Immigration & Diversity news headlines – Nov 14, 2013

(via Stephanie Saunders at Maytree)


Immigration applications from victims of typhoon Haiyan to be fast-tracked (Lethbridge Herald)
Canada’s immigration department says it is giving special consideration to Filipinos affected by typhoon Haiyan.Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s office says it will give priority to applications from Filipinos who are “significantly and personally affected” by the typhoon that left thousands dead last weekend.


Canadian visas send the wrong message to Mexico (Jeff Simpson, Globe and Mail)
In 2009, attempting to stop a surge of bogus refugee claims from Mexico, the Harper government slapped visas on all Mexicans wishing to visit Canada. It was a classic case of shooting yourself in the foot, and the shooting goes on.
The government could have worked with Mexican authorities to deter the bogus refugees – economic migrants, really. Instead, it imposed the visas. And not just any old visas, but ones requiring long and complicated forms, with astonis

The Indochinese Refugee Resettlement Pre-Conference Workshop (York University)
Welcome to the Indochinese refugee resettlement pre-conference website. We hope that during this day before the main conference we can come together to focus on the current context of refugee resettlement in Canada in general and the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (PSRP) in particular.


Human Rights Law and “Canadian Job Experience”: free informative seminar with TRIEC and Heenan Blaikie (TRIEC)
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) recently released a policy to address one of the barriers that skilled immigrants face in their job search; the requirement for Canadian job experience which OHRC identified as a potential form
of human rights discrimination.What does this mean for your workplace? Register today for the free November 20th session.The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), in partnership with Heenan Blaikie, invites you to an
informative seminar on this recently released policy and its implication for your workplace.

Kenney tells business leaders to raise wages to solve skills shortages (Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun)
Employers must “put more skin in the game” to solve Canada’s skilled worker shortage by increasing wages and investing in skills training, federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney told a Vancouver business crowd on Wednesday.“The single
most powerful tool employers have to address labour skill shortages is raising wage levels,” Kenney said at the B.C. Business Summit.

Improving the Canadian Experience Class (IEC-BC)
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander recently announced changes to improve the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) so that the program continues to attract top quality candidates.

Federal government pulls pathway to immigration out from under foreign workers (Tobi Cohen, Vancouver Sun)
A decision to bar foreign retail and restaurant supervisors from applying to the much-vaunted “Canadian Experience Class” immigration stream is raising questions about whether the federal government’s handling of the temporary foreign
worker program has allowed low-skilled workers to gain easy access to permanent residency.

On eve of premier’s meeting, some provinces plead for temporary foreign workers (
The temporary foreign workers controversy could be on the agenda Friday as provincial and territorial leaders gather in Toronto, months after Ottawa tightened the rules to quell fears of foreigners swiping jobs from Canadians.Provinces
like Saskatchewan and Alberta have been quietly urging the government to ease up on the restrictions, with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall even making a recent face-to-face appeal to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the issue.

BioTalent Canada report indicates scientific newcomers face high unemployment, and skills shortages exist in Canada’s bio-economy (
BioTalent Canada released a new Labour Market Information (LMI) report today focusing specifically on Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs). The report indicates IEPs possess critical skills that are currently in demand in
biotech, yet 44.3% are unemployed. 51.8% of employers say hiring IEPs improves innovation.

Immigrant language training program renewed at SIAST (
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has renewed its contract with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) to help immigrants speak English.The federal government is committing an additional $12.7 million over
three years to fund SIAST’s Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program.

Experiences of Mainland Chinese Immigrant Professionals Who Believe They Have Made a Successful Transition: Strategies That Help or Hinder (Canadian Journal of Career Development)
This research explores what helps immigrants from Mainland China to do well with changes affecting their work and what hinders them in that process. The focus was on exploring what we can learn through the success stories of Chinese
immigrant professionals. The research paper is available here.


Governor-General kick-starts campaign for more charitable Canada (Richard Blackwell, Globe and Mail)
Governor-General David Johnston has enlisted several of the country’s biggest companies to help lead a new marketing campaign designed to get more Canadians participating in charitable giving.
The program, called My Giving Moment, will try to spur people to donate even small amounts of time, money or expertise to worthy causes. It will incorporate traditional advertising and marketing, some of it donated by companies, as well
as using social media to get the message across.


How globalization has left the 1 per cent even further ahead (Tavia Grant, Globe and Mail)
Income levels for most Canadians haven’t changed much in recent years, but for one group: The wealthy are pulling away from the pack.An analysis of top earners shows their annual incomes have more than doubled over the past three decades while the median taxpayer’s income has changed very little, suggesting that in Canada – as in the United States – the wealthy have benefited most from economic growth and productivity gains.

November News: The Politics of Pipelines, Diaspora Networks, Service Integration, and Leadership in Non-profits (Mowat)
Ontario’s Stake in Canada’s Pipeline Debate
Diaspora Nation: An Inquiry into the Economic Potential of Diaspora Networks in Canada
Mowat NFP: Shaping the Future–Leadership in the Ontario Nonprofit Labour Force (Findings)

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