Canada Immigration

Tracing a Million Immigration Stories at Pier 21 -- Including My Own

Elisa Birnbaum | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Elisa Birnbaum

Yet, it's the luxury liner that brought them here, the beautiful Aquitania, that uniquely captures my attention. Like my family, the ship was tired, battle-weary, but she pushed ahead nonetheless, navigating her way through rough seas, a turbulent winter and plenty of unknowns to reach the final destination. As a proud Canadian and daughter, I'm terribly glad she did.

What Immigrants Should Know Before Coming to Canada

Suresh Kurl | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Suresh Kurl

Canada is a dream come true for those who immigrate here. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the envy of the world. Its multiculturalism welcomes new immigrants with open arms, open hearts and open minds. If new immigrants are to become a part of the Canadian multicultural fabric they must know what their obligations as Canadian resident/citizen would be.

My Refugee Journey Involves Gunshots, Homelessness and Hope

Patrick Bizindavyi | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Patrick Bizindavyi

Over the following months in 2001, the violence continued in Burundi between the rebels and the government. My passion for my work diminished. I no longer felt like doing anything. I even stopped watching the news on TV, or even listening to it on my own radio station. Everything looked hopeless. In 2002, some Canadian journalists visited Burundi. If I were going to ask for help, it was now or never. Six months later, they invited me to visit Canada, and I jumped on the opportunity. I arrived in Canada with $60 in my pocket -- my mother's life savings.

We all Need to Atone for Canada's Mistreatment of Aboriginals

Hon. Navdeep Bains | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Hon. Navdeep Bains

You simply cannot live in Canada and ignore the past. It's a pretty strong statement but reading the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Aboriginal residential schools, that's the conclusion I've come to. The truth may be out but the reconciliation is going to take a while. So just as all Canadians share accountability for what is past, we also share a responsibility for making things better.

Conservatives Have Damaged Our Immigration System

John McCallum | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Politics
John McCallum

Throughout our history, Canada has welcomed newcomers with a smile. They were -- and are -- nation builders. Under the Conservatives, this smile has become a scowl and we have unfortunately witnessed a decade of decline in three major areas: family reunification, refugees, and citizenship applicants.

How I Finally Embraced Being Korean

Jason Lee | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Lee

If someone said to me 15 years ago that I would be talking publicly about my Korean cultural identity today, I'd have been the first person to say: "You must be kidding." Until recently, despite having been born in Korea, I would not have called myself a Korean-Canadian.

Feds Now Have The Power To Revoke Citizenships

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal government says it now has the power to revoke the citizenship of some Canadians convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage.

I Risked Death to Seek a Better Life for My Kids in Canada

Nina Raynars | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Nina Raynars

My children and I immigrated to Canada in 2010 as refugees. When we arrived, I was so happy that my kids were in a safe country. In Zimbabwe I remember not being able to cry or find comfort in anyone, because everyone was experiencing their own share of pain and shock. So in April of 2010, after being released from the most recent lock-up, I took my kids at midnight and headed for the border knowing that if I was caught I would be burned alive and killed. Even though I was living with the uncertainty of how my immigration hearing would pan out, watching my kids embrace Canadian culture strengthened me when I was at my weakest point.

I Don't Want to Be the Only Minority at the Table. I Want to Add More Chairs

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living
Jasmeet Sidhu

I remember so distinctly staring around at the room of Toronto Star editors and the people around me, including my own fellow interns, and I remember the exact moment of realizing that everyone in that room, except me, was white. I often believe its all too easy when you exist as a member of the "other," like a minority community like ours, for someone to cling to the idea of being the "first one," the "only one" and achieve what they can in the world for themselves and then go home with the pride of that recognition and nothing else. What if instead of believing there are limited seats to the table, we all chose to add more chairs?

Canada's Millionaire Immigrants Earn Less Than Refugees

Ian Young | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ian Young

Logic would dictate that big-earning millionaires continue to earn big after settling in Canada. They might take a pause from their business activities while they settle in to their new country, but it's only a matter of time before the money, and the trickle-down benefits, start flowing, right? Not so.

Sean Penn's Controversial Oscars Comment A Joke: Director

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Living

LOS ANGELES - Sean Penn's remark about Mexican-born Oscar-winner Alejandro Inarritu's immigration status at the end of Sunday's Academy Awards telecas...

