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Canada Staring at Acute Shortage of Nurses—a Fantastic Opportunity for Foreign Nursing Professionals

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Canada’s provinces are likely to focus on more immigrant nursing professionals even as the country stares at a sharp mismatch between risking nursing job vacancies and stagnant employment in the sector.

Where are the Nursing Professionals in Canada?

A 2017 report by Employment and Social Development Canada had predicted highest growth in employment in the nursing sector through the coming decade. As predicted, vacancies in the sector have been rising with a 77 per cent growth in nursing job vacancies between 2015 and 2019.

Yet, surprisingly, employment levels i.e. the number of persons employed in the sector have stagnated. Simply put, this means employers are keen on hiring more nurses but growth in number of nurses has not matched the rising demand among employers.

Factors Contributing to the Nursing Shortage

One key factor could be how wage growth for nurses has lagged as compared to other sectors of the Canadian economy for many years now. In 2011, a nursing professional in Canada earned 50 per cent more than an individual in a typical job in any other sector. This figure fallen to just 36 per cent in 2018.

Another statistic highlighting the wage-growth mismatch is the average hourly wage mismatch. The average hourly wage for all occupations in Canada is $27 per hour, as opposed to $37 per hour earned by nurses in Canada.

This is a significant mismatch considering the onerous duties that nurses perform and the high-stress environment in which they work.

Wage mismatch apart, the tough working conditions in the industry is putting off youngsters from taking up this noble professional. Even those who choose nursing prefer casual employment that offer greater work-life balance over permanent positions.

Further complicating the problem is the issue of burn out among experienced nurses. There has been a steady rise in number of experienced professionals opting for sick leaves, which contributes to further strain on already overworked nurses.

A Job Seeker’s Market Today

There’s no doubt that nursing has become a job-seeker’s market in Canada today. Average unemployment in the sector is hovering around one per cent compared to the national average of five per cent.

Employment openings and rising and such vacancies remain open for long periods before employers finally succeed in filling the same. Online recruitment sites confirm that adverts for nursing positions in 2016-17 received half as any clicks as a standard job advert by a Canadian employer.

Great Opportunity for Foreign Professionals

Considering the key role of the occupation and implications of shortage of nurses, it’s not surprising that Canadian provinces have already initiated steps to attract foreign professionals through their provincial nomination programs.

Many provinces have streams setup specifically for healthcare professionals. Now, provinces have begun adding NOC codes related to nursing and home support workers, with Ontario being the latest one, to their In-Demand Skills streams.

With employers focusing on measures like assigning more nurses to individual units, making working conditions less stressful, and increasing wages, foreign professionals stand to gain from the opportunity hidden in this growing crisis.

Canada’s Nursing Shortage Could Get Worse Before It Gets Better

TORONTO ― A new report from job search site Indeed says there’s a growing labour shortage in nursing nationwide that’s showing “no signs of easing.”

Indeed says nursing employment levels have plateaued in recent years, despite projections that forecast the opposite. In 2017, Employment and Social Development Canada predicted nursing employment growth would be among the highest of all occupations in the coming decade.

That hasn’t happened, and Indeed’s data suggests the number of nurses in Canada has flatlined in recent years, despite a 77-per-cent increase in nursing job vacancies since 2015.

“I think it’s generally just a sign of tougher hiring conditions in the nursing field,” Indeed economist Brendon Bernard told HuffPost Canada. “Not only are nursing openings up, but more of them are remaining vacant for long periods.”

The data suggests employers are struggling to recruit nurses in an environment where unemployment is often below one per cent, well below the national average of around five per cent, according to Indeed. An average nursing position received half as many clicks on Indeed as a typical job ad in 2016-2017, Bernard said.

“Indeed job posting and click data suggest job seeker interest in nursing roles is increasingly lagging demand,” Bernard wrote.

“Not every type of occupation has that type of demand,” he said. “It’s really a job-seeker’s market.”

Debbie Forward, president of the Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland and Labrador, says there are plenty of nursing jobs available in her province, but new grads are reluctant to hop into roles where they might be overworked and under-appreciated.

“We might have vacancies in this province but our new grads aren’t taking the permanent vacant positions,” Forward said. “They’re choosing to work on a casual basis because they tell me that they’re not willing to work in areas with high workload and they can’t get time off when they want it.”

