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Here’s how to ensure public support of Canadian immigration policy in the wake of Trump and Brexit

The election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote in the U.K. brought to the surface the public’s concern and anger with U.S. and U.K. immigration policies. As a country built on immigration, Canada cannot afford to close its doors to the world’s best and brightest. Instead, as I argue in my latest CBC Op-ed, what Canada needs to … Continue reading

Could a change in U.S. immigration policy affect immigration to Canada?

The U.S. has had trouble passing immigration reform for years. It seems that every time they come close to a solution, one side of the debate or the other derails the process. However, if they do pass new laws that make it easier for temporary foreign workers to enter the U.S., this could have a … Continue reading

Is this really how Canada’s immigraiton dating game will work?

In a year-end interview with the Globe & Mail, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney outlined his plan for an immigration system in which prospective immigrants could essentially post resumes to a government database that companies in Canada could access. If companies like what they see, these companies could essentially offer jobs to these prospective immigrants which would … Continue reading

Here is why immigration to Canada will be driven by employers

This week, I had the opportunity to write this op-ed column in the Winnipeg Free Press on how the Canadian immigration system will make it easier for skilled trades and persons with Canadian work experience to immigrate here. While the new changes target certain skilled individuals, the overall thrust of the Canadian immigration system of the 2010s … Continue reading

How Manitoba’s business immigration program can be fixed

On Wednesday, the Winnipeg Free Press ran an article on Manitoba’s failing business immigration program. Today, I chipped in my suggestion in a Free Press Op-Ed on how to fix the business immigration program. Manitoba’s business immigration systems suffers from two things: Long immigration processing times that do not reflect the reality of doing business; and A … Continue reading

How to support unemployed Canadians and also call for an increase in foreign workers

An article in the Winnipeg Free Press today cited a CIBC report that asks the question of whether Canada is bringing in foreign workers while ignoring unemployed Canadians. The report from the CIBC finds that high-demand positions in Canada are remaining vacant while lower-skilled workers suffer from higher unemployment. According to the CIBC, occupations in sectors such as health … Continue reading

Cracking down on foreign criminals… and employers?

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present my views before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on Bill C-43 (The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act). The signature piece in this bill is the portion of the legislation that would allow Canada to deport criminals convicted of crimes in which … Continue reading

Manitoba Health Care and the 12 month work permit

What is the difference between a 12 month work permit and an 11 1/2 month work permit in Manitoba?  Outside of 14 days, the major difference between the two is that a 12 month work permit entitles a foreign worker and his or her family to Manitoba health care while a work permit of under … Continue reading

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program – Are the critics wrong?

Over the weekend, this article appeared calling out and criticizing Manitoba’s immigration program: Is Manitoba’s immigration ‘success’ worth crowing over? – Winnipeg Free Press* . According to the article, Manitoba’s immigration program is not the success it appears to be because the incomes of new immigrants to Manitoba are below the incomes of immigrants to … Continue reading

Immigration Pilot Projects – Good Idea or Creator of Competitive Disadvantages?

In many cases, before the government introduces changes to the immigration system, pilot projects are run to assess whether a new and different approach to immigration will achieve certain policy goals.  The advantage of pilot projects are that they allow the government to analyze how a change in immigration policy could work on a smaller scale level … Continue reading