Brampton, Ontario (PRWEB) October 19, 2012
It is no secret that Canada is facing looming shortages of skilled manpower. The shortages are spawned by a variety of factors like increased demand due to economic expansion, aging population and lower population growth.
The demand for manpower is increasing due to expansion in economic activities in most provinces of Canada, but especially more so in Central (Manitoba, Saskatchewan) and Western Canada (Alberta). It is estimated that by 2025, the no. of additional workers required in Alberta would be 332,000. During the same time-frame, Manitoba & Saskatchewan will need additional 220,000 workers. An aging population (median age nearing 40) and lower population growth (1.6 children, down from 2.4) are not helping.
Many businesses in these provinces are facing severe manpower crunch. Skilled manpower from other parts of Canada are shifting to those provinces for better economic prospects. However, even this is not enough and hence, businesses have been forced to source their manpower from overseas.
The Government of Canada and provincial governments have introduced various initiatives to allow local businesses to easily recruit foreign workers. In addition to the employment authorization-based initiatives, there are provincial programs that facilitate employees in groups of high-demand occupations to easily come and work in the province.
Most of these positions are filled through International Recruiters, that specialize in particular industries/ occupations. The recruiters work in a tightly regulated environment, and facilitate selection of qualified manpower from various source countries.
However, pursuant to recent legislative changes, the International recruiters are not authorized to provide immigration advice and assistance to these recruited workers, and may face severe penalties from their regulators and government, should they do so. The legislative change under reference is Bill C-35, that became law on June 30, 2011. The law places severe restrictions on who can provide immigration advice, and has provisions for severe penalties, including jail time for unauthorized immigration advice. The law allows only Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC), lawyers and a restricted group of paralegals to provide these services (classified as 'Authorised Representative' by CIC) and prohibits any other individual from doing so. The latter group includes Educational Agents, Travel agents and recruiters.
The initiative by Transcend is geared to step into this void, and ensure that the Recruiters continue to provide the excellent services to their clients within the regulatory and legal framework. As Immigration Consultants, Transcend Consultants is licensed federally to legally facilitate the entry of foreigners into Canada. Transcend intends to take over the job where the Recruiters' role terminates and hand over once the immigration services are completed.
RCIC operate within the International recruiting continuum, and can play a vital role therein. We are regulated by the federally incorporated Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). They must clear strict entry requirements (knowledge, language tests, criminal and financial criteria, etc.) and follow Code of Professional Ethics and Rules of their regulator. We are required to undergo mandatory professional development and practice management training from time to time, to ensure that we remain competent to provide immigration advice based on the latest immigration law and rules. Thus, RCICs operate in a regulated profession which complements that of the Recruiters, and are well-placed to act as the immigration resource in the International recruiting continuum.
International Recruiters, working independent of an Authorised Representative are welcome to work with Transcend, as we expand this initiative in coming weeks and months.
Transcend Consultants is a full-service Canadian Immigration Consultancy firm, operating from Brampton, Ontario and serving clients globally. Their practice areas cover economic and family immigration programs, and focuses on immigration for business or investment purposes. Their principal consultant, Deepak Kohli, a management graduate with training and wide ranging experience in various Canadian immigration programs fuses his experience with a variety of industries for successful immigration outcomes.
Deepak Kohli, President of Transcend Consultants is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) practicing since last 10 years.
RCIC- the mark of a trained, tested and insured professional immigration consultant, regulated by ICCRC.
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