Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 25, 2013


Immigration can be bad for your health: Public Health (
A new report by Peel Public Health suggests the more ‘Canadian’ immigrants become the less healthy they are. The longer people stay in Canada the more unhealthy they become, said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Associate Medical Officer of Health. Titled Destination Peel, the report tracks personal behaviours and other determinates of health such as socio-economic factors of recent Canadian immigrants in Peel. The study reveals immigrants are generally healthier than the Canadian-born population when they first arrive. Compared to the native-born population, fewer newcomers smoke or consume alcohol, and eat a lot more vegetables.–immigration-can-be-bad-for-your-health-public-health

News Release Historic New Immigration Program to Attract Job Creators to Canada (CIC)
Canada will launch a brand new program on April 1 to recruit innovative immigrant entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and spur economic growth, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. Our new Start-Up Visa will help make Canada the destination of choice for the worlds best and brightest to launch their companies, said Minister Kenney. Recruiting dynamic entrepreneurs from around the world will help Canada remain competitive in the global economy.

Canada sets start-up visa to attract entrepreneur immigrants (Economic Times India)
Foreign innovators who want to set up new companies in Canada will be able to immigrate under a new start-up visa program that Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said on Thursday was the first of its kind in the world. The new program, to be launched on April 1, is part of a government push to better align the immigration system with Canada’s economic goals. Last year, the government revamped the skilled worker program to try to make it meet employers’ needs more nimbly. “Our new start-up visa will help make Canada the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest to launch their companies,” Kenney said in a statement.

Start-Up Visa: Canada To Launch New Immigration Program In April (Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post)
A new program designed to lure start-up companies and entrepreneurs to Canada will launch in April. The start-up visa will be limited to those who already have the backing of a venture capital firm in Canada. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says it’s aimed at enticing the best and brightest minds around the world to start new businesses in Canada. The government will grant a maximum of 2,750 visas a year for each of the five years of the pilot program.

Canada looks to Silicon Valley to poach entrepreneurial immigrants (Tobi Cohen, Montreal Gazette)
Canada is looking to poach Silicon Valleys intrepid foreign up-and-comers as it launches a first of its kind in the world program that will grant immediate permanent residency to qualifying entrepreneurs starting April 1. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday he will head down to Americas technology heartland once the program is in place to begin recruiting the thousands of super bright young foreign nationals, often from Asia, who are working at technology start-ups on temporary visas and may have to go home before theyve been able to obtain their coveted U.S. Green Card. We see the bright, young, international tech developers in the U.S. who are stuck on temporary visas as an immediate market, if you will, for this program, he said.

Mission accomplished: Startup Visa Canada is here (Version One Ventures)
Two years ago, Danny Robinson, Maura Rodgers and myself started to lobby for a Startup Visa Canada that would make it easier for foreign (tech) entrepreneurs to start their company in Canada. The initiative was inspired by the immigration struggles of the talented Summify team. In 2010, Cristian and Mircea arrived in Vancouver from Romania to start a new company. This talented pair had a big idea, strong endorsements, and venture-capital backing from top tier investors like Accel. However, rather than focusing on their startup, they faced a frustrating collection of bureaucratic red tape and immigration status uncertainty. We were hardly extending a friendly invitation to these talented entrepreneurs.

Immigration Canada to lure foreign entrepreneurs with prize of permanent residency (Toronto Star)
Ottawa hopes to lure innovative entrepreneurs from abroad to Canada by offering them permanent residency. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday the move will put Canada ahead of its competitors, such as Australia, the United Kingdom and United States, where entrepreneurs are offered only temporary residency, and their ultimate status hinges on business success. Our new Start-Up Visa will help make Canada the destination of choice for the worlds best and brightest to launch their companies, said Kenney, who is planning a trip to Silicon Valley, the worlds start-up capital, to find foreign entrepreneurs looking for a permanent home.–immigration-canada-to-lure-foreign-entrepreneurs-with-prize-of-permanent-residency

Video: Entrepreneur’s immigration (CBC Power & Politics)
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney discusses a new immigration program aimed at attracting entrepreneurs.

Immigrants: Highly educated, underpaid (
In a paper recently published in the peer-reviewed open-access journal ISRN Economics, Mesbah Sharaf, an assistant professor in Concordia’s Department of Economics, found that two-thirds of recent immigrants to Canada possess more education than their jobs call for. But time and effort can shift the numbers. Sharaf’s results show that increased proficiency in English or French, combined with post-immigration education and training can significantly increase the likelihood of landing a job that matches one’s qualifications. Using data from the most recent Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada, Sharaf measured job-education mismatch for new Canadians. He found that six months after their arrival, 76.3 per cent of men and 71.8 per cent of women have more education than their jobs require. Four years after arrival, the figures improve slightly, with 70.4 per cent of men and 64.6 of women over-educated for their jobs. Compare that with Canadian-born workers, who are around 44 per cent over-qualified for the work they do.