Wearing a Niqab or a Veil Is Not a Requirement of Islam

Tahir Gora | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

We need to understand the difference between being separate and being moderate. There is also a need to understand that most Muslim women who don't wear these emblems are still followers of Islam. The conclusion of this debate should be that wearing a particular item of dress should be a person's choice. Showing yourself -- your identity -- should be a choice made by society.

A Long, Burdensome Road for Syrian Refugees and Their Canadian Sponsors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Militias set fire to homes with families still inside. From her safe refuge here in Canada, Dahlia heard the horrific reports and knew she had to get her family out of Syria. But to sponsor them as refugees in Canada would take an agonizing 18 months of bureaucracy and cost tens of thousands of dollars. Dahlia's ordeal raises the question, Are the demands of sponsorship too great for Canadians to bear?

Immigration Changes To Watch For In 2015

CBC | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Politics

For good or bad, the nature of immigration in Canada has changed under the Conservatives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed that when he spoke...

What You Need to Know About Canada's Refugee Health Program

Ritika Goel | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Ritika Goel

The federal government has finally backtracked on some of their cuts to the refugee health program brought about in 2012. After significant public opposition and a legal challenge on the basis of violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in July 2014, a federal court deemed the cuts to the refugee health program "cruel and unusual" treatment.

Why Is Stephen Harper Sending Us Back to 1973?

Syed Hussan | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

The creation of the "temporary" migrant worker programs were at their very core a policy rooted in racist exclusion. And that's exactly where the clock is being turned to today. The shutting out of thousands of racialized women from permanent immigration status is being strangely spun as a step forward. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander insisted, "We are saying to the whole Canadian population, to caregivers above all, the time of abuse and vulnerability is over".

The Month I Spent Living on a Mattress

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Ana Rodriguez

When I am nine, my parents and I immigrate to Canada from the wet, hot, and hurricane-ridden island of Cuba. Before May 31, 2002, I have never stepped beyond my beautiful little island, have never seen a landscape without palm trees or the ocean, have never smelt air that isn't rife with humidity with a hint of dog piss, sea salt, and garbage, and I have never wanted to.

Obama's Pretty Words Hide the Reality of U.S. Immigration

Dana Wagner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Actions matter more than words, but in his speech to Americans, Obama's words overshadowed his actions. He spoke to hearts and minds, outlining an aspirational set of shared values on immigration. His subtext was 'we're not there yet,' but speaking ten steps ahead of hearts and minds is how to get there.

B.C. Protesters Blame Traffic Jams On Too Many Immigrants

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A small group of protesters are blaming Vancouver-area traffic jams on immigration. About half a dozen men stood on the Blundell overpass in Richmo...

Attitudes Toward Immigrants Conflicted: Poll

CBC | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Politics

Canadians have conflicted thoughts about immigrants when it comes to their roles in society and the workforce, according to a CBC News survey designed...

Economic Opportunity May Be the Antidote to Radicalism

Mark Milke | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

The recent killing of two Canadian soldiers by self-professed, radicalized young men who became enamoured with a violent interpretation of Islam will bring up multiple assertions about the "root cause" for such attacks. Economic freedom and the institutional "pillars" that undergird it matter.

Canada Needs Zero Tolerance For Its Own 'Barbaric Cultural Practices'

Toula Drimonis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

Forced marriages? Women forced to give birth in private and give away their children? Women trying to end an unwanted pregnancy with a coat hanger and the help of some back-alley doctor? All barbaric acts condoned, perpetuated, or conveniently ignored by the Catholic Church right here in Canada only a few decades ago. How soon we forget and pretend we're the evolved ones now...

Border Agency Considered Locking Immigrant Detainees In Prisons

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's border agency pursued the idea of putting immigrant detainees in federal prison despite concerns about locking up newcomers with vio...

Chinese Immigrants' Destination Deception Cost B.C. $2 Billion

South China Morning Post | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Immigration experts have described the ease with which thousands of rich arrivals have been deceiving Canadian authorities about the province in which...

Mexican Migrant Snuck Back Into Canada Before Her Death

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

BURNABY, B.C. — Just days before she hanged herself in December 2013, Lucia Vega Jimenez cut fruit and chatted about international Christmas traditi...