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Manitoba has welcomed 130,000 immigrants over MPNP’s 20-year history

Manitoba is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its pioneering Provincial Nominee Program, which has welcomed more than 130,000 immigrants since its inception in 1998.  The creation of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, or MPNP, made the province the first in Canada to nominate newcomers for permanent residence through streams tailored to its economic needs and priorities. […]

Canadian population up by half a million in past year

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Between July 1st, 2017, and July 1st, 2018, the Canadian population increased by 518,588, according to Statistics Canada. This marks a population increase of 1.4%, the biggest gain in more than 60 years! The population increase is mostly attributed to migrants entering Canada. This includes permanent residents immigrating through economic and family sponsorship pathways, as well as those […]

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Canada’s new, improved provincial pathways to immigration

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Far from taking the summer off, Canada’s Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs spent the months of July, August and September innovating and issuing more than 3,000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.  The big news in the third quarter of 2018 included the largest invitation round so far this year […]

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IRCC says revised citizenship rules are resulting in more new Canadians

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Applications jumped more than 130 per cent in 9 months after rules changed in October 2017 The number of people receiving Canadian citizenship is on the rise thanks to revised rules that have made it easier to obtain, the Government of Canada says.  By the end of this month, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) […]

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African professor in Canada publishes bestselling book of African poems

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Professor Philip Alalibo, a Nigerian political scientist and professor in Canada, publishes a bestselling book on African poems. In this collection of insightful poems, Professor Alalibo’s intellectual sagacity is brought to bear in his poetic offerings that underscore his political, social, cultural and racial experiences that traverse two continents, Africa and North America. This book liberally […]

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Growing Canada’s future economy an ‘impossibility’ without immigration

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When it comes to the future of immigration to Canada, it’s no longer a question of “why immigration” but “how much,” says federal Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen. “That’s where the debate is now,” he told his audience at the 2018 Canadian Immigration Summit in Ottawa. “Without immigration, our ability to grow our economy would become […]

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Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program at 20: Helping more people immigrate and succeed

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Since its inception 20 years ago, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program has grown in both size and importance and now stands as the country’s second largest program for economic immigration. From its humble beginnings in 1998, when around 200 people were admitted to Canada through it, the Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, will be responsible for more […]

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New Express Entry report shows Federal Skilled Worker invitations jumped by 400% in 2017

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Candidates in Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class benefited the most from changes to the way candidates in the federal economic immigration system’s pool are awarded points, says a new report published Thursday. The anticipated year-end report says Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, issued to candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program […]

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Immigration officials find own website ‘confusing and not user friendly’

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It turns out Canada’s immigration officials are as confused as prospective immigrants and travellers by the information provided on their own department website. “We expect clients to know just what to do because ‘it’s on the website,’ ” says an internal Immigration Department document from last year. “Yet, even for immigration officers like ourselves, we […]

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Fees reduced for minors applying for citizenship without a parent

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The fee for citizenship applications for minors applying without a parent (under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act) has been reduced by the Government of Canada from $530 to $100. This follows a legislative amendment that removed the requirement to be 18 years old to apply for citizenship as of last June. It also brings the fee into […]

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