Restaurante Cafune em Toronto

Restaurante Cafuné

Localizado no centro de Toronto, mais especificamente no Cabbagetown, o Restaurante Cafuné reúne culinária e cultura brasileira em um só lugar. O nome surgiu em um momento de inspiração.

O proprietário do restaurante, Vicente Gannam, mineiro de São Lourenço, disse que sempre teve muito carinho pela cultura brasileira. A ideia inicial do estabelecimento nasceu há 10 anos e aos poucos foi sendo amadurecida. O restaurante foi inaugurado em novembro do ano passado. “Toda vez que eu vou para o Brasil volto para cá e fico pensando que o Brasil tem muita coisa boa, como a comida e a cultura, e muita gente de fora do Brasil não sabe disso”.

Como forma de divulgar a cultura brasileira, são disponibilizados livros brasileiros traduzidos para o inglês. “Eu quero que as pessoas conheçam o que nós temos, quero dar esse primeiro contato com a literatura brasileira”, contou Gannam. Na biblioteca estão obras como Dom Casmurro, Tenda dos Milagres, Tieta e Dona Flor e seus dois maridos.

O restaurante também tem um espaço destinado às artes plásticas. Gannam trouxe do Brasil peças confeccionadas a partir de fibras naturais. O lugar ainda conta com um espaço para exposição dedicado aos artistas brasileiros que vivem em Toronto.

Quem sente saudade da comida de casa vai se sentir à vontade no Cafuné. Gannam comentou que o cardápio muda semanalmente, para criar mais variedade. Já estiveram no cardápio pratos como quiabo com carne, empadão de frango, croquete, polenta com queijo, moqueca de camarão, escondidinho de carne, quibe vegetariano, torta de abacaxi e bolo de coco. O cardápio também muda de acordo com as estações do ano. No da primavera estão sopas frias, açaí na tigela e mais opções de sanduíches.

Na quarta-feira, o prato do dia servido com sopa ou salada sai por $7,95. No jantar de quinta, sexta e sábado, o cliente pode optar pelo menu Pre-Fixe. O consumidor paga $19,95 e escolhe entre 3 opções de prato principal, acompanhamento, sobremesa, café ou chá.

Tapioca, pão de queijo, bauru, mandioquinha e café nunca faltam no Cafuné. Gannam contou que uma cliente elogiou a tapioca falando que o prato estava com “gosto de saudade”.

Gannam também comentou que o restaurante tem clientes tanto brasileiros quanto de outros países. Segundo ele, os brasileiros são maioria no final de semana. Durante a semana, no almoço, eles costumam receber mais clientes de outros países, e no jantar é praticamente a mesma proporção. O restaurante disponibiliza wi-fi gratuitamente.

  • Nome: Restaurante Cafuné

  • Endereço: 194A Carlton Street

  • Telefone: 647-748-7884

  • Website: www.cafune.ca

  • Twitter: www.twitter.com/CafuneTO

  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/cafuneTO

  • Horários e dias de funcionamento: Segunda e Terça das 9h às 17h; Quarta das 9h às 20h; Quinta e Sexta das 9h às 21h; Sábado das 10h às 21h; Domingo das 10h às 17h. Dine-in e take out.

  • Formas de pagamento: Cash, Mastercad, Visa, Débito e Crédito.

  • Como chegar: Descer na estação da College. Pegar o street car 506 (sentido leste) e descer na Ontario Street.

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CBSA investigating alleged immigration tax scam in Vancouver

CBSA investigating alleged immigration tax scam in Vancouver

The Canada Border Services Agency is investigating an alleged immigration scam in Vancouver that involved out-of-country employees paying their own salaries so they could maintain their Canadian residency status and qualify for tax benefits.

The alleged scam was revealed in a court ruling released Tuesday. The Canada Revenue Agency went to court seeking documents seized last year by the CBSA during raids of a local immigration consultant, Xun Wang, and two company offices in Vancouver and Richmond.

B.C. Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen granted the application by the CRA to gain access to the documents.

The court noted that under the alleged scheme, one of Wang’s corporations would “hire” a client, allowing the client to be classified as an employee of a Canadian corporation who worked outside Canada.

If this was accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the client would maintain permanent resident status without actually living in Canada for two of the past five years, as required, because employment by a Canadian corporation outside of Canada also counts towards the two-year requirement.

It is alleged the client would pay money to Wang’s corporations, which would use the money to pay the client’s “salary.”

