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Immigration drives construction, provincial economy

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When you want to see how strong B.C.’s construction industry is going to be, look at the number of people deciding to call British Columbia home.
The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association examined the link between immigration, construction and the economy in its recently released Winter 2010-11 edition of Construction Monitor.
“Almost everyone in Canada will tell you that immigrants built this country. They came to this nation and built lives for themselves and their children,” said ICBA president Philip Hochstein. “But people might be surprised to hear that immigrants are still driving the economy – especially in B.C. and especially in construction.”
Hochstein said the link between immigration and construction is clear – and its importance will only grow.
“Instead of taking jobs away, immigrants help grow the job pool and drive construction – housing, commercial and industrial,” Hochstein said. “Of all provinces, the construction sector is the largest contributor to the economy here in B.C. Immigration can help keep that strong.”
Immigration will continue growing in importance for our economy as declining birthrates flip B.C.’s natural rate of increase to a natural rate of decrease.
“Other provinces may track other economy-driving indicators like oil, agriculture, or manufacturing and financial services, but it’s clear that B.C. needs to keep an eye on immigration,” Hochstein added. “All British Columbians will win if we continue to see people from across the globe decide to call B.C. home.”
A full copy of the report is at icba.ca.

Immigration helps Canada’s population grow as job prospects improve

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Canada’s population increased by an estimated 129,300 (1.5% quarter over quarter at annual rates) in the third quarter of 2010, thanks to a net inflow of international immigrants (+84,200).
After a dip in the second quarter of 2009, and with the recovery of the economy, Canada’s rate of population growth has steadily accelerated since the third quarter of 2009.
Canada’s population now stands at 34,238,000, just over half the UK population and around a tenth of similar sized neighbour the United States, which recorded 308 million people in 2010.
In fact Canada’s entire population is only slightly larger than the number of people living in the metropolitan areas of New York and Los Angeles.
Prince Edward Island recorded the fastest population growth in the third quarter (+2.8% q/q at annual rates). In the quarter, PEI’s population increased by 975 to 143,200.
British Columbia was the second fastest rate of population growth in the third quarter (+1.9%). Despite a slowdown in net interprovincial in-migration from 2,000 in Q2 to 600, the province’s population increased by 20,900 to 4,551,800 as a result of a net inflow of 10,300 international migrants and 5,600 non permanent residents.
A steady strengthening in employment in Central Canada relative to the rest of the country that started in mid-2009 and has persisted through 2010 is reducing the net outflow of migrants from both Ontario and Quebec to other provinces.
Ontario’s population increased in the third quarter by 1.8% to 13,268,600 due to a combination of sustained net international in-migration (+38,464) and net gain of 2,100 migrants from other provinces.
Quebec saw its population grow by 1.3% q/q annualized to 7,932,000 as a result of a 14,600 inflow of international migrants and no change in net interprovincial migration.
In Western Canada, Saskatchewan’s population growth of 1.6% outpaced Alberta and Manitoba both of which saw gains of 1.5% in the third quarter.
While the gain in population in all three provinces was supported by strong net inflows of international migrants, in Alberta almost two thirds of the increase was due to natural increase (i.e., births minus deaths).
Looking ahead at the prospects ahead, recent signs of stronger employment growth in Western Canadasuggest population growth in the West will accelerate vis-à-vis the rest of the country through 2011.
Source and figures: John Clinkard Daily Commercial News
John Clinkard has over 30 years’ experience as an economist in international, national and regional research and analysis with leading financial institutions and media outlets in Canada.
Canada is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere and second only to Russia is size. China, Brazil and the US have a similar land mass, but all have much larger populations.
Unlike many countries in the west, Canada has plenty of room to grow and needs lots of skilled workers to migrate to Canada.

A sign for students: ‘Canada admission guaranteed’

