Canada Launches Next Generation Open Data Portal

"Surrey, B.C., June 18, 2013 — Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, participated in today's launch of the Government of Canada's much-anticipated next-generation Open Data Portal, which will provide unprecedented access to government data and information.

"The new Open Data Portal is a remarkable tool that enables Canadians to easily access important information about immigration to Canada, and use this information to spur innovation and economic growth," said Minister Kenney. "I encourage all Canadians to visit our datasets if they have not yet done so as the information is useful and relevant, and there is great potential for its use."

Refugees still welcome — but fewer are coming

"WATERLOO REGION — Imagine that you have been threatened and must flee your home and country. It's not safe for you to return. RELATED STORIES Timeline of refugee settlement in... Waterloo Region could be your safe haven. In the last decade, 5,444 international refugees resettled in the region after fleeing violence or oppression abroad. Although this is a refuge, it's a strange place with a new language, unfamiliar weather and different customs. You have to learn English, find an affordable place to live, find a family doctor and find work. "Settlement trauma … can be even harder," said Mira Malidzanovic, who directs programs at the Reception House in central Kitchener where many refugees spend their first weeks. Refugees bring trauma and pain with them — and then face new hardships.

"Hamilton takes first step toward 'sanctuary city' concept"

"The city of Hamilton is looking into how it treats new Canadians without official status, the first step in potentially becoming a “sanctuary city” where undocumented immigrants can access public services without question.

The emergency and community services committee voted Monday to investigate how “undocumented individuals” access city services. Coun. Brian McHattie of Ward 1, would like to investigate Hamilton following in the steps of Toronto, New York and Chicago in declaring a no-questions-asked policy for non-status immigrants.

When a city declares itself a sanctuary city, it means undocumented immigrants can access health care and social services without fear of being reported. McHattie suspects the city, particularly its public health unit, already informally does this. 

“In practice, it's already happening, but we want to raise the profile of the issue and look to see if there's any gaps,” he said.

"Improving the Citizenship Application Process"

"Ottawa, June 3, 2013 — Citizenship applicants who fail their first citizenship test will now have the opportunity to rewrite the test rather than wait for an appointment with a citizenship judge, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

"The Government of Canada remains committed to maintaining Canada's tradition of high numbers of permanent residents taking up full citizenship, and this is one of many recent improvements that have been made to the citizenship process to ensure the timely welcoming of new citizens," said Minister Kenney. "Since 2006, Canada has welcomed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history. Accordingly, the demand for citizenship has increased by 30 percent, with Canada averaging approximately 200,000 new citizens each year."

"Making Canada’s asylum system faster and fairer: additional Designated Countries of Origin announced"

"Ottawa, May 30, 2013 —The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced today that the list of Designated Countries of Origin (DCOs) is expanding to include Chile and South Korea.

With these designations, effective May 31, 2013, 37 countries now appear on the designated countries list.

As part of the improvements to Canada's new asylum system that came into effect on December 15, 2012, the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act included the authority to designate countries of origin. DCOs are democratic countries that offer state protection, have active human rights and civil society organizations, and do not normally produce refugees.

"Ottawa set to unveil sweeping changes to foreign workers program"

Ottawa — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Apr. 28 2013, 10:00 PM EDT
Last updated Monday, Apr. 29 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

The federal government will announce sweeping changes to the temporary foreign workers program Monday, aimed at ensuring non-Canadian workers are employed in this country only after every effort has been made to put Canadians in the jobs first.

A key reform, The Globe and Mail has learned from a government official speaking on background, will require employers to put plans in place to transition to domestic workers before permits to hire foreign workers are granted.

"Helping immigrants integrate and succeed"

Ottawa, April 19, 2013

New immigrants can now access two new videos at to help them navigate their way before and during their first weeks in Canada, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

"By providing newcomers with practical advice and information before and as soon as they arrive, we can help them integrate more quickly into the Canadian economy and their new local community," said Minister Kenney. "These videos complement the new Welcome to Canada guide and provide newcomers with a practical checklist of things to do as they prepare to come to Canada and as they settle."

Canada Seeks to Attract Immigrant Entrepreneurs

April, 2013

"In today's globalized marketplace, one successful entrepreneur can revitalize the economy of an entire town, province, or even country. Whether large or small, entrepreneurs are an important key to the economic welfare of any community.

The Canadian government actively seeks to promote entrepreneurship as a tool for creating wealth, jobs, and vibrant financial systems. It has taken special care to open Canada to immigrant entrepreneurs who possess the ideas and skill sets needed to fuel the country's next generation of growth.

Entrepreneurship in Canada Today

"New Federal Skilled Trades Program Accepts Applications Starting Today"

citizenship"Ottawa, January 2, 2013 — The brand-new Federal Skilled Trades Program begins accepting applications today, announced Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.


The new Skilled Trades Program will address serious labour shortages that some regions of the country are facing, and will help grow Canada's economy,"" said Minister Kenney.

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