Canada Immigration Reform

Will the 'Culturally Compatible' Immigrant Please Stand Up?

The Nudge Report | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
The Nudge Report

PM Harper, Kenney and his crew have been careful not speak publicly on immigration matters. But Kenney slipped up while unrolling the red carpet for the Irish, not long after he cancelled 300,000 patiently-waiting skilled workers' applications. "The employers in Canada are increasingly identifying Ireland as a great source of talent, hard-working, highly-educated folks who are culturally compatible," Kenney said.

An Apology to the Foreign Workers Who Serve Us Fast Food

Vanessa Routley | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Business
Vanessa Routley

Canada's temporary foreign worker policy is at odds with Canadian values, and frankly, this is getting a bit awkward. If you're like me, you're beginning to want to apologize to the people who serve us fast food. And maybe we should apologize, though it's not our fault. If I could send a message to the Minister of Immigration I would tell him to be more pragmatic about the foreign worker problem. Not only is this easy to fix, it's imperative. It can make you look good, it's good for Canada, and you can turn this problem into a lot of new Canadian voters who'll love you.

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.

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.

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.

Immigration to Canada: It's as Easy as Online Dating!

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

According to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, the upcoming "Web-based 'Expression of Interest' system" for immigrants advertising their skills is "like a dating site." Like a dating site!? Is that the model Canadians favour to pick our future citizens? For every Cinderella who finds her Prince Charming on an online forum, there is a string of Chris Brown's meeting their Rihanna. Once newcomers take the bait, are there any measures to ensure the Government of Canada won't be rendered to playing matchmaker-middleman to abusive relationships, thefts, misrepresentations of employment conditions, or scams?

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.

Tory Move 'Makes Foreign Workers An Employer's First Choice'

CBC | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Business

An Alberta labour group is slamming an agreement making it easier for Alberta companies to hire skilled foreign tradespeople. “Under th...

Rachel Mendleson

Businesses To Choose From Pool Of Immigrants Under New Tory Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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...

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.

Harper At Davos: Ottawa Poised To Transform Immigration, Pensions, Research

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.27.2012 | Canada Politics

DAVOS, Switzerland - Ottawa will transform the country's pension system to curtail government costs, but details won't come until the budget, Prime Mi...

Kenney's Kind Of Immigrant: Young, Educated, Skilled And Fluent

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.30.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has never suffered from lack of ambition and his latest goal is nothing short of reshaping and rejuvenating...