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Quebec Announces Changes To Investor Program

Quebec has announced new rules regarding applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec submitted under the province’s Investor Program. The announcement was made by the provincial government’s immigration ministry on August 27 in a Gazette Officielle du Québec.
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Immigration Minister Grants Filipino Nanny Reprieve After Deportation Order

A live-in caregiver facing deportation for “working without authorisation” has been granted the right to remain in Canada while her immigration application is in progress.
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Trudeau Advises Ottawa To Work With Provinces On Foreign Workers

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau has urged the federal government to work more closely with provinces on immigration matters, in particular how the government oversees the temporary foreign worker program.
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Canada Welcomes 150,000th New Citizen of 2014

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, announced that Canada has welcomed its 150,000 new citizen of 2014. This is around double the number compared with the same period last year.
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Minister Vows Speedier Start-up Visa Application Process

Having seen just two completed applications in the Start-up Visa Program, a pilot program brought into being in early 2013, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has promised to speed up the process.
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Canadian Prime Minister Highlights Importance of Indian Immigrants

India immigrationPrime Minister Stephen Harper delivered a keynote speech in Toronto at the Pearson Convention Centre on Thursday. During his speech, Mr. Harper emphasized that India has become the prime source country for immigration to Canada due to recent changes made by the Canadian government to facilitate immigration from India to Canada.

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Students in Canada positive about job prospects

Students in Canada are feeling increasingly confident about their career prospects once they enter the Canadian workforce. A survey by Environics Research Group found that 77 per cent of students are optimistic about finding and enjoying work in their field, and more than half expect to be able to pay back students loans without difficulty.

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Quebec Skilled Worker Cap Filled

Quebec Skilled WorkerThe Quebec Skilled Worker Program has reached the maximum number of applications it will accept this year. The program, which was re-opened on April 1st, 2014, had placed a cap of 6,500 on application intake.

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Canadian Average Wage up Nearly 8%

Canada Wealth

The wealth of Canadians has shown a promising increase, with their average net worth up nearly eight per cent on higher real estate and investment values.

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U.S. Immigration Issues Good for Canada

During a visit to Vancouver this past Wednesday, Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney highlighted Canada’s opportunity to take advantage of the current state of the United States’ immigration system by attracting young foreign nationals from the tech sector.

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Canada and Lebanon Strengthen Ties

LebanonJason Kenney, the Canadian Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, recently returned from a visit to the country of Lebanon. While there, the Minister discussed the deepening of economic relations and reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to supporting the country’s ongoing efforts to address the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Canadian Immigration Minister Welcomes First Successful Start-Up Visa Applicants

Start-Up VisaCanadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander welcomed the first two successful applicants under Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program on July 16th in Vancouver. The program is designed to attract more entrepreneurs to the country and create jobs for Canadians.

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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program to Briefly Pause Intake of Certain Applications

Starting August 1, 2014, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MB PNP) will be transitioning to a new application management strategy. According to the program’s website, this strategy will reduce processing times to less than six months.

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Canadian Immigration Minister Details Express Entry System

Canada Express EntryCanadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with business leaders and stakeholders in Toronto yesterday about the January 2015 launch of the Express Entry electronic application management system. The system will serve as a faster and more economic way for skilled immigrants to come to Canada.

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More than 1 Million Canadians have Roots in India

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander recently returned from a two-day trip to India. While there, he discussed a range of immigration initiatives that will benefit Indians coming to Canada for a variety of purposes.

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Citizenship and Immigration Minister Announces CAN+ Program in India

CAN+ IndiaCanadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the launch of the CAN+ program in India yesterday during a visit to New Delhi. The program aims to increase processing efficiency for visitors coming to Canada from India.

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Some Pending Low-Wage LMIA Applications to be Returned

As of June 20th 2014, the Government of Canada will no longer process any applications submitted on or before that date for low-wage positions to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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Canada Welcomes Over 2,200 New Citizens on Canada Day

Canada Day ImmigrationOn July 1st, 2014, Canada’s 147th birthday, more than 2,200 new Canadians from 138 countries were welcomed to the country at 45 citizenship ceremonies across the nation.

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Canada Celebrates Canada Day

Canada DayJuly 1st, 2014 is Canada Day, Canada’s 147th birthday. To celebrate, many proud Canadians are participating in festivities in cities and regions across the nation.

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Work Permit Fee Eliminated for Musicians Playing in Bars and Restaurants

Foreign artists entering Canada to perform in a bar or restaurant can now do so without the need to apply for and receive a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Previously, an LMIA, as well as the associated fee of $275 per individual, was needed for artists performing in this capacity.

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Canadians Celebrate Heritage This Week

Canadians are celebrating their shared heritage throughout June and early July. From June 21 to July 1, 2014, events are being held across the country to commemorate Canada’s history, diversity, and national identity.

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Canada’s Biotechnology Industry on the Rise

Canada bio science Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Industry Mike Lake took part in the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego. The annual convention is the world’s largest gathering of scientific leaders and representatives from biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, with representatives from 80 Canadian companies.

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Major Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program Announced

Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced major reforms to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program this afternoon.

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Government Announces Final Passage of Bill C-24

Parliament HillCanadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced yesterday that reforms to the Citizenship Act have received final passage and Royal Assent. These reforms are the first major changes to the program since 1977. The changes will affect the application process for immigration to Canada, and enforce new rules for some Canadian citizens.

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Multicultural Society Helps Canadian Immigrants, Foreign Workers

Multicultural SocietyVancouver Island Multicultural Society is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and its leaders are looking back on the growth and successes of the organization.

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