February 17, 2020
Published by Jonats | Comments: 2
Here is another exciting opportunity to those who wants to work in Canada.
These events are employer driven, which means that specific employers on jobs posted are recruiting workers over the coming months. Interviews may be conducted following the information sessions, so please come prepared, and bring your CVs, proof of education and language results, if available.
Note: To sign up, you need to do it in their website by clicking this link. http://livinginnb.ca/ or the image below
The companies attending this JOB Fair will be looking for:
NOC 3012 – Nursing Professionals
New Brunswick is Located on Canada’s east coast along the Atlantic Ocean.
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Marijuana (cannabis) is now legally available to adults across Canada but before you enjoy the consumption of this drug, you should be aware of the new strict laws and penalties pertaining to it.
Along with the long-awaited legalization of marijuana, Canada imposed new strict laws and penalties to ensure its safe and responsible consumption as well as its proper handling and distribution.
Last October 17, 2018, tough new penalties were imposed on those who commit cannabis-related crimes such as illegally producing, distributing or selling cannabis or illegally importing or exporting cannabis or cannabis-related products across Canada’s international borders. Offenders will have a maximum penalty of 14 years.
Meanwhile on December 18, 2018, new penalties will take effect for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis. Any impaired driving offences will then be considered serious crimes in Canada and the maximum penalty will increase from 5 to 10 years.
More so, permanent residents and temporary residents could be significantly affected by the new laws. In addition to facing a fine, criminal charges or spending time in jail, permanent and temporary residents may be found inadmissible to Canada for serious criminality whether the crime happened inside or outside Canada.
Violating the new laws might lead to:
· Permanent residents losing their status and being deported
· Temporary residents including visitors, international students, and foreign workers may not be able to enter or stay in Canada
· Refugee claimants may lose their claim referral for a refugee hearing
· Any other appeal rights for permanent residents and foreign nationals, including sponsored members of the family class to be affected
So while marijuana is now legal in Canada, it is very important to abide by the law if you want to avoid the new tough penalties especially for refugees or residents vying for citizenship, education, or international work.
Travelling to different countries is impossible without a passport or visas that would grant you entry. Lucky for the Canadians, they are able to travel in most parts of the world without worrying about visa restrictions or other bureaucracies.
For a while, the Canadian passport has been sitting on #6 of the ranking for World’s Most Powerful Passports. It has been confirmed by the Passport Index that Canadians officially hold the fourth most powerful passport in the world!
The Passport Index is an online interactive tool which collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world. You can check it out here.
To determine the individual rank of each passport, a three-tier method is applied:
1.Visa-Free Score (VFS) – includes visa-free (VF) and visa on arrival (VOA) 2.VF portion of their score vs VOA 3.United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index 2015 (UNDP HDI) is used as a tie breaker. The UNDP HDI is a significant measure on the country’s perception abroad.
Global Passport Power Rank 2020 – Top 5
1. United Arab Emirates 2. Germany, Finland, Luxemborg, Spain 3. Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Austia, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Ireland, USA 4. Sweden, France, Belgium, Malta, Greece, Norway 5. CANADA, Singapore, Hungary, Poland, Lithuana, Slovakia, UK, New Zealand 71. India 75. Philippines
If you’re wondering how the Philippine Passport ranks, it currently sits at #64 in the Passport Power ranking. However, it is in the Top 20 of the most welcoming country because it 160 out of 198 nations in to the country without any visa.
I just got my Canadian Passport recently and I haven’t really tried how powerful it is. For now, it just serves as an additional valid Identification document. I can travel across Europe now with this new passport so it will be exciting to see what destinations we’ll be going to in future!
One of the most common reasons why people would move to a different country is for a better future. They assume that once they are in a different country, they can start anew; have better opportunities that will eventually lead them to their success.
However, the sad part about this is not everyone becomes successful or achieve their goals in a foreign land- it is devastating but a fact.
