Entrepreneur & Investor Immigration Summit this November

Conference Board of Canada summit to explore business immigration in Canada Beyond its humanitarian tradition, one of the main reasons behind Canada’s modern immigration policy has been about offsetting the aging population and declining birth rates, while boosting the country’s economic growth as a result. A recently published article from Statistics Canada analyzes past studies […]

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Taking Citizenship Week in Canada to new heights

Celebrating Canadian citizenship It’s Citizenship Week (October 8 to 14, 2018) and there are 72 special citizenship ceremonies happening across the country this week, including a special CN Tower ceremony in Toronto where six new citizens braved the EdgeWalk,  the world’s highest hands-free walk, while taking the oath of citizenship — 116 storeys from the […]

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How to become a Canadian citizen

A guide for permanent residents looking to achieve citizenship status in Canada Congratulations. You’ve made the decision to move to Canada, you’ve settled and started your life here, and now you’re ready for the next step: becoming a Canadian citizen. While this is an exciting time for you, it can also be intimidating; the process […]

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AMSSA calls for stronger newcomer integration in B.C.

Report calls for new strategies to attract, retain and integrate newcomers better in B.C. The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA), the umbrella group for more than 70 newcomer serving agencies in the province, released a report calling for action from the Government of B.C. to increase support for the integration of […]

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What’s an innocent mistake in immigration applications?

In June 2017 I wrote an article for Canadian Immigrant titled “Don’t Misrepresent: Honesty is the Best Policy When Filling out Applications.” The piece provided an overview of how committing misrepresentation in an immigration application can result in a five-year bar on entering Canada. In discussing what constitutes misrepresentation, I wrote that “while there is […]

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BVOR Fund supports private refugee sponsors

Canadian entrepreneur Jim Estill, president and CEO of Danby Appliances, has partnered with the recently announced BVOR Fund to sponsor 20 refugee families to Canada. Estill has previously sponsored 61 Syrian refugee families, and is recognized for his innovative approach to refugee protection and integration. (Read more about Estill’s approach to helping refugees settle in […]

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Canadian politicians playing a dangerous game on migration

Craig Damian Smith, University of Toronto Canada has joined the club of states embroiled with irregular migration. But our challenges are not unique, and we have two decades of European misadventures with irregular migration to guide our response. Unfortunately, Canadian politicians are following a well-rehearsed script in which crisis responses to anti-refugee sentiment undermine liberal […]

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Conservatives would stop ‘passport babies’

So-called “passport babies” were a topic on the agenda at the Conservative Party’s convention in Halifax last weekend. Tory party members voted in favour of barring birthright citizenship to anyone who doesn’t have a parent who is a Canadian citizen or is a permanent resident. Currently, anyone who is born on Canadian soil receives Canadian […]

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Refugee fights Ontario’s driver’s licensing rules

Syrian refugee Shyesh Al-Turki says changing Ontario’s policy on driver’s licences will help refugees find work  sooner Ontario’s driver’s licensing rules discriminate against refugees from war-torn countries by demanding written proof of their driving experience from their country of origin — something not required of visitors to Canada and international driving permit holders, a human […]

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Increased cap on parent sponsorship applications

There is new hope for Canadian immigrants who have been struggling to sponsor their parents and grandparents to Canada under the existing lottery system. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen announced that the Government of Canada will accept up to 20,000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents in 2019, four times the number […]

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