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MORE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WANT TO STUDY IN CANADA
There is a significant increase of international students, particularly Americans, who want to move to Canada to attend Canadian universities. The Canadian Bureau for International Education reports that between 2008 and 2015, the number of foreign students studying in Canada rose to approximately 350,000, which was an increase of about 92 percent. Furthermore, it is quite possible that the 2017-2018 school year will see a record number of international students living in Canada. According to officials at the University of Toronto, the number of students from the United States who will be attending this top Canadian university is expected to double over last year to a record high, plus there will be a 75% rise in students enrolled from India and a 60% surge in students from Turkey and elsewhere in the Middle East. Among the reasons given for the sharp increase of international students who want to study in Canada include affordability, safety, the relaxed atmosphere and the ease of Canadian immigration. To read the full article, click here!
CANADIAN COMPANIES SEEK FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS
Canadian technology companies are increasingly trying to attract top talent from around the globe to fill high-tech jobs in Canada. Over the past five years, the thriving technology sector in Canada has been enjoying substantial growth, but many Canadian companies have experienced challenges finding enough qualified IT workers from inside Canada. Therefore, Canadian high-tech firms have been trying to recruit foreign technology professionals from the US, UK and other countries to work in Canada. While immigration has been a heated topic of debate in the United States, Europe and elsewhere throughout the world, Canadian immigration policies have sought to bring more qualified individuals from abroad to work in Canada and contribute to the economy. The MaRS innovation hub in Toronto has been created with the hope that IT professionals from California’s “Silicon Valley” and other places will want to move to Canada where immigrants are welcomed and considered an asset for the country. To read the full article, click here!
RECORD NUMBER OF REFUGEES IMMIGRATE TO CANADA IN 2016
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported in April 2017 that a record 46,700 refugees were able to move to Canada during 2016. This was the largest number of refugees to immigrate to Canada during a single year in approximately four decades. According to the UNHCR, this number included 33,266 Syrians, 3,934 Eritreans, 1,650 Iraqis, 1,644 Congolese, and 1,354 Afghanis who were authorized for Canadian immigration last year. A UNHCR representative praised Canada for this “tremendous achievement” and noted that Canadians had welcomed the second highest number of refugees to settle in their country in 2016, with the U.S. being the top destination for refugees last year with 84,995 moving to America. The Canadian Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, declared that Canada took pride in working with the UNHCR and stated that the country would like to increase the number of refugees approved to immigrate to Canada. The UNHCR representative also revealed that most refugees who move to Canada find jobs, establish strong attachments to the country and their children do well in school and successfully integrate into Canadian society. To read more, click here!
CANADIAN IMMIGRATION MINISTER IS HIMSELF AN IMMIGRANT
In a news interview published in April 2017, Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen discussed the success of Canadian immigration programs and the importance of immigrants to Canada’s economy and the country as a whole. Ahmed Hussen speaks not only as the head of the Canadian immigration ministry, but also as a refugee who was able to immigrate to Canada from Somalia as a teenager in 1993, graduate from a Canadian university, become a successful lawyer, was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2015 and was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to become the country’s new Immigration Minister in 2017. The Canadian immigration minister said that “Canada is a nation of immigrants” and that the country has welcomed people from all over the world to move to Canada and contribute to its economy and society. He also described Canadian immigration programs as being successful and gave the example of how people who already live in Canada have warmly welcomed Syrian refugees like family to live in their homes while they get settled in their new country. The Express Entry Canadian immigration system for skilled foreign workers was also discussed, plus some comparisons were made between US and Canadian immigration programs and policies. To read the full article, click here!
FOREIGN WORKERS MOVE TO CANADA FOR HIGH-TECH CANADIAN JOBS
There has been a significant increase in the number of foreign high-tech workers applying for jobs in Canada, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which has been nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of the North.” Although Canada’s booming technology sector has been attracting Information Technology (IT) workers from around the world for many years, there has recently been a spike in Americans who want to work in Canada. Many of the approximately 2,500 high-tech start-up companies concentrated in the Toronto area, as well as more established technology companies in the GTA, have seen a rise in applications from Americans who want to live and work in Canada. Recognizing the growing need to fill high-tech jobs in Canada and viewing skilled foreign workers as an asset for the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced a new expedited procedure to approve foreign IT workers who want to move to Canada and contribute to its economy. To read the full article, click here!
MOST COMPANIES IN CANADA PLAN TO HIRE NEW WORKERS IN 2017
The Bank of Canada released its Quarterly Business Survey in April 2017 which reports that the majority of Canadian companies plan to create new jobs in Canada during 2017. Information contained in the Canadian central bank’s survey also reveals that the percentage of employers in Canada who have expressed an intention to hire new workers is at its highest level since 2014. Increased hiring by businesses in Canada is being fueled by soaring sales across the country and by stronger growth of the Canadian economy. In addition to needing more people to work in Canada, the Canadian central bank survey also discovered that most businesses in Canada plan to invest this year as the economy and sales continue to expand. To read more, click here!
STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH CREATING NEW JOBS IN CANADA
On March 31, 2017, Statistics Canada reported that the Canadian economy is continuing its upward trend in economic growth which has been ongoing since June 2016. Data released by the Canadian governmental statistics agency indicates that Canada’s economy started off 2017 with a healthy 2.3% annualized increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during January 2017. This follows a robust rate of 2.6% growth in the Canadian economy during the last three months of 2016. Strong economic growth has been creating many new jobs in Canada across multiple sectors of the Canadian economy. Canada’s manufacturing industry enjoyed the best performance during January 2017, but there was also strong growth in both goods and services, including construction, retail and wholesale trade, mining, timber, and the oil and gas sector. In lieu of the sustained economic growth taking place in Canada, many economists are making even more optimistic forecasts regarding expansion of the Canadian economy during the rest of 2017. This is good news for skilled foreign workers seeking jobs in Canada. To read the full article, click here!
FOUR CANADIAN CITIES AMONG THE WORLD’S BEST FOR QUALITY OF LIFE
The 2017 Mercer Quality of Life Survey released in March 2017 named four Canadian cities among the top 25 best places on the planet for quality of life. Vancouver was ranked #5, Toronto #16, Ottawa #18 and Montreal #23 for quality of life out of the 450 cities evaluated around the globe. Mercer is a respected international human resource (HR) firm that conducts an annual survey of cities throughout the world and rates them based upon 39 indicators which are grouped into 10 major categories designed to measure a city’s quality of life on a variety of levels as well as overall. These “quality of life” categories include: economic environment; political and social environment; housing; health and medical issues; education and schools; availability of consumer goods; natural environment; socio-cultural environment; transportation and public services; and recreational opportunities. As the Mercer survey reveals, and as people who live in Canada know, Canadian residents generally enjoy a high standard of living which is the envy of much of the world. Canada is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and prosperous countries on Earth, which boasts one of the world’s strongest economies and provides its citizens and permanent residents with free basic healthcare and access to excellent educational options. Canada is also one of the most multicultural, immigrant-friendly countries and is rated highly for its freedom and equality. For these and other reasons, over 250,000 people immigrate to Canada each year in search of a better future and high standard of living. To read more, click here!
PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN CANADA ARE AMONG THE HAPPIEST IN THE WORLD
According to the 2017 United Nations World Happiness Report, which was published in March 2017, Canadians are the 7th happiest people on Earth. Why are people who live in Canada so happy? There are, of course, several ways to evaluate happiness, but the United Nations focused on six major factors in its annual assessment of 155 countries around the globe. These six happiness factors include: Income; Social Support; Healthy Life Expectancy; Freedom to Make Life Choices; Generosity; and Perception of Corruption. When all of these indicators of happiness were taken into account, only individuals living in Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland and The Netherlands received a higher overall happiness rating than people who live in Canada. To read the full article, click here!
CANADA RANKED WORLD’S #1 COUNTRY FOR QUALITY OF LIFE IN 2017
In March 2017, Canada received the honor of being ranked as the #1 country in the world for quality of life and the #2 top country overall in the Best Countries Report 2017 published jointly by US News & World Report, BAV Consulting and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Approximately 21,000 average citizens, business leaders and “informed elites” were surveyed in 80 countries around the globe and Canada was rated as the top place on the planet for standard of living and the #2 country in the world overall. Nine major categories were evaluated by the 21,000 people who assessed these countries, with each major category consisting of several factors. The nine evaluation categories were Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power, and Quality of Life. Overall, Canada was rated as the #2 best country in the world after #1 Switzerland and ahead of #3 UK, #4 Germany, #5 Japan, #6 Sweden, #7 USA, #8 Australia, #9 France and #10 Norway. The Quality of Life category was made up of several factors: Economically Stable, A Good Job Market, Affordable, Safe, Politically Stable, Family Friendly, Well-Developed Public Education System, Well-Developed Public Health System, and Income Inequality. When all of these factors were considered, Canada came in 1st place overall for Quality of Life out of the 80 countries surveyed, ahead of #2 Sweden, #3 Denmark, #4 Australia, #5 Norway, #6 Switzerland, #7 Finland, #8 Netherlands, #9 New Zealand, and #10 Germany. To read more, click here!
PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN CANADA MORE LIKELY TO ENJOY THE “AMERICAN DREAM”
If you are seeking “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” you may want to move to Canada. The United States has long been known as a land of opportunities, particularly for immigrants, where anyone, regardless of their background, can work hard and experience the “American Dream.” In recent years, however, living the “American Dream” (e.g., receiving an excellent education, finding a good-paying job, buying a home, starting a business, sending children to university, etc.) has become increasingly difficult. Meanwhile, it seems as though the “American Dream” may have moved north to Canada. For example, the United States has long been referred to (at least by Americans) as the “land of the free and home of brave,” however, Canada has received much higher ratings regarding the freedom of its residents compared to the USA. Furthermore, 59% of people who live in Canada have earned a college degree versus 46% of the US population. Home ownership is 68% in Canada, while it is 63% in the USA. People who live in Canada are more likely to live longer than the residents of the United States, with Canadians having an average life expectancy of 81.2 years compared to 78.7 years in the USA. In so many ways, Canadians enjoy a higher standard of living than their American counterparts to the south. To read more, click here!
