Canada Immigration

The Truth About Canada's Immigration System

Peter Kent | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Peter Kent

I would like to take the opportunity to provide insight on Canada's generous asylum system and clear up any misconceptions raised in Bernie Farber's piece entitled "Canada Fails the Test of a Good Society." Canada continues to have the most fair and generous immigration system in the world.

Will Axing Investor Immigrants Kill Vancouver Home Prices?

Ian Young | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ian Young

Since Canada's government announced that it was axing the Immigrant Investor Program, there has been plenty of speculation about what that means for the second-most unaffordable property market in the world, where a dumpy bungalow can have almost triple the asking price as a castle on the other side of the country. The average price of a detached home in greater Vancouver? $1,259,775.

Chinese Millionaires Plead For Axed Canada Immigrant Program

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is defending recent changes to federal immigration initiatives after a group of Chinese millionaires issued a pub...

The Racist Truth About Canadian Immigration

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

As many have noticed, the hoopla over Quebec's Values Charter is linked to immigration, and our reading of the tumult can be influenced by our knowledge of Canadian history, or lack thereof. Many immigrants do not espouse the revisionist recollections Canadians have.

Residents New and Old Deserve a Better Toronto

Saeed Selvam | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Saeed Selvam

Toronto is facing a political problem that it hasn't asked for. That problem has threatened both the trust Torontonians place in their government and how the world sees this city. We can strengthen our city. We can empower our immigrant communities, create jobs, and create a safe environment. But in order to do so, next year we have to stay focused on policy, not politics.

The Sad Loss of the Walji Family

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

The terrible tragedy of the Walji family has shown us that we need to discuss and reform our immigration system to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again. Compassion was always our strength. We need to rekindle that in our public policies.

New Canadians Have Both Roots and Wings in Ontario

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. David C. Onley

Ontario is one of two Canadian provinces that does not maintain an official residence for its Lieutenant Governor. In 1937, the then Government House,...

When Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Josh D. Scheinert

The Government of Canada has just given new meaning to the word "chutzpah". Adel Benhmuda tried to claim refugee status in Canada; he failed. When he said he'd be tortured if deported back to Libya this country didn't believe him. After all this country put them through, it should be Canada reimbursing the Benhmudas.

Shad Takes A Swipe At Jay Z, Canadian Government

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Music

Shad, perhaps not surprisingly for a guy whose last album "TSOL" beat Drake for the 2011 best rap Juno, is one of the most openly optimistic artists w...

David Mousavi: Canada's Next Generation of Diverse Leadership

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

The riding of Willowdale is as diverse as the residents that are represented. If Justin Trudeau and his once-mighty Liberals have any chance of formin...

Some Excluded in Quebec, Many Excluded From Canada

Syed Hussan | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada
Syed Hussan

Thousands are outraged at the PQ's Charter of Values. But while the wearing of religious symbols is defended, poor and working class immigrants themselves are being excluded from the entire country. Many are shut out entirely, and an immense number relegated to second class status as temporary migrants.

'Forget Your Experience'

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Samer Elbanna left Egypt in search of a better life for his family. But leaving a job in procurement — one that had him dealing with compan...

Sorry, Granny -- Canada Doesn't Want You

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

By imposing undue barriers and financial hurdles to prevent doting grannies from joining their families in Canada, the Conservative government is robbing 1st and 2nd generation Canadian kids of life's natural endowment. These second-class Canadian children are hobbled by this social handicap. This National Grandparents Day, those of us who have benefited from the ever-loving arms of "gran" and "gramps" recognize that all Canadian kids should be afforded that privilege. Period.

The Rubashkin Case: A Mockery of Justice

Conrad Black | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Conrad Black

Sholom Rubashkin received a staggering 27-year sentence for a first-time, non-violent commercial offense of which there was no victim. There is no modern American precedent for such severity. Even scores of people who have served prominently in the system are shocked by this mockery of justice.

Is Canada Serious About Immigration?

