Rural communities need more settlement dollars: Conference Board

February 27, 2022

By New Canadian Media | Settlement services for new immigrants, especially in small towns and rural communities, need to be boosted to ensure the successful integration of newcomers, according to the Conference Board of Canada. Yet, over the last five or six years, “settlement service funding has not kept up with the growth in the immigration levels plan,” states the independent think tank, which focuses on economic and public policy...

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Why Canada needs to speed up the immigrant entrepreneur visa program

February 27, 2022

By Toronto Star | Mike Lazaridis, Arlene Dickinson, Tobi Lutke, Susur Lee — what do these Canadians have in common? They immigrated to this country before going on to entrepreneurial fame. Each has a unique story, but immigrant entrepreneurs play a special role in this country’s economic development. First- and second-generation entrepreneurs undertake 34.7 per cent of all early-stage entrepreneurship in Canada — significantly higher than most other comparable economies. And according...

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B.C. will ‘open arms’ to Ukrainians fleeing violence, but leaving isn’t easy

February 27, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | Ron Nikkel is working to help his sons and their families come to B.C. from Ukraine, but with the country in chaos he’s afraid they may not be able to leave. “I’m definitely worried,” said the Abbotsford man, whose two sons, their wives and four kids live in Kryvyi Rih near the eastern border. While his sons are Canadian citizens, their wives are Ukrainian, and only...

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Business summit intends to breaks barriers for Black entrepreneurs

February 27, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | Jackee Kasandy’s “Aha moment” in reaching the conclusion she could help Black entrepreneurs to obtain a bigger voice came during the COVID pandemic when she learned her fair-trade import and retail business didn’t meet the criteria for a lot of available assistance programs. Although she had grown to a medium-sized business before the pandemic, Kasandy had struggled to find financing, as an immigrant without a lot...

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Why the Ukrainian diaspora settled in the Canadian Prairies

February 25, 2022

By Tri-Cities News | As Russia invades Ukraine, descendants of the Ukrainian diaspora are watching with concern to what’s happening to their ancestral homeland. Canada has one of the largest populations of Ukrainians outside Ukraine. In 2016, there were 1.36 million people in Canada that said they had Ukrainian ancestry, about four per cent of the population. Of those, almost 700,000 live in the three Prairie provinces, where they make...

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Program launched to assist women and gender-diverse TV producers

February 18, 2022

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | A new six-month initiative to assist up to 10 women and gender-diverse creators to break into the television industry has been launched by Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV), a non-profit creating an equitable screen-based industry for women and gender diverse people. The WIFTV Emerging TV Producers Program is free and open to B.C.-based producers or writers who want to gain producing skills, and...

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