BC Tech touts Cascadia links ahead of federal government’s skilled foreign workers initiative

May 31, 2017

By Tyler Orton, Business in Vancouver | It wouldn’t have been unusual a decade ago for a Seattle tech worker to think of Vancouver as little more than a stopping point along the way to Whistler’s ski hills, according to Bill Tam. “The reality is the tech scene here in British Columbia has really come of age over the last five or six years,” the BC Tech Association (BCTA) CEO...

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Study shows 43% of BC’s Syrian refugees made Surrey their home

May 31, 2017

By 604 Now | The Syrian government-assisted refugees arrived in the Lower Mainland between November 2015 to December 2016, as part of the largest refugee resettlement initiative in Canada’s history. But where are they now?...

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Almost 7 in 10 Metro residents will be non-white in two decades

May 31, 2017

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | Canada is experiencing the fastest rate of ethnic change of any country in the Western world, say international demographers. Almost seven of 10 Metro Vancouver residents will be visible minorities, or non-whites, in less than two decades, says Eric Kaufmann, a professor at University of London, Birkbeck, citing Statistics Canada projections. In addition, Kaufmann said, University of Laval professor Patrice Dion has worked with...

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Canada 150: As a founder of SUCCESS, Maggie Ip became the organization’s symbolic ‘mother’

May 31, 2017

By Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun | In the 1970s, services for immigrants were few and far between in Metro Vancouver. Maggie Ip was in a unique position to recognize what was needed. Born in Shanghai, she emigrated to Canada to get her Masters degree in education at the University of Ottawa. Ip spent seven years struggling to integrate into her new country. In the late 1960s, she moved to Vancouver,...

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Francophone immigrants face greater challenges outside Quebec

May 30, 2017

By Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star | Cheikh Diagne thought he would have an advantage in Canada’s job market by having one of Canada’s official languages as his mother tongue. Instead, the francophone newcomer from Senegal was disappointed few Canadian employers recognize his skills and expertise as a banker and economist, and most see him only fit for jobs in call centres and customer service. “French is not a real official...

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More international students are choosing Canada, opting for permanent residence

May 25, 2017

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | Latest statistics show a significant increase in the number of international students enrolling in Canadian universities for the 2017- 18 academic year. Between 2008 and 2016, the number of study permits that become effective each year have more than doubled. In 2008, a total of 128,411 study permits became effective – in 2016, this figure was 267,780. By the end of 2016, there were more...

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