Forward says young nurses, in particular, don’t want to be “held captive to their employer” and stuck in situations where they’re working too many long hours and feeling defeated at the end of a long and gruelling shift.

“Young people coming into our profession are saying ‘I’m not willing to work like that,’” Forward said. “Right now, our members are leaving work defeated, they’re leaving work beaten down, and it’s driving up sick leave, it’s affecting morale, it’s increasing burnout, and those things are affecting the number of nurses and the shortage in our profession,” she continued.

“We have to make the profession attractive again.”

Vicki McKenna, president of the Ontario Nurses’ Association, says nursing is a difficult job with lives at stake and that only gets more difficult as nurses are asked to do more with less.

“It isn’t a recruitment problem as much as it is a retention problem,” McKenna told HuffPost. “Enough attention is not being paid to nursing and that’s to the detriment of all of us.”

Nurses say there are some tangible ways to make the profession more attractive to young people, such as increasing their numbers in individual units.

“It starts with making sure that we have staffing levels that meet needs of patients so people feel confident,” Forward said. “The value starts in making sure we have them in the right numbers first and then we get into what is a fair compensation level for those individuals.”

Increasing wages is another potential solution for addressing the shortage.

“Wage growth for nurses has lagged the rest of the economy for a few years now,” Bernard said. “That’s one factor that’s contributing to the slowdown in job growth for nurses.”

Indeed says nurses earned 48 per cent more than the typical job in 2011. Nowadays, they’re earning 36 per cent higher wages than average. Statistics Canada says the average hourly wage rate for nurses was $36.59 in 2018, whereas it was $26.92 for all occupations in Canada.

Low CRS Score Blocking your Path to Canadian Permanent Residence? Here is What You Need to Do!

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A combination of immigration-friendly policies, steady increase in entry of skilled workers from India, Vietnam, and other countries, and a chaotic immigration setup in the US has made Canada the preferred destination for skilled immigrants from across the globe.

However, a low CRS score under the Express Entry application system can lead to frustrating delays for applicants. This is where it becomes very important to alternative routes that boost the CRS score or allow immigrants to bypass Express Entry altogether.

Provincial Nomination

Canada has a unique immigration setup where the power to create, administer, and modify immigration programs is shared between the Federal government and the states.

An Express Entry applicant must qualify under one of the three federal programs—Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or the Canadian Experience Class.

Further, states are permitted to setup ‘Express Entry’ streams of their provincial nomination programs, which allows them to nominate candidates suitable for their specific and unique requirements.

A provincial nomination results in an automatic 600-point increase in the applicant’s CRS score, which virtually guarantees an Invitation to Apply in the next EE round.

The three federal programs covered by Express Entry allow those proficient in English or French to apply. Proficiency in both languages may result in a higher CRS score but absence of proficiency in French is not a disqualification.

Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream is open only to applicants with minimum CLB 7 or higher proficiency in French.

This means an applicant struggling to qualify for an ITA may improve his/her French proficiency and, subject to fulfilling other requirements, qualify for a provincial nomination and a faster and smoother route to permanent residence in Canada.  

Immigration Pilot Programs

Programs like the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program (AIPP) or the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot designed to cater to specific regions of the country or specific sectors of the economy.

An international graduate from a public institution located in one of the four Atlantic provinces with a job offer from an eligible employer can qualify for Canadian PR even without any work experience.

Under AIPP’s high-skilled program, even those with just one year of professional work experience have a shot at skilled worker immigration into the country.

The Rural Pilot program allows fresh graduates from institutions located in the recommending-community to qualify for fast-track permanent residence.

For those unlikely to qualify under federal programs or even provincial streams, an investment of one or two years towards an international degree or work experience in these regions or communities can  

Other Strategic Options

Getting a post-graduation degree, gaining work experience in Canada through a work permit, improving one’s proficiency in English and French, or applying for a study permit in the country are some strategic options to boost the CRS score.

The ideal route to Canadian permanent residency is to identify the opportunity as early as possible, explore all available ways to have a high CRS score, and, finally, work with a reputed immigration professional with a thorough understanding of the various immigration pathways into Canada.

British Columbia issued new invitations for entrepreneurs

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On January 30, British Columbia held a new round of invitations to entrepreneurs under British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). In total, 19 invitations have been issued and a minimum score was 109 points.

