82%+ Vaccinated, Joy as Canada Welcomes U.S.’ visitors, soon from the World

With joy, Canada reopened its border to U.S. fully vaccinated travelers this August 9th., 2021, and will soon lift restrictions for travelers from the rest of the World.

Canada has vaccinated over 82% of its population 12 years or older.

This Monday, August 9th., 2021, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported that “Hundreds of vehicles queued to cross the U.S.-Canada border from Blaine, Washington, into Surrey, British Columbia, Monday morning, as Americans headed to Canada after COVID restrictions were lifted or reduced for many.”  The scene was one of many across the border, a moment to cheer for many travelers, and of particular joy for International Students that want to come to Canada!

Total Country statistics by the Government of Canada show that Canada has vaccinated more than 82% of its population 12 years or older with at least one dose, and almost 71% are fully vaccinated.

Canada More than 80% Vaccinated leads to joy
Source: COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker

All of Canada’s largest provinces by population have vaccinated more than 75% of those 12 and older: Yukon and Prince Edward Island lead with over 89%. Its four largest provinces also have extensive coverage: ordered by population size, Ontario is 81%, Quebec 84%, British Columbia 82% and Alberta at 76%.

Table: Canada Vaccination by Province

Source: CTV News based on data from the Government of Canada

In addition, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, recently announced that Canada has received more than 66 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which is enough to fully vaccinate the eligible population two months ahead of the original September target.

The Prime Minister emphasized that,

The best way to end this pandemic is for everyone to get their shots as soon as they can. Today’s milestone is a clear sign that we are getting closer to this goal. I urge Canadians to book their vaccine today, to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. We will keep doing what is necessary to protect the health of Canadians, finish the fight against COVID-19, and ensure a strong economic recovery for everyone.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Source: Government of Canada

Vaccination Coverage in Canada is a source of Joy for International Students

Canada leads the World in Vaccination coverage

To the joy of Canadians, but especially of International Students that want to come to study in Canada, the Graphic below shows that Canada has vaccinated 72% of its Total Population, ahead of other G7 countries, including popular Study Destinations for International Students such as the U.S. (58%) and the U.K. (69%).

Graphic: Canada Leads G& Countries in COVID Vaccination Share
Source: Our World in Data Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccinations

Canada ranks #3 in the World in most in-demand Study Destinations.

The number of International Students in Canada has grown six times in the past 20 years, and tripled in the last 10 years.

Canada jumped to rank 3rd in global Study Destinations in 2020, only behind the U.S. and the U.K.

International Students-Joy as Canada reopens borders

Canada is the most attractive study destination worldwide for International Students.

This is because Canada has the most complete offering for International Students, including:

  • Quality of education, with credentials that are globally recognized
  • A safe, multicultural, and non-discriminatory environment
  • More affordable Tuition and Cost of Living than other study destinations – Canada ranks #1 in affordability vs. the top world Study Destinations (16% more affordable than the U.S., 36% more affordable than the U.K., and almost 14% more affordable than Australia, per our recent blog post)
  • Quality of Life, ranking in the best globally, with 3 of the Top-10 most livable cities in the world
  • Great Study Program options and choice – 103 Colleges and Universities, and more than 30,000 Study Programs in over 700 fields of study
  • Huge range of fun activities, nature and landscapes
  • Great chances to make lifetime friends and connections
  • Regulations that allow International Students to work while they study
  • A clear path to a Post-Graduation Work Permit for International Students graduating from a Post-Secondary Program in Canada
  • Job Opportunities
  • A Vibrant Economy, and
  • A clear path to Permanent Residence in Canada

Canada’s Attractiveness as a Study Destination has Increased the Most.

Canada’s attractiveness for International Students is further confirmed by a recent survey report. The survey, conducted among education agents in 73 countries, evidences that Canada’s appeal for International Students continues to grow.

Canada leads as the Study Destination for which interest by International Students has grown the most

Canada shows bigger improvements than any other country between September 2020 and March 2021, using as key indicator the demand perceived by education agents worldwide. Almost 90% of surveyed education agents agree/strongly agree that they have seen more interest in Canada as a Study Destination than for other countries.

This increased interest in Canada among International Students has been spurred by the excellent way the country has managed COVID, in particular with measures targeted at protecting and helping them. The survey cited above indicates that 63% of surveyed education agents rated Canada as “Very Attractive”, well ahead of the UK and Australia, at 51% and 49% respectively. Approximately 75% of surveyed agents agreed that the handling of COVID by the Canadian Government had made it more attractive as a Study Destination.

75% of global Education Agents see Canada as very attractive because of Vaccination and COVID handling

This is not surprising, as Canada has implemented a well-coordinated COVID response plan considering the needs of International Students, both existing and new. Coupled with the extensive vaccination coverage reached to date, the Government of Canada took the right measures and has made the right announcements for International Students. A summary of the most significant of these measures and announcements includes:

Moreover, as a result of the speeding vaccination coverage in Canada, it is expected that as of early September 2021 the Government of Canada will lift or significantly reduce COVID-related restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers from around the world.

