Attracting and Retaining Immigrants: A Tool Box of Ideas for Smaller Centres has recently been released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and provincial, municipal, and community partners. It is a comprehensive guide for smaller communities who want to create their own immigration strategies, to attract and encourage Canadian newcomers.

Though immigration to Canada’s northern territories is small by comparison to the immigration flow to Canadian provinces, the number of newcomers deciding to live in the Northwest Territories (NWT), the Yukon, and Nunavut is on the increase. In response to this, there have been new immigrant settlement service agencies setting up in the northern territories to help newcomers with the transition into Canadian society and the Canadian workforce.

The British Columbia (BC) provincial government has signed a two-year memorandum of understanding with the Philippine government to help fill provincial labour shortages with skilled Filipino workers.

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, immigrants who settle in smaller Canadian cities and rural areas are better off financially than those who head to larger urban areas. The Perspectives on Labour and Income study finds that the earnings gap between newcomers and Canadians is significantly less in smaller towns than in big cities. Furthermore, that gap narrows much more quickly in small towns.

The shortage of information technology (IT) workers that is looming in Canada could cripple the sector and seriously impact the Canadian economy, says a recent report by a coalition of industry professionals.

According to Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Canadian labour force growth is projected to increase by only 11 per cent over the next 50 years. This figure is in stark contrast to the 200 per cent growth of the labour force over the past 50 years (from 1956–2006), which was the key contributor to Canada's economic expansion.

With a pressing need for skilled workers, Canada's Western provinces continue to implement new initiatives to help foreign workers get to Canada and start contributing to the labour force quickly. Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is rolling out the welcome mat to temporary foreign workers, making the transition into the workforce easier, faster and with more protection.

As of February 1, 2008, Canadians and Americans crossing a land border from Canada to the US will need to show both an official document with photo ID, as well as proof of citizenship. This decision to toughen requirements, announced by American Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, comes less than a month after US Congress delayed a more stringent passport requirement. The requirement that Canadians and Americans carry their passports across US land borders has been postponed by one year until June 2009.

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is stressing the importance of keeping skilled workers in Canada and of recruiting talented immigrants to offset Canada's chronic labour force shortages.

Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has announced that the Expedited Labour Market Opinion (E-LMO) pilot project to bring in foreign workers to Alberta and British Columbia, has been expanded for an additional 21 occupations. It will now be much faster for Alberta and BC employers to hire temporary foreign workers for a greater number of occupations.

The Philippines is one of the largest exporters of labourers in the world, with 10 per cent of its current population working abroad. In 2006, it was the third highest source country of immigrants to Canada; it has been among the top five for over 25 years. As Canada’s labour crunch continues, Filipino workers are an increasingly important source of labour.

Currently in fundraising phase, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will have the mission "to advance understanding and support for human rights in Canada and throughout the world." The vision is to create a centre for learning and discussion.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) have pledged $7.5 million over five years to the national Metropolis Project for research into globalization, migration, and diversity.

The United States government has delayed a requirement that people entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean by land or sea must present a valid passport.