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Information Technology Sector Booming in Ottawa

Canada’s capitol city may be poised to become a major hub of information technology careers.
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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Reopens Today

The parent and grandparent sponsorship program, which previously saw a moratorium on application intake, began accepting applications once more on January 2, 2014.
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Changes to Labour Market Opinion Process - Effective Dec. 31

Four changes to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) application process will come into effect on Tuesday, December 31. They are as follows:
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New York Visa Application Center Has Been Closed

The Canadian visa application center (VAC) in New York City has been closed until further notice. Applications that have already been received by the VAC will continue to be processed.
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Improvement to Canadian Passport Services

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced yesterday that Canadians living abroad will receive improved passport services. These improvements are effective as of December 9, 2013.

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Canadian Leaders Reflect on Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

Canadians across the country joined South Africans in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela, and celebrating the former president’s legacy. Mr. Mandela was the first black South African president, and is known worldwide for his leadership in the struggle against apartheid.
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Canada has Highest Rate of Job Satisfaction Levels

Canadians are the most happy with their jobs, according to a recent study. The study reported that approximately two thirds, of 64 percent, of Canadians said that they loved their job or ‘like it a lot’. A full 24 per cent of Canadians love their jobs so much that they said they would even work for free.
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Ontario Expands Programming for Immigrants throughout Province

The Province of Ontario, in partnership with the Federal Government, is expanding the successful Ontario Bridge Training Program. The program to date has helped over 50,000 immigrants become licensed in Canada and find jobs in their fields.
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Entrepreneur Start-Up Program Prepares to Issue First Visas

The Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program is close to issuing its first visas to applicants.
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Priority Immigration Processing for Individuals Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced today that it will offer priority processing of immigration applications from individuals who have been ‘significantly affected’ by Typhoon Haiyan.
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Visa Requirements Lifted for Czech Republic Nationals

Effective immediately, Czech passport holders no longer require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to travel to Canada.
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Canada Pledges Aid to Philippines in Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

In the aftermath of the devastating typhoon that ripped through the Philippines last week, the Government of Canada has created the Philippines Crisis Fund to assist in relief and recovery efforts. Already, the government has pledged $5 million in support to humanitarian organizations working in the country. It has also pledged to match donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities.
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Intake Caps Announced for Canadian Experience Class in 2014

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) will be introducing a cap on application intake. From November 9, 2013 to October 31, 2014, a maximum of 12,000 applications will be accepted for review.
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Canada’s French Heritage Celebrated During Francophone Immigration Week

This week, Canada’s French-speaking communities take the spotlight as the country celebrates Semaine de l’immigration francophone / Francophone Immigration Week. This is the first time such a week has been celebrated nationwide.
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Canada’s Foreign Worker Intake on the Rise

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released preliminary estimates of the country’s temporary foreign worker intake for 2013. According to its figures, the country has significantly raised its admissions this year.
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Permanent Residency for Parents and Grandparents, Live-In Caregivers to Increase in 2014

The Government of Canada has released some of its plans for immigration levels in 2014. Included in these plans are expected increases in the number of permanent residency visas issued to applicants through the Live-In Caregiver and Parent and Grandparent programs.
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Canadian Citizenship Week Celebrates Canada’s Unique Heritage

This week, from October 21 to 27, is Canadian citizenship week! To celebrate the importance of Canadian citizenship, a range of activities are being held throughout the country.
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Canada and European Union Reach Landmark Trade Agreement

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Friday, October 18, that Canada and the European Union (EU) will soon be signing a sweeping trade agreement. The agreement, which will greatly enhance trade and investment ties between the two partners, will be the largest that Canada has ever signed.
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Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program adds Business Incubator Stream

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today that the popular Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program will add a new stream to link foreign entrepreneurs with business incubators in Canada. The stream is scheduled to begin accepting applications on October 26, 2013.
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Malala Yousafzai Offered Honorary Canadian Citizenship

Canadian authorities have confirmed that Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old advocate for girl’s education in Pakistan and worldwide, will be made an honorary Canadian citizen.
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Canada and US Will Share Information to Fight Foreign Criminals

Canada and the United States will be implementing a new information-sharing system aimed at decreasing the number of foreign criminals and ineligible refugee claimants to both countries. The plan, which is to be fully implemented by next fall, will include the sharing of basic information such as an individual’s date of birth, travel documentation and fingerprints.
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Workers in US Should be Tapped to Fill Canada’s Labour Shortage, Study Shows

A new study by the Conference Board of Canada, released on Friday, suggests that Canadian employers should look south of their own border to find the workers needed to fill shortages across the country.
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Foreign Service Workers, Canadian Government Strike Tentative Deal

A lengthy dispute between some Canadian Foreign Service officials and the Canadian government has finally ended, thanks to a possible new deal between the two parties. With this deal comes the end of rotating strikes at visa offices across the world, which had allegedly slowed processing of visitor and study visa applications.
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Canadian Immigration Officer among Those Killed in Nairobi Attack

Annemarie Desloges, a Canadian consular officer, was one of two Canadians killed in last Saturday’s terrorist attack in Nairobi.
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Changes Made to Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

On Friday, September 13th, the Province of Alberta announced several changes to its Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). These changes will help to facilitate immigration for certain categories of workers intending to settle in the province.
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