Immigration and entrepreneurship – Calling Canada home: meet the local entrepreneurs who planted roots in Halifax

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Canadian schools are responding to the growing numbers of international students

Canadian post-secondary institutions are boasting about the number of international students coming through their doors, and some are even calling for more. International students help Canadian universities and colleges expand their programs, and supplement their revenues. They also help to promote diversity on campuses, enriching the post-secondary experience for all students. Canada made it easier…

Update on 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program

To ensure that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has sufficient time to complete the development of a new intake process for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program, the reopening of the program will be postponed until Ministerial Instructions are issued. This means that the opportunity to express interest in sponsoring a parent or grandparent…

Details of 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program coming soon

Family reunification is a top immigration priority for the Government of Canada. The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) continues to be very popular, with high demand for sponsorship from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. More information on plans for the intake process for the program in 2020 will be available soon. We encourage all interested…

Developing Family Reunification for Canada’s Protected Persons

People who have received protected person status in Canada often have dependent family members abroad who are living in difficult conditions. When they apply for permanent residency, there are challenges for migration officers, as it’s often difficult to reach their family members. To address these challenges, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched 2…

Quebec Value test for new permanent resident

While Quebec’s move to impose a values test on immigrants has prompted some criticism, experts say it likely won’t cause the same uproar as the province’s ban on religious symbols.The values test for new immigrants to Quebec will be enforced starting Jan. 1, 2020. The government has said immigrants will be expected to obtain “an attestation…

Building my life in French in Canada

Every year, thousands of Franco-phones immigrate to Canada and settle in French speaking communities outside Quebec. Throughout their journey, many Franco-phones organizations across Canada support and encourage them in planning their new life.  

Language training options for newcomers to Canada

Understanding the Canadian Language Benchmarks

Canada recognizes the extension of validity of Venezuelan passports

Canada recognizes the decree published by the Venezuelan National Assembly on June 7, 2019, to extend the validity of Venezuelan passports (excluding provisional passports). Venezuelan passport holders who want to travel to or stay in Canada can now continue to use their passport if it expired less than 5 years ago or will soon expire. Applicants…

New Immigration Plan For Canada

Some of the experts are saying the federal government’s recent roll-out of a “historic” new multi-year immigration plan gives the system clarity but falls short of what the nation really needs in terms of new residents. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen unveiled the plan Nov. 1. It calls for 310,000 new permanent…