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Express entry: early immigration data shows many already in Canada

May 12, 2015

By Susan Mas, CBC News | Link to Article Nearly half of the skilled immigrants who qualified for a chance to obtain permanent residency within the first three weeks of the launch of a new immigration system were not applying from abroad but were already in Canada, CBC News has learned. Canada launched a new system known as express entry on Jan. 1 as a way to recruit the best...

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Refugees and some immigrants more likely to have psychotic disorders: study

May 11, 2015

By Emily Chan, CTV News | The experience of moving to a new country may put refugees and some immigrants at a higher risk of psychotic disorders, a new study suggests. The study, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday, compared the rate of psychotic disorders in first-generation Canadians to the rate in the general Ontario population. It found that immigrants from the Caribbean and refugees...

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Prospective immigrants younger, better educated, survey finds

May 8, 2015

By Metro News | Prospective immigrants to Canada are younger, better educated and starting their credential assessments sooner under immigration changes in recent years, a new survey finds. According to World Education Services (WES), one of a handful of agencies Ottawa designated to evaluate immigrant credentials, 80 per cent of all its work last year was done for those who were abroad, compared to 16 per cent in 2012. The...

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Stephen Harper vows foreign workers will not become ‘permanent underclass’

May 8, 2015

By Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star | Canada will not allow the creation of a “permanent underclass” of foreign workers filling jobs here for long periods with no hope of citizenship, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says. Harper made the comments Friday during an appearance with Philippine President Benigno Aquino as he justified a clampdown on the temporary foreign worker program in Canada. Because of a four-year limit imposed on how long...

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LGBTQ immigrants’ needs unmet: report

May 6, 2015

By Stefania Seccia, Vancouver 24 Hours | A pilot project to understand the LGBTQ experience for newcomers — with the bonus of providing support services — has lost its funding. MOSAIC’s I Belong project in Burnaby and New Westminster was funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. But as the funding has ended, its two paid positions – project facilitator and coordinator – have gone with it, leaving the organization relying...

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600 victims in immigrant worker fraud: Cops

May 5, 2015

By Toronto Sun | A 46-year-old woman who ran a recruiting agency in North York faces more than 70 fraud charges for allegedly ripping off hundreds of prospective immigrant workers to the tune of $2.3 million. Toronto Police launched a fraud investigation last fall into GoWest Jobs International — a recruiting agency on Finch Ave. W., east of Keele St., that primarily deals with immigrant workers. The company allegedly recruited...

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