Is N.L. immigration plan too ambitious? 3 migrants share their thoughts

St. John's, Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Geoff Bartlett, CBC New

The Newfoundland and Labrador government's new immigration strategy aims to boost the number of people coming to the province from other countries by 50 per cent in the next five years — but what do immigrants already living here think of that plan?
CBC's St. John's Morning Show put together a panel of three immigrants who all said that employment is the key to keeping new citizens.  

Sean Charters (South Africa)

Sean Charters moved to St. John's 18 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa to escape the crime and violence there.
"When I came there was the absolute sense of relief that you could relax in your own home," he said.
South Africa Map
South Africa is the most southernmost country in Africa with a population of nearly 55,000,000 people. (Google Maps)
He likes the idea that Newfoundland and Labrador are open to accepting new immigrants, but wonders if setting a target of 50 per cent over five years is a sound plan.
Charters, who works in marketing and communications, would instead like to see a correlation between the number of jobs available in any given year, and a number of people allowed in.
"It's all very well saying you're going to have people coming and be a positive influence on society, but unless you have something for them to do it's difficult for them to stay," he said.

Bumble (Nigeria)

Memorial University business student Olubunmi Adetutu Ogunsakin, better known as Bunmibee, has been studying in St. John's for nearly two years, and feels much safer here than she did back home in Nigeria.
Nigeria Map
Nigeria is a country in West Africa with a population of roughly 188,465,000 people. (Google Maps)
Bunmibee would like to stay in the province to work when she finishes her degree, but said it all depends on job opportunities at the time.
"What I like most about St. John's is that the people are very nice," she said. "The environment here is kind of relaxed. I'm not really a big city person all of the time."

Romel Maligaya (Philippines)

More than seven years after being transferred to St. John's by his employer, Transocean, Romel Maligaya has lived previously in Trinidad and the Middle East, as well as his home in the Philippines.
Maligaya said his family still very much enjoys it here — and surprisingly even likes the weather.
Philippines Map
The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia with a population of about 101,000,000 people. (Google Maps)
"It's the peace and quiet. It's a really good place for families and small kids," he said. "The weather in the Philippines is dangerous. The snow doesn't damage homes here."
He shares the sentiment that the government's plan to bring in 50 per cent more immigrants in the next five years may be a little ambitious, and thinks 10 years would be more reasonable.
"They need to create jobs first and then bring people," said Maligaya, a chartered professional accountant. "There is a danger of people being unemployed or underemployed."

Students turn to Canada in Trump immigration era

Deutsch: Toronto: Hart House (Studentenzentrum...
Deutsch: Toronto: Hart House (Studentenzentrum der Universität Toronto am St. George Campus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Source: By The Washington Post  on March 28, 2017, at 10:50 AM, updated March 28, 2017, at 10:54 AM
Khaled Almilaji has been stranded in Turkey since January. His wife, pregnant with their first child, is waiting at their home in Rhode Island. His classes at Brown University's School of Public Health are well into the second semester. Ever since his student visa was revoked, he has been trying to keep up, somehow, from across the ocean.
After a federal judge had frozen President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration this month, Almilaji had more hope of getting back to his wife. But he understands his new reality as a Syrian trying to study in the United States: "I have to accept being lost between orders and anti-orders."
Suddenly, Canada is looking like a really good option.
"Canada is having a moment," Ted Sargent, vice president-international at the University of Toronto, said last month. "It is a time of opportunity."
Applications from international students have increased at universities across the country, said Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada.
The number of international students coming to Canada doubled in the past decade. But in the last year, some events globally have added to its appeal for some students. The Brexit vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and the U.S. election, seem to have been factors, Davidson said.
Traffic to the Universities Canada website, an entry point for many people looking for more information about schools in the country, has doubled since November. Many of the most elite Canadian universities had large increases in applications from the United States: Up 25 percent at McGill, 35 percent at McMaster.
At the University of Toronto, U.S. applications increased almost 80 percent this year.
Rebekah Robinson, a high school senior from Severn, Md., was drawn to Toronto for its academic reputation and climate, as well as the diversity in the city. As an African American at a predominantly white school who hopes to one day be a translator working in diplomacy, she found the ethnic mix particularly appealing.
And she's not a Donald Trump supporter, so his presidential win made Canada look even better. "After the election, when more and more things were happening - it just seemed like a really great idea," she said.
Andrew Hong, a 17-year-old from New Jersey, is going to the Toronto next fall as well, eager to study artificial intelligence at a top-ranked university. The tuition isn't high compared to many U.S. schools, and the exchange rate makes it particularly affordable, he said. He wasn't thinking much about Trump when he was considering which colleges to apply to, either, but given election results he doesn't agree with, he said, "Maybe going to another country would be nice for a change."

