Government to tell immigrants what is required in Canada
before they immigrate.
Excerpts from Throne Speech.
Martin government has acknowledged there is a problem of
qualified immigrants who can't find work in their fields
in Canada because their credentials are not recognized.
"The government will do its part to ensure speedier
recognition of foreign credentials and prior work experience,"
the Speech from the Throne stated.
The government also promised to tell immigrants what is
required in Canada before they immigrate.
"It will also implement measures to inform prospective
immigrants and encourage the acquisition of necessary credentials
before they arrive in Canada," the speech said.
This has been a complaint of many immigrant communities
in Canada, and Toronto-area MPs have been pressuring the
government to address the issue.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Judy Sgro has said
that it is a high priority for her department.
The government also promised to devote more effort to helping
immigrants integrate into the Canadian economy and the communities
where they live.
"Immigrants have helped to build Canada from its conception
and will be the key to our future prosperity," the
Speech from the Throne stated.
faces severe labour shortage, strain on pension system,
-- Watson Wyatt Canada comments on international pension
readiness report --
TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Canada faces
a severe labour shortage by 2030 that will place significant
strain on the country's public and private pension system,
according to a new global report by the World Economic Forum
and Watson Wyatt Worldwide. The report was released at the
World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting last week in Davos,
Looking at Canada, the report predicts
the country's labour supply to grow more slowly than the
population beginning in the coming decade, eventually stagnating,
and then to begin to shrink in the 2020s -- thus creating
a significant labour shortage. By 2030, Canada's total dependency
rate is predicted to rise by 26 percent, while old age dependency
will increase by 93 percent from rates in 2000.
"This increased dependency burden will
lead to an enormous strain on the Canadian pension system,"
said Ian Markham, Director, Pension Innovation for Watson
Wyatt Canada. "In the coming decades, as the baby boom generation
begins to retire and leave the workforce, Canada will need
to determine how to support an aging population that produces
One potential remedy to this situation
is to adopt programs that promote greater workforce participation
at all ages. The report shows that activity rates in Canada
fall short of rates in the top-five OECD countries for every
age and gender group -- most noticeably among older age
groups (55+). If Canada were to adopt measures to increase
labour-force participation of older age groups to rates
similar to those of the top-five OECD nations, it could
significantly reduce its old age dependency rates.
"Watson Wyatt continues to be a leader
in the area of demographic trends and labour-force productivity
research, and their combined effects on the pension system,"
said David Burke, National Retirement Practice Director
for Watson Wyatt Canada. "We're extremely proud to be involved
in this landmark study with the World Economic Forum."
The Weaknesses Are Showing
There are currently 1,266,900 Canadians who want to work
but do not have a job.
OTTAWA, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Statistics Canada's report on employment
in January 2004 shows the unacknowledged weaknesses that
have been growing for a while in the Canadian economy. The
size of the labour force is stable, but job creation has
stalled. "If the economy cannot create new jobs when
the labour force is not growing, what does it mean for the
future?" asks Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian
Labour Congress. "Youth unemployment is still growing,
overall job creation in the private sector is down and overall
job creation in the public sector seems to have reached
its peak. Yet there are still 1.266 million Canadians looking
for work and are not finding any. This is why this country
needs a jobs' policy, an industrial strategy, a plan to
address in a proactive way the setbacks in the manufacturing
sector and the continued increase in youth unemployment."
The unemployment numbers - Statistics Canada reports that,
last month, in January 2004, the unemployment rate held
steady at 7.4%, the same as in December 2003. Last year
at this time the jobless rate was the same. Still, this
compares negatively to the jobless rate of 6.9% in January
2001. In seasonally-adjusted numbers, there are currently
1,266,900 Canadians who want to work but do not have a job.
Senior Economist Pierre Laliberté's Analysis
- As of yet, the market does not show a solid recovery in
the private sector. The public sector, which has done more
than its share over the past year to sustain job growth
(close to half of all jobs created in 2003), appears to
be throwing in the towel (-3,000 jobs). Weakness still prevails
in the goods producing sector (-17,000 jobs) and growth
in private services sector (+19,000) barely makes up for
- While in January 2004 we see full-time jobs replacing
part-time ones, it should be noted that most of the new
jobs created - 80% - are of the self-employed kind, something
which is the hallmark of a weak labour market.
The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the
labour movement, represents 2.5 million Canadian workers.
The CLC brings together Canada's national and international
unions along with the provincial and territorial federations
of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site: www.clc-ctc.ca
of Summer Work Experience 2004
TORONTO, ON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The Honourable
Joseph Volpe, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development,
today launched Summer Work Experience 2004, formerly known
as Student Summer Job Action. Summer Work Experience is
part of the Government of Canada's commitment to help Canadian
students find summer jobs that will help them develop the
skills, knowledge and work experience they need to prepare
for and participate in Canada's rapidly evolving labour
"Our future depends heavily on providing good employment
opportunities for Canada's young people and helping them
prepare for tomorrow's evolving labour market," said Minister
Volpe. "Through these initiatives, and with the help of
employers from all sectors of the economy, we are increasing
their chances of getting a good start in their working life
and developing the skills needed to succeed."