A new game: Reconnecting communities through play (Yonge Street)
“I was researching a women’s organization that did social welfare work in Palestine and they brought the first to playgrounds to Jerusalem. Then I got interested in the American playground movement, which built playgrounds in cities downtown for poor kids. They were interested in using playgrounds as a type of social policy, a way to bridge social divide and build communities, end racism, and integrate newcomers. They were very concerned about the health and welfare of poor kids and poor immigrant kids who lived in downtown slums in turn of the century cities across North America, including Toronto,” she says. Panelist Rosalyn Morrison, vice president of community initiatives at the Toronto Community Foundation, has made similar findings in her work as chair of Playing For Keeps, an initiative designed to train people to become leaders in their communities largely through volunteering. It is built into Playing For Keeps’ mantra to connect long-term and new Canadians of all ages and gaps through play and games.

2011-12 Annual Report on WelcomeBC Settlement and Integration Services now available (IECBC)
The 2011-12 annual report on WelcomeBC Settlement and Integration Services is now available. The report illustrates how individuals have benefited from WelcomeBC services through a sampling of success stories from immigrants and results on programs aimed an ensuring newcomers to BC and their families are successfully settled and integrated into new communities and the labour market.

Somali Stereotypes (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Rima Berns-McGown, she is the author of a new study on Somali Canadian youth in the city, and with Idil Burale. She is a young Somali Canadian and community advocate

Human Library (CBC Metro Morning)
This Saturday, paperbacks and hardcover books won’t be the main focus at the Toronto Reference Library. It will be people, with great stories to tell. They are human books, as CBC partners with libraries and community centres across the country for National Human Library Day. Today we heard from Sabina Ali. He is an immigrant from India whose family came here just four years ago and who is already an inspirational leader in her Thorncliffe community.

Police Board Delays Action on Issuing Receipts for Street Stops (Desmond Cole)
Advocates say police attempts to rein in the controversial practice of “carding” aren’t good enough. At a meeting on Wednesday, the Toronto Police Services Board decided to hold off on instituting a new system for giving receipts to people who have been cardedwhich is what the police call it when they stop someone on the street and collect their personal information for inclusion in an internal database. Lawyers and community groups allege that carding is rampant, particularly among officers of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Service (TAVIS), who patrol neighbourhoods with higher crime rates.

Project eyes smoother pathway for immigrants (Paul Mayne,
When most people think immigration, they picture Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal as destinations for the more than 250,000 newcomers arriving each year to Canada. That would be correct.


Is Canada telling Hungary’s Roma ‘Do not seek asylum here’? (Bilbo Poynter, CS Monitor)
Canada has long had an international reputation of welcoming refugees from around the world. But now it’s telling Hungary’s Roma community that that doesn’t apply to them. The Canadian government is spending approximately $13,000 on an information campaign, including billboards, notices in bus shelters, newspapers, and on radio spots in the Hungarian city of Miskolc, to dissuade would-be Roma asylum-seekers from coming to Canada. The campaign began on Jan. 15 and, according to a spokesperson for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is to last one month.

Canada advises Romani people to stay home in Hungary (
Czech Radio reports that the Canadian Embassy to Hungary is urging Romani people not to attempt an overseas move. Since this past weekend, the embassy has been conducting a campaign in the poorest of Hungary’s regions, specifically in the town of Miskolc, which has the country’s highest population of Romani residents. Canada has tightened its immigration laws and has reduced the opportunity for people to receive asylum there. Some Romani people who attempted to move overseas at the end of last year are already back in Hungary. Ferenc Steffán of northeastern Borsod County admits his family left for a better future in Canada but were unable to stay because their asylum request was rejected. The family returned just last weekend after moving to Canada in December and spending Christmas there. Hungarian media have frequently reported on such cases recently.

Ontario College of Family Physicians letter to Minister of Health, Deb Matthews regarding refugee health (PDF)
We write to you today on behalf of Ontarios family physicians. We are asking the Government of Ontario to ensure full healthcare coverage for some of our most vulnerable neighbours: refugees and refugee claimants.


The Age of Austerity (Alex Himelfarb)
Notes: Keynote talk, CCPA Post-Austerity session, Toronto, January 9, 2013 We are living in the Age of Austerity or at least so says David Cameron, the UKs Prime Minister. He made this announcement in 2009 at the Conservative convention just before becoming prime minister. This meant, he explained, that he would have to fix the errors, the folly of previous governments. He would restore the economy by cutting spending, reducing the size of government, and shifting resources from public to private.

