Getting Ready for Express Entry

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Getting Ready to Launch Express Entry

On December 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister, Chris Alexander, announced that the government is one month away from launching the Express Entry – Canada’s new immigration recruitment system. The system will launch at 12 noon EST January 1st, 2015. The first draw for an invitation to apply is scheduled for the last week of January.

The Minister promises the Express Entry will result in faster processing and will allow the Government more flexibility and adaptability when responding to Canada’s changing labour market needs. Those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations will be picked first.

How Express Entry Works

Express Entry will manage Canada’s Permanent Residence applications under the following Economic Immigration Programs:

Provinces and territories will also be able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry system for a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.

The Express Entry System has two steps:

Step 1 – Potential Candidates to Complete an Online Profile

  • Complete a Language Test – In order to create a profile, candidates must provide their language test results from a recognized test – IELTS, CELPIP or TEF.  Candidates cannot create a profile without having their individual test information.
  • Have your Education Assessed – Candidates who completed their education overseas must have it assessed by a recognized education assessment body. Only those with at least one year of skilled Canadian Experience in the past three years, OR whose experience is in a skilled trade, are exempt from providing this report.
  • Complete an Online Express Entry Profile  – When candidates have their language test results and their education credential assessment (if required), they can now create a Express Entry Profile. This is a secure form that the candidates will use to provide information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education and other details that will help CIC to assess them. Those who meet the criteria of one of the immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

If a candidate does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if applicable), or a nomination from a province or territory, by the time of the submission of the Express Entry profile, the candidate will need to register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. The Job Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates with qualified employers across Canada.

Step 2 – The Highest-Ranked Candidates in the Pool Will Be Invited to Apply for Permanent Residence

  • Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) – A points-based system will be used to score and assess a candidate’s profile and rank them in the Express Entry Pool. Express Entry candidates will be given a score out of 1200, based on the four parts of the CRS formula:
    1. Skills and experience factors (key to economic success for immigrants once in Canada)
    2. Spouse factors (such as language skills and education)
    3. Skills transferability (including education and work experience – factors that when combined, result in better chances of being employed, and higher earnings)
    4. Additional points for those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer.
  •  Invitation To Apply (ITA) – Candidates have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residency after receiving the ITA.

What Happens if a Candidate Does Not Get an Invitation to Apply?

The Express Entry Profile can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If candidates do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they will be eligible to re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.

Getting Ready For Express Entry

If you are wanting to apply under Canada’s new immigration recruitment system in the beginning of 2015, here are some suggestions to get ready for Express Entry.

  • You will need to take a language test. According to the new Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), candidates’ language ability will be one of the most important factors in order to rank higher in the pool. CIC will use your language test results to see whether you are eligible to immigrate to Canada under one of the immigration programs under the Express Entry. You will need to meet certain Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in order to gain more point in CRS. You can click here to see how CLB works
  • If your education experience are from outside Canada, you may need to have your educational credentials assessed against Canadian Standards
  • You will need to understand the Skill Type/Occupation of your work experience, as well as what do you plan to do in Canada. to find out the details of your skill type. Jobs in Canada are classified by what are called National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, which are divided by skill level and skill type.

Quick Facts to Know About Express Entry

  • No Eligible Occupation List: As of January 1, 2015, the eligibility for Express Entry will not include a list of eligible occupations. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have worked at least one year in a skilled occupation within the past 10 years.
  • Fully Electronic Processing System: The entire Express Entry process, including steps one and two, will be conducted online.
  • Language Proficiency required prior to entering the pool: Candidates will have to demonstrate proficiency in an official language of Canada, either English or French, in order to enter the Express Entry pool. Candidates will not be able to enter the Express Entry pool without submitting language test results that meet the eligibility requirements for one of the federal economic immigration programs.
  • Profiles in the Express Entry Pool are editable: News showing that candidates can update their profiles in the pool. This means that candidates will be able to maneuver within the Comprehensive Ranking System if they gain additional points
  • Invited applicants have 60 days to file a complete application: If an applicant gets an invitation to apply, but fails to submit a complete immigration application and all supporting documents, the applicant will not have a second opportunity to file the an application under the same invitation to apply.