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“Canada Admission Guaranteed” touts the banner promoting one of Satish Kumar’s latest ventures.
The intrepid entrepreneur, 46, started Royal International Abroad Study Consulting Services (RIAS) three-and-a-half years ago.
Mr. Kumar saw an opportunity to provide assistance in his booming hometown of Jaipur to middle-class parents who want to get their children into college and post-graduate programs in Britain, the United States, Australia and Canada. Hundreds have sought his counsel.
“Actually, we are a real estate company, but I thought this might be a good business also. Many want to study in Canada,” the RIAS founder says.
Mr. Kumar’s advertisement hangs prominently in one of India’s many shiny new shopping malls, in a space over a Subway, the U.S. sandwich chain that has nearly 200 branches in the subcontinent. In so many ways, the new India is highly aspirational, with a taste for the international.
As the country’s economy continues its impressive economic growth and competition to get into elite colleges increases, more and more Indian parents who can afford it are exploring the option of sending children abroad to study.
Two years ago, 160,000 Indian students – most heading to Britain – spent $4 billion (U.S.) on their education away from home. Only 2,500 were enrolled in Canada. Today that number has approximately doubled.
Canada welcomed 178,000 international students last year, according to government statistics, and contributed more than $6 billion (Canadian) to the economy.
With a large English-speaking population and a culture that prizes educational achievement, India has become a target for Canadian college and university recruiters, who see it as a potentially lucrative market.
Last fall, an official delegation travelled to key Indian cities to network and explore how to attract more of the country’s best and brightest to Canadian schools.
“Studying in Canada is so costly,” Mr. Kumar says, “but people want to go because everyone wants to try schools in other countries and parents want their children to have success in life.”
In India, foreign college and graduate degrees are considered prestigious. Companies have sprouted all over the country, pitching the kind of services Mr. Kumar offers. In the case of RIAS, its founder says students don’t pay him, the firm collects money from recruiting schools for every applicant.
At many other agencies, the student shoulders the costs. Fees range from a few hundred dollars for basic help with forms and visas, to the thousands of dollars for assistance that includes preparation for tests, school applications and immigration guidance.
Though he has employees, Mr. Kumar has long been familiar with the process of finding and settling into a school in Canada. His daughter, who is in her 20s, got into acting school in Vancouver.
“She likes it very much.”
Special to the Globe and Mail
Alexandra A. Seno has written about economics and business trends in Asia since 1994. She is a regular contributor to Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal Asia. She lives in Hong Kong.

Emigrate to Ontario under the Provincial Nominee Program

Since February 2009, the Ontario Pilot Provincial Nominee Program (Pilot PNP) has been known as Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program.

As with other Canadian PNPs, Opportunities Ontario is employer driven. You may only apply if your employer is pre-screened, the position is approved and your employer provides you with a nominee application package from Opportunities Ontario.
You will need to submit your application to the province first and then apply for a permanent resident visa through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as a Provincial Nominee, once Ontario approves your application.
Applicants to the Opportunities Ontario program can apply under one of five categories:
  • Foreign Workers (General Category)
  • Investors
  • Students with a Job Offer
  • PhD Graduates
  • Masters Graduates

Foreign Workers (General Category)

Skilled workers may be able to apply to Opportunities Ontario under the general category if:
  • Their prospective employer has first applied for a pre-screening of a position
  • The position has been approved
  • Their prospective employer has sent an approval letter, a signed Joint Verification form and a Pre-screen Position form
  • However, the three points above are not a guarantee of approval. To be eligible, you also need to:
  • Have at least two years of work experience within the previous five years in the intended occupation, or have appropriate registration in Ontario (NB: Unpaid, unathorised or volunteer experience will not be accepted)
  • Have an approved, permanent full-time job offer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B)
  • Have been offered a wage that meets the prevailing wage level for the intended occupation
  • Have legal status if you are already residing in Canada
Please note that after the issue of your employer pre-screen approved position form, you have 60 days to submit your application to Opportunities Ontario.
For more information on how to apply under the Foreign Worker (General Category) stream, please review the Application Guide for Nominees.

Investors (General Category)

The Investors stream allows companies making an investment in Ontario to recruit or relocate key employees to ensure the long-term success of their investment.
Recruited or relocated employees under the Investors category must meet the same eligibility requirements as those under the Foreign Workers (General Category).
Review the brochure of information for investors for additional information on how to apply.

Students with a Job Offer (International Student Category)

Ontario employers can extend permanent, full-time job offers to international students who have completed their post-secondary education at a publicly-funded Canadian institution. These students can then be eligible to apply for an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate.
In order to apply under the International Student Category, you must:
  • Have completed at least half of your studies in Canada, and have graduated or will soon be graduating from an eligible publicly funded Canadian college or university (NB: You must send proof of graduation with their application)
  • Have completed a minimum of a two-year diploma or degree program, while studying on a full-time basis. One-year post-graduate degree programs and certificate programs, which require a previous degree or diploma (which may have been obtained abroad), are also eligible
  • Have a job offer in a managerial, professional or skilled trades occupation (NOC 0, A or B). The job offer does not have to be related to the field of study.
  • Have a job offer that is permanent and full-time and meets the entry level wage for the occupation, rather than the prevailing wage required for applicants in the General Category
  • Apply within two years of the date on which you received your degree or diploma, or in the alternative, during the last semester of completing your degree or diploma
  • Have legal status, if you are already residing in Canada
  • Have received your employer’s approval letter, signed Joint Verification and Pre-screen Position form
International student applicants do not need to have any previous work experience. You may apply for an approved position from within Canada or from overseas.

