Monthly Archives: January 2013

Canadian Government to Provide $400 Million to Bolster Domestic Venture Capital Industry

The Harper government announced on Monday that it will inject $400 million in Canada’s venture capital industry as part of the Venture Capital Action Plan. The goal of the plan is to encourage the creation of large venture capital funds … Continue reading

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Federal Immigrant Investor Program to Launch Early This Year

In an interview in late December, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said that he expected his department to launch the Federal Immigrant Investor Program sometime in the first half of this year. The program, which grants permanent residency … Continue reading

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Visitors and Students to Canada From India Booming According to Immigration Department

The number of visitor visas the Canadian government issues in India’s Punjab region has increased by 300 percent from 2005 levels according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC says that approximately 17,608 visitor visas were issued in 2012 by … Continue reading

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Report Projects Oil Sands to Contribute Trillions to the Canadian Economy

A comprehensive report on the challenges and opportunities of Canada’s oil sands by auditing giant Deloitte projects that the hydrocarbon deposits will contribute an estimated $2.1 trillion to Canada’s GDP over the next 25 years. The economic benefits of the … Continue reading

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Chinese Immigrants to Canada Call for Beefed up Math/Science Curriculum in B.C.

The Vancouver Sun reports that a group of Chinese-educated tutors are calling for British Columbia’s Education Ministry to raise math and science standards in the province’s public schools. The group of private tutors say that B.C. students are slipping compared … Continue reading

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B.C. Government Unveils New Website For International Students

On Monday, the provincial government of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, unveiled an updated LearnLiveBC website to promote B.C.’s post-secondary institutions to international students and provide foreign students with information on the educational programs available in the province. As part … Continue reading

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New Canadian Immigration Program for Skilled Trades Opens

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officially launched the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) on Wednesday, and plans to admit up to 3,000 permanent residents through the program in 2013. Applicants of the FSTP must meet three general requirements to be … Continue reading

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Toronto Tops CIBC’s Annual Metropolitan Economic Index for Canadian Cities

Toronto leads all Canadian cities with a score of 20.6 points in the most recent CWM Metropolitan Economic Activity Index, which rates the economic activity of Canadian cities according to nine economic variables selected by CIBC’s World Markets subsidiary. The … Continue reading

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Canadian Government Proposes Limiting Student Visas to Attendees of Provincially Recognized Schools

In an effort to stop abuse of the International Student Program by those seeking to work illegally in Canada and stem the growth of a student-visa mill industry that harms the reputation of Canadian educational institutions, Citizenship and Immigration Canada … Continue reading

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Canadian Immigration Department Finalizes Occupation List for Federal Skilled Trades Program

CICS News has learned that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has made a final decision on which occupations will be eligible for the new Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) that is scheduled to open on January 2nd. CIC is expected … Continue reading

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