Monthly Archives: May 2013

Immigration Reduces Canadian Bilingualism Since 2001

The influx of immigrants accounts for a slight decline in Canadian bilingualism over the last decade, according to Statistics Canada. Approximately 17.5 percent of Canadians in the 2011 Census reported being able to speak both English and French. This was … Continue reading

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Capital City Ottawa Voted as Canada’s Most Boring City

(Via Global BC) Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, beat out five other nominees to be voted as the country’s most boring city in the annual “Boring Awards” ceremony held last Tuesday. Other cities nominated for the most boring title were: Laval … Continue reading

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B.C. Spends Less On Health, Has Healthiest Population in Canada

British Columbia has the healthiest residents among the Canadian provinces according to a new Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) study. The B.C. provincial government spends less than almost all other Canadian provinces on health care, but still comes out on … Continue reading

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TD Report: Asia No. 1 Source of Immigrants to Canada, But Share Shrinking

A new TD analysis of the recently released 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) shows Asia is the largest, though shrinking, source of immigrants to Canada. While 60 percent of immigrants originated in Asia, which includes the Middle East, in 2005, … Continue reading

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More American Visitors to Canada in March

Via the Victoria Times Colonist, new data from Statistics Canada shows the number of visitors to Canada from the U.S. is increasing. The number of trips overall to Canada increased 2.6 percent in March from levels in February, and most … Continue reading

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Vancouver Sun: Hong Kong Immigrants Returning to Asian Homeland

A story in Saturday’s Vancouver Sun reports that an increasing number of Canadian citizenship of Hong Kong origin are moving back to the South East Asian city, according to demographic data: Statistics Canada’s numbers tell the tale. Despite Canada’s rapid population … Continue reading

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Muslim Immigration Fueling “Islamic Banking” in Canada

Amid the headlines in recent weeks of a group of Muslim extremists plotting a terrorist attack in Canada, a look at some of the mundane ways in which Canada’s growing Muslim communities are having an impact can be a refreshing … Continue reading

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Immigration Minister to Visit Silicon Valley to Promote ‘Start Up Visa’

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will be visiting California’s Silicon Valley on Friday for a four day trip intended to promote Canada as a place to live for the region’s entrepreneurs. According to an article in San Jose’s … Continue reading

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Passports to be Handled by Citizenship and Immigration Canada

The federal government announced last week that Canadian passports would come under the responsibility of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) this summer. Passport Canada is currently managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), which will officially … Continue reading

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Parent and Grandparent Immigration Program to Re-Open in 2014

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced on Friday that it will lift the moratorium on new Parent and Grandparent (PGP) permanent resident applications on January 2, 2014. The program has been closed to new applications since November 2011 to give … Continue reading

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