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Canada a Destination for Venture Capitalists

The Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia are three of the most popular locations in North America for venture capital investment.
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Canada’s New Immigration Model Will be Called “Express Entry”

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced earlier this week that Canada’s new recruitment model for economic immigration will be called “Express Entry”. This new model is set to launch in January 2015.
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Changes to CELPIP Language Test

As of April 1, 2014, the CELPIP-G test will no longer be used as a test to prove English language proficiency. It will be replaced by the "CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G 2014)" test. After April 1, 2014, individuals wishing to use CELPIP results to prove English language proficiency must submit scores from a CELPIP-G 2014 test.
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Canada Ranks High for Social Progress

Canada is the most socially progressive country in the Western Hemisphere, and the seventh most progressive overall, according to a recent study. The study, which was created by the US-based group Social Progress Imperative, measured a number of factors to rank countries by the wellbeing of their residents.
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Quebec Announces New Caps

The Government of Quebec has announced a number of measures for its Skilled Worker, Investor, and Entrepreneur programs. They are as follows:
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Immigration Minister Hints at New Immigrant Investor Program

The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, visited Hong Kong and mainland China last week. During his time there, he spoke with the South China Morning Post newspaper about the future of the Federal Immigrant Investor Program.
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More Information Released on Nova Scotia Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration has released further details on its newest immigration stream, called the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream. This stream, which began considering applications on March 6, 2014, has gained attention because applicants do not need a Canadian job offer in order to be eligible.
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Canadian Immigration Minister Visits China

Chris Alexander, the Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, is currently traveling to Hong Kong and Shanghai. During his trip, he will be promoting options for Chinese businesses, travellers, and students in Canada.
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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Encourages Use of Authorized Representatives

On Thursday, March 13, 2014 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued a statement encouraging prospective immigration application to use authorized immigration representatives. This statement was issued as part of Fraud Prevention Month, which has been ongoing during the month of March.
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Alberta Creates More Than 85% of Canadian Jobs

A new report from Statistics Canada showed that, in the past year, Alberta was responsible for 87% of new jobs created in Canada in the past year. In the past 12 months, a full 82,000 jobs were created, out of a national total of approximately 95,000.
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Canada One of Best Places in the World to Retire

Canada is the number 14 country in which to retire, roundly beating the United States. According to the Global Retirement Index, released by Natixis Global Asset Management, Canada is one of just six non-European countries to make the list of 20 nations. At number 19, the US barely made the list.
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Nova Scotia Introduces New Immigration Stream

As of March 6, 2014, the Province of Nova Scotia will be making important changes to the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP).
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Almost 20,000 New Canadians Received Citizenship in February

A total of 19,200 individuals from 193 countries became Canadian citizens last month. This number is almost double that for last February, when a little fewer than 10,000 people were granted Canadian citizenship.
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Children of Immigrants Succeed in Canadian Universities

According to a study by Statistics Canada, children of immigrants to Canada are almost twice as likely to attend university as students whose parents were born in the country.
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Quebec May Adopt ‘Expression of Interest’ Immigration Model

Quebec’s Immigration Minister, Diane De Courcy, has presented a plan to bring the province’s skilled worker program in line with proposed federal immigration changes.
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Canada, US, and Mexico to Discuss NAFTA Rules for Business Travelers

Leaders from Canada, the US, and Mexico will be meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 to mark the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During this meeting, all three countries will be holding talks to discuss further integrating their commercial ties.
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New Regulations for International Students to Take Force June 1

A number of new regulations for study permits and other international student programs were announced today, February 12. These regulations will come into force on June 1, 2014.

The following chart provides a summary of the changes, as stated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC):

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Major Changes to Canadian Citizenship Act Announced Today

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today revealed plans for comprehensive reforms to the Canadian Citizenship Act. These are the first major reforms to take place since 1977. The changes are part of Bill C-24, which has yet to be passed by Canadian Parliament.
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January 2014 Saw Double the Number of Canadian Citizenship Issuances

This past January, a total of 16,000 immigrants officially became Canadian citizens. This is fully twice as many as in January 2013, where only 8,250 people obtained citizenship.
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Visitors to Canada will be Automatically Considered for Multiple-Entry Visas

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced yesterday that visitors to Canada will now be automatically considered for a multiple-entry visa. This new policy will come into force this Thursday, February 6, 2013. In addition, the fee for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) will be decreased from $150 to $100, regardless of whether the visa issued is a single- or multiple-entry visa.
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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Cap Filled

After only a month, the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program has reached the maximum number of applications that will be accepted this year. The program, which re-opened on January 2, 2014, had placed a cap of 5,000 on application intake.
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New Temporary Foreign Worker Rules may Reduce Processing Times

According to the Globe and Mail newspaper, the Canadian government is preparing to enact new changes to the country’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

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Canada Seeks to Double Number of International Students by 2022

According to a new plan released this week, the Canadian government hopes to attract 450,000 international students by 2022. This is double the current number of international students currently studying in the country.
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Calgary is a Must-See City for 2014

The city of Calgary, in the Canadian province of Alberta, has made the New York Times’ list of must-see destinations for 2014.
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SINP Intake Quotas Slowly Filling

As of January 10, 2014, the Saskatchewan intake cap for international skilled workers without a job offer has been filled. The cap, set at 250, is the first to fill in the popular Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
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