Canada Immigration

Liberals Raise Cap On Family Visa Program

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Raising the cap on applications was a promise made by the Liberals during the election campaign.

Is South Africa Creating A New Apartheid?

Lottie Ntim | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada
Lottie Ntim

Maybe it's dramatic to call this a new apartheid. But a quick search as I wallow in the glare of an unforgiving sun and my own self-pity reveals countless stories of unexplained visa refusals and similarly stringent refusals from South African embassies, to provide reasons for them.

How Refugees And Newcomers Can Access Canadian Bank Services

Christine Shisler | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Business
Christine Shisler

One of the first things you'll need to do is open a Canadian bank account. This will give you a safe place to deposit and access your money whenever you need it. Canada's banking system can differ from other countries, and it takes time to understand the various types of financial institutions, bank accounts and services available.

Without Adequate Support, Syrian Refugees Say They Feel Trapped

CBC | CBC News | Posted 02.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"We want to depend on ourselves. We want to have jobs, we want to blend in." 

Does The Immigrant Experience Foster Entrepreneurship?

Anne Day | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Business
Anne Day

When we came to Canada, my husband and I arrived with no jobs. With the confidence of youth, we were positive it would all work out well. And it did. It was also our first clue that entrepreneurship was our destiny because we were accustomed to ambiguity and taking risks.

Wedge Politics Gave Conservatives A 'Wedgie' In The 2015 Federal Election

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In many countries the admission of immigrants is the object of highly emotional political debates. Several political parties in Europe have adopted an...

Assimilationists Are On The Wrong Side Of Canada's History

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In Canada, the term assimilation is especially unpopular. It's associated with painful events in the country's history. But the country's proponents of forced assimilation often underestimated the inevitability of resistance on the part of their targets. The lessons of our history seem lost on many Canadians as it's surprising to learn how many endorse making "others" like "them." Paradoxically, several Canadians that continue to fear assimilation are amongst those most apt to believe that their own cultural survival depends others assimilating.

Make Immigrants Live In Atlantic Canada, Ex-Premier Urges Feds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Politics

"They bring a shock to our society that we badly need."

The Fading Case Against Canadian Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Although the term multiculturalism has remained broadly popular, its application has been the object of ongoing controversy. At the center of the debate is the issue of whether identities are in inevitably in conflict. That, for example, individuals must choose between their ethnic attachments and their Canadian identity.

A Letter Of Gratitude To My Canadian Sponsors

Annie Kashamura Zawadi | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Annie Kashamura Zawadi

My children and I were strangers, and you welcomed us. I will forever be grateful to you all. And as we see thousands of Canadians doing what you, my sponsors, did for my family, I can only be grateful to all of them as well, and tell the new Syrian refugees that they are in good hands.

Canada Must Take A Longer View On Falling Immigration Numbers

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

The ratio of working-age Canadians to seniors was narrowing, and the inevitable outcome would be a shrunken tax base and acute labour shortages. Over the next decade, a million jobs risk going unfilled. And yet, only around one in 10 Canadians agrees that Canada currently admits too few immigrants. The annual (and sometimes multi-year) public consultations held by the Federal Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration on levels of newcomers do not seem to have yielded much success in changing this attitude.

Zi-Ann Lum

Ex-Tory Minister Says Refugee Resettlement Goal Same As 35 Years Ago

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.27.2015 | Canada Politics

"That was a big surprise for us ... It kinda grew like topsy."

Canada's Welcoming Of Refugees Is A Simple Act Of Charity

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

Due to the heated political atmosphere from which the initial promise emerged, with Trudeau's Liberals keen to position themselves in stark contrast to Harper's Conservatives, I feel that the massive attention this has garnered from both sides -- both of acclaim and censure -- has been greatly exaggerated. With all the rhetoric from proponents and opponents, we forget that this is a simple act of charity.

Canada Could Double Refugee Intake To 50,000 By End Of 2016: McCallum

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics

The UN refugee agency, the Jordanian government and the International Organization for Migration would help with the vetting process.

Volunteers Overwhelm B.C. Immigrant Group To Help Refugees

CBC | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Immigrant Services B.C. said it's been inundated with eager volunteers.

Will Canada Be Awash With Americans If Trump Becomes President?

Robert Waite | Posted 12.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert Waite

It happens every four years.The United States holds a presidential election -- and many of its citizens claim they will move to Canada if one of the contenders is elected. This year, with the advent of people like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on the right (and Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on the left), these mutterings have become increasingly louder.

Second Wave Of Syrian Refugees Arrive In Montreal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2015 | Canada Politics

Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard was on hand to greet the newcomers.

Second Planeload Of Syrian Refugees To Land In Canada Saturday

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.12.2015 | Canada Politics

Quebec's Premier is expected to be on hand to welcome refugees to Montreal.

'Crazy' To Think Refugees Don't Want To Come To Canada: McCallum

CP | Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Politics

The minister said there is "a great hunger to come to Canada."

France Is Fighting Its Own Taboos

Julie Barlow | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Julie Barlow

France's war against terrorism will be long and hard. That's because it's not just a war against external enemies. The investigation on the Paris attacks is forcing France's political class to face three blind spots: the integration of immigrants, religion and Europe.

Remember That Diversity Is Our Strength

Shelley Carroll | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Shelley Carroll

Differences are what enrich our lives and make Toronto the fabulous, unique, successful city it is. Xenophobia (a fear or hatred of strangers and foreigners) has no place in a city built upon these differences. It threatens the very core of who we as Torontonians are. It is also what motivated the horrific and unacceptable attack in which a woman was beaten and robbed by two young men. They tore off her hijab and told her to "Go back to your country."

5 Reasons Why Canada Shouldn't Fear Accepting Syrian Refugees

Hijal De Sarkar | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Hijal De Sarkar

I acknowledge that good, well-meaning people who genuinely care about Syrian refugees can have perfectly valid concerns about the security risk of bringing in tens of thousands of people from a war zone. It is as large an undertaking as it sounds. So, in light of Canadian political leaders playing on Canadians' concerns to spread fear and disinformation, I decided to research how Canada screens, accepts and settles Syrian refugees. It is my hope we can dispel fear and confusion with facts, reason and compassion.

Why I'm Still Sponsoring A Syrian Refugee Family

David O'Leary | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
David O'Leary

Those who were indifferent before the Paris attacks are now outspoken critics of Prime Minister Trudeau's commitment to accept 25,000 refugees and bring our CF-18's home. Some of the comments I have seen are downright vitriolic. It has been suggested to me by a number of people that we re-consider reminding people at this time that we're sponsoring a refugee family. It might be bad for business and could alienate more than a few friends. I find it incredibly sad that the current state of affairs is such that I have even faint concerns about a backlash for my desire to help those in need. I certainly won't let it deter me.

Yes, You Really Can Help A Refugee

Reut Amit | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Reut Amit

It has been said that being chosen to come to Canada as one of the 25,000 Syrian refugees the Liberals have pledged to take in by the year's end is akin to winning the lottery. We are incredibly blessed to live in this extraordinary country, to put our children to bed with full bellies, to send them to school, to take them to a doctor when they are ill and to feel safe in our homes and our streets. And now we are also fortunate to be able to share some of those blessings with those in dire need.

The Canadian Left Must Engage The New Chinese Working Class

Justin Kong | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Justin Kong

With the defeat of the New Democratic Party last month, it's clear that the Canadian left must adjust their strategy. Part of this new strategy needs to support the development of progressive, grassroots immigrant power to counter the presence of more conservative and moderate elements within these communities.