The court documents say one of Wang’s corporations, acting as employer, allegedly would withhold source deductions — federal and provincial income taxes, employment insurance and Canada Pension — and the client would receive a “paycheque.”

The corporation allegedly would remit the source deductions to the CRA and issue T4 slips to the clients at the end of the year.

Clients would be paid between $14,000 and $30,000 a year, low enough to enable the taxpayer to receive a refund of most or all of the taxes remitted by the corporate employer.

In the court documents, the CRA also alleged the employees “may also be paid benefits such as working income tax benefit, GST credits, child credits, universal child care benefit and climate action rebates.”

The court ruling says the CBSA is investigating allegations that Wang, New Can Consultants (Canada) Ltd. and another company, 12 Wellong International Investments Ltd., violated the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act between Jan. 15, 2007 and Aug. 14, 2012.

The allegations have not been proven in court.

BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE IS THE BEST LANGUAGE

BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE IS THE BEST LANGUAGE

If you want a decent return on your investment, says Helen Joyce, the best language to learn is Brazilian Portuguese…

Some lunatics learn languages for fun. The rest of us are looking for a decent return on our investment. That means choosing a language with plenty of native speakers. One spoken by people worth talking to, in a place worth visiting. One with close relatives, so you have a head start with your third language. One not so distant from English that you give up.

There really is only one rational choice: Brazilian Portuguese. Brazil is big (190m residents; half a continent). Its economic prospects are bright. São Paulo is Latin America’s business capital. No other country has flora and fauna more varied and beautiful. It is home to the world’s largest standing forest, the Amazon. The weather is great and so are the beaches. The people are friendly, and shameless white liars. You’ll be told “Your Portuguese is wonderful!” many times before it is true.

You won’t need a new alphabet or much new grammar, though you may find the language addicted to declensions and unduly fond of the subjunctive. You’ll learn hundreds of words without effort (azul means blue, verde means green) and be able to guess entire sentences (O sistema bancário é muito forte: the banking system is very strong). With new pronunciation and a few new words you’ll get around in Portugal and parts of Africa. If you speak Spanish, French or Italian, you’ll find half the work is already done — and if not, why not try? With Portuguese under your belt you’ll fly along.

Best of all, you’ll stand out. Only about 10m Brazilians have reasonable English, and far more Anglophones speak French or Spanish than Portuguese, of any flavour. I did not choose this language; it was thrust on me by the offer of a job in São Paulo. But when I think of my sons, now ten and five, one day being able to write “fluent Brazilian Portuguese” on their CVs, I feel a little smug.

Helen Joyce is The Economist’s São Paulo correspondent

Which do you think is the best language to learn? Have your say by voting in our online poll

Editor’s note: Thanks to our ever-alert readers—the first was Caio Capelari—for pointing out that the original illustration for this article featured a Portuguese newspaper and not a Brazilian one. We do appreciate that an ocean separates the newsstands of Rio from those in Lisbon. And thanks to Andrew Stickland for sending a new image from São Paulo this morning.

 

Os primeiros passos do imigrante recém-chegado ao Canada

Os primeiros passos do imigrante recém-chegado

 

Quando a gente decide morar em outro país, leva em consideração vários fatores como violência e criminalidade, corrupção e impunidade, situação econômica e distribuição de renda e saúde pública. Decidir deixar o Brasil para viver no Canadá levou em conta tudo isso. Acredito que a maioria das pessoas pense exatamente sobre esses aspectos quando decide deixar seu país e imigrar.

Violência e criminalidade acontecem, sim, no Canadá, mas, sob o ponto de vista paulistano, acontecem em volumes e proporções risíveis. Não me lembro de ter ouvido e/ou visto algo sobre assaltos e latrocínios em Toronto – apesar de estar ciente de que ocorram. É saber que o perigo é tão menor que faz com que possamos andar pelas ruas da cidade, pegar transporte público ou parar o carro num cruzamento deserto no meio da madrugada com muito mais tranquilidade. Realmente é uma sensação libertadora.

Mas nem tudo são flores, e a não ser que se tenha a vida ganha, é preciso encontrar uma forma de ganhar a vida por aqui. Em geral toda a experiência e peso que nosso passado profissional tinha no Brasil não conta tanto por aqui. Então é começar a procurar emprego… mas do jeito canadense!

