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Canada Reaches A Major Milestone In Its Reliance On Immigration

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Canada has become completely reliant on immigrants for job growth, and the proof can be found in StatsCan’s latest employment data.
For only the second time on record, the number of immigrants with a job grew over the last year, while the number of Canadian-born people with a job shrank.
But don’t conclude just yet that “immigrants are stealing our jobs,” as the old xenophobic adage goes. This seems to be a case of Canadians aging out of the workforce, and younger immigrants taking their place.
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There were 93,300 fewer jobs held by Canadian-born people in May of this year than there were a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada data. Meanwhile, the number of jobs held by immigrants jumped by more than 261,000.
But the numbers show that the Canadian-born labour force — the available pool of workers in the country — is also shrinking, down by 102,000 in the past year. As Canadian Baby Boomers age into retirement, the locally born labour force isn't large enough to replace them.
Or as analysts at Bloomberg Benchmark put it, “Canada’s demographic tipping point has arrived, and without immigrants — who have a much younger demographic profile — there will be no growth.”
There is also another reason for strong immigrant job growth, which is the oil price collapse. As Alberta and other oil-producing regions suffer through a recession, job growth is concentrating in Toronto and Vancouver, which have higher immigrant populations than the rest of the country.
But this is not to suggest that immigrants have it better in the workforce. The data also shows they continue to have a higher unemployment rate — 7.8 per cent in May, compared to 7.1 per cent for the locally born.
For immigrants who have been in Canada for fewer than five years, the jobless rate is much higher. It was 11.6 per cent in May, and has tracked four to seven percentage points higher than the Canadian average for the past decade at least.

Source:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/06/22/canada-jobs-immigration-aging-workforce_n_10613658.html

CANADA TO LIFT VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR MEXICO

Ottawa, Ontario
28 June 2016
The Government of Canada has made it a top priority to re-establish and strengthen our relationship with one of our most important partners, Mexico. To this end, Prime Minister Trudeau today announced Canada’s intention to lift the visa requirement for Mexican visitors to Canada beginning December 1, 2016. Lifting the visa requirement will deepen ties between Canada and Mexico and will increase the flow of travellers, ideas, and businesses between both countries.
Closer collaboration between Canada and Mexico on mobility issues will also help encourage travel between the two countries while preventing any increase in asylum claims or other irregular migration. Officials plan to meet regularly to promote these mutual interests.
Canadian officials are working with their Mexican counterparts on final details to ensure a successful visa lift.
Until November 30, 2016, the visa requirement is still in place for Mexico and – until it is lifted – Mexican citizens must continue to apply for a visa to visit, study or work in Canada. Mexicans can apply online for a visitor visa on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website, or can use the services of one of the Visa Application Centres in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
Visitors are generally allowed a six-month stay from the day they enter Canada. If the Border Services Officer authorizes a stay of less than six months, they will indicate in the visitor’s passport the date by which they must leave Canada.
After the visa requirement is lifted, Mexicans wanting to work or study in Canada will still need to apply for a work or study permit prior to their arrival in Canada. Mexican citizens should also be aware that – once the visa is lifted – they will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly or transit through Canada. Applying for an eTA is a simple, inexpensive (CAD$7) process that takes just minutes to complete online. The eTA is electronically linked to a traveler’s passport, and is valid for five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. All visa-exempt foreign nationals – except for U.S. citizens – need an eTA to fly to or transit through Canada. 

Additional information will be provided to Mexican citizens in advance of the visa lift, including details on when Mexicans travellers can begin applying for their eTA.

10 reasons to attend Toronto’s free Career, Education & Settlement Immigrant Fair – one week away!

English: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
English: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Are you a recent immigrant in Toronto?  Then don’t miss the sixth annual Career, Education & Settlement Immigrant Fair on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – one week away!
This free event, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St. W), is a great kickstart to your successful immigration journey in Canada.
Presented in association with Centennial College, this event provides information and inspiration on three pillars for succeeding in Canada:  careers, education, and settlement.

