Canada’s new Liberal government is opening its doors to immigrants wider than ever before. The Liberals released the immigration plan on Tuesday and have outlined a target between 280,000 to 305,000 for new immigrants to Canada this year. The focus will shift to family reunification and refugee resettlement.
The sheer number of refugees Canada is expected to process has resulted in 500 temporary visa officers being deployed to two visa offices in Lebanon and Jordan. Both of the offices are solely for processing refugees destined for Canada. Once a refugee has responded to a text message regarding a potential application, they go to these offices, and then through extensive security and medical testing.
The winner in the Parkdale-High Park riding, in Monday night’s federal vote, has put health care at the top of his to-do list as the new MP. On Monday, Parkdale-High Park constituents elected Liberal candidate Arif Virani over NDP incumbent, Peggy Nash. Virani attracted just over 42 per cent of votes, according to the CBC’s Canada Votes website, while Nash garnered just over 40 per cent of ballots.
The audience heard that the number of foreign students on F-1 visas in U.S. colleges and universities grew from 110,000 in 2001 to 524,000 in 2012. Forty-five percent of foreign student graduates extended their visas to work in the same metropolitan area as their college or university.
Getting into Canada to work just got a little harder. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that starting July 1, newcomers under the Provincial Nominee Program in low-skilled professions will have to take a mandatory test in French or English before they’re allowed into Canada.
Earlier this month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that starting July 1, people immigrating to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program would have to take a mandatory test in either French or English before they’re allowed into the country.
Scarborough has welcomed waves of new immigrants over the past 25 years. According to the 2006 census, 57 per cent of Scarborough’s population is made up of immigrants. For many, Scarborough has become a steppingstone for those who want to write a new chapter of their lives in Canada.
Scarborough has welcomed a wave of new immigrants for the past 25 years. But what factors attract them to the area?