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Home Blog Skilled Refugee Economic Immigration To Strengthen Canada’s Economy 26 June 2019 Canada’s economy is showing signs of strength and growth, yet employers are facing continued skilled worker labour shortages. On June 20, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen discussed the benefits of accepting more skilled and educated refugees with employable skills and opening Canada’s economic immigration streams to refugees.  Statistics Canada 1st Quarter 2019 The Canadian economy showed signs of strength in…
Home Blog New In-Home Caregiver Programs Open For Applications 26 June 2019 Canada is reaffirming its commitment to improving life for middle-class immigrants and family reunification. Immigration, Refugees and Citizen’s Canada (IRCC) is providing more pathways to permanent residence and has launched 2 new pilot programs for in-home caregivers from outside of Canada, replacing caregiver pilot programs that expired on June 18, 2019. IRCC is also temporarily re-opening a pathway for caregivers who initially applied…
Home Blog Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot 11 Communities Announced 26 June 2019 Over 2/3 of immigrants to Canada settle in big cities, and Canada’s rural communities are “desperate for workers,” said Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, and are relying on large employers to stay: “People don’t realize just how much the rural economy needs immigration,” Hussen said. He has spoken to rural employers desperate for workers, some of whom are turning away multimillion-dollar contracts because…
Home Blog World Refugee Day #WithRefugees 20 June 2019 On #WorldRefugeeDay, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. Established by the United Nations, World Refugee Day shows that the global public stands with refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. #StepWithRefugeesEvery year, refugees travel 2,000,000 km every year to find safety. This…
Home Blog Karin McCaskill: Lifetime Achievement Recipient from Canadian General Counsel Awards 17 June 2019 The 15th annual Canadian General Counsel Awards (CGCA) were presented Monday, June in Toronto. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient was Karin A. McCaskill, former senior vice-president, general counsel, and secretary of Sobeys Inc.’s parent company Empire Co. She is seen as one of the leading labour and employment practitioners in Canada and a mentor for other women in this area of
Home Blog Canada’s Global Skills Strategy: 2 Years Strong! 12 June 2019 Canada’s Global Skills Strategy (GSS) was launched on June 12, 2017, to help Canadian employers attract top highly skilled global talent to work for their company, to help source them faster, to process their immigration applications faster, identify work permit exemptions and provide applicants with enhanced customer service. A key component of this strategy is the Global Talent Steam, “which gives Canadian employers…
Home Blog New IRCC Rule to Protect Abused Immigrants Effective Immediately 10 June 2019 IRCC announced two initiatives to protect vulnerable immigrants who are abused by their employer or victims of family violence.  Open Work Permits for Abused Immigrants Effective Tuesday, June 4, 2019, migrant workers who have an employer-specific work permit and who are in an abusive job situation can apply for an open work permit and will be able to leave their abusive…
Home Blog New Family Reunification Rules Protect Immigrants 7 June 2019 IRCC announced a new 2-year pilot to allow immigrants who did not initially declare lost family members to sponsor them at a later date. The current policy creates a hardship for refugees trying to reunite with family members who were lost during war, violence or natural disasters such as a typhoon; and for migrants who failed to disclose the existence of children they didn’t know…
3 June 2019 Global mobility and the need for a skilled and educated workforce has resulted in more businesses – both small business and large companies – who want to hire foreign workers to fill jobs and help grow their business. Many of the technical and specialized skills companies need cannot be filled locally, so companies are sourcing skilled workers, managers and executives who have the training and experience that is not available in their…
31 May 2019 I’m pleased to announce my new podcast, Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah. Every month I answer your questions about moving to Canada and the US. If you have questions about immigration to Canada or the United States, contact Evelyn and I will try and answer your questions on a future podcast. Listen Now:In this introductory episode, I explain my background and why I’m passionate about immigration law.  We live in an…