IMMIGRATION TO CANADA ACCOUNTS FOR 2/3 OF CANADIAN POPULATION GROWTH
Data released in February 2017 by Statistics Canada shows that Canadian immigration was responsible for two-thirds of Canada’s population increase between 2011 and 2016. As of May 2016, Canada’s population stood at 35,151,728, which was an increase of 1.7 million people (5% increase) over the Canadian population in 2011. According to an official at Statistics Canada, it is forecast that an even larger share of the country’s population growth in the future will come from Canadian immigration. The data also reveals that Canada led the G-7 countries in population growth, ahead of #2 USA, #3 UK, #4 Italy, #5 France, #6 Germany and #7 Japan. Furthermore, the Canadian census indicates that more people who immigrate to Canada are moving to the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which have maintained some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country for the past several years. To read the full article, click here!
MORE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN CANADA HAVE IMMIGRANT ROOTS
A new report released in January 2017 by Statistics Canada (StatCan) reveals that Canadian immigration is making Canada an even more multicultural country than it already is. Based upon two recent population forecasts, the Canadian governmental agency projects that almost half of the people who live in Canada will be immigrants or the children of immigrants by 2036. The StatCan report also predicts that within the next 20 years, 60% of the people who immigrate to Canada will originate from Asia. Furthermore, the analysis states that 90% of all the immigrants who live in Canada in 2036 will reside in the country’s largest metropolitan areas, such as Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Thus, while many countries around the world have experienced a negative reaction to increased immigration, Canadians have welcomed immigrants with open arms and want more people to immigrate to Canada to contribute to its economy and diverse society. To read more, click here!
SOMALI IMMIGRANT BECOMES CANADIAN IMMIGRATION MINISTER
Here is a Canadian immigration success story that you may find inspiring. When Ahmed Hussen was 16 years-old, he was able to immigrate to Canada as a refugee fleeing the conflict in Somalia. After graduating from high school in the Greater Toronto Area, Ahmed worked his way through university, became a lawyer and was elected as a Member of Canada’s Parliament in 2015. These impressive accomplishments alone would have made this an amazing Canadian immigration success story, but on January 10, 2017, Ahmed Hussen, a former Somali refugee, was sworn in as Canada’s new Minister of Immigration. To read the full article, click here!
CANADA NAMED THE WORLD’S #1 COUNTRY TO VISIT DURING 2017
On January 4, 2017, the New York Times published its annual ranking of the top 52 places to travel to and named Canada the #1 country to visit during 2017. Among the reasons given to visit Canada this year include various celebrations taking place across the country. For example, Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the country’s confederation with different events being held in Ottawa and other locations. The Canadian National Park system is also marking this milestone by offering free admission to Canada’s numerous national parks and historical sites during 2017, so this is a great opportunity to enjoy the country’s spectacular scenery. Furthermore, Montreal is celebrating its 375th birthday this year, therefore, this is a fantastic time to experience the French-Canadian culture of Canada’s second largest city. To read more, click here!
STUDENTS IN CANADA AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD FOR MATH & SCIENCE
According to a report released in December 2016 by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), students who live in Canada are ranked #4 in the world (tied with Finland) for their knowledge of math and science. The OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) evaluated 540,000 15-year-old senior high school students in countries around the globe and only students living in Singapore, Japan and Estonia had a better knowledge of math and science than students who live in Canada. Teenagers living in the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia scored higher in math and science than students residing in the rest of Canada. The Canadian education system is considered one of the best in the world. To read more, click here!
IMMIGRANTS FROM THE PHILIPPINES HAPPY TO BECOME CANADIAN CITIZENS
A family from The Philippines was among 20 immigrants who took the oath to become Canadian citizens at a ceremony held in Regina, Saskatchewan, on November 24, 2016. The family had been living in Canada five years as permanent residents and after they met the criteria, which includes passing the Canadian citizenship test, the last step was to attend a special ceremony, take the oath to become new citizens of Canada and receive their certificates of Canadian citizenship. One member of the family declared, “It’s really a pleasure to be a Canadian citizen and to be getting all these rights and privileges from the country.” To read more, click here!
CANADA’S GOVERNMENT SETS GOAL OF 300,000 CANADIAN VISAS FOR 2017
On October 31, 2016, the Canadian government released its 2017 goals for immigration to Canada. A new annual baseline target of 300,000 Canadian visas for permanent residency was established, which is a substantial increase over the previous baseline of 260,000 Canadian visas per year. Canada’s 2017 immigration plan calls for 172,500 Canadian visas to be issued for skilled foreign workers; 84,000 visas for family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents; 40,000 Canadian visas for refugees; and 3,500 visas for humanitarian or other reasons. To read the full article, click here!
