Buoyed by strong economic growth, the number of immigrants settling in the province of Manitoba soared to a 50 year high. Government officials recently announced that a total of 9989 new immigrants arrived in the province in 2006, just shy of Manitoba's target of 10,000.

As recently elected Liberal Party of Canada leader the Honourable Stephane Dion named his first shadow cabinet, a new face will be addressing issues of Citizenship and Immigration. The announcement also features some prominent roles for former Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration.

Beginning January 23, 2007, Canadians travelling to and from the United States by air will require a passport. While the rule will apply to those who cross the border by land in the future, this regulation will not take effect until at least 2008.

With England expecting a surplus of talent in the medical profession in the coming years, Canada is eager to attract doctors to fill shortages being faced throughout the country.

Federal NDP leader Jack Layton called on the government to issue a formal apology in the House of Commons for a case of racism against immigrants from India 93 years ago. In 1914 the Komagata Maru was marooned in Vancouver's harbour for three months with nearly 400 passengers on board, and eventually sent back to Asia.

Days before leaving the post of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to become Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, the Honourable Monte Solberg sent a letter to Members of Parliament (MP) reminding them that some Canadians' citizenships may lapse if they do not re-apply prior to their 28th birthday.

Maple Leaf Foods has abandoned its program at its Brandon, Manitoba plant to bring in workers from China, after it was revealed that 61 workers had paid fees of $10,000 to the immigration consultant hired by the company. The actions were not illegal, however the company was concerned about the debt burden faced by the employees.

Driven by greater than expected job creation in December, Canada's unemployment rate fell back down to the 30-year low previously reached in May 2006.

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffles his cabinet, it has been announced that the Honourable Diane Finley will become the new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. The Honourable Monte Solberg will be moving on to become Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

Several Canadian Members of Parliament (MP) have spoken up recently in defence of dual citizenship. Their comments came in response to recent calls for the newly elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Stephane Dion.

Speaking with members of the Chinese community in Markham, just outside of Toronto, newly elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Stephane Dion discussed his plans to keep Canada competitive in the global economy. Mr. Dion highlighted immigration as a crucial element, helping to address Canada's labour shortage.

Receiving the gift of a lifetime this holiday season, a family in the small town of Oliver in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley facing a deportation order received a phone call from the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, that they will be allowed to stay in Canada.

In response to the demands of faith communities across the country, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is examining ways to make it easier for religious leaders to obtain landed immigrant status. Many of these clergy arrive to serve communities on temporary resident visas but are unable to meet the requirements for permanent residents.

In a report released on labour shortages faced by small and medium sized firms across Canada, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) called for changes to the immigration system to better meet their needs.