“With the launch of Express Entry in January, our Government will build on our strong and proven record of helping immigrants succeed, and helping Canada’s economy thrive. Starting January 1st, we will be able to select the top economic immigrants who will contribute to our economy, labour market and communities.”

 – Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada


For more information about the Express Entry and to learn how we can help, please contact us.

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How To Work In The Trades in Canada

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If you have worked in a skilled trade outside of Canada and would like to be employed in British Columbia, it is possible to have your work experience and education recognized and receive a certificate for your previous trades experience. Trades is a growing industry in BC and there are hundreds of jobs available for people who have the correct certification. The future is bright for trades and the wages can be very good as well.

The Industry Training Authority  (ITA) does offer ‘challenge exams’ for most trade occupations. These challenge exams are available for persons who have worked outside of Canada and had most of their training in another country.

The following steps will explain the procedures a foreign trained person will need to take to become certified to work in their trade in British Columbia.

Step 1 – Visit the website Industry Training Authority and do a search for your trade.

Step 2 – On the page which features your trade there will be a heading for “Challenge Exam”.  In this section you will need to complete an application form and pay the fee of $120.

As part of your application you will need to have any previous employers you have worked for state the amount of hours that you were employed and the employer will need to write in detail the tasks you did at the job. You will also be required to list your educational background.

Step 3 – Next step is an assessor at ITABC will contact your previous employers, confirm your tasks at your previous jobs and training. The fee for this is $120 and can take 3 – 6 months depending on how complex it is to get documents and emails translated to another country.

Step 4 – Then once the assessor has completed the appraisal,  there is a one year period to write the challenge exam and the fee for the test is $120. It is possible to write the exam three times within one year. If the applicant has still not passed the exam after three tests, then there will be an additional fee of $100 to write the exam again.

Step 5 – Once the exam has been passed then the person will be granted a certificate in their trade and can start working in the occupation.

For more information and help with your questions about foreign credential recognition in BC. The Industry Training Authority can provide additional assistance:

There are other trades that require certification through a specific regulatory body i.e. crane operators, electricians, gas fitters, blasters, etc. A complete list can be found here:

The trades in British Columbia is a growing industry with an exciting outlook and long term steady employment. There is a path available for foreign trained persons to work and be prosperous in this thriving sector.

For more information, please contact us.

Or Find out if you qualify

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Federal Skilled Worker Application Caps 2014

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Federal Skilled Worker Application Caps 2014 start to fill

Federal Skilled Worker  Cap 2014 ,  updated November 19, 2014. 

Eligible Occupation Stream

The Federal Skilled Worker Program reopened in May, 2014, with a extended occupation list and 1,000 applications sub-cap for each occupation. This is the last year to apply under this program before the system reform in January 2015. If you would like to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, your occupation may still available to apply without an arranged Canadian Job Offer !! Check out the newest update from CIC about the Applications Cap.

Total received toward the overall cap: 9,939 of 25,000.

Eligible occupation (by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)Number of complete applications counted towards the 1,000 sub-cap
0013  Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services107
0015  Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.53
0111  Financial managers306
0112  Human resources managers201
0113  Purchasing managers168
0121  Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers84
0311  Managers in health care46
0711  Construction managers50
0712  Home building and renovation managers10
0811  Managers in natural resources production and fishing5
0911  Manufacturing managers158
1111  Financial auditors and accountants450
1112  Financial and investment analysts1000
1113  Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
1114  Other financial officers133
1123  Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations385
1212  Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers164
1224  Property administrators18
2113  Geoscientists and oceanographers45
2131  Civil engineers404
2132  Mechanical engineers624
2133  Electrical and electronics engineers452
2145  Petroleum engineers35
2171  Information systems analysts and consultants1,000
2172  Database analysts and data administrators172
2173  Software engineers and designers1,000
2174  Computer programmers and interactive media developers1,000
2232  Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians25
2234  Construction estimators16
2241  Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians71
2243  Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics40
2263  Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety147
2281  Computer network technicians430
3011  Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors14
3012  Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses613
3111  Specialist physicians22
3112  General practitioners and family physicians42
3132  Dietitians and nutritionists15
3141  Audiologists and speech-language pathologists6
3142  Physiotherapists317
3143  Occupational Therapists6
3214  Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists6
3215  Medical Radiation Technologists10
3216  Medical Sonographers15
3233  Licensed practical nurses44
3234  Paramedical occupations7
4011  University professors and lecturers357
4151  Psychologists15
4214  Early childhood educators and assistants57
5125  Translators, terminologists and interpreters71

Application in the PhD stream

The new Cap for PhD Stream under the Federal Skilled Worker Program began on May 1, 2014. These are the last application will be accept under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015.

