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Canadian Workforce Plan 2022

In response to robust demand for workers, employers across Canada are looking to bump up salaries as a part of their 2022 workforce plan. Many employers are losing business and productivity due to labor shortage. To attract talent and to address labor constraints, employers are incentivizing local population and raising salaries of existing workforce.

LifeWorks survey report revealed that average salary in Canada would climb 2.7 percent in 2022, excluding firms that plan to freeze wages.

Base salaries are anticipated to rise in 2022, with an average yearly pay increase of 2.5 percent. Due to the tight labor market, employers are being compelled to make the most significant compensation adjustments in the last five years.

Employers preparing to scale up wages to attract and retain workers

In this competitive labor market, Canadian firms are using bonuses to attract and retain workers. As per the survey carried out by Mercer Talent, about 50% of respondents are ready to pay higher salaries than market rates. In response to the challenges in attracting and/or retaining talent, 41.67% of companies are revisiting their strategic workforce planning while 50.93% are reevaluating compensation and benefits offerings.

The Canadian economy is slowly recovering, and companies are being compelled to loosen their purse strings because of labor shortage. Employees are seeking both more income and persuasive jobs because of the flourishing labour market and rising inflation.

Increase in salary based on specific sectors

According to the LifeWorks survey report, the highest projected average salary increase for 2022 will be on wholesale trade with a planned hike of 3.1 per cent followed by construction (2.9 per cent) and professional, scientific and technical services (2.9 per cent). The lowest salary increase is projected in healthcare and social assistance (1.8 per cent) and information and cultural industries (1.5 per cent).

Salaries are expected to increase while wage freezes decline, which is good news for most Canadian workers, even though they must keep in mind the looming inflation rate.

Opportunities for immigration as a measure to resolve labor shortage

There are immense opportunities for skilled workers in Canada, due to labor shortage in various industries. Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Canadian Experience Class, Caregiver Pilot and Federal Skilled Trade Class are just a handful of skilled worker immigration program for skilled and talented workers willing to immigrate to Canada.

In addition, workers interested in immigrating to Canada can opt the Global Talent Stream pathway of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which expedites the processing of Canadian work permits and visa applications in order to meet or resolve labor shortages.

Organizations and business leaders across Canada are hopeful that immigration will resolve the prevalent labor crunch and enable businesses to access talent they need to recover and grow.

Canadian business leaders want government to speed up the overall process of immigration with an emphasis on streamlining and accelerating pathways for temporary foreign workers.

We at Can X offer the following solutions to address labor constraints in Canadian business:

Give us an opportunity to discuss your requirements and let our experts find a solution tailored to your needs.

Future of Canadian Farmers and Food Production

Agriculture in Canada

The food production and security of Canada is dependent on its farmers. Agriculture accounts for 1.9 percent of Canada’s GDP.

Canada’s agriculture and Agri-food business employs a total of 2-3 million people and offers a wide range of high-quality job opportunities with competitive pay and benefits. Agriculture industry contributed CAD 41037 million in July 2021 as opposed to 46072 million in Jan 2021.

Challenges faced by Canadian farmers and its impact on agricultural products

Future of agriculture in Canada can be transformative, but to grab this opportunity Canadian farmers must address challenges, adapt to a new way of hiring workforce, and need to upgrade their farming skills.

In Canada, the average farm operator is over 50 years old, with fewer young people entering the agricultural profession each year and the rural population levels remaining constant over the last three decades.

These factors are causing a significant labor shortage in Canada, which the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council estimates will result in 123,000 vacant posts by 2030, excluding overseas workers.

Difficulty to access labor is leaving farmers vulnerable and without enough labor the quality and quantity of harvested crops is deteriorating. As the number of farmers drops and agricultural debt levels rises, farmer’s overall viability is jeopardized.

Federal Government’s Workforce Action Plan

To solve Canada’s agriculture sector serious and pervasive workforce shortages, the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan were created to address the agricultural sector’s top business risk management challenges.

The national Labor Task Force (LTF) developed this plan in consultation with industry representatives from each area of agriculture and Agri-food value chain, including the seafood sector.

This action plan contains short, medium, and long-term plans for the government and industry to strengthen the future of Canadian agriculture. These plans include:

  • Expanding the labor supply for both skilled and unskilled workers
  • Improving knowledge and skills of agricultural sector workers

A comprehensive set of policies and priorities announced and being implemented at the federal level in Canada’s agriculture and farming industry is intended to address these fundamental challenges and level the playing field for new entrants of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of their scale or mode of production.

Solving labor shortage through two programs:  

Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program

The Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program (SAWP) is more than five decades old program that came into effect with the signing of bilateral conventions with the participating countries by the Canadian federal government.