Here are 5 of the top reasons we encounter why migrants return to their home country
1. Establishing a new life in a foreign country is very hard.
Canada is no exception, when you are starting from scratch, your education, your status in your home land means nothing. We encountered several situation wherein they finished a good program in the Philippines but they are still required to study courses that is needed in Canada. It’s a gamble- either you will win or broke down.
Getting used to the location, how people live, how people would act can be extremely hard most especially if you know absolutely none. No one will guide you, some Google sources cannot be reliable. That is why you need to have to be all in when you decided to move to Canada- it’s all or nothing!
2. Life in Canada can be extremely stressful
Compared in your homeland wherein you can immediately call your relatives for help, here, you have to do everything all by yourself.
Getting a sustainable job can be quite difficult on your first few months. Although hard work and persistence can play a vital role in starting a new life but it can be stressful when your goals won’t go as planned.
Another option when life can be a little tough, you can call a helper or nanny to take care of your little ones but compared to the Philippines wherein you can pay your nannies low wages, it’s a completely different picture when you decided to live in Canada. These professions require skill hence, a higher pay. This will eventually lead to a stressful financial struggle if you’re just starting up and have limited budget and haven’t found a sustainable income.
3. The lifestyle and beliefs are far different from where we came from
Adjusting is one of the most difficult phase a migrant face when he moved to a foreign land. The beliefs, mindset and prospect of life will be shocking for some.
In the Philippines, although life can be tough, it is surely happy because you are surrounded by people who will help you cope up with your struggles. However, in Canada, you need to hustle hard and find solutions to your own problems. Such as, doing your laundry after a long day, studying while working at the same time or balancing two or three jobs to sustain your needs.
Values can also be a shocking, Canadians are not used to call ‘tita or tito’ when addressing their family’s parents. They are also not used to kiss the hands of elders. They are also not used to live with their parents when they reach the legal age. This can be a 180-degree turn for some Filipino parents because it is common in the Philippines for their kids to stay with them until they got married.
4. Some may not bear the Canadian winters.
In some parts of Canada, you will get limited sunlight and the winters in some can be extremely brutal and it will be hard for a migrant to adjust most especially in some tropical countries.
In the Philippines a strong rain can lead people to shiver, how much more in a blizzard or a terrible snow storm? Although there will be heaters available in their household, what if they will be driving to work or run errands. That can be quite difficult. Sickness may occur and frostbites.
5. Some migrate for short-range objectives.
With massive outstanding success stories most migrants read from Google, they may develop a short-term objective which is to save money and go home, have a business and they can live happily ever after.
Migrating can be the best solution for some to achieve a better life, but for some, their luck may still be in their homeland. Our luck will bring us to our destiny. Before we decide to file for a migration, we need to have a proper mindset, various plans and backup plans and a equip yourself with reliable information in order for you to survive and be triumphant in Canada.
Most new comers come to Canada with all the zeal and expectations when they arrived – to get a good and stable job, be able to have their own home, to buy a new car and provide a comfortable life for their family. Though I also have high expectations when it comes to getting a better-paying job, a part of me was also prepared with the possibility of not getting the job that is inline with what I used to do when I was still in the Philippines.
Whenever, I talk to new immigrants who will tell me that they can’t seem to find a job in their field because they are given the excuse that they have “no Canadian experience,” I always go back to how my husband and I started, we were on the same boat when we just came to Canada. For 2 months, all our days and nights were spent in front of the computer, looking for job opportunities.
We both started with a “survival job.” My husband and I took this route before we got back to the track that we wanted to really take wit regards to our career. I actually got a job in my line of expertise in one of the government offices in Winnipeg, that was my very first job. Unfortunately, I had to give it up after a few weeks, because I cannot get a day care for my then 4-year old son and a year old daughter. My husband on the other hand, whose into IT was often asked about his “Canadian experience” and various certifications whenever he tries to get a job in his field, he then decided to accept the job of a warehouse assembler in Canada’s largest retail.
