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By admin2 on Thursday, August 30, 2018

The previous Conservative government abandoned plans to change policies to address birth tourism because of operational and financial challenges.

By admin2 on Thursday, August 30, 2018
Okanagan youths between the ages of seven and 13 were invited to participate in a unique workshop series hosted by KCR Community Resources called “Let’s Tell a Story” throughout the month of August.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 30, 2018

One of Canada's former top immigration officials says so-called passport babies are a genuine problem in some Canadian locales and closing a loophole being exploited by pregnant foreign tourists is required to curtail the fraudulent practice. But Andrew Griffith, a former director general at Citizenship and Immigration, said that a policy resolution passed by Conservatives this weekend to end the practice of giving citizenship to anyone born in the country may be akin to "using a hammer to squash a fly."

By admin2 on Thursday, August 30, 2018
It doesn’t matter who your parents are, or when and how they came to Canada. If you are born here, we claim you as our own. It was the fundamental compact we made with the immigrant settlers who left their homelands behind to take a risk on a new life in a new land. Yes, we told them, it may be tough to start over again in a different country. But your children will be Canadians, no matter what, equal to all other Canadians.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 30, 2018
In 1979, the Edelsons were among the hundreds of Ottawa residents moved by then mayor Marion Dewar's call to take in 4,000 Vietnamese refugees fleeing their war-torn homeland.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 30, 2018
Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume has called on the next provincial government to relax the rules for immigrants who have jobs lined up in the province, as the region is struggling with a severe workforce deficit. "There are 17,000 jobs available today on the North and South Shore [of Quebec City]. We don't see how we could find the people for those jobs, so we need immigration, immigration, immigration," Labeaume said at a news conference on Monday.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 23, 2018
Today, the United Nations Human Rights Commission ruled that Canada has violated the rights of Nell Toussaint who nearly died after being denied necessary healthcare services. Due to her lack of health insurance as a non-status person, Nell was denied appropriate care by hospitals and suffered serious complications as a result.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 23, 2018
The Conservative Party released what it is calling a "fair, orderly and compassionate" vision for Canada's immigration system amidst a tense national — and internal — debate on the issue.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 23, 2018
The federal government will help more immigrant families reunite by increasing the number of parents and grandparents admitted to Canada under its reunification program, Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced Monday in Edmonton.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 23, 2018
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says it will scrap its controversial randomized selection process for its Parents and Grandparents Program in 2019 and revert to a first-come, first-served approach to inviting interested sponsors to apply.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 23, 2018
Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal nearly died in 2016 while sneaking across the Canada-US border during a frigid late December, hoping to gain asylum. Their experience made them the public faces of a wave of migrants to Canada who followed soon after.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 23, 2018
In a country as prosperous as Canada, all Canadians should have a real and fair chance to succeed. The Government of Canada is focused on growth that benefits all Canadians and on investments that help grow the middle class and reduce poverty. Since 2015, $22 billion has been invested, and about 650,000 Canadians will have been lifted out of poverty by 2019.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 23, 2018

The federal government is apparently proceeding with plans to create a watchdog to handle complaints against members of the Canada Border Services Agency. The pledge comes after Bolante Idowu Alo, 49, died in the custody of agency officers while being deported Aug. 7.

By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Members of the Surrey Refugee Youth Team are helping new immigrants form cross-cultural connections by introducing them to B.C.'s Indigenous history.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Kids from newcomer families got a chance to see what it's like to be a firefighter or paramedic last week. They were part of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service's annual Equity and Diversity Camp, which welcomes newcomer youth into its training academy and teaches them a variety of skills.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
An Edmonton initiative that has empowered hundreds of immigrant women to exercise their rights is expanding. The Stride Advocacy Project received a $50,000 grant this week from the provincial Status of Women department to branch out to Calgary, Lethbridge and St. Paul, and to offer programming to more Indigenous women.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
A Canadian civil rights organization is demanding an investigation into Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) procedures after a Nigerian man being deported on a flight from Calgary to Amsterdam died following an altercation with border officers.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Twenty-year-old Rafat Harb has risked his savings on a new grocery and halal butcher shop to serve the community that's given his family a future. It's a venture that wouldn't be possible without the helping hand he's getting from fellow Syrian refugees who, in return, are getting a boost toward achieving their own aspirations.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
A veteran fisherman from Prince Edward County is handing the reins of his company over to a 21-year-old Syrian newcomer in an effort to keep the only fish processing operation left in the county alive. 
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The online marketplace carries around 200 African products including spices, snacks and soups. The selection includes hard-to-find ingredients like ground crayfish, African curry powders and a Cameroonian hot pepper blend.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Too often the plight of refugees is politicized, as is the case now, but one way to combat misrepresentations of refugees is simply by reading their stories. We asked Amazon book editor Sarah Smith to recommend a few books both about refugees and by refugees to enlighten readers of their stories. Ahead are her choices of poetry, short stories, and novels with a brief description about each selection.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 9, 2018
Local brewer Dominion City Brewing Company unveiled its own ‘buck-a-beer’ plan on Wednesday, pledging that it will donate proceeds from a limited edition beer to refugees looking to make a home in Ottawa.
By admin2 on Thursday, August 9, 2018
Wael Aun’s father died when he was 17. The teenager left his village in the south of Syria for Kuwait, where an uncle taught him the fine trade of upholstering furniture. “I leave school because my family needed the money,” Aun says. It’s a trade that sustained Aun and his family for 25 years as he roamed in search of work and to escape the war that had torn apart his homeland.
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By the end of 2018, Canada estimates that the country will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents, many of whom are refugees who have brought a wealth of knowledge and work experience and need to parlay that into a job in Canada. Thankfully, there are many educational options to usher newcomers into employment, such as Ryerson University’s Workplace Communication in Canada program, which teaches job search techniques, in-office communication and more.  Two professionals discuss going back to school while adapting to life in Canada. 
By admin2 on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Potential immigration pilot program for rural, northern Ontario communities. Canada's minister of immigration visited Sudbury on Tuesday to speak with local employers about the role of immigration in northern Ontario's economy. Ahmed Hussen joined a round table discussion hosted by the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, where he heard from employers about the acute need for labour and skills in the region.