Primeiro passo para o novo imigrante, por aqui chamado de newcomer, é se registrar junto a um escritório de recém-chegados, os famosos settlement offices. Há uma infinidade deles, mas eu acabei me registrando junto à YMCA. Eles dão orientação sobre tudo o que o recém-chegado precisa saber e fazer para começar a vida por aqui. Indicam onde e como fazer o SIN, que é o seguro social, o OHIP, que é o plano de saúde da província de Ontário, e até mesmo um teste de nível de inglês para que se possa estudar o idioma – com custos cobertos integralmente pelo governo.

Uma vez “estabelecido”, o newcomer começa a buscar seu primeiro emprego. E, para isso, se registra junto a um escritório de orientação e recolocação profissional, ou osemployment offices. Alguns são maiores que outros, mas o importante é se registrar junto aos que são credenciados pelo governo, assim o recém-chegado não precisa pagar por esse auxílio. Confesso que ainda não dei esse passo, mas estou me programando, afinal, eles oferecem avaliação gratuita de currículo, programa de aconselhamento – oumentoring, e treinamento para entrevista de emprego. Eu acabei baixando um modelo de currículo canadense pela internet e enviando para alguns lugares. O resultado ainda não foi muito frutífero, então recomendo passar pelo employment office para dar uma turbinada na procura.

 

Canadian Immigration calls for tighter rules, higher standards for foreign workers

Canada Immigration Minister Jason Kenney calls for tighter rules, higher standards for foreign workers

By admitting too many foreign workers who can’t meet Canadian standards, the government has been part of an underemployment problem, says the federal immigration minister.

But in launching new reforms to what has become a “dysfunctional” system, Jason Kenney says help is on the way.

On May 4, his department will require foreign applicants to include an assessment of their education to measure whether their degrees and diplomas are relevant to or close to the Canadian standard.

Speaking to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta at a luncheon Saturday, Kenney said too often professionally trained people are welcomed into Canada only to get stuck in “survival jobs” and become unemployed or underemployed.

We, the federal government, have been part of the problem because for too long we have admitted too many foreign trained engineers who were not actually at or close to the Canadian standard,” he said.

And we weren’t doing them any favours because they had to go back to square one in terms of their education.”

An improved federal skilled worker program will allow the department to be truthful with the applicants about their chances, respond to them in a reasonable time and give them pointers, he added.

Kenney said the rate of unemployment for immigrants with university education is four times higher than for people born in Canada with university degrees.

He said Canadians have been told immigrants are needed to help address the aging population and shrinking workforce.

And yet we have been bringing in newcomers, too many of them, to face unemployment or underemployment in an economy with skill labour shortages — this makes absolutely no sense,” he said.

Our immigration system, thanks to political neglect, thanks to politicians who are unwilling to take risks to fix the problems of the system, became dysfunctional.”

He said the changes to better control the intake of applications are to help move from a slower, passive system to a faster, more flexible one like that of New Zealand and Australia.

As many as one million people were waiting in backlog for up to seven or eight years for Kenney’s department just to look at their application, due to the fact twice as many were being taken in than there were positions available, he said.

That was just frankly dumb,” he said.

So what we’re trying to do is compete with countries like Australia and New Zealand … by better controlling the intake of applications, making sure those people are actually qualified to work in Canada at their skill level and that they are able to come in a few months.”

For help in filing your application contact me at nlisboa@brxgroup.ca or call 416-560-1464 (Toronto) in São Paulo (11) 4040-4423 (Brasil). Visit our page on facebook and follow us https://www.facebook.com/InvestorServicesAndImmigration.

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List of Federal Skilled Worker Program Released

List of Priority Occupations and Organizations Designated to Conduct Educational Credential Assessments for Federal Skilled Worker Program Released

The list of 24 occupations that are eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) when it re-opens on May 4, 2013 was released today.

  • 0211 Engineering managers

  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts

  • 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers

  • 2131 Civil engineers

  • 2132 Mechanical engineers

  • 2134 Chemical engineers

  • 2143 Mining engineers

  • 2144 Geological engineers

  • 2145 Petroleum engineers

  • 2146 Aerospace engineers

  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)

  • 2154 Land surveyors

  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers

  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

  • 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

  • 3142 Physiotherapists

  • 3143 Occupational Therapists

  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists

  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists

  • 3216 Medical sonographers

  • 3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

In addition, four organizations have been designated to provide the now-required independent third party assessments of foreign educational credentials for applicants who studied outside of Canada. These assessments, which must be completed before an application is submitted, are aimed at helping newcomers through the FSWP to get off to a better start and into the Canadian labour force more quickly when they arrive.