REPORT URGES SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN CANADIAN IMMIGRATION
A report released by the Conference Board of Canada on October 6, 2016, calls for a significant increase in Canadian immigration in order to address an aging population and keep Canada’s economy growing strong. Approximately 16% of Canada’s population of 36 million is age 65 or older, but that demographic group is forecast to soar to 24% over the next couple decades. Consequently, the Canadian government will need to boost the number of people approved for immigration to Canada to 407,000 per year by 2030 to meet the needs of Canadian employment and maintain an expanding economy, according to the report. To read more, click here!
320,932 PEOPLE IMMIGRATE TO CANADA DURING THE PAST FISCAL YEAR
According to data released in September 2016 by Statistics Canada, 320,932 people were able to immigrate to Canada during the past fiscal year (between June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2016). This was a 33.3% increase over Canadian immigration levels during the previous fiscal year (June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015) when 240,844 people were able to immigrate to Canada. This is the largest number of people to move to Canada in almost three decades and may be the highest number to immigrate to Canada since the early 20th century. The significant increase in Canadian immigration that occurred during the past fiscal year helped Canada’s population climb to 36.3 million people. Overall, the Canadian population grew by 437,815 during the past fiscal year as a result of immigration to Canada and new births, which was the largest absolute increase in the Canadian population since the 1988-1989 fiscal year. Canada’s government is expected to announce its goals for Canadian immigration in November 2016. To read the full article, click here!
HSBC EXPAT EXPLORER SURVEY RANKS CANADA #3 COUNTRY FOR EXPATS IN 2016
In September 2016, the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey named Canada the #3 best country in the world for expats to live and work abroad in 2016. This large survey of over 27,000 people in 190 countries and territories also discovered that expats consider Canada to be the world’s #1 country for tolerance, #2 for integration and #2 for health. Several factors were grouped into three major categories for the survey (i.e., experience, family and economics) and revealed that Canada is ranked #3 for overall experience, #5 for family and #10 for economics. To read more, click here!
HIGH DEMAND FOR TECH WORKERS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA CAUSES SALARIES TO SOAR
Business is booming in British Columbia’s technology sector and a shortage of high-tech workers is causing salaries to soar. The Canadian province of British Columbia has traditionally been known for employing many people in jobs related to natural resources which are abundant there. Today, there are more high-tech sector workers employed in British Columbia than in the forestry, oil and gas, and mining industries combined. British Columbia’s tech sector has been enjoying strong 3.3% annual growth, but employers in the province have been facing a challenge finding enough qualified skilled workers to meet rising demand. This is good news for high-tech workers in British Columbia, who have seen their salaries increase to an average of $6,320 per month ($75,849 per year). For example, the average salary in British Columbia for a software developer with 2-4 years of work experience is $75,400 per year, but with over four years of experience the average annual salary for this occupation skyrockets to $93,900. To read the full article, click here!
SKILLED FOREIGN WORKERS NEEDED TO FILL JOBS IN CANADA’S ATLANTIC PROVINCES
A Member of the Canadian Parliament from the eastern province of New Brunswick says that more skilled foreign workers are needed to fill many jobs in Canada’s Atlantic provinces. According to MP Alaina Lockhart, the population of the Atlantic provinces is getting older and retiring, but there are not enough people available locally to fill all of the job openings. As an example, the New Brunswick MP declared, “In New Brunswick alone we have over 1,000 jobs that have gone unfilled for over a year.” In order to address the shortage of people available to work in Canada’s Atlantic coastal provinces, MP Lockhart has called on the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration to boost immigration to Canada’s Atlantic provinces and also seek ways to retain the immigrants already living and working there. To read the full article, click here!
BILL GATES HAS PRAISE FOR ‘ENLIGHTENED’ CANADIAN IMMIGRATION POLICY
On September 20, 2016, American businessman Bill Gates praised the ‘enlightened’ Canadian immigration policy that welcomes thousands of people from all over the world. Speaking in Vancouver at the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference, the co-founder of Microsoft spoke highly of the Canadian government’s open approach to giving tens of thousands of Syrian refugees the opportunity to live in Canada. The world’s richest man also praised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for efforts to help refugees of the Syrian Civil War to immigrate to Canada “in an appropriate way.” To read more, click here!
STORE ON SCENIC NOVA SCOTIA ISLAND OFFERS CANADIAN EMPLOYMENT AND FREE LAND
A family-owned general store on beautiful Cape Breton Island in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia wanted to hire more employees, but could not find anyone to hire locally. Their solution was to place an advertisement on Facebook with an offer of Canadian employment plus two free acres of land for new employees. Hundreds of people from across Canada responded to this unique offer of Canadian employment and free land in this picturesque small town of around 854 residents. To read the full article, click here!