"I would also like to encourage employers to hire students
with disabilities, and help them gain access to sustainable
employment. Summer Career Placements has special provisions
that can help employers hire young people with disabilities,"
added Minister Volpe.
Summer Work Experience consists of all Government of Canada
initiatives, under the Youth Employment Strategy, designed
to create summer employment opportunities for secondary
and post-secondary students. The Youth Employment Strategy
invests in human capital and aims to ensure that Canada
has a highly qualified and skilled labour force to meet
the employment needs of the 21st century.
A major component of Summer Work Experience is Human Resources
and Skills Development's Summer Career Placements initiative,
which offers wage subsidies to employers in the private,
public and not-for-profit sectors to create job opportunities
related to the career interests and the fields of study
of students aged 15 to 30 inclusive. The deadline for employers
to submit an application for a wage subsidy to hire a student
under the 2004 Summer Career Placements initiative is MARCH
26, 2004, except for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
where the deadline is APRIL 2, 2004.
Last summer, Summer Career Placements helped more than 51,000
Canadian students gain valuable career-related work experience.
Human Resource Centres of Canada for Students (HRCC-S) are
another key part of Summer Work Experience. In total, approximately
480,000 youth received help at over 330 HRCC-Ss across Canada.
Both employers and youth received information on wage rates,
labour laws, federal and provincial/territorial programs,
and health and safety in the workplace.
"The Human Resource Centres of Canada for Students are the
heart of the Summer Work Experience program," said Minister
Volpe. "Last summer, they enabled over 200,000 students
to add work experience to their résumés and
provided over 280,000 youth with job search assistance.
These summer jobs are an effective, concrete way of breaking
the 'no experience/no job - no job/no experience' cycle."
Employers and students interested in participating in one
of the Government of Canada's student summer initiatives
are invited to contact their nearest Human Resource Centre
of Canada, visit youth.gc.ca, or call the toll-free Youth
Info Line at 1 800 935-5555 for a free copy of the Summer
Work Experience 2004 brochure. See
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and Great Britain announce driver's licence exchange
QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Ontario and Great Britain
have signed a memorandum of understanding which will recognize
British drivers' licences as being acceptable for exchange
in Ontario, Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar announced
today as part of the McGuinty government's commitment to
building a global Ontario.
Since July 1999, Ontarians who move to Great Britain have
been able to exchange their Ontario class G driver's licence
for the British equivalent without taking the required knowledge
and road tests. From March 1, 2004, the same benefit will
apply to British drivers who move to Ontario. To ensure
safety, applicants will be required to pass a vision test
and meet medical standards.
"We're committed to achieving our potential by building
a truly global Ontario," said Takhar. "By making
it easier for residents moving between Great Britain and
Ontario to get settled and start sharing their skills, we're
ultimately strengthening cooperation between our countries
and helping to attract skilled talent from around the world."
David Reddaway, the British High Commissioner, who was in
Toronto for the official signing of the memorandum of understanding,
responded by saying, "The UK and Ontario enjoy a very
wide range of valuable partnerships and exchanges. I am
delighted that Ontario is now able to reciprocate the arrangements
for the exchange of driving licences which we offer to Canadian
drivers in Great Britain."
Ontario currently has reciprocal agreements with France,
Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, South Korea, 23 American
states and all Canadian jurisdictions.
Government to end mandatory retirement
Toronto - The Ontario government is crafting legislation
that would end the practice of mandatory retirement at age
The new law is expected to be introduced when the legislature
resumes in the spring.
Under the current rules, employers in Ontario can force
their workers to retire at 65.
The province's human rights commissioner calls that practice
a form of age discrimination.
trends for 2004
Career Expert Cites Tactics That are 'In' and 'Out' When
Looking for Work
TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Just as tastes in clothing and
music change over time, so do the preferences of hiring
managers, notes Tracey Turner, executive director of The
Creative Group, a specialized staffing firm placing creative,
advertising, marketing and web professionals. According
to Turner, candidates who understand the current mindset
of employers have an edge in the job hunt.
"Today's managers are risk-averse; they simply cannot
afford to make hiring mistakes. As a result, they're interested
in applicants with a documented record of success,"
says Turner. "For job candidates this means being able
to show, not just tell, what they can do. Words hold very
little weight right now; employers want proof of a professional's
Turner says that more information is better than less when
applying for jobs. "Employers are willing to spend
added time reviewing resumes and cover letters, so these
materials can be more detailed than in the past. Candidates
also should be prepared for a lengthier interview process,
including meetings with potential peers."