SAWP authorizes employers to engage temporary foreign workers when Canadian and permanent residents are not available. Employers must meet three criteria to be eligible for SAWP:

  • TFWs must be Mexican citizens or citizens of Caribbean nations that participate in the program.
  • Production must be in specific commodity sectors such as Apiary products, fruits, vegetables (including canning/processing of these products if grown on the farm), mushrooms, flowers, nursery-grown trees including Christmas trees, greenhouses/nurseries, pedigreed canola seed, sod, tobacco, bovine, dairy, duck, horse, mink, poultry, sheep, swine.
  • The job activity must be related to on farm primary agriculture
Labor Market Impact Assessment: Agriculture stream

The Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is another program designed to supplement Canadian workforce when there is no Canadian citizens or permanent residents available to do the job. This involves a verification process whereby ESDC assesses an offer of employment to ensure that the employment of a foreign worker will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labor market.

Employers need to provide a variety of information about the job position for which they want to hire a foreign worker, including the number of Canadians who applied for the position, the number of Canadians who were interviewed, and evidence that they have attempted to find qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents to fill job positions before turning to foreign workers.

How we can help you?

  • The LMIA rules, regulations and requirements are subject to frequent changes. These changes deal with different categories of jobs, duration, exemptions etc. Continuous research, attention to detail and painstaking hard work is required to obtain a positive LMIA. We help in assessment of our client’s profile and advise them on their eligibility to get an LMIA.
  • We also assist our clients/employers with the advertisement posting.
  • We help Canadian employers for applying Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application and legally representing them before ESDC during the procedure.

Express Entry : Canada invited 761 PNP candidates on September 29, 2021 draw

A total of 761 candidates who had already received an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination were invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency in the Express Entry draw which took place on September 29, 2021. The cut-off CRS score in this draw was 742. In the previous PNP only draw, minimum cut off was 732 points and 521 candidates were invited by IRCC.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the application process for skilled workers in Overseas or Canada who want to settle in Canada permanently. This is the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada. Interested Candidates are required to submit an online application to express their interest by creating Express Entry (EE) profile and, providing information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and some other details. After submitting the profile, candidates get a score to determine their place in the pool using the point-based system called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS system considers skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other factors (e.g. having a sibling in Canada, Canadian education or a valid job offer in Canada, etc.) to award points. Highest ranking candidates from Express Entry pool are regularly invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. Express Entry manages applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Express Entry streams of the Provincial Nominee Programs

The Provincial Nominee Class (PNC) allows provincial and territorial governments to choose immigrants according to the economic needs of the province or territory. Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have provincial nominee programs which:

  • Establish its own standards and processes by which it chooses its nominees,
  • Try to nominate those candidates who would be most likely to settle effectively into the economic and social life of the region.

PNP has two (2) steps

  1. First apply to the province or territory where you want to live and be nominated.
  2. After a province or territory nominates you, you must apply to IRCC for permanent residence. An IRCC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration rules.

All Canadian Provinces have their unique immigration programs that can either support a Federal Immigration application via ‘Express Entry’ or through a stand-alone PNP application. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) gives provinces and territories an active role in immigrant selection as it authorizes them to nominate for permanent residence individuals who will meet specific local labour market needs.

Need help staying in Canada!

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to challenging times in Canada and around the world. Many people are under distress and anxiety. We understand! We may help you figure it out, so you can have peace of mind. You could be an international student, worker, or visitor looking to extend your stay in Canada. You may be seeking a pathway to permanent immigration. Or you may be looking to reunite with a loved one. Or you may want to be a Canadian Citizen. Whatever the reason, contact us to discuss your immigration needs, and we’ll provide our insights and help as much as we can during these difficult times.

How to sponsor your parents or grandparents through Super Visa

If you want to bring your parents and grandparents to Canada, you can apply for a Super Visa Application. Super Visa allows the parents and grandparents of Canadians and permanent residents to stay in Canada for up to 2 years without the need to renew their status. It also provides multiple entries for a period of up to 10 years.

Eligibility Requirements for Super Visa

  • Parents and grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Applicant (parent or grandparent) require a financial assistance letter from their child or grandchild in Canada that fulfills the minimum gross income as per LICO.
  • The applicants must have a signed Invitation Letter from the child or grandchild who invites them to Canada that including the list and number of people in the household of the sponsor.
  • The applicant must have proof of a Canadian medical insurance covering a minimum of $100,000 for at least one year and meeting minimum requirements, including coverage for health care, hospitalization, and repatriation.
  • Applicants must be eligible for a temporary resident visa and should not be ineligible on criminal and/or medical grounds.
  • Document confirming that the applicant had an immigration medical exam

The following documents are examples of what can be used as proof of funds while applying for Super Visa

  • The most recent tax year’s Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1
  • Letter of employment that includes salary terms and hiring date
  • Bank statements
  • Pay stubs

In addition, immigration officers will also consider whether the applicant (parent or grandparent) will actually leave the country at the end of the authorized stay. It is important to take note that no dependents can be included in the application for super visa.

