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Canadian Government Considering Tougher Penalties For TFW Violations

The Government of Canada is considering the possibility of tougher penalties for businesses that violate its new regulations on the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. The proposals were posted this week on the government’s Employment and Social Development website, a ministry overseen by Jason Kenney, who used to hold the Immigration portfolio.
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New Alberta Premier Wants Temporary Foreign Worker Changes

Alberta’s new Premier, Jim Prentice, has stated that labour policy, including the issue of temporary foreign workers, will be to the fore of his agenda when he meets with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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Calgary, Vancouver And Ottawa Among Cities Most Attractive To Newcomers

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada says that six Canadian cities — Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Waterloo, Richmond Hill and St. John’s — are worthy of an “A” grade when it comes to attracting skilled immigrants to Canada. The report ranked 50 cities under criteria that included health, economy, environment, education, innovation, society and housing.
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Government Of Canada Closes French Significant Benefit Program

A program that assists businesses in minority francophone communities outside Quebec hire temporary foreign workers is to close after September 30.
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Immigration Will Have Large Effect On Population Changes, Says Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada, the federal agency assigned to produce statistics to better understand Canada, has released its latest population projections. It is projected that immigration will heavily influence the makeup of the country over the coming decades.
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Temporary Foreign Worker Applications Fall By 74%

The month of August, 2014 saw a drop by nearly three quarters on the same month in 2012 in the number of applications made to hire temporary foreign workers.
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British Columbia Government Not Convinced By Proposed Changes To Birthright Provision

The Government of British Columbia has joined its counterpart in Ontario in questioning the federal government’s proposed crackdown on “birth tourism”, whereby female foreign nationals enter Canada in order to give birth on Canadian soil in order for their offspring to automatically attain Canadian citizenship.
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Government Of Canada To Provide Details Of Nova Scotia PNP This Fall

Costas Menegakis, the parliamentary secretary to Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, has stated that any change in the allocation provided for the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be announced this fall.
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Immigration Minister Promotes Francophone Immigration To Communities Outside Quebec

In a series of meetings with community leaders, immigration advocacy groups, and stakeholders in Winnipeg this week, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has advocated increased francophone immigration across Canada.
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Immigration Minister Addresses Thunder Bay Chamber Of Commerce

The federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, addressed the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce at Lakehead University on Monday, September 8, discussing the issue of immigration.
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Alberta Pilot Program For Specific Occupations Not Renewed By Federal Government

The Government of Canada has allowed the Alberta Pilot Program for occupation-specific work permits, which allowed employers in certain to hire from overseas without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), to lapse.
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Governments Of Yukon And Canada Give Details Of Canada Job Grant

The full agreement for the Canada Job Fund, which includes the creation of the Canada Job Grant, was announced today, September 8. The grant provides $500 million of federal funds to the provinces on a per capita basis. As such, Yukon will receive $1 million for investments in skills training, plus an additional $500,000 to recognise the distinct labour market needs of the territory.
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Most Canadians Don’t Know How Many Immigrants Enter Canada

An annual tracking survey by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has found that the majority of adult Canadians don’t know how many landed immigrants are admitted by Canada every year.
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Ontario Government Sceptical Of Proposed Changes To Birthright Provision

The government of Ontario has said that it would not support any effort by the federal government to end Canada’s jus soli provision, whereby children born in Canada automatically attain Canadian citizenship. A 2013 report, obtained under an access to information request and marked “secret”, revealed that the federal government has been considering revising this provision for some time.
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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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