Ontario to make it easier for immigrants to work in their professions
October 21, 2021
[REPRODUCED FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS]
Ontario is set to introduce legislation that would make it easier for immigrants to get licensed to work in professions that match their areas of expertise.
Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the proposed legislation would, if passed, prevent many regulatory bodies from requiring immigrants to have Canadian work experience to get licensed.
It would also standardize English-language testing requirements and ensure licensing applications are processed faster.
McNaughton says the changes would help remove barriers immigrants often face when trying to work in their professions.
“It really is an injustice when you think of only 25 per cent of immigrants in Ontario work actually in jobs and professions that they were trained for,” he said in an interview.
“It’s all about improving their lives, ensuring that they get bigger paychecks and more worker protections.”
McNaughton says Ontario is facing a labour shortage as some 293,000 jobs are unfilled across the province.
The proposed legislation would apply to licensing bodies governing engineers, architects, teachers, accountants and social workers, among other. But it would not affect those regulating medical professions, including those that licence doctors and nurses.
The legislation would also help internationally trained workers in 23 trades, including electricians, plumbers and hoisting engineers.
Licensing bodies would still be able to apply for exemptions that could require Canadian work experience, but that would need government approval, McNaughton said.
“They have to make a health and safety case, which would come to the minister for approval,” he said, noting that he hoped to see the changes brought by the legislation take effect in two years.
The director of engineering training projects at ACCES Employment, an organization that help newcomers find suitable jobs in Ontario, said removing the Canadian work experience requirement would help immigrant engineers get licensed and hired a lot faster.
Gabriela Tavaru said immigrant engineers cannot work in their profession before they get their professional license, regardless of how many years of experience they had before they came to Ontario.
“Starting a job, performance evaluation, the whole system, it’s new. So it’s a little bit too difficult for any immigrant and especially for regulated professionals like engineers to navigate this process and get a job,” she said.
She said a maximum of four years of international experience is recognized by the licensing body for engineers in Ontario, but a minimum of one year of Canadian work experience in the field is also required. Immigrant engineers have to work for a year under the supervision of a licensed Canadian engineer to gain that experience.
“This is the problem: you cannot get a job to get your license,” she said. “They cannot be engineers. They cannot sign contracts. They cannot be called engineer, but they can work, for example, as estimators, project managers, field coordinators.”
Toronto is having a big tech moment
January 21, 2018
The following article, which appeared on CNN’s website on January 20, 2018, speaks volumes about Toronto both in terms of the strength of its technology sector and the cultural/ethnic diversity of the city. The article makes specific mention of the fact that the percentage of foreign-born residents in the Greater Toronto Area region — 39.7% — exceeds every other city in North America. Toronto is praised for both its education system and for being the benefactor of Canada’s generous Immigration program. The article is reproduced in its entirety from the CNN website and is a recommended read for immigrants and intending immigrants, considering where to reside in Canada and whether to settle in Toronto.
After promising to search North America for the perfect home for its next headquarters, Amazon has narrowed its list to 20 cities — 19 of which are in the United States. The one exception? Toronto.
An outlier on Amazon’s list, Toronto has earned the attention of the technology world due to its diverse population, talent pool and welcome stance on immigration.
“It’s got this incredible aspiration for inclusivity,” Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google’s parent company which is developing a Toronto neighborhood, said at an event Wednesday. “If Amazon sees what we see here, it won’t even be a close call.”
Toronto is the fourth largest city by population in North America, with 2.8 million people. Its percentage of foreign-born residents in the region — 39.7% — exceeds every other city on Amazon’s list. Its population has grown by more than 400,000 people in the last five years.
Toronto’s appeal to the tech sector, which relies on foreign workers, has grown amid diverging stances on immigration from the U.S. and Canadian governments. Last year, Canada launched a program to process work permits and visa applications for skilled workers within two weeks.
The Trump administration has moved to tighten access to H-1B visas, a popular route to tech jobs for foreign workers. Its 2017 travel ban for six majority-Muslim countries also rattled the tech industry, triggering foreigners to give more serious consideration to education and work outside the U.S.
“The more inclusive we are, the more we will win against communities that are trying to exclude any group of talent,” Karen Greve Young, vice president of corporate development and partnerships at Mars, a Toronto organization that supports startups, told CNN Tech.
In 2017, the University of Toronto’s computer science program saw a 50% increase in graduate school applicants, according to its director of professional programs, Matt Medland.
The university is also home to a superstar in the world of artificial intelligence, professor Geoffrey Hinton. Tech giants such as Google and Amazon see artificial intelligence as essential to the future of their companies.