Countering austerity: New CCPA-Ontario resources (CCPA)
The CCPA-Ontario office hosted a full-day session at Ryerson University in Toronto on January 9, 2013. The session focused on countering the austerity agenda in this province and beginning the conversation about what a post-austerity agenda could look like.


Biased Hiring (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Ratna Omidvar. She is the President of Maytree, a private foundation that promotes equity and prosperity .

How you use to improve managing immigrant talent (Stephanie Saunders, Maytree)
With the start of the New Year, it is a good time to review what was most popular on and how you can use these resources to improve your work for the coming year. The most popular part of our website is the Roadmap a step-by-step guide with comprehensive strategies and tools to recruit, retain and integrate skilled immigrants. The Roadmap is well read because, while a fantastic introduction to managing immigrant talent, many municipalities and other key stakeholders have embedded it in their websites. Learn more on how you can do this here and improve your organizations management of skilled immigrant talent.

Employing a Diverse Workforce: Making it Work (hireimmigrants)
Employing a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive workplace is a strategy that works for both employers and workers. This book provides you with examples on how Alberta employers retain and engage a highly motivated and diverse workforce.

Three Edmonton employers face charges under Immigration and Refugee Act (Jodie Sinnema, Edmonton Journal)
Three Edmonton employers have been charged under the Immigration and Refugee Act after they hired two Filipino workers from Israel, then gave them lower-wage jobs than promised before firing them. The investigation involved two Filipino men in their 30s who came to Canada from Israel to work at a local coffee shop in Edmonton under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The plan was for the men to send money back home to their families in the Philippines, said Const. Neal Jespersen, once of the case investors with the RCMP immigration and passport section in Calgary. When the two workers arrived in Edmonton to start work in January 2010, their new employers told them the prearranged jobs at the coffee shop were no longer available and they would work instead at a Marble Slab Creamery location for less money. Jespersen said the pay at both places was around minimum wage, which sat at $9.40 an hour prior to an increase in September 2012.

Edmonton Marble Slab Creamery charged for misleading foreign workers (Metronews)
Three people have been charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection act for misleading two foreign workers from Israel who came to work in Edmonton. RCMP Immigration and Passport Section and Edmonton Police Service Vice Section say the two men were brought to Canada to work at a local coffee shop, but once they arrived were told that they were to work at Marble Slab and get paid less. RCMP also said that the pair were threatened with deportation if they complained about the change in terms. They were eventually fired.


Newsstand: January 25, 2013 (Brett Lamb)
Happy Burns Day; we have lots of haggis to address. In the news: Fords last stand (maybe), Ontario Liberals convene in Toronto, a TTC contract gets extended without any other bids, the Citys online presence is number two internationally, and baby research.


Upcoming Webinars at Essential Skills Ontario
Finding and Explaining Bread Mold on a Yak
Tuesday, January 29 at 1:00PM ET
Hosted by John Stapleton of Open Policy Ontario

Introduction to e-Channel
Tuesday, February 5 at 1:00PM ET
Hosted by Sarah Stocker and Tina Reed of Contact North/Contact Nord

Cost Benefit Analysis
Tuesday, February 19 at 1:00PM ET
Hosted by John Stapleton of Open Policy Ontario

Bridges out of Poverty
Tuesday, March 26 at 1:00PM ET
Hosted by Anne Ramsay of Project READ Literacy Network & Certified Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer

Public Legal Education Webinars (Kim Nayyer, Slaw)
PLEI Connect recently began a new series of public legal education webinars, some topics in English and others in French. For those not familiar, “PLEI Connect is a project to help organizations across Canada identify and share technology tools to effectively deliver public legal education and information (PLEI) services.” PLEI Connect is a multi-jurisdiction, team initiative of CLEO, Éducaloi, PovNet, and Courthouse Libraries BC. It originated only a couple of years ago at the Just a Click Away conference. A look at a bit about PLEI Connect shows how these fine organizations share defined responsibilities for the project.

Statistics Canada Launches Blog (Simon Fodden, Slaw)
Statistics Canada launched a blog today calledwhat else?StatCan Blog (Blogue de StatCan, en français). As the first post explains, Like most endeavours at the agency, the blogs topics will have a certain statistical gravitas: the Framework for Environment Statistics, the System of National Accounts, the Consumer Price Index Enhancement Initiative, the Survey of Financial Security, as well as some broader topics, such as the use of microdata or the new model for publishing data online. The Chief Statistician believes in the importance of linking these sometimes arcane-sounding initiatives to peoples own backyards.

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