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Labour Force Survey, October 1999

Employment grew strongly in October for the second consecutive month. An increase of 80,000 builds on September’s gain of 64,000 and brings job gains so far this year to 253,000 (+1.7%). Unemployment fell in October by an estimated 47,000 and the unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points to 7.2%, its lowest level since March 1990. […]

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Efforts to Expedite Application Process Necessary

In a recent article which appeared in The Globe and Mail (November 19, 1999), Elinor Caplan – Canada’s newly-installed Immigration Minister – indicated Canada’s intentions to encourage the entry of immigrants. During the course of an interview, Ms. Caplan admitted that Canada has been focusing too much of its resources on protecting its borders, as […]

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Proposal Regarding New Citizenship Act

On November 5, 1999, the Government of Canada announced the proposal of a new Citizenship Act. According to Elinor Caplan, Canada’s Immigration Minister, the new Act is designed to “strengthen the value of Canadian citizenship by better defining what it means to be Canadian and by setting clearer criteria for acquiring citizenship.” As the government […]

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Q & A:Employment Authorization: Difficulty at Port of Entry

Q. I am an American-Chinese, was traveling with a white salesman to make a service call at a large computer company in Toronto. At the airport, customs/immigration asked us the same questions, I was sent for further questioning, but the salesman was sent through. The immigration official said they were worried about giving out too […]

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Q & A: Licensing Requirements for Financial Professionals

Q. Campbell/Cohen web site warns that in certain instances the lack of Canadian accreditation may result in the refusal of an application for Canadian Permanent residence. Is the accreditation for the professions of the: Auditor, Accountant, and Financial analyst required for the acceptance of the application? If yes, would the US CPA license suffice? Answer: […]

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Labour Force Survey, September 1999

Employment rose by an estimated 64,000 in September, bringing gains so far this year to 173,000 (+1.2%). September’s job growth resulted in a drop in the number of unemployed, causing the unemployment rate to fall 0.3 points to 7.5%, its lowest level since June 1990. Full-time employment shows strong growth September’s job growth was all […]

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Case Comment: “Usually Required”

Applicants who apply for a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa under the “Skilled Worker” category are assessed under a “points” system. Under current Federal Selection Criteria, applicants are awarded “units of assessment” for a number of objective factors, such as age, education, occupational background and language ability. In addition, applicants must satisfy the employment requirements associated […]

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Immigrants Face Tighter Rules

Ottawa — Canada plans to erect almost insurmountable hurdles for would-be immigrants who lack a university or college degree, say lawyers familiar with a new proposal changing the way Ottawa selects newcomers. The scheme, lawyers say, would make it almost impossible for many skilled trades-people to get into the country, thanks to a suggested new […]

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Quebec Update: Montreal Business Class Selection Interviews

The Quebec Director General of Immigration has recently announced that, in light of the unusually high volume of Business Class applications submitted during the last quarter of 1998 and the first quarter of 1999 (including 2,000 applications received in the month of March 1999 alone), the Ministère des Relations avec les Citoyens et de l`Immigration […]

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