Category Archives: Immigration

Express entry immigration system for “skilled workers” starts Jan. 1

Only ‘highest ranking candidates’ will be asked to apply

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Nov 21, 2014 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014 6:21 PM ET

The federal government’s consultations on a new immigration system to give skilled workers “express entry” into Canada starting Jan. 1 included a nine-member group representing some of Canada’s biggest employers — and at least two of those groups say they are taking a wait-and-see approach on the new system.

Skilled immigrants recruited in 50 occupations ahead of ‘express entry’ launch

Under the new online express entry system, skilled immigrants will be matched with vacant jobs in at least 50  occupations based on “scores that reflect their human capital and ability to succeed in the Canadian economy.” Continue reading

Canada to ban immigrants in polygamous, forced marriages

The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has announced that the government will ban people who have taken part in practices that are “incompatible with Canadian values” — such as those in polygamous or forced marriages — from immigrating to Canada.Minister Alexander outlined the government’s position at a news conference with Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch in Toronto on Wednesday morning. Alexander said that the bill would eliminate premature and forced marriages from Canada’s immigration system and the country as a whole. The bill is expected to pass with full support from the majority Conservative caucus in Ottawa.

“The intention [of the bill] is very clear,” said Alexander. “We will be enhancing the ability of the immigration system to detect and then to act on cases of polygamy. There are many cases — at least hundreds across the country, maybe even more — of people who have come here with multiple wives without that fact being confirmed in the immigration system and without anything having been done about it, even when it’s detected later.

“We will give ourselves the tools to act. Polygamists are not welcome in this country and, if and when they are found in our immigration system, they will be removed from this country.”

TORONTO: Haheen Afzal becomes citizen in spite of catastrophic citizenship test results

‘Comedy of errors’ lets woman become Canadian citizen despite abysmal results on citizenship tests

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A Canadian citizenship ceremony. Before someone can become a Canadian citizen, they are required to demonstrate linguistic competence in either of Canada’s official languages and show an adequate knowledge of Canada’s social, civic and political norms.

Matthew Sherwood for National Post/FileA Canadian citizenship ceremony. Before someone can become a Canadian citizen, they are required to demonstrate linguistic competence in either of Canada’s official languages and show an adequate knowledge of Canada’s social, civic and political norms.

TORONTO — A would-be Canadian who received a grade of zero out of six on her citizenship language test and four out of 20 on the test’s knowledge component was nonetheless granted a Canadian citizenship certificate.

A “series of administrative errors” put Haheen Afzal — despite her abysmal results on the tests — before a citizenship judge in Hamilton, Ont., swearing an oath to the Queen and being issued a citizenship certificate.

When the mistake was discovered, Ms. Afzal did not want to surrender her citizenship and fought to keep it. Continue reading

RICHMOND,B.C.: Members of Immigration Watch Canada protest Canada’s immigration policy

Video update: Protestors blame immigration numbers for traffic woes

PHILIP RAPHAEL / RICHMOND NEWS
NOVEMBER 19, 2014 10:55 AM

The gathering of about a half dozen people unfurled a large, yellow and black-lettered sign stating “Fight gridlock: cut immigration” for northbound commuters to see.

Dan Murray, spokesman for the group said the level of immigration in Canada is unwarranted and wants the federal government to reduce the numbers, which he believed would help lessen the impact on city streets.

“More people, more cars,” said Murray. “Every two people who come in as immigrants bring another car onto the road. That’s how it works.” Continue reading

Reis Pagtakhan: In the fight against racism, tolerance is not enough

Reis Pagtakhan: Should we really be just ‘grudgingly enduring’ our neighbours?

By Reis Pagtakhan, for CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2014 8:34 PM CT Last Updated: Nov 20, 2014 6:45 AM CT

When discussing issues of racism and discrimination, governments, academics and civic leaders often promote “tolerance” as a way to combat these problems. As the argument goes, if Canadians tolerate people of different races, religions, sexual orientations and backgrounds, Canada will be a much stronger society.

A number of years ago, I read an article in which someone argued that merely tolerating someone else is an extremely low bar. By definition, when a person has to tolerate someone or something, that person has to endure or accept someone or something they find to be, at best, unpleasant.