With the way my husband and I started – I will really say that taking a survival job is also a good option for new immigrants, bringing your education and professional experience from your home country will not guarantee that you will land to the job that you want as soon as you arrived in Canada. With the increasing number of educated immigrants from different regions — competition is really tough. In addition to this, we cannot also disregard the fact that there is also discrimination and complexities around recognizing a foreign degree.
If you will ask me, there is no doubt that a survival job is a solution to new comers who need to earn a living to settle their monthly bills while waiting for an opportunity to get your career back on track. Also, a survival job will provide you with the “Canadian experience” that some employers require, moreover, if English is not your first language, it will be a good venue for you to practice your English.
Here in Canada, there are various jobs that a new immigrant can start doing while waiting for a good career opportunity for them, some of these typical “survival jobs” are:
Storefront staff in Coffee Shops – Tim Horton, Starbucks Coffee and Robin’s Donuts is among the largest chain of coffee shops in Canada that is always in need of people.
Crew in Fast-Food Restaurants – Fast-food chain are always hiring people, among the popular restaurants in Canada are McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Booster Juice, Chicken Delight, Pizza Pizza and many others.
Cashier/Store Clerk in Retail Stores– Drugstores and groceries are employers that will not normally require a “Canadian experience.” Among the largest retailers in Canada are Metro, Shoppers Drug Mart, Safeway, Canadian Tire, Sobeys, Rona, Hudson’s’ Bay and of course Loblaw Companies Ltd. banner stores (Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Wholesale Club, Extra Foods, Provigo, Zehrs, Save Easy and others.) Aside from drugstores and groceries, mall boutiques and stores are also frequently hiring.
Store Merchandiser or Warehouse Assembler– Most of these groceries are also always in need of part-time merchandisers who usually works in the evening or warehouse order assembler which gives decent pay but involves hard work.
Staff in a Janitorial/Home Cleaning Services Companies – this kind of job involves cleaning offices, building and other business establishments or even houses. There are a number of big and small businesses that provides this service. There are cleaning services companies who pay their employee by the hour while some pay their staff depending on the size of the area that needs to be cleaned and the frequency of days that they clean.
Starting with a survival job doesn’t, mean that you need to build a career on it, instead, use it to your advantage, and use it as a stepping-stone for the success of your career. As for me and my husband, the survival job that we had has been instrumental in getting the job that we have right now, at present, we are both employed by Canada’s largest retail company as a Warehouse Supervisor and as an Office Manager, respectively. My experience as a storefront crew inspired me to persevere even more to get the job that I want and helped me learn about the culture in Canada and more importantly it improved my self-confidence. As for my husband, he did not pursue his IT career (though he does it for friend & family sometimes), instead, just like me his first job in Canada helped him learn about Canada’s culture through his interaction with his colleagues at work and it also made him realize that he can also excel in other field, he used his experience as a warehouse assembler in climbing up the ladder until he reached the place where he is right now.
Today, I will be talking about the differences and the pros and cons of two of the most developed and immigrant friendly countries in today’s world: Singapore and Canada. You might ask why this article isn’t about the Philippines or why am I writing about topics that doesn’t fall under the Philippine or Canadian sphere but I know, if you’ve been following the website for quite some time now, you’ve already seen a lot of different comparisons. Which country is better? Which country has the most opportunities etc.? Now, I guess it’s time to look at other things that is as equally interesting and what do you know?
Maybe this may help you in your decision if you’re considering to go abroad. But first, why Canada & Singapore? Well, I chose to compare Canada and Singapore because I stayed and worked in both countries for a considerable amount of time. I stayed in Singapore for 5 years and I am currently in Canada and I’ve been staying for almost two years. Both countries provide high income for its people. Both are on the list for the most livable countries in the world. Both boasts of their high but sustainable cost of living and finally, Canada and Singapore are two of the major immigrant destinations for aspiring immigrants. Those looking to make the move to Singapore may want to check out this luxurious showflat here.
