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Province exceeds national birth rate for third consecutive year
CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:51 PM CT Last Updated: Jun 21, 2012 12:50 PM CT Read 13
Manitoba‘s population increased by slightly more than 16,000 between April 2011 and April 2012.
The province is now home to 1,261,500 people, according to Statistics Canada figures released Thursday.
The main driver of the growth was a record arrival of 16,074 immigrants from around the world. As well, during the last 12 months there were 16,483 babies born in Manitoba —the highest number of births in the last 17 years.
While some people also left the province, the net gain was 16,045.
The growth of 1.3 per cent is the highest level since modern-day record keeping began in 1971, provincial trade minister Peter Bjornson stated in a news release.
“With this population gain, Manitoba has now exceeded the national growth rate for the third consecutive year,” he said, adding, “our growth was the third highest among the provinces.”
Manitoba’s population has increased by nearly 107,000 over the last 10 years, driven by a net inflow to the province of some 53,300 people, Bjornson said.
In the previous 10-year period, the population grew by 43,800 with a net loss of 15,500 people to other provinces and countries.
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A new infographic challenges Canadians to learn more about the country’s immigration policies.
Toronto (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
CanadaFAQ.ca announced today publication of a new inforgraphic, designed to present some important facts about immigrants settling in Canada, facts that every Canadian should know.
The future of Canadian immigration policies has re-entered the public debate and aroused controversy. Thus the new infographic, which uses data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, aims to present a profile of immigrant populations and help Canadians learn about them.
Peter Todorov (president of Art Branch, Inc., the parent company of CanadaFAQ.ca) enlisted the help of Tsveta Mirtcheva, the lead web designer at Art Branch Inc.) to design the immigration infographic.
“Canada has always been a country with strong immigration traditions, and it’s a well-known fact that immigrants are the lifeblood of our nation. People from all around the world come to Canada to start a new, better life, sharing their diverse backgrounds and making our country stronger and more competitive,” said Peter Todorov, President of Art Branch Inc.
The infographic makes use of Canadian immigration statistics for 2011, presenting some important facts about immigrants, the continents and countries they come from, the top immigration destinations, and the major immigration categories.
Immigration is a key factor for the country’s socio-economic development, and the infographic provides important immigration information, offered in an easily digestible form. Given the vast territory and relatively small population of Canada, immigration is essential for its economic growth. It makes Canadian businesses more productive and the economy larger. Immigrants are not only workers – they are consumers who buy food, clothing, cars, and housing. The higher level of consumption results in more job openings to produce more goods. Canada is also a country built by immigrants coming from over 200 countries. This has promoted the growth of a multicultural society, based on intercultural dialogue, communication culture, and cultural tolerance. Canada’s multicultural reality shapes the social and cultural life of the country, and immigrants contribute to and enhance the cultural heritage of the country. Canadians should be more concerned about and involved in crafting and implementing immigration policies. This is important for Canada’s future socio-economic development.
About CanadaFAQ.ca: CanadaFAQ.ca is an informational resource developed by parent company, Art Branch Inc. and designed to offer unbiased information on anything Canadian.
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A new report suggests fewer babies are being born in Canada than in the past. The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows about 5,600 infants were born in hospitals in 2010-2011 – about 1.5% fewer than the year before. The report says this is the first time since 2002-2003 that hospitals have recorded a drop in births. The rate of babies born prematurely before 37 weeks has remained relatively stable at 1 in 12 births, although rates varied among provinces and territories. Alberta and Ontario had the highest rates of preterm births at more than 8%, while Quebec was the only province significantly below the national rate of 7.9%. Caesarean-section rates have remained stable over the years, but women age 35 and older had significantly higher C-section rates than their younger counterparts. The report also shows that hospital admission rates have dropped 31% since 1995.
