Shortly after her father’s death, Kristina Torres came to Canada in 2012, hoping to support her mother and younger sisters in the Philippines by caring for the children of a Canadian family. However, Ms. Torres has been unable to work for months as she waits for a new work permit. She says she is a casualty of changes made to Canada’s caregiver immigration program that were intended to better protect caregivers.
Unemployed since last October, Ms Torres says she was fired without cause by her employer. In order to work again, she must first get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from a new employer, a process that now takes months.
Her situation is not unique. Ms Torres has called on the federal government to grant caregivers permanent residency on arrival, a move that would bolster their rights and make it easier for them to leave employers that treat them unfairly.
Canada changed the rules governing the caregiver immigration program nine months ago, removing the requirement that caregivers live with the families that hire them. However the rules to acquire an LMIA, proving the job was widely advertised and no qualified Canadians could fill is being interpreted far more restrictively than ever before. In the first months after the changes, documents obtained by a caregiver advocacy group showed that the number of approvals to bring in a caregiver from abroad dropped by as much as 90 per cent.
The Association of Caregiver and Nanny Agencies Canada believes that the government wants to encourage employers to raise wages and hire Canadians for these jobs. However, the new rules can inadvertently encourage a caregiver to stay in a bad employment situation because the time it takes to get approved for a new work permit will threaten her ability to work enough hours to apply for permanent residency.
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Montreal is now home to 4 million people. The latest population estimates from Statistics Canada upgraded the region’s population to 4,027,100 as of July 1, 2014. Greater Toronto’s population increased by a million to 6 million between 2013 and 2014.
Foreign immigrants have been the main driver of growth in cities as was seen in the recent past.
According to a release from the stats bureau, “International migration was responsible for just over two-thirds of the population growth of census metropolitan areas (CMAs) in 2013-2014. All CMAs with over 1 million inhabitants reported growth rates from international migration of 1 per cent or higher, accounting for most of their population growth (71 per cent).”
The metro areas that gained the most people continue to be in the Prairies and Western Canada, with Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon seeing the most growth. Over one year, their populations grew by 3.6, 3.3, and 3.2 per cent, respectively. These metropolitan regions also boast the highest economic growth in the country.
The metro area with the largest loss of people was Saint John, N.B, which saw a decrease of 0.5 per cent. Montreal continues to see people moving to other provinces (interprovincial migration) and other areas of Quebec (intra-provincial migration). Between 2013 and 2014, the metro area had a net loss of 10,000 to other provinces, and 7,000 people to other municipalities within the province.
Losses in other large CMAs such as Toronto and Vancouver were the gains of smaller CMAs like Barrie, Ont. and Kelowna B.C. In Quebec, larger CMAs like Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Trois Rivières also had net gains.
However, Montreal gained 42,800 immigrants or 18 per cent of all immigrants to Canada. This is a decrease from past years which also saw a steady decline. Between 2012 and 2013, Montreal received 46,400 and 44,800 immigrants respectively.
Nova Scotia will increase its annual quota by 350 under its new provincial nomination stream beginning January 2015. The new stream – “Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry” will enable the province to increase intake by 50% in 2015. It will replace the previous Regional Labour Market Demand Stream as a pilot project and will account for a total of 1050 skilled workers.
The program, “is intended to provide a faster route for skilled immigrants to enter Nova Scotia in response to labour-market demands,” said a provincial Office of Immigration news release. It will complement the existing streams already in place.
Nominees will be highly skilled, have post-secondary education and the qualifications to help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia and demonstrate an intention to reside in the province.
To develop the stream provincial immigration authorities collaborated with private business, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, immigrant settlement organizations and industry professionals.
The new Nova Scotia demand express entry stream will operate in conjunction with the federal government’s Express Entry immigration system that will also launch on January 1, 2015. Successful applicants must first meet one of the Federal economic immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or the Canadian Experience Class. The province will be able nominate applicants from the federal Express Entry pool.
Nova Scotia follows the Province of Manitoba which also announced plans to harmonize Provincial Nominee Programs with the new federal express entry immigration system scheduled to launch on January 1, 2015.