Canada Day took place last weekend. This year, it was an extra special occasion as the nation celebrated its 150th birthday. The current Liberal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is approaching two years in office, and with a relatively new Minister of Immigration and a swathe of new approaches within the department, now is as good a time as any to reflect on how this government is faring on immigration. Read More »
Earlier this year, families around the world got the welcome news that Canada was reverting to a system whereby immigration applicants could include accompanying children up to and including the age of 21 on an application for Canadian permanent residence. Read More »
There has been much commotion over recent months about the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP), through which eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) for permanent resident status. Read More »
Last month, readers of the Montreal Gazette may have come across the story of Payman, an 11 year-old Iranian boy whose official adoptive parents became permanent residents of Canada in 2014.
The problem is, Payman is still stuck in Iran, vulnerable and without the love and security of his adoptive parents close by. Read More »
Canada and Canadians have, for the most part, presented and enjoyed an attitude to immigration that is welcoming. This phenomenon has been part of our reputation for decades.
Now, is this attitude a consequence of Canadians being somehow unique, or better, than other societies around the world? Is our welcoming smile innate?
Or is it the case that Canada is bound by three oceans, one of which is mostly frozen, and then on one side by the largest immigration magnet in human history, the United States? Read More »
The historical narrative of North America is built on immigration. Both Canada and United States, and Mexico, for that matter, are largely populated by the sons, daughters, and other descendants of individuals and families who at one point made a major life decision to seek a new and better life far from home. Read More »
Canada has a tremendous opportunity to become the foremost educational hub globally, but first it needs to stop confusing those international students who wish to study here. Read More »
Earlier this year, on June 17, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act passed the House of Commons in Ottawa. This eagerly-awaiting piece of legislation is known as Bill C-6.
Among the proposed amendments in C-6 is a reduction in the amount of time permanent residents have to live in Canada in order to become eligible to apply for citizenship, from four out of six years to three out of five years. In addition, applicants who spent time in Canada on temporary status — such as on a work or study permit — would be able to count a portion of this time towards the three-year requirement. The amendments would also repeal the intent to reside provision and remove language proficiency requirements for certain applicants. Read More »
I was in communication with an American friend of mine this week. It has been a tough few days for Phil, who lives in Ohio. Not only did his home state fall into the Trump column on election night, but the President-elect won enough states to claim victory, leaving many U.S-based residents looking for solutions. For many, that solution is life in Canada, and people like Phil are serious about making the move. Phil gave me permission to reproduce here the same advice I gave him about taking the first steps towards Canadian permanent residence. Read More »
When Justin Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues ambled through Ottawa to be sworn in this time last year, the new Prime Minister was much-quoted for repeating the line “sunny ways”. This, of course, was an allusion to Wilfried Laurier, the Liberal PM whose lengthy term in office a century ago is deemed by analysts of all political stripes to have been a roaring success, principally because Laurier had a vision to grow the country. Read More »
I feel compelled to comment on the case of Maryam Monsef, Liberal MP and federal Minister of Democratic Institutions, who has been caught up in a story about the location of her birth 32 years ago. Monsef, an Afghan citizen who arrived in Canada aged 11, was born in Iran. She had previously believed she was born in her country of citizenship, Afghanistan. Her documentation had stated that this was the case — documentation that had been submitted by her mother all those years ago. Read More »
Certain federal and provincial opposition politicians in Canada have come out with fresh ideas on immigration over the past few weeks. First, federal Conservative Party leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch attracted attention with a proposal to screen would-be newcomers to Canada for “anti-Canadian values.” Then, in Quebec, Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault held a press conference in which he called for a massive reduction in the province’s annual immigration intake. Read More »