Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil sees a strong 2017 for new skilled immigrants in the province. With 1,350 spots for its Provincial Nominee Program and 800 in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, places are there to be filled. N.S. could beat the post-war high it set in 2016 of more than 4,800 newcomers, Syrian refugees included.
February 14, 2017 – Settlement funds required for new immigrants coming to Canada under two federal programs have increased for 2017. The new levels apply to both the Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades programs, candidates for which are selected using the Express Entry System. As a result of the increases, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship
February 13, 2017 – Small border towns like Emerson, Manitoba, look set to come into the spotlight increasingly over the coming months as U.S. President Donald Trump looks for more ways to crack down on immigration. Just 700 people live in the town across the border from North Dakota, which is the first point of arrival
February 10, 2017 – An ability to speak English or French is more important than where you were born when it comes to being a true Canadian, according to a new poll. The Pew Research survey asked several questions about national identity, with language skills and sharing customs and traditions coming out on top in terms
February 10, 2017 – Canadian universities expect a huge upswing in interest from international students following Donald Trump’s extreme anti-immigration policies in the U.S. But any increase in interest will not be fully realised until the application process begins again in September for places to start in the 2018-2019 academic year. Many schools – including the
February 10, 2017 – While the U.S. and others seem intent on closing themselves off from the rest of the world, Canada is very much open, according to new Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. It has been a difficult first few weeks on the job the former Somali refugee, given the immigration-related chaos created by Donald Trump’s
February 10, 2017 – Canada’s jobs data continued on an upwards curve during January, despite experts predicting a slow down following a stellar December. Employment rose by 48,300 jobs, a decent gain in isolation, but increasingly significant when added to consistent monthly gains since August 2016. The unemployment rate fell to 6.8 per cent. The Canadian
February 8, 2017 – The results of Canada’s 2016 census show how vital immigration has become to the country’s continued growth. Since 2011, the country has grown by 1.7 million people, and two thirds of that growth is attributed to immigration, with the rest resulting from natural increase, or the difference between births and deaths. Canada’s
February 8, 2017 – Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 4th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 54th overall, inviting 3,664 applicants for permanent residence, the highest number ever, under all programs. The lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 447, also a record and reflecting a continued and steady decline from previous draws.
February 7, 2017 – The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada is drowning in a backlog of more than 21,000 asylum claims, forcing it to change how it processes applications. With the number of people arriving in Canada and claiming refugee status rising – and expected to spike even further – the board is struggling to