Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) was once again rated the world's most "liveable city" by the Economist magazine. The survey ranked 132 cities based on such factors as stability, health care, environment, education, culture, and infrastructure. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vancouver received the top spot because of its "low crime rate, little threat from instability or terrorism and a highly developed transport and communications infrastructure." Vancouver is a popular destination for Canadian immigrants and has become an increasingly multicultural city.

Alberta's unemployment rate fell again last month as the province created 13,600 jobs in July. Alberta's 3.3 percent unemployment rate was the lowest in the country for the 13th straight month, according to Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will be meeting this week to discuss increased labour mobility between their countries. Building on a current successful program that brings in thousands of Mexican agricultural workers every year, the Canadian government would like to bring in even more Mexican workers to deal with Canada’s chronic labour shortages.

Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently announced the allocation of $12.5 million for the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. The funding will be distributed among seven partner agencies in Hamilton, Ontario – among them the Settlement and Integration Services Organization and the Circle of Friends for Newcomers. Increased language training funding was also announced for the region of Caledon, Ontario.

The Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences will be holding public hearings and town hall meetings in 17 Quebec communities this fall. Having done five months of research and focus groups, the Commission's public hearings will give immigrants, French-speaking Quebecers and English-speaking Quebecers a chance to come together and discuss perceptions about immigration in Quebec.

The Manitoba government is being proactive in its search for foreign skilled workers who are qualified to alleviate labour shortages in the province.

With a growing Muslim population in Canada, retailers are learning that there is a very significant consumer market in search of halal products. Many local stores are reporting recent increases in halal sales by as much as 80 per cent and many large retailers, such as Loblaws and Wal-Mart are now carrying a selection of halal products. The prevalence of halal products in Canada allows Muslims an easier way to maintain religious rituals.

The Canadian Immigration Integration Project (CIIP) in Asia is a $4.5 million government-funded initiative, which aims to better prepare soon-to-be Canadian immigrants for settlement in Canada. The three-year pilot project began in January in Manila, Delhi, and Hong Kong. Starting this month, the pre-arrival service will also be provided in Beijing, Gujarat, and Punjab.

A growing number of immigrants to the province of Quebec are bilingual, with knowledge of both English and French. In 2006, 34 per cent of the immigrants admitted to Quebec were bilingual, up from 11 per cent in 1997. Most of Quebec’s newcomers settle in Montreal, making it an increasingly bilingual city.

The next winter Olympics will be hosted by Vancouver and Whistler in British Columbia. In preparing to welcome the world to this event, there is a high demand for skilled and semi-skilled workers in the construction and hospitality industries.

The number of Americans admitted to Canada in 2006 is the highest it has been in thirty years. At 10,942, immigration to Canada from the U.S. has nearly doubled since 2000. A recent poll stated that 92 per cent of Americans have a favorable view of Canada, ranking it at the top of a list of 25 countries.

The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program is the Canadian government's primary means of helping employers address immediate skill and labour shortages. As labour tensions continue to mount across industries, Canadian employers have been making use of this program to fill a growing number of vacant positions.

The issue was raised on Tuesday, addressed on Wednesday, and the policy dropped by Thursday. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) reacted quickly after the World Sikh Organization raised the issue about a 10-year policy that required Canadian immigration applicants with the last name Singh or Kaur to change their names.

Ontario's publicly funded education system currently supports students from kindergarten to grade 12 in public, Catholic and French Immersion schools throughout the province. The Ontario Conservative government, if elected this fall, would move to provide public funding to Ontario's private Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Christian schools. "This is a plan that will bring faith-based schools, which currently exist outside of the public system inside that system instead, subject to clear, reasonable conditions," explains Ontario Conservative leader, John Tory.