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NAFTA: The fight to keep skilled labour flowing

February 7th, 2018

Since it came into effect in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement has helped countless employers in Canada, the United States and Mexico gain access to professional labour from all three countries.

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2018: A year of challenges — and opportunities

January 18th, 2018

These are days when you have to admit it feels good to be Canadian.  Read More »

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Building a new Quebec

December 5th, 2017

In a speech this past summer, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard appealed to English speakers who had left the province to return, saying Quebec needed them.

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It pays to plan ahead

November 1st, 2017

Today, Canada set an ambitious standard in its multi-year Immigration Levels Plan, but was it ambitious enough? Read More »

Dare we?

October 4th, 2017

In a new book, titled ‘Maximum Canada’, author Doug Saunders accounts for how a ‘population deficit’ threatens Canada’s social programs, cities, and environment. Saunders argues that a goal of 100 million Canadians may be worth striving for, but we must start planning now to get it right. This goal is shared by the Century Initiative, a group of prominent Canadians focused on responsibly and thoughtfully growing the population of Canada to 100 million by 2100. Read More »

More Personnel Needed to Process Asylum Claims

September 6th, 2017

Earlier this year, in a previous entry to this blog titled No Easy Answers, I suggested that Canada may not be as prepared as it could be to deal with the potential entrance of thousands of migrants arriving at the Canadian border. Read More »

A lot done, more to do

July 5th, 2017

Canada Day took place last weekend. This year, it was an extra special occasion as the nation celebrated its 150th birthday. The current Liberal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is approaching two years in office, and with a relatively new Minister of Immigration and a swathe of new approaches within the department, now is as good a time as any to reflect on how this government is faring on immigration. Read More »

Slipping through the cracks

June 5th, 2017

Earlier this year, families around the world got the welcome news that Canada was reverting to a system whereby immigration applicants could include accompanying children up to and including the age of 21 on an application for Canadian permanent residence. Read More »

A return to form

May 3rd, 2017

There has been much commotion over recent months about the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP), through which eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) for permanent resident status. Read More »

Actions must follow words

April 4th, 2017

Last month, readers of the Montreal Gazette may have come across the story of Payman, an 11 year-old Iranian boy whose official adoptive parents became permanent residents of Canada in 2014.

The problem is, Payman is still stuck in Iran, vulnerable and without the love and security of his adoptive parents close by. Read More »