Canadian Government to Remove Visa Requirement For Mexicans

The Canadian government is in talks with the government of Mexico to eliminate visa requirements for Mexicans travelling to Canada. Prime Minister Harper said he would only create a visa exemption for Mexicans if it was assured that it would not lead to a flood of asylum claims. Canada has had problems with large numbers […]

Government Report Recommends Increasing Immigration Levels in 2014

The seven year freeze on increases in immigration levels beyond 253,000 should be lifted in 2014, according to an internal government review obtained by Postmedia News: The study, dubbed a “Literature review and expert advice to inform Canada’s immigration levels planning,” suggests immigration levels should begin increasing six per cent a year to approximately 337,000 […]

Federal Government Backed Volunteer-Led Effort Promotes Canadian Start-Ups

Startup Canada, an entrepreneur-led government-backed non-profit organization, announced its action plan for increasing entrepreneurship in the country on Tuesday. The organization unveiled blueprints of a national network to support and connect entrepreneurial communities and a media campaign to create a strong entrepreneurial culture in Canada. The action plan is the product of the Start-Up Canada […]

Canadian Farmers Income Increased by 53% in 2011

Canadian farm income increased by 53 percent in 2011 from 2010 according to Statistics Canada. Realized net income, meaning farm income after operating expenses and depreciation, amounted to $5.7 billion last year, with farmers making gains despite a large increase in costs. The 2011 gains follow a 19 percent increase in income in 2010 and […]

Provincial Premiers Call For Greater Say in Canadian Immigration

The premiers of Canada’s provincial and territorial governments concluded a forum on economic development in Halifax today with a joint-call on the federal government to give them greater control over immigration. “We want to become masters of our own destiny when it comes to the immigration file. Nobody better understands our needs and our capacity […]

Canada and EU Working Toward Free Trade Agreement

Canada and the EU are close to finalizing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that would be the EU’s first with a G7 country. Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast is meeting his EU counterpart in Brussels in talks this week to negotiate an agreement on the remaining issues. Among the areas where differences still exist between […]

Court Forces Canadian Province to Reveal Names of Companies Involved in Immigrant Investor Program

A Provincial Crown Corporation responsible for managing Prince Edward Island’s (PEI) Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was ordered by a court this month to release a list of 1,423 businesses that were approved to receive funding from immigrant investors. The Crown Corporation, Island Investment Development Inc (IIDI), was initially successful in blocking requests under the Freedom […]

Federal, Provincial Governments Reach Agreement on Future Canadian Immigration System

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments concluded two days of meetings on Friday with an agreement on the future of Canada’s immigration system which will give the provinces a central role in immigrant selection. On the agenda for the FPT immigration ministers were the details of the upcoming Expression of Interest (EOI) model for […]

Fast Track Option of Popular BC Immigrant Investor Program Suspended For Review

The BC government announced on Thursday that it is suspending the Fast Track nomination option in the business stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Through the business immigration stream of the BC PNP, foreign nationals who invest at least $200,000 to $400,000 to start or purchase and expand a qualifying BC-based business, […]

Federal Gov of Canada Increases Nova Scotia’s Immigration Nominee Quota

Nova Scotia’s provincial government announced yesterday that the federal government has increased the province’s immigrant nominee cap by 200, to 700 nominations in 2012. “It will help us address existing and expected labour shortages,” said Marilyn More, the provincial minister responsible for Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration. She said that the province would push for […]