Expat Canada News
Latest 10 news items tagged Canada
14 May at 6 PM 2013
Data culled from the newly released 2011 National Household Survey points to major changes in Canadian
society as a result of mass immigration.
The national survey revealed that modern-day Canada
holds 200 separate ethnicities and 100 diverse religions, and one in every five residents is foreign-born, the highest proportion of all the G8 countries. The greater Toronto region is becoming increasingly multi-national and is now home to many unfamiliar religious practices and languages.
According to Tina Chui, Statistics Canada’s...
13 May at 6 PM 2013
A group of European immigrants living in Malta have presented a petition to the Maltese Prime Minister protesting against dual pricing of utilities and bus fares.
For decades, the island of Malta has been a favourite destination for UK and other European expats looking for a peaceful life, better weather and Western amenities. Dual pricing will come as a surprise to would-be migrants, but is now causing a great deal of resentment amongst expat islanders.
The petition, signed by 1,120 foreign residents, claims that foreigners must...
6 May at 6 PM 2013
The fight to agree a workable solution which unfreezes UK expat pensions is hotting up, with the International Consortium of British Pensioners demanding an industry and government debate.
The ICBP now represents half a million pensioners living in countries where pensions are frozen, and is demanding that the debate takes place before the introduction of the Single Tiered State Pension Bill later this year. Campaigns to have the ‘frozen pension’ Clause 20 removed from the bill are scaling up, and a round-table event is scheduled...
3 May at 6 PM 2013
Hamilton residents will demonstrate in Toronto on Saturday in protest against the deportation to Egypt of the wife of a Hamilton man.
The Reunite Wilkie Family Committee was formed after Wafaa Abdou, the Egyptian wife of Hamilton resident and Canadian
citizen Ian Wilkie, was detained prior to deportation after her refugee claim was denied. The couple, who met and married in Egypt 12 years ago, were living in Syria when civil war broke out, and fled to Ian’s home town with their three young children.
Immediately they arrived, Ian...
30 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Canada’s Federal Internship for Newcomers Programme (FIN) was praised recently by immigration minister Jason Kenney for its success in helping new arrivals to integrate.
Kenney highlighted the programme’s success at an Ottawa university’s graduation ceremony, saying that since its launch over 200 newcomers to the country have benefitted by obtaining work experience and community integration support. This year, he added, another 70 graduates of the scheme will have a better shot at making a go of their new life.
26 Apr at 6 PM 2013
After speaking at a meeting of Canada’s parliamentary immigration committee, immigration supremo Jason Keeney told reporters that would-be immigrants who hate Canadian
values must not come.
The blunt message came after news that cultural groups were working with police agencies to identify possible troublemakers before they could show their hands. Canadian
agencies including the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP) and the CSIS are investigating ethnic community-generated reports of suspected radicalization.
Kenney said that the...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2013
As the battle to reform the broken US immigration system drags on, other Western countries are introducing ultra-fast skilled worker visa programmes in the hope of grabbing top-tier innovators.
Canada’s recently-announced Start-Up Visa Programme is one such, and the most comprehensive yet, aimed solely at entrepreneurs looking to start up innovative businesses. Paul Northcott, Citizen and Immigration Canada’s spokesman, describes the programme as targeting a new type of immigrant with the ability to start companies which will...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2013
As the present-day Chinese Diaspora gathers momentum fuelled by wealthier business people eager to stash their cash in safe locations, less obvious havens such as Portugal and St Kitts are emerging.
Scared by the savings grab in Cyprus, unimpressed with the USA, disallowed in Canada
and perhaps not quite rich enough for Australia, wealthy Chinese families are searching out unusual destinations with reliable banking laws. The small island of St Kitts is happily cashing in on demand, especially in the property sector, with shares in one...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Canada’s notorious temporary foreign worker visa programme has recently hit the headlines for attracting a heated debate, but experts feel the country shouldn’t respond by shutting its doors.
Immigration is an essential part of Canada’s population growth and workforce maintenance, but many now feel that the visa programme is badly managed and growing far too fast. Fears are being expressed that many of the 300,000 foreign workers who arrived last year will leave the country after acquiring experience and more skills in the...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Four leading social scientists met yesterday at Dublin’s Trinity College in an attempt to quantify the many reasons behind the rush to emigrate now referred to as the modern-day Diaspora.
The symposium is slated as part of Dublin’s Trinity Week 2013 programme during which eminent academics gather to examine issues of concern to Ireland and the Irish peoples. In contrast to those leaving during earlier Irish Diasporas, contemporary migrants are mostly degree-level professionals, highly-skilled in skilled in their fields....