On a weekly basis, TCET compiles and posts relevant media coverage related to employment, settlement and language services.

Asylum seekers’ old lives revealed in the scraps found along road to Canada

August 19, 2017 • Metro News

In the bushes at the end of Roxham Rd., just steps from Canada, lay a sheet of white paper that had been ripped from a notebook and soaked from the previous day’s rain. It was torn into 11 pieces and tossed away, seemingly moments before its author followed in the steps of the nearly 7,000 others who have sought asylum in Canada so far in 2017 via this hole in the border with the U.S.


Refugees stuck in backlog have a chance at getting out of it — if they can afford the legal fees

August 19, 2017 • Toronto Star

Refugee claimants stuck in Canada’s growing backlog have a chance to get their cases heard speedily — if they can afford to take the Immigration and Refugee Board to court. By giving the asylum-seekers their long-awaited hearings, the board avoided the possibility the Federal Court would make a ruling in relation to its handling of the backlog


'Way to go, Vancouver': PM cheers as thousands oppose anti-immigration rally

August 19, 2017 • CTV News

Thousands gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Saturday to show their support for diversity, in anticipation of a rally against Islam, immigration and the Liberal government’s policies on multiculturalism.


Douglas Todd: Global seniors flock to Canada’s 'super visa'

August 20, 2017 • Vancouver Sun

A growing number of seniors around the planet have become like nomads, travelling the world to spend time with their children in different immigrant-receiving countries. As a result, says Vancouver immigration lawyer Joshua Sohn, many offshore parents who don’t want to become Canadian citizens are instead applying for this country’s “super visa” which allows them to stay with their children here for up to two years at a time.


This survivor wants Toronto to know what happens when you give refugees a chance

August 20, 2017 • CBC News

Ellen Lainez, like millions of others around the world, once sought refuge from a region heaving with disorder and turmoil. A survivor of violent assault, she fled soon after her attack, stuffing everything she could carry into a backpack and leaving everything else behind. Eight years later, she's built a new life with a familiar purpose: helping other newcomers settle in.


Global Voices: New entrepreneurs are giving back

August 20, 2017 • Times Colonist

As high schoolers return to guidance councillor’s questions about the future, one trend continues to dominate the workforce — the gig economy. A growing number of young people are cobbling together contract work, side jobs and short-term employment as university degrees no longer guarantee jobs. When young people do find work, more than a quarter are underemployed.


Series of mishaps keeps orphaned Dominican girl from joining adoptive parents in Canada

August 20, 2017 • Toronto Star

Vaden Earle first met Mari-Thérèse Pierre, a Haitian refugee, in the Dominican Republic in 2005 when he was on a humanitarian mission with a youth group he founded in Canada. The Hamilton man would see the woman with her newborn child, Widlene, scavenging for food around a giant dump site near Puerto Plata and would often chat with her.


Trudeau urges Canadians to maintain trust in immigration system

August 20, 2017 • The Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians should maintain confidence in the immigration system even as thousands of asylum seekers continue to pour into the country.


Status of Women Canada pushing for procurement to support female entrepreneurs

August 20, 2017 • National Post

The Liberal government is thinking about using its massive purchasing power to support women in business. “Inclusive federal procurement is a potential avenue through which the Government of Canada can demonstrate leadership and support for women’s entrepreneurship,” said a November 2016 memo prepared for Patty Hajdu, who was then minister for the status of women.


Record number of immigrant and refugee students in newcomer programs

August 21, 2017 • CBC News

More than 60 people from six countries took part in the Newcomer Orientation Week program at Catholic Central High School on Monday. The four-day program aims to get students comfortable with their new environment, culminating with a graduation ceremony at the end of the week.


Syrian refugees facing challenges three years after settlement

August 21, 2017 • Metro News

The giving nature of Edmontonians has led to an “increased sense of safety and belonging” among Syrian refugees, but they still face significant challenges with accessing health care, employment and affordable housing.


Canadian citizenship grant upheld for immigrant doctor living in the U.S.

August 22, 2017 • National Post

An immigrant doctor doing medical training in the United States can keep his Canadian citizenship even though he had spent far fewer days in Canada than normally required to become a citizen, Federal Court has ruled.


NDP pushing to reunite live-in caregivers with their families sooner

August 24, 2017 • Beach Mirror

Jenny Kwan, who is the NDP’s critic for immigration, refugees and citizenship, said much more must be done to better the lives of those who come to Canada to take care of others. “For these families, they are waiting and waiting and waiting. The backlog is astounding,” she said. Currently, the average application processing time for live-in caregivers is four-and-a-half years.


Canadian passports to soon have gender-neutral option, federal government announces

August 24, 2017 • National Post

Starting Aug. 31, Canadians can indicate on their passports that they don’t identify as either male or female.It’s the latest step in the federal government’s plan to eventually allow individuals to identify their sex as ‘x’ — that is, unspecified — on passports and other government-issued documents that typically allow people to tick only “m” or “f.”


Embracing diversity is uncomfortable – and that’s a good thing

August 25, 2017 • The Globe and Mail

Does the tech sector have a diversity and inclusion problem? A quick scan of the news suggests it does.Thirty-one Canadian technology companies were recently asked if they collected data on the diversity of their employees. Only two companies, OTTO and Wealthsimple, shared numbers. Other startups volunteered data, including Borrowell.

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Region of Peel
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Service Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Toronto Employment & Social Services
Employment Ontario
Government of Saskatchewan