According to a recent study by consulting firm Deloitte and Touche LLP, many North American CEO’s are having trouble finding IT workers and are looking to foreign skilled workers to staff their organizations.

Under the expanded Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the province will now be making Canadian Permanent Residency nominations for individuals in manufacturing, transportation, food and beverage, and hospitality occupations. Alberta employers have been suffering from chronic labour shortages in these industries; the new PNP is designed to alleviate them. 

In recent years, the Canadian healthcare system has experienced a shortage of nurses, as many experienced professionals retire. To ensure fair treatment and to ease the burden on the healthcare system, the Government of Ontario is taking steps to help foreign-trained nurses work in Ontario.

Nearly a fifth of Canada's total population was born elsewhere in the world. Many of these individuals immigrated to Canada because of the promise of living freely in a democratic, peaceful and multicultural society. Studies have shown however, that immigrants to Canada have low levels of political participation. A new program being run by The Maytree Foundation aims to change that by encouraging civic engagement among immigrants.

After a half-century of immigration, Canada has the second largest community of Filipinos in the world outside of the Philippines itself. Overtime this community has grown to number 315,000, accounting for one per cent of the total Canadian population. A new book written by two Filipino-Canadians celebrates the Filipino community in Canada and its history.

A new immigration agreement has been signed today by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Diane Finley, the Alberta Minister of Employment, Immigration, and Industry, Iris Evans, and the Premier of Alberta, Ed Stelmach. The Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration is a commitment from the federal government to work collaboratively on immigration matters with the Province of Alberta. It is designed to address Alberta’s labour force needs and the needs of newcomers to the province.

The construction industry in Canada is hungry for more workers, and they are happy to hire new immigrants, according to a recent survey. With potential growth being held back by labour shortages, industry leaders are calling on the government to increase immigration and to improve recruiting strategies to bring individuals with much-needed construction skills to Canada.

An immigration office will be opening in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on June 15, 2007 as part of the provincial government’s plan to develop, attract, and retain its workforce. The immigration office will provide support for Saskatoon employers interested in hiring immigrants. Additionally, it will provide assistance and information to providers of integration services for newcomers.

With the Canadian economy enjoying a period of steady growth, companies looking to hire additional employees are finding that competition for human resources is fierce. To succeed in this market, top executives are looking beyond their borders to fill their skills shortages. In a recent poll conducted by leading consulting firm Deloitte and Touche LLP, two thirds of top-tier executives felt it was important to look overseas for talent.

The Commons immigration committee has decided to hold hearings on tens of thousands of undocumented (illegal) workers currently in Canada. The inquiry will address the ‘illogical policy’ of deporting undocumented foreign workers while Canada faces chronic labour shortages, especially in lower-skilled trades.

Early next week, the Alberta government is expected to sign a special immigration deal with the federal government. As Canada’s fastest growing province, Alberta regards immigration as an important solution to its chronic labour shortages. With a job market growth rate outpacing all other provinces, Alberta currently has more jobs than they do people to fill them.

Four years ago, Statistics Canada launched a new program tracking the successes, challenges and attitudes of new immigrants to Canada over a number of years. The first crop of results are in, and recent immigrants are giving the thumbs-up to their newly adopted nation.

The Canadian permanent resident (PR) card was first introduced in June 2002 in order to heighten Canada’s border security and provide immigrants with secure and convenient proof of their status in Canada. Valid for a five year period, the cards that were first issued in 2002 will begin expiring in the coming months.

For a group of people living in refugee camps in Southern Bangladesh, the late arrival of the Canadian spring will mean a true fresh start in the spirit of the season. Canada is taking the initiative of opening its doors to a first group of Rohingya refugees living in UN camps in the southern tip of Bangladesh.