If you don’t like this future, try Toronto!
CIC News carries a nice article today on how many Brits are looking towards Canada as the immigration destination of choice after the UK voted to leave the EU last week.
Some highlights of the article …
“As the results began to come in last week, and as it became clear that the ‘Leave’ option was edging out ‘Remain,’ Google reported an enormous spike in the UK for the search ‘move to Canada.'”
“Most new immigrants to Canada arrive under one of its many economic immigration programs. … There are programs for skilled workers at the federal level and in each of the provinces. A major advantage for English-speaking candidates is that English proficiency is deemed to be a highly desirable commodity for these programs, many of which are points-based, requiring candidates to reach a point threshold in order to become eligible.”
“Other options for working in Canada include being hired by a Canadian employer and obtaining a temporary work permit, or coming to Canada as an intra-company transferee. Many people who eventually settle in Canada permanently initially arrived with temporary work status.”
They even link to a handy free online assessment to find out if you are eligible for any of over 60 Canadian immigration programs.
The full article is here, highly recommended.
It’s a shit show
It was a long night fuelled by Horlicks and Jaffa Cakes that kept the Brits in Toronto crew going as the UK voted to leave the European Union.
We are stunned and think it is a huge mistake.
The fallout has already started, with stock markets and the value of the pound plummeting, a second Scottish independence vote already being called for and Prime Minister David Cameron to step down by October.
The world is in shock, the shit is hitting the fan and we have no idea what comes next. The plain uncertainty of how the future will unfold over the next few years is troubling and worrisome.
The vote was so close — 51.9% Leave, 48.1% Remain — that anyone who says, “The people have clearly spoken …” or words to that effect are wrong. A few percentage points is not “clear.”
Who will be the next Prime Minister? The future of jobs and the economy? Scotland … Wales … Northern Ireland splintering off? What immigration policies will be put in place? Travelling around Europe on an EU passport?
So many questions and too much to take in right now.
The Brexit vote is taking place right now … have your say in the media
CBC News Network wants to hear from Brits in Toronto about their views on Brexit. Details below …
From Cameron Perrier: “I’m a reporter with CBC News Network here in Toronto. We’re doing lots of coverage on the Brexit vote today, and wanted to tap into the expat community in Toronto.
“I was wondering if you — or anyone you know in the British expat community — would be willing to come onto our show to speak with one of our hosts?
“I can be reached at cameron DOT perrier AT cbc DOT ca or phone 416-205-3209.”
Good opportunity to have your say while the vote is still taking place!
Got a view (pro or con) about Brexit? Metro Morning wants to hear from you
A referendum is being held on Thursday, June 23 to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. It’s huge, and the opinions seem very divided either way.
British people love to have their say on the politics of the day, and CBC Radio’s Metro Morning is very keen to speak to some Brits in Toronto on Thursday morning’s show.
Joe Solway is a producer on the show and has asked us to refer possible guests and/or spread the word. We’re very happy to help do that, so please contact Joe ASAP if you are keen to offer an opinion.
E-mail joe DOT solway AT cbc DOT ca or phone him directly on 416-205-5706.
Time to vote: in or out?
A referendum is being held on Thursday, June 23 to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union.
The BBC has an excellent article that is designed to be an easy-to-understand guide to the process.
Whatever way you are leaning, if you can vote, do so.
Don’t miss your chance to have a say in how things are run back home
You may be a Brit in Toronto … but you probably also care about who is running the gaff back home. It’s a good idea to register soon to vote, the deadline is approaching.
Use this service to apply to register to vote or to:
– Update your name, address or other details on the electoral register
– Change your voting preferences, i.e. to vote in person or by post
– Change whether you’re on the open register
It usually takes about five minutes.
You may need the following, if you have them:
– Your National Insurance number
– Your passport if you’re a British citizen living abroad
– You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums
Register by April 18, 2016 to vote in the May 5, 2016 elections, or by June 7, 2016 to vote in the EU referendum on June 23, 2016.