News February, 2016

Farmers want feds to allow more seasonal foreign workers

By John Cotter, The Canadian Press| Agriculture groups want the federal government to allow more producers to hire foreign seasonal employees to work on farms. “There are some jobs that we can’t get Canadians to do,” Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said Wednesday.

International students provide major benefits

By Andrew Wilkinson, Vancouver Sun | When international students arrive in B.C., not only do they benefit from high-quality education, they also bring a wide range of short- and long-term social, cultural and economic benefits.

Refugee family of nine struggles to find home

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun | After three years of living in limbo in Jordan and then six weeks spent in a Surrey hotel, the Sua’Ifan family from Syria is ready for a permanent home. But a home in Metro Vancouver is proving elusive for a family of nine.

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Avalanche of refugees about to hit B.C.

By Tara Carmen and Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun | British Columbia is to receive 1,100 Syrian refugees in the next 10 days, effectively doubling the number already here. It will be the largest influx of government-assisted refugees to this province, said Chris Friesen, settlement services director with the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.

Temporary foreign workers program faces federal review

By Rober Fife, Globe and Mail | The Liberal government plans to launch a full-scale review of the controversial temporary foreign workers program. MaryAnn Mihychuk, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, told The Globe and Mail she will ask a parliamentary committee for proposals to fix the program.