Re: What's your opinion on United States Of America?Jun 30th, 2011
Immigration from America will transform Canada. There's nothing Canadians can do to stop it. Canada is the new promised land...a land of milk and honey.
Improved labour mobility within Canada and across North America
Many Canadian employers have been feeling the pinch of chronic labour shortages over the past few years and Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) have been responding with various measures to alleviate them. The most recent good news is the expansion of the NAFTA temporary foreign worker program, now granting three year work permits to American and Mexican professionals to work in Canada (external - login to view). In addition, provincial and federal trade ministers recently announced a plan for full labour mobility across the country as of April 2009.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly stated that the country’s shortage of skilled labour is one of the most significant long-term challenges for Canadian policy-makers. His Conservative government’s goal is to align immigration policy more closely with current labour market shortages, says CIMC Minister Jason Kenney.
In response to this, CIMC recently announced the expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) temporary work (external - login to view) permit program, making it easier for Canadian employers to hire and retain American and Mexican professionals. Under the NAFTA program, workers will now be granted temporary work permits (external - login to view) of three years in duration. Previously, these work permits had to be renewed every year.
“NAFTA work permits are an excellent option for North American professionals seeking to work in Canada including lawyers, doctors, dentists and teachers. In addition, this will also help Canadian employers remain competitive by ensuring they have access to necessary skilled labour,” stated Minister Kenney. He also highlighted that the duration extension will provide greater continuity and stability for both Canadian employers and foreign workers.
NAFTA was created in 1993 to facilitate trade between Canada, the United States, and Mexico – including the trade of skilled labour. Given Canada’s workforce shortages and its consequent heavy reliance on immigration and foreign workers to maintain its economic growth, there are many career opportunities North of the border for American and Mexican citizens. The three countries have agreed on labour mobility standards for 63 professional occupations (external - login to view), for which professionals can work in another member country without having to re-qualify under the host country’s certification standards.
Canada grants around 5,150 of these temporary work permits every year, most of them to Americans. Americans and Mexicans must have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer (external - login to view) to obtain a NAFTA work permit.
Another announcement this month makes it easier for newcomers and established Canadians alike to live and work in different regions across Canada.
By April 2009, Canada will have a truly national labour market, whereby workers in regulated occupations, such as architects, accountants, plumbers, and doctors, will be able to freely move across provincial and territorial borders, without having to be re-certified by the province or territory to which they are relocating before they can start working.
The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) was signed in Ottawa this month by provincial, territorial, and federal trade ministers as part of Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade.
“This is an important step forward, and we need to continue to work on removing similar barriers to trade and investment, so we have full trade and labour mobility across the country,” stated British Columbia (external - login to view) Premier Gordon Campbell, who has been advocating for greater labour mobility in Canada for some time.
This is good news for Canadian immigrants, some of whom need to re-certify themselves for work in Canada upon arrival. If they later wish to move to another province or territory, they will no longer have to repeat this process.
Immigration is an important solution to Canada’s current labour shortages. CIMC has been working to align the immigration system more closely with labour market needs to ensure both the strength of the Canadian economy (external - login to view) and the success of new immigrants in Canada.
NAFTA Temporary Work Permits (TN Visas)
Certain American and Mexican professionals can obtain three year Temporary Work Permits (TN Visas) to live and work in Canada.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was created in 1993 to facilitate trade between Canada, the United States, and Mexico – including the trade of skilled labour. Given Canada’s workforce shortages and its consequent heavy reliance on immigration and foreign workers to maintain its workforce growth, there are many career opportunities north of the border for American and Mexican citizens.
The three countries have agreed on labour mobility standards for 63 professional occupations (listed below), for which professionals can work in another member country without having to re-qualify under the host country's certification standards.
To qualify, applicants must be American or Mexican citizens and have a job offer (external - login to view) from a Canadian employer in one of the 63 recognized occupations under NAFTA. With the job offer, applicants must apply for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit (external - login to view) (TN Visa). This is a fast and relatively simple way for Americans and Mexicans become engaged in the Canadian workforce.
NAFTA’s List of Professionals
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Disaster relief Insurance Claims Adjuster
- Graphic Designer
- Hotel Manager
- Industrial Designer
- Interior Designer
- Land Surveyor
- Landscape Architect
- Lawyer (including Notary in the Province of Quebec)
- Management Consultant
- Mathematician (including Statistician)
- Range Manager/ Range Conservationalist
- Research Assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution)
- Social Worker
- Sylviculturist (including Forestry Specialist)
- Technical Publications Writer
- Urban Planner (including Geographer)
- Vocational Counsellor
- Medical Laboratory Technologist (Canada)
- Medical Technologist (Mexico and the United States)
- Occupational Therapist
- Physician (teaching or research only)
- Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist
- Recreational Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Agriculturist (including Agronomist)
- Animal Breeder
- Animal Scientist
- Dairy Scientist
- Geophysicist (including Oceanographer in Mexico and the United States)
- Physicist (including Oceanographer in Canada)
- Plant Breeder
- Poultry Scientist
- Soil Scientist
Did they purposefully not mention the fruit and veg pickers?