Here are some of the major factors that differentiate Canada and Singapore.
Hope this helps in your decision! 1. SALARY
It is probably the perfect time to compare Canada and Singapore in terms of its economic growth because right now, the dollar to peso conversion rates are ranging from Php 33-35. Not including the future investments and other major infrastructure projects that would also contribute to the economy of the said nations.
As a mid-level IT Engineer who worked in Singapore, I can earn 50-70K annually and only pay 2% in taxes. In Canada, I could also make around 50K-70k as well or maybe even more but I’d have to pay 25-35% in taxes and deductions. Just do the math!
And just to add: Min wages: ~2,200 sgd @ 2% tax Min wages: ~1900 cad @ ~18% Total deduction (varies per Province) @ salary (167hrs/month) See this minimum wages comparison here
2. GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
The Philippines is crazy close to Singapore with both belonging to the same continent of Asia. About 3-4 hrs of flight from point A to point B with an average plane ticket of $200+ depending on the season.
But Canada is halfway around the world from the Philippines with flights taking around 13-18hrs with an average plane ticket of $1,000+, again depending on the season. So technically, if you have a $1000 alloted for travel, you can travel from Singapore to the Philippines for 5 times compared to when you’re going home from Canada where you can only fly once with the same amount. In fact, when I was in Singapore, I tried to go back 7 times in a year for vacation to the Philippines. Aside from that, I was able to visit neighbouring asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Macau, HongKong without any Visa. In Canada however, you can at least visit 50 states in America provided you have a valid Visa but if ever you become a Canadian citizen and holder of a Canadian passport, you can travel to numerous countries visa-free!
3. WEATHER Singapore is a country that is very similar to the Philippines (minus the corruption) especially when it comes to weather. Singapore is a tropical country with a very temperate climate that only has 2 seasons: summer season and rainy season. In Canada, you can experience all four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. However, this also means that you need to prepare and suit up for all four seasons, most especially the dreaded Canadian winter. Seriously, can you really take such a cold weather? Temperatures during winter dip below -50 here! About 4 to 5 times colder than your average refrigerator! Most of Filipinos hate this season because everything you do seems to take double effort. You have to wear thick clothes, wear winter boots, heat your car up and etc. It’s also difficult to enjoy winter wonderland especially because its hard to travel because of the icy roads.
4. PEOPLE Both countries are diversified and as I’ve said, both are two of the major destinations for immigrants. Singapore is composed mostly of Asians or the CMIO – Chinese, Malaysian, Indians and others and most of these demographic are staying in Singapore for work options just like thousands of Filipinos. The majority of immigrants in Canada are mostly from Europe and Asia and the minority are from other parts of the globe. People immigrate to Canada for several reasons most of which are seeking refuge from war torn countries while others are just simply looking for a better life and to be honest, Canada is almost indescribable without “immigrants”. I mean, when you think about Canada, it’s almost impossible not to think about “immigrants” because Canada won’t be Canada if not for the immigrants living in the country. They work both ways: aCanada needs immigrants and immigrants need Canada. However, one thing is for sure, people on both countries are generally nice (well at least those that I’ve met). Singaporeans are very much like Filipinos in terms of their way of life and behavior whilst Canadians are also similar to Filipinos when it comes to being cordial and friendly.
Sigh! You might be thinking that on all 4 factors, all points were given to Singapore but let’s continue reading!
This is probably the biggest and the most important factor that I noticed and you should consider when you are planning to migrate. As I’ve said over and over again, both countries are good places for immigration and both are still open in accepting immigrants. HOWEVER, even though the said countries are open to immigration, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to apply and be accepted not to mention the very different process of application in each country. In Singapore, I stayed there for 5 years and I attempted to apply for Permanent Residency. Unfortunately, I was rejected without even a tiny bit of explanation. Yes, it is possible to re-apply but the chances to be accepted are very slim since you have already been rejected and you don’t know the major factors that they are considering in an application. So if you are considering moving to Singpore in the hope of starting a new business, it may be in your best interest to look into a site like singapore-company-registration.net in order to make this transition as easy as possible. Just because I wasn’t accepted, doesn’t mean it won’t work out for you because I’m sure it will. You’ll never know if you don’t try. Meanwhile in Canada, I tried to apply for Permanent Residency and in less than a year, I got approved!