In its bid to host Amazon’s second headquarters, Toronto promised to boost the number of the students graduating with STEM degrees. Toby Lennox, CEO of Toronto Global, which organized Toronto’s submission, believes talent is why Toronto was the only non-U.S. city to make Amazon’s list.
“We’re able to meet their needs across the board,” Lennox said. “Once you match that with an immigration system and an education system that is so welcoming, it makes for large employers a real opportunity.”
Lennox said he heard from a company interested in Toronto because it needed workers who could speak four different Portuguese dialects.
“We’ve just made the playoffs,” Toronto Mayor John Tory told CNN Tech. “But it’s a long way to the prize.”
A New Year; A New Beginning in Canada
January 12, 2012
Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a very Happy New Year!
This blog is directed to the many individuals who contacted the law offices of Abrams & Krochak in 2010 or 2011 to explore the possibility of immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker with Abrams & Krochak’s assistance. If you have not already applied and are still considering migrating to Canada as a skilled worker and had your eligibility to do so favourably assessed by Abrams & Krochak, we STRONGLY suggest that you proceed NOW with your proposed Canadian Immigration plans. Otherwise, you might lose out on your one and only opportunity to create a new life and a bright future for yourself and your loved ones in this country.
Much is happening in Canada, right now, which could negatively affect your eligibility to immigrate:
1. Federal Skilled Worker Quotas
For the period of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) imposed a quota of 20,000 new Federal Skilled Worker Applications with a maximum of 1,000 applicants in each of the 29 jobs that appeared on the General Occupations (Demand) List. For the period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, CIC kept the same General Occupations (Demand) List of 29 jobs; however, it slashed the quotas in half. CIC imposed a new quota of only 10,000 new Federal Skilled Worker Applications with a maximum of 500 applicants in each of the 29 jobs that appeared on the General Occupations (Demand) List.
Who knows what quotas CIC will impose when it publishes the new General Occupations (Demand) List on July 1, 2012?
As of January 9, 2012, quotas for the July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 time period were already filling fast. A total of 6,205 Federal Skilled Worker Applications out of a possible 10,000 had already been received by CIC and the quotas for the following jobs had already been filled:
0631 – Restaurant and Food Service Managers
1122 – Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
2121 – Biologists and Related Scientists
3131 – Pharmacists
3152 – Registered Nurses
Furthermore, the quotas for the following jobs were very close to being filled:
3111 – Specialist Physicians
3112 – General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3113 – Dentists
2. Federal Skilled Worker Points System
CIC is proposing changes to the Federal Skilled Worker program to help Canada select immigrants who have the best chance of integrating and making a better contribution to the Canadian economy.
CIC is consulting with stakeholders and the public on the proposed changes. The input received through the consultation process will be taken into account in the development of new regulations, which could take effect as early as the late spring/summer of 2012!
What are some of the proposed changes?
introducing minimum official language thresholds and increasing points for language;
making changes to the assessment of education points to reflect a foreign educational credential’s value in Canada;
redistributing points for age to benefit younger immigrants who will be active members of the workforce for a longer timeframe;
reducing points for foreign work experience and increasing points for Canadian work experience;
increasing the integrity of and simplifying the process for the Arranged Employment factor; and
facilitating the immigration of skilled tradespersons through criteria that are more specific to those in the skilled trades.
3. Federal Skilled Worker General Occupations (Demand) List
In late June/early July 2012, CIC will be releasing a new General Occupations (Demand) List for the July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 period. There is a misconception on the part of many people that the List will be a repeat of this year’s List. To set the record straight, there is ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE that the new List will remain the same as the old List and that the jobs that appear on the old List will also appear on the new List. If your job is currently in demand and on the List but disappears from the new List, you will lose the opportunity to migrate as a skilled worker unless you have Arranged Employment (which is difficult to obtain).
4. What Does This All Mean?
With so much uncertainty in the air as to what will happen with the Federal Skilled Worker Class (i.e. its quotas, the way points are assessed and which jobs will be in demand), one thing IS certain: NOW is the time to apply if you know you qualify and the quota for your occupation has not yet been filled.
To retain/engage Abrams & Krochak’s services, please follow the instructions that were previously provided to you by our firm. If you have misplaced or deleted those instructions, please send us a message at http://www.akcanada.com/contact.cfm and we will be pleased to send you those instructions, via e-mail, again.
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It is a New Year and time for new beginnings. Start a new life for yourself and your loved ones in Canada while you still have the chance!