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OTTAWA, Aug. 13, 2018 /CNW/ -   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken great strides towards improving its clients' service experience. A reduction in backlogs and processing times is a cornerstone of that work. Today the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, highlighted some of the substantial improvements that IRCC has made over the past year. ...
A recent study by jobs review website Glassdoor.com reveals that a handful of entry-level jobs in retail are seeing solid gains in hourly wages. The latest  Local Pay Reports , released July 30, found that despite weak retail hiring in recent months, pay in July was up by 5.4 percent for retail cashiers, to $28,145 per year, compared to the previous month. “This,” surmised the...
First, I begin by acknowledging that P.E.I. is on unceded Mi'kmaq territory. They've settled on and solely owned these lands for at least 10,000 years. Hundreds of years on in the 16th century, newcomers arrived from Europe and settled in P.E.I. Fast forward a few more centuries and people from all over the world are also now choosing to make P.E.I. their home. Now that you're here, welcome to your new Island home!...
Toronto remains North America’s fastest-growing technology market, while Ottawa has the largest concentration of tech talent, according to  CBRE ’s annual  “Scoring Tech Talent” report .  “Relative to the U.S., Canada is a cost-effective place for technology companies to operate,” said CBRE Canada executive managing director Paul Morassutti, who noted the low value of the Canadian dollar...
A robust economy and stock market are invigorating consumers’ wallets. Supported by an even stronger economy south of the border, retail in Canada has maintained its uptrend while digesting disruptive technological change. “Retail has never been in trouble in the last few years,” said business expert  Mark Satov , founder of Satov Consultants, in an interview. Retail’s black eyes mainly stemmed from brick and...
Canadian businesses are having a historically hard time finding employees, and the good news for workers is that pay is likely headed up. The latest Help Wanted Report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) showed Canada's job vacancy rate hit 3.1 per cent in the April-to-June quarter this year, the highest rate since the CFIB started tracking this data in 2004. This means that for every 100 jobs in the country,...
Let’s be honest: Writing a resume is a drag. After all, this isn’t exactly a task for the gainfully employed. If you’re reading this, you’re probably out of work or daydreaming of greener pastures. But here’s the good news: Learning how to write a killer resume can  ratchet up your job search , cement your status as a top notch candidate, and increase your chances of landing a new gig. In other words,...
Interviews can be incredibly nerve-racking, especially when you don't know what to expect.  Don't accidentally mess up your next one by coming unprepared,  or making another small, avoidable mistake. The good news is that there are certain things you can do to look really professional in your next job interview.  And when you look professional, you feel professional--giving you the edge you need to perform your...
The Canadian subsidiary of HSBC Holdings PLC is looking at plunging even deeper into Canada’s retail banking scene following its successful blitz on the mortgage market. HSBC Bank Canada, the country’s seventh-largest lender, has historically drawn the largest share of its profit from its commercial business. The bank has, however, ratcheted up its retail ambitions over the past 18 months, as demonstrated by its undercutting of...
If you are new to Canada, one of the first things you will likely do is make sure your finances are in order and on track for future living expenses. An important first step is familiarizing yourself with how things work in your new country. Building a trusted network to help you navigate and understand common questions including finances can help you get established faster. Banking may seem overwhelming at first. Here are a few tips to...
One of my goals as president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) is to promote education and career opportunities in the retail automobile industry. As past chair of the TADA’s Education Committee, I have had the privilege of participating in the planning and strategizing about many education initiatives to promote our industry to youth and millennials. A myth persists that we are only about changing...
How long does it take Canadians to get hired for a new job? On average it takes 16 weeks, an in-depth job market study by the team at Workopolis found.  Here’s a look at what goes on during those four months and how you can reduce the time it takes to get hired for your next job. The job hunt is no easy feat and employers understand that, but you shouldn’t let your high-level candidacy be spoiled by an email sent...