Application for a Temporary Work Permit – Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Map highlighting Atlantic Canada
Map highlighting Atlantic Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you are eligible to apply for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, you may also be eligible to apply for a one year work permit. To qualify for a temporary work permit, you must:
  • have a job offer from a designated employer in an Atlantic Province;
  • have a job offer that is full-time and not seasonal;
  • have an offer of employment number (LMIA-exemption number) from your employer;
  • have a Referral Letter issued by one of the Atlantic Provinces asking us to issue a work permit;
  • commit to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of submitting your work permit application; and
  • meet all other requirements to apply for a work permit.

List of settlement service provider organizations

Entrance to New Brunswick Route 2 (Trans-Canad...
Entrance to New Brunswick Route 2 (Trans-Canada) at Young's Cove Road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Settlement Service provider organizations in Atlantic Canada.

St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nov...
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Canada’s most popular job search sites

For Canadian employers, the job-posting process can be frustrating, time-consuming, and unreliable. It can be a lot of work to sort through stacks of resumes, call up candidates, and do interviews – and this doesn’t always produce the best hire. Because so many employers try to avoid the process, approximately 80% of jobs never get listed at all.
These unlisted jobs makeup “Canada’s hidden job market” and are most commonly accessed by potential employees through personal contacts and/or networking. The importance of personal contacts and networking cannot be stressed enough in the context of finding work in Canadian society.
However, for those of us who have exhausted our personal contacts and networks or for those who are looking for immediate employment, advertised jobs are another option to securing employment. Because employers typically only spend 20-30 seconds reviewing resumes, it is vital that when responding to advertised jobs potential candidates write tailored resumes and cover letters for each position applied to. Candidates should also demonstrate that they have the key skills and qualifications that the employer has outlined in the job description and that they discuss why they are interested in the organization based on conducting research on the organization they wish to work for.
The following is a brief list of Canada’s most popular job search websites. More links to job search websites that are specific to professional industries are also included below.
General Job Search Sites
Canada’s Top 100 Employers
Career Builder
Eluta – The Search Engine for New Jobs in Canada
Government of Canada Careers
Mazemaster – Youth Employment Link
Monster Canada
Possibilities: Toronto’s Online Employment Resource Centre
Top 100 Internet Sites for Learning and Job Searching

Accounting Job Search Sites
Certified Management Accountants Society of British Colombia
Institute of Chartered Accountants Alberta
Institute of Chartered Accountants B.C.
Institute of Chartered Accountants Manitoba
Institute of Chartered Accountants Nova Scotia
Institute of Chartered Accountants Ontario
Institute of Chartered Accountants Quebec
Institute of Chartered Accountants Saskatchewan
Certified Professional Accountants
Society of Management Accountants Canada
Society of Management Accountants Ontario
Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba
Certified General Accountants Association of New Brunswick
Certified General Accountants of Ontario
Certified General Accountants Association of Prince Edward Island
Certified Professional Accountants of Quebec

 Advertising, Marketing & Communications Job Search Sites
Advertising Age
Marketing Magazine
Outdoor Advertising Association of Canada
Strategy Magazine

 Biotechnology Job Search Sites
Biotechnology Human Resource Council

Construction/Trades Job Search Sites
Construction Sector Council
Made with the Trades
Toronto Construction Association

 Education and Teaching Job Search Sites
Education Canada Network
Jobs in Education
The Manitoba Teacher’s Society
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Foundation

Engineering Job Search Sites
Canadian Technical Employment Network
Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Environment Job Search Sites

Health Job Search Sites
Canadian Nursing Index
Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Canadian Society for International Health
Opticians Association of Canada

 Information Technology Job Search Sites
Canada Computer Work
Canada’s Association of Information Technology Professionals
International Webmasters Association
Information Technology Association of Canada
Webgrrls International

Insurance Job Search Sites

 Manufacturing Job Search Sites
Wood Manufacturing Council

 Mathematics and Statistics Job Search Sites
Canadian Mathematical Society
Statistics Society of Canada

 Oil and Mining Job Search Sites
Petroleum Services Association of Canada

 Science Job Search Sites (see also Biotechnology Job Search Sites)
Canadian Association of Physicists
Chemical Institute of Canada


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