Thursday June 01, 2006 – Roughly a dozen dissenters began vociferously objecting to government policy regarding deportations as Federal Immigration Minister Monte Solberg took the stage at a downtown church in the nation’s capital yesterday.

Canada's labour crunch has it facing one of the most serious shortages of skilled workers in the industrial world. It's no secret that the Canadian government is working especially hard to attract an immigrant workforce to supplement its aging homegrown labour pool, precariously low birth rate, and booming economy. In fact, Canada welcomes more immigrants per capita than any other immigrant-receiving nation.

The Toronto Region of Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is hosting, "A World of Experience", a week-long event which recognizes immigrant contributions to the Canadian marketplace.

The former Ontario cabinet minister with the famous surname, Gerard Kennedy, released his platform for eliminating the credentials recognition hurdle faced by skilled immigrants.

With a populous and impending generation of retiring workers, Fredericton focuses on regional immigration as a means to supplement their workforce and bolster their booming economy.

Monday, May 15, 2006 - the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, introduced a new bill in the House of Commons to reform the Citizenship Act. The plan is intended to streamline the foreign adoption process by amending bureaucratic hurdles that lengthen the time it takes to unite Canadian parents with their foreign-adopted children.

Foreign-trained doctors, nurses and other professionals will be offered a "fast-track" to credentials recognition in Quebec with the introduction of Bill 14.

Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable Monte Solberg, will address a National Business Symposium on June 15th. The discussion is expected to explore solutions to Canada's massive labour shortage. The gathering will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The Government of Canada has reduced the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) from C$975.00 to C$490.00 effective Wednesday, May 3, 2006.

The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, has announced that effective April 27, 2006, foreign students enrolled in public post-secondary institutions can apply for off-campus work permits. The work permit is valid for the duration of their study permit.

According to Statistics Canada (Statscan), Alberta's population increased by five times the national average in the fourth quarter of 2005. The Prairie province has not seen growth of this magnitude since it struck oil in the late 1970s.

British Columbia (B.C.) wants as many temporary foreign workers as needed to fill the labour shortage affecting its booming construction industry.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in March, the lowest it's been in decades. The number of jobs in Canada has increased by a whopping 330,000 (2.1 percent) during the last year, an amazing growth by anyone's measure.

A study commissioned by Quebec's immigration minister contends that the idea of a foreign-trained immigrant driving a taxi cab to make ends-meat is an overstated pretense.