The government’s focus remains on jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Kenney. “Under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canada will be able to attract the skilled immigrants our economy requires, who are the most likely to succeed and contribute their full skill set to the Canadian economy.

With the re-opening date approaching, future applicants should be aware of several key elements that will have an effect on the application process:

  • A new eligible occupations list, with a total of 24 occupations;

  • An overall cap of 5,000 new applications for all eligible occupations, including a sub-cap of 300 new applications for each eligible occupation;

  • Four organizations have been designated to conduct educational credential assessments (mandatory for applicants submitting foreign educational credentials); and

  • Applicants must show proof that they meet the minimum threshold of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in all four language skill areas: speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension.

As a result of the actions taken by the Government to deal with the massive backlogs and unacceptably long wait times, FSW applications will be processed in approximately one year,” said Minister Kenney. “We will not be able to remain competitive and attract the skilled immigrants we need if we allow backlogs and wait times to grow again. That’s why we are capping application intake and focusing on specific occupations that are experiencing labour shortages in Canada. This will also help us transition nicely into the just-in-time immigration system of the future.

Applications under the new FSWP will be accepted starting May 4, 2013. Until then, however, the FSWP application process does not change – only individuals with qualifying job offers or those applying under the PhD stream are eligible for processing.

All applicants who are considering applying on or after May 4 are invited to consult the Backgrounder. It outlines some of the steps that can be taken now to prepare and includes the eligible occupations list and the organizations designated to conduct educational credential assessments.

For help in filing your application contact me at nlisboa@brxgroup.ca or call 416-560-1464 (Toronto) in São Paulo (11) 4040-4423 (Brasil). Visit our page on facebook and follow us https://www.facebook.com/InvestorServicesAndImmigration.

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Imigração Canadense reabre o Programa Federal Skilled Worker

Imigração Canadense reabre o Programa Federal Skilled Worker

O Programa Federal Skilled Worker (FSWP) seleciona imigrantes com base em sua capacidade profissional em obter sucesso econômico no Canadá. Depois de atender aos requisitos de elegibilidade, os candidatos são avaliados de acordo com os critérios de selecção, também conhecido como o points grid. O total são 100 pontos, distribuídos em habilidades linguísticas oficiais, idade, escolaridade, experiência profissional, emprego já arranjado no Canadá e adaptabilidade. A marca de aprovação atual é de 67.

Depois de uma revisão minuciosa, uma ampla avaliação do programa entre as partes interessadas, além de consultas públicas e pesquisa das melhores práticas em outros países que recebem imigrantes, melhorias no FSWP foram anunciados em dezembro de 2012, que entrão em vigor no próximo dia 4 de maio de 2013.

O programa estava congelado desde 1 º de julho de 2012, onde não foram mais aceitas, exceto para aqueles com uma oferta de emprego de qualificação e aqueles que completaram um programa de doutorado no Canadá. O programa será restabelecido em 4 de maio de 2013.

O CIC somente irá aceitar candidaturas para as 24 ocupações elegíveis em 04 de maio de 2013, até lá os candidatos já podem começar a se preparar, como: Testes de linguagem e avaliação de credenciais de ensino estrangeiras (validação de diploma). O processo de candidatura completo, com os novos critérios de seleção, estará disponível no site da CIC somente em 04 de maio de 2013.

Todas as pessoas que estão pensando em aplicar a partir de 04 de maio devem estar cientes que, se a sua aplicação não atender aos novos critérios, ele não será processado. O potencial requerente deve garantir que ele cumpra, pelo menos, um dos seguintes requisitos:

  • Pelo menos um ano de experiência de trabalho contínuo em uma das 24 ocupações elegíveis;

  • Possuir uma oferta de trabalho (Arranged Employment);

  • Ou que tenha completado o programa de PHd no Canadá;

Além de atender pelo menos um dos requisitos acima, o candidato deve atender ao limite mínimo de proficiência e obter a avaliação credencial educacional (validação de diploma).

Lista de Ocupações Disponíveis

O fluxo de profissões elegíveis terão um limite máximo global de 5.000 novas aplicações e sub-caps de 300 aplicações em cada uma das 24 ocupações da lista.