Winner: Canada, Finally!
I believe choosing your destination between both countries depends on what you want or what goals you have set in life. Each country is unique and there isn’t really much to compare about Singapore and Canada because one is really different than the other which also means your experiences in one wouldn’t be the same as your experiences in the other. All I know is, settling in whichever country, may it be Canada or may it be Singapore, is not easy. That’s the one thing that is always sure whatever your decision may be but all of this is just my personal opinion, my personal point of view, a case to case basis and may vary depending on your plan and your action. I’m not God who can tell whether or not your going to succeed in one place. Sometimes it just lies on you. Sometimes it just lies on your determination to succeed however tough the situation might be.
Below are my scores for each factor.
Why not in Singapore?
To be honest, I love Singapore. They have the better weather, the better location and the better salary (because of less taxes) as you can see based on how I rated Singapore but the biggest and unfortunately the most important hindrance for me was there immigration policy. For example, let’s assume I was approved in my PR application, but the question is, would my kids be automatically permanent residents also? The answer is a big NO. That is the rule based on Singapore’s immigration policy. I have a lot of friends who stayed in Singapore as Permanent Residents but their children were not considered Permanent Residents.
Why Canada? When you look at the scoring chart that I made, you will probably notice that the only advantage that Canada has amongst all the major factors was their Immigration Policy but then it’s also noticeable that I gave it 5 points. Being a Permanent Resident and the opportunity to become a citizen of Canada outweighed all the other factors that Singapore has no matter how good they were.
In short, both countries have their own advantages. Again, it just depends on what you need and what are you looking for, but to simply put it, if you are looking for a SHORT term plan then choose Singapore just like many Filipinos who go to Singapore for work but if you are looking for a LONG term life plan, then the best option would be Canada.
When you ask most Filipino immigrants in Canada, they would tell you that they feel at home in Canada. This might surprise you as Canada is far from being like the Philippines. With the weather, culture and economy, the two countries would definitely be worlds apart. However, what makes it feel like home to most Filipinos is the number of fellow Filipinos they see around. The fellow Pinoys who they can speak to in Tagalog make it feel like home more than anything else. In the 2011 census, Tagalog, being the official language of the Philippines, is the most popular immigrant mother tongue in Canada after Chinese. We have seen a huge growth in the numbers speaking Tagalog if we look at the 2016 census. Canada’s fastest-growing language is Tagalog.
Top languages other than English or French spoken at home. Census 2016
Tagalog is now the top immigrant language in the Prairies and the territories. The growth can be attributed to the fact that British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba all signed memorandums of understanding with the Philippines to fill labour shortages in the provinces. These provinces really did recruiting heavily in the Philippines in the recent years. European languages are seen to be losing dominance. For example, in 2011, German is the top-reported mother tongue in Manitoba and Saskatchewan (other than English or French). In 2016, it has been reported to be Tagalog.
If we look at the major cities though, it may be different. Other than English or French, Cantonese is the top language in Vancouver and Toronto, and Tagalog is the top in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Nevertheless, the growth in the immigrant languages does not mean that they are replacing English or French. In fact, 70% of people who speak an immigrant language at home also speak English or French.
January 22, 2020
Published by Jonats | Comments: 1
This pledge was made prior to the Federal elections. It was Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, who was spearheading the immigration policy changes. Recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed a new Immigration Minister, Toronto MP, Marco Mendicino. He currently spearheads the immigration policy changes and promises to prioritize the campaign against illegal immigration.