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By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018
A provincial pilot program aimed at making it easier for immigrants to fill certain in-demand jobs in the B.C. technology industry will be extended for a year longer than initially planned — an attempt to give tech employers relief amid record tight labour market conditions and skyrocketing wages.
By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Canada and Ontario don’t have a refugee crisis. There’s been a significant increase in asylum seekers crossing over the U.S. border and claiming refugee status, but we’re a big country and we can handle the numbers involved. Still, bungling and buck-passing by the federal and provincial governments risk turning this manageable problem into an actual crisis. If they don’t get their act together quickly, there’s a real possibility they may create a needless backlash against asylum seekers.
By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018

An open letter from health providers across Canada has been send to the Prime Minister requesting, not only asking to end the Safe Third Country Agreement, but also to end immigration detention, including child detention and family separation, in Canada.

By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Canada has come under fire for a lack of transparency in its immigration detention system and its practice of detaining vulnerable groups, including children and those with mental health conditions. “The lack of independent national and international oversight bodies significantly contributes to the culture of secrecy surrounding the Canadian immigration detention system,” said a report by the Geneva-based Global Detention Project, an international research group that promotes the human rights of migrants in detention.
By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Many refugees arriving this summer in Toronto are being put up in college dorm rooms. Dr. Paul Caulford is probably the busiest doctor in town this summer -- he and his team are caring for 400 refugees at the Centennial campus. Matt Galloway speaks to him about what it's like, and what they're telling him.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
More than half of the refugee claimants sheltered by the city in motels, hotels and college dormitories are children, according to new data provided by the city on Tuesday. Of those, 728 are under age 8, and 518 are between the ages of 8 and 15. Most are travelling in families of three or more.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The Canadian Council for Refugees responded with alarm to the proposal in the newly released IRB Review Report to remove refugee determination from the Immigration and Refugee Board. The CCR calls on the government to reject this option, and to commit to maintaining the IRB as an independent quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for refugee determination.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Businesses are seeing the value of bringing refugees into their workforce. Paramount Fine Foods has hired more than 150 refugees and IKEA Canada just announced its commitment to hire 250 refugees in the next three years. These companies are doing this because they and their customers care about refugees — and because it’s good for business.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
In an urgent letter, Mayor John Tory is telling the federal government that Toronto can no longer handle the influx of refugee claimants and will no longer do so without emergency financial help from senior governments.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Despite the economic slowdown, Alberta remains a top destination for newcomers to Canada — and the evidence backs that up.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Human rights abuses have a way of spilling across borders. It is happening in Nogales, Ariz., and at Lacolle, Quebec. There is a connection between these events at the United States’ southern and northern borders.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Canadians won’t do the back-breaking, low-paying work of picking our own produce. For the people we import to work our fields, food not only provides a livelihood but is also essential for maintaining their mental health, for surviving in isolation from their homes and families—which is why Armando and I are talking about avocados.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
We don’t accept all-male panels on women’s issues, so why do we still discuss refugee policy without refugees, asks entrepreneur Sana Mustafa. Beyond tokenistic inclusion of refugee stories, she argues that meaningful participation requires major institutional shifts.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
A Winnipeg immigration lawyer wants Canada to suspend an agreement with the United States that prevents asylum seekers from applying for refugee status here if they have already done so in the U.S.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The Immigrant Services Society of BC has released a report taking a closer look at refugee claimants, as more continue to cross the border into the province. Over 300 people awaiting their asylum hearings were surveyed, and they shared how they felt Canada could modify policies to better support the growing population.
By admin2 on Thursday, June 21, 2018
Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.
By admin2 on Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Immigrant Services Society of BC has released a report taking a closer look at refugee claimants, as more continue to cross the border into the province. Over 300 people awaiting their asylum hearings were surveyed, and they shared how they felt Canada could modify policies to better support the growing population.

By admin2 on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
How can the government claim to be standing up “unequivocally for our values” while nearly 2,000 vulnerable children have been rounded up and caged in detention centres by our closest neighbour and ally? Are we to believe that imprisoning children, many under four years old, is consistent with the values that define Canada? If so, what does that say about us?
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce recently presented the Newcomer Welcome Centre at the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library with a unique booklet describing 151 activities, facilities and events that make Pictou County a unique and wonderful place to live and work.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has suggested that it would be "playing politics" for him to condemn the forcible separation of migrant children from their parents at the Mexico-U.S. border.New Democrats pressed Trudeau in question period Monday to suspend Canada's Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. due to the "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has seen nearly 2,000 children placed in holding facilities in the U.S. while their parents face prosecution.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Advocates who work in this field believe that the number of unaccompanied minors seeking refugee status in Canada is much smaller than the U.S., but they still see cause for concern. One reason behind that concern is that Canada does not have a uniform system for dealing with unaccompanied minors when they arrive in Canada, according to Janet Dench, the executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
She came to Canada last year as a refugee and, with the help of a friend, found The 519 – a City of Toronto agency and registered charity that provides LGBTQ newcomers with essential services and in-depth knowledge of available resources. Staff at The 519 helped Princess prepare her documentation for a hearing on her refugee status, in addition to connecting her with volunteer opportunities that offer a crucial sense of community. 
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
EDMONTON—When Harriet Tinka was growing up in the small western Uganda town of Hoima — one of the oldest in the country — no one talked about depression. She said there was no such word in her mother tongue of Lunyoro, only “crazy.”“In my country they don’t have the word ‘mental health’ – it doesn’t exist,” she said. “They say that’s a Western disease.” It wasn’t until she moved to Canada that she found support from her friends and found a name for depression, a disease she battled for years.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Designed to stimulate Canada’s economy, the failures of investor immigration are well documented, its successes questionable.A program still operates out of Quebec — and it has problems, too.Still, there are some who see potential for the federal program’s return. They work in universities, and at one of the country’s biggest think tanks.They have ideas for how they think it could work — and none convince the people who have spent decades recording its failings.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently upended decades of U.S. legal precedent by asserting that women fleeing domestic violence will not generally qualify for asylum. To do so, he challenged the principle that women victims of domestic violence are members of a “particular social group.”