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Quebec premier says province can’t take in more immigrants after feds set 500K target

The Canadian Press November 2, 2022

Quebec Premier François Legault is maintaining that the province cannot accept more than 50,000 immigrants a year despite Ottawa’s plans to significantly raise the country’s immigration levels.

Legault told reporters Wednesday that the federal government needs to understand that Quebec is facing a special challenge to preserve the French language.

'We are not strangers in the country:' Advocates question why Diwali isn't a public holiday in Canada

Rhythm Sachdeva CTV News Oct. 27, 2022

As millions of South Asians around the world celebrate Diwali this year, a festival symbolizing triumph over darkness and dating back 2,500 years, its strong foothold on regions far from the Indian subcontinent also comes to light.

A five-day celebration enjoyed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists, it is considered a national holiday in India, Fiji, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal and most recently, a city in the United States.

Growing wave of unaccompanied minors among Ukrainians fleeing to Canada

Alistair Steele · CBC News · Posted: Nov 02, 2022

Early on the morning of Feb. 24, 16-year-old Denys was jolted awake by the rumble of Ukrainian tanks racing down a nearby highway to head off the Russian invasion of his country.

Within days, the enemy had broken through and entered the teen's hometown of Bucha, the Kyiv region community that would soon become synonymous with the brutality of the occupiers.

Host families needed more than ever to help Ukrainian refugees

Barbara Latkowski Cambridge Today November 2, 2022

After fleeing war in their home country, Ukrainian refugees are arriving in Canada with limited government support, and many find themselves struggling to find jobs and places to live.

"The need for housing for Ukrainian refugees continues to grow," says Stephane Goertz, who began the Waterloo Region Grassroots Response to the Ukrainian Crisis in March.

Canada's new immigration plan under scrutiny amid housing supply shortage

Tahmina Aziz CTV News Nov. 2, 2022 

In an attempt to address the critical labour shortage in Canada, the federal government has announced plans to welcome half a million immigrants a year by 2025.

While the plan is welcome news for many, some question the logistics of it as the country faces a major housing supply shortage, including Paul Sullivan, a B.C. property tax expert and Ryan LLC partner.

Canada to welcome 500,000 immigrants a year by 2025 as minister moves to hand-pick more newcomers

Nicholas Keung The Star Tue., Nov. 1, 2022

The federal government will use new power to hand-pick immigrants to address Canada’s skill shortages, increase the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, and begin issuing temporary visas for spouses while their permanent-residence applications are being processed.

Canada must move faster to resettle Uyghur refugees at risk of being returned to a genocide

Amira Elghawaby The Star Tue., Nov. 1, 2022

Abdulrezzak Muhammed expressed gratitude at being able to recently host over 100 fellow Uyghurs from across Canada at the community centre he runs in Ottawa’s east-end.

They were in town last Wednesday as part of a delegation urging parliamentarians to support a private member’s motion to resettle 10,000 Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims here in Canada.

Immigration has never been higher, and Canadians have never been more pleased with it

Tristin Hopper The National Post Oct 31, 2022  

As immigration surges to its highest levels in Canadian history, a new poll finds that Canada remains one of the most pro-immigration countries on Earth.

According to a telephone survey of 2,000 Canadians conducted by the Environics Institute, record-high numbers of Canadians agree with the notion that Canada “needs more immigrants.” This is in tandem with record low numbers of Canadians who report a belief that “immigration levels are too high.”

Some Quebec colleges say Ottawa denies 80 to 90 per cent of study permits from Africa

Morgan Lowrie · CBC News · Posted: Nov 04, 2022

Some Quebec junior colleges say 80 to 90 per cent of the international students they've accepted from Africa are being refused study permits by the federal government, jeopardizing their ability to offer programs and raising questions about bias in the immigration system.