Ten reasons to visit this free immigrant fair

1. Visit the tradeshow of exhibitors including job opportunities at Bell, North West Company, Toronto Police Services and in the mining sector.
2. Get information from settlement agencies and services providers to help you in your new life in Toronto.
3. Get information on educational opportunities and bridging programs at local post-secondary institutes to help you maximize your foreign credentials and get back into your profession, from law to nursing to accounting (CPA), and everything in between.
4. Bring your resumé for some personal advice at our popular day-long Resumé Clinic.
5. Listen to Keynote address by talent management guru Chandran Fernando of Matrix Search Group on what companies look for in talent.
6. Be inspired by the morning speech from Syrian refugee, Nanor Balyozian, who has found success and happiness in Canada.
7. Get tips from some amazing mentors with our Speed Mentoring activity by ACCES Employment  (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
8. Get tips on taking the IELTS and CELPIP-GENERAL English tests with great success.
9. Ask your job search questions directly to a panel of experts in our first-ever moderated Q & A panel session on careers in Canada.
10. Speak clearer with help from our first-ever on-site Accent Reduction Workshop. Don’t let your communication skills be a barrier to your success!

Who’s exhibiting at the fair?

Here is the list of exhibitors that will be on the tradeshow floor of the Career, Education & Settlement Immigrant Fair in Toronto.

Associate Sponsor: Centennial College
Platinum Sponsor: IELTS -British Council
Platinum Sponsor: Osgoode Professional Development – YORK University
Platinum Sponsor: Paragon Testing Enterprises (CELPIP English Tests)
Platinum Sponsor: CPA Ontario
Gold Sponsor: The Career Foundation
Gold Sponsor: Humber College – New to Canada
Gold Sponsor: Chatr

EXHIBITORS
ACCES Employment
Automotive Training Centre
Bell
Brazolot Migration Group
CAMP
Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Care Centre for IENs
Career Connections-Insurance Institute
Global Experience Ontario
Health Force Ontario
I Dream Canada International Inc.
ICAS of Canada
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
Kelen Immigration Services
Magnet
McMaster University- W Booth School of Engineering
Metroland Media Group
MicroSkills
Mining HR Council
Monster Canada
Munera Professional Corporation
New Horizons Media
Next Step Employment Centres-TDSB
North West Company
Northwestern Ontario Immigration Portal
OMVIC – Ontario’s Vehicle Sales Regulator
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Professional Access Into Employment (PAIE)/Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
Residence & Conference Centre
RMA-Real Mortgage Associates
Speech Science- Bonnie Gross
St. Stephen’s Community House
Supply Chain Management Association Ontario-SCMAO
Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy
The Chang School of Continuing Education
Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office
Toronto Police Services
TRIEC
Trios College
Uptown Communications
YMCA of Greater Toronto

To pre-register for the event, please go to www.canadianimmigrant.ca/career fair/Toronto

Mobilité Francophone to bring more newcomers to Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec.

English: Stop sign in Quebec Français : Pannea...
English: Stop sign in Quebec Français : Panneau arrêt au Québec (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
June 1, 2016—Ottawa, ON – Starting today, Canadian employers hiring skilled French-speaking temporary workers from abroad who want to work in Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec will be exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment. This will make it easier for employers to hire them.
Before launching Mobilité Francophone, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada consulted and collaborated with Francophone minority communities and organizations across Canada to ensure that the new temporary work permit stream of the International Mobility Program aligns with the communities’ interests and needs. 
“Immigration, both temporary and permanent, has a role to play in supporting vital, vibrant Francophone minority communities anywhere across Canada,” Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister John McCallum said. “Mobilité Francophone benefits the employers, the newcomers and the minority communities and it enhances our diverse nation.”
People working in Canada with a Mobilité Francophone temporary work permit will be able to stay in Canada long enough to acquire valuable Canadian work experience. This will help them qualify for permanent residency programs and increase the likelihood that they will be invited to apply for permanent residence in the Express Entry system. 
“The implementation of Mobilité Francophone is very good news, since the specific objective is to increase the number of French-speaking immigrants settling in our communities. The Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) and the Réseaux en immigration francophone (RIF) are proud to have helped develop this initiative,” said Ms. Sylviane Lanthier, president of the FCFA  of Canada.
Mobilité Francophone is designed for foreign skilled workers who have been recruited through a Francophone immigration promotional event coordinated between the federal government and Francophone minority community stakeholders and who are destined to work in a province or territory outside of Quebec.

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Source: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1078419