MANY PEOPLE WHO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA SETTLE IN SMALL CITIES AND TOWNS
Although the majority of people who immigrate to Canada move to the big cities (such as Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary), an increasing number of immigrants are choosing to settle in smaller Canadian cities and towns or in rural areas. For example, the neighboring small towns of Morden and Winkler in Canada’s province of Manitoba have experienced an influx of immigrants from around the globe. Why would someone move to Canada and then settle in a small town with a population of around 11,000 people? One reason is that many smaller Canadian cities and towns want people who immigrate to Canada to move to their area, primarily due to a shortage of workers. In addition to being welcomed by smaller Canadian communities, many immigrants are also attracted to the quality of life and many job opportunities found in towns and small cities in Canada. The prairie province of Manitoba, where the towns of Morden and Winkler are located, has maintained one of the lowest unemployment rates of any Canadian province or territory for the past several years. The cost of living there is also much lower than in more popular places in Canada, such as Toronto or Vancouver. To read the full article, click here!
CANADA BOASTS THREE OF THE TOP FIVE MOST LIVABLE CITIES IN THE WORLD
In August 2016, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary were named as three of the top five most livable cities in the world for 2016. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) evaluation of the quality of life in 140 cities around the globe, Vancouver is the #3 best city to live in the world, while Toronto is ranked #4 and Calgary tied with Adelaide (Australia) for 5th place. This was not the first time that the London-based EIU had rated these three Canadian cities among the best places to live on the planet. Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary received the same honors in 2015 due to their high standard of living. To read more, click here!
IMMIGRANT FROM HUNGARY BECOMES THE OLDEST MAN IN CANADA
A Toronto man received birthday greetings from Canada’s Prime Minister, Ontario’s Premier and the Mayor of Toronto as he celebrated his 110th birthday and became the oldest man in Canada. Zoltan Sarosy was born in Hungary on August 23, 1906, attended university in Austria, became a chess master and was approved to immigrate to Canada in 1950. This incredible Canadian with an excellent memory has lived through both world wars, seen many inventions and new technologies and has even learned to use a computer to play chess online. To read the full article and watch the news video, click here!
CANADA’S IMMIGRATION MINISTER WANTS TO ISSUE MORE CANADIAN VISAS
John McCallum, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, announced in August 2016 that he would like to “substantially increase the number of immigrants coming to Canada.” Speaking in The Philippines at a meeting of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce held in Manila on August 12, 2016, Mr. McCallum said that more skilled foreign workers need to immigrate to Canada to meet a growing labor shortage, especially as more Canadians retire from the workforce. He stated that he would like to make it easier for more skilled foreign workers and international students to be issued a Canadian visa. The new Canadian government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already declared an ambitious goal to approve 280,000-305,000 people for immigration to Canada during 2016, which is a significant increase in the number of people granted a Canadian visa in 2015. To read more, click here!
MORE CANADIAN VISA OFFICES WANTED IN CHINA TO PROMOTE IMMIGRATION TO CANADA
Canada’s government wants to increase the number of visa offices in China so more skilled Chinese workers can be approved for Canadian immigration. John McCallum, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, met with Chinese governmental officials during a visit to China in August 2016 and made a request to double the number of Canadian visa offices in the country. New Canadian visa offices would be opened in Chengdu, Jinan, Nanjin, Shenyang and Wuhan if the proposal is approved. In addition to authorizing more skilled Chinese workers for immigration to Canada, another reason for increasing Canadian visa offices in China is to boost the number of students from China who can study in Canada. Tourism from China is important for the Canadian economy, so increasing the number of Canadian visas for Chinese tourists is also a goal of this plan. To read the full article, click here!
CANADIANS OF UKRAINIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATE IMMIGRATION TO CANADA
On August 7, 2016, Canada’s province of Alberta launched “The Year of the Ukrainian-Canadian” to celebrate 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. Special events were held in the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, located 50 kilometers east of Edmonton, where crowds were able to watch Ukrainian traditional folk dancers, eat ethnic Ukrainian foods and learn more about contributions Canadians of Ukrainian ancestry have made to Alberta and Canada for more than a century. Approximately 345,000 people who live in Alberta are of Ukrainian heritage and while they are proud to be Canadians, they also appreciate their Ukrainian roots and maintain their culture. To read more, click here!
MORE JOBS IN CANADA CREATED BY THE HIGH-TECH SECTOR
According to a new report, The State of Canadian Tech Sector, which was released July 25, 2016, the high-technology industry has a much larger impact on Canada’s economy than previously realized. The study was published by Ryerson University’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and it discovered that 864,000 people work in Canada in the high-tech field. The report also revealed that individuals who have high-tech jobs in Canada tend to be young, university-educated and earn higher salaries than people who work in Canada in most other business sectors. Canadian employment in the high-tech industry accounts for 5.6% of all jobs in Canada, but some places have much higher concentrations of companies and employees associated with the high-technology sector. For example, high-tech workers make up 6.4% of the labor force in Quebec, 6.2% in Ontario and 4.8% in both Alberta and British Columbia. To read the full article, click here!
