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.

A recent study by RBC and Ipsos Reid shows that 27 per cent of Canadian immigrants who have been in Canada for ten years or less feel truly established in Canada and 54 per cent feel they are in the process of getting settled. 19 per cent of respondents stated that they still feel new to Canada.

The European Commission presented a report this week that criticized Canada's lack of transparency and the delays it has caused in the negotiations over removing visa requirements for the eight most recent EU members.

A new immigration agreement has been signed between Nova Scotia and Canada to attract and retain more immigrants to meet provincial labour market needs.

Since its inception as a pilot project in 2003, the Off-Campus Work Permit Program has only been available to international students at public Canadian universities and colleges. Nationally launched in April 2006, the initiative has already benefited over 8,300 international students by giving them Canadian work experience and financial independence.