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Websites falsely promoting a 2018 Canadian Visa Lottery Application
<Canadian immigration is not conducted through a lottery system>
Online posts promoting news of a “Canadian Visa Lottery Application” for 2018/2019 are misleading and the Canada government advise readers not to interact with the websites involved. Residents of Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia in particular have reported articles on a variety of websites entitled either “Canadian Visa Lottery Application Form 2017/2018” or “Canadian Visa Lottery Application Form 2018/2019” that promise readers an opportunity to apply to work and live in Canada. In fact, the Canadian government does not issue immigration visas through a lottery system and the promised application form does not exist. It is definitely a scam.
Immigration to Canada is achievable only through programs operated by Canada’s federal government or through programs run by Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. No other bodies are authorized to run immigration programs or issue visas to work and live in Canada. Some of the posts invite readers to submit their phone numbers and email addresses in the comments section. Readers should avoid providing any personal information through these websites.
For more information on how you can protect yourself from immigration fraud, please see the Canadian government’s official website.
Cheap flights to Canada
Peak season: Canada's peak seasons vary -- it all depends on why you're traveling to Canada. For winter sports enthusiasts, November to March offers the best chance of good snow. For those keen to go outdoors - camping or caravanning, to the lakes, national parks, or beaches of British Columbia - late-May to early September (Victoria Day to Labor Day) enjoy the best weather. Temperatures are warm, but not unbearable.
Off season: Canada has a very well-developed winter tourist season. In addition to superlative skiing and snowboarding facilities, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, ice-fishing and snowshoeing are also on offer. If you are not keen on these pursuits, November to February visits are best abandoned.
Why you should take a flight to Canada
Tourists booking airline tickets to Canada should pack their maps - the provinces can get confusing. Here’s a quick breakdown of the regions for travelers: Western Canada consists of British Columbia and three provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Eastern Canada consists of Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Northern Canada contains three territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. On your flight to Canada you’ll learn that each of the provinces has a slight independence from the national government, and each one boasts its own provincial symbol.
When your flight to Canada arrives, you’ll be in one of the world's wealthiest nations and North America’s largest country. Influenced by the French and British, depending on where specifically you book a trip to Canada, will depend on the type of food, culture and attractions to experience. Regardless of where your Canada flight lands, a country full of character, culture and opportunity awaits.
Visit https://www.cheapflights.com/flights-to-canada/ for cheap flight schedules.
Canada to commit $440 million for immigration increase over next 3 years
Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the federal government’s multi-year immigration levels plan is on track and $440 million will be committed to ensure its success. Hussen provided an update Thursday on Canada’s 2018 immigration levels before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Last November, Canada put aside one-year immigration levels planning in favour of a three-year plan covering 2018 to 2020. The plan calls for a gradual increase in immigration levels over that time, from an overall admissions target of 310,000 in 2018 to 340,000 in 2020.
Hussen said Canada’s new multi-year targets represent the highest admissions in more than 100 years and the highest percentage of immigration in more than 40 years. Sixty per cent of this growth will come through Canada’s economic immigration programs, Hussen said, singling out the vital roles of the federal Express Entry system and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNPs.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set a target of 242,100 new admissions between 2018 and 2020 through the three economic immigration programs. As to PNPs, which allow Canada’s provinces and territories to nominate a set number of immigrants each year for permanent residence, Hussen said these programs were a key driver for the multi-year level plan. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score, leaving them well-positioned to receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence from IRCC. “Provincial economies are doing very well and they had asked us to help them meet the soaring demand for workers and for skilled labour,” Hussen said. “They’ve constantly been asking for increases and you see an increase every single year as part of the three-year plan.” IRCC has set admission targets through PNPs that will increase by a total of 23 percent over those three years.
