The caregiver program in Canada has undergone several revisions so far.
In the past caregivers did not have much flexibility to change jobs quickly . There were several barriers that prevented family members from coming to Canada. These will be removed in the new pilot program announced by immigration minister Ahmed Hussen on 23rd February 2019
Caregivers will soon have access to 2 new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots. These will replace expiring programs.
Under the new pilots, applicants will be assessed for permanent residence criteria before they begin working in Canada. The caregiver just needs their work permit and 2 years of work experience. They will then have access to a direct pathway to become a permanent resident.
The Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots will be phased out.
The new plans will include
Occupation-specific work permits for caregivers. This will provide them the freedom to change jobs quickly when necessary.
Open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children. This will permit the caregiver’s family to accompany them to Canada.
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers will be open from March 4, 2019, until June 4, 2019. This will allow caregivers already in Canada to apply for PR.
The current government has some impressive numbers to show off regarding caregivers. They have reduced 94% of the backlog and reduced the processing time to 12 months.
“Caregivers provide care to families in Canada that need it, and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return. We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness has been a well known phrase in North America.
Over the years people have flocked to the USA with the hope and desire of living this coveted American dream. America’s founding fathers created a vision that everyone deserves a chance and they will find it in America. This has been one of the most attractive ideas, making millions to migrate into this nation in search of good jobs, better lifestyle, a good education and a comfortable house to live in.
But this picture has undergone a significant change over past few decades. Some other countries have matched or surpassed the United States of America in terms of education, lifestyle, employment among other sectors.
One of them is their friendly neighbor up north, Canada.
Did you know that Canada is ranked as the 6th happiest country as per World Economic Forum in comparison to USA which trails at 14th position now? Canadians also have a higher life expectancy as compared to that of Americans.
The notion of a free country has also taken a beating in USA and again some other countries like Canada have done better here. As per the Cato Institute’s Human Freedom Index –Canadians are considered the 6th freest people in the world, while Americans lag behind at 23rd.
Let us talk a little more about Canada now. Education and employment rates are at an all time high in Canada . 59 % of the population in Canada has earned a college degree (46% in USA). Canadians are more likely to find jobs. Canada’s employment rate is 4 points better. Unemployment in Canada is at a record low at 5% in past 20 yrs.
You are more likely to afford a house with a white picket fence in Canada, where home ownership has climbed upto 5% higher than the southern neighbor. Incredible? True! Canadians also enjoy their life as much as they work. In fact they have more time to spend time at home or leisure activities as they work over 80 hours fewer per year and get an extra 3 days vacation.
Do you want to know what the costs of living in Canada are? Click here for our blog post on the subject.
The comparison list is exhaustive. The measurement of economic inequality is significantly better in Canada over past 80 years. You are twice more likely to move from the poorest section of the population to the wealthiest in Canada, provided you are willing to work hard and give your heart and soul to whatever it takes to build one’s career path. As the saying goes, hard work pays.
While the recent developments in immigration scene of USA are turning out to be restrictive as also unpredictable and volatile, there has been an upward increase in immigrants into the continent. In comparison to USA, Canada offers a dynamic range of immigration and visa programs. It also offers the most supporting social security benefits program for immigrants and their families. Canadian government is compassionate to immigrants and invests millions of dollars every year to help immigrants settle into their new lives in Canada, ensuring that newcomers can benefit from an improved quality of life after being eased into their new habitat.
The Canadian government spends more per capita on education than any other country in the world.
Not only has Canada achieved great heights but is arguably one of the the safest, healthiest, happiest country in the world. A fact that is backed by statistics.
At a time when Chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Susur Lee are household names and shows like Top Chef and Masterchef are as popular as soap operas , you would not be too surprised to hear that the demand for Cooks & Chefs has increased sharply over the past few years in Canada. From classy restaurants to large hotel chains, from resorts to cruise liners, those who are well trained and experienced in different cuisines have rewarding careers waiting for them in Canada.
The Federation of Chefs and Cooks of Canada have highlighted an urgent need for expert chefs and cooks in Canada – there is a severe shortage of skilled workers as millions of baby boomers hit retirement age and exit the workforce. A restaurant in Victoria, BC has just shut down operations for the whole month of August due to a shortage of line cooks.
Chew on this:
Canada’s various multicultural restaurants employ 520,000 young people under the age of 25 – that’s one in five youth jobs.