Applications received toward the overall cap: 227 of 500 (as of November 19, 2014)

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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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

For more information, please contact us.

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Changes to the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)

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Nova Scotia Introduced New Immigration Stream

Note: As of April 28, 2014, The Government of Nova Scotia announced that the Reginal Labour Market Demand Stream is now closed for this year. Applications that are not received in the office and/or postmarked by April 28, 2014 will not be accepted. The stream will re-open on January1, 2015. 

A new immigration stream under Nova Scotia Nominee Program was launched on March 6, 2014. As a replacement of The Community Identified Stream, the new Regional Labour Market Demand stream is designed for foreign skilled workers who meet the local labour market needs, are intend to work full-time and permanently, and establish themselves in Nova Scotia. There is a 150 application cap under this Stream in the year of 2014.

There is no local job offer requirements under the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream. However, applicants do need to show their intention to work in an occupation that is demanded in Nova Scotia.

You may qualify for this stream if you have a continuous 2 years of full-time work experience in the past five years  in one of the following eligible occupations:

  • Managers in Health Care
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers
  • Restaurant and Food Service Managers
  • Financial Auditors and Accountants
  • Other Financial Officers
  • A Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  • Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • Software Engineers and Designers
  • Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Information systems testing technicians
  • Specialist Physicians
  • General Practitioners and Family Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
  • Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Medical Sonographers
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment includes massage therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
  • Retail Trade Supervisors
  • Chefs
  • Cooks
  • Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Welders and related machine operators
  • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  • Crane Operators
  • Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing

Other requirements including a CLB5 minimum language proficiency, the intention of live in Nova Scotia. Contact us for more information under this stream.

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Canada’s Federal Investor Program & Entrepreneur Program Terminated

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Canada’s Federal Investor Program & Entrepreneur Program Terminated

On February 11th, the 2014 Canadian Federal Budget, Economic Action Plan 2014, was released. In the budget, the Government of Canada announced the termination of the Federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) and Federal Entrepreneur (EN) Program, two programs that have been plagued by inefficiencies and longstanding backlogs. The programs will be scrapped, along with the 65,000 applicant backlog.

Research shows that these programs have done little to benefit Canada over the years. Under the Federal Investor program, investors were required to provide a $800,000 loan to the Canadian government, which was paid back interest free in 5 years. In actuality, these investors needed only to invest $150,000, since Canadian banks would fund the rest. They also could satisfy a lower score on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s point system compared to other economic immigrants (35/100 vs. 67/100), which measured factors such as language proficiency, education, experience and adaptability. Once their application was approved, these investors would receive permanent residency up-front without any conditions. The capital actually invested under the Investor program was disappointing, with less than half the funds actually invested.

Canada’s Investor Program is a huge contrast to programs run by other countries, where they have been adapted over the years to meet the countries’ economic needs. In the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, immigrant investors must invest as much as $5 to $10 million and are not offered permanent residency up-front.

Furthermore, research shows that investor and entrepreneur immigrants pay less taxes than other economic immigrants, up to $200,000 less, over a 20 year career. They are also less likely to stay in Canada long-term and lack the skills to contribute to the economy compared to other immigrants, such as English or French proficiency. 

In place of these programs, the Government will introduce new pilot programs, such as a new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund pilot project, which will require immigrants to make a real and significant investment in the Canadian economy. The Government will also conduct consultations on a potential Business Skills pilot program. The Start-up Visa Program that was launched in 2013, which is for entrepreneurs who have the support of a Canadian venture capital firm, will continue. 

The announcement to terminate the Federal Immigrant Investor Program and Federal Entrepreneur Program comes at a time when currently there is 65,000 applicant backlog. The Government of Canada will be eliminating this backlog and refunding all applicants. Applicants will then need to apply under the current immigration programs.

