Monthly Archives: June 2012

Canadian Monthly Economic Growth Accelerates to 0.3% on Oil Output Increase

Canadian economic growth rose to 0.3 percent in April, from 0.1 percent in March, due mostly to an increase in oil and gas output and support activities for the industry, according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. The gross … Continue reading

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Federal Government to Place Moratorium on New Skilled Worker and Investor Immigrant Applications

Postmedia News has reported that the federal government is going to place a moratorium on accepting new applications for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Immigrant Investor programs, which were set to begin accepting applications for the … Continue reading

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Conservative Government Introduces ‘Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act’

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney last week introduced legislation to speed up the deportation of foreign criminals from Canada. Under current laws, some refugee claimants who have been convicted of crimes have been able to delay their deportation for years through … Continue reading

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Federal and Ontario Governments to Spend $57 Million to Train Immigrants

The Ontario provincial government and the federal government hope to put an end to the adage of the immigrant taxi cab driver with a PhD, by spending a combined $57 million to train new Canadians to gain the credentials necessary … Continue reading

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Canadian Immigration Official Convicted of Fraud and Breach of Trust

Diane Serré, a former official at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), was found guilty of 15 counts of fraud and 12 counts of breach of trust by Ontario Superior Court Justice Catherine Aitken, for using her position at CIC to help 10 immigration … Continue reading

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Inflation Drops to 1.2% in May, Reducing Likelihood of Rate Hike

Prices increased 1.2 percent in the 12 months leading up to May, a drop of 0.8 percent from the annual inflation rate in April, according to a report released by Statistics Canada today, a development that could keep interest rates … Continue reading

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Vancouver Trails Toronto as Canada’s Most Expensive City, but Canada still Cheap on International Stage

The latest annual Worldwide Cost of Living Survey by human resource firm Mercer places Toronto as Canada’s most expensive city, ahead of Vancouver, for the second year in a row. Both cities are relatively cheap by international standards though, placing … Continue reading

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Federal Government Loses Legal Battle over 900 Cases in Application Backlog

The federal government’s efforts to wipe out the 280,000 Federal Skilled Worker Program application backlog through legislation had a major setback today, as a court ruled that the government must process the applications of 900 people who sued the federal government … Continue reading

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Health Workers Associations Lobby against Cuts to Refugee Health Care

Health workers groups held several rallies across Canadian cities yesterday to protest government cuts to health care programs for refugees. As part of its deficit reduction program, the federal government is cutting medical services provided at no cost to refugees through … Continue reading

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Poll Places Canada as Best Place to be a Woman

In a poll of 370 gender specialists conducted by Trustlaw, Canada was perceived to be the best G20 country to be a woman, and India the worst. Factors that put Canada on top include government-guaranteed health care, the fact that 62 percent … Continue reading

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