Ocupações elegíveis (com seu correspondente Código Nacional de Classificação de Ocupação de 2011):

  • 0211 Engineering managers

  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts

  • 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers

  • 2131 Civil engineers

  • 2132 Mechanical engineers

  • 2134 Chemical engineers

  • 2143 Mining engineers

  • 2144 Geological engineers

  • 2145 Petroleum engineers

  • 2146 Aerospace engineers

  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)

  • 2154 Land surveyors

  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers

  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

  • 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

  • 3142 Physiotherapists

  • 3143 Occupational Therapists

  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists

  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists

  • 3216 Medical sonographers

  • 3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

Proficiência nas Línguas Oficiais do País

Todos os candidatos interassados em aplicar para o FSWP devem, primeiro, determinar se satisfazem o novo limite mínimo de proficiência:Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 ou Niveaux de compétence linguistique Canadiens (NCLC) 7, em todas as quatro habilidades (ouvir, falar, ler e escrever). Para comprovar proficiência na língua, o candidato deve fazer um teste de idioma a partir de uma organização designada pelo Ministro e apresentar o seu relatório de ensaio, juntamente com a sua aplicação à CIC.

Os resultados dos testes de idioma serão aceitos pela CIC por até dois anos a partir da data em que foram emitidos pela organização designada.

CIC- Organizações de teste de idioma designado incluem: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), English Language Testing System International (IELTS), e Teste d’Evaluation de Français (TEF).

Cada teste possui uma pontuação. Aqui estão as pontuações: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 ou Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens (NCLC) 7 ou superior:

Inglês

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

O candidato ao FSWP deve atingir pelo menos 4L no teste, em cada uma das quatro habilidades para atingir o limite mínimo de linguagem.

A pontuação de 4L no teste CELPIP-Geral corresponde a CLB 7. A pontuação de 4H corresponde a CLB 8, e uma pontuação de 5 ou mais corresponde a CLB 9 ou superior.

English Language Testing System International (IELTS)

O candidato ao FSWP deve marcar pelo menos 6,0 no teste IELTS, em cada uma das quatro habilidades para atender o limite mínimo linguagem de CLB 7.

Francês

Teste d’Evaluation de Français (TEF)

O candidato ao FSWP deve marcar pelo menos 206 em leitura, 248 em ouvir, e 309, na falar e escrita sobre o TEF, para atender ao limite mínimo de linguagem de NCLC 7.

Emprego Arranjado (Arranged Employment)

Anteriormente, os empregadores realizavam a solicitação do Arranged Employment Opinion(AEO) ao Departamento de Human Resources Skills Development Canada quando eles tinham o interesse em contratar um estrangeiro por um período indeterminado e apoiar a candidatura de seu empregado para a residência permanente por meio do FSWP.

A partir do dia 04 de maio de 2013, CIC deixará de aceitar AEOs em apoio à um pedido FSWP. Em vez disso, será feito por meio de Labour Market Opinion.

Avaliação Credencial Educacional (ECA)

Outra importante mudança que entra em vigor em 4 de maio de 2013, é a introdução da Avaliação Credencial Educacional (ECA). Os candidatos em potencial podem iniciar o processo de obtenção de uma ECA antes de 04 de maio, caso eles estejam planejando apresentar esta.

Os candidatos que têm credenciais educacionais canadenses não precisam obter um ECA, a menos que eles também apresentem uma credencial de ensino estrangeiro em apoio do seu pedido.

O ECA vai ajudar a determinar se a credencial de ensino estrangeiro é autêntico e equivalente a uma credencial concluída no Canadá. Para os potenciais candidatos, o ECA pode proporcionar uma compreensão real de como as suas credenciais de ensino estrangeiras deverão ser reconhecidos no Canadá.

A partir de 17 de abril de 2013, quatro organizações foram designados pelo Ministro de fornecer relatórios ECA para fins de imigração para o Canadá sob o FSWP. Outras organizações podem ser designadas pelo CIC no futuro.

As organizações designadas são:

O Conselho de Medicina do Canadá foi designado apenas para os principais candidatos que pretendem aplicar como médico especialista (2011 Classificação Nacional Ocupação código [NOC] 3111) ou médico/médico de família em geral (2011 Código NOC 3112) como sua principal ocupação na aplicação do FSWP. Os código NOC 3111/3112 não estão na lista de profissões elegíveis que entra em vigor neste 4 de maio, por isso só afetará os candidatos sob o fluxo de PhD ou com uma oferta de emprego de qualificação com base nesses códigos NOC.