NEW CANADIAN IMMIGRATION PROGRAM PLANNED FOR CANADA’S ATLANTIC PROVINCES
On July 4, 2016, an announcement was made regarding a new Canadian immigration program being planned to bring more immigrants to four of Canada’s Atlantic provinces: Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland & Labrador. Plans for the three-year pilot program for immigration to Canada were discussed at a press conference after a meeting held on P.E.I. by several Canadian national and provincial leaders regarding an overall strategy being formulated to boost economic development in the region. According to John McCallum, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, there is a particularly strong need for immigrants to live and work in these Atlantic provinces. Canadian Immigration Minister McCallum further declared that approximately 2,000-4,000 foreign nationals may be permitted to immigrate to Canada and settle in these four Canadian provinces each year through this new program that is being created. To read more, click here!
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA ANNOUNCES 2016 “TOP 25 CANADIAN IMMIGRANT AWARDS”
The winners of the 2016 “Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards” were announced by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Canadian Immigrant Magazine in ceremonies held in Toronto and Vancouver at the end of June 2016. For the past eight years, Canadians have had the opportunity to nominate people who immigrate to Canada and then go on to make a positive impact on this multicultural country. Among these 25 Canadian immigration success stories are immigrants from Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, The Philippines and Ukraine. One of the 25 Top Canadian Immigrants of 2016 is Harjit Sajjan who was born in India, approved to immigrate to Canada with his family when he was five-years-old, joined the Canadian military and was appointed as Canada’s Minister of Defence at the end of 2015. To read more about these inspiring Canadian immigration success stories, click here!
REPORT BY CANADA’S GOVERNMENT SAYS CANADIAN IMMIGRATION STRONG
According to a new report released by the Canadian government at the end of June 2016, immigration to Canada remains strong. The study, which was published by Statistics Canada, examines the history and trends in Canadian immigration for over 100 years. Among the report’s findings, researchers revealed that an average of 250,000 people immigrate to Canada each year; Canadian immigration levels fluctuate and are heavily influenced by events taking place in the world (such as economic developments); and immigration to Canada is making the country’s population more multicultural – particularly in the large cities, such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. In the past, most immigrants came from Europe, but now the majority of people who immigrate to Canada are arriving from Asia and Africa – a trend predicted to continue for the foreseeable future. Statistics Canada further reports that approximately 22-23% of Canada’s 36 million people are foreign-born (2016) and forecasts that immigrants will make up 26-27% of the Canadian population by 2031. To read the full article, click here!
CANADA CELEBRATES ITS DIVERSITY ON MULTICULTURAL DAY
On June 27, 2016, Canada’s diverse population celebrated Multicultural Day. Canadian politicians and others praised the country’s long history of multiculturalism and welcoming people who immigrate to Canada. For example, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared, “As Canadians, we appreciate the immense freedom we have to show pride in our individual identities and ancestries. No matter our religion, where we were born, what color our skin, or what language we speak, we are equal members of this great country.” Forty-five years ago, Canada was the world’s first country to embrace an official policy of multiculturalism. Today, approximately 21% of the 36 million people who live in Canada are foreign born, making the Canadian population the most multicultural of any country in the G-7. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau also said, “Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect.” To read more, click here!
CANADIAN IMMIGRATION PUSHES NOVA SCOTIA’S POPULATION TO RECORD HIGH
A report released in June 2016 by Statistics Canada revealed that Canadian immigration has helped Nova Scotia’s population to soar to a record high. Between April 1, 2015, and April 1, 2016, the population of Nova Scotia increased by 4,918 people, reaching 947,284. This is the largest number of people to ever live in Canada’s province of Nova Scotia. Canadian immigration has become an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s population growth and the province’s economic well-being, especially as more older Canadian workers retire and leave the labor force. In fact, an earlier economic report released in early 2014 called for tripling the number of people approved for Canadian immigration who will settle in Nova Scotia so as to keep the province’s economy growing at a healthy pace. To read the full article, click here!
GREAT PLACES TO LIVE IN CANADA FOR 2016
For people considering Canadian immigration, finding the right place to live in Canada is one of their top priorities. Locating the perfect spot to settle down will depend on a variety of factors, such as whether a Canadian newcomer is single or married with children; how much money they have; or other personal preferences. A new report published in June 2016 ranks the best places to live in Canada for 2016 for families with children, new immigrants and other categories. Approximately 219 Canadian cities were evaluated based on such indicators as low unemployment, high income, low taxes, affordable housing, low crime and good weather. Ottawa, the Canadian national capital, was considered the top place to live in Canada in the overall rankings. To read more, click here!
TOP 10 COUNTRIES FOR IMMIGRATION TO CANADA
The Canadian population is one of the most multicultural in the world, with around 22% of the 36 million people who live in Canada foreign-born. According to data from the United Nations and the Pew Research Center, a growing number of people who immigrate to Canada were born in Asia. As of 2015, the largest number of immigrants who live in Canada were born in China (710,000), followed by India (620,000), the United Kingdom (610,000), The Philippines (550,000), United States (340,000), Italy (280,000), Hong Kong (230,000), Germany (190,000), Vietnam (180,000), and Pakistan (180,000). There are, of course, millions of immigrants who live in Canada originating from a variety of other countries around the globe. To read the full article, click here!
