In October, 2013, the Nigeria-Canada Forum held the 2013 Nigeria-Canada Exchange Series, aimed at strengthening the commercial ties of the two countries. This initiative is part of the larger history of friendly diplomatic relations between Canada and Nigeria in both economic and political spheres.
Individuals interested in immigrating to Alberta have until November 28th to complete their application. The Alberta lmmigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has recently experienced changes and has opened up new categories for applicants.
Today the Canadian Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced changes to the popular Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
The CEC is a program that allows eligible applicants with Canadian work experience to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency. The CEC is currently open to applicants who have gained 1 year of skilled, paid work experience in Canada within the three years before applying. Applicants must also meet minimum language requirements and have the intention of residing in any Canadian Province other than Quebec. Under the current CEC, which ends tomorrow, there are not caps or limits.
Quebec has always had a unique immigration system compared to other Canadian provinces. In the 1990s, the Quebec government struck a deal with the Federal Government when Canada and Quebec were on the verge of separation. In this deal, the Quebec government gained more control over its immigration programs.
The Canadian government has promised to speed up the process of family reunification through its immigration programs.
Recruiting firm Hays PLC has completed a study examining the skills gap within thirty of the world’s developed economies. Canada places ninth on the list of countries with a severe skills shortage in their labour pool. In terms of the skills gap, Canada has come out ahead of Japan, Sweden, Germany and the United States to name a few. However, according to Hays PCL chief executive, Alistair Cox, who recently visited the country from Britain, the likelihood of improvement appears increasingly marginal.
The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants created a new website that explains the benefits of attaining the Canadian citizenship and guides applicants through the application process. The website, citizenshipcounts.ca, as well as its respective iOS and Android apps, has been developed to help dispel common myths and theories that many hold about the Canadian citizenship process, as well as offer help for the citizenship test.
Canadian Bar Association
Québec Bar Association
Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association