New Caps for Economic Classes announced to prepare for the launch of “Express Entry”

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In order to prepare for the launch of the new system ” Express Entry” for Canada’s Economic Immigration Programs in 2015. Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced the new caps for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class. These new caps are the last FSWP, FSTP and CEC applications that will be accepted under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

There is no limit on applicants who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, for Phd eligibility stream, there is a cap of 500 applications. As for the eligible occupations stream: A new cap of 25,000 applications will provide the appropriate number of applications to support expected admissions in 2015.

The list of eligible occupations are reflecting the latest labour market needs – Sub-caps of 1,000 applications for each of the 50 eligible occupations below :

  1. Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013)
  2. Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)
  3. Financial managers (0111)
  4. Human resources managers (0112)
  5. Purchasing managers (0113)
  6. Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
  7. Managers in health care (0311)
  8. Construction managers (0711)
  9. Home building and renovation managers (0712)
  10. Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
  11. Manufacturing managers (0911)
  12. Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
  13. Financial and investment analysts (1112)
  14. Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
  15. Other financial officers (1114)
  16. Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)
  17. Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
  18. Property administrators (1224)
  19. Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
  20. Civil engineers (2131)
  21. Mechanical engineers (2132)
  22. Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
  23. Petroleum engineers (2145)
  24. Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
  25. Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  26. Software engineers and designers (2173)
  27. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  28. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
  29. Construction estimators (2234)
  30. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
  31. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
  32. Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
  33. Computer network technicians (2281)
  34. Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
  35. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
  36. Specialist physicians (3111)
  37. General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
  38. Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
  39. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
  40. Physiotherapists (3142)
  41. Occupational therapists (3143)
  42. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
  43. Medical radiation technologists (3215)
  44. Medical sonographers (3216)
  45. Licensed practical nurses (3233)
  46. Paramedical occupations (3234)
  47. University professors and lecturers (4011)
  48. Psychologists (4151)
  49. Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
  50. Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)

Federal Skilled Trades Program

The FSTP cap will be increased to 5,000 applications. All 90 skilled trades designated under the program regulations will now be eligible for consideration, with sub-caps of 100 applications each:

  • Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades;
  • Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades;
  • Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production;
  • Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators;
  • Minor Group 632: chefs and cooks;
  • Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers.

Canadian Experience Class

As of  May 1, 2014, the CEC cap will re-set with 8,000 applications to cover the transition period leading up to the new Economic Immigration System ” Express Entry”. Also , there will be sub-caps of 200 applications each for any NOC B Occupation.

There are great opportunities to apply under the Economic Classes during the transit period to Canada’s new immigration model. For more information about the applications, please contact us.

Or Find out if you qualify.

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What is “ Express Entry ” ?

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The New Immigration Recruitment model “Express Entry” will be launched in 2015

April 8, 2014, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that the new active recruitment model for economic immigration will officially be called ” Express Entry” . As a major step to the transformation of Canada’s Immigration System into one that is fast, flexible and focused on meeting Canada’s real needs, this recruitment model is now set to launch in January of 2015.

What is “Express Entry”?

“Express Entry” is a new immigration recruitment system that will allow more flexibility and better reactivity when dealing with local labour needs, and help fill job storage for which there are no available Canadian workers. Applicants who want to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency through the Economic Class, will need to input their information into the Express Entry system. Canada will select the best candidates who are most likely to achieve success in Canada and send them an invitation. with the invitation, qualified candidates will be able to submit their immigration application to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Canadian employer will play key role in the Express Entry model

With “Express Entry,” employers will deeply involve in selecting economic immigrants and providing advice to the Government of Canada regarding the labour needs. Over the course of spring 2014, CIC plans to work with provincial and territorial governments to hold a series of cross-Canada information sessions to provide employers with more information about this exciting new system.

Select the Best Who Will Achieve Success in Canada

Express Entry” candidates who receive a valid job offer or nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be quickly invited to apply for permanent residency. In the meantime qualified applicants can expect faster processing times of six months or less when invited to come to Canada in four key economic streams: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the PNP.


Express Entry promises to be a game-changer for Canadian immigration and Canada’s economy. It will revolutionize the way we attract skilled immigrants, and get them working here faster. Our government is actively engaged with our provincial and territorial partners, and with employers, to make January’s launch of Express Entry a success.”  –Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister.


Original information from CIC Canada: Offering “Express Entry” to Qualified Economic Immigrants

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How To Earn A Good Living in Canada

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How To Earn A Good Living in Canada – Think Trades!

If you would like to have a thriving career, great pay and steady employment, then the trades may be an option for you. Construction is booming in British Columbia and across Canada and there are a wide range of employment opportunities to chose from. There is such a high demand for trades (everything from construction and roofing to cooking and hairstyling) that the Canadian Government is providing an Apprenticeship grant where apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to help pay for tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.

When you have completed your trades training, some occupations can earn $100,000 a year or more. The previous Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who knows a thing or two about making good money, shared with his listeners on his weekly radio show that being employed as a plumber makes more financial sense for some, than attending a prestigious college: “Being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably would be a better deal, because you don’t spend four years spending 40, 50 thousand dollars tuition, and no income,” he says.

If you are new to Canada, you may have skills which you can transfer to a career in the trades.

 What are the trades? 

When most people think of skilled trades, they may think of a plumber or a roofer, but there are more than 200 designated trades in Canada to chose from. There are four main types of trades:

  • Manufacturing can include trades such as: precision metal fabricators, industrial mechanics (millwrights), tool & die makers and others
  • Construction can include jobs like: painters, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, welders, pipefitters, heavy equipment operators and others.
  • Transportation may includes trades such as: aviation technicians, fuel/electrical systems technicians, automotive painters and other occupations.
  • Service trades include florists, horticulturalists, hairstylists, chefs and many more other types of jobs.

How To Start?

Each province in Canada will have their own registration process for the trades. So depending on where you live, you will need to check the process first, before you start work in your region.

With more than 200 trades in Canada to chose from. How do you find the right trade for you? Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect career.

A Wide Choice Of  Trades

Do you enjoy fixing your car or working in the garden? Do you like to style hair or do home maintenance? Think about what you enjoy doing most in your spare time and this will help guide you to the right trade.

Check out this searchable catalogue of trades:

Try To Pick 3 Trades

This will make it easier for you to find the right occupation. Research the three trades that interest you and find out what type of training is involved, how long the training will take and the expected salary once you start work. This will give you an idea if one of these three trades might be the right fit for you.

Talk To People Who Are Employed In The Trade

When you speak with a person who is currently working in a trade that you are interested in, you can find out the real life expectations of the job. How many hours do they work each day? How much do they earn on a monthly basis (after taxes and expenses)? Do they enjoy their work? Do they have to deal with difficult customers or employers? Is it a high pressure job? These are some of the questions you may want to ask to find out if this trade is the right fit for you.

Depending on where you live in Canada, there are several programs to help new immigrants to start working in the trades.

If you are in British Columbia there is a free program called “Immigrants in Trades Training (IITT)” to find out more information visit:

If you live in another part of Canada, there is a free program, “Careers in Trades” which can also help you find the right trade for you:

The future is bright for the trades and there are unlimited number of opportunities for newcomers in Canada.

Written by Sacha DeVoretz, blog contributor to Bell Alliance Immigration Inc.


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