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QUEBEC TO LAUNCH CONSULTATION ON IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

January 14, 2015

The provincial government is getting ready to launch a consultation later this month, asking Quebecers what they think about immigration, diversity and inclusion. The measure comes as the government prepares to overhaul its immigration policy. * Quebec population growth slows due to fewer immigrants * ‘Recession-like’ migration from Quebec highest in over a decade Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil says one of the biggest challenges that new Quebecers face is finding a job. “Integration into the workforce, recognition of professional competencies — that is always the number one issue and it is the number one issue that we want to address,” Weil told CBC in an exclusive interview. She also said it will be a priority for the province to recognize foreign credentials. “It remains a huge frustration for people who come from other countries with quality baggage and we have to find way a for people to contribute.” Weil says if new immigrants can’t find work, they feel shut out... Read More

EDITORIAL: UPHOLDING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN FACE OF OFFENSIVE SPEECH

January 14, 2015

University of New Brunswick sociology professor Ricardo Duchesne has upset Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang with his comments about Vancouver’s Asian character. That’s the thing about opinions; they anger some people. Imagine if society censured everyone with an opinion. Given that universities are places for the testing of ideas, it would be particularly inappropriate to attempt to silence Duchesne. The world learned a lesson recently, in Paris, about how fragile freedom of expression can be in the world we live in today. Here is what the fuss is about: Duchesne, from Puerto Rico, argues that Asian immigration to Vancouver has changed the city so thoroughly that its British character has been damaged. “Within a matter of years, a very British city, a beautiful British city, took on a strongly Asian character,” he said. More broadly, Duchesne believes that overwhelming numbers of immigrants are threatening Western culture. “Sweden had practically no rape. Suddenly, they open their borders, (and now) they have one... Read More

IMMIGRANT INCOMES SHOW WIDE GAPS BETWEEN GROUPS

January 12, 2015

New data sheds light on just how much money new immigrants are earning after arrival, and the earning gap between different types of immigrants. Statistics Canada examined immigrant tax filings from 2012 and found the median reported annual income for immigrants was $31,000. Immigrants admitted to Canada under family reunification earned a median of $28,000, as did immigrants admitted as refugees. Earnings were significantly higher for immigrants admitted to Canada for economic reasons, including skilled workers, entrepreneurs, investors, and caregivers. That class of immigrants earned a median income of $42,000. Immigrants admitted as the spouses and dependants of those who have gained entry to Canada through economic reasons, earned just $26,000. In 2012, median after-tax income for a Canadian family of two or more was $71,100, according to StatsCan. The Statistics Canada data also shows how immigrants’ earnings improve over time. In 2012, an immigrant who had landed in Canada just a year earlier earned a median employment income of... Read More

MUSLIM LEADERS CONDEMN ATTACK, WARN ON ANTI-ISLAMIC SENTIMENT IN EUROPE

January 11, 2015

Muslim leaders strongly condemned the deadly attack on offices of a French satirical magazine but at the same time, some cautioned that the rise of anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe risked strengthening support for jihadists across the continent. By Joe Parkinson Read more Read More

BIRTH TOURISM ON THE RISE IN VANCOUVER AND RICHMOND?

January 9, 2015

The number of foreign mothers giving birth in Vancouver and Richmond hospitals has quadrupled in the last five years. In the first nine months of 2014, 232 non-residents delivered babies at Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care hospitals, the majority in Richmond. This accounted for nearly six per cent of all births. That compares to 62 in 2009, which represented one per cent of the total. Babies born to non-residents in Canada and the U.S. gain automatic citizenship. Read More

NEW IMMIGRANT GOES MISSING ON FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, SPEND NIGHT IN VACANT HOUSE

January 8, 2015

A teen who immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia just last month had a terrible first day of school in the Winnipeg area this week, becoming badly lost trying to find her way home and spending the night in a vacant house. Seventeen-year-old Beth Zeleke Eliso decided to walk home during her lunch hour Monday, but quickly lost her way. Rather than seek help, she wandered the streets for hours, trying to find the way back to school and looking for anything familiar. Read More

B.C. INTRODUCES PROGRAM TO BRING IN SKILLED WORKERS FASTER

January 7, 2015

B.C. introduced a new skilled worker immigration stream this week that the provincial jobs minister says will allow employers to bring in people with needed skills faster. It will be almost inaccessible to anyone without a full-time, permanent job offer in the province and the economic means to support themselves. To apply through the new stream, called Express Entry British Columbia, applicants must first apply through the federal Express Entry system, where they complete an assessment to find out if they are eligible for one of the federal economic immigration streams. If they are, they create a profile that indicates their interest in settling in B.C. Read More

WHY EXPRESS ENTRY MAKES SENSE FOR IMMIGRANTS, EMPLOYERS AND CANADA

January 6, 2015

Ten years ago, if you were a fifty year old bio chemist with a PhD, twenty years’ experience in large corporations in your home country but had below average English or French language skills, you could apply to get into Canada as an immigrant and many such hopefuls did. However a few months after arriving in Canada, you quickly found out that it was hard to get a job because of the language and age barriers. Also the economic realities of immigration meant you would likely have to take a job far below your skill set often turning to unskilled labor initially as a temporary phase but quickly turning into a permanent reality. Subsequent statistics naturally showed a big drop in income levels for new immigrants to Canada. Read More

2015 RBC TOP 25 CANADIAN IMMIGRANT AWARDS OPEN NOMINATIONS

January 6, 2015

CANADIAN Immigrant magazine has announced the call for nominations for the seventh annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. This awards program has recognized 150 outstanding Canadian immigrants, whose stories and achievements have inspired Canadians over the past six years. The program is presented by Canadian Immigrant magazine and is supported by title and founding sponsor RBC Royal Bank and associate sponsor Chevrolet. Read More

CAYO: LANGUAGE STILL A BARRIER FOR MANY IMMIGRANTS

January 5, 2015

For the past decade or two, immigrants to Canada have been better educated than at any time in our history. Yet, these newcomers still tend to get stuck with lesser jobs and smaller paycheques, in some cases quite a lot smaller, than their Canadian-born neighbours. This doesn't make much sense in a country with a rapidly aging workforce and in an era when technology and the practice of offshoring have combined to reduce demand for menial workers and place a premium on higher skills. Read More

Rethinking immigration: The case for the 400,000 solution

May 4, 2012

By Globe and Mail | Canada is facing a demographic crunch and labour shortage that will hinder our future prosperity. The solution: More economic immigrants who are selected for their skills. Scroll through the interactive below to delve into the challenges of immigration and possible fixes. Hear from immigrants and innovators. Share your own immigration story and see what immigration looks like in your community according to the latest available census data. Continue to the original article here.   Read More

 

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