Millions for immigrant services in B.C. went unspent

February 5, 2015

The B.C. government did not properly account for the hundreds of millions of dollars transferred from Ottawa for immigrant and refugee settlement services and did not spend all the money on the people it was intended for, according to a 2013 internal federal document. The draft report, called Lessons Learned Study: British Columbia’s Contribution to Settlement and Immigration 1998-2013, appears to explain why the federal government stripped authority to run...

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Permits extended for Alberta’s temporary foreign workers not exemptions, Kenney says

February 4, 2015

Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says Ottawa is willing to extend to other provinces the measures it has given Alberta for some of its temporary foreign workers. In a letter to Conservative MPs last week, Kenney says the federal government is giving a one-time exemption to temporary foreign workers in Alberta from being counted under the cap on low-wage workers, provided they meet strict criteria. Kenney says this will allow...

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Why ‘candidate experience’ matters

February 3, 2015

One of the hottest catch phrases in HR right now is the notion of “candidate experience” — which is part of an organization’s overall employer branding proposition. While most people would probably think treating candidates respectfully would be a no-brainer, some organizations are only now waking up to the idea that candidates’ experiences of the recruitment process have a significant impact on employee engagement, motivation, retention and the perception of...

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Chamber of Commerce seeks to bring immigrant investors to Windsor

February 2, 2015

A pilot project to entice millionaire immigrant investors to Canada could bring much-needed capital to Windsor, says the head of the local Chamber of Commerce. The Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program began accepting applications on Wednesday and will continue until Feb. 11, or earlier if it receives the maximum 500 submissions. The program will admit 60 people as permanent residents. Those people have to have a net worth of...

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Many immigrants prepare before coming to Canada

January 31, 2015

The length of time an immigrant has been living in Canada greatly influences their yearly income, according to a report released earlier this month. Statistics Canada analyzed the incomes of immigrants during the past five years and compared two timeframes, those who landed during 2003-2007 and those who arrived in 2008-2012. They found the incomes of immigrant tax filers steadily increased in relation to the number of years a person...

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City honours immigrant entrepreneurs

January 29, 2015

A wide range of industries were represented Thursday when the city of Ottawa, in partnership with the Economic Club of Canada, handed out the third annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. Anand Aggarwal of Manor Park Development, Abdul Haseeb Awan of BitAccess, Mona Kalra of Maple Care Physiotherapy and Peyman Yazdani of Subway restaurants are this year’s recipients. The awards were created to honour people born outside of Canada who now make...

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