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Month: December 2014

Record Number Of New Immigrants Arrive In Canada in 2014

It has been a record-breaking year for Canadian immigration. Building upon the momentum of recent years, Canada set a new immigration record in 2014, welcoming 260,000 new citizens from around the world; the number of new Canadians was also more than double that recorded in 2013. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the record-breaking number …

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Alberta Requests Federal Permission For More Economic Immigrants

The province of Alberta says it needs more foreign workers, and as a result it is asking the federal government to raise the number of immigrants it can sponsor for permanent residency. Alberta’s Job Minister Ric McIver recently sent a letter to Canada’s Citizenship & Immigration Minister Chris Alexander requesting that the federal government lift the cap on …

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Canadian Government Reveals Final Details Of New Immigration Program

As Canadian businesses, and immigrants to the country, prepare for the January 1st arrival of the country’s new immigration program—titled Express Entry—the federal government has revealed details of the points system it will use to determine which immigrants will receive approval. The basic premise of the Express Entry program is that, for the first time, immigrants …

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Some Canadian Employers Anxious As They Await New Immigration Law

With less than a month to go before the introduction of Canada’s new immigration program, at least two of the nine national employer organizations who helped the government formulate the new policy are adopting a wait and see attitude about the changes to immigration policy. On January 1, 2015, the long-anticipated “Express Entry” immigration program …

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Canadian Immigrants Turn To Self-Employment In Economic Downturn

A new study finds that a significant number of Canadian immigrants responded to the Great Recession of 2008 by starting their own small business. The joint report by Social Planning Toronto and Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto found that, within the space of just one year (2008-2009) Toronto’s self-employment rate jumped from 15.7 to 17.1 percent; among …

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