Restaurants provide more first jobs than any other industry. 22% of Canadians got their career start in a restaurant or foods ervice business. This industry directly employs more than 1.2 million people, or 6.9% of the Canada’s workforce – making it the country’s fourth-largest employer.
3.A greater percentage of Canadians will be living in retirement homes, which will need cooks trained to recognise and prepare food according to specific dietary needs.
The average wage : CAD 15.13 per hour (CAD 11.75 – CAD 20.67) with an additional hourly tip of CAD $ 1.8. Overtime can fetch you CAD $ 24. Total annual pay ranges from : CAD 26,099 – CAD 47,333. This is set to rise with the minimum wage increase in January 2018.
Blog Authored by: Rini Dalal
Reference : Job Vacancy Data, Stats Canada, July 2017
When you look for a job in Canada, on a given job posting you may know many skills that are mentioned. However there may still be other transferable or soft skills that employers expect from a new hire. With knowledge of what employers are actually looking for, you can work towards enhancing those skills. Also focus on customizing your resumé, cover letter and even your job interviews. Employers will give your resume a second glance only if you exhibit an understanding of their needs and the range of skills expected of the position.
Some of the top skills that hiring managers look for in Canada are:
1. Communications expertise
Candidates possessing great writing, speaking and listening skills are always sought after for every position. The ability to communicate effectively is in demand. Therefore, show them that you are a strong communicator and it will help you get ahead. You will need to work hard at it though, specially if your first language is not English.
Make sure your resumé, cover letter and Social media ( Linked-in ) work are synced. All of them should state that you are a strong communicator. Do include examples and testimonials. Be prepared to walk the talk at the interview, if you want to get a foot in the door. Also, knowing Canadian idioms and metaphors, like ‘foot in the door’ is a big plus.
2. Analytical and research skills
Employers need problem solvers. Use your prior experiences to assess difficult situations, and try to find a simple solution. These skills are valued by businesses and are very important to help you to move ahead
Highlight this in your resume (Canadians don`t use the term `CV`) through examples [real stories] of problems that you have analyzed and solved in the past. Use the STAR technique, one of the most effective methods to crack the behavioral interview.
3. Multicultural awareness
Canadian workplace and society in general are becoming more diverse than ever before. If you can demonstrate your informed knowledge of other cultures, it makes you a compassionate and appreciative member of society and the organisation.
Appreciate diversity – there are many right ways of doing things accepted across the globe, the Canadian workplace is becoming more multicultural every day.
If you see someone behaving biased, try to subtly find out the reason. and try to appreciate their point of view and maybe educate them. Being easily offended will not really help the team.
4. Leading and managing teams
The ability to motivate and lead others can make or break organisations. An employer wishes to see a focused leader who can work well with others.
Share your success stories in team supervisor mode during job interviews. Reference the STAR model, above.
5. Planning and organization
Everyone needs to work together to manage big dreams with limited resources. This will not work without proper planning.
6. Team player
Most jobs require people to work effectively in teams, so employers certainly look for previous examples of teamwork in your profile. As a potential employee, you must communicate and demonstrate that you have the ability and experience of working effectively with other people in a professional manner to achieve common targets and goals.
Show how you have been a resourceful team player in your previous assignments. Have references and testimonials of people appreciating you for building trusting relationships with customers and colleagues
7. Internet and social media
Just about every job today requires a basic understanding of the internet. Since it is a valuable source of information, networking and promotion, master it. Internet and Social media usage and online public communication is gaining as much relevance as basic computer and software knowledge did a couple of decades back.
Keep a watch on your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles. Be thoughtful and creative with your presentation of thoughts.
Staying on the topic and communicating to the point always helps.
Being clear and assertive without offending needs some practice. Try it. A bit of wit and ability to laugh at oneself never hurts.
8. Be adaptable, prioritize and multi task
The business environment is constantly changing therefore you need to be quick on your feet. People who can think independently add immense value to the team.
Share success stories from the past to show that you are adaptable.
9. Interpersonal skills
Wherever in the world you work, you will work with people. Therefore, how you relate to colleagues, clients, customers and others will always make a difference. Above all, employers will take a keen interest in your ability to share, inspire, manage conflict and develop people around you.
Let your resumé speak about co-working, group participation and facilitating teams. Where possible include positive feedback from peers, supervisors and employees alike.
10. Be reasonable
The ability to apply reason and yet resolve issues creatively will make you a very valuable member of any team. Therefore, this is the “go to” skill while dealing with clients. Add to this a balanced use of reason and novelty, and employing the right options will facilitate resolution of many issues.