Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 30, 2012


News Release Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues Call for Proposals for settlement services in Manitoba (CIC)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is soliciting proposals for the delivery of language training and other services to help newcomers succeed in their new lives in Manitoba. A Call for Proposals, open for a period of five weeks, is being issued by CIC to allocate most of the settlement funding available for Manitoba in 2013-2014. Settlement funds are used for programs and services that address newcomers needs, supporting their establishment and integration into Canadian society. Services include language training, information and referrals, help finding employment that matches their skills and education, and help establishing networks and contacts in their communities.

Conditional permanent residence – more complicated than it looks (CCR)
New immigration rules mean some sponsored spouses will have conditional permanent residence for two years and will be subject to deportation if they dont live with their spouse for the full two years. The change is designed to combat marriage fraud people getting married in order to obtain permanent residence. But the new rule seems to assume that a marriage is either fraudulent or destined for eternal bliss. Life is more complicated.

Immigration important to our past and future (Cambridge Times)
So, Mr. John Brown, in his recent letter, says he wants us to return to the Canada he enjoyed 50 years ago, shared only with other true Canadians. Sorry, Mr. Brown, but for better or worse you cannot turn the clock back, no more than those two old guys in those TV banking ads can. Canada is a country built by immigration; go back far enough and even the indigenous people were themselves migrants. While this has always been the case, it is just as crucial today since our fertility rates are way below replacement rates. Without immigration our population would be in rapid decline and our economy would shrink with it.–immigration-important-to-our-past-and-future

Some Aging Nations Look to Immigration to Avert Economic Squeeze (Albert Bozzo, CNBC)
Canada and Australia, said experts, have taken the lead in immigration policy, adopting a point system (for such criteria as age, education, language) that helps determine eligibility; Australia is now giving special consideration to those who have already secured a job offer, said Sumption of the MRI. Employers are being encouraged to get more involved in the overall immigration process.

Ottawa provides cash boost to study contributions of Italian-Canadians (Tim Kelly, York Region)
Vaughan MP and International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino announced on behalf of Citizenship and Immigration Canada that it will provide $248,397 to study the contributions of Canadians of Italian heritage in the development and settlement of Canada. Mr. Fantino made the announcement at the Oct. 25 Renaissance Gala in Vaughan, hosted by the Canadian Heritage Foundation and the Amici Museum and Italian Interpretive Centre. The funding falls under the Inter-Action program to the Toronto district of the National Council of Italian Canadians (NCIC).–ottawa-provides-cash-boost-to-study-contributions-of-italian-canadians

Language in Canada (Economist)
EVER since the British victory on the Plains of Abraham in 1759, which led to New France becoming a colony of Britain, French-speakers in what is now the province of Quebec have fought to keep their language alive. Tough laws requiring the use of French in the workplace, in schools and on signs, enforced by a vigilant language police (Office québécois de la langue française), have kept French from being obliterated by the tide of English from the rest of Canada and the United States. However, a linguistic breakdown of Canadians published October 24th by Statistics Canada, a government agency, indicates there has been some erosion.

Immigration minister: bilingualism should not be a requirement for hiring (Jeff Heinrich, Montreal Gazette)
Immigrants from the francophonie and Latin America are being turned down for jobs in Montreal because they dont speak English and are told to look off-island instead and thats bad, Quebecs immigration minister says. Some are even asking the government for English-language courses to improve their chances of landing a job and obviously that creates a certain malaise, Diane de Courcy told business leaders Monday. Its a serious problem, de Courcy told a conference of the Conseil du patronat, blaming unnamed employers in the public service and community organizations, as well as certain small businesses that require English.

Marginalizing immigrants costs Canada (Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun)
The stupidity of the contradictory policies that first lure skilled immigrants to Canada, then prevent them from working in their fields, is underlined by a new analysis from the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network. About 60 per cent of the roughly 250,000 people who immigrate to Canada each year arrive with specialized skills. And the study estimates under-using these newcomers costs Canada’s economy – not to mention these folks and their families – between $2 billion and $5.9 billion a year.


Paul Wells explains why Canadas policy on Roma refugees hits a flat note (Paul Wells, Maclean’s)
There was a less-than-subtle political point to the enterprise. Robi Botos and his family are Roma (he also uses the term Gypsy, now widely seen as pejorative), which means they belong to a community that finds itself at the centre of the latest debate over Canadas immigration policy. Robi Botos arrived in Toronto as a refugee claimant. He eventually obtained permanent resident status and is applying for citizenship. Most of his relativesthere are others besides the musiciansarrived long after he did, and it will be harder for them to make their claims stick than it was for him. Its a lot harder for them to even hope that they can stay here, he told me before the Toronto concert.

A decade after being deemed complicit in Rwanda genocide, Hutu doctor deported from Canada (Adrian Humphreys, National Post)
Eighteen years after fleeing Rwanda at the close of the genocide, 13 years after arriving in Canada, and 10 years after being deemed complicit in war crimes and refused asylum here, a Rwandan man who was living in Montreal has been deported. Jean Léonard Teganya, the eldest son of a convicted war criminal, was a medical student interning at Butare University Hospital when Hutu extremist militia killed nearly 200 Tutsi patients, staff and moderate Hutus, one incident of brutality during the horrific 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 people were killed in 100 days of violence. The Federal Court of Canada, deciding his immigration status, heard evidence of lists being drafted of patients and staff to be targeted and of Tutsi patients being turned away to face death by marauding militiamen.


Poverty pockets growing in suburbs (Noor Javed, Toronto Star)
Behind the sprawling subdivisions and glossy condo towers being built in the GTA are the people who go unnoticed: The homeowner working two jobs to pay his mortgage, the single mother living in a basement apartment or the newcomer sharing a home with another family or two But policy makers and charitable organizations stress that because the problem is invisible, doesnt mean it is non-existent. In fact, it not only exists but in some cases Markham-Unionville, Mississauga-Cooksville and Bramalea-Gore-Malton poverty rates and child poverty rates are higher than the provincial average.–poverty-pockets-growing-in-suburbs

Ontario anti-poverty movement needs a dose of street heat (Toronto Star)
Last week, Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh, heads of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, released their final report, Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario. It contains some good ideas but anti-poverty activists will have to ask themselves whether more aggressive action is necessary. The commission called on the government to implement some of its 108 recommendations immediately, including a $100-a-month rate increase for single adults on Ontario Works (they currently receive $599 a month, 66 per cent below the poverty line); changing the rules to allow all recipients to earn $200 a month without having their benefits reduced, and raising OW asset limits to Ontario Disability Support Program levels of $6,000 for a single person and $7,500 for a couple. Adopting these recommendations would make small, but concrete material differences in the lives of social assistance recipients. Weve been here before.–ontario-anti-poverty-movement-needs-a-dose-of-street-heat

Register for New Policy Webinar Series (Essential Skills Ontario)
Essential Skills Ontario is pleased to announce its first ever webinar series, hosted by John Stapleton from Open Policy Ontario, running from November 2012 to February 2013. The series of six webinars covers a variety of different topics related to policy, such as personal policy brand, vertical conversations and cost benefit analysis. Join us for the first webinar, What is Public Policy?, this Thursday, November 1 at 1:00PM ET which will give participants an introduction to the series and to lay the groundwork for the next five webinars.


Hire Immigrants Ottawa 2013 Employer Excellence Awards Call for Entries (
Hire Immigrants Ottawa is accepting entries for the 2013 Employer Excellence Awards from employers in the National Capital Region. In its sixth year, the awards recognize local employers for their innovative policies and practices in the recruitment and retention of skilled immigrants into their organizations.


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