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Nearly one fifth of Canada's total population was born elsewhere in the world. Most of them immigrated to Canada because of the promise of living freely in a democratic, peaceful and multicultural society. Most immigrants to Canada have low levels of political participation. A new program being run by The Maytree Foundation aims to change that by encouraging civic engagement among immigrants.

Minister Mike Colle and Vic Dhillon, MPP Brampton West - Mississauga announced in Brampton; the government of Ontario is increasing funding to settlement and integration services to ensure newcomers get the help they need to succeed, Citizenship and immigration.


On December 7, 2007 The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Diane Finley announced a $38 million in funding for 15 partner agencies in the Halton and Peel Regions of Greater Toronto Area to deliver settlement and integration services to immigrants in the community. This funding, will help more than 150,000 newcomers access settlement services including help finding a job through employment related services, orientation, translation and interpretation services; help with referrals to community resources; and counselling services.

The results of a recent Statistics Canada survey tracking the successes, challenges and attitudes of new immigrants to Canada over a number of years revels that recent immigrants are giving the thumbs-up to their newly adopted nation. The initial report presents a very positive picture and the conclusion that Immigrants to Canada Shows High Level of Satisfaction.

Long application queues at all international Canadian Visa Offices are causing delays and processing times around the world are increasing steadily. So as of 1st September 2006, most applications for permanent residence under the Federal skilled Worker and Business class immigration programs are to be submitted under a new "Simplified Application Process". CIC has finally recognized these problems and implemented this simplified Process in an attempt to expedite processing times.

The Minister of citizenship and Immigration Canada, Monte Solberg, gave his Annual report for the year 2006 to Parliament on Immigration with a definitive reply to the critics of Conservatives. His report outlines Canada's initiatives over the past year to attract and welcome newcomers, to provide a projection of number of people expected to become permanent residents in the year 2007.

Minister of Immigration Joe Volpe, created a media splash by unveiling plans to change Canada's immigration policy that include plans to take in 300,000 immigrants annually within the next five years. Canada is projected to accept 255,000 new immigrants next year as compared to around 236,000 last year.

Diane Finley, The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Ed Stelmach, The Premier of Alberta and Iris Evans, Alberta Minister of Employment, Immigration and Industry, signed a new Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration on May 11, 2007. The new agreement means Alberta will be able to nominate more immigrants possessing skills needed in the province, for quicker processing by the federal government.


The number of immigrants from United Staes accepted into Canada reached 10,942 in 2006, a 30-year high and almost double the number of Americans admitted in 2000. By contrast, the number of Canadians admitted to the United States in 2006 dropped sharply from the previous year, falling to 23,913 from 29,930. This pattern suggests the drain of Canadian brains south of the border may be a reducing.

For a group of people living in refugee camps in Southern Bangladesh, the late arrival of the Canadian spring will mean a true fresh start in the spirit of the season. Canada is taking the initiative of opening its doors to a first group of Rohingya refugees living in UN camps in the southern tip of Bangladesh.

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