People tolerate things ranging from pain, abuse and depression to minor annoyances such as boring movies, noisy neighbours, insects and inclement weather. Continue reading

HALIFAX: Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services changes name to avoid sharing the acronym with terrorist group


Stephanie Taylor/ for Metro Employee Mehmet Iskin poses for a photo next to the newly unveiled sign at ISANS, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

ISIS, better known in Nova Scotia as Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services, has a new name.

Director of operations Gerry Mills said the reason why the Halifax-based organization, which works to support new immigrants, made a name change to the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia on Wednesday is “pretty obvious.”

She said many clients and community members felt the old name —which shared the same acronym as the terrorist jihadist group — should be changed so as not to confuse or trigger anyone. Continue reading

More condos needed to keep up with immigrant demand, CIBC says

Bank says Canadian immigrants form a significant chunk of potential condo buyers

By Pete Evans, CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2014 10:46 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014 11:45 AM ET

Fears that Canada is building far more condominiums than it needs are overblown because of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are moving here in increasing numbers, one of Canada’s biggest banks says.

“Ask any real estate developer in any of Canada’s major cities about the risk of overbuilding, and the first line of defence would be immigration and its critical role in supporting demand,” CIBC economist Benjamin Tal said in a report Wednesday. “It turns out that at least for now, this claim is more valid than widely believed.”

Immigrants already represent about 70 per cent of Canada’s population growth at the moment — and half of those who come to Canada are in the prime homebuying age range of between 20 and 45. Continue reading

SASKATCHEWAN: Prince Albert’s junior hockey team unveils new mascot, stirs public controversy

Prince Albert’s junior hockey team unveils new mascot, stirs public controversy

Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press

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    REGINA – A Saskatchewan junior hockey team is under fire after unveiling a new mascot that critics are calling offensive to Middle Eastern people.

Prince Albert Raiders spokeswoman Amber Pratt said the mascot’s costume is based on the Western Hockey League team’s original logo introduced in 1982 which depicts an Arabian raider character holding a sword and a hockey stick.

“The version that we brought to life is happy, with a big smile on his face,” she wrote in an email on Tuesday.

“He wears hockey pants and a hockey jersey. He is a positive symbol of Raider history and was loved by fans when introduced on Friday night.”

Pratt said she is surprised by the criticism and the organization has received way more positive comments than negative.

But Rhonda Rosenberg, executive director of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, said the mascot plays into possible discrimination.

The idea of a somewhat violent Muslim man is a stereotype that is really difficult for a lot of people to live with,” she said.

Rosenberg added that if a team uses a mascot representing a particular cultural group “at the very least they need to check in with some people who are of that background.” Continue reading

KITCHENER, ON: Sikh community celebrates Sikh Remembrance Day


Metroland News Service Royal Military School cadet Sarab Jot Singh, Gurjanb Singh and Resham Singh Rana of the Golden Triangle Sikh Association salute after laying a wreath during Sikh Remembrance Day ceremonies at Mount Hope Cemetery.

KITCHENER — Pte. Buckam Singh may not have had the right to vote, but he still fought and died for his adopted country.

Eight years after his gravesite was discovered in Kitchener’s Mount Hope Cemetery, hundreds gathered around his final resting place to pay tribute to the Sikh soldier, whose story was lost to history for decades.

Pte. Singh, who came to Canada as a teenaged farm labourer, enlisted in the First World War, was wounded in battle and died in 1919 in a Kitchener military hospital, was buried here without ceremony shortly after the war ended. Continue reading

Richmond’s Newcomers Guide now available in Russian as well

Alexandra Megynskaya and her daughter are having fun settling into life in Richmond

It’s perhaps a year too late for Alexandra Megynskaya, who moved her life to Richmond from Magadan in eastern Russia a little more than 12 months ago.

But finally getting her hands on the Russian version of Richmond’s Newcomers Guide will come in very useful nonetheless.

Now available along with its English, Chinese, Filipino and Punjabi counterparts, the Russian guide was officially launched at city hall last week.

Having browsed through the new Russian guide, Megynskaya said the content is exactly what all new immigrants  need to know when they arrive to start a new life in Canada. Continue reading

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