THE BEST JOBS IN CANADA FOR 2016
There are excellent Canadian employment opportunities available for skilled foreign workers in many high-demand jobs in Canada. Among the best jobs in Canada for 2016 are mining & forestry managers, urban planners, pharmacists, construction managers, aerospace engineers, occupational therapists, health and occupation inspectors, telecommunications managers, registered nurses, psychologists, secondary school teachers, and university professors. Many of the high-demand jobs in Canada pay very well and are also eligible for Express Entry immigration to Canada. To read more about the best jobs in Canada for 2016, click here!
CANADA CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST COUNTRIES FOR BUSINESS
An analysis published by KPMG on March 30, 2016, says that Canada is one of the top countries in the world for business. According to KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives report (March 2016), Canada has the 2nd lowest business costs on Earth, after #1 Mexico and ahead of #3 Netherlands, #4 Italy, #5 Australia, #6 France, #7 United Kingdom, #8 Germany, #9 Japan and #10 United States. Among the specific reasons that Canada is a great place to do business, the KMPG report revealed that Canada has the 2nd lowest labor and transportation costs, the 3rd lowest facility costs, and some of the lowest corporate income tax rates of any country. The Canadian cities of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver were also ranked among the best cities in the world for businesses to be located. To read the full report, click here!
NEW REPORT SAYS 218,000 HIGH-TECH JOBS IN CANADA TO BE CREATED BY 2020
In March 2016, a new report declared that approximately 218,000 high-tech jobs in Canada will be created between 2016 and 2020. The rapid growth of Canada’s high-tech industry, however, has produced a Canadian technology talent shortage. A recent survey found that 53% of Canadian employers are experiencing a challenge finding enough qualified workers to fill high-tech jobs in Canada. This is creating Canadian employment opportunities for workers who have the the high-tech skills needed in Canada’s soaring technology sector. To read more, click here!
UNHCR CHIEF PRAISES CANADIAN EFFORTS TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES MOVE TO CANADA
On March 21, 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, praised Canadian efforts to help thousands of Syrian refugees move to Canada. The UNHCR chief said that the Canadian resettlement plan, which has already brought more than 25,000 Syrian refugees to live in Canada, is a “model” that the rest of the world should learn from and try to duplicate. Canada is among a small number of countries that allows refugees to be sponsored for immigration by the government and/or by individuals. The head of the UN agency that helps refugees said that the Canadian immigration system is an effective way to quickly resettle more refugees. The Canadian government has announced its goal to approve 44,800 refugees from various countries for immigration to Canada during 2016. To read the full article, click here!
MORE IMMIGRANTS STARTING OWN BUSINESSES AND CREATING JOBS IN CANADA
A report released in March 2016 by Statistics Canada revealed that people who immigrate to Canada have a higher rate of starting their own businesses than Canadian-born individuals. According to this study, 5.3% of all people who immigrate to Canada have started their own business within nine years of becoming Canadian residents, compared to 4.8% of people born in Canada. An additional 19.6% of people who immigrate to Canada become unincorporated self-employed individuals versus 16.1 of Canadian-born people. To read more, click here!
UN RANKS CANADA #6 HAPPIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD FOR 2016
In March 2016, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network released its list of the happiest countries in the world for 2016 and ranked Canada as the 6th happiest place on the planet. The UN researchers surveyed 3,000 people in each of the 157 countries evaluated and asked them to rank their lives on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the highest happiness score and 0 the lowest rating of happiness. To read the full article, click here!
CANADA’S GOVERNMENT WANTS TO ISSUE 300,000 CANADIAN VISAS THIS YEAR
According to the new Canadian immigration plan for 2016, up to 300,000 people from around the globe will be issued a permanent resident visa to Canada this year. The 2016 goals for immigration to Canada were revealed on March 8, 2016, and authorize 160,600 Canadian visas to be granted to skilled foreign workers through economic immigrant programs; 80,000 permanent resident visas to be issued through the Family Class program; and over 60,000 refugees and others in need will receive Canadian permanent residency through Refugee and Humanitarian immigration programs. To read more, click here!
QUEBEC SEEKS MORE HIGHLY-SKILLED FOREIGN WORKERS
Leaders of Quebec want more highly-skilled foreign workers to immigrate to Canada and settle in their predominantly French-speaking Canadian province. Therefore, Quebec’s provincial officials have established a five-year Canadian immigration plan designed to attract “strategic talent” to Quebec. The “Together, We Are Quebec” program, announced on March 7, 2016, will also seek to retain international students and temporary skilled foreign workers who already live in Quebec, rather than lose them to other top immigration destinations, such as the United States. To read the full article and watch the embedded news video, click here!
CITIES IN CANADA WITH THE STRONGEST ECONOMIC GROWTH IN 2016
Vancouver’s economy is predicted to grow by a healthy 3.3 percent in 2016, according to a report published by the Conference Board of Canada on March 3, 2016. Other major Canadian cities forecast to experience strong growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during 2016 include Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg, Montreal and Quebec City. Thousands of new jobs in Canada are also expected to be created this year, with over 26,000 new Canadian jobs anticipated to be generated just in Vancouver. For more details, click here!
