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Nova Scotia Announces New Immigration Stream

Nova Scotia has announced a new provincial immigration stream that will come into operation in January. The stream is called ‘Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry’, and will replace the previous Regional Labour Market Demand stream.
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Canada Announces Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program

The government of Canada will give permanent resident status to around 50 high-net-worth immigrant investors and their families under a new investor pilot program. The government says that the program aims to attract experienced millionaire investors who will contribute to economic growth and prosperity.
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Alberta Wants More Provincial Nomination Spaces

The province of Alberta has formally requested that the federal government lift the lid on the number of economic immigrants it may nominate for Canadian immigration each year.
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Manitoba Likely To Have 500 New Nominations Under Express Entry

Following the news that its Prairie counterpart of Saskatchewan will receive an additional 775 provincial nomination spaces under Express Entry, the province of Manitoba is also expected to receive in increase in its allocation.
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Temporary Suspension Of Removals Lifted For Citizens Of Haiti And Zimbabwe

The temporary suspension of removals for Haitian and Zimbabwean nationals currently in Canada has been lifted. The lifting of the suspension, which had been in place due to dangerous situations in those countries, was announced by Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Steven Blaney, and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander.
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Saskatchewan Receives Increased Allocation For 2015 Nominee Program

The province of Saskatchewan will have 5,500 immigration nominations accepted in 2015, an increase of 775 (or 16 per cent) on the 2014 total. The government of Saskatchewan, which had been seeking an increase in its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) for Canadian immigration, has stated that the increased quota will help to alleviate labour market shortages. Saskatchewan currently has the lowest unemployment rate of all the Canadian provinces.
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Ontario To Introduce New Immigration Legislation

The province of Ontario, the most populate province in Canada, is set to introduce an Immigration Act that would, if passed, assist the province in working with the federal government to capitalize on the economic benefits of immigration.
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Parent And Grandparent Program For Canadian Immigration To Reopen January 2, 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canadian immigration is scheduled to reopen on January 2, 2015. The PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada as Canadian permanent residents.
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Canada Eliminates Visa Requirement For Chilean Tourists

The Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, has announced that Chilean citizens wishing to visit Canada as tourists or in transit to a third country will no longer require visas. Citizens of Chile will only require a passport in order to enter Canada.
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Immigration Minister Opens Canadian Race Relations Foundation Symposium

A two-day conference hosted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) began in Ottawa this morning, with federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, giving the opening address.
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Canada’s Jobless Rate Drops To 6.5%

The employment figures for October have shown a decrease in Canada’s national jobless rate, which now stands at 6.5 per cent. This is the lowest rate since November, 2008.
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More International Students Coming To Canada

The number of international students choosing to study in Canada at third-level education institutions has increased by 26 per cent since 2012, it has been revealed. 103,999 study permits were issued from January to September of 2014, an 11 per cent increase from the same period in 2013 (93,717) and a 26 per cent increase for the same period in 2012 (84,207).
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Canadian Government To Ban Immigrants In Polygamous, Forced Marriages

The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has announced that the government will ban people who have taken part in practices that are “incompatible with Canadian values” — such as those in polygamous or forced marriages — from immigrating to Canada.
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Immigration Minister States Desire For Increased Francophone Immigration Across Canada

On the first day of Canada’s annual Francophone Immigration Week, the federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has reaffirmed that francophone immigration to all regions of Canada remains a priority of his department.
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Alberta Jobs Minister Praises Federal Government’s Immigration Plan

The Albertan Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, Ric McIver, has lauded the government of Canada’s immigration plan for 2015. The plan, which aims to increase the annual number of new permanent residents accepted by Canada to between 260,000 and 285,000, was announced last Friday.
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Canada Aims To Attract Up To 285,000 New Immigrants In 2015

The 2015 immigration plan unveiled by the government of Canada on Friday sets a target of between 260,000 and 285,000 new permanent residents next year, an increase of about 20,000 people over last year's goal.
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Government Announces Reforms To Caregiver Program

The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, today announced anticipated changes to the live-in caregiver program. The main reform see the dropping of ‘live-in’ from the name, with caregivers no longer being required to reside with their employers.
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Quebec Outlines Immigration Objectives For 2015

The government of Quebec this week outlined its immigration goals for the upcoming year, with no major changes in overall immigration figures from recent years being announced. The provincial Minister of Immigration, Kathleen Weil, stated that the government’s objective is to maintain a modern and efficient system to attract newcomers who contribute to Quebec’s economic, social and cultural life.
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Commissioner Of Official Languages Pushes For Increased Francophone Immigration Outside Quebec

The Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, Graham Fraser, together with his New Brunswick counterpart Katherine d'Entremont and Ontario's French Language Services Commissioner François Boileau, have urged the federal and provincial governments to increase their efforts to increase immigration in Francophone communities outside Quebec.
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Former Governor General Of Canada Celebrates Multiculturalism In Lecture Series

Former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, has remarked that Canada is unique in how it approaches issues of identity, integration, reciprocity, multiculturalism and mediation in her CBC Massey lecture series. The Massey lectures offer a major thinker the chance to address an important issue over five hours of radio, multiple public events and a short book. Clarkson served as Governor General from 1999 to 2005.
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Canada Among Most Popular Destinations For Job Seekers

Canada is one of the most desirable places to live and work and three Canadian cities are listed among the top 25 most popular places to work, according to a study released this week by the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s leading management consultancies.
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35 New Canadian Citizens To Take Oath At Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Game

To wrap up an active Citizenship Week, the Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has announced that a number of new Canadian citizens will be sworn in at hockey games this weekend. 35 people will take the oath at the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Detroit Red Wings tonight and join in singing the national anthem, O Canada.
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Canada Welcomes More Than 200,000 New Citizens So Far This Year

Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has announced that more than 200,000 people have become citizens of Canada so far in 2014.
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Express Entry Represents A “Sea Change” In Canadian Immigration, Says Minister

Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, outlined how and why Canada is moving to a new immigration selection system, known as ‘Express Entry’, at a Canadian HR Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan yesterday. Express Entry will come into operation as of January 1, 2015.
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French Immigrants Moving To Montreal In Droves

A spokesperson at the French Consulate in Montreal estimates that there could be as many as 110,000 French citizens currently living in Montreal. The Consulate calculates that approximately one in two French immigrants register, and 55,000 had done so by 2013. This represents an increase of 45 per cent since 2005.
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