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Ottawa urged to remove quota on Afghan refugee sponsorship program

Canadian Press Oct 28, 2022 

TORONTO — A group of advocates is urging the federal government to remove the limit on applications to sponsor certain Afghan refugees in Canada – or at least stop counting rejected applications towards it.

The government introduced a new program last month to allow Canadian individuals and organizations to privately sponsor up to 3,000 Afghan refugees who don’t have refugee status from the United Nations refugee agency or a foreign state.

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.

A nation of immigrants: Newcomers' share of Canadian population hits record

Anna Mehler Paperny October 27, 2022 Salt Wire

TORONTO (Reuters) - Immigrants' share of Canada's population has hit its highest point in the country's 150-year history and the biggest share among G7 countries, new data released by Statistics Canada showed on Wednesday.

Twenty-three percent of Canadians were immigrants in 2021, according to the census, and Statistics Canada projects that between 29% and 34% of the population will be immigrants by 2041.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.