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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 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.

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.


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

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 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.

The McGuinty government is launching "All About Ontario," a new citizenship curriculum designed to ease newcomers' transition by teaching them more about life in this province, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle announced. All About Ontario' is claimed to be a part of the McGuinty government's comprehensive plan to break down barriers for newcomers.

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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