The provinces of Quebec and Nova Scotia have joined British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario in issuing Lists of Regional Occupations Under Pressure. Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has implemented these lists to reduce the amount of time it takes for employers to hire temporary foreign workers in the listed occupations.

Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be traveling to New Delhi at the end of October to assess Canadian immigration operations in India. She will also be "send[ing] out the message that Canada is looking for talented (Indian) people, looking for the best and the brightest to come here."

Sunday October 21 will close out Citizenship and Immigration Canada's annual Citizenship Week, "a time we dedicate each year to celebrate our shared values of respect, freedom and justice, and reflect on what it means to be Canadian." Hundreds of people have become Canadian citizens this week and hundreds more have reaffirmed their allegiance to Canada at the many citizenship ceremonies across the country.

Suivant la conclusion de la consultation publique sur la planification de l'immigration pour la période 2008-2010, la ministre de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles propose une croissance moyenne de l'immigration annuelle.

It was the first time that the Europe-wide immigration index included Canada in its 28-nation study, which explores how countries integrate newcomers into mainstream society. Grading nations based on their immigration policies and legislative frameworks for peaceful integration, the index ranked Canada in fifth place overall, tied with Finland.

"Study in Canada and pursue your dreams," is the motto of the Canadian Education Centre (CEC), a non-profit organization with 20 international offices. Since 1991, the CEC has been organizing bi-annual Canadian Education Fairs to raise awareness about the many education options in Canada for foreign students from kindergarten to the graduate level.

Skills Connect, a British Columbia (BC) employment initiative that helps immigrants find jobs that match their skills and experience, is now providing its services to the health care sector.

According to a Statistics Canada report, Canadian employers created 51,100 jobs in September, three times more than economists had predicted. This swell of employment brought the national unemployment rate down to 5.9 per cent, its lowest level since November 1974. Employment has been growing significantly faster in 2007 compared to last year, fueling the strong

The Immigrant Business Start-Up Pilot, offered by the province of New Brunswick and Enterprise Saint John, is aimed at recent immigrants who are interested in starting a small business and wish to acquire the skills, training, and business contacts to do so.

The national Vital Signs report, issued by the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), measures Canada ’s quality of life in terms of work, learning, public safety, poverty, health and wellness, arts and culture, and the environment. 159 community foundations make up the CFC.

Recent changes to the British Columbia (BC) Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will make it easier for business immigrants to set up new businesses in the province. The BC PNP has lowered the minimum investment requirements for all three categories of the BC PNP Business Stream (from $800,000 to $400,000 for Business Skills, from $300,000 to $200,000 for Regional Business, and from $1 million to $500,000 for Strategic Projects).

For the first time ever, the province of Manitoba welcomed the largest annual number of immigrants per capita in Canada. The Manitoba population of 1,186,679 received 10,800 immigrants between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. Manitoba’s overall population growth over the one-year period was the second-largest it has been in 21 years. Most newcomers came from the Philippines, Germany, India, China, and El Salvador.

The pilot project, announced this week, will expedite the process of employing foreign workers in Alberta and British Columbia's labour-strapped industries.