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Great news for International Students is great news for Canada’s Economy

Pent-up demand and the trends summarized above (as well as many other data sources) confirm that, as soon as COVID-related travel restrictions are lifted in Canada, there will be a surge of International Students coming to Canada.

Canada’s economy will reap the benefits, as the expected boom in enrollments injects funds into Universities, and as International Students work while they study and spend money in Canada.

Estimates from the Government of Canada show that International Students contribute $22 Billion Dollars per year to Canada’s economy, and that they support more than 170 Thousand jobs. But they also have a much larger and permanent impact on the economy, which goes far beyond their graduation dates.

Research by the Government of Canada indicates that International Students who become immigrants make strong, significant contributions to the Canadian economy. More and more International Students are becoming Permanent Residents of Canada, changing from being students to fully undertake roles as workers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and consumers .

In 2019, 34% of those who became Permanent Residents in Canada through its Express Entry immigration stream did so by way of the Canadian Experience Class, aimed at International Students and Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) that have Canadian work experience.

Canada offers more than 80 economic class pathways through the Express Entry stream, the PNP programs (Provincial Nominee Programs) and others, like the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. Special programs by the Government of Canada, like the Hong-Kong Special program, are targeted to attract International Students (and workers in some cases) from certain countries.

Canada’s economy is picking up speed, with confidence growing

The Conference Board of Canada (CBOC) recently reported that the Canadian economy has recovered around 80% of the jobs it lost during 2020 (the unemployment rate has gone down even further after their report was released). This think-tank forecasts that Canada’s economy will grow 5.8% in 2021 and 4.0% in 2022

Canada’s gradual but fast reopening of the economy comes along increasing confidence among consumers and key economic actors. In a separate COBC report, the organization states that Business confidence improved in the 2nd semester of 2020, and had fully recovered by winter. Capacity utilization is expected to improve on the heels of forecasted growth in consumer demand, adding incentives for business investments in late 2021. Other factors boosting confidence include the U.S. stimulus program under the Biden administration, which will attract investment by sectors focused on exports. A good example is the energy sector, where investment is expected to bounce back sharply in 2021 behind better Oil prices.

Another indicator of the increasing confidence in Canada’s economy is that, per a third report by CBOC, real consumption will increase by 3.5% in 2021 and will speed up its annual growth rate to 6.3% in 2022, with total consumer spending expected to recover in full early in 2022.

Data from BDC (the Business Development Bank of Canada), supports all these trends. This Government-backed bank for entrepreneurs indicates that Consumer spending and exports will continue to be the growth engines of Canada’s economy. BDC states that the relief programs by the Government of Canada have contributed to a much stronger recovery in Canada’s labor market compared to the United States, and that by October 2020 Canada had already recovered 80% of the 3 Million jobs lost previously due to the pandemic.

BDC forecasts that, to sustain growth in 2021, Small- and Medium-Enterprises (SMEs) in Canada will need to continue their positive investment trends in technology, remote work, and online sales. These positive investment trends observed in 2020 were prompted by an accelerated adoption of technologies in all economic sectors in Canada, resulting from increasing demand and needs in remote work, e-learning, telemedicine, and e-commerce.

Organizations as important as BlackRock, the world’s largest Asset Manager, see the opportunities that the Canadian Economy offers for Investors.

BlackRock sees Canada's Economy as a Compelling Investment Opportunity

Source: Government of Canada, “Invest Canada” report

Canada is launching and supporting initiatives and investments in key sectors

An example of these initiatives that we discussed in a previous article is the Global Talent Stream, a part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The Global Talent Stream has been designed by the Government of Canada to help innovative Canadian firms in two categories: a) those that need to hire unique and specialized Foreign Workers to scale-up and grow their business, or b) those that need to fill highly-skilled positions that are in-demand.

Under the Global Talent Stream, Workers get their processed in as little as 2 weeks! If you are an experienced worker in one of the 12 occupations listed below, we can help you.

Contact our In-House Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) and book an Immigration Consultation to get specific Immigration information and assistance to move to Canada and Work here under the global Talent Stream. They will explain the requirements, the process, and next steps.

Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants will guide you with qualified, professional, and complete Immigration advise.

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An Immigration Consultation can save you time and money by providing the professional guidance you require from a well-prepared, certified Team of ICCRC-regulated consultants.

Please beware of advice from “immigration consultants” that are not regulated or in good standing. Only a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant in good standing with the ICCRC can offer consultancy services for applications to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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The Global Talent Stream List of In-Demand Occupations

As mentioned before, Employers under the Global Talent Stream are divided into two Categories to hire Temporary Foreign Workers:

Category A: Those looking for Individuals with Unique and Specialized Talent; OR

Category B: Those looking to hire Highly-skilled Foreign Workers to fill positions included in the Global Talent Stream In-Demand Occupations List:

  1. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  2. Computer Engineers
  3. Mathematicians and Statisticians (excluding Actuaries or related occupations)
  4. Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  5. Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  6. Software Engineers and Designers
  7. Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
  8. Web Designers and Developers
  9. Computer Network Technicians
  10. Information Systems Testing Technicians
  11. Visual Effects and Video Game Producers; Technical, Creative, and Artistic Directors; and Project Managers
  12. Digital Media Designers

As a Foreign Worker, you must have at least 3 years of experience in any of these 12 occupations to qualify.

