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Immigrant data points to challenges getting settled in Waterloo Region

June 18, 2015

By Johanna Weidner, Waterloo Region Record | Recent immigrants to Waterloo Region are twice as likely as Canadian-born residents to have a university degree, yet they’re also more likely to be unemployed and live in poverty. Newly released fact sheets on immigrants to this region reveal some of the challenges they face in getting settled and secure in their new home, including finding good jobs. “There’s an imbalance between the...

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Successful B.C. immigrant-entrepreneur program in limbo

June 17, 2015

By Iain Marlow, Globe and Mail | A program that helps Asian immigrants start small and medium-sized businesses in British Columbia, creating hundreds of jobs and injecting tens of millions of dollars into the local economy, has wound to a close. The “Business Immigrant Integration Support” program was started in 2012 by one of B.C.’s largest immigrant settlement agencies, known as Success, which has more than 400 employees and is...

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Immigration not enough to save P.E.I. population

June 15, 2015

By Kevin Yan, CBC News | Immigration has kept P.E.I. the youngest province in Atlantic Canada over the last decade, but importing youth won’t be enough to keep the provincial population sustainable into the future. Like the rest of the Western world, P.E.I. is facing the problem of an aging population. This problem is made worse on P.E.I. because many young people are leaving, while at the same time older...

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Food processors want foreign workers who can become Canadian citizens

June 15, 2015

Canadian HR Reporter | Backlash against the temporary foreign worker program has made Ottawa leery of finding a new way for the food-processing sector to get the people it needs to fill vacant jobs, officials say. Mark Chambers is with an industry group that has presented a plan to the federal government on how it should deal with a labour shortage that he says is hobbling exports. It calls for...

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Nominations open for provincial multicultural awards

June 12, 2015

By BC News | The B.C. government opens nominations today for the British Columbia Multicultural Awards to draw attention to our province’s multicultural champions, be it a deserving individual, business or organization. British Columbia has hundreds of multicultural organizations and countless businesses and individuals in all corners of the province who work hard to promote multiculturalism and nurture empathy and inclusion. Five categories are open for nomination – individual, business,...

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New networking program creates career path for skilled immigrants

June 12, 2015

By IEC BC | To help new immigrants build their professional networks, the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) has launched a new program, Connector that matches established professionals with skilled immigrants. Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the program is designed to help level the playing field for BC’s skilled immigrants by matching them with local professionals, who in turn connect them with contacts in their occupational field. “As...

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