Adds Turner, "Professionals must ensure their resumes
reflect their achievements in former positions and illustrate
all of the skills they bring to the table, since companies
may be hiring one person to fill what was once several different
are job-hunting tactics that Turner says are "in"
and "out" for 2004:
terms such as "team player" and "results-driven"
specific examples that demonstrate these sought-after
resumes for people with seven or more years of experience
to three-page resumes that highlight quantifiable
resumes organized around skills and experience
list work experience in reverse chronological order
to camouflage employment gaps
gaps in the cover letter, noting current activities
(part-time or temporary work, volunteering, etc.)
on want ads for job leads
Sending resumes to a "target list" of companies
you want to work for
only within your industry
Networking within and outside of your industry, as
well as online
or embellished answers to standard interview questions
Real-life examples that illustrate the points you're
with impressive titles who don't know you very well
of well-informed references, including former peers
interviewer you want the job
assume the role on a trial basis
temporary-to-hire positions can be a wise move, as a growing
number of employers want to ensure a candidate is a fit
before extending an offer of full-time employment,"
says Wendy Fox, division director for The Creative Group.
The Creative Group has offices in major markets across the
United States and in Canada, and offers online job search
services at www.creativegroup.com.
Resident Card Fact Sheet
OTTAWA, Feb. 2 /CNW/ -
CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION CANADA IS PLEASED TO REPORT
THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PERMANENT RESIDENT (PR) CARD
IS PROCEEDING ACCORDING TO SCHEDULE, WITH MORE THAN 900,000
CARDS PRODUCED TO DATE.
The PR card replaces the paper IMM 1000 Record of Landing
document and is the proof-of-status document required by
permanent residents seeking to re- enter Canada on a commercial
carrier (airplane, boat, train or bus). A permanent resident
is someone who has been allowed to enter Canada as an immigrant
but who has not become a Canadian citizen.
Total number of PR cards produced to date: 918,000 Number
of temporary travel documents issued (from January 1 to
18, 2004): 3,000 Total number of urgent case requests processed
by CPC Sydney (received after December 1, 2003): 11,600
Total number of PR card applications to be processed (submitted
after November 2003): 85,000
Total number of PR cards awaiting pick-up at local CIC offices
(including appointments not kept by clients):
WHO NEEDS A PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD?
Permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada who intend
to travel outside the country are required to obtain a PR
card before leaving Canada. If you have already applied
for your PR card, check the status of your PR card application
on-line by using the e-Client Application Status (e-CAS)
service on CIC's Web site at www.cic.gc.ca
TRAVELLING IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
If you have already applied for a PR card and you intend
to travel within the next month but you have not yet been
contacted by CIC, your situation may be considered urgent.
To expedite your application, please fax the following information
to (514) 496-8670:
- surname and given name;
- client ID number (if available);
- date of birth;
- home address;
- telephone number;
- e-mail address (if applicable);
- a copy of your plane ticket; and
- a copy of your current passport pages containing
your name, date of birth and photograph.
If you meet these requirements, your application will be
examined and you will be contacted within two business days.
If you are planning to travel outside Canada and have not
yet obtained a PR card, be sure to submit your application
well in advance of your expected departure date. It takes
8 to 12 weeks to process an application.
Application and information kits for existing permanent
residents are available at www.cic.gc.ca
The application kit outlines the documents that are required,
how to fill out the application form and where to send it
Application kits may also be picked up at local CIC offices
that are open to the public.
Applications for a PR card must include the Supplementary
Identification Form, which can be ordered on-line through
the CIC Web site, as well as a fees receipt. An original
receipt will be sent to you automatically when you order
the Supplementary Identification Form.
The Supplementary Identification Form and the receipt may
also be obtained by contacting the Permanent Resident Card
Call Centre at 1 800 255-4541.
CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENTS OVERSEAS
Permanent residents (landed immigrants) who are outside
Canada and are returning to the country by commercial carrier
can apply for a temporary travel document at the nearest
visa office. To view a list of the Canadian visa offices
that issue temporary travel documents, visit www.cic.gc.ca
A temporary travel document is not intended to replace the
Permanent residents may mail a completed application for
a temporary travel document to a Canadian visa office at
the location to which they will be travelling. They may
also submit an application in person at any Canadian visa
office around world, including the United States.
Prior to issuing the temporary travel document, the visa
officer must be satisfied that the applicant is now outside
of Canada, and will normally require that the travel document
be picked up in person at the visa office.
Application forms for temporary travel documents are available
at Canadian visa offices overseas or on-line at www.cic.gc.ca
To obtain a travel document, you will need to prove your
identity and your permanent resident status. You also need
to meet the residency obligation of a permanent resident.
Refer to the Document Checklist on-line at www.cic.gc.ca
for more information on the documents you need to submit
with your application.
CIC's visa offices overseas are ready to assist permanent
residents who require a temporary travel document urgently.