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Microsoft Attracting Foreign Workers to New Centre in Canada

U.S. technology giant Microsoft Corp. recently announced that it will be setting up shop in Vancouver, British Columbia. The location of the new Microsoft Canada Development Centre was chosen because the city is both “a global gateway with a diverse population,” and “is close to Microsoft corporate offices in Redmond, Washington.” However, the most significant […]

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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

Continually striving to be a more attractive destination for Canadian immigrants, Manitoba has been investing in programs and support systems for newcomers. The elements of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) reflect the province’s community values. The MPNP is unique in that, among its six streams, two of them offer priority assessment to applicants who […]

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Canada’s 140th Birthday a Multicultural Celebration

July 1st, 2007 marked the 140th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, whereby the existing British North American provinces were united in the federation of Canada. Now commonly known as Canada Day, the official establishment of the country has been celebrated on July 1st since 1867. Canada Day is an opportunity for all Canadians, whether born in […]

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David Cohen’s Blog: Why All the Secrecy?

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” He meant that openness and transparency are fundamental elements of a true democracy. As Canadians, we pride ourselves on the strength of our democracy and the rights which are enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Recent events have brought […]

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Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada on the Increase

The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program is the Canadian government’s primary means of helping employers address immediate skill and labour shortages. As labour tensions continue to mount across industries, Canadian employers have been making use of this program to fill a growing number of vacant positions. >> Read Full Article on CanadaVisa.com . . .

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Pier 21 Immigration Museum – One of the Seven Wonders of Canada

For nearly 50 years, until 1971, Pier 21 served as a gateway to Canada for over 1.5 million new immigrants. To commemorate the important role that these newcomers have had in shaping modern-day Canada, the site which is now home to an immigration museum, has been named one of the “Seven Wonders of Canada”. On […]

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Ontario Launches New Pilot Provincial Nominee Program

Ontario has now joined every other provincial government in offering a provincial immigration program, designed to fast-track the issuance of Canadian Permanent Resident Visas for foreign workers with skills in demand. The Ontario government has recently introduced the Ontario Pilot Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), designed to help Ontario employers attract and retain the skilled immigrants […]

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Canadian Immigration History – Government of Canada Addressing Past Wrongs

Over the past couple of years, the Government of Canada has been taking steps to address past injustices to Chinese Canadians, Indo-Canadians and other ethnic communities – “actions related to immigration restrictions and wartime measures, which, although legal at the time, are considered to be inconsistent with the values that Canadians hold today.” The current […]

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Canadian Government’s New Foreign Credential Referral Office

To overcome the challenges of having internationally-obtained qualifications recognized in Canada, a new government office has been established to provide support services to newcomers as they navigate the credential recognition process. >> Read Full Article on CanadaVisa.com . . .

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David Cohen’s Blog: Buyer Beware

A series of articles in the Toronto Star recently shone a powerful spotlight on the immigration consulting industry. What they found does not speak well for the industry. First a bit of background on the subject. For many years only lawyers in good standing with their provincial bar association were allowed to represent clients before […]

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David Cohen’s Blog: The Right to Sponsor

Equality is a fundamental Canadian value. Whether you are a fifth-generation Canadian or you have just received your Canadian citizenship this morning, you are entitled to exactly the same set of rights and responsibilities. Or at least that’s the way it’s meant to be. >> Read Full Blog on CanadaVisa.com . . .

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High Satisfaction Levels Among Recent Immigrants

Four years ago, Statistics Canada launched a program to track the successes, challenges and attitudes of new immigrants to Canada over a number of years. The results are in, and recent immigrants are giving the thumbs-up to their newly adopted nation. The recently released report is from a Canadian government program that aims to better […]

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Alberta Signs New Immigration Agreement with Canada

The Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration will streamline immigration to Alberta, making it easier and faster for foreign workers to settle in the province. Signed last week by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Alberta Minister of Employment, Immigration, and Industry, and the Premier of Alberta, the new agreement addresses Alberta’s chronic […]

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Canadian University Participation Rates on the Rise

A new report released by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada projects that on a national scale, Canadian university enrolment over the next ten years will increase by up to an additional 150,000 students. Labour market demand, immigration, and international students are important contributing factors to the increased participation rates. Canada’s increasingly knowledge-based […]

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North American Companies are Looking Overseas for Information Technology Talent

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. Read Full Article on CanadaVisa.com…

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David Cohen’s Blog: The Game is Rigged

Canada needs more doctors. This message has been trumpeted for years by politicians, hospitals, and by many ordinary Canadians, who are unable to find a family doctor and are frustrated by the long delays to see a medical specialist. For a country that prides itself on having a first-class public health care system, things could […]

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The Assessment of Foreign Education and Training in Canada

Recognition of immigrants’ foreign-acquired education and training (credentials) has become a hot topic of late. Recent studies highlight the increasing importance of immigration to the Canadian labour market. Over the past ten years, newcomers to Canada have accounted for 70 percent of Canada’s labour force growth, and by the middle of the next decade, immigration […]

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Provincial Nomination Feature of the Month

In Canada, both the federal government and the provinces have a say in the selection of immigrants. The federal government is fully responsible for health and security issues and exclusively administers some immigration programs such as Family Class Sponsorship and the Federal Skilled Worker category of immigration. Many of the provinces administer their own immigration […]

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Job Growth Boom Drives High Demand for Immigration to meet Canada’s Labour Force Needs

The Canadian economy is enjoying a very good 2007 so far, and the proof is in the jobs. In the first quarter of 2007, job creation hit a five year high, displaying a dynamism that far exceeded economists’ predictions. A testament to Canadian business’ ability to compete in the globalized world economy, over 50,000 new […]

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Post Graduation Work Permits for International Students in Canada

The number of options is on the rise for Canadian immigration applicants who do not want to wait out the lengthy application processing times associated with a Federal Skilled Worker Application. Applicants who have relatives or can become part of a community group in Canada may be able to benefit from provincially-sponsored programs, aimed at […]

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Census Shows Immigration as Key to Canada’s Future

This month Statistics Canada published the results of the 2006 national census, detailing the demographic shifts in the nation over the past five years. The tale told by the figures is one where immigration is key to Canada’s future growth. With the Canadian birth rate continuing a declining trend, immigration already accounts for a significant […]

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Canada’s Immigration Targets for 2007

One of the most common questions in the Canadian immigration application process is, “How long will it take for my Permanent Resident Visa to be issued?” The answers provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) are widely variable and based on historic information. It is difficult for CIC to provide future processing times due to […]

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Elections on the Way in Canada Mean a Platform for Immigrant Issues

Election campaigns provide an excellent opportunity for issues affecting immigrants to receive attention by public officials and the media. With a provincial election arriving in Quebec on the 26th of March and a federal election likely looming, the coming months should provide an open forum to discuss the issues and interests of immigrants in Canada. […]

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David Cohen’s Blog: On Recognizing Foreign Credentials

News out today that the Conservative led minority government in Ottawa won’t be establishing a federal agency to review and recognize the work and educational credentials of newly-arriving immigrants, after all. Notwithstanding their pre-election promise to help newcomers become accredited in Canada, the party now in power has instead decided to refer immigrants to provincial […]

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