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What Canadian winter feels like to immigrants and visitors

March 5, 2015

By CBC News “It was bad,” said Fatemeh Palizban, about this winter, echoing what people across Canada are feeling as the weather breaks long-term cold records. Palizban moved to Canada 13 years ago, and meets with others who want to practice their English at the Downtown Community Centre in Kitchener, part of the YMCA’s Immigrant Services. Palizban worked as a lecturer in electronics at Laurier University for three years and...

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Manitoba is ‘open for business’ for immigrant investors

March 4, 2015

By Donna Carreiro, CBC News | Attention immigrant investors: Manitoba’s putting out the “open for business” sign again. Only this time around, the province expects you to stick around. “Their biggest challenge is how are you going to retain the people?” said immigration lawyer Reis Pagtakhan. “The question is, ‘Why are they doing that?'” Part of the problem was through the provincial nominee program for business. Here’s how it was...

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Third-generation Italian-Canadians more interested in preserving their heritage than previous generation, SFU study finds

March 3, 2015

By Shawn Conner, Special to Vancouver Sun | According to a new study, Vancouver’s third-generation Italians are more interested in maintaining their original cultural identity than their immediate predecessors. For the study, Eva Sajoo, a research associate with Simon Fraser University’s Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement (IDRE), designed a 30-question online survey. Eighty-eight per cent of respondents (a majority between 19-39) identified their Italian identity as important and “something...

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New immigration rules threaten Canada’s competitiveness

March 3, 2015

By Stephen Cryne, Vancouver Sun | Immigration is vitally important to every nation looking to improve its competitive standing in today’s global economy. The challenge is making sure the right programs are in place to attract the brightest and the best. Here in British Columbia the stakes are high. We expect more than a million new job openings between now and 2022, including 985,000 from economic activity already confirmed or...

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Refugees reporting higher earnings in Canada than investor immigrants

March 2, 2015

By Careme Wood Richmond News, Special to National Post | Refugee immigrants are reporting higher incomes to the Canada Revenue Agency than investor-class immigrants, according to data compiled by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Furthermore, the rate of investor immigrants reporting any income whatsoever is far below the Canadian average. The findings, reported last week by Ian Young of the South China Morning Post, may indicate the expected social and...

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Many older Canadian immigrants live on less than $11,000 per year

March 2, 2015

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun | METRO VANCOUVER — Zahra Khaleghi was 52 years old when she came to Canada as a refugee just over a decade ago. She had no ability to communicate in English and five children to look after. The family squeezed into an apartment in Coquitlam, where Khaleghi deteriorated in a spiral of isolation and depression. She tried to take some English classes, but was unable...

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