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Start-up Visa Program starting to gain traction

May 29, 2015

By Brenda Bouw, Globe and Mail | The federal government’s Start-up Visa Program, launched two years ago to lure immigrant entrepreneurs to grow their companies in Canada, is finally picking up steam. Citizenship and Immigration Canada said Friday that 16 applicants have been approved for permanent residency. They’re behind a total of eight companies, two of which have already been snapped up by larger technology companies. The government says there...

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Canada slips out of top-five countries in integrating immigrants

May 27, 2015

By Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star | Canada has dropped out of the top five nations when it comes to integrating immigrants, due to policy changes by Ottawa that restrict family reunification and citizenship. According to the latest world ranking by a Brussels-based think tank, Canada has slipped from third to sixth place among 38 developed countries in providing migrants access to equal rights, support and opportunity. Although Canada is still...

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Temporary foreign workers’ vulnerability noted in sexual harassment case

May 27, 2015

By CBC News | An Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruling has highlighted the vulnerability of temporary foreign workers in a case where two women worked in what the tribunal called a “sexually poisoned work environment.” The women had their work permits revoked and were sent back to Mexico after resisting the sexual overtures of their employer at Presteve Foods, a fish processor in Wheatley, Ont. One woman was forced to...

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Now accepting Eleanor Strong and Jim Siemens Bursary applications

May 26, 2015

2015 ELEANOR STRONG BURSARY This bursary is in honour of Eleanor Strong, the Founder and first Executive Director of ISSofBC. She was instrumental in establishing the model for providing settlement services for immigrants in BC. The Eleanor Strong Bursary is only available to ISSofBC present or former clients, students or volunteers who may require financial assistance to pursue their chosen course of studies. The deadline is on Friday, July 31,...

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Expired Maple Leaf Card can turn immigrants into exiles

May 25, 2015

By Nicholas Keung, Hamilton Spectator | Each year, thousands of permanent residents discover they can’t return to Canada after time away and face losing their permanent status because of an invalid “Maple Leaf Card,” the Ottawa-issued newcomer ID. Government figures show that in 2013 alone, 19,503 permanent residents had to apply for a one-time travel document to return to Canada after being away. But only 13,211, or 70 per cent...

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Bilingual candidates better off in Ontario

May 24, 2015

By Anny Chih, Vancouver 24 Hours | Polyglots are often assumed to be at an advantage in the Canadian job market, but this month Workopolis released a study that proves the advantages of knowing a second or third language – especially in Ontario. According to Workopolis’ Thinkopolis study of bilingualism in Canada, job postings requiring a second language receive 20% fewer applications than similar jobs requiring only one. This advantage...

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