PhD Graduates (International Student Category)

Candidates under this part of the International Student Category must have obtained their PhDs from an Ontario publicly-funded university and do not need a job offer to be eligible for the Opportunities Ontario Program.
To apply under the PhD Graduates stream, you will not require a job offer.However, you will need to:
  • Have graduated from an existing PhD program at an eligible publicly funded university in Ontario, or
  • Have successfully completed all degree requirements for the program (i.e completion of course work and successfully defended your thesis and are awaiting the granting of your degree) and have completed at least two years of your PhD studies at an eligible publicly funded university in Ontario
  • Apply within two years of the date on which your PhD degree was granted
  • Have legal status, if you already are residing in Canada

Masters Graduates (International Student Category)

As with applicants under the PhD Graduates Stream, Masters Graduates do not require a job offer from an Ontarian employer.
However, to apply for the Opportunities Ontario PNP as a Masters Graduate, you must:
  • Intend to live and work in Ontario
  • Have graduated from an existing Masters program at an eligible publicly funded university in Ontario
  • Have completed a minimum of one academic year degree program, while studying on a full-time basis
  • Apply within two years of the date on which your Masters degree was granted, or in the alternative, during the last semester of completing your degree
  • Currently be residing in Ontario
  • Have legal status in Canada (i.e. study permit, work permit, temporary resident visa)
  • Demonstrate high official language proficiency (For English language proficiency – IELTS – General test with a minimum score of seven or higher) (For French language proficiency – TEF – with a minimum score of five or higher)
  • Demonstrate a minimum level of savings/income to support yourself and your dependants
  • Demonstrate at least one year of residence in Ontario in the past two years
If you plan to apply under the International Student Category, via the PhD Graduates stream or Masters Graduates stream, you should review the Application Guide for International Graduates (PhD and Masters.
Source: Muchmore Magazine

Irish immigrants get helping hand

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MONTREAL – It’s tough slogging to find work and friends in a new city, let alone a new country, so the St. Patrick‘s Society is offering a helping hand and a little fun for new Irish immigrants to Montreal.
On Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m., an evening of networking and integration will be held at the Irish Embassy, a pub on Bishop St. – not to be confused with the Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa.
With dire economic difficulties gripping much of Ireland along with large job losses, a program of working holiday visas has been established by the Canadian government.
An agreement between Canada and Ireland to allow 12-month open work permits has recently been extended from one to two terms, or from 12 to 24 months. Beyond that, those who wish to stay can ask an employer to sponsor them.
Applicants for this working holiday scheme must be between 18 and 35 years of age.
Last year, 4,000 allocations were given to Irish immigrants for these special visas; for this year, the number was increased to 5,000.
The purpose of this planned Irish evening is to give recent arrivals a warm welcome and some practical advice, including where to live, where to look for jobs and how to meet someone who will put their CV in the right hands.
“It’s who you know and friends of friends who help in times of job searches,” said Ruth Hanna, one of the organizers of the Feb. 3 event.
“The historical mission of the St. Patrick’s Society was to care for new arrivals but there hasn’t been much need for this in the recent past,” Hanna said.
“When I arrived here in 1999, I looked for Irish organizations, and there were some, but none that catered to native-born Irish.”
Hanna emphasized that while there will be some recruitment agents and potential employers invited to the event, this is by no means a job fair.
“It’s comforting to meet others from where you come from,” said Erin Matheson, office manager of theS t. Patrick’s Society.
“This is our first event and we’ll see what the needs are.”
Registration before Friday is strongly recommended. Call 514-481-1346.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Irish+immigrants+helping+hand/4167695/story.html#ixzz1CCQMEgvc

Business immigrants continue to take top billing in Canada

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A lot of the talk about immigration recently has focused on would-be refugees trying to cheat the system to gain entry to Canada and eventually become citizens.

