Quebec skilled workers now eligible for Bridging Open Work Permit

Credit to Author: Kareem El-Assal| Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 19:53:20 +0000

As of August 31, 2021, temporary foreign workers who reside in Quebec and have been selected by Quebec as skilled workers, are eligible, under certain conditions, to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP). Holders of a BOWP are able to work for any employer of their choice while they wait for Immigration, Refugees […]

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How to Donate to the Toronto Region Afghan Resettlement Fund

Credit to Author: Kareem El-Assal| Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2021 19:35:24 +0000

The City of Toronto, the United Way of Greater Toronto, and Lifeline Afghanistan have launched the Toronto Region Afghan Resettlement Fund. The three partners are collaborating to be able to provide direct resettlement support to Afghan refugees who resettle in Toronto. Last month, the Canadian government committed to resettling at least 20,000 Afghan refugees after […]

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FAQ: How immigrants can vote in the Canadian election

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2021 13:00:51 +0000

Canadians will take to the polls on September 20, some for the first time. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of the Liberal Party, called for a snap election this season. By law elections must be held every four years, but in certain cases elections may be called sooner. Get help applying for Canadian citizenship. Contact a […]

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Election 2021: Polls say Conservatives are leading

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2021 14:17:10 +0000

Three weeks after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called an election, his party has fallen behind the official opposition. Although the Liberals were in the lead when Trudeau initially called the election, the Conservatives, led by Erin O’Toole, have been in the lead since last week. Trudeau’s national approval rates have been steadily dropping since the […]

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What influences the electoral participation of immigrant voters?

Credit to Author: Kareem El-Assal| Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2021 11:00:33 +0000

With Canada holding an election on September 20, the federal parties are currently campaigning to win as many votes as possible, including from immigrant voters. Of course, there is no such thing as the “immigrant vote”. Canada’s immigrants are as diverse as Canada itself. Immigrants do not lean toward one particular party. This is because […]

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How to vote from outside Canada

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2021 12:00:10 +0000

Canadian citizens who are abroad this election season can still vote by mail before September 14. If you are age 18 or older by September 20, you can vote in the Canadian election even if you are not in your riding. You just have to apply on the Elections Canada website or by mail before […]

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Canada offers free settlement services but many immigrants do not know about them

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2021 09:00:59 +0000

Canada’s government-funded settlement services have so far been proven to help the majority of the newcomers they serve, yet many do not know how to benefit from them. Starting even before arrival, immigrants can access settlement services by both Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) for […]

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Canada election 2021: An overview of key issues for immigrant voters

Credit to Author: Kareem El-Assal| Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2021 12:00:16 +0000

On September 20, Canadian citizens will have the opportunity to vote in a new government. Immigrants are eligible for Canadian citizenship if they have resided in Canada for 1,095 days within the five years before applying for citizenship. Canada has one of the highest citizenship uptake rates in the world with around 85 per cent […]

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Lifeline Afghanistan launches to help Canada reach new refugee goal

Credit to Author: Kareem El-Assal| Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:07:40 +0000

A new organization has just launched to help Canada achieve its goal of resettling 20,000 Afghan refugees. Lifeline Afghanistan features a group of non-partisan Canadians who are looking to raise awareness on Afghan refugee resettlement, play a coordinating role, and bring Afghans to safety in Canada. While the Canadian government has pledged to resettle 20,000 […]

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How Canada’s electoral system works

Credit to Author: Michael Schwartz| Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 12:00:30 +0000

On September 20, 2021, Canada will hold a federal election. Anyone who is a Canadian citizen and age 18 or over on election day can run or vote for the House of Commons. This is one of the few privileges that citizens enjoy but that permanent residents (PRs) do not. However, PRs who cannot vote […]

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