For more information, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s New Release Canada’s Federal Investor Program & Entrepreneur Program Terminated & Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014

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Top Tips for Parents and Grandparents Immigrating to Canada

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Parents and Grandparents Immigrating to Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has re-opened Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program as of January 2nd 2014. The re-opening has been much anticipated by families wanting to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada. Immigrating to Canada or any new country can be a challenge, but for the older generation it can be even more difficult.

With a new language, culture, customs and a lack of social support, it can be tricky for parents and grandparents to immigrate and get settled in their new home country. A senior’s life can easily become isolated. Their families are busy with work or school and they can get lonely being at home by themselves.

Suddhodan Raj Baidya shares his personal experience of his mother in law who refused to join him in Canada because she felt there were too many challenges for her to settle in Vancouver.

“My mother in law refused to come to Canada to live as she felt the places were very far apart and she cannot speak English well and she cannot drive and therefore afraid to take public transport” Suddhodan continues, “She gets quite bored easily compared to her life in China where everything is in walking distance or public transports are much more affordable for her and there are much more to do.”

Here are tips which can help senior immigrants make the transition to Canada that much easier:

  • There are many free newspapers in different languages as well as settlement services across metro Vancouver where seniors can get more information about their new community.
  • There are local ethnic community and religious organizations which can help senior immigrants and provide much needed support. This can help prevent seniors from feeling lonely or isolated.
  • Weather can be different in Canada than what the elder is used to in their home country. Provide them with access to appropriate clothing and transportation can help prevent your parent or grandparent from staying indoors and potentially becoming cut off from the community.
  • To help with medical issues check to see if there is an interpreter available so your parent or grandparent can freely share her medical concerns with their doctor. Some hospitals have interpreters available for their patients.
  • Language training will help your parent or grandparent settle into daily life much easier. At local immigrant service organizations they provide free language training which can make daily life much easier for your parents or grandparents.
  • To make getting around easier, look into senior discounts on public transportation.  In Vancouver, there are discounts available for seniors for monthly bus passes:
  • If your parent or grandparent either has a challenge physically or mentally they may be eligible for the HandyDART service. This is a transportation service which will pick up your parent or grandparent from their home.
  • Look for a local library. Libraries can provide hours of enjoyment for seniors. There are books available in different languages and assistance for them to find something interesting to read. The local library can also host events and gatherings which may interest your parent or grandparent.

Keep active. Local community centres can provide gentle exercise for the elderly which can help them stay healthy and they can also make new friends.

The good news is there are several services available to help the older generation with their integration to a new life in Canada.  The Province of British Columbia provides immigrant settlement services which are available free to older newcomers. Their services include language training, basic settlement assistance with learning how to use banking, local transportation, peer support and much more.

To find out more about settlement services available for seniors visit:


Written by Sacha DeVoretz, blog contributor to Bell Alliance Global Immigration Services Inc.
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Federal Skilled Worker Cap 2013 – Occupations Still Available

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Federal Skilled Worker Program – Eligible Occupation Stream

Federal Skilled Worker  Cap 2013 ,  updated March 17, 2014. 

If you would like to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, your occupation may still available to apply without an arranged Canadian Job Offer !! Check out the newest update from CIC about the Applications Cap

Eligible occupation(by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)Number of complete applications counted towards the 300 sub-cap
0211   Engineering managers300 (Cap reached)
1112   Financial and investment analysts

300 (Cap reached)

2113   Geoscientists and oceanographers93
2131   Civil engineers300 (Cap reached)
2132   Mechanical engineers300 (Cap reached)
2134   Chemical engineers300 (Cap reached)
2143   Mining engineers13
2145   Petroleum engineers139
2144   Geological engineers13
2146   Aerospace engineers64
2147   Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)300 (Cap reached)
2154   Land surveyors45
2174   Computer programmers and interactive media developers

300 (Cap reached)

2243   Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics171
2263   Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety300 (Cap reached)
3141   Audiologists and speech-language pathologists27
3142   Physiotherapists300 (Cap reached)
3143   Occupational Therapists70
3211   Medical laboratory technologists300 (Cap reached)
3212   Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants187
3214   Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists30
3215   Medical Radiation Technologists82
3216   Medical Sonographers50
3217   Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists47

*All information above is from CIC Website.

