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Full Service Office in Abidjan

Accra’s satellite office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa, has become a full-service immigration office like Accra. Certain countries (see list of area responsibilities*) currently under the jurisdiction of the Accra regional processing centre (RPC) will become part of Abidjan’s new territory after April 1. The division of responsibilities basically follows linguistic lines: French-speaking for […]

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Information Technology Companies to Benefit

Ontario’s Budget, announced early in May, restored tens of millions of dollars in R&D incentives to the bottom lines of IT industry companies. For a two-year period, Ontario will restore the value of base provincial incentives that were to have been clawed back as per the February 2000 federal budget. The announcement is a significant […]

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Plans for Internet Medical School

Ontario Premier, Mike Harris, says his government will head off a crucial doctor shortage by creating a new Internet-based medical school in Northern Ontario and bringing in more foreign doctors. … Harris told the London audience his government would “streamline” foreign doctors’ entry to Ontario, aiming to double the number coming to the province. But […]

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Newcomers good for economy

Immigrant investors have put $2.5 billion into the Canadian economy in the past five years, according to a study by the federal immigration department. “They have contributed to the economic development of every Canadian province and territory,” says the November 2000 study by research manager Martha Justus. “They have been responsible for the maintenance and […]

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Q & A: Paper Screening Score

Q. With a points score of 63 what are the chances of an interview waiver? Failing that what are the chances of being awarded the 7 points for personal suitability at interview? I will be applying through the London office. Answer: Interview waivers are not based on the score that an applicant has alone. Although the […]

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Q & A: The Landing Process

Q. Once the application process is completed, what is the process at the time of landing? Answer: At landing, the validity of landing documents, its consistency with passport information, and validity of passports will be verified. You will be asked to provide a list of any belongings that you intend to have follow you to Canada […]

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Canada’s Economy

Given the recent changes in the economic climate in the USA, we have summarized some recent reports on the Canadian economy for the benefit of our readers. The following has been extracted from the Opening Statement by David Dodge, Governor of the Bank of Canada, before the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce […]

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Bill C-11 Status Update

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration is undertaking the process of public consultations across Canada with respect to Bill C-11, an Act respecting immigration to Canada and the granting of refugee protection to persons who are displaced, persecuted or in danger. The committee will be holding public hearings as follows: April 30 – […]

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Ottawa urged to address skills shortage

OTTAWA — Canada’s technology industry wants the federal government to spend at least $500-million to boost the pool of skilled graduates who are considered key to attracting — and keeping — the industry’s high-growth companies. eMPOWR, a lobby group that includes representatives from tech companies and universities, says Ottawa should spend $100-million a year over […]

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