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Planned boost to immigration levels from 2020 to 2022 on hold due to COVID-19
Diversity is changing the way Canada’s food shelves are stocked
She’s helping write success stories
Ministry’s tips on how to choose a Canadian immigration consultant
Carolyn Abraham’s study in diversity
Planned boost to immigration levels from 2020 to 2022 on hold due to COVID-19
Diversity is changing the way Canada’s food shelves are stocked
She’s helping write success stories
Ministry’s tips on how to choose a Canadian immigration consultant
Carolyn Abraham’s study in diversity
Planned boost to immigration levels from 2020 to 2022 on hold due to COVID-19
Planned boost to immigration levels from 2020 to 2022 on hold due to COVID-19

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled immigration levels plan up to 2022 in the House of Commons, announcing Canada’s plan to continue growing the economy and creating middle class jobs through responsible increases in newcomers.The proposed plan is based on the economic foundation of the previous levels plan and continues to responsibly grow the number of permanent residents admitted to Canada each year, from 341,000 in 2020 to 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.The new plan, now on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis, will benefit all Canadians because immigration drives economic growth, spurs innovation and helps employers access the talent they need...

Posted: Apr 7, 2020


Regional immigration pilot to attract top talent to rural Ontario
Regional immigration pilot to attract top talent to rural Ontario

The Ontario government is helping businesses in small and rural communities attract and retain skilled workers through a new Regional Immigration Pilot program.Chatham-Kent, Cornwall and Belleville/Quinte West were selected to participate in an effort to fulfil labour needs that are not currently being met locally. The Regional Immigration Pilot – which is part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – will be an opportunity for businesses in the three communities to fill talent gaps and support economic growth and also be a pathway for skilled foreign workers to become permanent residents.Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, also called on the...

Posted: Mar 9, 2020


Ontario investing in Francophone communities
Ontario investing in Francophone communities

Ontario Minister of Francophone Affairs Caroline Mulroney announced that 48 community organizations and businesses will receive a total of $ 1 million in funding as part of the redesigned 2019-2020 Francophone Community Grants Program.The program supports the cultural and economic development of the province’s Francophone communities. Based on feedback received from organizations, businesses and ministry partners in round-tables and meetings organized earlier last year, it was expanded for 2019-20 to target both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.Funding from the program will help strengthen the capacity of 48 Francophone organizations and businesses to serve Ontario’s...

Posted: Jan 31, 2020


Pilot project for family reunification launched
Pilot project for family reunification launched

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a new two-year pilot project that will reunite more families.The pilot project allows some previous immigrants to sponsor undeclared immediate family members to come to Canada.When a person applies to immigrate to Canada, they are required to declare all of their family members (spouse, common-law partner, dependent children, dependent children of dependent children). Typically, failing to declare a family member means the principal applicant will be prohibited from sponsoring that family member in the future.The public policy, which took effect on September 9, 2019, now allows permanent residents who came to Canada as a...

Posted: Jan 31, 2020


Foreign nationals can now apply for permanent residence from within Canada

Building on a government commitment made earlier, Canada is rolling out the final phase of its biometrics collection program.Foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country. This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada.Canada has collected biometrics (fingerprints and photos) on most foreign nationals applying for temporary or permanent residence since December 31, 2018.Having biometrics helps...

Posted: Jan 31, 2020



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Success Strategies
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Success Snapshots

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Carolyn Abraham’s study in diversity

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Gender equity champion

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Words of wisdom from award-winning author

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Diversity

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Education

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