25,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES IMMIGRATE TO CANADA
On February 29, 2016, the Canadian government announced that it had reached its ambitious goal to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of February 2016. A plane carrying the 25,000th Syrian refugee to immigrate to Canada as a new Canadian permanent resident landed at the airport in Montreal on February 27, 2016. At a press conference, Canada’s Immigration Minister, John McCallum, declared, “This is a terrific day for us,” as he also encouraged Canadians to continue to welcome these new permanent residents with open arms, help them find jobs in Canada and get settled in their new country. To read more, click here!
VANCOUVER TOP CITY IN NORTH AMERICA FOR QUALITY OF LIFE
Several Canadian cities have received high marks in the 2016 Mercer Quality of Living Survey published in February 2016, with Vancouver ranked #1 in North America and #5 in the world for quality of life. Mercer researchers examined the quality of life in 230 cities around the globe and also listed Toronto 15th, Ottawa 17th, Montreal 23rd and Calgary 32nd on Earth for quality of life. To read more, click here!
THE BEST EMPLOYERS IN CANADA FOR 2016
In February 2016, Forbes released its assessment of the best employers in Canada for 2016. Over 8,000 people who work in Canada were surveyed by Forbes and Statista and asked to rate their employer on a scale of 0-10 (with 10 being the highest score) in terms of whether they would recommend that others work for their employer. Survey participants were also asked for their views concerning other companies that are in their particular business sector. Based upon the results of this research, Forbes published its 2016 list of the 250 best places to work in Canada. According to the report, there is great competition among Canadian employers to attract and retain qualified employees for various high-demand jobs in Canada. To read more, click here!
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU CONFIDENT AND OPTIMISTIC ABOUT CANADA
On January 20, 2016, recently-elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,
and expressed confidence and optimism about Canada and its future. He also discussed how diversity and the resourcefulness of
the Canadian people are a major strength for Canada. In short, Prime Minister Trudeau declared, “There has never been a better time to look
to Canada.” To read the transcript or watch the video of his Davos speech, click here!
CANADA RANKED #1 FOR QUALITY OF LIFE AND #2 BEST OVERALL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
In a recent poll, Canada has been ranked as the #1 country in the world for quality of life. This survey of 16,000 people across the planet also
discovered that Canada is considered to be the #2 best country on Earth overall, after top-ranked Germany. To read more, click here!
IMMIGRANT IN QUEBEC HAS SPECIAL REQUEST FOR HER 120TH BIRTHDAY
If you could live to be 120 years old and could make any wish, what would you request for such a special birthday? A 119-year-old women who immigrated to Canada from Haiti and lives in Quebec would like to celebrate her 120th birthday on January 31, 2016, by visiting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. To read this full story, click here!
CHILDREN OF PEOPLE WHO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA MORE LIKELY TO GET HIGHER EDUCATION
According to research conducted by Professor Ross Finnie at the University of Ottawa, the children of people who immigrate to Canada are more likely to obtain a post-secondary education than children born of non-immigrant Canadian citizens. The main reason given is that the children of immigrants see Canada as a land of opportunity and are more motivated to acquire a higher education after high school than children born and raised in Canada from non-immigrant parents. To read more, click here!
BEST PLACES FOR THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION TO WORK IN CANADA DURING 2016
A recent study has revealed the best places to work in Canada during 2016 for young adults from the “Millennial Generation.” This information may be helpful for skilled foreign workers born between around 1980 to about 2000 (i.e., the “Millennial Generation”) who are looking for jobs in Canada. This generation of young adult workers have many opportunities for jobs in Canada, especially is they have the education, work experience and other skills needed by Canadian employers. For the full article, click here!
HARRIS POLL FINDS THAT 91% OF PEOPLE WHO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA THINK “CANADIAN DREAM” IS REALITY
A Harris poll conducted October 5-21, 2015, found that 91% of the people who immigrate to Canada believe that the “Canadian Dream” is a reality. The results of this survey of 735 foreign-born adult residents of Canada was released December 16, 2015, and it also discovered that an overwhelming majority of immigrants believe that Canada has a bright future. To read the entire article, click here!
SYRIAN REFUGEES IMMIGRATE TO CANADA AS CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENTS AND RECEIVE WARM WELCOME
On December 10, 2015, a plane carrying 163 Syrian refugees landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to begin their lives as brand new permanent residents of Canada. They were among the first of 25,000 people who will immigrate to Canada between December 2015 and February 2016 as part of the Canadian government’s ambitious humanitarian program to resettle refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War. These happy Canadian newcomers were greeting by a large crowd of well-wishers that included Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. To read more, click here!
VANCOUVER, TORONTO AND CALGARY AMONG TOP FIVE MOST LIVABLE CITIES IN THE WORLD!
In its annual evaluation of 140 major cities around the globe, researchers with the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) considered Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary to be among the world’s top five most livable cities for 2015. The Economist ranked Vancouver #3, Toronto #4 and Calgary tied with the Australian city of Adelaide for 5th place for quality of life. To read more, click here!