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Month: April 2014

Canadian government gives go ahead to hiring foreign hockey coaches

Is it possible that there’s a shortage of qualified Canadians available to coach Canada’s national sport? That’s the question that has emerged in the wake of a recent revelation that Canada’s government had approved six Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) visas for the position of coaching hockey. Given that temporary foreign workers are only supposed to …

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New limits placed on Canadian universities’ ability to offer immigration advice

Recent legislative changes mean that Canada’s universities will now be limited in the amount of advice they can offer to international students and faculty members. Changes to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) places limits on third parties’ abilities to provide—or even offer—advice or representation at all stages of the immigration application, unless they …

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A Record Number of Canadian Visas Issued To Filipinos In 2013

Despite the geographic distance between the two countries, Canadian ties to the Philippines remain strong, with more than 47,000 Canadian visitor visas issued to Filipinos last year. Further strengthening the ties between the two nations is the fact that nearly 30,000 Philippine citizens gained Canadian permanent residency in 2013. Filipino interest in both visiting, and …

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Canada’s Government and Manufacturers Partner in Fund for Skilled Immigrants

Canada’s federal government is partnering with the nation’s manufacturers to reach out to underemployed skilled immigrants who’ve received their training outside the country. Employment Minister Jason Kenney recently announced funding for a series of initiatives that will partner the government with the Canadian Manufacturers And Exporters (CME) in an outreach to skilled immigrants whose training …

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Report Finds Ontario Recruiters Abusing Foreign Workers

A newly published report alleges that Ontario employment recruiters are illegally charging fees to temporary foreign workers for jobs that may not even exist, and in some cases also seizing workers’ passports. Published by The Metcalf Foundation, the report states that recruiters are charging temporary foreign workers fees as high as $12,000 for jobs that …

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Traveling Exhibition Honoring Canadian Immigration Receives $500,000 Donation

A national exhibit honoring the more than 1 million Canadian immigrants who entered Canada via Halifax’s famed Pier 21 received a boost with a $500,000 donation from the Royal Bank of Canada’s RBC Foundation. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be launching a traveling exhibit and community outreach honoring Canada’s immigrant history, …

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Government Investigates Foreign Worker Abuse at BC McDonalds

The Canadian government is investigating claims of alleged abuse of temporary foreign workers by a McDonald’s franchise operation in British Columbia (BC), and has blacklisted the franchisee from future foreign work permits until the conclusion of the investigation. A report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) revealed allegations of abuse of the temporary foreign workers …

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‘Express Entry’ To Be Canada’s New Model For Economic Immigration

Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has introduced an immigration model titled “Express Entry,” which will serve as Canada’s new system to actively recruit economic immigrants. Commencing in 2015, the new Express Entry system is designed to make Canada’s immigration system more flexible and responsive to the country’s labor needs.  Alexander explained that the new immigration …

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BC Industry: Government Leaders Plan Immigration Strategy to Address Expected Labor Shortage

With almost 1 million new jobs expected in British Columbia (BC) by 2020, leaders from the political, business and educational worlds recently met to develop a new immigration strategy designed to meet head-on a critical shortage of skilled BC workers. In fact, BC’s Deputy Employment Minister Dave Byng told the gathering of business and government …

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Opponents To Canada’s New Immigration Law Create Online Petition

Although the Canadian government has named it’s new immigration law the “Strengthening Canada’s Immigration Act,” not everyone shares the view that the proposed bill will accomplish that goal. Some opponents of certain aspects of the new immigration law are taking to the Internet to voice their opposition to changes in Canada’s immigration rules. In their …

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