Canada to offer work and permanent residence to one million migrants

The Canadian government made the announcement of a program offering a citizenship option to undocumented construction workers.

According to The Star, Ottawa has unveiled a new program that will offer both an immigration pathway for undocumented construction workers in Greater Toronto and help to address a labour shortage in the city.

However, Telemundo has reported reported that Canada’s attempt is to attract the types of workers rejected by the United States because of the strict immigration policy of US President Donad Trump.

Hassan Yussuff told Telemundo “It’s a very small project for us but a very important project to initiate.”  Yussuff  is the head of the pilot program in Ottawa, and works for the Canadian Labour Congress, which will pre-screen and refer qualified candidates.

One of the goals will be to offer the option of citizenship to 500 workers and their families, who in some cases have more than five years living in the country. The publication explains that Ontario, will need some 26,100 more construction workers in the next 10 years, according to a study. Canada has also launched other programs to attract workers in the technology sector.

Another aspect that The Star highlights is that last January Parliament announced a plan to grant permanent residence to more than one million immigrants during the next three years and the majority would be workers.

The reunification of families, will amount to 100 thousand a year and about 60 thousand refugees a year are also sought. Two years ago, Canada admitted 286, 479 permanent residents, most of them workers. “Increasingly, talented international professionals choose other destinations instead of the United States,” said Marketa Lindt, president of the American Association of Migration Lawyers.


Liberal friendly pollster says 68% of Canadians support mass influx of Syrian refugees

Not sure where Nik Nanos found his 1000 Canadians to overwhelmingly support mass influx of mainly Sunni Syrian refugees. Polls like these should always be taken with a grain of salt. [via]

Canadians generally support the Liberal government’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis, but many think there are not enough resources in communities to support their resettlement, according to a new Nanos Research/Globe and Mail poll.

The poll of 1,000 Canadians found that 68 per cent support or somewhat support the government’s overall response to the Syrian refugee crisis, while 30 per cent oppose or somewhat oppose it. The government has resettled nearly 27,000 Syrian refugees since December of last year, with plans of welcoming thousands more throughout 2016.

“Canadians have given the Trudeau government a green light on this Syrian refugee crisis,” said pollster Nik Nanos.

Liberals to overturn Conservative legislation that prevented marriage fraud, protected women from abuse

John Ivison just exposed another Liberal legislation that reverses the good work done by Conservatives, in this case protecting Canadians from marriage fraud, now that Liberals are in charge Canadians will be more at risk from being defrauded by sham marriages and leave women vulnerable to abuse. [via]

So much for our feminist Prime Minister.

In 2012, the Conservatives introduced conditional visas to crack down on marriage fraud by people seeking permanent residence status in Canada.

People in a relationship for less than two years, with no biological children, must wait two years before they qualify for permanent resident status.

Julie Taub, an immigration lawyer in Ottawa, said the two-year conditional residency has resulted in a dramatic drop in marriages of convenience.

“Before the imposition of the two-year residency requirement, I would receive at least one call from a Canadian victim per week. I rarely receive any calls anymore,” she said.

The existing legislation also protects women from abuse, not anymore.

But Immigration Minister John McCallum is trying to change the work Conservatives did just to appease the Liberal base.

“They (the government) want to do undo everything and drop the two-year conditional residency. The whole outlook now is what is in the best interests of foreign nationals, not Canada.”

Liberals will turn to immigration in Quebec as birth rate drops

Women in Quebec just aren’t into starting families so naturally the province is turnting to immigration to fill the gaps.

MONTREAL — An ever-declining birthrate in Quebec as well as an aging population are putting the spotlight on the province’s immigration levels against the backdrop of issues such as the economy, identity, culture and language.

The province’s statistics bureau said the 2015 rate was 1.6 children per woman, down one per cent from 2014 and marking the sixth consecutive year it had edged lower.

While that figure may not appear abnormally low, the province also has a rapidly aging population and a growing shortage of skilled workers.

Quebec estimates 1.1 million people will retire between 2013 and 2022 and a recent document published for the Immigration Department said “this situation underscores the need to reassert immigration’s role and its contribution to Quebec.”

Liberal MPs hear frustrations over perceived special treatment for Syrian refugees at Toronto immigration forum

As the Liberal government brings Syrian refugees to Canada, people trying to sponsor refugees from other countries are left waiting.

And the refugees are waiting too, for years, though many are escaping problems as bad as those fleeing Syria, two Toronto MPs heard Monday.

“I’m from Eritrea. My people are losing their life in the Mediterranean,” Asmera Tewelde said during a forum on immigration in Scarborough on April 25.

A Scarborough resident, Tewelde said she’s happy for the 25,000 Syrians Canada committed to settling as fast as possible, but Eritreans, she added, get no such help.

Tewelde said she knows refugee families waiting in Somalia, Sudan, Italy and Israel to come to Canada, where there are people are ready to sponsor them.

But the Canadian government doesn’t seem to care, she told Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid and Parkdale-High Park MP Arif Virani.

Virani, who is federal Immigration Minister John McCallum’s parliamentary secretary and himself a former refugee, told the audience there are competing refugee crises in the world, and Canada is trying to ensure its humanitarian efforts are “not just focused on one country.”

Canadians need to hear there are many other refugees who need their help, the MP said, suggesting people who privately sponsored Syrians could consider sponsoring a refugee family from Congo, Sudan or Eritrea.

He acknowledged some refugee cases have been “lost in the shuffle,” and that is unfair, adding the new government wants decisions quicker.

Both MPs said McCallum is trying to cut immigration processing times and backlogs, especially for spousal sponsorship, which can take 17 months or more, and four years in some countries, a figure Virani called “atrocious.”

Zahid, a member of the House of Commons immigration committee, said McCallum’s goal is to cut the wait for spousal sponsorship down to six months.

Public pays millions for legal fees of federal judges under investigation

Public pays millions for legal fees of federal judges under investigation Jan 4 2015 — Olivia Carville — Toronto Star

Taxpayers have been dishing out millions of dollars to cover the legal fees of federal judges under investigation who are fighting the disciplinary process. Judges facing complaints from the public get unlimited access to financial and legal resources. Some draw out public inquiries for years, by fighting all the way to the Supreme Court of […]