Immigration Canada

Foreign Worker Permits Handed Out Like Candy

CBC | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Business

The government must tighten up requirements that allow Canadian employers to hire low skilled temporary foreign workers and do a better job enforcing...

Trans Woman Avery Edison Was Put in a Men's Prison -- Why, Canada?

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Here in Canada, we tend to think of ourselves as claiming a sort of moral high ground when it comes to social justice issues. And then, every once in a while, an event occurs that proves just how awful and backwards we really are. Monday morning, 25-year-old British comedian Avery Edison tried to enter Canada through Toronto. She was denied entry and detained by Canadian immigration officials, a fact which she admitted was her own fault. It was decided that because of her male genitalia, she would have to go to Maplehurst Correctional Complex, an all-male facility. This, in spite of the fact that her passport lists her as female. And this is where I lose it.

Sunny Freeman

No More Buying Your Way Into Canada

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Business

A controversial program that gave immigrant investors a fast track to citizenship was abolished in the 2014 federal budget. The government stopped...

2013 Immigration Changes and Victories in Canada

Syed Hussan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Syed Hussan

While Harper lies to the media, Ministers Kenney and Alexander are out touting the next wave of destructive immigration changes. Now is a good time to look back and reflect on what changed in immigration in 2013, and the ways that migrant justice activists fought back.

B.C. ESL Will Continue: Feds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Citizenship and Immigration Canada says federal English-as-a-second-language programs for new British Columbians will continue despite the ...

Canada Boosts Foreign Worker Admissions

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Business

The federal government has boosted the number of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) allowed into Canada, even as the governing Tories promised a crackdo...

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?

Mr. Suzuki's Baseless, Irresponsible Immigration Claims

Steve Lafleur | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

Imagine there was a policy that could reduce global poverty, conserve natural resources and help alleviate the coming retirement crisis, all while also fostering domestic economic growth. You would have to be either misinformed or malicious to oppose this policy, right? Well, this policy exists, and it's called immigration. Ironically, "progressive" hero David Suzuki has come out in favour of reducing immigration levels. Mr. Suzuki is not only providing poor policy advice, but that advice runs contrary to his stated goals of reducing carbon emissions and fostering global development.

Canada's Immigrant Population Surges

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - The debut of Canada's controversial census replacement survey shows there are more foreign-born people in the country than ever before, at a ...

Althia Raj

How The Foreign Workers Crisis Could Be Easily Solved

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — The problems caused by the federal Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program could be fixed easily if low-skilled workers were given easier ac...

Althia Raj

Foreign Worker Program Could Mean 'Low-Wage Ghettos' In Canada: Critics

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — The Tories’ promised reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program don’t go far enough, say critics who fear the recent explosi...

Kenney Boasts About Immigration Numbers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government says it has reduced Canada's immigration backlog by 40 per cent.Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says ...

How Canadians Really Feel About Immigration

The Huffington Post Canada | Eric Grenier | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada Politics

While most people in this country are in favour of welcoming new immigrants, a large portion of the population believes Canada’s policy is too open....

Bureaucrats Scrambled To Save Some Refugee Health Benefits

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Civil servants in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration had to scramble to make the case for preserving some refugee health-care bene...

One Migrant Worker's Story Is Canada's Story

Min Sook Lee | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada
Min Sook Lee

2012-11-22-whypovertybanner.jpg Ten years ago I made a documentary about migrant agricultural workers in Canada, El Contrato. I am interested in the story of workers and migration because I come from a working class family and my life has been fundamentally shaped by migration. This is the story of how immigration to Canada is racialized and classed.

'Super Visas' Not So Super?

CBC | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Politics

New figures show Canada has granted more than 11,000 "super visas" for overseas parents and grandparents since the federal government unveiled the pro...

Family's Deportation To Libya (And Subsequent Torture) Under Review

CBC | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Politics

Canadian immigration officials say they will comply with a Federal Court order to review the case of a family that was deported four years ago to Moam...

Canada 'Stealing Britain's Immigrants'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Business

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s campaign to bring Polish migrant workers from the U.K. to Canada to fill labour shortages has got the English pr...

Kenney To Fast-Track Foreign Students For Immigration

CBC | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Politics

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced that he wants to admit more foreign students currently studying in Canada as permanent residents and p...

New Immigration Rules Target Newlyweds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada Politics

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Some newlyweds now face a new rule the government says is designed to combat marriage fraud.The regulation applies to Canadians or...

Canada: A Nation of Foreign Terrorists According to Bill C-43

Irwin Cotler | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

In introducing Bill C-43 -- the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act -- the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration offered several justifications for this legislation, which on first impression, appear warranted. But the very title of the legislation suggests that Canada is overrun with foreign terrorists, escaped convicts, war criminals and the like. That's only the tip of the iceberg for this highly problematic piece of legislation.

Canada Celebrates Citizenship Week

Naomi Alboim | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada
Naomi Alboim

Canada's immigration selection system has always been rigorous, in part because we have viewed immigrants as "citizens in waiting." After three years of permanent residence, they are able to apply for citizenship and more than 89 per cent choose to do so -- one of the highest naturalization rates in the world. But, recent and proposed changes to Canada's immigration and citizenship rules are making it much more difficult for immigrants to become citizens.

Abortion, Immigration Debates Test Limits Of Dialogue

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The right for MPs to say and discuss almost anything they want is one of the central privileges of Parliament, but a couple of divisive debat...

The Wimpy Numbers Behind Kenney's "Great Immigration Crackdown?"

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

On Monday, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney announced that the federal government had started the process of revoking the citizenship of 3,100 people suspected of lying to immigration officials in a highly publicized press conference.Fiscally conscious Canadians, who appreciate arithmetic, can see through this ideological contrivance.

What Aussies Can Teach Canada About Immigration

Diane Francis | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Canada is finally moving toward a smart, two-step immigration policy -- like Australia and others have -- that will recruit talent through a targeting policy of foreign student education. Most foreign students in Canada get their degrees and never come back. Most Australians apply to remain and the majority stay.