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Migrants and supporters in Canada advocate for regularization, permanent status

Griffin Jaeger · CBC News · Posted: Oct 16, 2022

When Samuel Kisitu, a father of three, fled his home in Uganda to come to Canada in 2019, he thought he came to the promised land, where his dreams could be fulfilled. 

Instead, he was met with the reality of living undocumented, unsure of when he could see his family again, and the inability to grow in his professional life.

Prominent Afghan women's rights activist denied refugee admission into Canada, upsetting sponsors

CTV News Oct. 13, 2022

In one of the latest disappointments in Canada’s efforts to aid Afghan refugees, a prominent Afghan women’s activist has had her temporary resident permit application denied, seemingly because of a bureaucratic mistake.

Bessa Whitmore and Sharen Craig have been working for seven months to bring Farzana Adell Ghadiya to the safety of Ottawa.

Don’t speak English or French? In Hamilton, you might earn 57 per cent less than people who do

Ritika Dubey Spectator Reporter Thu., Oct. 13, 2022

If your English or French is weak, you might be earning 57 per cent less than Hamiltonians with better linguistic skills, according to the latest census data.

The fluency of official languages in Hamilton strongly reflected on people’s income, 2021 census data showed. While the majority of the Hamilton population — over 90 per cent — know and speak English, about two per cent don’t speak either of the official languages.

Afghans languish in hotel rooms while Ukrainian refugees are quickly settled: advocate

Bill Kaufmann Oct 11, 2022 

Refugees, primarily those from Afghanistan, are being stranded in Calgary hotels due to skyrocketing rents, limits to assistance and racism, says an advocate helping newcomers.

“We’re seeing factors of systemic racism . . . When people are asked, ‘would you take in an Afghan family’ and they say ‘no,’ there’s issues with that,” said Lee Yuen.

International students enticed to Canada on dubious promises of jobs and immigration

Nazim Baksh, Lisa Ellenwood, Mark Kelley, Satbir Singh Aulakh · CBC News · Posted: Oct 13, 2022

Dilpreet Kaur's parents were worried it would be difficult for her to find a job in her home state of Punjab, India, where her father toils long, lonely hours as a rice and wheat farmer. She, too, felt there was no future for her there.

Quebec wants more immigration powers from Ottawa, but does it really need them?

Cindy Sherwin CTV News Oct. 11, 2022

Even though Canada's prime minister has repeatedly shut the door, Francois Legault keeps on knocking, intent on winning more control over immigration from the federal government.

As with many past leaders in Quebec, it's been a regular refrain of his, dating back well before the provincial election on Oct. 3.

But is there substance to the claim that Quebec needs more autonomy on immigration?

Cap on international students' working hours should be permanently lifted: advocates

 Laura Osman | National Observer | October 12th 2022

A new pilot project to lift the cap on the number of hours international students can work should be made permanent, say advocates who have spent years asking for the change.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced last Friday the federal government would temporarily remove the 20-hour cap on the number of hours international students can work off-campus to address labour shortages.

Ottawa working on program to regularize status of 500,000 immigrants

CBC News · Posted: Oct 07, 2022

The federal government is aiming to create a program that will provide a path to permanent residency for up to 500,000 immigrants who are working in Canada but do not have official standing. 

The program would have unprecedented scope and apply to people whose visa or work permits had expired, and to those whose refugee applications may have been denied or blocked due to a moratorium on deportations to their country, according to Radio-Canada.