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By Laura Payton, CBC News
Sweeping changes proposed in a new immigration bill would give new powers to the minister of immigration, including the ability to deny entry to visitors for public policy reasons and to override the rules to let otherwise inadmissible people come to Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney tabled legislation in the House Wednesday that would make it easier for the government to deport refugees, permanent residents and visitors for “serious criminality,” crimes where the punishment is six months or more in jail.
Kenney is selling the bill based on the changes proposed to allow automatic deportation for any non-Canadian sentenced to more than six months in jail.
“I think you can call them dangerous, you can call them serious, we don’t want them in Canada anymore, and that’s the bottom line,” Kenney told Chris Hall on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics.
“If you are a foreign national and you want the privilege of staying in Canada, don’t commit a serious crime.… I don’t think that’s too much to ask people.”
But there’s far more to the bill, including a measure that would allow the immigration minister to decide who can enter the country. One measure would give him the power to deny someone entry or temporary resident status for up to three years on the basis of public policy considerations.
Another measure would let him override the rules to allow entry to someone the minister wants to be allowed in. The example provided in a background document is for a head of state who satisfies the minister that the visit isn’t contrary to the national interest but who would otherwise not be allowed in.
“Sometimes we have foreigners who do not have a criminal conviction and are therefore not strictly inadmissible to Canada under our current law, but who, for example, may have a long track record of promoting violence or hatred against vulnerable groups,” Kenney said, giving the example of an imam who calls for the execution of gays and lesbians, justifies domestic abuse and makes anti-Semitic remarks.
Tool to be used ‘sparingly’
“We have no legal tool to keep him out right now because he hasn’t committed a crime in, say, Saudi Arabia. He might be committing hate crimes in Canada,” Kenney said.
“We would use it sparingly, probably only a handful of cases a year, really for those folks for which there is no other legal grounds to keep them out of the country.”
Jinny Sims, the NDP’s immigration critic, says she has serious concerns about the bill because of the power it gives to the minister and because the House immigration committee is studying the issue now, but won’t finish the study until the fall.
“We have concerns about the growing centralization of power and control into the hands of the minister,” Sims said.
“We raised concerns about that in C-31 [the refugee reform bill], and those concerns are now accentuated as we see more power being given to the minister.”
The proposed law would also take away humanitarian and compassionate grounds as factors in appealing a decision that someone is inadmissible to Canada and would mean the public safety minister would be able to consider only national security and public safety in deciding whether someone can become Canadian.
A spokesman for Kenney said there are 2,747 people with convictions appealing to the Immigration Appeal Division to be able to stay in Canada.
Other proposed changes under the act include:
A rule that would deny an appeal to those with foreign convictions for crimes that would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in Canada.
A rule that would deny entry to Canada to those with a family member inadmissible for security and human rights reasons or organized crime connections, even if that family member isn’t travelling with them.
A five-year inadmissibility period for lying on immigration applications.
Mandatory CSIS interviews if requested.
Reporting conditions for those under deportation orders.
Automatic inadmissibility for non-Canadians and permanent residents for acts of espionage or acts against Canada’s interests.
Kenney suggested one of the reasons for the changes is that judges sometimes sentence people to two years less a day to allow them to keep their immigration appeals. The current law allows an appeal for those sentenced to less than two years.
“If you commit a serious crime in Canada, we are going to send you packing as quickly as we can,” Kenney said.
In their election campaign platform last year, the Conservatives promised to streamline deportations of “foreign criminals” from Canada.
“It often takes years to deport even dangerous foreign criminals from Canada. In some cases, foreign criminals and terrorists here have evaded removal from Canada for over a decade as they exploit endless appeals and loopholes. Canadians expect that foreign criminals will get due process before being removed, but not an endless abuse of our generosity,” campaign literature said.
No review of circumstances
Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman criticized the decision to remove the right of appeal for people sentenced to more than six months in prison.
“[The change] means that there will be no review of all of the circumstances and how the deportation order might affect children or spouses, family, etc.,” Waldman said in an email to CBC News. “It means deportation regardless of how long the person is in Canada.”
