Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 15, 2014


Indo-Canadian immigration continues to grow (
Today Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, along with Member of Parliament for Brampton–Springdale, Parm Gill, affirmed that Canada remains a destination of choice for visitors, students and business travellers from India.

Ontario Liberals to target ethnic voters with demographic database software (Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail)
The Ontario Liberals are stepping up their efforts to target voters by ethno-cultural group ahead of a spring election, banking on off-the-shelf software to map the electorate’s demographics down to the address.

Hamilton mom gives Barbies a multicultural makeover (CBC News)
It was about a year ago that Queen Cee Robinson tried to find a doll that looked like her daughter and had a revelation – there weren’t any. Robinson had seen black Barbie dolls before. Most of them wore bikinis, and they all had long, straight hair. And they all looked the same — sidekicks to the white dolls, or as Robinson describes them, “Barbie’s token black friend.”

Is the Diversity Self-ID really mandatory? (Ryerson University)
This month we’re asking all employees to complete the Diversity Self-Identification. At Ryerson, we believe that having faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of our students and our city makes us a better university. It is critical to Ryerson’s success to remove barriers and promote inclusion of equity seeking groups.


2013 Refugee Claim Data and IRB Member Recognition Rates (CCR)
Data obtained from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) through an Access to Information Request reveals vast disparities in refugee claim recognition rates across decision-makers in 2013.


Ontario’s Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of gender income gap (Laurie Monsebraaten,
Ontario declares its first Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of the 31 per cent gender income gap.

Video: Soul of the City 9 – Diversity is Good Business: Highlights ( – Calgary Economic Development)
It’s no secret that Calgary employers are facing a talent shortage. Smart organizations are identifying ways to diversify their workforce in an effort to meet some of these shortages. Our ninth Soul of the City event: Diversity is good business; explores how a more inclusive workforce can ease Calgary’s talent shortage and make us a better city.

Canada needs more immigrant future citizens, fewer guest workers (Globe and Mail)
The evidence is mounting that, whatever the Temporary Foreign Worker Program may be accomplishing, it is not the alleviation of temporary labour shortages, its ostensible purpose. There are no widespread labour shortages in Canada. But since the 21st century began, the number of workers in the program has nearly tripled to around half a million.

Temporary foreign workers being approved too easily, expert warns (CBC News)
Federal government expands investigation into McDonald’s use of temporary foreign workers after CBC report

Video: Foreign worker program fight (CBC News)
Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, is pitted against Richard Truscott of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Questions build around foreign worker program (Tara Carman,
Ottawa expanded its investigation into claims McDonald’s discriminated against Canadian employees in favour of temporary foreign workers on the same day two unions filed a court action challenging the program in another case.

Canadians: No appetite for the jobs that temporary foreign workers fill? (
Amid the uproar of yet another temporary foreign worker scandal, some observers insist that many Canadians in various regions of the country simply won’t work the jobs coveted by those eager to start a new life in Canada.

1-M jobs seen to open in British Columbia by 2020 (Rowena Papasin, ABS-CBN Canada)
One million jobs will open in British Columbia by 2020 once projects lined up by the province’s resource industries start. Shirley Bond, B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, said the economic push will come from growth in liquefied natural gas, mining, forestry and other key sectors within the next 10 years.

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