Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 14, 2014


’Unreasonable hurdles’ block some immigrants from getting OAS, critics say (Diana Mehta, Toronto Star)
Government’s demand for decades-old travel documents keeping people like Branko Sucic, 78, from getting Old Age Security pension, his daughter says.

Immigrants face ‘unreasonable’ hurdles with Old Age Security, critics say (CBC)
Branko Sucic has been waiting a long time for his Old Age Security pension. His daughter says the 78-year-old has been faced with a barrage of government demands for decades-old documents ever since first applying for the payments in 2004, but 10 years later she feels he’s no closer to getting what he deserves.

Happy times, hard times: Two sides of the Canadian immigrant coin (Mike Donachie, Metro News)
Priscilla Bunke has come a long way, in more ways than one.Her route to Canada was via Germany, where she spent 11 years. She then worked through a process of requalifying as a lawyer in Alberta, completing that in May 2012.It’s been 18 years since Bunke left her native Nigeria, and she’s now a successful specialist in securities and derivatives regulatory law, as well as the energy and oil industries, with Dentons law firm in Calgary.

CBC Saskatchewan wins RTDNA diversity award (CBC)
CBC’s Merelda Fiddler wins Adrienne Clarkson Diversity award for story on Regina’s Huda School

Chinese leaders urge community to support Toronto’s first high-profile mayoral candidate of a visible minority (Natalie Alcoba,
The deep-fried aroma of dim sum hung over tables dressed in canary yellow at the Very Fair Chinese Seafood Restaurant on a day that would have been ordinary, except for the appearance of Olivia Chow.

Citizens in Action (Institute for Canadian Citizenship)
Citizens in Action is an interactive exhibition showcasing the stories of new citizen volunteers from across the country – real life examples of how we can be active, engaged citizens. It encourages all Canadians to join in by learning about these inspiring individuals and sharing their own volunteer story. Each new citizen is introduced through video, photographic portrait and a short story in an effort to create a better, broader and different understanding of volunteerism, community engagement and citizenship.

CERIS-OCASI Panel Discussion on Bill 161: Implications for Immigration and Labour in Ontario – April 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (CERIS)
Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration tabled the province’s first-ever immigration legislation on February 19, 2014. Currently being debated in the Legislative Assembly, Bill 161, An Act with respect to immigration to Ontario and a related amendment to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, recognizes the ongoing nation-building role of immigration in forming Ontario’s social, economic and cultural values, also introducing measures for temporary labour migration such as employer registry. This panel will discuss the implications of Bill 161 for immigration and labour in the province from the perspectives of policy, research, labour, and the community.

Immigrant Employment Week – April 28 – May 2, 2014(Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership)
From April 28 – May 2, 2014, we are celebrating Immigrant Employment Week, a week full of activities that will showcase the skills, talents and achievements of newcomers and highlight the resources available that assist employers in leveraging immigrant talent.

Video – 10 Signs You’re a Canadian Immigrant (Canadian Immigrant)
Canadian Immigrant magazine celebrates its 10 year anniversary!

Pier 21 April Newsletter
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The Refugee Claim Process (Refugee Rights in Ontario – A project of CLEO)
Refugee claim flowhart explains claim process

Refugee Lawyer Laura Best (I Channel)
Lawyer Laura Best explains the legal case being made made against the federal government’s cuts to IFH, the Interim Federal Health plan.

Surrey councillor lobbying for changes to federal refugee program (
A Surrey city councillor says the federal government refuses to change it’s refugee program, which charges a fee for those coming here.


Profiting from the precarious (Ranjit Bhaskar, Maytree)
Alma, a live-in caregiver from the Philippines, paid $4,000 as recruitment fees to come to Canada. She also bought her airplane ticket costing more than $1,000 despite the Live-in Caregiver Program mandating that the employer should pay for it.As the money Alma paid to the recruiter was more than three years’ earnings in the Philippines, Alma borrowed it at an exorbitant rate of interest. Given the minimum wage she earns here in Toronto, it would take at least three years to pay back the debt.

Minding the skills gap in British Columbia ( – IEC-BC)

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) launched a new campaign at to introduce employers and hiring mangers across British Columbia to an online library of employer tools and resources that assist with hiring immigrant talent.

Connector Program (ERIEC)
ERIEC Connector Program is a simple yet highly effective networking program that helps local businesses and organizations connect with talented immigrants who want to build a career in Edmonton.

Looking for the root causes of inequality in all the wrong places (Macleans)
Why the wage-productivity ‘disconnect’ does not explain increased inequality

Government of Canada takes action to create jobs and address skills shortages in the manufacturing sector (
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced a number of government initiatives that support the manufacturing industry in Canada during a roundtable with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).The Government of Canada is partnering with the CME to help internationally trained engineers, technicians and technologists obtain jobs in their fields faster by connecting with Canadian employers facing labour shortages in manufacturing. The CME will also work with internationally trained workers to find alternate careers that match their skills set.

Ottawa funds plan to employ skilled immigrants (Terry Davidson,
Ottawa will partner with the country’s manufacturing sector to reach out to skilled newcomers who have been trained elsewhere, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said Saturday.

Ottawa doubles number of Irish workers allowed on two-year visas (Tara Carman ,
The federal government Has quietly doubled the number of Irish workers allowed to enter the country without the usual check to Ensure Canadians Are not being displaced.

Has Canada’s foreign labour program outgrown its usefulness? (Barrie McKenna,
From pickers to pipe-fitters and burger-flippers, Canadian businesses have become hopelessly hooked on short-term foreign workers.The controversial federal program that allows employers to hire non-Canadians continues to grow more quickly than the overall Canadian labour market – through good times and bad, and despite persistent unemployment and scant evidence of widespread labour shortages.

McDonald’s foreign worker practices face growing scrutiny (CBC)
The federal investigation into McDonald’s use of temporary foregn workers Has Widened to several other locations, as more local workers speak out about feeling sidelined and shortchanged.

Fast-food worker from Kuwait lives in fear of losing her job (Sandra Mcculloch ,
A Kuwaiti woman is one of the 26 temporary foreign workers in Victoria who have been caught in a controversy over fair hiring practices.

Caution needed with foreign worker program (
Arecent CBC report on the dangers of abuse of the temporary foreign workers’ program – and Employment Minister Jason Kenney’s reaction to it – are a reminder of the dangers inherent in a program to bring outsiders to do work deemed too trivial for Canadians.

Job fair attracts 10 temporary Francophone immigrants (The Guardian)
Following its participation in the 10th Destination Canada Job Fair, the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIF) has announced the arrival of 10 new French-speaking immigrants in the province.

Migrant worker injured in deadly Ontario crash fights for residency (CBC, Laura Lynch)
Peruvian migrant worker broke pelvis, ribs in 2012 crash that killed 11 people

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