CANADA: News Brief

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Ministers Kenney and Toews issue statement on charges laid against marriage fraud ring participants: The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made statement on August 28 after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced that 78 charges have been laid against 39 individuals involved in a marriage fraud ring. Read More

Canada may limit study permits and visas of foreign students: In an attempt to weed out “disingenuous” international students, Ottawa plans to grant student visas and work permits to only those enrolling in government-accredited schools.

“The proposed regulatory changes would ensure that study permit holders are genuine students by requiring students to enroll in and actively pursue a course or program of study after arrival in Canada,” said Citizenship and Immigration spokesperson Nancy Caron. Read More

OAS benefits denied: Immigrants told to produce residency proofs: After 40 years as a registered nurse, Yvonne Gardner never thought she’d have to beg to get her federal pension benefits.

For 14 months, the Toronto retiree has been struggling to prove to Service Canada that she’s eligible for the $500 monthly Old Age Security (OAS) pension. In the latest twist, she was asked for copies of plane tickets for all of her travels in and out of Canada since moving here from England in 1975 — a mission impossible — as proof she has lived here the minimum 10 years required to qualify. Read More

Sask. immigrants say rule changes impacting families could lead to exodus:
Some members of Saskatchewan's immigrant community are predicting another exodus due to the changes in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.

The program was created back in 2009 as a means to speed up the immigration process for several categories of people, including skilled workers and family members of immigrants. Read More

Job programs for skilled immigrants get government boost: KITCHENER August 1 - Three local programs helping skilled immigrants find work in their field got a $1.68-million provincial funding boost, two focused on getting health care professionals practising here.

Conestoga College received $200,000 for its bridge to practical nursing program for internationally trained health professionals and the University of Waterloo’s international optometric bridging program got $942,000. Another $540,000 goes to the Immigration Partnership’s new Canadian employment connections program, in total assisting more than 500 newcomers.  Read More


Vol. 12 - No. 3


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