Scarborough Welcomes More New Canadians

Posted on March 31, 2014

More than 4,500 new citizens from over 140 countries were welcomed to Canada at 49 citizenship ceremonies held at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)’s office in Scarborough over the past two weeks.This includes five ceremonies taking place at CIC Scarborough today, which will see a total of approximately 500 people from 63 countries granted citizenship.

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Mississauga Welcomes More New Citizens

Posted on March 28, 2014

Approximately 2,400 new citizens from more than 125 countries were welcomed to Canada at citizenship ceremonies held by Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Mississauga office over the past two weeks.

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Minister of Health unveils collaborative action to address tuberculosis in Canada

Posted on March 23, 2014

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today, ahead of World Tuberculosis Day, released the Government of Canada’s Tuberculosis Prevention and Control in Canada: A Federal Framework for Action. This framework sets out the federal commitments to address tuberculosis (TB) in populations most at risk in Canada: Aboriginal peoples and foreign-born individuals from countries with a high rate of TB.

The framework focuses on three key areas to address TB within the two groups most at risk:

  • enhancing current efforts to prevent and control active TB;
  • helping to identify and treat latent TB infection for those at high risk of developing active TB disease; and
  • championing collaborative action to address the underlying risk factors for TB.

The Public Health Agency of Canada developed the framework in consultation with other federal government departments with a stake in TB prevention and control.

To read of a copy of the framework, visit www.publichealth.gc.ca.

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Preparing Newcomers for Life in Canada

Posted on March 21, 2014

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander spoke yesterday to graduates of the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) – an initiative with a strong record of helping newcomers achieve success in Canada.

During his remarks, Alexander announced an additional investment in the CIIP of $1.9 million over the next six months, and highlighted the work that is underway with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) to explore new ways of delivering overseas services. This funding will help more immigrants prepare for life in Canada.

The CIIP is managed by the ACCC, which was recognized last month for its success with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada/Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award. The gold honour was presented in recognition of the association’s work in developing and delivering the CIIP – which assists newcomers in 25 countries through offices located in the Philippines, China, India, and the United Kingdom.

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Active Immigrant Recruitment

Posted on March 18, 2014

Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) immigration ministers today reiterated their commitment to actively recruit economic immigrants that have the skills the Canadian economy needs most. Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Alberta’s Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk co-chaired the meeting of FPT ministers responsible for immigration. Economic immigration was a top priority for all ministers around the table.

Ministers agreed to continue collaborating on building the new active recruitment model which is known as the Expression of Interest (or EOI) system. It is intended to transform Canada’s immigration system into one that is more responsive to labour market needs. EOI will provide governments and Canadian employers access to skilled foreign workers and expedite their entry into Canada for jobs that aren’t being filled by people already in Canada. Ministers agreed to engage jointly and intensively with employers on EOI prior to the new system launch in January 2015.

Immigration Ministers also endorsed a plan to improve settlement outcomes for newcomers across Canada. It includes improved pre-arrival services, foreign qualification recognition, language learning for newcomers who are not in the workforce and ways to encourage newcomers to become more connected to their communities.

The ministers reviewed progress to date on the FPT Vision Action Plan, reiterating the continuing need to align immigration levels with economic demand, build a fast, flexible economic immigration system focused primarily on meeting labour market needs across Canada, and improve social and economic settlement and integration outcomes for newcomers to Canada.

As immigration remains crucial to Canada’s economic future, the ministers agreed to meet again before the end of the year to continue this important work.

Under the Canada-Québec Accord relating to immigration and temporary admission of foreign nationals, Québec fully assumes sole responsibility for establishing immigration levels, and for the selection, francization and integration of immigrants. In areas under its responsibility, Québec develops its policies and programs, legislates, regulates and sets its own standards. Québec is an observer at FPT meetings.

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Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Visits China

Posted on March 17, 2014

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander  will travel to Hong Kong and Shanghai this week to highlight the many opportunities that exist for Chinese businesses, students and travellers in Canada. In 2013, more than 270,000 visitor visas were issued to Chinese travellers and almost 34,000 Chinese became Canadian permanent residents. For the last 15 years, China has been one of the top source countries for permanent residents to Canada.

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Study to assess trade qualifications or British and Irish workers

Posted on March 14, 2014

A new international study that will help British and Irish trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney was on hand in London, England, to witness the signing of an agreement between the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the United Kingdom’s National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC).

CIC is providing support to the ACCC to conduct the study and UK NARIC will act as a sub-contractor. The project is a component of the CIC-funded Canadian Immigrant Integration Program, which provides newcomers with labour market information and to help them gain employment that reflects their skills, credentials and experience.

The study will identify how British and Irish trade qualifications match up against Canadian requirements across nine skill areas that are in high demand across Canada: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Construction Electrician, Welder, Carpenter, Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Plumber, Machinist, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) and Powerline Technician.

More specifically, UK NARIC will develop an electronic guide, in consultation with provincial and territorial apprenticeship authorities, to help assess the alignment of British and Irish trade qualifications with Canadian training and certification requirements. This will assist Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants to better understand the requirements and expectations for tradespeople in the Canadian labour market.

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Work in Foreign Credential Recognition

Posted on March 13, 2014

Today Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, recognized winners of the International Qualifications Network Awards (IQN) who devote their time to the successful integration of new Canadians. The IQN Awards recognizes the hard work, dedication, and creativity of individuals and organizations in their commitment to helping newcomers become part of Canada’s economy and labour market more quickly.

The IQN is an online, professional community where employers, regulatory bodies, governments, and organizations share best practices in foreign credential assessment and recognition. This model allows stakeholders to play a critical part in enhancing the foreign credential recognition processes through innovative and creative methods in connecting newcomers with all opportunities in Canadian economy and society.

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Immigration Fraud

Posted on March 13, 2014

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today encouraged potential newcomers to use authorized immigration representatives to avoid becoming victims of fraud.

March is Fraud Prevention Month and this year Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has partnered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) to promote awareness of authorized immigration representatives and what services they can provide.

For Fraud Prevention Month 2014, CIC has developed a new video which urges newcomers to avoid becoming the victim of a “disappearing act” and explains where they can obtain information on immigration representatives that are authorized to deal with the Government of Canada.

Unscrupulous and unauthorized representatives weaken Canada’s immigration system, cost taxpayers money, and slow down the processing of valid applications. Under Canadian law, only authorized immigration representatives can charge a fee to help someone apply for a visa to come to Canada. If a newcomer uses an unauthorized representative, their application may be refused and they could risk becoming victims of fraud.

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Youth mobility agreement between Canada and Ireland

Posted on March 6, 2014

Young people from Canada and Ireland will have more opportunities to work and travel abroad, thanks to the signing of an amendment to the youth mobility agreement enjoyed between the two countries. Today, Canada and Ireland signed an amendment that will expand on the existing agreement on youth mobility beyond the ever-popular Working Holiday category. Two new categories have been added to better meet the needs of participants and prospective employers and the total number of spots available is rising to 10,700 for 2014, a significant increase from the 6,350 spaces available in 2013.

Known in Canada as International Experience Canada (IEC), the youth mobility program provides opportunities for Irish citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 to travel and work in Canada for up to 24 months. In exchange, young Canadians can travel and work in Ireland.

With today’s announcement, two employer-specific categories have been added as options for young people from both countries. Young people with a pre-arranged contract of employment in support of their career development now have the option of applying to the Young Professionals category. Full-time students who have arranged a work placement or internship as part of their academic curriculum will now be able to apply to the International Co-op category.

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