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International tourism: Canada welcomes people from all over the world

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International tourism: Canada welcomes people from all over the world

With a record number of delegates, buyers and one-on-one meetings, Canada’s largest tourism event, Rendez-vous Canada (RVC), endorsed the industry in the country and made clear its commitment to increase international tourism. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, said that Canada is open to business and tourism, and welcomes people from all over the world. Jorge Morfin, Destination Canada’s representative in Mexico, said that thanks to the elimination of the visa, there has been a significant increase in the number of Mexicans visiting Canada. He said that growth expectations for this year in the Mexican market are 36% but could reach 50% given the good performance in recent months.

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Canadian post-secondary institutions may need to look for new student sources

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Canadian post-secondary institutions may need to look for new student sources

As Chinese international students have brought approximately $5 billion in economic benefits to Canada a year, Canadian post-secondary colleges and universities hope that the incoming of Chinese international students to Canada will not be affected by the current Canada-China relations. The figures show that Chinese international students make up approximately one-third of the total number of international students in Canada. In preparation for “rainy days”, the colleges and universities are taking precautionary measures in opening up new student sources. Association of Universities & Colleges of Canada President Paul Davidson said in an interview with Radio Canada International (RCI) that, as of now, there is no sign that the incoming of Chinese international students to Canada will be affected for the coming academic year. Davidson said that countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and some in Africa could be Canada’s future source countries for international students.

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A research project studying employment equity in immigrant communities has been announced

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A research project studying employment equity in immigrant communities has been announced

The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) is conducting a community-based research project funded by the United Way, titled “Research on employment equity for South Asian in immigrant communities in Toronto”. This initiative is a three-year community-based research study on the employment needs, barriers, and recommendations for employment equity for South Asian immigrant communities in Toronto. The study will aim to conduct a needs assessment to identify the needs and barriers of South Asian immigrant communities in Toronto in gaining meaningful employment. Once the study has concrete ideas of the needs and barriers, the second part of the study is to develop recommendations for public policy changes as well as recommendations for business process improvements to help meet the needs and alleviate the barriers faced by South Asian communities.

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The increasing number of Chinese international students in Canada

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The increasing number of Chinese international students in Canada

Canadian Association of Colleges and Universities President Paul Davidson said the number of Chinese international students will remain consistent for the following academic year. Chinese international students make up one-third of the total Canadian international student population. Junior high school international students and their families bring in $5 billion in annual revenue for Canada. If the number of Chinese international students’ changes, it may severely impact the financial situation of Canadian schools. As of August 2018, there are 570,000 international students residing in Canada. This number has increased by 60% compared to 3 years ago. The majority of these students have completed their high school studies in Canada and then apply for a study visa extension to complete post-secondary education. 67% of international students end up studying in Ontario and 21% in British Columbia.

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Cape Breton University on track to become Canada’s most diverse university

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Cape Breton University on track to become Canada’s most diverse university

According to Cape Breton University (CBU) student union’s multicultural hub, students from 96 countries now attend CBU and more than 100 different languages are spoken on campus. More than 500 new international students — the vast majority of them from India — enrolled at CBU this semester. Coming on the heels of more than 1,000 people who arrived from India in the fall, the latest batch of newcomers has boosted overall enrolment at CBU to 4,932 students — more than St. Francis Xavier University.

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British Columbia issued new invitations via Tech Pilot

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British Columbia issued new invitations via Tech Pilot

On January 9, 2019, the BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in the Tech Pilot program. The total number of invitations issued is 35. The lowest scores in the categories were:

  • Skilled Immigrant – Skilled Worker 85 
  • Skilled Immigrant – International Graduate 95 
  • Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 85 
  • Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 95 

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Canada has welcomed 58,600 Syrian refugees since 2015

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Canada has welcomed 58,600 Syrian refugees since 2015

IRCC announced on Twitter that since November 2015, Canada has welcomed 58,600 refugees from Syria. 57% of recently surveyed Syrian newcomers report being employed, while 23% are actively looking for work. This is a significant improvement from employment figures reported in 2016, shortly after the first Syrians arrived as part of this initiative. Many Syrians spoke little or no English or French when they arrived. Since then, 89% have had their language skills assessed and 76% participated in government-funded language training.

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