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Two key concerns of immigrant communities addressed in federal budget

April 21, 2015

By Stephanie Levitz, Edmonton Journal | Two long-standing concerns among immigrants to Canada were addressed Tuesday in the federal budget, one about how they can do better here and another about how they can better help their families back home. The budget announced that a pilot program launched three years ago to help internationally-trained people get their skills up to Canadian standards via small loans will become permanent in a...

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What best motivates immigrants to learn an official Canadian language?

April 18, 2015

By Vancouver Sun, Blog | Most people recognize that the immigrants who are most likely to succeed in Canada are those who master either of the country’s official languages. A host of studies back up this conclusion. But opinions range all over about how best to help newcomers take on the hard task of becoming fluent in English or French. Should stricter language requirements be expected before immigrants are even...

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New website for jobs demand in northern B.C.

April 16, 2015

By Canadian Immigrant | In recognition of the current demand for skilled professionals in northern BC communities, the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) has launched a new website that connects skilled new Canadians living in Metro Vancouver with jobs in three northern communities — Prince George, Prince Rupert and Fort St. John. According to the BC Labour Market Outlook 2022, more than one million jobs are expected to open...

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B.C. shortchanged in federal transfer payments for immigrants

April 16, 2015

By Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun | OTTAWA — The vast gap between the size of federal government transfer payments to Quebec and to B.C. for immigrant integration services has widened significantly since a 2012 internal review suggested that the ever-increasing payments to Quebec weren’t sustainable, according to newly-released federal figures. Around the time of the review, B.C. received roughly $3,000 for every permanent resident accepted in the province, compared to...

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Immigrant parents might be at greater risk of stillborn births, Ontario study suggests

April 14, 2015

By Jennifer Yang, Inside Belleville | Nearly three million babies are born every year without any signs of life, a phenomenon that remains poorly understood by medical science. But a new study by Ontario researchers suggests that some parents who are immigrants might be at greater risk of having a stillborn birth. The paper, published Tuesday by the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, found a “significantly higher risk of...

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Program fail? Where are the applications for the investor immigration stream?

April 13, 2015

By Canadian Immigrant | On Jan. 28, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched the replacement to the federal investor immigration program, called the immigrant investor venture capital pilot program. CIC was apparently so confident about demand for the new program that it announced that it would only accept applications to the new program for two weeks, or until a maximum of 500 applications were received, whichever came first. It...

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