What is the Global Talent Stream and How We Can Help

If you have experience in any of the occupations below, and you can speak English, you can get a high-paying job.

You will need to submit a Work Permit Application that includes a Job Offer letter from an Employer with an approved LMIA under Category B of the Global Talent Stream, and a copy of the LMIA.

You will also need your Biometrics (fingerprints and Digital Photo) taken, and may also need a Police Clearance Certificate and a Medical Exam.

When submitted, your Work Permit application will be processed in as little as 10 (Ten) business days, and soon you will be working in Canada!

Your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children can also qualify for expedited Visa processing when they apply for a Work Permit, Study Permit, or Visitor Visa.

How Well Do These Jobs Pay In Canada?

These jobs pay well.

The table below includes the current Median Wages across Canada for these occupations. These are national averages, and the actual Median Wage by Province or Location could vary depending on the market where the Job is located.

Canada

Source: Canada Job Bank

As shown in the table above, the annual gross salary for these occupations ranges between more than $106,000 and almost $55,000 Canadian Dollars.

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Clearport can help you to come to Canada using the Global Talent Stream.

If you qualify, you can quickly get hired by one of many Employers that are continuously searching for experienced and motivated Temporary Foreign Workers in these occupations.

  • Using the Global Talent Stream, Clearport offers Workers timely, responsive, and predictable client-focused Immigration Services.
  • Employers in Canada urgently need your talent and skills.
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Benefits and Cost to You

You and your will get many benefits if you come to work in Canada under the Global Talent Stream. These are some of them:

  • A good paying job in Canada in your field, with room to grow
  • Quality of life for you and your family
  • A safe country to live in
  • Path to Permanent Residence
  • Continue to strengthen your skills as a professional in Canada
  • More and better opportunities for you and your family
  • Good Grade 1 to 12 Education and Health Care Systems at very little cost (a few hundred dollars per year)
  • Inclusive, tolerant, and multi-cultural society
  • Open Work Permit for your spouse (wife or husband)
  • Study Permit for your dependent minor children
  • Fast Government processing of your Work Permit

And remember, under the Global Talent Stream, the Government of Canada commits to process Work Permit applications in 10 business days, 80% of the time. Clearport also commits to prepare your Work Permit application quickly and professionally, with full service from our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants. The Employer pays to obtain an LMIA under the Global Talent Stream. However, you are responsible to cover your Immigration Fees.

The Global Talent Stream Process For Workers

Start by booking an Immigration Consultation.

Through your Consultation, our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants will help you to determine if you and your family meet the general requirements of the Global Talent Stream to come to Canada under a Job Offer made by an Employer in the Stream’s Category B. They will prepare a detailed quote and immigration path for you.

Global talent stream process

After the consultation, you can prepare your Worker Profile online through Clearport’s website.

Through Clearport, you will also receive access to SRT, our English Language Assessment and Improvement tool. SRT-the Success Readiness Tool will accurately assess each English skill (Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading) and precisely detect any gaps you may have. It will also create a free Personalized Learning Plan for you, targeting only your gaps, with online lessons and activities you can use to improve.

Then, SRT will let you test again at no extra cost to measure your progress (you can test Listening and Reading 5 times, and Speaking and Writing two times). You can use SRT to test anytime, without waiting to book a test. You can use SRT to test online anywhere using a PC, Laptop or Notebook (not available on tablets or smartphones), with a good microphone and speakers or headset.

Your SRT English scores can be added to your Profile. Your Profile, Resume and English Scores will be compiled in a Job Application. This application will be ready to be submitted to Employers under the Global Talent Stream; having your English Scores included in the application will make you a more attractive candidate.

Based on this Job Application, Employers will interview you to determine the fit between you and the job (i.e., that your experience, skills, and profile match the requirements for the position). Once an Employer makes you a Job Offer, our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants will prepare your Temporary Resident Visa and Work Permit application.

After your application is approved, your Visa will be issued. With this, you will be ready to travel to Canada, where your Work Permit will be issued at the Port of Entry (POE), the airport that you first arrive in Canada.

Then, you will start working in Canada!

Book an Immigration Consultation with us, and our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants will guide you with qualified, professional Immigration Advise.

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An Immigration Consultation can save you time and money by providing the professional guidance you require from a well-prepared, certified Team of ICCRC-regulated consultants.

Please beware of advice from “immigration consultants” that are not regulated or in good standing. Only a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant in good standing with the ICCRC can offer consultancy services for applications to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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