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Canada’s Immigration System: 150 Years Later

June 21, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Senior Research Associate and
Senior Network Manager
, Immigration

With Canada’s 150th anniversary just around the corner, The Conference Board of Canada has released a new report looking at the evolution of the country’s immigration system.

Upon Confederation, immigration was spelled out as only one of three ...

After Brexit and Trump, Is There a Point to the Points System?

May 08, 2017

Marc Desormeaux
Economist
National Forecast

 

Both British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump have discussed the merits of points-based immigration systems in recent months, with Trump citing Canada’s model as an exemplar. The desire for more control over immigration was a key component in the U.K.’s vote to leave ...

Business Immigration Can Play a Role in Canada’s Economic Growth Agenda

May 02, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

While the global business immigration population is on the rise, Canada’s intake of business immigrants has fallen—even though it is admitting more newcomers. Consequently, Canada could be missing out on the opportunity to lure immigrants with the human, social, and ...

Settling Syrian Refugees: Lessons from the GTA

April 24, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

Since November 2015, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has been the leading destination of Syrian refugee arrivals to Canada, welcoming about one-in-five of the 40,000 newcomers.1 Given that some 20,000 Syrian refugee applications have been finalized or remain under process,2...

Canada Deserves an “A” for Immigration Innovation

April 19, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that adage holds true when looking at Canada’s approach to immigration. While Canada is not always known for being innovative, it has identified creative approaches to recruit newcomers and facilitate ...

Five Reasons to Sign Up for Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond

April 12, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

On May 9–10, The Conference Board of Canada hosts its third annual Canadian Immigration Summit in Ottawa to celebrate the vital contributions that immigrants have made to Canada and discuss innovations that could help build an even stronger immigration system ...

Quebec Has Great Potential to Attract and Retain More International Students

April 04, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

There are many reasons why an international student would want to study in Quebec. The province offers international students excellent colleges and universities, globally competitive tuition fees, a heritage like no other in North America, the opportunity to learn French ...

Canada Needs Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Investors

January 25, 2017

Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada
Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

While protectionist instincts are prevailing around the world, Canada’s doors are wide open to immigrants. This openness acknowledges that immigrants make Canada prosperous. However, Canada has ...

Immigration in 2016: A Year of Change

December 19, 2016

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

Over the past 10 years, Canada’s immigration system has experienced one of the most profound periods of change in the nation’s history. Canada has launched several new economic class programs, introduced Express Entry, made it easier for international students to work ...

Shaping the Future of Canadian Business Immigration

November 28, 2016

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

Since 1978, Canada has operated various business immigration programs to attract entrepreneurs and investors. While business immigration programs are guided by the straightforward rationale of attracting those who will help grow Canada’s economy, the programs have had mixed success. It’s ...

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