If your occupation already reach the application cap, you can stat preparing your application for the next year. There are several requirements and documents that may take quite a long time to obtain. You can click here to view the requirements for Federal Skilled Worker Program.

More options for Skilled Worker: Click Here

1 The number of complete federal skilled worker applications received as of May 4, 2013 is an estimate.
2 The Occupation Cap in this blog post is updated on March 17, 2014, contact us to see the most recent update of your occupation caps.
3 The cap year for eligible occupation stream began on May 4, 2013, and will end on April 30, 2014, unless otherwise stated by the Minister.
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How To Have The Best Job Interview in Canada

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In Canada there are different methods a hiring manager may use to conduct a job interview. If you are outside of Canada, the job interview may take place by telephone or Skype. If you are residing in Canada then most likely the job interview will take place in the office of the company or organization that you are applying for employment.

Job interviews in Canada may be different from interviews in other countries. While it is important to always be

professional and prepared for the interview, in Canada job interviews can be a relaxed two way conversation. The hiring manager will ask you questions and at the end of the interview you will be expected to ask questions to the interviewer. During the interview the hiring manager will want to see your personality and how well you interact with others. Hiring managers place a lot of value on how well a potential job applicant will fit into the workplace and be a part of the team.

Here are top tips for job interviews in Canada:

  • Research the company that you will be meeting with. How long have they been in business? Who are their major customers? Have they received any awards recently?  You should learn more about the company from their website and also look at relevant industry news in Canada.Job interview
  • Make sure you have mapped out where your job interview will be.  You should prepare to arrive at least 15 minutes early.  Make sure you have planned transportation and parking to allow for extra time in case of a delay.
  • Professional dress.  Even if you are applying for a less formal position or the work environment is casual, you will want to dress to impress.  For men that means a shirt with a collar and a tie and for women that can be a long sleeved blouse with skirt or trousers. Keep shoes clean and have a tidy appearance. Before you go into the office, visit a bathroom and make sure you have a neat look. First impressions count.
  • Extra copies of your resume.  Bring with you a neat folder with two extra copies of your resume and one sheet of your references with contact details. You can also include a copy of a reference letter.  This is helpful for the person interviewing you as they may need to share your resume and references with their manager. Providing a list of references  shows the hiring manager you are prepared for the job.

Before you have your job interview, it is important to practice your job interview questions. You can ask a friend to pretend to be the hiring manager and ask you questions. Then when you have the actual  job interview you will feel more comfortable and at ease. But try not to sound too rehearsed.

Common questions that you may have in a job interview in Canada are:

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  • Tell us about yourself. For this question (and all interview questions keep the answers to 3 minutes long) they want to understand your previous work background. Always keep your answers positive and highlight the projects you did well on.
  • What major challenges and problems did you face at your previous job? You want to answer this question in a positive manner. Highlight how you turned a potentially negative situation and made it into a positive learning opportunity.  For example, “I found that accounting was a challenge for me in my previous job and so I decided to take a class at night to improve my accounting skills. Now I am confident and able to do all of my accounting tasks successfully.”
  • They may ask you “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” You want to answer this question with a genuine reply and at the same time, respond with an answer which will show your ongoing interest in the company. This is not a question about your personal life, the hiring manager wants to see if you plan on staying with their company long term and what your professional goals are. A good response is that you would like to continue to improve your skills and contribute to the company. Be honest with your response.

Here are some tips of what you do not want to do for your job interview:

  • Don’t be late
  • Don’t answer your phone during the job interview
  • Don’t bring a drink or food with you
  • Don’t stare at the floor or the desk (always make eye contact with the hiring manager)
  • Don’t talk too much

At the end of the job interview make sure to thank the interviewer for their time. Look them in the eyes and tell them that you are very interested in the job.

After the interview, you can send a short thank you email to the hiring manager. In the email, you can thank the hiring manager for their time and share with them that you are ready to make a contribution to the position.

Usually the company or organization will provide you with a date that they expect to make their decision.  If you don’t hear back from them by this date, then you can contact the hiring manger to see if they have made a decision.

If you got the job, congratulations! If you didn’t get the job, you can ask the hiring manager for feedback on your job interview and application. With this feedback you will be able to improve your job interview skills and do an even better interview next time.

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


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