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Immigration has never been higher, and Canadians have never been more pleased with it

Tristin Hopper The National Post Oct 31, 2022  

As immigration surges to its highest levels in Canadian history, a new poll finds that Canada remains one of the most pro-immigration countries on Earth.

According to a telephone survey of 2,000 Canadians conducted by the Environics Institute, record-high numbers of Canadians agree with the notion that Canada “needs more immigrants.” This is in tandem with record low numbers of Canadians who report a belief that “immigration levels are too high.”

Atlantic provinces see rapid growth in immigration, Census figures show

Hina Alam · CBC News · Posted: Oct 26, 2022

Chijioke Amadi has called Prince Edward Island home for the past 15 years since arriving from Nigeria.

He landed in the province in 2007, when he was 21, to study engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island. His road hasn't always been easy.

In his third year, Amadi was late paying his tuition and was asked to leave an exam hall. "I got kicked out of school, my final exam," he said in a recent interview.

A nation of immigrants: Newcomers' share of Canadian population hits record

Anna Mehler Paperny October 27, 2022 Salt Wire

TORONTO (Reuters) - Immigrants' share of Canada's population has hit its highest point in the country's 150-year history and the biggest share among G7 countries, new data released by Statistics Canada showed on Wednesday.

Twenty-three percent of Canadians were immigrants in 2021, according to the census, and Statistics Canada projects that between 29% and 34% of the population will be immigrants by 2041.

Ottawa urged to remove quota on Afghan refugee sponsorship program

Canadian Press Oct 28, 2022 

TORONTO — A group of advocates is urging the federal government to remove the limit on applications to sponsor certain Afghan refugees in Canada – or at least stop counting rejected applications towards it.

The government introduced a new program last month to allow Canadian individuals and organizations to privately sponsor up to 3,000 Afghan refugees who don’t have refugee status from the United Nations refugee agency or a foreign state.

Growing wave of unaccompanied minors among Ukrainians fleeing to Canada

Alistair Steele · CBC News · Posted: Nov 02, 2022

Early on the morning of Feb. 24, 16-year-old Denys was jolted awake by the rumble of Ukrainian tanks racing down a nearby highway to head off the Russian invasion of his country.

Within days, the enemy had broken through and entered the teen's hometown of Bucha, the Kyiv region community that would soon become synonymous with the brutality of the occupiers.

Recent immigrants locating in Peterborough has nearly doubled, Census finds

By Examiner Staff Thu., Oct. 27, 2022

The Peterborough census metropolitan area had nearly twice as many recent immigrants last year than it did five years earlier, 2021 Census statistics released Wednesday by Statistics Canada indicate.

Peterborough had 1,300 recent immigrants in 2021 compared to 750 in 2016, the Census found.

Despite the rise, Peterborough still takes in just a small fraction, about 0.1 per cent, of all the recent immigrants to Canada.

Canada must move faster to resettle Uyghur refugees at risk of being returned to a genocide

Amira Elghawaby The Star Tue., Nov. 1, 2022

Abdulrezzak Muhammed expressed gratitude at being able to recently host over 100 fellow Uyghurs from across Canada at the community centre he runs in Ottawa’s east-end.

They were in town last Wednesday as part of a delegation urging parliamentarians to support a private member’s motion to resettle 10,000 Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims here in Canada.

'We are not strangers in the country:' Advocates question why Diwali isn't a public holiday in Canada

Rhythm Sachdeva CTV News Oct. 27, 2022

As millions of South Asians around the world celebrate Diwali this year, a festival symbolizing triumph over darkness and dating back 2,500 years, its strong foothold on regions far from the Indian subcontinent also comes to light.

A five-day celebration enjoyed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists, it is considered a national holiday in India, Fiji, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal and most recently, a city in the United States.

Canada to welcome 500,000 immigrants a year by 2025 as minister moves to hand-pick more newcomers

Nicholas Keung The Star Tue., Nov. 1, 2022

The federal government will use new power to hand-pick immigrants to address Canada’s skill shortages, increase the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, and begin issuing temporary visas for spouses while their permanent-residence applications are being processed.