Benefits of super visa for applicants from TRV and TRV-exempt countries

The super visa is also ideal for parents and grandparents living in countries that require a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) for entry into Canada. With the Super Visa, people can travel without having the need for routinely re-applying for a TRV between Canada and their country of residency.

Super Visa is also beneficial to applicants from TRV-exempt nations. The same application process can be used. Instead, issuing a visa, they will be handed a formal letter from IRCC authorizing travels to Canada for a period of up to two years.

What is the difference between a parent and grandparent super visa and a multiple entry visa?

The super visa is a multi-entry visa that allows multiple entries for up to 10 years. The main distinction is that a Super Visa permits an individual to stay in Canada for up to two years at a time, whereas a 10-year multiple entry visas only provides for a six-month status period for each entry.

If you are considering applying for Canadian Super Visa, you can get help from professional immigration consultant at Can X immigration.  Contact us to discuss your immigration needs, and we’ll provide our insights and assist you in your immigration journey.

Welcoming Parents and Grandparents to Canada through PGP 2021

Canada has announced the Parents and Grandparents program through which Canadians and Permanent Residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada.

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) expects to draw 30,000 people from the lottery over the course of two weeks. The IRCC Web site only takes into consideration individuals who filed an interest for sponsorship form between midsummer EDT on 13 October 2020 and midday EDT on 3 November 2020.

An IRCC directive stated, to avoid utilizing outdated forms or following previous instructions, IRCC advises candidates to wait until they get an ITA before filling out an application. Those who apply but do not receive an ITA will not be repaid their application fees.

Application process for parents and grandparents program

Upon receiving the ITA, – the applicant needs to complete two applications that include-

  • Application for Request of sponsorship
  • Parents’ and grandparents’ application for permanent residency

These two requests can be submitted simultaneously online. The applicant needs to pay an application fee, biometric fee and other fees. The application fees can be paid online that include the following payments such as-

  • Sponsor processing fees, which means fees for the sponsored people and their employees
  • Entitlement to permanent residence fee

The applicant shall also pay the biometric fee charged on filing the application. However, after the application is filed, biometrics is collected. The applicant may also need to pay fees to third parties for carrying out Medical examination and issuing of Police Certificate.

The family members may be asked to provide their biometrics through a letter after paying the biometric fees. The family members are given 30 days to provide biometrics at the nearest collection point. In addition, pursuant to COVID-19, IRCC has put in place particular arrangements or measures for biometrics collecting.

IRCC provides a period of 60 days to receive completed sponsorship applications from invited sponsors. Sponsored parents and grandparents will become permanent residents of Canada and as such would be eligible for all benefits, including free health care.

There exists a high demand among Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their loved ones and receiving a PGP invitation is tough. Previously, IRCC has received about 100,000 website visits displaying interest for submitting sponsor forms within minutes of the policy being launched.

If I receive a PGP 2021 invitation, what should I do?

It is critical that you meet the eligibility requirements for the PGP 2021. The following conditions must be fulfilled to meet the PGP eligibility criterion:

  • You must be at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a member of a status First Nations.
  • You must also show that you have the Minimum Necessary Income to IRCC (MNI). Your notifications of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018 must be submitted.

In case you fit the criteria and want to move further, you will have 60 days to submit your complete sponsorship application to IRCC, with the necessary payment. PGP is emerging as an opportunity to reunite families as part of family reunification program assisting applicants on humanitarian grounds.

Individuals who live in Quebec and who want to sponsor a parent or grandparent need to have their income assessed by the Quebec Immigration Ministry, which is based on the province’s income standards.

How Can X Immigration can assist you?

If you have been invited to sponsor, please contact us it would be our privilege to paly a part in reuniting families.

To help you with your PGP 2021 application, we will –  

  • Our experienced RCIC consultants will provide free consultation and help you understand the PGP program
  • We will answer all queries from you (sponsor) and the applicant (parents and grandparents)
  • Verify that you meet the PGP 2021 eligibility requirements
  • Gather all required paperwork, supporting documents and fill out necessary application forms
  • Submit your application to IRCC within the 60-day period
  • Keep you informed about the status of your application
  • Communicate with Canadian government on your behalf