In April 2019, Canada’s economy added 106,500 jobs and most of them were full time according to Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey. This unexpected increase helped drop the unemployment rate from 5.8% in March to 5.7%. The gains were spread throughout many industries including both service and factory sectors. In wholesale and retail trade positions, employment rose by 32,400 and in the construction sector, 29,200 jobs were added. A rush of 66,400 part time positions for workers between ages 15 – 24 also helped lower the youth unemployment rate from 10.7% to 10.3%.
Those who are interested in a career in IT and also fall in the category of youth adults ages 18 – 29, nPower has a no-cost IT training and employment program. The nPower program teaches the fundamentals of IT with real world application and credentials. The program includes 16-week class instruction, 7-week paid internship, opportunity to earn industry recognized CompTIA …
Immigrant Services Calgary hosted a Virtual Career Fair last week. This was an online career fair that allowed job seekers to connect and chat with employers from many different companies. Throughout the day, online workshops were also delivered to provide information in regards to what certain companies look for in a candidate or what positions a company can offer for …
Today was the first day of the Virtual Career Fair hosted by Immigrant Services Calgary. We had 6 online workshops hosted by RBC, Bitwide, New Canadians, PCM Canada, S.I. Systems and Cintas. Newcomers were able to connect with employers, attend online workshops, ask questions and also apply for job opportunities.
Last week, Immigrant Services Calgary employment team organized the first RBC bank networking event for 2019. 39 skilled immigrants participated in this successful event and had the chance to communicate and connect with over 20 RBC bank managers and professionals. It was a great to be able to hear all the success stories from previous Immigrant Services Calgary clients who had recently joined the RBC family. A big thank you to RBC for their generous donation to Immigrant Services Calgary and for supporting our community.
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is a program where an employer applies on behalf of their employees for eligible training costs. Employers can decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees. The Government of Alberta announced that they will launch a new online portal for CAJG program applications. All the necessary forms and paperwork for the CAJG program can now be submitted online through Labour’s Workforce Grants Portal. You can also look at the status of your applications in real time and be alerted to any issues related to your file. To use this portal, all employers have to register for a MyAlberta digital ID for business account which can be done so here. CAJG will continue to accept paper applications through the mail until March 31, 2019. If you have any questions, visit the CAJG website for more information.
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) is an Alberta government service that helps people get recognition for education and training they received outside of Canada. It does assessments and issues certificates that compare educational credentials from other countries to education standards in Canada. You can get this type of assessment if you have a formal academic or technical degree, diploma or certificate earned outside of Canada.
On March 13 & 14, 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting its 3rd Virtual Career fair for residents living in Canada. If you are looking for jobs and interested in establishing new connections, you are invited to join our Virtual Career Fair. This fair will be hosted online featuring national and multinational Canadian companies offering 1000+ job opportunities.
Immigrant Services Calgary’s Advanced Literacy & Essential Skills in the Workplace (ALES) will be hosting a free 10-week course for IT professionals looking for career advancement in Canada. Those who have worked or trained as a programmer, database analyst, data administrator or network technician may be eligible. In this course, you will receive training in oral and written communication and critical thinking skills. You will also be linked to employers, mentorships and other ISC services.
Protecting your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is very important because it can be used to obtain personal information and invade your privacy. Identity theft and other types of fraud can result from not securing your SIN. To prevent this from happening, there are numerous ways to protect your SIN such as only providing your SIN when it is legally required, storing your SIN in a safe place, or taking immediate measures to protect your SIN when you suspect someone else has been using it.