01 February 2010
Thousands of Canadian jobs open to migrating Brits
New job seeking service gives British workers a direct link to Canadian employers
LONDON, 1 February 2010 – As Canada enters a major infrastructure and building drive, a new job search service is giving thousands of British trade workers the opportunity to connect with a Canadian employer and emigrate to Canada with a job pre-arranged.
The demand for skilled workers in Canada has never been higher, as the Canadian Prime Minister announced late January that the upcoming Canadian construction season in April and May is to be the busiest yet. This is due to infrastructure stimulus programs introduced by the Canadian Government in 2009, as well as residential demands for new housing.
In order to satisfy these needs, the new Canadian Visa Bureau Job Seeker Service aims to link Canadian employers with British tradespeople, such as electricians, plumbers, construction supervisors, welders, crane operators, tilesetters and plasterers.
Nigel Smith, of the Canadian Visa Bureau, explained how the Job Seeker Service provides a specialist service that is instructed solely by the prospective migrant, in order to ensure the entire job search and employer process goes smoothly.
“Job searching can be a big risk for potential migrants, as the cost of flights, accommodation, and time off work can really add up for a worker trying to find employment overseas. Most migrants don’t have overseas contacts or the experience in finding international work, whereas this service is designed to smooth the job seeking process and put a migrant forward in the best possible light,” Mr Smith said.
“Traditionally, recruiters in Canada will often ignore the prospective migrant market in order to fill a job in the shortest possible time. The Canadian Visa Bureau Job Seeker Service has direct links to employers and provides an onshore point of contact, opening a wealth of opportunities to potential migrants.”
Unlike a recruitment agency, the Canadian Visa Bureau Job Seeker Service works as a specialised service for migrants, with access to both an active government job bank of potential employers and a dedicated onshore Job Search Agent, who will:
• Present the potential migrant’s CV and work references to an employer in Canadian format, along with a letter of confirmed Canadian migration eligibility;
• Provide a point of contact in Canada for employers; AND
• Assist the employer with relevant employment paperwork.
The Canadian Visa Bureau Job Seeker Service is expected to see increasing numbers of employers in the construction industry advertising for workers, particularly in provinces that are seeing high demand for their natural resources.
One province very popular with migrants for lifestyle, employment opportunities and lower cost of living is Alberta.
Alberta is expected to see government capital expenditures in major infrastructure projects including a CA$8.1 billion upgrade to the energy transmission grid that will be phased into service by 2012, as well as $1.1 billion announced for the expansion at Edmonton airport and $1.3 billion for a proposed new concourse at Calgary airport.
Another Canadian province that recently received a boost in funding was Ontario, which was granted record government commitments of $32.5 billion to infrastructure programs.
The Canadian Visa Bureau can offer assistance in finding Canadian jobs for migrants working in any of the occupations that feature on the Canadian Visa Bureau Job Seeker Opportunities List, provided they have the qualifications and experience required by the Canada employer.
Under the current Canadian Immigration system, applicants who have an offer of Arranged Employment typically take approximately 6-8 months for their permanent residency applications to be processed. However, Canadian Visa Bureau is able to obtain temporary work permits for migrants with arranged employment that will allow the migrant to enter Canada and commence work within 6-8 weeks.
The Canadian Skilled Migration Program is a points-based system, with points awarded according to age, education, work experience, and language skills. Applicants aged 20 to 50 are awarded maximum age points, a higher age limit than most other countries. British workers wanting to emigrate to Canada also have a number of advantages including English language points as well as a similar cultural heritage. Online assessments to determine points and eligibility can be found at online assessment.
About Canadian Visa Bureau
Canadian Visa Bureau is an independent immigration advisory service specialising in visas and immigration for British and Irish nationals looking to live and work in Canada. Based in central London, the company offers a range of services and free online assessments for individuals and families considering a new life abroad. Visit www.visabureau.com/canada for up-to-date news, information and free online visa assessments.