The Canadian government is ramping up its recruitment efforts in Ireland in hopes of attracting more young workers to Canada. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney visited the country’s capital last month and even made an appearance on a popular local late-night television program to promote Canadian immigration programs. “We are trying to raise the profile of
A new study finds that major changes to immigration policies in recent years could be hurting not only Canada’s international reputation, but also our own long-term economic prospects. The study, conducted and released this month by Toronto-based think tank Maytree, looked at how recent changes to policy have placed more emphasis on immediate labour market
The province of Ontario is looking at ways of attracting more skilled immigrants. Though it is still the number one destination of new arrivals to the country, Ontario’s overall share of newcomers has been dropping in recent years as Western provinces have intensified their recruitment efforts amid booming economies. Now, as the population ages and
Though the government has announced intentions to maintain current immigration levels, they are shifting the quotas in different streams to make more room for those applying through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The CEC is the fastest-growing immigration category, and allows those who have either worked or studied in Canada to apply for fast-track immigration
The government is introducing new regulations under the sponsorship immigration class in an attempt to combat marriage fraud. The major change, announced this month by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, is a two-year residency requirement for all married couples who apply for sponsorship and have been married less than two years, having no children together at
A new program is helping immigrants to land jobs with small businesses in the Toronto region. The local program was established by York University and is unique in its aim to encourage smaller employers in taking advantage of new talent. Immigrants can pay a small fee to take introductory classes in English, business and professional-writing.
Canada is becoming increasingly bilingual, according to the latest data released by Statistics Canada. Approximately 17.5 percent of the population speaks more than language at home, up from 14.2 percent in 2006. However, only one-quarter of those households are bilingual in Canada’s two official languages – English and French. The most common language make-up is
A recent influx of immigrant buyers is changing the Saskatchewan farming landscape. Investors from South Korea, China and India are snatching up prairie farmland by the hectare, taking full advantage of the province’s agricultural boom in recent years. Most Canadians do not usually think of immigrants when they think of farming – especially when farming