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Amazon Is Hiring 15,000 Workers in Canada; Hourly Rate is Starting at Up to $21.65

Amazon Canada is looking to hire 15,000 warehouse workers and to pay up to $21.65 an hour Canadian.

This is a big jump from $16 dollars they were paying just a week ago. All current workers will get a raise of between $1.60 to $2.20 an hour.

“We are growing very rapidly in the country. Our business is expanding a lot, and we want to continue to stay focused on our customers, so we obviously have needs around hiring and retaining top talent.”

Sumegha Kumar

Director of Customer fulfilment operations for Amazon Canada

Amazon Canada is currently employing around 25,000 employees across 46 warehouses in Canada. Amazon is growing rapidly in Canada. Just last year they only had 30 warehouses.

On top of amazing starting salaries – Amazon is also providing the following great benefits:

Health and Benefits

At Amazon, every full-time employee, regardless of their position, level or tenure, has access to the same benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Wages from $17 per hour to $21.65 per hour, with a $100 bonus for new and current employees who show proof of vaccination
  • Comprehensive health benefits starting on day one with no waiting period
  • RRSP matching
  • Stock units
  • Kids & Company special packages including a guaranteed spot at Kids & Company Child Care locations within six months of registration, a 10 per cent discount off monthly in-center tuition, waived registration fees, back-up care options and access to virtual workshops and events
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan provided by LifeWorks and available 24/7 to help Amazon employees and their family members feel supported, by phone, online, and in-person
  • Access to up-skilling training programs that meet employees where they are, through Amazon’s commitment to invest $75M to skills-train 100,000 Amazonians by 2025
  • Additional paid parental leave benefits for eligible employees

New Vaccine Passport in Canada

Canada has announced that they will introduce a vaccine passport starting in September 2021.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said that he is working with provinces in Canada to collect data on vaccines.

Vaccine Passport in Canada

The vaccine passport will include information whether you have received 2 doses of the vaccine, where you have received it, and on what date.

Most likely this vaccine passport will be launched around September / October 2021.

Some Twitter users were not so crazy about the idea of vaccine passport in Canada

Federal government will work with the provinces to collect the data. Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, has discussed the vaccine passport in Canada with Premiers nationwide, and they were all supportive of this initiative. You can also download a Covid19 vaccine app from the federal government’s website.

Feds will need to get all the data from the provinces and integrate it in their federal program. Feds have also indicated that provinces could use this passport as a domestic way to proof of vaccination.

Quebec has announced that they will require vaccine identification to access businesses such as gyms and restaurants. Provinces like Alberta and Ontario were 100% against the idea.

We’ve been very clear from the beginning that we will not facilitate or accept vaccine passports.

I believe they would in principle contravene the Health Information Act and also possibly the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Jason Kenney

Alberta Premier

Trudeau has said that it is up to provinces to integrate their vaccine passports if they so choose. He said he is happy with Quebec proceeding with an internal vaccine passport, but he said it was up to Alberta to make their own decision. He said that different provinces will be doing different things.

300 New Technology Jobs In Calgary

Royal Bank, RBC, is adding 300 new technology jobs in Calgary by creating a new innovation hub.

Calgary Innovation Hub, is set to be operational by September 2021, and the tech jobs in Calgary they are looking to fill are already posted on their website.

New Technology Jobs in Calgary Over 3 Years

According to their website, RBC will be hiring for technology roles over the next three years in high-demand areas such as artificial intelligence, data engineering, full stack agile software delivery, site reliability engineering, machine learning, data analytics and more.

Jeff Boyd, RBC regional president for Alberta and the Territories, that they love Calgary due to their amazing post secondary education facilities, and Calgary rapid tech hub growth.

In a recent report by CBRE, Calgary jumped six spots down to 28th spot of fastest growing IT markets.

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Calgary is moving up – fastest growth IT sector

Calgary tech work force has also added 18% IT workers and now is closer to 50,000 with an average salary of around $96,000.

This news comes among many other IT companies opening big hubs and hiring for technology jobs in Calgary.

U.S. Lawmakers set envious glances as talented immigrants move North to Canada

Immigrants who made their way to the United States to hone their rare crafts and make a living off of the skills they have to offer now see a brighter light from the North. As Canada makes its immigration policies more warm and welcoming, it sees an influx of skilled labour. 

It makes sense why an immigrant would wander off North. The U.S. has milked its American dream narrative for quite a while, but it’s becoming hard for immigrants to buy that as they struggle with the cold and complex immigration system. Many businesses that can see this talent slipping out of their hands pin the blame on politicians and their partisan policies. 

It was a group of lawmakers who brought attention to this issue when they held a congressional hearing titled “Oh, Canada! How Outdated U.S. Immigration Policies Push Top Talent to Other Countries.” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democratic lawmaker from California, also complained that Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton had surpassed her area in terms of tech employment growth.

Cause of Stalemate 

As fingers are pointed in the U.S. Congress, let’s take a step back and see why this problem continues to remain unresolved. 

For a plan to transform into reality, it must pass through both chambers of congress. To do that, a supermajority needs to be gathered. That’s the root of the conflict. On the one hand, Democrats want to shift priorities to offering past migrants citizenship. On the other hand, Republicans are expected by their voter base to clamp down on migration and block up the borders down south. 

Why the Canada way?

There is a critique of both the democratic narrative of offering citizenship and the Canadian methods. Republican Tom McClintock shares some interesting points here. 

He critiques democrats for favouring big corporations with this narrative and argues that it’s really the big corporations who want cheaper skilled labour. As for Canada, he shifts attention to the numbers game. McClintock argues that the U.S. was faring much better than Canada before the pandemic. Specifically, he draws attention to unemployment rates, worker salaries, and economic growth. 

