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2011 Census Data Shows Changing Canadian Landscape Due to Immigration

Canada’s multicultural fabric continues to evolve, according to newly released data from the 2011 Canadian Census. In some of Canada’s largest cities, bilingualism is extremely common – but not English and French.  According to the Census, 31 per cent of people in Vancouver speak a first or second language that is not English or French […]

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Invention Makes Healthcare More Accessible to Immigrants

Dakshana Bascaramurty of the Globe and Mail reports on an interesting new trend in immigration healthcare: automatic translation. Currently, many doctors have difficulty communicating with patients who cannot describe their symptoms in English or French, or who cannot understand what a doctor is asking them. A new translation guide for doctors lets them ask a […]

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Prime Minister Harper Praises Immigration and Tweaks Application System

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently emphasized the importance of immigration for the Canadian Economy. This reaffirmation comes as his government is overhauling many aspects of the old immigration application system (from Tim Kelly of InsideHalton.com) We continue to open our doors to immigration with an emphasis on fine-tuning the system. Many of you here are new Canadians […]

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Canada’s New Immigration Policy Causes International Controversy

A controversial decision to wipe out the immigration application backlog has many applicants very disappointed. The Toronto Star reports that the Canadian government has decided to reimburse people who have applied to emigrate to Canada and take them off the waiting list. These people can then reapply under the new skilled applicant system. Backlash From the Decision Protestors […]

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Ottawa Student Immigrants Add To The Economy

CBC Ottawa is reporting that foreign students are pumping money into local economies across the country: The number of international students who come to Ottawa to earn their high school diploma has skyrocketed, injecting money into both the local and national economy. There are about 480 foreign students this school year at the Ottawa-Carleton District […]

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Ottawa Gets Warning About Immigration

The Toronto Star reported that Ottawa received a warning from the Australian government saying that tough new laws regarding Refugees will not necessarily change the influx of Refugees arriving on Canada’s shores: Mandatory detention and delayed family reunification won’t deter refugees from arriving en masse at borders, say Australian advocacy groups opposed to Ottawa’s anti-human […]

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Do Immigrants Know Canada Better Than Those Born In Canada?

The Ottawa Citizen ran a story recently which stated that immigrants to Canada know the country better than those born here due to the immigration test they are required to take. More than 2,300 people were polled this fall by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies for a year-end report that explores respondents’ perspectives on […]

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Workers Told They Must Leave Canada

Metro Ottawa reported that illegal workers arrested in Ottawa and Gatineau shopping malls were declared inadmissible to Canada and must leave Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) said. Robert Gervais, IRB spokesperson, said full results of Thursday’s detention review would be available Friday and he could disclose information on only 22 of […]

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Ottawa Makes It Easier To See Parents And Grandparents

According to The Economic Times article, Ottawa has issued its first ‘Super Visa’. The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit their families in Canada for as long as 10 years, reported Xinhua. The visas need to be renewed every two years. Until the Super […]

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