It got me thinking about the numbers and types of immigrants who come to Canada – just as the latest release of quarterly statistics from the department of immigration crossed my desk. The report contains year-to-year and quarterly statistics that track who’s coming to Canada, why, where they’re ending up.

There are too many statistics to discuss in this space. So allow me to mention a few of the numbers in the third quarter for 2010 that caught my attention.

There are three main classes of immigrants: business, family and refugees. From the chart below, you see the trend that’s in play.
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When comparing their numbers from the second quarter of 2010 to the third quarter (the most recent statistics), we see that the business class – represented by the red line in the chart – grew by eight per cent; the family and refugee classes dropped by 2.6 per cent and 2.8 per cent, respectively.
These trends held firm when comparing the first three quarters for 2009 and 2010. 
In a news release last summer, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Canada wouldn’t increase the number of business-class immigrants at the expense of family or humanitarian immigration categories, but the numbers tell a different story.
Predictably, advocates and some Opposition MPs accuse the Harper government of favouring people who either have money or who are coming here to do certain jobs over potential refugee claimants.
The government responds by pointing out that Canada needs people who can contribute to the economy and pay taxes (or put another way, stay off welfare) while helping to increase our population by sponsoring their relatives or having kids, or both.
I recall a scrum Kenney had with reporters on Nov. 1, 2010. We asked him about numbers, which even then showed an increase in people coming to Canada through temporary work permits. While he fielded specific questions about that program, there was no mistaking his government’s take on the value of business-class immigrants. 

“Within five years, there will be no growth in the Canadian labour market (workers),” he explained to reporters. “All labour force growth will be because of immigration. There are, in certain regions, significant labour-market shortages. We’ve also seen some recent data that show that federal skilled workers who have arrived in the last few years have seen significant improvement in their economic outcomes.”

(Click here to listen to audio of Kenney talking to reporters)

There are also some interesting trends within the general numbers from those Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism spreadsheets.

For instance, within the business class, one of the largest growth areas is something called the “Provincial or Territorial nominees” program, which allows jurisdictions across the country to determine who they get to keep. It’s often the case that they end up choosing individuals who are on temporary work visas. This category has grown, in part, because provinces such as Alberta have asked Ottawa to raise the cap. The “investors” category has enjoyed even more impressive growth.

In the “refugee class,” even though the overall category is in decline, there are parts of it, such as “privately sponsored” refugees, that are increasing. This comes as no surprise, as Kenney has touted this as a preferred route for refugees entering the country. But “Refugees landing in Canada” and those sponsored by the government are two parts of this overall category that are declining. And these declines are responsible for the refugee category’s overall downward trend.

If you have any feedback on any aspect our immigration program, please feel free to contact me at: david_mckie@cbc.ca

Wal-Mart Canada plans 40 supercentres in next fiscal year

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The retail giant says it will open 40 new Canadian supercentres in its upcoming fiscal year starting Feb. 1 through both renovating and relocating some existing stores and constructing new ones.
While the location of the new stores hasn’t been announced yet, the plan will expand the supercentre concept into Manitoba and Quebec, and represents a combined investment of nearly $500 million.
Supercentre locations in the greater Ottawa area include Lincoln Fields, Carleton Place, Rockland and Orleans.
Wal-Mart said the plan could create more than 9,200 jobs in stores and in the construction sector.
The retailer opened its first Canadian supercentres in Ontario in 2006.
At the end of this month it will have 325 stores, of which 124 will be supercentres.
– With files from OBJ Staff

