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New immigration rules risk leaving international students behind

February 10, 2015

Changes to immigration regulations have made it more difficult for international students who have recently graduated from Canadian universities to qualify for permanent residence. On Jan. 1, new federal rules came into effect that no longer give international students with Canadian work experience an automatic leg-up when they apply to stay in Canada permanently. Now, Canada may find it difficult to continue successfully recruiting international students. Almost 300,000 international students...

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Canada losing lucrative immigrant investors

February 9, 2015

The federal government has recently launched its new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program which aims to raise $120-million from 60 eligible ultra-high net worth investors. The funds are intended to be invested in Canada-based startups with high growth potential. Ironically, the new program unofficially confirms Canada’s definitive retreat from the global residence-through-investment industry, which it created in 1986 with the Quebec government. Under the new program, approved applicants...

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Universities want Quebec to make it easier to hire foreign, high skilled talent

February 9, 2015

MONTREAL (CP) — Quebec universities say they’re having trouble recruiting foreign professors due to a French language requirement they say hinder their ability to attract high-skilled, international talent. Several professors and recruiters at the province’s two major English-language universities said that Quebec’s complex, points-based immigration system puts them at a disadvantage compared to other Canadian and U.S. institutions. In 2013, the Parti Quebecois government of the day increased the French...

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B.C. job situation shows slight improvement in January

February 6, 2015

British Columbia’s economy held steady for the first month of the year, with a few gains made in full-time work, according to Statistics Canada. The agency said 6,700 jobs were added in January, mostly full time positions in the manufacturing sector. The gains were offset by losses in part-time work, and mostly in transportation and warehousing. The unemployment rate rose, but only slightly, to 5.6 per cent from 5.5 per...

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Filipinos among victims targeted in $1.5M immigration scam: Toronto police

February 5, 2015

Toronto police have arrested a woman in connection with their investigation of an immigration scam that allegedly defrauded hundreds of foreign applicants of more than $1.5 million. Police said they began their investigation on GoWest Jobs International last October. GoWest, located near Keele Street and Finch Avenue West, claims to be a recruiting agency that deals with immigrant workers. The suspect was “selling hope,” Det. Const. Erwin Mendoza told CTV...

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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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