As part of a year-end review with The Canadian Press, Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised the country's record for helping immigrants settle in Canada. He addressed the issues of how Canadians accommodate new cultures and to what extent immigrants assume Canadian values.

Time magazine, a renowned American publication named the loonie (the Canadian dollar) the Canadian Newsmaker of 2007. The magazine defines the Newsmaker as the person, group, place, or thing that has had the most impact on the news in Canada over the year. Canada's booming economy and soaring commodity prices for its abundant resources are chiefly responsible for the loonie's solid performance this year.

Effective December 23, 2007, a new amendment to Canada's citizenship laws has gone into effect to streamline the process of obtaining citizenship for children adopted abroad by Canadian parents. The process for these cases is now more in line with that for children born abroad to Canadian parents.

A recent Statistics Canada report (based on the 2001 census) pegs Canada's population at 33,091,200 as of October 1, 2007. Immigration continues to be an important contributor to population growth, with 71,600 newcomers arriving in the third quarter of this year, a quarterly increase not seen in over 30 years. Total population growth since July 1, 2007 was 115,200.

Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently committed new federal funding to help provincial governments with the settlement and integration of new immigrants.

A new pilot project has been launched by the federal and Alberta governments to fast-track the entry of internationally-trained nurses into Alberta's health care system.

A Canadian Federal Court judge has ruled that Canada must reassess its reciprocal refugee-protection agreement with the United States, stating that the US is not in compliance with international refugee conventions. Attorney David Cohen comments on the implications for Canada immigration.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently tabled a new bill to modernize the country's citizenship laws. New legislation will retroactively restore citizenship to the tens of thousands who lost, or never had Canadian citizenship because of several obscure clauses in existing legislation.

The Alberta government has recently established special advisory offices in Edmonton and Calgary for temporary foreign workers.

A recent study by Canada's Competition Bureau found that rules that restrict who can offer professional services in Canada may go further than necessary to protect the public interest.

The city of Montreal will receive $4.5 million over three years from the Quebec provincial government to fund programs to help immigrants find employment and learn about Quebec culture. On an annual basis, this is twice the amount that the provincial government has provided in the past for these programs.

Canadians speak over 200 languages according to the latest language reports from Statistics Canada's 2006 census. For the first time in Canadian history, allophones (people whose first language is neither French nor English) represented 20 per cent of Canada's population.

The latest Statistics Canada report from the 2006 census came out yesterday. It focuses on immigration and language and highlights the important contribution of newcomers to Canada’s growth and increasing diversity.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Diane Finley announced that as of November 30, 320 Service Canada centres across the country are providing in-person foreign credential referral services for internationally-trained newcomers.