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Government Plans to Limit Amount of Sponsored Refugees

Immigration Minister contacts non-profit groups about proposed limit   Through a letter sent to non-profit organizations involved in sponsoring refugees, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney indicated that the government would limit the amount of processed applications through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. This reduction of potential refugees is proposed despite statistics that show a decline […]

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Changes to Foreign Worker Program Puts Onus on Employers

Employers will need to ensure a genuine job offer   On April 1st, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will include changes that will protect foreign workers from unacceptable work conditions offered by employers.  Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) are updating the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. Immigration […]

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Discover Canada Study Guide is Revamped

New Discover Canada guide offers information to immigrants and citizens   Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that new information has been added to the study guide for new immigrants, Discover Canada: the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.  All the information from the previous edition remains, and the new version further explores Canada’s values.  Kenney explained […]

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Harper Government’s Proposed Legislation to Punish Smugglers

Conservative government revisits proposed legislation The conservative government is urging opposition parties to support Bill C-49, a legislation that would punish anyone who smuggles illegal migrants into Canada.  According to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, human smugglers are taking advantage of Canada’s immigration and refugee system. Toews said that the Canadian government has information that […]

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Ottawa Cuts Funding to Settlement Organization

Immigration Minister explains why funding is cut Jason Kenney, Canada’s Immigration Minister, met with members of the Southern Ontario Chinese Alliance Association of Canada in order to explain why the government had to pull $12 million in funding from Settlement and Integration Services Organization. Speaking at the Dizzy Weasel Pub and Grub in Hamilton on […]

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Memorial to Holocaust-Era Boat at Immigration Museum

Immigration Minister dedicates Holocaust-era memorial Immigration Minister Jason Kenny was on hand at the unveiling ceremony of a Holocaust-era memorial at Canada’s Immigration Museum.  The sculpture, by Daniel Libeskind, was created with a $500,000 federal heritage grant that was secured by the Canadian Jewish Congress. Kenney spoke about the importance of the monument as a […]

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Canada Deciding Whether to Lift Visa Restrictions from Czech Republic

Canadian experts visiting Czech Republic In an effort to determine whether Canada can safely lift visa restrictions on travelers from the Czech Republic, the Canadian government is sending experts to Prague.  According to Alykhan Velshi, the spokesman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, the five-day “information gathering visit” will involve meeting with representatives of Czech state […]

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