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Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

90K essential temporary workers and graduates offered new pathway to residency

Facing a manpower shortage due the COVID-19 pandemic and a long-term demographic decline, the federal government is opening a new pathway to residency in Canada for over 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates. The new policy will allow foreign »

Economy, International

Canada’s population growth rate hits its lowest level since the First World War

New data from Statistics Canada will do little to ease the minds of Canadians who fear what could happen when nine million baby boomers retire over the next 10 years–leaving a labour shortage whose repercussions could be felt–strongly felt–in areas »


Immigration: benefit or burden?

Is immigration an opportunity, an asset for Canada or just a costly burden for Canadians? It’s a complex question to which there are no easy answers: there are so many conflicting figures, cases, ideological constructs, or simply political spin, perceptions »

— Themes —, Highlights, Immigration & Refugees, Society

Ottawa relaxes work permit rules for international students

In an effort to attract more highly skilled immigrants, the federal government is further relaxing rules for thousands of international students who had post-graduation work permits (PGWP) but because of the pandemic could not work and get the necessary work »

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

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, 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, 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, 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 »