Os candidatos devem contactar as organizações designadas diretamente para mais informações sobre os requisitos de documentação, tempos e taxas de processamento.

O CIC só aceitará relatórios ECA emitidas após a data em que a organização foi autorizada pelo CIC a fornecer relatórios do ECA para fins de imigração (ou seja, 17 de abril de 2013). Um relatório do ECA será válido para fins de imigração por 5 anos, a partir da data em que foi emitido pelo organismo designado.

Se você gostaria de ter uma avaliação preliminar do seu caso, entre em contato com Nelson Lisboa, e-mail nlisboa@brxgroup.ca ou ligue para 416-560-1464 (Toronto) e (11) 4040-4423 (Brasil). Representamos clientes em todo o Canadá e internacionalmente, Visite e clique em curtir na nossa página no Facebook https://www.facebook.com/InvestorServicesAndImmigration.

Até Breve.

Proving Language Proficiency for Canadian Immigration in 2013

Proving Language Proficiency for Canadian Immigration in 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has stated that the ability to communicate in one or both of Canada’s two official languages is key to finding employment in the country. To help ensure that prospective immigrants arrive in Canada with the language skills needed to succeed, many Canadian immigration programs require that applicants prove their ability to communicate in French or English by submitting standardized test scores.

In 2013, a number of popular immigration programs will require proof of language proficiency. Amongst them are:

  1. The Federal Skilled Worker Program;

  2. The Federal Skilled Trades Program;

  3. Provincial Nominee Programs;

  4. The Canadian Experience Class;

  5. Assessing Proficiency.

English and French language proficiency, for immigration purposes, is assessed according to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) system. The CLB system ranks language proficiency separately for each of the four language skills, namely: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

CLB levels range from 1 to 12. Levels 1-4 are considered a ‘basic level of proficiency’; 5-8 are considered ‘intermediate’; and 9-12 are considered ‘advanced’.

Language Tests and Equivalencies

An individual’s proficiency is determined using results from a test issued by a designated organization. At present, the designated testing organizations are as follows:

  1. English: There are two designated organizations for English language testing:

    1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS),

    2. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

      1. CELPIP tests may only be taken within Canada, whereas IELTS tests are held in various locations around the world, including Canada.

  2. French: The only accepted French-language test for the Federal programs is the Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF).

Equivalencies with CLB benchmarks for the three designated tests above are determined as follows:

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS);

  2. Canadian English Level Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP);

  3. Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF);

Individuals with knowledge of both English and French may choose to test in one or both languages. For many programs, additional points will be awarded for knowledge of a second official Canadian language.

Regardless of the language they choose, immigrants who arrive in Canada with sufficient language skills will find themselves well placed to take advantage of all the opportunities their new home has to offer.

To find out if you are eligible for one of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please contact me at nlisboa@brxgroup.ca or call 416-560-1464 (Toronto) in São Paulo (11) 4040-4423 (Brasil). Visit our page on facebook and follow us https://www.facebook.com/InvestorServicesAndImmigration.

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Fake jobs allegedly created for foreigners lead to an investigation in a Vancouver firm for immigration fraud.

Fake jobs allegedly created for foreigners lead to an investigation in a Vancouver firm for immigration fraud.

A Vancouver immigration consulting firm is alleged to have created fake jobs for foreigners to help them gain permanent resident status, a B.C. Supreme Court ruling reveals.

The Canada Border Service Agency executed search warrants in October, 2012 on the Richmond home of Xun Wang, his Vancouver-based business called New Can Consultants and his Richmond-based business, called 12 Wellong International Investments. Ltd.

The Canada Revenue Agency then went to court seeking the documents seized last year by the CBSA.

The April 8 court decision reveals that between Jan. 15, 2007 and Aug. 14, 2012 Wang, New Can and Wellong are alleged to have improperly provided immigration consulting services.

These allegations involve, among other things, misrepresentations as to the employment status of New Can and Wellong clients so they could maintain their residency status in Canada,” the court decision states.

Ninety boxes of documents and 18 computers were seized after investigators with the CBSA executed search warrants under the Criminal Code and for alleged violations of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, an investigator with the Canada Revenue Agency told Judge A.F. Cullen.

She told Cullen that one of Wang’s corporations would “hire” a client so the client would appear to be an employee of a Canadian corporation working outside of Canada.

