1 08, 2017

Happy Birthday Canada – Make This Country Your Home!

On July 1, 2017, Canadians cheerfully celebrated their favorite country in the world.

For thousands of people, old and new immigrants to Canada, a far land in the North has become a cherished home and the best country on Earth. And rightfully so!

Toronto, ON

In May 2017, yet again, Canada for the second year in a row,  was ranked second in the annual “Best Countries” survey from the U.S. News & World Report. Only Switzerland edged out Canada for the number one ranking, scoring a perfect 10 while Canada took in 9.7 in overall scoring.

But Canada ranked first in the “Quality of Life” category, scoring a perfect 10 based on a variety of sub-factors including politics, economy and health care. The report also cited Canada as being a “high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living.”

Canada ranked first in the “Quality of Life” category, scoring a perfect 10 based on a variety of sub-factors including politics, economy and health care. The report cited Canada as being a “high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living.” Undoubtedly a country of immigrants, relying on the “new blood” and talent of people, yearly arriving in Canada for permanent residencethe country is largely building its future on the best of the best, attracted by the open doors to the country for those who are professional, experienced and business savvy.

Only in 2016, Canada accepted 320,000 new residents of the country to offer them a new future where possibilities and opportunities are endless.

nova scotia, canada

Canadians love and appreciate what immigrants bring to this country. Canadians are used to people speaking numerous accents, representing their cultures and communities. Multiculturalism is not a mere term, but a reality which is a part of an every day living for us, Canadians.

In this country, we understand better than anywhere else, how different cultures and traditions intertwined enhance a success of a nation, where respect is a base for communication.

We witness increasing numbers of interracial marriages, kids growing up speaking their parents’ language as well as English and French, we see multicultural audiences in symphony concerts and baseball games, we honor each other’s heritage and traditions, and we celebrate our country.

Statistically, 99% of new immigrants find a way through the initial challenges which come along with a relocation to a new place and make it a success either in a corporate world or their self-established businesses.

Happy Birthday CanadaMost members of the team of Jane Katkova & Associates, including Jane Katkova-Brown, the Founder and Principal Counsel of the Firm are immigrants. We are a multicultural team, coming from many countries of the world, speaking many languages, talking with accents, loving tasting our national foods during lunch breaks, sharing stories from back home, jokes, and loving every minute of it!

All of us are parents, raising our children in one of the safest countries in the world. They are the new generation, for which Canada is home on every level. Our kids speak at least two languages, they are open minded and free from prejudice.

We are grateful for the opportunity Canada offered us.

Thank you, Canada!

Happy Birthday Canada!

5 01, 2017

Optimism Re-fueled

CN Tower, Toronto

Goodbye 2016

It is a no brainer that January brings in with itself a sense of nostalgia for the year gone by. However, it also fills us with hope and excitement for a new beginning. If one were to follow the turn of events, it is no longer arduous to relocate to Canada with myriad initiatives introduced over the past couple of years. A rising number of invitations and dwindling of processing times corroborates this fact. Furthermore, unfolding of events like the Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory in the US, Canada has emerged as the most preferred destination for immigration across the globe.

Bienvenue au Canada

A joint study last year by U.S. News & World Report, BAV Consulting and Wharton School ranks Canada as the second-best country in the world after Germany, based on various factors like sustainability, adventure, cultural influence and entrepreneurship among others. The survey also accentuates that the second largest country of the world ranks first in the ‘quality of life’ category that encompasses factors such as education, public health care, safety and economic stability.

[1] Undoubtedly, these factors make Canada a land of indulgence.

Higher admissibility of economic class

The new year started on an explosive note with an unprecedented 2,902 applications invited in the first round of invitation. Immigration is crucial for the economic growth of Canada considering the changing demographics of the workforce. The contribution made by immigrants is palpable – not only it fills the jobs that are held by the aging population, it also contributes towards maintaining the social fabric and character of the diverse communities.

Albeit the overall immigration targets are kept unchanged at 300,000 from 2016, it is the economic class that stands to gain the most out of it. A record of 172,500 immigrants under this segment are planned for admission this year, from the previous year target of 160,600.[2] This increase will be largely offset by a reduction of intake of refugee quota.

Source – CIC

Immigrants, an indispensable input

So, what makes immigrants so inseparable component of Canada’s workforce? The natural indigenous population growth of Canada is not enough to maintain consistent growth levels and sustain welfare on a long-term basis. The cohort between the age group of 20 to 44 years is the one that is most active, productive, fosters consumerism and contributes towards taxation revenues.  At the fore, the future success of the country will be highly dependent on importing talent.  Furthermore, immigrants prefer Canada as the most favored destination due to its labor mobility element.

All in all, it is imperative to attract and retain skilled workforce for economic prosperity and attainment of national interests. The overhaul of the immigration rules reinforces our conviction that supply of talent is here to stay for long. We, daresay, to envisage exciting times ahead!

 

 

[1] http://globalnews.ca/news/2465526/canada-named-2nd-best-country-in-the-world-report/

[2] http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1145319

9 11, 2016

2017 IMMIGRATION PLAN

2017 IMMIGRATION PLAN:

Next year, Canada will welcome 300,000 immigrants, this number includes 57.5 % of Economic class (Skilled Workers, Entrepreneurs and Caregivers), 28 % of Family class (Parents and grandparents, Spouses, Partners and Children), 13,3 % of Refugees and 1,2 % of Humanitarian.
That number was carefully chosen after conducted surveys on public opinion and discussions with government’s economic growth council.
Quote:
“The 2017 levels plan will put Canada in a strong position for the future and support our overall economic and social development as a country.”
Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

welcome

25 10, 2016

IMMIGRATION: Satisfaction guaranteed!

According to the survey conducted by partnership between CBC and Angus Reid Institute immigrants as satisfied with the quality of life as other Canadians.
The analysis of the data revealed that:
– 86 % are satisfied with family’s access to quality education;
– 83 % feel welcome in their community;
– 88 % are satisfied with Canadian health care system;
The researchers surveyed immigrants who is residing in the country for less than ten years.

25 10, 2016

CANADA’S POPULATION GROWTH

Despite the fact that government is questioning whether to increase or reduce the number of immigrants, the report from the Conference Board of Canada shows that the maintaining a high number of immigrants is the way to strengthen the population growth.
Inviting working age immigrants, will result in greater support of retirees in the coming decades.
The Conference Board proposal is 413,000 immigrants per year by 2030.
It is in the government interest to encourage the immigration of high-skilled workers, to help them to assimilate to the Canadian culture and establish careers. It will not only benefit the society, moreover it will provide the future strength of the Canadian economy.

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