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Vancouversun.com: Ottawa doubles number of Irish workers allowed on two-year visas

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 The federal government has quietly doubled the number of Irish workers allowed to enter the country without the usual check to ensure Canadians aren’t being displaced. The International Experience Canada visa allows anyone aged 18-35 from 32 countries party to a bilateral youth exchange agreement with Canada to work in the country for up to two years without a Labour Market Opinion. Most participants come from Europe and Australia.


Under most worker immigration streams, employers are required to first post the job in Canada for a reasonable length of time. They must then submit proof they have done so to Employment and Social Development Canada, which assesses the impact hiring that worker would have on the Canadian labour market. A positive labour market opinion, or LMO, is required for most foreign workers before Citizenship and Immigration Canada will issue a visa.

The International Experience class is exempt from that requirement because it involves quotas based on reciprocal agreements with other countries. It is subdivided into working holiday, young professional and internship/co-op streams.

Macleans.ca: Feds missed chance for apprenticeships: critics

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 Stakeholders are disappointed that the Conservative government has declared its massive new federal-provincial infrastructure project open for business — with nary a mention of apprenticeships. Ottawa kicked off its $14-billion New Building Canada Fund late last month, part of the government’s 10-year, $53-billion plan to build new infrastructure across Canada.

The fund consists of $4 billion for projects of national significance, $9 billion for provincial and territorial initiatives and $1 billion for projects in small communities with populations of fewer than 100,000 people. But amid that infrastructure bonanza, there are no provisions for apprenticeships, a key plank of this year’s federal budget.

GFWAdvertiser.ca: Hope Brook put on hold

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 Coastal Gold has shelved a piece of work required for the start of a new gold mine at Hope Brook, near Burgeo. The junior mining company has halted its preliminary economic assessment (PEA) work in response to a low stock price and a general lack of investment, despite positive results in its efforts to prove up the available gold at site. The company had good results from exploratory drilling in recent years, adding to the proven resource, and also discovered that further gold could be recovered from tailings left from previous mining operations in the area.

VOCM.com: Negotiations Underway about Potential Mine at Julienne Lake

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 The potential of a new mine at Julienne Lake in Labrador is still some years away but talks are now ongoing to ensure the people of the province benefit from any development of the resource. Negotiations are underway between a consortium led by Altius Resources and the province to determine how to proceed with a benefits agreement. There's enough iron ore at Julienne Lake to operate for 25 years, producing an estimated 22 million tonnes annually.

UniversityAffiars.ca: Newfoundland pledges to eliminate student loans

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 The governments of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia announced changes recently to their student financial aid programs, with Newfoundland becoming the first province pledging to eliminate loans entirely in favour of non-repayable grants by next year.

 

The Newfoundland government, in its 2014 budget released in late March, set aside $14.7 million over two years to convert outstanding student loans to grants. The measure was cheered by student groups. Starting in August, the provincial portion of a student’s loans will decrease by $20 a week and the provincial grant will increase by the same amount. Loans are expected to be completely phased out by August 2015.

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