Canada-India Partnership Deepening

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By A Correspondent

A Canada-India trade agreement would create new jobs and opportunities for workers and small and medium-sized businesses

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), met in Brampton, Ontario, on May 17, with members of the Indo-Canadian business community to highlight the benefits for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of an ambitious Canada-India comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA). The event’s hosts were the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and the Brampton Board of Trade.

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Droopy Dollar: Sign of Recovery?

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By Peter G. Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Recent Canadian dollar weakness has prompted requests for a reprint of EDC Economics current view of the currency. The loonie has soared in a reasonably tight range around parity with the US dollar for 3 years now. Although exporters would prefer a lower level, the stability has made activity and cash flows somewhat more predictable. Now, the loonie is losing some loft; what's happening?

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The Investment Canada Act’s Ad-Hoc Nature Will Continue

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By Jim Stanford *

I was invited to appear before the House of Commons Industry Committee last week on the subject of Bill C-60, this year’s omnibus budget bill. 18 paragraphs of that long bill describe proposed amendments to the Investment Canada Act, aimed at codifying the policy changes announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper late last year (in the wake of his government’s approval of the Nexen and Progress Energy takeovers).

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Strong Support for Charitable Organizations

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By A Correspondent

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, on May 27, urged Canadians to take advantage of the Harper Government’s new First-Time Donor’s Super Credit and donate to a charitable organization.

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Faster Family Reunification on Track to Cut Backlog in Half

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New Parent and Grandparent program re-opens January 2, 2014

By A Correspondent

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will re-open the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program for new applications on January 2, 2014, by which time the backlog and wait times in the program are expected to have been cut in half.

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New Start-Up Visa in Silicon Valley

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Recruiting the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to Canada

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Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney concluded a productive visit to Silicon Valley to promote Canada’s new Start-Up Visa, the first of its kind in the world.

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Improving Passport Services for Canadians

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By A Correspondent

Plans to expand passport services and make them more convenient and efficient were announced on May 8 by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley.

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Refocused NRC Will Benefit Canadian Industries

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By A Correspondent

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has transformed into an industry-focused research and technology organization. The refocused NRC will work with Canadian industries to bridge technology gaps, helping build a more innovative Canadian economy.

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Working in Health Care

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By Afshan Basaria *

Many internationally trained doctors, nurses and other professionals feel frustrated when they first arrive in Canada and find out that they may not be able to work in their pre-landing occupations instantly. As an immigrant myself, I know that settling in a new country can be tough, and the path to attain career satisfaction is even tougher.

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

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By Jim Karygiannis
M. P. for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism

May 21st: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development - a time for celebration, reflection, exploration and commitment.

In 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. The following year, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

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Look Up Waaay Up (North)

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By Peter G. Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

There's nothing like a price spike to fire up interest in resource exploration. Worried about running short of basic materials, mining companies have taken a special interest in more remote areas on the planet - including Canada's North. They're not the only ones - generals, politicians and diplomats are also in the fray. While the full potential of this vast territory, particularly 'north of 60', is far from understood, it is already clear that exploration in the Northern “space” will act as a long-term engine for our country. But can we cope with all the activity?

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MARCH 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 8










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