“The whole point of the appeal and review [process] was to ensure that people who have committed minor offences and who have lived all their life here or who have children who will be affected, that these matters get considered so that there is a balancing done before the person is deported.”
Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae said Wednesday the government is trying to “change the channel” by introducing legislation a day before the House is expected to adjourn for the summer.
“The [Prime Minister’s Office] is troubled,” Rae told reporters on Parliament Hill.
“Every time they get into trouble with their agenda, they say let’s go back to law and order.… We’ll be studying it carefully but I think we have to understand the political game that’s being played here. You don’t bring in legislation at the very end of June with a view that this is something that you’re going to get done. It’s a view that you want to get some publicity and you want to get a headline.”
The legislation is the latest in a series of changes to Canada’s immigration and refugee system, including:
Bill C-31, which targets human smuggling and gives the immigration minister sole authority to decide which groups of refugee claimants are “mass arrivals.” The bill has passed the House of Commons and is being considered by the Senate.
Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act contained in the omnibus budget bill, which passed the House this week, that will wipe out a backlog of 280,000 applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Applications made before 2008 would be deleted and the application fee refunded.
A new policy that comes into effect June 30 will cut back on the services offered to refugees under the Interim Federal Health Program, which gives temporary health-care coverage to approximately 128,000 refugees.
A decision by Kenney last year to freeze applications from foreign parents and grandparents to join their children in Canada, while raising the annual number of applicants allowed in to the country, in a bid to clear a backlog of 180,000 applications. He also introduced a new “super-visa” that allows family members to visit Canada for up to 10 years provided they have a minimum annual income and arrange their own health insurance.
WINNIPEG — A Canadian man from Nepal says more than 100 people from the Asian country have been financially ruined in a scheme that promised them high-paying jobs in the Alberta oilpatch.
Bradley Jacobson and Kendall Schmidt have appeared in a Winnipeg court charged with various offences under the Criminal Code and Refugee Protection Act.
Jacobson was a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
Yadu Pandey is a Nepalese-Canadian trying to help people back home look for temporary work in Canada.
He says the fraud has ruined 111 people in Nepal who paid $1,300 for jobs in the Alberta oilsands.
Pandey says the Nepalese borrowed money and sold land so they could afford to wire cash.
In Nepal, labourers make $8 a day and the oilsands jobs were a chance to work hard and earn good money, Pandey said.
“He took money from 111 people — $149,350,” Pandey alleged of Jacobson.
Jacobson’s name was in the media as he had won a business award and seemed legitimate, Pandey said. He added that the man’s company, CISI Canadian Immigration Strategies Inc., promised the Nepalese two-year labourer jobs in the oilsands paying $17.45 an hour.
Pandey alleges Jacobson also travelled to Delhi, India, with a man purporting to be with an oilsands company to arrange to get the workers, and charged the Nepalese for their expenses.
Pandey said he later contacted the oilsands company in Alberta to ask about the jobs and was told the company wasn’t hiring and had never heard of Jacobson.
Investigators allege Jacobson and Schmidt developed false businesses — North West Construction and Access Health Manitoba — and submitted fake documents to lure more than 300 foreign workers.
Jacobson faces 23 charges and Schmidt faces eight. None of the charges has been proven in court.
Pandey said his friends in Nepal are worried about their debts and have no way to pay the loans back.
The immigration consultants watchdog agency said Jacobson is no longer a member. When the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council took over its predecessor last July, it automatically absorbed all of its members, including Jacobson, said CEO Phil Mooney. The non-profit council was set up to regulate the immigration consulting profession and safeguard consumer interests.
When it received several complaints about Jacobson, an investigation was launched and Jacobson refused to pay his dues, Mooney said. He was stripped of his membership in December and his name was removed from their website, Mooney said.
The council’s website is updated promptly and is still the best way to make sure an immigration consultant is legitimate, he said.
