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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.

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.


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 story of Canada's history is one of a constant flow of immigrants arriving to help build Canada from the ground up. To document this important part of Canadian history and share it with future generations, the Scotiabank Research Centre is now being opened at Pier 21, home of Canada's Immigration Museum.

On World Refugee Day (June 20th 2007), communities around the world including Canada are celebrating the strength of the millions of refugees around the world. Canada's New Government is joining the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and community organizations across Canada to pay tribute to their resilience and courage. With this year's Refugee Day theme being "Refugees Strength", the day is an opportunity to celebrate the resilience of refugees

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.

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.

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.

Canadian provinces are investing heavily in immigrant services and trying to attain their goal to be a more attractive destination for Canadian immigrants. Manitoba recently announced a new immigrant settlement strategy and Ontario just opened the first of a set of five new Welcome Centres.

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.


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