The Witness Vision

At the said hearing, we got more perspective on the matter as witnesses were called to share their perspectives.

From figures showing how numbers of Indian students were surging in Canada while falling in America to statements undermining the U.S. immigration policies in comparison to Canadian policies, there was overall a sense of urgency and alarm.

Montreal reclaims reigns to economic success after Covid-19 as investments pool in

As the world steps out of its shell following waves of vaccination, Montreal is not taking a breather before getting back to work. Canada’s second-largest city saw a staggering $1.86 billion dollars in foreign investments in the first half of 2021. 

This investment boom can be attributed to many things and has far-reaching implications for the city’s job market. First of all, it’s essential to acknowledge that the pandemic didn’t create a miraculous fix to attract investments. It was quite the opposite. The lockdowns following the spread of the virus stopped Montreal’s economic boom in its path. So the developments taking place right now were due a hot second ago. 

One of the reasons can be traced to Quebec’s decision to seek out American investments. One notable achievement of this pursuit was when Microsoft decided to buy the Canadian tech startup, Maluuba back in 2017. That being said, the pandemic did have a role to play in boosting media, IT, and cybersecurity-based firms because more people started valuing these things as they shifted online. 

Montreal is making the most out of this opportunity as it snowballs on its success. Great things are coming their way. 

Companies in the city launched 40 new projects while creating 6,300 new jobs. France’s L’Oreal, a leading name in the global cosmetic industry, also launched a project in the city’s Saint-Laurent borough. The project involves an expansion in distribution centers, adding 20,000 storage capacity pallets. 

All this is excellent news for the people of Montreal who didn’t have smooth sailing through the pandemic. Being a central hub in the country and housing 8.6 million of its residents, the city was shaken more strongly by the virus than others in North America. Death and disease were no strangers to the people, forcing everyone to strict lockdowns. 

With doubling down efforts on vaccination, the city is currently in its transition from lockdowns to a new normal. A testament to the people’s strength, the city has shown an increase in employment compared to before the pandemic.

Canada’s first regulated custodian of crypto assets: The Calgary fintech startup Tetra Trust

As the world becomes increasingly open to the currency of the digital world, there’s good news for crypto enthusiasts in Canada. On July 5th, after over an 18 month-long period, a small financial technology startup based in Calgary got approval to provide custody services of cryptocurrency to its institutional investors. 

The decision by the Alberta government to approve custody services essentially made Tetra Trust the first Canada-based custodian. Tetra trust will now store the digital assets of investors, in a big win for Canadian crypto development. Tetra trust is spearheaded by Eric Richmond, who also happens to be the chief operating officer at Coinsquare (a trading platform set in Toronto).  

With this decision, Tetra closed up a number of financing rounds. While the company chose to keep the exact figures undisclosed, the amount is supported by Mogo Inc., Urbana Corp, and Caldwell growth opportunity firm. 

It’s vital to acknowledge the revolutionary nature of this decision. Government recognition and association with crypto storage is a tricky topic. A lot of this hesitation and skepticism stems from the fact that a large user-base of investors are inexperienced young people. The distrust over the crypto industry deepened in 2018 after the death of Gerald Cotten and the subsequent falling-out of the country’s largest crypto exchange: QuadrigaCX. This resulted in investors losing a net sum of 250 million dollars! So it’s not surprising why the government is reluctant to authorize and approve custody services. 

So what are Tetra’s plans with this approval going forward? According to Mr. Richmond, the startup doesn’t aim to get high-net-worth folks particularly. Instead, the focus for a client base will be shifted to family offices, mutual funds, and stock exchange. The clients seeking to use Tetra’s services will be expected to store 1 million dollars worth of currency at a fee that the startup hasn’t disclosed.

The other potential competition from within Calgary was Olympia financial group Inc. that backed out of its attempts of becoming a qualified custodian citing “internal risk.”

Mr. Richmond is aiming big with Tetra, hoping for the startup to have over a billion dollars in crypto assets under its managerial wing by the end of 2021.

Is ArriveCan accessible to Blind Canadians? CNIB says no

People with disabilities are often overseen by the authorities in power, which showed when the ArriveCan app was launched. This app plays an essential role in cross-country travel and border crossing. The app’s inability to cater to those with different needs sparks a larger conversation about due consideration and fair practices. 

It was Robert Fenton who raised concern when using the Apple voiceover screen reader on his Apple device. Fenton, a board member of the CNIB (short for the organizations’ previous name -Canadian National Institute for the Blind), says that the problem arose when he tried to get access to the app. The problem essentially blockades blind people from setting up their accounts because of the poorly designed verification system. Because the only path to entering the verification code for their email relies on the support of a sighted person, the app is inaccessible to blind people. 

The federal law enforcement agency has since acknowledged the issue and Jacqueline Callin, the spokeswoman of the Canadian Border Services Agency, issued an email apology for the matter as well. The email pointed out the gap between the newly added features in the app and that the team is working to resolve the issue. 

As an alternative, for the time being, authorities direct their differently-abled users towards the online route. Unlike the app, the online portal for ArriveCan overcomes the hurdle, allowing blind people to access their accounts without dependence on sighted individuals. 

This, of course, is not the first incident of its kind. In fact, according to Fenton, the same app had another bug that was only recently fixed. This issue was related to the privacy window that popped up each time the app was opened. This unfairly held blind and partially sighted people from proceeding to the next screen. 

These shortcomings on the part of the government aren’t in line with initiatives like the Accessible Canada Act from 2019, which set to eradicate barriers in departments under the federal jurisdiction. What makes this issue further heated is that it affects the mobility of blind athletes from Canada who seek to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.