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Immigration & Refugees, Politics

Ottawa makes it easier for international students to stay in Canada

The federal government is relaxing work permits rules for tens of thousands of international students whose studies have been interrupted by the pandemic to allow them to obtain Canadian work experience and make it easier to apply for permanent residency »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Immigration to rural, northern regions made more flexible

Canada has a pilot program to encourage people to immigrate to rural and northern towns and it has just become more flexible for applicants. In the past, applicants had to have one year of continuous work experience, or 1,560 hours,  »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Refugee health care workers can soon apply for permanent residence

The Canadian government announced it will begin accepting applications for permanent residence from refugee claimants who work in Canada’s health care sector and provide direct care to patients on December 14, 2020. The government came under pressure to admit such »

Immigration & Refugees

Canada History; Dec. 1, 1859: Memorial to thousands of Irish dead

If one looks at the city flag of Montreal it shows symbols representing the four founding peoples of the city, the fleur de lys of the French, the rose of the English, the thistle of the Scots, and the shamrock »

Immigration & Refugees, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Concordia University adds options to learn French

Concordia University is situated in Montreal but it is working to make resources for learning French accessible “anytime, anywhere.” Among its initiatives, it has launched an Instagram account that offers short lessons on grammar, vocabulary and more. This is one »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

 Trudeau immigration increase, not so popular with Canadians

At the end of last month, Prime Minister Trudeau and Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino unveiled plans for a substantial increase in immigration into Canada. The plan set targets of 401,000 immigrants next year, increasing to 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 »

Immigration & Refugees

Program helps immigrants find jobs outside Montreal

Immigrants to the French-speaking province of Quebec who are willing to settle outside of Montreal can get specialized help finding jobs. The federation of chambers of commerce in Quebec set up a program in November 2018 providing several services and »

Economy, Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

In the wake of an outbreak, a migrant worker wins important ruling in Ontario

A temporary foreign farm worker from Mexico who saw his bunkmate die of COVID-19 at an Ontario farm earlier this summer and was fired for speaking out about the dangers the workers face on the farms has won an historic »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Canada reacts to ouster of pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong

Condemnation, fast track of work permits, emergency evacuation plan In a move by Beijing to further exert its authority over Hong Kong, it granted powers to the city legislature to remove legislators deemed not sufficiently loyal to Beijing. Pro-China  chief »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees

Immigrant stories win one of Canada’s top literary awards

Souvankham Thammavongsa has won this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize for her collection of short stories called How to Pronounce Knife, published by McClelland & Stewart. The jury wrote: “ How to Pronounce Knife is a stunning collection of stories that »