Canada’s culture of excellence in education

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Andy Hargreaves
Last year, I was driving through Toronto when I spied a bumper sticker ahead. It didn’t proclaim “God Bless Canada” or even “Proud to be Canadian.” It simply said “Content to be Canadian!” That’s Canada in a nutshell. Canada scores quite well (but not spectacularly) on a range of international indicators: 8th in human development, 25th most equal, 14th least corrupt, and characteristically half way on UNICEF’s index of child well-being.
Canada ranks in the middle of lots of things, except perhaps hockey, the Winter Olympics and now, education. Last month, the media had a feeding frenzy over the release by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) of the results of their Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The big story was the prominence of Asian countries on the top-10 list. What the media elsewhere overlooked was the strong performance of Canada.
Canada ranked 6th overall, and the OECD picked out Canada as one of four “strong performers” and “successful reformers.”
Strictly speaking, though, the OECD concentrated not on the whole of Canada but on just one province: Ontario. In a video promotion of PISA’s policy implications, the OECD’s change guru, Andres Schleicher, praises Canada for its positive approach to immigration that is evident in narrow achievement gaps between students from different social backgrounds. Then, without explanation, he switches to Ontario. It’s as if Ontario stands for all of Canada.
The province is praised for its urgent focus on measurable improvement in literacy and numeracy; its ability to set a clear plan and sign up key stakeholders to commit to it, including teachers; its sophisticated use of achievement data to pinpoint problems in underperformance among certain students or schools; and then its response: to “flood” these schools with resources, technical assistance and support. Bravo, Ontario!
But here’s the puzzle. Ontario isn’t the only high-performing province on PISA. On reading literacy, Alberta leads, followed by Ontario and British Columbia. On math, Quebec leads, followed by Alberta and Ontario. On science, Alberta leads, followed by B.C. and Ontario. Some of these differences are tiny — barely a percentage point or so. Yet the policies and strategies are often quite different.
Take Alberta. There, the Conservative government has supported an $80-million-per-year program spanning more than a decade to support school-designed innovations in more than 90 per cent of the province’s schools. It doesn’t have government targets and it doesn’t concentrate so tightly on literacy and numeracy. In many ways, it’s the opposite of Ontario. So perhaps we should give bigger applause to Alberta for its bottom-up approach? Or to B.C.! Or Quebec! The provinces have different policies, different relationships between government and teachers’ unions, and different parties in power — but the PISA results are pretty much the same. What’s going on?
There’s obviously something about Canada, or at least the more prosperous parts of it. Canada has some striking commonalities with Finland, the only non-Asian performer above it in the OECD ranking. Both countries value teachers and insist on a professional program of university-based training for all public-school teachers. Working conditions are favourable with good facilities, acceptable pay, wide availability of professional development, and discretion for teachers to make their own professional judgments. Both countries have a strong commitment to public schools and only a very modest private sector in education. Both countries have strong social welfare and public health systems with broad safety nets to protect the youngest and most vulnerable members of the population. Last, both nations are characterized by deeper cultures of cooperation and inclusiveness that make them more competitive internationally.
Being Canadian is not about occupying the middle ground in everything. It’s also about being cooperative and inclusive and about valuing shared community and public life. It’s not this or that province’s policy that makes Canada such a strong educational performer, but a social fabric that values education and teachers, prizes the public good, and doesn’t abandon the weak in its efforts to become economically stronger.
These are the things that make Canada educationally successful, and that it should cherish and protect compared to poorer PISA performers, like the U.S. (17th) and U.K. (24th). Let’s be content to be Canadian in most things if we must, but Canadians in general — Ontarians, Albertans, British Columbians and Québécois alike — should feel proud to be among the world’s very best in education.
Andy Hargreaves is the Brennan Chair in Education at Boston College. Although he lives in the U.S., he is content to be Canadian.

    Canada’s top family-friendly employers for 2011

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    To create the Top Family-Friendly Employer list for 2011, Mediacorp, which oversees the competition, examined the most progressive and forward-thinking workplace benefits valued by families. These included maternity and parental leave top-up payments, generous vacation and personal days off, flexible work options, emergency daycare support, and childcare costs for employees attending events or business trips.

    “Many of these benefits are not big ticket expenses but rather represent an ongoing evolution in how we want to work and an enlightened approach for employers looking to attract and retain their work forces,” says Richard Yerema, managing editor of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, including the Family-Friendly competition.
    “Less than five years ago, we considered maternity and parental leave top-up over 20 weeks to be quite generous,” he says. “It still is, but we now see more than a few with much more generous top-up, ranging up to 95 per cent for the full year of one’s leave.”

