Canada Immigration

Above All, Bill C-31 Hurts Children

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

On Wednesday June 27 Bill C-31: Protecting Canada's Immigration Act was cleared through the Senate leaving a stain on our country's immigration and refugee protection system, a system that we as Canadians could once be proud of. With the passage of this bill, several principles which have defined us as Canadians for decades have now been compromised and our world's most vulnerable populations will now have to pay the price.

Why I Love Canada: Here I Can Question My Own Faith

Farzana Hassan | Posted 08.28.2012 | Canada
Farzana Hassan

2012-06-26-canadaflag.png I am a Canadian Muslim woman and have had the privilege of calling Canada my home since 1984. I strongly believe that as a Muslim I have every right to question my faith, to arrive at my own unique understanding of it, and to practice it according to my very own sensibilities as a unique human being. For that I am grateful to my adoptive country, Canada.

Why I Love Canada: An Immigrant's Perspective

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

2012-06-26-canadaflag.png Canada Day is a time to celebrate a great Canadian citizenship. For immigrants such as myself, it gives us a rare chance to celebrate great milestones. For instance, Jemy Joseph has only been in Canada just over a decade but she has achieved more than her share. As a medical student, she's a shining example of what immigrants contribute to the fabric of Canada's identity.

Ontario, Feds Boost Immigrant Training Programs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario is spending $35 million to give skilled immigrants a leg up to get the training they need to find work in their fields.The federal g...

Bill C-38 Ate Away All of Canada's Social Progress

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

Bill C-38 will wreak havoc on provincial budgets through measures that will shift costs onto provincial social programs. This is but one of the ways in which the Conservative government is determined to use legislation to bully and weaken its opponents, as well as the quality of democratic debate.

Canada Under Bill C-31 Is Not the Place I Found Refuge

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

My greatest fear is that one day Canadians, as fair-minded as they may be, will close their doors to other refugees. Bill C-31 -- Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act -- is now in the Senate where it will be studied and debated. Not only is this bill unconstitutional and inconsistent with Canada's international obligations, it will change the face of Canada as we know it.

Attempt To Save Immigration Applications Quashed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.23.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A federal court judge has quashed the hopes of hundreds of would-be immigrants seeking to force the government to review their files.Over 800...

Time to Apologize for Komagata Maru

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

The Komagata Maru incident occurred during a time in Canadian history where there was a deep-seated prejudice against minorities and immigrants. NDP MP Jasbir Sandhu's motion today urged the Government of Canada to officially apologize in Parliament to the South Asian community in the House of Commons. I commend him.

Dreams Sunk By Immigration Changes

CBC | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada Politics

"I seriously don't understand why this could happen, you know?" Over the phone, Kathy Sun describes how she's been waiting in...

Becoming Canadian: The First-Generation Experience

Jeremy Diamond | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada
Jeremy Diamond

The facts exist to support the argument that first-generation Canadians integrate successfully into Canadian society and achieve high levels of success. But how does the next generation negotiate the various pressures to succeed and integrate into Canadian society? How do they forge an identity that is both Canadian but that also preserves elements of their family's heritage and culture?

Would-Be Immigrants Take Feds To Court

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Would-be immigrants are taking the federal government to court over its decision to return their applications.They're angry about the Conserv...

Refugees Are People Too

Jennifer Hyndman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Jennifer Hyndman

If Bill C-31, "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act," passes in parliament, Canada will lose its reputation for fairness and human rights and, more importantly, hundreds if not thousands of people's lives will be adversely affected. Refugees would be ineligible to sponsor any immediate family members and these refugees would be second-class people in Canada.

Tories Lead the Way in Intelligent Immigration

Diane Francis | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Every year, the flow of people fluctuated according to supply and demand. Some years, a total of 60,000 people were allowed in, and some others years 150,000. This guaranteed that immigrants found work because they were screened properly to insure their success. Then in 1986 the Mulroney government opened up the floodgates.

DONNER PRIZE FINALIST: Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy

Christopher Worswick | Posted 06.30.2012 | Canada
Christopher Worswick

2012-04-30-Donnerimage.jpgThe last excerpt from finalists competing for this year's Donner Prize, to be announced tomorrow, is about "possible reforms to Canadian immigration policy that would benefit not only Canada but those who wish to build their future here.

Tamils In Limbo After Canadian Crackdown On Human Smugglers

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada Politics

BANGKOK - All wars cause collateral damage. Vashni is collateral damage in Canada's war on human smugglers.The soft-spoken Tamil woman in her 30s live...

Rachel Mendleson

Businesses To Choose From Pool Of Immigrants Under New Tory Plan | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 04.20.2012 | Canada Business

If Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has his way, employers will soon play a much more active role in selecting newcomers, and those chosen will be pu...

Rachel Mendleson

Kenney Vows Permanent Blacklist For Abuse Of Migrant Workers | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 04.20.2012 | Canada Business

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Canadian employers who violate the rights of migrant labourers should be permanently blacklisted from hiring th...

Got A Good Startup Idea? Immigrate To Canada!

CBC | Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada Business

Canada is looking at opening a special immigration stream for entrepreneurs with good startup ideas, Citizenship and Immigration Minister...

Sorry, Your Service for our Country Does Not Entitle You to Citizenship

Peter Worthington | Posted 06.19.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

In other words, the 100,000 Canadian soldiers who won the greatest battle of World War I were not Canadians, according to today's Citizenship and Immigration. How dare Harper's government say that no one born in Canada prior to the 1947 Act was "legally" a Canadian citizen!

Skilled Trades People To Get Into Canada Faster

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2012 | Canada Business

CALGARY - Ottawa has announced a new immigration program that it says will make it easier for Canadian business to hire the workers most urgently need...

Are Iranian Spies Slipping Through our Immigration Loopholes?

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 06.05.2012 | Canada
Sheryl Saperia

It is not unreasonable for Canadians to demand more stringent security checks to ensure that people seeking to enter the country do not have nefarious intentions. The Economist reported recently that Iran might be constructing its nuclear facilities with ultra-high performance concrete. The article also mentioned that a graduate of Tehran University is currently studying the molecular structure of cement at the University of Ottawa.

Eliminating Old Immigration Files Could Affect 280,000

CBC | Posted 06.01.2012 | Canada

More than 280,000 people who have been waiting years for a decision on their immigration files could be soon be chopped from the list as ...

Chinese Discover Backdoor Into Canada

CP | Louise Watt, The Associated Press | Posted 05.19.2012 | Canada

BEIJING, China - Thousands of people in China are trying to write their own ticket out of the country — in French.Chinese desperate to emigrate have...

Foreign Brides Who Divorce Could Be Deported Under New Rule

CBC | Posted 05.19.2012 | Canada Business

If a foreign spouse's marriage in Canada does not last two years, he or she could be deported, according to a proposed new federal rule. ...

Getting PhD Immigrants Out of Cabs and into Their Field

Omar Alghabra | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada
Omar Alghabra

The upcoming federal budget is expected to include major immigration reforms. Successful immigrants are happy immigrants. Successful and happy immigrants are productive members of society. Unhappy and desperate immigrants will search for jobs elsewhere or may resort to finding ways to game the system.