Hussen said the multi-year approach also allows the government and partner organizations to better prepare for increases to ensure they have the capacity to welcome and successfully integrate newcomers into Canadian society. “Instead of planning admissions one year at a time, as has been the norm for the last 15 years, planning admissions over three years will ensure that the government and our service provider partners are in a better position to plan for newcomer-specific settlement needs,” he said. The increased admission targets under the multi-year levels plan are projected to cost $440 million over the next three years.
The minister said these additional resources will be used to address the increased demands placed on IRCC’s global processing network and its settlement programs. The additional funding will also enable IRCC and its partners to process and screen more applications for permanent residency in a timely manner. “We expect that higher immigration levels will allow us to improve the operations of our immigration system, help us to reduce our application backlogs and improve processing times for our clients,” he said, adding that the increased levels in certain categories will create more admission spaces and allow IRCC to process more applications each year. Hussen said. “Faster processing also ensures that employers can more effectively get the talent they need.” The day before Hussen’s standing committee update, he announced that the government had met its promised 12-month deadline to reduce the backlog of Spousal Sponsorship applications by 80 percent.
Immigration Essential to Canada’s future
The Immigration Minister said the government’s immigration objectives are supported by independent studies by organizations like the Conference Board of Canada, which late last year reported that Canada will need to increase immigration levels to around one per cent of Canada’s population over the next two decades in order to sustain a healthy level of economic growth across the country. Under the multi-year levels plan, immigration will represent 0.9 percent of Canada’s population by 2020, Hussen said. Pointing to the diminishing ratio of workers to aging Canadians over the last 47 years, Hussen said all Canadians have a vested interest in increased immigration levels.
“In 1971, there were 6.6 people of working age for each senior; by 2012, the worker to retiree ratio was 4.2: 1,” Hussen said. “Projections put the ratio at 2:1 by 2036 - less than 20 years from now. That’s when 5.5 million Canadians are expected to retire and almost 100 percent of Canada’s net population growth will be through immigration.”
Immigration already accounts for 65 percent of net population growth in Canada and immigrants now constitute 25 percent of Canada’s workforce, Hussen said. Canada’s demographic challenges necessitate enhanced efforts to attract immigrants with the skills Canada needs in order to grow the size of its labour force and Canada’s economy, and maintain national social programs, Hussen said. “Immigration will also help to support our much-cherished public health care system, public pensions and other social programs in the decades to come,” he said. “Immigration represents a major investment in our country’s prosperity… it will benefit all Canadians now and into the future.”
Percentage of Immigrants in Canada's Labor Market
Immigrants have made important gains in Canada’s workforce over the last 10 years and more than 50 per cent have a bachelor’s degree or higher, new statistics from Canada’s 2016 census show. Released Nov. 29, the figures show that immigrants accounted for 23.8 per cent of Canadian workers in 2016, up from 21.2 per cent in 2006. During that same period, Canada introduced major changes to its immigration system to address skilled labour shortages, namely the introduction of the SWI in 2015.
Statistics Canada defines an immigrant as a person who is, or who has ever been, a landed immigrant or permanent resident. The workforce gains are even more impressive when looked at regionally: In 2016, immigrants represented half of all workers in the Toronto, Ontario, metropolitan region. Vancouver, British Columbia, had the second-highest proportion of immigrants in its labour force at 43.2 per cent, followed by Calgary, Alberta, at 32.5 per cent.
Among employment sectors, Canada’s health care and social assistance industry employed the most Canadians in 2016, followed by the retail sector. More than two million Canadians, or 12.1 per cent of all Canadian workers, were employed in the health and social assistance sector.
Statistics Canada also noted strong growth in the high-skilled engineering, computer and information systems professionals, which now represents 2.1 per cent of total employment in Canada.
In terms of regional distribution, employment in this sector was strongest in Canada’s various “tech hubs” and most notably the Ottawa-Gatineau region, where jobs in the computer and information systems accounted for 4.9 per cent of all employment. Toronto ranked second, with jobs in the computer and information systems constituting 3.7 per cent of total employment.