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Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada proposes enabling temporary residents to become citizens

Last month the Canadian government recently announced plans for new and increased levels of immigration. Prime Minister Trudeau has said that immigration is needed to boost the economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is to »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Sponsors ask Canada to lift refugee travel restrictions

Pandemic restrictions mean that Canada is not likely to meet its target for the number of sponsored refugees it hoped to admit in 2020.  The government had set a target of admitting 20,000 privately sponsored refugees but by the end »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

More immigration will ‘drive prosperity,’ says minister

Canada plans to admit an historic 1.2 million permanent residents between 2021 and 2023. COVID-19 has caused disruptions at Canada’s borders and has led to a shortfall in the number of admissions in the past few months. But the minister »

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, Society

Ottawa wants to improve living conditions for temporary foreign workers

The federal government is launching wide-ranging consultations with provinces and territories, various industries and worker support groups aimed at improving working and living conditions for tens of thousands of temporary foreign workers in Canada who’ve been hit hard by the »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Canada to increase French-speaking immigration

The federal government will give an advantage to skilled workers who speak French and are applying for permanent residency and immigration to Canada. The decision does not apply to those applying to come to the French-speaking province of Quebec, since »

Immigration & Refugees, Indigenous, Politics, Society

New citizenship oath to acknowledge rights of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

The Liberal government has introduced legislation that would amend the citizenship oath to include a reference to the rights of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced Thursday. Mendicino said the proposed changes to the oath would require an »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada opens immigration lottery for parents and grandparents sponsorship

Tens of thousands of Canadians and permanent residents of Canada are expected to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents as the federal government relaunches its controversial lottery system on Tuesday. After several months of hiatus, the federal government announced »

People at airport holding signs welcoming newcomers.

Immigration & Refugees

Canadians’ support for immigration, refugees increasing

Pollsters have found a surprising increase in Canadians’ acceptance of refugees and immigrants in spite of the uncertainty during this pandemic. The Environics firm has been polling Canadians on this subject for decades and found changes in this September 2020 »

Immigration & Refugees, International

Canada may be accepting Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as refugees

Canada may be willing to accept pro-democracy protesters into the country under asylum rules in what may be a sign of willingness to accept people fleeing increased Chinese control in the former British colony. The respected Globe and Mail newspaper »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada reinstates controversial family reunification lottery on Oct. 13

New Canadians and permanent residents who want to bring in their parents and grandparents to Canada will have to once again try their luck with a lottery system, says Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. After several months of hiatus, the federal »