Christopher Smillie | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Christopher Smillie

Recently, Minister of Employment Jason Kenneyrightly highlighted the Foreign Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) as an important plank in Canada's complicated immigration system. The announcement itself by the Minister was made on a lazy, hazy, slow news day in August and stopped short of any real news -- how about an increase in this important stream?

Canada Needs A Silicon Valley -- And Fast

Diane Francis | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Canada has been America's farm team for centuries, providing brawn, brainpower and talent to feed its mighty industries. So it was with pride and admiration that I heard about a unique initiative instituted by Canada's immigration minister, Jason Kenney, in Silicon Valley recently. He's trying to reverse the brain drain.

Jason Kenney vs. David Suzuki: The Great Canadian Slap Fight

J.J. McCullough | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

Jason Kenney has ratcheted Canadian immigration to 50-year highs, and his ambitions require the public to never, ever regard this as anything but a Good Thing. But in a country where 41 per cent want immigration lowered, that's far from a cakewalk. Even Tory partisans are becoming skeptical. That leaves a scramble to suggest anyone who has problems with Canadian immigration policy must be an intolerant, racist, bigot. That's why Kenney jumped on Twitter a few days later, Kenney viciously denounced David Suzuki's "stridently anti-immigration views" as "toxic and irresponsible."

Jason Kenney's 10 Biggest Blunders as Immigration Minister

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

This spring, Alberta MP Jason Kenney became the longest continually serving Immigration Minister in Canadian history, according to his department. With the Cabinet Shuffle, his tenure ends. What better time to review the Immigration Minister's biggest blunders on this ever important file? Perhaps this will serve as a cautionary tale to the new Minister.

A Country of Immigrants Should Know How to Integrate Them

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

Canada should have gotten it right by now. A 146-year-old country of immigrants should know how to integrate them. The recent census data however suggests that not to be the case. The data focusing on labour outcomes paints a dismal picture for many immigrant groups, especially those who are considered a visible minority. The Canadian data suggests that while the immigrants are able to improve their prospects over time in their adopted homelands, the initial years of struggle are always painful.

Beware Of Canadians: Editorial

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada Business

Canadians a threat? Seriously?! Not really, but a satirical post warning Floridians about Canadian snowbirds has some up-in-arms anyway. The editor...

Media Bites: The Secret Not-So-Boring Side of Canadian Politics

J.J. McCullough | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg A large reason why Canadian politics often seems so boring is because Canadians (or at least our politicians) are usually too timid to honestly debate the issues that actually make this country an interesting place -- Quebec, immigration, the constitution, etc -- and instead pass off stuff like cheese market reform as brave iconoclasm.

Warning: The American Dream May Be Bad For Your Health

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Becoming an American nowadays may not only disappoint you in terms of your socio-economic prospects, it may even be bad for your health. In terms of diet and lifestyle, assimilation among newcomers does not happen too slowly; it happens too fast.

What Canadian Unity Needs and Diversity Can Provide: More Hockey

Sam Singh | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Living
Sam Singh

There is one arena, literally, where questions of immigration, integration and assimilation melt in favour of the common bonds of citizenship and shared purpose: at the ice rink. We see this on our streets whenever a Canadian team chases the Stanley Cup or an Olympic medal.

Canada's "Mosaic" Has Racist Cracks

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Kingsmith

Here in the "Canadian Mosaic," issues of race are largely stricken from the language of the everyday. We prefer not to speak openly about racism, for deconstructing it might chip away at that illusory façade of Canada as a nation of perpetual tolerance and chronic multiculturalism -- a delusion we all hold dear to our glowing hearts. Unfortunately for all those "liberal-minded" Canadians out there who view our country to be so forward thinking and accommodating that racism is a non-issue, institutionalized multiculturalism is not the same thing as social racial equality.

The Kids Are Not Alright

Charlene Sayo | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Charlene Sayo

Proclamations and election mania aside, families may have to hold their breath long after the party hats are put away, the platforms are dusted off, and campaign offensives are silenced into temporary stalemate before any genuine childcare programs are implemented.