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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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New Immigrant Guide Released by Citizenship & Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released a revamped, updated immigration guide for new Canadian permanent residents. The handbook, called Welcome to Canada, is the official book given to help immigrants prepare for their move and navigate the first months in their new home.
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Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Launched April 1st

businesspeopleCitizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has launched an exciting new pilot, the Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa program, on April 1st 2013. The program, which will connect promising foreign entrepreneurs to Canadian organizations that will assist in start-up operations, is the first of its kind in the world.
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Canada’s Immigration Backlog Reduced by Forty Percent

The backlog of permanent resident applications waiting to be processed by government officials has been reduced by 40 per cent, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC believes that this reduction will help to create an immigration system more responsive to the needs of applicants and Canada as a whole.
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Quebec Extends Current Skilled Worker Criteria

The Government of Quebec announced today that it will extend the duration of the current Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program. The QSW program, initially scheduled to accept applications until March 31st, 2013, will continue accepting applications until July 31st, 2013.
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Government Set to Reform Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Government of Canada has announced that it will be taking steps to reform the country’s temporary foreign worker program to ensure qualified Canadians are not passed up for jobs. This plan, announced in the 2013 budget this past Thursday, has outlined a number of new measures that will be taken to prioritize the hiring of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
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Americans Top List of Illegal Foreign Workers, CBSA Says

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) found 54 Americans working without authorization in Canada last year, according to Global News agency. This number makes the US the largest source of illegal foreign labour, at least among individuals who were apprehended.
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Poll Shows Canadians Favor Setting Immigration Levels

A recent poll has confirmed that Canadians favor responsibility in immigration, including measures such as setting limits on intake of immigrants. When asked the question “should Canada accept all qualified immigrants who want to enter the country, or should we limit the number of immigrants allowed each year?” a majority voted for the latter. This majority was somewhat greater amongst respondents born in Canada (73%) than respondents born outside of Canada (58%).
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