Alberta proposes software engineer title expansion

Lejia Feng Employment, Newcomer Information

Alberta’s technology sector is experiencing remarkable growth, attracting companies and venture capital at record rates. The Alberta Technology and Innovation Strategy predicts a $5 billion annual contribution to the provincial GDP and the creation of 20,000 jobs by 2030. Proposed changes to the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act aim to allow the use of the title “software engineer” to attract …

Canada to Extend Work Permits for International Graduates to Address Labour Shortage

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Newcomer Information, Settlement News

Employers in Canada are experiencing unprecedented challenges in finding and retaining the workers they need for economic recovery and growth. In response to this, Government of Canada has announced that foreign nationals with recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP) will now qualify for an extended work permit to remain longer and gain more work experience, for up to …

Canada invests $1.1M to support Tech Connect program for racialized newcomer women in Metro Vancouver

Lejia Feng Employment, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

The Canadian Government is committed to ensuring that all women and girls have an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential, including those who face unique challenges such as racialized newcomer women. To support their employment, the YWCA of Metro Vancouver will receive up to $1.1 million over two years under the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot, announced by Marie-France Lalonde, …

Changes to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program Will Attract Global Talent

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

The Alberta Government is updating the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) to attract more newcomers. AAIP is an economic immigration program that allows Alberta to nominate qualified workers for permanent residency. Alberta’s economy is facing a shortage of labour and currently has 100,000 job openings across all sectors. To address this issue, Alberta’s government is making changes to the AAIP …

Government of Canada Announces Expansion and Opening of the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Newcomer Information

On January 9, 2023, the Government of Canada announced the International Experience Canada (IEC) program is now accepting applications from international youth interested in coming to Canada to gain work and travel experiences. International youth bring valuable and diverse skills to Canada’s economy through the IEC program, while Canadian youth also benefit from gaining international experience through working and traveling …

Family Work Permits to be Extended to Temporary Workers’ Spouses and Working-Age Children

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

Canada will begin extending work permits to family members of temporary foreign workers starting in January 2023 to help address labour shortages. This temporary 2-year measure will expand eligibility to work in Canada to spouses and working-age children through a phased approach for workers at all skill levels. It is estimated that family members of more than 200,000 foreign workers …

Canada announces 16 new occupations now eligible for permanent residence

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

On November 16, 2022, the Government of Canada announced the implementation of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system. Using the new NOC categories will allow Canada to bring in global talent in high-demand sectors like health care, construction, and transportation. Foreign nationals with work experience in the following 16 occupations are now eligible …

Canada Temporarily Lifts Cap on Off-Campus Work Hours for Post-Secondary Students

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Settlement News

On October 7, 2022, the Government of Canada announced the temporary lifting of the 20-hour-per-week cap on the number of hours eligible post-secondary students are allowed to work off-campus while class is in session. Starting from November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and who have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will …

National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations. You can search the NOC to find where an occupation is classified or to learn about its main duties, educational requirements or other useful information. On September 21st 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada released the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for data collection …

The Alberta Jobs Now Program

Lisa C. Employment, Updates

The Alberta Jobs Now program is a key component of Alberta’s Recovery Plan to create jobs and diversify the economy by strengthening the workforce with skills training and employment grants. The program’s second application intake period will open on Nov. 10 with changes designed to help employers meet their labour needs and provide more Albertans with the skills they need …