If Citizenship and Immigration Canada accepted this representation, the client could maintain permanent resident status without living in Canada for two of the past five years, as required, because employment by a Canadian corporation outside of Canada counts towards the two-year requirement.

The client would allegedly pay Wang or his corporations and this money would then be used to pay the client’s “salary.”

During that time period Wang reported taxable income averaging $14,337 and between 1997 and 2011 the T4 slips issued to employees of New Can and Wellong showed salaries to employees in the $15,000 to $30,000 range: “low enough to enable the taxpayer to receive a refund of most or all of the taxes remitted by the corporate employer.”

The Canada Revenue investigator stated the CRA has an interest in the seized material because it could show the filing of false T1 and T2 corporate income tax returns and possible fraud under the Criminal Code.

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Canadian Budget Reveals Upcoming Immigration Changes

Canadian Budget Reveals Upcoming Immigration Changes

Last Thursday, the Canadian government released the ‘Economic Action Plan’, its budget for 2013. This plan includes a number of immigration measures to be implemented in this fiscal year and beyond. Most notably, the government has announced its intention to enact significant reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker program, in addition to a number of international initiatives outlined throughout the document.

The following is a summary of the budget’s notable immigration-related announcements:

Reforming the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Last year, approximately 200,000 temporary foreign workers came to Canada to perform work in a range of key fields. More than ever, the country is in need of foreign workers to offset labour shortages in key industries such as healthcare, natural resources, and information technology.

The government cites industry statistics to demonstrate Canada’s need for qualified workers. For instance, ‘the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Council declares that by 2016 Canadian employers will need to hire some 106,000 ICT workers – over 17,000 per year.’ Additionally, ‘the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council forecasts that Canada faces a shortage of 357,000 workers in the supply chain sector […] between now and 2020.’

While acknowledging shortages, the Government of Canada wishes nonetheless to ensure that Canadian citizens and permanent residents are first in line for Canadian job opportunities. To make sure that these individuals receive priority, a number of reforms will be made to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. While further details will be outlined in the coming months, the government announced in the budget that it would take the following measures:

  1. Work with employers to ensure that temporary foreign workers are relied upon only when Canadians genuinely cannot fill jobs.

  2. Increase the recruitment efforts that employers must make to hire Canadians before they will be eligible to apply for temporary foreign workers, including increasing the length and reach of advertising

  3. At present, employers usually need to advertise for a job in Canada for a minimum of two weeks.

  4. Assist employers who legitimately rely on temporary foreign workers, due to a lack of qualified Canadian applicants, find ways to ensure that they have a play to transition to a Canadian workforce over time.

  5. Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to restrict the identification of non-official languages as job requirements when hiring through the Temporary Foreign Worker process.

  6. Introduce user fees for employers applying for a Labour Market Opinion

  7. Currently, there is no fee to apply for a Labour Market Opinion

Business Immigration Program

Many Business Immigration program streams, such as the Federal Investor Class, have been temporarily closed to new applications. However, the government has now announced its intention to ‘look at creating an Immigrant Investor pilot program to test a new approach to attracting immigrant investors’, signalling that perhaps the doors will be reopened to new investors.

In addition, it has been re-confirmed that a new pilot program for Entrepreneur Start-Up Visas will be opening on April 1st, 2013. Further details on the program have yet to be announced.

Citizenship Program

Newcomers to Canada who become Canadian citizens will see enhanced support for processing of applications. The government has proposed $44 million in funding for these efforts over the next two years.

For this program, the government has proposed to allow the Immigration Minister to set fees ‘in a timely and efficient manner’.

International Education

Home to some of the world’s best schools, Canada is poised to maintain its status as a leader in global education. In 2010, international students poured over $7.7 billion into Canada’s economy. International graduates are also a valuable asset to Canada’s labour force, as many remain in the country as foreign workers on temporary or permanent bases.

To support international students, the Canadian government is pledging $10 million to promote Canadian education internationally. Additionally, a portion of the $42 million pledged to support processing of temporary resident applications will be specifically allocated to study permit applicants.

The Canadian budget does not elaborate on specific programming details. Rather, it is intended to outline the government’s plans for the upcoming year. The budget has been brought before Canadian Parliament, and is currently pending approval. If all immigration measures in the plan are approved, Canada will continue to expand its commitment to helping newcomers receive the very best support before and after their arrival in the country.

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