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With more than 2.4M immigration applications in Canada's backlog, many here and overseas feel lost

Of more than 2M temporary and permanent residence applications, nearly 1M are from India

Pratyush Dayal · CBC News · Posted: Jul 28, 2022 

Abdulsalam Dakouri has been trying to bring his brother, a Syrian refugee, and his family in Iraq to Saskatoon for the past four years, but waiting for their application to make its way through Canada's backed-up immigration system has left him dejected.

Bahran: If Canada wants to be strong economically, it needs more immigrants, plain and simple

Canada’s over-65 population is not small. In 2020 it was more than 18 per cent and within eight years is expected to reach 23 per cent. Clearly, current policies are not addressing the impact this will have on labour markets, or on the cost of social services.

Author of the article: Mustafa Bahran

Publishing date:Jul 26, 2022  •  4 hours ago  

Conservatives, advocates call on government to expand special Afghan immigration program

Darren Major · CBC News · Posted: Jul 21, 2022 12:36 PM ET | Last Updated: July 21

An Afghan refugee holds a small Canadian flag at the St. John's International Airport, on Oct. 26, 2021. (Ritche Perez/Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)

The Conservative Party and Afghan refugee advocates are calling on the federal government to expand the special immigration program meant to prioritize former employees of the Armed Forces or the Canadian government and their families.

Provinces demand more control over immigration to combat labour shortage

In letter to Ottawa, 4 provinces say they can choose newcomers with 'greatest chance of success'

Jess Chin · CBC News · Posted: Jul 27, 2022 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 7 hours ago

Citing a nationwide labour shortage, several provincial immigration ministers say they want more control over the immigration process, and have sent a letter to their federal counterpart calling for change. 

Air Transat 'deeply sorry' for denying Ukrainian couple flight to Canada, leading to deportation

Colin Butler · CBC News · Posted: Jul 19, 2022 5:34 PM ET

Air Transat says it is "deeply sorry" after airline agents wrongfully denied a Ukrainian couple fleeing the Russian invasion a flight to Canada, leading to their deportation from Greece. 

Oksana Korolova and Leonid Korolev are Ukrainian citizens with Canadian visas who were supposed to come to Canada on an Air Transat flight Monday from Athens to Toronto.

How employers can make their LGBTQ2 employees feel welcome and close the wage gap

By Ashley Field  Global News

Posted July 20, 2022 11:42 am

When it comes to Canada’s workforce, it’s not always an equal playing field, but one local social media marking software company is doing its part to level it.

Making sure all employees feel at home at Dash Hudson is a priority, said Jill Hennigar, the company’s vice president of operations.

Canada needs to build more affordable housing for newcomers

By Fawziah Rabiah-Mohammed, Abe Oudshoorn Cindy Brown, Luc Theriault Wed., July 20, 2022 4 min. Read

The relationship between newcomers and the Canadian economy involves three key pillars: job availability, a sufficient population of working age and affordable housing. All three pillars must be supported by the government — if one is missing, the entire system collapses.