    The companies in this list are not ranked. They appear in alphabetical order.
    Agriculture Financial Services Corp., Lacombe, Alta.: Non-depository credit intermediation; 491 employees. Manages a scholarship program (to $1,000) for employees’ children.
    BC Public Service, Victoria: General government support; 25,581 employees. On-site daycare centres at some locations.
    British Columbia Lottery Corp., Kamloops, B.C.: Gambling industries; 779 employees. Offers fertility drug treatments through its health benefits plan.
    British Columbia Safety Authority, New Westminster, B.C.: Regulation, licensing and inspection of commercial sectors; 248 employees. Parental leave top-up for new mothers (to 85 per cent for 52 weeks).
    Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Toronto:Children and youth services; 590 employees. Option of extending maternity leave time for an additional two years.
    Edmonton Regional Airport Authority, Edmonton: Airport operations; 276 employees. Parental leave top-up benefits (to 93 per cent of salary for 15 weeks).
    George Brown College, Toronto: Post-secondary education; 1,300 employees. Extends its tuition subsidy program to employees’ family members.
    HP Advanced Solutions, Victoria: Computer services; 377 employees. Maternity leave top-up payments (to 85 per cent of salary for 15 weeks), followed by parental top-up payments (to 75 per cent of salary for 35 weeks).
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Gatineau, Que.: General government support; 26,024 employees. On-site daycare centre for returning parents.
    Industry Canada, Ottawa: Administration of economic programs; 5,849 employees. Health benefits continue during maternity and parental leave.
    ISM Canada, Regina: Computer services; 496 employees. Offers fertility drug treatments through its health benefits plan
    Johnson Corp., St. John’s, Nfld.: Insurance; 1,109 employees. Manages a post-secondary scholarship program (to $1,500)
    L’Oréal Canada Inc., Montreal: Toiletry product manufacturing; 1,200 employees. Offers early Friday closings in winter and summer.
    McGill University, Montreal: Post-secondary education; 5,746 employees. Multiple on-site day-care options for employees (and students) with young children.
    Monsanto Canada Inc., Winnipeg: Chemical manufacturing; 270 employees. Offers alternative work options, from telecommuting to informal summer hours.
    National Energy Board, Calgary: Administration of economic programs; 335 employees. Maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 93 per cent of salary for 52 weeks) and for new fathers or adoptive parents (to 93 per cent of salary for 37 weeks).
    NB Power Holding Corp., Fredericton: Power generation; 2,546 employees. Flexible health benefits that employees can customize.
    Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Ottawa: General government support; 698 employees. Gives three weeks of vacation after one year, and offers unpaid leaves of absence for up to one full year.
    Saskatchewan Government Insurance, Regina: Insurance; 1,710 employees. Offers post-secondary scholarships to children of employees (to $2,500).
    Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.: Post-secondary education; 4,303 employees. Additional daycare and an elementary school are being developed for the future.
    Statistics Canada, Ottawa: General government support; 5,550 employees. On-site daycare centre and emergency short-term daycare services.
    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto: Hospital; 4,825 employees. Parental leave top-up payments (to 93 per cent of salary for 10 weeks).
    Toronto Community Housing Corp., Toronto: Residential property managers; 1,412 employees. Compassionate care leave top-up benefits (to 93 per cent of salary for eight weeks).
    Toronto Hydro Corp., Toronto: Electric power distribution; 1,519 employees. Organizes a family Christmas party for more than 1,800 guests.
    Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, Vancouver: Credit unions; 1,744 employees. Alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, telecommuting, compressed workweek.

    Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

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      Now entering its fourth year, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. This competition examines a range of diversity initiatives covering five major employee groups: (a) Women; (b) Members of visible minorities; (c) Persons with disabilities; (d) Aboriginal peoples; and (e) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered/Transsexual (LGBT) peoples. This competition replaces our two annual rankings of the top employers for women and visible minorities, which we published as an appendix to our book between 2002 and 2007, when the present competition was launched. Winners may use the competition’s official logo for recruitment purposes until next year’s winners are released. Read the press release announcing the 2010 winners
    Agrium Inc.
    Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
    BC Hydro
    Bell Aliant Regional Communications
    Blake, Cassels & Graydon
    Boeing Canada Operations Ltd.
    Bruce Power Limited Partnership
    Business Development Bank of Canada
    Cameco Corporation
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Canada Safeway Limited
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
    Corus Entertainment Inc.
    Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
    Ernst & Young LLP
    George Brown College
    Health Canada – Santé Canada
    Home Depot Canada, The
    HSBC Bank Canada
    L’Oréal Canada Inc.
    Manitoba Lotteries Corporation
    McGill University
    Mount Sinai Hospital
    MTS Allstream Inc.
    Nexen Inc.
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
    Ontario Public Service
    Port Metro Vancouver
    Procter & Gamble Inc.
    Royal Bank of Canada
    Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation
    Saskatchewan Government Insurance / SGI
    SaskPower Corporation
    Scotiabank Group
    Shell Canada Limited
    Stantec Consulting Inc.
    Statistics Canada
    Stikeman Elliott LLP
    Telus Corporation
    Toronto Police Service
    TransCanada Corporation
    University of British Columbia
    University of Toronto

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