Canada's most Engaged Workplaces
World's Happiest Countries
Labour Market Opinions applications at Service Canada BC:
Work Permit renewals by mail:
Starting in 2013, the International Experience Class program for Irish youth is changing to one two-year work permits instead of the current policy of two one-year work permits. The number of spots in the program will increase starting in 2013 and be even higher in 2014.
CIC announced the citizens of St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland are now visa-required and must apply for temporary resident visas before coming to Canada.
Expected to come into effect in early 2013, temporary workers applying for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class program will see the Canadian work experience requirement reduced to 12 months instead of the current 24 months.
Expected to come into effect in early 2013, the Federal Skilled Worker Class will have its point system tweaked to favour younger immigrants, favour Canadian work experience, raise the language requirement bar, award points for spousal language abilities and work experience.
CIC announced new language requirements for permanent residents wishing to apply for Canadian citizenship. These new objective requirements are intended to take some of the subjectivity out of the language assessment process.
This CSLS study finds that Canadians are generally a happy bunch and are getting happier. The happiest provinces are Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dates: October 21 - 23, 2012
The annual CERC conference takes place in Ottawa, Ontario this year and examines a variety of topics relevant to relocation professionals.
Date: October 24, 2012
Hear from speakers about the action plan and have an opportunity to get involved in the discussion.
Date: October 31, 2012
The annual education conference for members and non-members of CAPIC to get refreshed and updated on the latest in immigration.
On hiatus until Summer 2013:
Thinkr, your relocation newsletter, will be taking a break. This is our last edition until Summer 2013. Breaking news will be posted on our Links page and we look forward to returning in 2013!
Business will continue on as usual at Think Relocation Consulting during this break.
Daily life is busy and sometimes a grind. We are so busy just existing that we often don't take the time to stop: Stop to make time for ourselves; stop to make time for family; stop to make time for friends. Often we're more connected to the people that are physically close (like our workmates) than we are with friends we've known since we were wee. An important part of our well being is to stay connected with the important people around us. It takes time and effort but hopefully your bond and enjoyment of each other's company make that effort worthwhile.
Next time you're thinking about someone, do something about it. Send an e-mail. Send a postcard. Pick up the phone. Even better, make a plan to get together and stick to it. It doesn't have to be fancy, just thoughtful. Good friends pick up where they left off quite easily and forgive easily. Chances are you're facing similar time challenges and everyone will be thankful you made the effort.