Immigration & Diversity News headlines – March 17, 2014


News Release — Study to assess trade qualifications underway (
A new international study that will help British and Irish trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

3,850 visas for Canada snapped up in 10 minutes (Conor Ryan,
The latest scramble for Canadian working visas has seen 3,850 permits grabbed inside 10 minutes.

Canada: New Citizenship Bill Grants Unprecedented Government Power (Andrew Woodbury, PanAm Post)
Canadian citizenship has long been highly valued and sought after; but those esteemed qualities are set to take a significant hit with a new proposal from the federal government.

Police carding loses its sting (Toronto Star Editorial)
Toronto Police Services Board sets reasonable limits on the collection of personal information by street cops.

Audio: Carding Policy (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Alok Mukherjee is the Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board. | Listen audio (runs 7:43)

First Turban Day draws large crowd (Pia Morar,
On Friday March 14, the Sikh Student Association (SSA) hosted a Turban Day to spread awareness about the Sikh faith. Turban Day was one of three events hosted as part of Sikh Awareness Week at U of T, with the goal of spreading awareness about Sikh religion and culture.

Who Speaks for a New Canadian Community? (Richard M. Landau,
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and some of that city’s Somali community are at odds. Acting on what it thought were the concerns of the Somali population, the TDSB is considering a modified curriculum and services for the children of Canadians of Somali extraction to deal with a dropout rate 25 per cent higher than the mean.

Bus shelter ads fuel language debate (Matthew Hoekstra,
A public advertisement from a government-funded charity entirely in the Chinese language is further “fragmenting” a city with Canada’s highest proportion of foreign-born residents, says a longtime resident.


Refugee Health Cuts: Lessons from an Avoidable Urban Health Crisis (Steve Barnes,
It has been over a year and a half since reforms to the Interim Federal Health program (IFH) resulted in cuts to refugee health benefits. In that time we have seen an urban health crisis unfold across the country. As we have documented in our several reports on the IFH cuts, the most recent about system level costs, risks and responses, refugees and claimants now have less access to health care services, receive poorer quality care when care is sought, and are being placed in dangerous and vulnerable health situations, such as pregnant women who have been denied care.

Iranians with stolen passports tell story of high-stakes migration (Neda Maghbouleh)
On Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, two young Iranian nationals were using false identification in desperate attempt to migrate to Europe.


Ontario’s job market undergoing ‘seismic shift’ from full- to part-time jobs (Robert Benzie)
Ontario’s labour market is in tumult as the province slides from a workforce of steady full-time jobs to shaky part-time posts, warns a new study.

Kenney says parents and teachers should emphasize skilled trades(Gloria Galloway,
Canada’s Employment Minister says parents and teachers who influence the educational choices of the country’s youth must get past the idea that university is the only ticket to a lucrative and meaningful

Kenney tells business leaders to raise wages to solve skills shortages (Jenny Lee,
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.

Canada can learn from Germany on skills training (
Canadians have much to learn from Germany’s famed apprenticeship system despite doubts it could succeed in Canada, Jason Kenney said as he wrapped up a fact-finding mission into how the European powerhouse streams its youth into skilled trades.

New Brunswick signs on to Canada Job Grant program (CTV News)
New Brunswick has signed an agreement in principle with the federal government to renew labour market agreements and create the Canada Job Grant.

Business Edge for Internationally Educated Professionals coming to Canada (podomatic)
The Rotman School of Management presents the "Business Edge for Internationally Educated Professionals Program" specially focusing in help you adapt The knowledge and expertise of professionals new into the Canadian work environment. The program Manager Sabina Michael as well as one of the student Andrei Vassallo, were interviewed on @360FM. Im working as hard as I an BUT Why i’m not getting promoted?

St. Louis Mosaic Project: Skilled Immigrants Connect for Success (Candace Jarrett,
Miguel Cedeno, of the Dominican Republic, recently moved to St. Louis when his wife received a job transferfrom Nestle Purina. Miguel, like many immigrants in our bi-state region, carries an advanced degree and has extensive work experience outside the United States. Miguel holds a Master’s Degree in Logistics Management with nine years of experience in marketing, business intelligence and finance. Despite his impressive professional background, Miguel, as with many immigrants, had difficulty finding work in St. Louis for a variety of reasons, namely a lack of a professional network.

The Advocate (Ontario Chamber of Commerce Policy News)
Emerging Stronger 2014
Uncovering the Economic Potential of Ontario’s Ring of Fire
Ontario Employer Perspectives on Immigration Reform
What Does 2014 Have in Store for Your Region’s Economy?

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