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Canada Announces Plans to Resettle Syrian Refugees

The Government of Canada has pledged to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees by the end of 2014, according to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
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Two Announcements: Alberta Flooding, Canadian Embassy in Egypt

Special Measures for Residents Affected by Alberta Flooding

Temporary and permanent residents who have been affected by the flooding throughout Alberta will have application fees waived and statuses automatically extended, said Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
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Canadians to be Consulted on Immigration Issues

Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that it would be seeking input from Canadian citizens on immigration issues. The public is invited to fill out an online consultation, which will be open until August 31, 2013, on immigration levels and mix.
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Today is Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Today, across the country, Canadians are celebrating their multicultural heritage. Canadian Multiculturalism day was founded in 2002 by then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who designated June 27th of each year for the occasion.
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Canada and U.S. Promote Cross-Border Business

Canada and the U.S. have released their first progress report after announcing the creation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan in 2011. This joint plan between the two countries aims at facilitating the increase of trade and travel across their lengthy border, the longest in the world.
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Immigrants Make up Half of Canada’s Millionaires

A new survey has revealed that almost half of Canada’s millionaires are either immigrants or first-generation Canadians.
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Processing Times May Increase as Foreign Service Officers Strike

Processing times for applications submitted to Canadian Visa Offices abroad may rise as Canada’s foreign service officers go on strike.
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Canada Sees Largest Job Gains Since 2002

Canada’s economy shocked even the most optimistic observers, as the month of May saw 95,000 new jobs created across the country. This is the largest gain since 2002, over a decade ago.

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Changes to Alberta Semi-Skilled Worker Program

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has created a short-term initiative geared towards supporting businesses in the hotel and lodging industry throughout the province.
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Citizenship Test-Takers Now Have Two Chances to Pass

Effective immediately, applicants for Canadian citizenship who fail the citizenship test will now be granted a second opportunity to pass.
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Bilingualism in Canada on the Decline, Immigration Cited as One Cause

Canada may be an officially bilingual country. However, Statistics Canada has revealed that the amount of individuals able to speak both French and English is on the decline for the first time in 50 years.
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Alberta Eases Requirements for Semi-Skilled Workers

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has reduced work experience requirements in its Semi-Skilled Worker stream.
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Canada Adds New ‘Safe’ Countries to List for Asylum Seekers

In an effort to streamline its asylum system, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has added new countries to its list of Designated Countries of Origin (DCOs). As of May 31st, 2013, there will be 37 countries on the DCO list.
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Number of US Visitors to Canada is Increasing

The number of US visitors to Canada appears to be on the rise, according to figures from Statistics Canada. The number of visitors increased by 3.2 per cent in March 2013 to a total of 1.74 million. This included more than one million overnight trips.

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Canadian Court Dismisses BC Temporary Worker Case

The Federal Court of Canada has dismissed a case centered on a British Columbia company’s hiring of 201 Chinese miners.
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Canada Courts Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is visiting Silicon Valley to push the government’s newest business immigration program, the Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa.
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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program to Reopen in 2014

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship stream will re-open on January 2nd, 2014. At that time, the program’s processing time is expected to be cut in half.
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Family Class Immigration Increased in 2012

2012 saw a 15 per cent increase in immigration through Family Class sponsorship, according to a recent announcement by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
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Foreign Born Canadians at Historical High

Over 6.8 million Canadians were born outside of Canada, according to new information from Statistics Canada. This staggering figure means that 20.6 per cent of the population, or 1 in 5 people, are foreign-born.
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Ministerial Instructions Announced for Immigration Programs

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued a number of Ministerial Instructions pertaining to a range of Canadian immigration programs. The Ministerial Instructions were published in the Canada Gazette, a government publication, on May 4th 2013.
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Federal Skilled Worker Program Opens Saturday

After a long wait, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will open its doors to applicants this Sunday, May 4th. Excited applicants from around the world are already preparing their applications in advance of Saturday’s opening.
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Aerospace Industry Set to Expand in Quebec

Three major European aerospace companies have announced plans to establish a presence in Montreal. Together the Austrian, French, and German companies will create nearly 200 jobs in the next few years.
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Canada Will Soon Need 250,000 New Construction Workers

Canada needs over 250,000 new construction workers between now and the year 2021, says a leading industry organization.
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Over 300,000 Temporary Foreign Workers Currently in Canada

As of December 1st, 2013, there were 338,189 temporary foreign workers in Canada. This number has increased significantly from 2005, when foreign workers numbered 140,668.

 

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Controversy Stirs over RBC Foreign Worker Hires

rbcCanada’s largest bank has in recent weeks come under fire for allegedly replacing Canadian workers with foreign hires. The Royal Bank of Canada, commonly known as RBC, denies this assertion.
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