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Approved Destination Status for Canada further strengthens relationship with China

 the CanadaVisa Team     27 August 2010

Canada is poised to become an even more popular destination for Chinese. Last week, delegates from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) paid an official visit to Niagara Falls, Ontario, to meet with the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism). This meeting follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Prime Minister Harper to implement Approved Destination Status (ADS) for Canada. This new status will allow Canada to promote tourism and market directly to Chinese consumers and also permits group travel from China to Canada.

Alberta puts two immigration programs on hold

 the CanadaVisa Team     23 August 2010

Given current job market conditions, Alberta has decided to no longer accept applications for two of its streams under its provincial nomination program. Effective immediately, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will not accept new applications in the Family Stream and the U.S. Visa Holder Category. According to the Government of Alberta, this change is temporary until further notice.

Canada announces new rules to strengthen Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

 the CanadaVisa Team     20 August 2010

The government of Canada announced yesterday it is implementing stricter regulations with the aim of further improving the working conditions for temporary workers and live-in caregivers in Canada. According to the federal government, consultations held over the past two years revealed that employers were exploiting some live-in caregivers because the system made them vulnerable. To address this, the federal government is tightening the regulations affecting live-in caregivers and temporary foreign workers, as well as the people who hire them. "The government is taking action to protect temporary foreign workers, including live-in caregivers, from potential abuse and exploitation," explained Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Canada announces new rules to strengthen Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

 the CanadaVisa Team     20 August 2010

The government of Canada announced yesterday it is implementing stricter regulations with the aim of further improving the working conditions for temporary workers and live-in caregivers in Canada. According to the federal government, consultations held over the past two years revealed that employers were exploiting some live-in caregivers because the system made them vulnerable. To address this, the federal government is tightening the regulations affecting live-in caregivers and temporary foreign workers, as well as the people who hire them. "The government is taking action to protect temporary foreign workers, including live-in caregivers, from potential abuse and exploitation," explained Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Canada hosts international conference on anti-Semitism

 the CanadaVisa Team     17 August 2010

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced today that the Government of Canada is playing a very important role in addressing anti-Semitism by financially sponsoring the Parliamentary Centre as facilitator for the upcoming Ottawa Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism, and Multiculturalism.

Ship arrives in Canadian waters with 490 Tamil migrants on board

 the CanadaVisa Team     13 August 2010

After a three-month ocean crossing, a small Thai cargo ship carrying 490 Sri Lankan Tamils arrived this morning in Esquimalt Harbour, near Victoria, British Columbia, amid tight security.

Canada increases the number of visas available through the provincial nomination programs

 the CanadaVisa Team     11 August 2010

The Government of Canada has approved requests by the provinces to increase the number of visas to be given out this year for Canadian permanent residence under the provincial nomination programs.

Canada supports world-leading research and creates skilled jobs

 the CanadaVisa Team     06 August 2010

The Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to creating jobs and strengthening Canada’s knowledge economy by making a $600-million investment as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. Researchers in Quebec and across Canada will benefit from new facilities and equipment, and universities will have more opportunities to develop and attract top scientists. The investment is designed to promote research excellence while continuing to improve Canada's long-term competitiveness.

Clean energy development in Canada could be jeopardized by shortage of skilled workers

 the CanadaVisa Team     02 August 2010

A shortage of skilled workers in the electricity sector could jeopardize Canada’s ability to develop clean sources of energy. Over the next 10 years, 40% of all workers in the electricity sector plan to retire and 74% of the industry’s workers are over the age of 40. According to Canada’s Electricity Sector Council, more than 30% of companies that produce electricity do not have plans to manage this mass departure of workers. This will result in construction schedule delays, increased development costs, and smaller profit margins unless Canada is able to attract skilled workers from abroad.

Canadian economy expanded in May, while U.S. economic recovery slows down

 the CanadaVisa Team     30 July 2010

According to Statistics Canada, Canada’s GDP grew by 0.1 per cent in May, after being flat in April. The growth was mostly driven by the goods-producing sector, which grew 0.6 per cent in May. Activity in oil and gas exploration also contributed to the increase.