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While appearing before a committee of the United States Senate, Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates noted that Canada is attracting the best and brightest immigrants to its borders. Gates suggested that his home country had much to learn from its Northern neighbour in terms of immigration policy.
Canadian immigrants who originate from the Indian subcontinent are helping to make cricket a popular sport in Canada. Mike Colle, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in Ontario, is presently in St. Lucia to encourage the Canadian team at the cricket World Cup.
The latest national census confirmed that, though the population of New Brunswick has not decreased over the past five years, it has not seen much growth either. Greg Byrne, the minister responsible for the population growth secretariat has underlined the importance of encouraging people to settle in New Brunswick and to stay there.
With a dwindling national birthrate and baby boomers nearing the end of their lifespans towards 2030, Canada will soon be completely dependent on immigration to maintain population and economic growth. According to a Statistics Canada national census, immigration is currently responsible for two thirds of Canada's 5.4 percent growth.
In its eighth consecutive year, Quebec’s Action Week Against Racism is a clear indication that the province is open and welcoming to diverse cultural groups and that it is working to ease the settlement and integration of newcomers into Quebec society. The theme of this year’s event is The Workplace: A Racism-Free Zone and it is dedicated to encouraging the open discussion and development of ideas to make Quebec a society free of any discrimination. Given the importance of Quebec immigration to maintaining population and economic growth, the ideas and results that come from this week will be very valuable to all Quebec society.
Statistics Canada’s most recent census, which covers the period from 2001-2006, indicates that immigrants to Canada are responsible for two thirds of the country’s population growth. With the total Canadian population swelling to 31.6 million, the Canada-born populace increase of 400,000 was well outdone by the additional 1.2 million immigrants over the five-year span of the census.
At a conference of Information Technology industry leaders, skilled workers, and educational institutions, a consensus was made clear: Canada’s IT needs more immigration to meet labour demands.
A recent poll ranks Canada as the country with the most positive influence in the world. 28,000 people in 27 countries were asked to rate 12 countries as either having a positive or negative worldwide influence. Canada’s overall influence rating topped the list with 54 per cent of respondents rating it mostly positive and only 14 per cent mostly negative. Japan came in at a close second with an identical positive rating but a higher negative rating.
In an effort to encourage Canadian permanent residents to become fully engaged Canadian citizens, Canada’s most recent former Governor-General has founded The Institute for Canadian Citizenship. The Right-Honourable Adrienne Clarkson will serve as co-chair of the new non-profit organization with her husband, philosopher John Ralston Saul.
There will be an increasing number of Canadian jobs in the Information Technology sector as the province of Nova Scotia embarks on a campaign to grow and develop the province’s IT industry.
On February 28, the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC), announced a new Canadian immigration initiative to increase the involvement of Canadian immigrants in the workplace.
In a move aimed to capitalize on the contributions being made by foreign workers to the booming Canadian economy, the Canadian Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration along with of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have announced that they will be extending the length of certain Temporary Foreign Worker permits.
After three years living in a Vancouver church, Amir Kazemian is free to stay in Canada, as his application has been approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. The welcome news reached Mr. Kazemian in the nick of time, as he was in police custody awaiting deportation.
The cases of Canadians discovering they do not hold citizenship are small in number and being resolved quickly, according to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
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