Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 28, 2013


Webinar Sept 17: Towards Financial Inclusion: Investing in Immigrant Futures (Cities of Migration)
Access to basic banking – from credit and savings to microfinance – can also contribute to better housing, employment opportunity and a secure future for many immigrants. Join us to learn about how smart initiatives in San Francisco and Calgary are removing barriers to financial inclusion for immigrants, and helping the financially vulnerable achieve a viable path to economic well-being.

CIDI Newsletter: August 2013 (CIDI)
In this issue:
Community of Practice Events
Diversity Perspectives
CIDI in the News
Voices from the CIDI

Movement afoot to “diversify” supply chain (Troy Media)
There was only one time when I really had the urge to kill. A colleague had told me to my face the only reason I was successful in my career was because I received favourable treatment as a woman. My recollection was somewhat different. I remember the time an employer told me that, since I was a married woman living in town, he would not have to ‘waste’ a permanent job on me. Another employer told me that he would not consider any woman for a “man’s job” in market research.

AMSSA Info Sheet series (AMSSA)
Issue 12: International Students: Statistics & Trends – August 21, 2013
Issue 11: Temporary Foreign Workers – Part 2: Policy and Analysis – August 21, 2013
Issue 10: Temporary Foreign Workers – Part 1: Statistics & Trends – August 21, 2013

August-September News (North York Community House)
In this issue:
Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) and Welcome Information for Newcomers (WIN)
Canadian Women’s Foundation: the Village Bloggurls
Celebrate Colombia with Delightfully Yours Catering at the Pan American Food Festival

Woman stopped at SkyTrain fare check being deported (Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver)
A Peruvian woman in Canada to nurse her cancer-stricken husband was arrested and is now being deported after a simple SkyTrain fare check led to the discovery of an expired visa. Jazmine Rosales is required to appear at YVR on Monday, 11 a.m. to board her flight back home. But the mother-of-three says she applied — twice — to extend her visitor’s stay as required by law well in advance of the 30-day deadline.


New Issue of RSQ (Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)
The latest issue of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) is available.


Column Spotlight: Trend Watch (Fred Morley, Daily Business Buzz)
Economic development professionals are always looking for an edge for their community –– something that will help them out-compete their neighbours. Smart communities have figured out that immigrants can give them that edge over the competition. In Nova Scotia, our provincial immigration strategy has figured out that we need more newcomers. We just haven’t figured out how to get a lot more. Immigration levels have been flat over the last number of years although there was a bump in permanent residents to about 2,400 in 2012, about the same as Kitchener, Ontario. In addition, we had about 4,400 temporary foreign workers and about 3,300 international students working and studying hard in our province in 2012.

Migrant worker survey commissioned (CBC)
A survey has been commissioned by the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture to assess how migrant workers are treated in P.E.I. and how to improve their experiences. The survey comes on the wake of a report by the Canadian Council for Refugees, which gave P.E.I. poor grades for the treatment of migrant workers. The report pointed out concerns over a lack of legislative protection for temporary foreign workers and housing standards. The Federation of Agriculture questions the findings and commissioned some research of its own.

Federal Skilled Trades Program welcomes first new residents (Journal of Commerce)
The federal government has officially welcomed the first permanent residents under the new Federal Skilled Trades Program. Until the program was launched, trades workers had to apply through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, which places significant emphasis on post-secondary education and high proficiency in Canada’s official languages. The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has said that the program was not trades friendly and the majority of workers had been coming to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Provincial Nominee programs.–federal-skilled-trades-program-welcomes-first-new-residents



New pilot program offers TCH residents subsidized computers and Internet (Yonge Street)
Connected for Success, a new Toronto Community Housing (TCH) initiative, aims to increase the percentage of TCH clients with regular internet access. At 20 per cent “internet penetration,” TCH clients fall significantly below the national average, which is closer to 60 per cent. The program is still in its pilot phase, but, when fully implemented, it will involve computer labs at TCH buildings across the city as well subsidized personal computers for TCH residents.

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