Canada welcomed record numbers from China in 2014

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

Permanent residents, international students and visitor visas account for record year May 29, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, marked the finale of Asian Heritage Month by announcing at Markham’s Sino-Canada Educational and Cultural Festival that Canada welcomed nearly 361,000 visitors from China in 2014 – up 34 percent from the previous year. In addition to …

Protecting Canadians

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

Government of Canada now able to revoke citizenship of dual citizens convicted of terrorism May 29, 2015 — Ottawa — Measures came into force officially today that enable Canada to revoke citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism, treason and high treason, and/or spying for foreign governments. Canadian citizenship can now also be revoked from dual citizens for taking up …

National Professional Practice Examination

Settlement ISC Employment

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is introducing a new, computer-based version of the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE). The NPPE is a mandatory exam that all applicants must pass before they can become licensed to practice engineering or geoscience in Alberta. Computerizing the NPPE will benefit applicants in many ways: multiple test locations in Alberta …

Lilac Festival 2015

Settlement ISC Community, Fun Facts

The Lilac Festival is an annual free street festival held in Calgary on the last Sunday of May. Thousands of people come to 4th street (between 13th Avenue South and Elbow Drive) with the slogan: “Shake off your winter blues and come to Lilac Fest!” Lilac flowers are often blooming throughout the city at this time. The event lasts for …

Maximizing the benefits of immigration for the Canadian economy

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Employment

Meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers of immigration focused on economic immigration May 22, 2015 — Toronto — Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments reiterated their shared commitment to maximizing the economic benefits of immigration at today’s meeting of FPT Ministers responsible for immigration. The selection of economic immigrants and the improvement of settlement and labour market outcomes for …

Super Visa hits super milestone

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

Program helps families reunite faster May 19, 2015 —Surrey— Over 50,000 of the popular Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have been issued since its December 2011 launch, as part of Phase I of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification. This multiple-entry visa is valid for up to 10 years and provides parents and grandparents with the flexibility of being able …

Canada expands the China Transit Program – Canada News Centre

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

Facilitating travel for Chinese transit passengers through Canada May 19, 2015 —Vancouver— Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced at the Vancouver International Airport the expansion of the China Transit Program (CTP). This program allows eligible Chinese travellers to fly to and transit through Canada visa-free when they are en route to and from the United States. Starting June …

Happy Victoria Day!

Settlement ISC Fun Facts

Victoria Day is on the Monday before May 25 to honor Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. It was during her lifetime that the British Empire expanded greatly. Celebrations are held in some cities such as in Victoria, British Columbia where a parade is held. Nowadays, people may be less aware of the historical meaning …

Philippines—Top source country for permanent residents to Canada in 2014 – Canada News Centre

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

Philippines—Top source country for permanent residents to Canada in 2014 May 8, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada welcomed more than 40,000 permanent residents from the Philippines in 2014—up over 30 percent from 2013, making the Philippines Canada’s top source country for permanent residents last year. During the state visit to Canada by Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, from …

Vaisakhi Festival

Settlement ISC Seniors

Vaisakhi Festival is celebrated as the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Khalsa Panth. As a harvest festival, Vaisakhi is celebrated with a lot of gusto with the performance of folk dance and music. The Seniors Program at ISC celebrated Vaisakhi on April 17. The senior clients in the NE prepared consecrated food at the Gurudwara to feed …