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David Cohen’s Blog: Corralled and Sent Home

Over the Canada Day long weekend, I wrote a letter to the Montreal Gazette in response to their editorial about Yves Bourbonnais, the former Immigration and Refugee Board appeals division judge who has pleaded guilty of receiving bribes. I’d like to elaborate on a few of the points I raised in the Gazette. Read Full […]

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Labour Shortage may lead to “Spiraling” wages and make some projects too costly to develop

The lack of skilled construction workers threatens to bulldoze Alberta’s white-hot construction industry growth if the critical labour deficit is not adequately addressed. The Conference Board of Canada (CBC) estimates that approximately 332,000 workers will be needed by 2025. The report should serve as a “wake-up call” says Heather Douglas, president of the Calgary Chamber […]

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Indian farmers charting a course to Canada in search of “greener pastures”

Ludhiana-based Punjab Agricultural University ( PAU ), India , prepares prospective immigrant Indian farmers in Canadian farm practices. The Canadian farming industry is experiencing a serious shortage in agricultural workers. Canadian farmers are making their way to retirement in massive numbers and the Canadian government is sufficiently concerned that it has begun recruiting farmers from […]

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Immigrating to Canada as a “Business Immigrant” under the “Self-Employed” category

Farmers wanting to immigrate to Canada can do so under Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) Business Immigration Program under the Self-Employed category. This category is open only to individuals with prior self-employed experience as farmers, athletes (at an international level), or artisans. To qualify under the Self-Employed category, an applicant must demonstrate an intention and […]

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In some parts of the world it’s still dangerous to come out of the closet

Toronto Pride Week’s theme “fearless in 2006”, serves as a reminder to some Canadian refugees that in many parts of the world, being gay means the difference between life and death. Canada inarguably has one of the world’s most progressive positions on civil liberties and it, along with a handful of other nations (Belgium, the […]

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Latest Canadian immigration news

New fairness commissioner would make regulatory bodies accountable for how they treat immigrants New legislation would have Ontario’s 34 regulated professions face scrutiny by a new ‘fairness commissioner’, ensuring their admission procedures are clear, open and fair to all. Edmonton wants federal government to streamline immigration A survey by Manpower Inc. found that Edmonton’s net […]

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David Cohen’s Blog: Corrupt Canadian Immigration Judge Jailed – The Bigger Story

Former Immigration and Refugee Board appeals division judge Yves Bourbonnais pleaded guilty yesterday to multiple counts of obstruction of justice stemming from his leading role in a bribery scheme that targeted cases he was scheduled to hear. He was sentenced to six years in prison. Read Full Blog on CanadaVisa.com…

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David Cohen’s Blog: Respect Your Elders

Apparently “respect your elders” is a proverb that officials at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have never heard. While Canadian citizens and permanent residents have little problem gaining status for their spouses and children, there is an increasing backlog of parents and grandparents hoping to reunite with their family members. A 2005 promise by the […]

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Canada – a nation of immigrants

Canada welcomes more immigrants per capita than any other immigrant-receiving nation in the world. Last year, Canada received over 260,000 newcomers and newly-appointed Immigration Minister Monte Solberg has expressed his desire to “see the numbers stay about where they are right now”. Demographically, Canada is being re-shaped by immigration. Assuming no changes occur to the […]

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Canada’s oil industry, lacking critical manpower, projected to grow nearly two-fold by 2020

Oilsands production is expected to bounce from 45% to 80% of production capacity by 2020. The province of Alberta’s unemployment rate is at a near record low and the demand for manpower far exceeds the available supply of skilled workers in many sectors of the economy. The country’s production of crude will nearly double over […]

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Ontario will invest $14 million into programs that will help foreign-trained professionals

Ontario’s Immigration minister Mike Colle says the “career bridging” program will benefit more than 3,000 newly-landed Canadian immigrants. The money is set to be invested into 24 “bridge training” programs that will directly help thousands of foreign-skilled professionals in regulated and unregulated professions over the course of three years. “These programs are the most pragmatic […]

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Prime-Minister Stephen Harper is reaching out to Canadian immigrants

In the first 100 days of the Harper government, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has been busy strategically charming Canada’s massive immigrant population.Traditionally, the Conservative party was never all that appealing to Canadian immigrants. Although the party was once thought to harbor a tough line on immigration, it is working diligently to transform its image […]

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Saskatchewan to invest C$6.3 million on comprehensive immigration strategy

The Province wants to attract more immigrants by allowing economic immigrants to establish businesses in all sectors of the provincial economy. Effective May 18, 2006 immigrants will no longer be limited to certain economic sectors such as agriculture, and energy. The province will invest an additional C$4.6 million from their previous 2004/2005 budget to persuade […]

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What’s New

Government plans to make it easier for Canadian parents to adopt foreign-born children Monday, May 15, 2006 – the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, introduced a new bill in the House of Commons to reform the Citizenship Act. The plan is intended to streamline the foreign adoption process by amending bureaucratic hurdles […]

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David Cohen’s Blog: That Guy with the Immigration Platform

The Liberal Party leadership race has been a pretty uninspired affair so far. No candidate has yet to position himself/herself as the favorite, and the leading candidates haven’t distinguished themselves anymore than as “that guy who taught at Harvard”. Read Full Blog on CanadaVisa.com…

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David Cohen’s Blog: Yes, But What Have You Done For Us Lately?

Last week I was interviewed by a reporter from the CBC, Canada’s national television network, for a story they were doing about the sad situation of Laila Elumbra. Television being what it is, most of the interview ended up on the cutting-room floor by the time it reached television screens. I feel strongly about the […]

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David Cohen’s Blog: As Canadian as…A Knife and Fork?

Do you want to feel ridiculous? Go try and tell someone who is enjoying a meal that they aren’t eating like a Canadian. Now try telling that to a seven-year old boy. That’s exactly what happened to Luc Cagadoc, a grade two student in Montreal who dared to eat his lunch at school in the […]

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New pilot project may pave the way to the future of Canadian Immigration

Saskatchewan has launched a test program which provides a facilitated means for Ukrainian skilled workers to obtain work permits through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The newly-developed immigration model uses a “virtual selection system” wherein prospective Canadian employers, the province of Saskatchewan, and reliable source-country educational institutions, facilitate the processing of work permits for Ukrainian […]

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Canada ranked third most desirable place on the planet according to U.K. based National Brand Index.

A recent global study conducted by brand expert and developer of the “National Brand Index” Simon Anholt claims that “the image of Canada [internationally] is almost spookily positive”. Anholt, who is a British citizen, has developed a global rating system which tallies the image of thirty-five countries based on surveys of nearly 26,000 respondents across […]

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American Same-sex couples heading north with heavy heart

As the American Senate debates new immigration policy, gays of America are complaining about the systemic discrimination disuniting bi-national same-sex couples. A U.S. Census report concludes that there are at least 35,800 same-sex bi-national couples in the United States. However, the U.S. government refuses to acknowledge same-sex partners in its definition of “family.” Moreover, the […]

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International students studying in Canada can now apply for off-campus work permits

The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, has announced that effective April 27, 2006, foreign students enrolled in public post-secondary institutions can apply for off-campus work permits. The work permit is valid for the duration of their study permit. “Foreign students make a significant contribution to Canada,” says Solberg. “They enrich campus and […]

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Canada’s growth will depend solely on immigration by 2017

Statistics Canada (StatsCan) conducts a national census poll every five years. In the last census conducted in 2001, there were 30,007,094 people living in Canada, about 1.2 million more than there were in 1996. However, the Canadian birth rate remains anemic and the growth of the population hinges on immigration, says StatsCan. “I can’t give […]

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