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Diane Finley, The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced $12.5 million in funding for the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, to be distributed among seven partner agencies including school boards, colleges, libraries and Immigrant Centers in Hamilton, Ontario. The funds will be used by the agencies to expand their English-language training services for new immigrants in Hamilton, Ontario.

Canada already has a very generous immigration system that sees somewhere between 225,000 and 250,000 new permanent residents each year. The government of the day, whether Liberal or Conservative, often boasts of how well the system has worked in achieving their targeted goal. Recent Statistics Canada results suggest that within the next few decades 100% of Canadian growth in population will be the result of immigration only.

While recent Canadian census told of the importance of immigration for Canadian growth, cities and provinces across Canada are devising strategies to attract newcomers to their region. The mayors of Atlantic Canada are confident that the quality of life in their cities will be the key to attracting immigrants to work, live and stay in their cities and towns.

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

In order to overcome the delays and difficulties of getting foreign credentials recognized in Canada, a new government office will provide services to newcomers and immigrants to assist in navigating the credential recognition process. This will help new immigrants to work in their chosen fields in Canada The Foreign Credential Referral Office is a new project that will help immigrants begin the process of getting their credentials recognized before they arrive in Canada, preventing time from being wasted on arrival.

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.

Buoyed by strong economic growth, the number of immigrants settling in the province of Manitoba soared to a 50 year high. Government officials recently announced that a total of 9989 new immigrants arrived in the province in 2006, just shy of Manitoba?s target of 10000..

There is cause for celebration in Canada today, as a survey of 16 countries shows Canadians to be leading the back in health, happiness and quality of life. According to the survey, this news should be quite well received, as over 90% of working Canadians described themselves as happy, with the figure jumping to 95% for retirees..

Hassan Samimifar is bitter, and it is hard to blame him for feeling that way.

Mr. Samimifar, an Iranian national, arrived in Canada 21 years ago and immediately applied for refugee status. Until 2003 he was waiting for an answer. When his file was finally addressed, his application was refused. After an immigration hearing scheduled for early December, Samimifar could be deported to Iran by early 2007.

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