The issue was raised on Tuesday, addressed on Wednesday, and the policy dropped by Thursday. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) reacted quickly after the World Sikh Organization raised the issue about a 10-year policy that required Canadian immigration applicants with the last name Singh or Kaur to change their names.

Ontario's publicly funded education system currently supports students from kindergarten to grade 12 in public, Catholic and French Immersion schools throughout the province. The Ontario Conservative government, if elected this fall, would move to provide public funding to Ontario's private Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Christian schools. "This is a plan that will bring faith-based schools, which currently exist outside of the public system inside that system instead, subject to clear, reasonable conditions," explains Ontario Conservative leader, John Tory.

Over the past two years, 2,000 volunteers have worked together to erect the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Canada's first marble Hindu Temple. The $40 million temple is being celebrated as an architectural wonder, constructed with ancient techniques and spanning 95,000 square feet.

Mme Yolande James, ministre de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles du Québec, souligne que le dossier des reconnaissances des acquis est devenu une priorité du gouvernement. Elle a récemment annoncé la réalisation de sept nouveaux projets dans le but de faciliter le processus de reconnaître les compétences des immigrants au Québec. Le gouvernement provincial a collaboré avec plusieurs ordres professionnels régissant les professions d'agronome, de médecin vétérinaire, de comptable en management accrédité, d'avocat, de dentiste, d'hygiéniste dentaire, et de technicien dentaire pour réaliser ces projets.

Statistics Canada recently released the latest age and gender statistics based on the 2006 census. The results show an aging population in which the fastest growing portion of the population (aged 55 to 64) will soon be exiting the work force.

This year, 22,000 workers from around the world arrived in Canada under the Canadian government's seasonal work agriculture program. Created in 1974, this program, along with local agencies, assists farmers in bringing in foreign workers to do the planting, pruning, weeding, and picking of fruit and vegetable crops across the country. The government monitors working and living conditions and sets wages.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest recently met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss a proposal for a Canada-European Union free trade agreement. Put forward by Charest at the World Economic Forum meeting last January, Charest hopes that such an agreement would strengthen ties between France and the province of Quebec.

With a health care worker shortage in Quebec, the provincial Immigration Minister Yolande James is working to make it easier for foreign health care professionals to become licensed to practice in Quebec. As a regulated industry, all foreign health care workers must belong to a professional corporation, which ensures that foreign qualifications are equivalent to Quebec qualifications.

In 2006, Alberta became the first province in Canada where the number of Temporary Foreign workers exceeded the number of people admitted through the Canadian immigration system. In significant need of labour force growth, Alberta has taken advantage of recent facilitative amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

U.S. technology giant Microsoft Corp. will be setting up shop in Vancouver, British Columbia to benefit of Canada’s more open immigration system for foreign skilled workers. The Microsoft Canada Development Centre will allow “the company to recruit and retain highly skilled people affected by immigration issues in the U.S.”

Statistics Canada's recent Ethnic Diversity Survey (EDS) suggests that as Canadian immigrants and their children grow older, their attachment to Canada strengthens. 74.5 per cent of respondents aged 65 and over expressed a “very strong” sense of belonging to Canada, compared with only 40.6 per cent among those aged 15-17. The results show this sentiment growing stronger with age in each subgroup of second-generation Canadians (whites, blacks, South Asians and Chinese, among others).

This weekend's Canada Day was a time for Canadians to celebrate the country's ethno-cultural heritage. In the Montreal (Quebec ) parade, there were proud contingents of dozens of cultural and ethnic community groups. The Filipino Association of Montreal, the Polish Canadian

July 1st, 2007 will mark the 140th anniversary of the confederation of Canada , whereby the existing British North American provinces were united in the federation of Canada. Now commonly known as Canada Day, Canadians have been celebrating the official establishment of the country on July 1st since 1867.

To overcome the challenges of having internationally-obtained qualifications recognized in Canada, a new government office has been established to provide support services to newcomers as they navigate the credential recognition process.