(Winnipeg Free Press)
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The vast majority of refugees in Canada will continue to receive “comprehensive, first rate” health care, despite cuts to the interim federal health program, according to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is defending cuts to refugees’ health benefits, suggesting it’s only fair to match their health care to what modest-income Canadian citizens are able to access. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
In an interview with host Robyn Bresnahan that aired Wednesday on CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning, Kenney responded to criticism from doctors and refugee advocates who organized a day of action on Monday to protest cuts to the supplementary health benefits refugees receive when they first arrive in Canada.
Kenney disagreed with claims the cuts are unfair to a vulnerable group, pointing out what’s being eliminated is not basic care but services that other modest-income Canadians also have to pay for.
“I wonder why these doctors aren’t raising the same questions about [the medical benefits] taxpaying Canadians receive,” Kenney said, suggesting the government acted out of a sense of fairness, “limiting it to what’s generally available to Canadians.”
“In the real world there are limited resources,” Kenney explained.
Benefits expire June 30
The benefits that will expire June 30 include prescription drugs, vision and dental care – which many Canadians must pay for out of their own pockets unless they have coverage through a private or public supplementary insurance plan.
The protest on Parliament Hill earlier this week was part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the impact of the cuts.
“The government has used this issue to divide Canadians, pitting those who are dissatisfied with their own health coverage against refugees,” Dr. Mark Tyndall, the head of infectious diseases at The Ottawa Hospital, said Monday.
“Canadians are smarter than this. This is an attack on our entire health-care system,” Tyndall said.
In Wednesday’s interview, Kenney said most of the cost savings will come from eliminating health benefits for failed refugee claimants who are found ineligible to remain in Canada.
The minister added his office has received strong support for the changes, by a ratio of 20 in favour to one opposed.
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Jun 20, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, introduced legislation today to expedite the removal of foreign criminals from Canada and to enhance the safety and security of Canadians.
“The Harper Government is putting a stop to foreign criminals relying on endless appeals in order to delay their removal from Canada during which time they continue to terrorize innocent Canadians,” said Kenney “Canadians are generous and welcoming people, but they have no tolerance for criminals and fraudsters abusing our generosity.”
The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act focuses on three areas which would:
1. Make it easier for the Government to remove dangerous foreign criminals
from our country;
2. Make it harder for those who may pose a risk to Canada to enter the
country in the first place; and
3. Remove barriers for genuine visitors who want to come to Canada.
Through the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, the Government is delivering on its commitment to streamline the process to deport convicted criminals by limiting their access to the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Immigration Appeal Division. This will reduce the amount of time certain criminals may remain in Canada by up to 14 months, reducing their chances of committing more crime on Canadian soil.
Another change in the proposed legislation would ensure that foreign nationals who are inadmissible on the most serious grounds – security, human or international rights violations, or organized criminality – will no longer be able to delay their removal by applying for a program that is meant for cases deserving of humanitarian and compassionate consideration. This change is consistent with the government’s no safe haven policy.
Other amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to protect the safety and security of Canadians include a new Ministerial authority to refuse temporary entry in exceptional cases, and increased penalties for those who try to cheat the system.
In contrast, the legislation will facilitate the temporary entry of low-risk individuals who would have previously been refused entry because one of their family members was deemed inadmissible for non-security reasons, such as health.
“These measures are tough but fair,” said Minister Kenney. “We want an immigration system that is open to genuine visitors, while at the same time prevents the entry of foreign criminals and denies them the ability to endlessly abuse our generosity.”
These amendments, which would update the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and our immigration program, complement the recent measures in the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act as well as the Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.
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Requiring new immigrants to speak English or French to a higher level will improve their economic prospects say ministers but others fear the policy will target favoured nationalities.
The Canadian government’s plan to raise language fluency requirements for prospective skilled immigrants has some experts concerned that it may tilt migration patterns toward the English-speaking world.
