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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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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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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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Immigration Department: 1 Year Canadian Experience Class Launching Jan 2013

The length of time that a temporary foreign worker needs to have worked full-time in the Canada to qualify for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration program will be reduced from 24 months to 12 months in … Continue reading

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Protectionist Workplace Regulations Marginalizing Canadian Immigrants -Vancouver Sun

An article in Monday’s Vancouver Sun blames trade and professional associations for hampering the economic integration of Canadian immigrants. The story, by columnist Don Cayo, cites a new report by Canadian researchers that finds that occupational licensing is preventing immigrants … Continue reading

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Canadian Immigration Minister on Irish TV on Expansion of Working Holiday Program

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney appeared on Ireland’s Late Late Show last Friday to discuss the coming expansion of the International Experience Canada program for Irish citizens, through which the number of working holiday visas available will be increased … Continue reading

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Canada Has Fastest Population Growth in G8, Driven By Immigration and Led by Prairies

A Statistics Canada report released today estimates that Canada’s population grew by 1.1 percent in the year ending June 30 2012, giving it the fastest population growth among the G8 countries. In comparison, the second fastest growing population in the … Continue reading

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Bank of Canada Governor: Commodities ‘Unambigiously Good’ For Canada

Wading into a national debate that was ignited by a controversial claim by Thomas Mulcair, leader of Canada’s left-leaning National Democratic Party (NDP), that Canada’s booming resource sectors harm the overall Canadian economy- the so-called ‘Dutch Disease’ hypothesis, Bank of … Continue reading

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Program Trains Recent Canadian Immigrants for Oil and Gas Jobs

Canada’s shortage of workers with the skills needed to service its oil and gas industry and the higher than average unemployment rate of recent immigrants are both being addressed by a new Alberta program that provides oil drilling training for … Continue reading

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Canadian PM Promotes Resource Projects in Country’s North

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says “tremendous economic opportunity” lies in tapping Canada’s northern resources, describing it as a key to the country’s prosperity. The comments came in a press conference in the Yukon, which he visited as part of his … Continue reading

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