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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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Over 1,000 Super Visas Issued Monthly

Since its launch in December 2011, the new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa program has seen great success. To date, over 15,000 Super Visas have been issued to qualifying applicants. This translates to over 1,000 new Super Visa issuances each month.
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Canadian Immigration Reaches Historical High for Seventh Consecutive Year

2012 saw Canada reach its highest sustained level of immigration in history, continuing a seven year trend.
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Federal Skilled Worker Program Will Include Occupation List

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has officially announced that the new Federal Skilled Worker program will include a list of designated occupations.
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Canadian Experience Class is Fastest-Growing Immigration Program

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is Canada’s fastest growing immigration program, with over 9,353 visas issued in 2012. This exceeded the program’s yearly target of 7,000 by 34%.
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2012 Breaks Records for Student Visa Issuances

Canada welcomed over 100,000 international students in 2012, the highest amount in the country’s history. The number was a 60% jump from intake levels in 2004.

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Canada Issued Almost 1 Million Visitor Visas in 2012

Canada issued a record number of visitor visas last year. With almost 1 million approved, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has seen visitor visa issuances increase almost 40% since 2004.
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Detroit Visa Office to Close

The Visa Office at the Canadian Consulate in Detroit has been closed. Its services have now been transferred to the New York City and Los Angeles Visa Offices.

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Refugee Claimants from 8 More Countries Will See Faster Processing

The list of Designated Countries of Origin, which was introduced on December 15th, 2012 as part of the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, has been amended to include 8 new countries.
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Overseas Orientation Program Graduates 20,000 Permanent Residents

The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), founded in 2010, recently celebrated the graduation of its 20,000th participant.

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Quebec Amends List of Occupations for Facilitated Labour Market Opinion

The Government of Quebec announced yesterday that its list of occupations for the Facilitated Labour Market Opinion (FLMO) program has been amended. The FLMO is a provincial program that allows employers wishing to hire a foreign worker in a targeted profession obtain a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) without needing to recruit in Canada.
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Proposed Bill Could Strip Terrorists of Canadian Citizenship

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney stated that his government would like the power to strip citizenship from Canadians who commit terrorism or acts of war. This statement was made one day after a dual Canadian and Lebanese citizen was indicated as a participant in a bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.
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Vancouver to Become New Host of TED Talks

The Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been selected as the host of the popular TED Talk series. TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design” is where leaders and innovators are invited at events around the world to give ‘the most important talk of their lives’. In recent years it has become a global sensation, with over 1,200 spin-off talks given in cities across the world.
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Processing Changes at Canadian Visa Offices in the United States

Effective January 29th, 2013, a number of changes have been made to Canadian visa offices in the United States. These changes have been made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with the intent to better expedite the processing of applications for Canadian temporary and permanent residency.

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Canada Launches “First of its Kind” Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced today that it will launch a new program on April 1st, 2013, aimed at bringing the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to Canada. According to CIC, the program will be the first of its kind in any country. Its unique partnership model is intended to “position [Canada] as a destination of choice for start-ups”.
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