Canada’s immigration minister Jason Kenney said earlier this year that some immigration applicants will soon have to demonstrate high levels of English or French fluency to gain entry to Canada. The proposed new requirements would apply to the largest class of immigrants, the federal skilled worker category, which accounts for nearly 100,000 of the roughly 250,000 immigrants who come to Canada every year.
The decision is aimed at improving economic outcomes for immigrants in the country, which have been steadily declining over the last 30 years. Today a new immigrant earns only about 60% of the wages of a similarly educated Canadian-born citizen, compared with nearly 90% three decades ago. Meanwhile a flood of research has shown that language ability is one of the best predictors of rapid integration and economic success.
But Naomi Alboim, a public policy professor at Ontario’s Queen’s University and a former provincial deputy minister of citizenship, expects the policy will also have other consequences. The most striking will be a significant shift in source countries, she said. Alboim anticipates a decline in the number of migrants from China, for example, and a rise in the number from English-speaking countries.
Such a shift would make Canada’s immigrant intake more similar to Australia’s. The Australian government raised immigrant language requirements over the last decade and its immigrants have fared better economically than those in Canada. But Australia also receives proportionally larger numbers from English-speaking countries such as the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, who tend to integrate more quickly.
“A focus on language does make eminent sense. But I think we have to be careful about how high we are setting the bar and whether that is going to exclude a whole group of people who can contribute to a very significant degree with a little bit of assistance,” Alboim said.
“We don’t need to restrict our entire federal skilled worker intake to only those who have a high level of language, because that can develop over time.”
Canada adopted a points-based immigration admission system in the 1960s to guard against any discrimination on the basis of race, religion or national origin, which had been shameful features of immigration policy in the past. Although it has awarded a certain number of points for language ability, it will now require that immigrants wishing to work in the professions demonstrate “fluency” on standardised tests. A slightly lower level would be required for those in skilled trades.
While anyone can, in theory, learn a language, English or French fluency is more common in some parts of the world and Canada may be taking a step, intentional or not, towards targeting source countries.
Debbie Douglas, executive director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, fears that the new policy will screen out people from the global south. “We can’t discriminate against folks who don’t sound like us. That might mean more propping up of language teaching [for new immigrants] but that’s a very small price to pay for helping people contribute to building our country,” Douglas said.
“We have committed to a multicultural ethos. We’ve agreed that Canada is a diverse country, that it’s one of our strengths, that it makes us stronger socially and economically.”
Kenney has said it is hard to predict what impact the new language requirements might have on source countries, as they tend to ebb and flow for a variety of reasons, including global economic conditions as well as selection criteria. His goal is to create a more flexible language grid that will contribute to improving the economic fortunes of those who are selected.
At the moment the federal government does not do much recruiting of immigrants, since it already receives many more applications than it can accept in a year. But provinces, employers and post-secondary institutions can and do target newcomers independently. For regions that struggle to attract immigrants, targeting has become an important way of encouraging population growth.
The premier of Saskatchewan recently flew to Ireland to encourage unemployed Irish young people to embark for the booming prairies. And neighbouring Manitoba takes aim at groups it believes will settle comfortably in the notoriously cold province. Recently Manitoba has turned to Ukraine, a major source country a hundred years ago, to find people to settle rural areas.
While an emphasis on language might produce better economic outcomes for immigrants in the short term, it could also have other effects. Canada may struggle to find enough people with sufficient levels of fluency to maintain its very high immigration levels, for example. A sudden shift in the attainability of immigration may have an impact on Canada’s ties to a country such as China and studies have shown that trade ties increase through immigration.
Howard Ramos, a sociologist at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, says statistics show the overwhelming majority of immigrants are able to speak one of Canada’s official languages.
“The history of immigration has shown a high degree of language integration over time. So I’m not entirely sure the concern being raised is necessarily warranted,” Ramos said.
“The points system was introduced to correct the injustices of focusing on culture and language too heavily. It was a society and a time that was much more ethnocentric. I don’t think it’s a time we should try and return to.”