Mexico, which is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has risen to the top of Canada's refugee claimant list.

"The West has wanted in, the West is in now." PM Harper told supporters at a victory speech after his party's meager minority defeat. Harper's sentiment underlines the hope Alberta has that the Conservative Government will help the province approve a draft strategy regarding labour shortage.

Monte Solberg, a western MP stemming from Calgary, Alberta, has been appointed Canada's new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Solberg was the finance critic from 2003 to 2005 and has been a long-serving member in the House of Commons.

The Conservative party critic on Immigration, Diane Ablonczy, is considered among political observers as the "front-runner" for the position of Citizenship and Immigration Minister. Ablonczy has been the Conservative party's Citizenship and Immigration critic since 2002.

Monday January 23, 2006 - The votes are in and Canadians have chosen a new Prime-Minister in Stephen Harper, and a new direction for Canada.

Canada's aging population, coupled with the current economic boom, leaves key Alberta growth industries clamoring for skilled workers.

In 1995 a fee of $975 (CAD) was imposed on all adult immigrants landing in Canada. This Right of Permanent Resident Fee was designed to help pay for settlement services for newly landed immigrants.

Gulf residents applying for Canadian permanent residency in pre-defined categories will be processed through the Abu Dhabi Embassy, instead of the previous London (UK) Visa Office beginning on January 1, 2006.

With the resignation of four board members in less than four months, The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) expressing concern, and an independent auditor describing its expenses as "unusually high", the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) is raising considerable doubt over its ability to self-govern.

A new agreement between the Quebec government and the Government of Canada grants international students the right to seek off-campus work in all regions of Quebec, including Montréal and Québec City. Nearly one hundred schools across the province are eligible to participate under the newly tabled regulation.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) supplementary budget estimates have been approved in principle, and are expected to provide an extra 168.5 million to bolster CIC programs and services.

Immigration Minister Announces Tripling of the Number of Parents and Grandparents Immigrating to Canada every year The measures to speed up the processing of sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents coming to Canada as family class immigrants include tripling the number of parents and grandparents who can immigrate to Canada from 6,000 to 18,000 a year in 2005 and in 2006.


By James Gordon
Feb. 10, 2005
Disgruntled Democrats have had months to cool off since George W. Bush recaptured the U.S. presidency in November, but it appears some may never recover.

Mike Aves, 40, a financial planner in Palm Beach, Fla., where he has been active in the Young Democrats, said he was finding it almost impossible from that distance to land a job in Canada. "I've told my wife, I'd be willing to take a step down, socioeconomically, to move from white-collar work to a blue-collar job, if it would get us to Canada," he said.