensionOnline: 69 Days
    Paper-Based: 98 Days
    – 5 Days (Online)
    + 19 Days (Paper-Based
    )
    Work Permit Outside Canada*Varies by country
    India: 13 Weeks
    Nigeria: 32 Weeks
    United States: 14 Weeks
    Pakistan: 58 Weeks
    Philippines: 12 Weeks
    UAE: 32 Weeks
    Bangladesh: 26 Weeks
    Sri Lanka: 31 Weeks
    United Kingdom: 11 Weeks
    – 1 Week for India, Nigeria
    – 7 Weeks
    No Change for Philippines, UK
    + 2 Weeks for UAE & Bangladesh
    + 5 Days for Sri Lanka
    Work Permit Inside CanadaOnline: 168 Days
    Paper-Based: 84 Days
    No Change
    International Experience Canada (Current Season)**6 WeeksNo Change
    Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)5 minutesNo Change

    What Updates Does the Processing Time Include 

    IRCC bases processing time on the time it took to process prior similar applications. The processing period begins when the application is received by IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer makes a decision on the application. Furthermore, the processing time may differ depending on whether the application was filed on paper or online.

    These processing times are designed to offer new weekly timelines from the preceding 6 months’ data. Furthermore, it correlates the application volume with operational issues to assist future immigrants in better planning their journey.

    Source: IRCC

  • India Issues New Travel Guidelines For International Arrivals-Nov 22

    New Travel Guidelines For International Arrivals: The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued newly updated guidelines for international arrivals to India effective from November 22, 2022. The new guidelines are in light of declining Covid-19 cases and significant progress in Covid-19 vaccination coverage worldwide and in India.

    Updated guidelines apply to all international travellers entering by air, port or land borders. This article enlists the summary of the new guidelines that come into effect today, and remain valid until further notice. 

    india new travel guidelines

    Summary of updated guidelines for travellers to India

    The guidelines below are divided into three stages: the pre-arrival and planning stage, the guidelines to follow during in-flight travel, and the last on arrival to India. 

    Pre-arrival-when planning to travel to India 

    All travellers should ideally be completely vaccinated under their country’s primary immunization program approved against Covid-19. 

    In-flight travel-while travelling to India

    There will be in-flight announcements about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and instructions on staying safe throughout the flight and at all ports of entry. Passengers are to continue to take precautionary measures by wearing masks and keeping physical distance to stay safe. 

    In addition, if any passenger exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 while travelling may be separated under the established protocol. It requires wearing a mask, isolation and segregation from other passengers during flight travel, and transfer to an isolation centre for further care. 

    On arrival in India 

    While de-boarding, the passengers must maintain physical distancing. Health officials at the port of entry may check all passengers for thermal screening. Moreover, if a passenger shows symptoms during their screening, they shall be isolated immediately and taken to a designated medical facility as required by health protocol. 

    Lastly, all passengers should self-monitor their health after arrival. Then, in case of symptoms, they can contact their nearest health facility or call the national helpline number 1075 or the state helpline number.  

    We will continue to monitor and share any updates and developments regarding the new or updated travel guidelines for international travellers to India. 




  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • Ontario Needs New Immigration Agreement To Deal With Labour Shortage

    On November 17, 2022, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) published a media release calling on the federal and provincial governments to reach a new immigration agreement that can realistically sustain the economic growth and social fabric of Ontario’s present immigration agreement. 

    The province’s present agreement with Federal Government expires on November 24. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has served as Ontario business independent, unbiased, and crucial partner for more than a century. The OCC’s goal is to promote economic development in Ontario and defend its business priorities. 

    Therefore, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce highlighted Ontario’s ongoing labour shortage in thier media release and its 2022 Ontario Economic report. It emphasizes that most industries, about 62 percent, are experiencing labour shortage and anticipate that it will persist during the coming year.

    To bring the labour shortage problem to the forefront, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce made a few recommendations to support the province’s economic growth. 



    OCC Recommendations for Ontario 

    The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) recognizes that the provincial government has a unique position best to understand the needs of its distinct labour markets. Therefore, following the ongoing labour shortage, OCC made the following recommendations.

    First, OCC continues to call for the province to receive twice as many economic immigrants through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Ontario had also requested to increase the province’s economic immigrant allocation earlier this year. 

    The second recommendation was to expand work permit, and post-graduate work permits eligibility to retain more international workers in healthcare and tradespeople.

    Additionally, OCC recommended having a long-term commitment to training newcomers and taking urgent action to reduce the immigration backlog, especially for new incoming and graduating international students, entrepreneurs, and workers who wish to make Ontario their home. 

    However, OCC also recognizes that increasing immigration does not solve the province’s labour shortages. It is an important factor that must be considered together with workforce development plans and vital infrastructure, such as housing. 

    2022 Ontario Economic report highlighting labour shortage

    To better understand the viewpoints of Ontario’s business community, the OCC conducts a member survey each year. Below are the survey responses from Ontario businesses for this year’s 2022 Ontario Economic report

    The survey finds that most firms in Ontario are struggling with a labour shortage. About 52 percent of respondents concur that their companies are experiencing a labour shortage, and 62 percent say the same about their sectors. 

    These businesses see labour shortage as a long-term issue. Nearly 54 percent of respondents state that their organizations anticipate a labour shortage over the upcoming year (and 62 percent agree their sectors will).

    The sectors with the greatest labour shortages were transportation and warehousing (87%), followed by mining, quarrying, and oil and gas (87%) and construction (86%), as well as accommodation and food services (85 percent).

    For businesses that depend on skilled trades, like construction, finding suitable labour has long been a problem. Some of those shortages may have been eased by immigration and recent government initiatives to encourage greater training and draw employees into the industries. 

    Supply chain delays are being made worse by specialized labour shortages in the transportation and warehousing industries. In addition, hospitality and food services businesses are dealing with a unique problem because many workers have decided to leave these sectors altogether due to the pandemic.