Newcomers to Alberta boosting real estate demand

Projected to purchase 76,000 homes in the region over the next five years at the current rate of international migration: Royal LePage

Newcomers to Alberta boosting real estate demandAlberta attracts approximately eight per cent of Canada's international migration and 45 per cent of newcomers buy a home, says a new report by Royal LePage. The residential real estate company said the newcomers are the most likely to believe that homeownership is a good financial investment (90 per cent). And they represent 18 per…

Immigrant earnings gap costs economy $50 billion

While Canada draws some of the best and brightest, our success in integrating those newcomers into the labour force falls short: RBC

Immigrant earnings gap costs economy $50 billionFailing to address the earnings gap among immigrants may be costing Canada $50 billion, or 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product, according to a new report by RBC Economics. The Untapped Potential report says the immigrant wage gap isn’t just a problem for immigrants.  “It has a broader economic impact, in terms of not…

How do new Canadians see Indigenous issues?

It’s a mistake to assume that recent immigrants to Canada, who make up 20% of our population, will easily understand and embrace the Indigenous, who make up 4.3%

How do new Canadians see Indigenous issues?Two powerful, painful and potentially course-changing reports on the Indigenous should impact how Canadians view our past and present, and how we chart our future. But much work remains. Most recently, there’s been much reflection, assessment and discussion on the report from the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). It’s…

Diversity in the media safeguards democracy

Diversity in the media safeguards democracyMedia’s role in society is integral for a healthy democracy. However, a lack of diversity within journalism is a significant detriment. Since Sept. 6, social media has been abuzz after an op-ed arguing against ethnic diversity was published by the Vancouver Sun and The Province – two of British Columbia’s largest newspapers. The op-ed sends…

Adding international students undermines Canadians and economy

The job market will be flooded with cheap labour and Canadians will be denied spots at university

Adding international students undermines Canadians and economyRecruiting and teaching international students in Canada is big business for private universities, and the federal government has backed a scheme that puts more cash in the pockets of university administrators and wreaks havoc with the Canadian job market. In 2000, some 122,665 people held study permits in Canada. In 2018, that number reached 572,415.…

Quebec challenges Canada’s multicultural experiment

It would be foolish to ignore the growing public unease that has followed increased levels of immigration

Quebec challenges Canada’s multicultural experimentNot long ago, Quebec was among the most intensely Catholic jurisdictions in the world. The church played a huge role in the province’s politics and social life; attendance at mass was extremely high; and large families (heeding the church’s mandate against birth control) contributed sons to the priesthood and daughters to the nunnery. The Quiet…

Immigration key to solving Canada’s looming labour market crunch

Due to its aging population and low fertility rate, Canada needs new sources of talent: Conference Board of Canada

Immigration key to solving Canada’s looming labour market crunchImmigration is central to countering the impending labour market crunch in Canada, says a report released on Friday by the Conference Board of Canada. The report, Can’t Go It Alone, said that by 2030 all 9.2 million of Canada's baby boomers will have reached retirement age – placing Canada under economic and fiscal pressure. “Can't…

Immigration is crucial to Canada’s future

Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla talks about the role immigrants have played historically and why Canada needs them more than ever

Immigration is crucial to Canada’s futureJenny Gulamani-Abdulla, a member of the International Bar Association, is founder of Gulamani-Abdulla & Co., Immigration Consulting. Tell me what your company is and does? Gulamani-Abdulla: Gulamani-Abdulla & Co. is an immigration consulting firm based in Calgary. It’s in its 25th year and was established by myself. The firm is focused on the client and…

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusions

Canada is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door.

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusionsBy Jamie Liew University of Ottawa and Shauna Labman University of Manitoba Canada is celebrating a milestone – the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime that has resettled 327,000 refugees. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door. Canadians most recently helped resettle thousands of Syrian refugees. Indeed,…

Charity increasing amount of loans available for skilled immigrants

Windmill Microlending increasing the amount of funds available by 50 per cent

Charity increasing amount of loans available for skilled immigrantsWindmill Microlending, Canada’s largest and most successful microlending charity for skilled immigrants and refugees, is increasing the amount of funds available to skilled immigrants and refugees by 50 per cent. It is now offering low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to help skilled immigrants and refugees obtain the credentials they need to continue their careers…
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