Canada Immigration

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

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.29.2015 | 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 01.01.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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...

Immigration Detainees Held In Inadequate Conditions: Red Cross

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A confidential Red Cross investigation found numerous shortcomings at Canadian facilities for immigrant detainees including triple-bunked cel...

One Solution to Illegal Immigration Problems in the US

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

One obvious solution would be to distribute enough temporary work visas for the farmers to be able to hire the workers they need legally. The positive aspects of the Bracero program should be revived, while eschewing its mistakes. This would not solve all of the country's illegal immigration problems. But it would certainly be better than the further militarization of the US-Mexico border.

How to Become Really Powerful

Elan Divon | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Babies don't have power. Not physical power at least, although being cute does command a lot of attention. When we are born we depend on our parents t...

Five Great Expectations When Planning a Wedding Abroad

Gillian Farber | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

Living abroad is one thing -- planning a wedding from abroad is a whole other story. A very complicated, internet driven, blog obsessed story that involves checking your email 24/7 and a secret love affair with Pinterest. So from one traveller/amateur bride-to-be to another, here are my "Five Great Expectations" leading up to your big day.

Canada's Refugee Health Cuts Are a Symptom of a Larger Disease

Ritika Goel | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Ritika Goel

The refugee health cuts must be reversed, but we must also look at the underlying disease of which these cuts are a symptom. The refugee health cuts are but one more policy decision in an increasingly regressive immigration system, and refugees are just one more group being denied health care because of their immigration status.

Komagata Maru Reminds Us How Lonely It Can Get When We Stop Letting Others In

Aarondeep Bains | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Aarondeep Bains

When I see the photo of the Sikhs on the decks of the Komagata Maru, I think of the ones trying so desperately to pry that door open on land. The ones who raised money that they did not have for legal fees, and who rowed out to feed the men aboard with food they scarcely earned. Their story, and reasons for helping those barred from entry is as old as our nation itself.

100 Years Later, Racist Chapter Still Unknown By Many

CBC | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Descendants of two B.C. residents, who were on opposite sides of the Komagata Maru story, are sharing their reflections today on the 100th anniversar...

The Conservatives Have Made a Complete Mess of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Jinny Sims | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Jinny Sims

The CBC reports that the Canadian Border Services Agency raided an employer paying temporary foreign workers next to nothing to work at mall kiosks in 2011. Yet for three years, that employer was permitted to continue hiring foreign workers -- his permits were never pulled, his name was never put on the employer blacklist, and he never faced criminal charges.

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.

Fear of Migrant Workers Is Xenophobia

Syed Hussan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

The use of incorrect statistics and skewed economic arguments to demand the exclusion of Temporary Foreign Workers by people all along the political spectrum hearkens to a lengthy history of exclusion of immigrants from Canada. While in the past racist headlines read "Immigrants are taking Canadian jobs," now they insist "Foreign workers are taking Canadian jobs." What's the difference? There is more afoot here, its xenophobia and it must be challenged. It is important that we do not repeat the injustices of the past. Full immigration status for all, full rights for all workers is the only way forward. Resist attempts to divide unemployed, migrant, and poor people.

Why The Komagata Maru Is Still Important

Naveen Girn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

These two words encapsulate so many negative aspects of the South Asian experience in Canada: exclusion, discrimination, and racism. While the community has overcome many systemic challenges, it would be too easy to see this as a positive narrative -- from tragedy to triumph.