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New Citizenship Language Rules to Take Force in November

french and englishBeginning November 1, 2012, citizenship applicants will have to follow new rules to prove their competency in one of Canada’s official languages.
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Canadian Experience Class Issues 20,000th Visa

visa stampEarlier this month, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) issued its 20,000th visa, a success for one of Canada’s most recent immigration programs.
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Over 3,000 Individuals May Be Stripped of Canadian Citizenship

passportOver 3,000 new Canadian citizens may be stripped of their citizenship due to allegations of fraud.
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Natural Resources Fuel 20% of Canada's Economy

resourcesThe Department of Natural Resources recently released figures that show the importance of resources to Canada’s economy.

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Authorities Uncover Immigration Marriage Fraud

marriage39 individuals in Montreal were charged with participating in a fake marriage scheme. The goal of the scheme was the bring people to Canada by falsifying marriage to a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Reviews its Last Twelve Months

CICCitizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued an announcement summarizing its changes in the past 12 months.
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Breaking News: Government Overhauls Economic Immigration, Announces New Program

flagCitizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced today major changes that will amount to an overhaul of the system currently governing economic-based immigration to Canada. In a statement released today, CIC outlined planned changes to the Federal Skilled Worker and Canadian Experience Class programs, as well as the creation of a new immigration program called the Federal Skilled Trades Class.
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New Rule Proposed for Canadian Study Visas

canada studentThe Government of Canada, in an attempt to eliminate ‘disingenuous’ students, plans to limit the issuance of study visas only to individuals who will study in government-accredited schools.
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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Continues to Expand Settlement Programs

family and houseCitizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently issued a call for proposals for new language training, settlement, and resettlement services. Such programs are integral to helping immigrants integrate into their new homes.
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New Canadians Sworn in at Largest Diversity Festival

citizenship oath84 immigrants became Canadian citizens at the Heritage Days festival in Edmonton, Alberta.
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CIC Launches National Consultations on Immigration

pan canadaCitizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has launched a series of consultations across the country to discuss issues concerning immigration. The series will be conducted by CIC’s Parliamentary Secretaries, Chungsen Leung and Rick Dykstra.
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Canadian Employers Look to Hire in Portugal

canada portugalCanadian employers are hoping to hire approximately 400 Portuguese construction workers, according to details divulged by Albano Ribeiro, spokesperson for the Construction Union in Portugal.
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For the First Time, Canadians are Wealthier than Americans

canada wealthA new study has revealed that median household income in Canada is now higher than in the United States.
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Expansion of Canada-Alberta Pilot Project

alberta workerEmployers in Alberta will soon be able to more easily hire skilled foreign workers in targeted professions. This is thanks to the expansion of the Canada-Alberta Pilot Project, which has been created to better help address Alberta’s labour shortage.

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Canadian Economy Creates High-Paying Jobs

hiredSince the beginning of 2012, Canada’s job growth has expanded to include a record number of high-quality positions. This is according to a report by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).
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Canada Issues a Record Number of Visitor Visas

canada stampCanada has issued a record number of visitor visas this year. Since the start of the year, over 500,000 visitor visas have been issued.
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Toronto is one of the World’s Most Liveable Cities

toronto streetThe city of Toronto has been ranked the world’s 8th most liveable city for 2012. This is according to a study released by the Economic Intelligence Unit, which annually reviews cities for the qualities that make them most appealing to residents.
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Canada Takes Steps to Protect At-Risk Workers

redlightEffective immediately, Human Resources and Skills Development (ESDC) will be issuing negative Labour Market Opinions for individuals destined to work in fields related to the sex trade. This includes jobs with companies such as strip clubs, escort services, and massage parlors. Beginning on July 14th, 2012, ESDC will no longer accept new applications for businesses in these fields.
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Canada, Partner Countries Address Immigration Fraud in India

india flagCanada, Australia, and the United Kingdom have joined efforts to educate prospective visitors and immigrants about the dangers of using fraudulent immigration agents.
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Quebec Immigration Programs Still Open: Immigration Continues Despite Federal Freeze

canada crowdThe majority of the over 60 Canadian immigration programs have, and will continue, to accept applications despite a temporary freeze on the acceptance of applications for the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program.
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Breaking: Temporary Moratorium on Some New Immigration Applications

passport Effective July 1, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will temporarily cease accepting new applications to the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) and Immigrant Investor programs.
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Government Announces Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act

handcuffsCitizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney introduced new legislation last week that will expedite the removal of certain foreign criminals from Canada, thus ensuring the continued safety and security of Canadians.
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Canada the Best G20 Country to be a Woman

G20 CountriesCanada is the best country of all the G20 nations to be a woman in, according to a global poll of gender experts. These findings were released in advance of the annual G20 summit, where the world`s 20 largest economies (19 countries plus the European Union) will meet to discuss international affairs.

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Temporary Foreign Worker Units to be Centralized

canada puzzleEffective July 1, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will be making the Temporary Foreign Worker Units (TFWUs) in Toronto and Montreal the sole points of contact for employers and/or their representatives.
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Canada Ranked World’s 4th Most Peaceful Country

canada peaceCanada is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, according to the annual Global Peace Index (GPI).
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