Below is a brief summary related to Canadian immigration and citizenship news which occurred during the last two weeks:
- 1. Canada Ranked Fourth in Terms of Most Peaceful Country of The World:
The GPI or the Global Peace Index termed Canada amongst the most peaceful countries of the world. Canada shifted three spots in only one year and now ranks four. Also, the study says that Iceland, New Zealand and Denmark are the other more peaceful countries. A number of indicators are used before determining the peacefulness of a country. These comprise of access to weapons, violent demonstrations, organized conflicts, political instability and conflicts fought. Most of the indicators ranked Canada at the top position making it the most peaceful country. Also, the world has on a whole become more peaceful when compared to last year. Except Middle East and North Africa, all other places have shown improvement in the peacefulness level.
- 2. Agreement to Develop Skilled Workforce was Announced:
An agreement to develop skilled workforce in Canada’s oil sands region was announced by CAPP, i.e., Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Canada is ranked second in terms of producing oil and the major portion of it is found in oil sands mainly located in Alberta. This industry provides employment to plenty of Canadian citizens as well as foreign workers. The Building Trade Unions and the CAPP have taken an initiative to promote careers in the field of skilled trade. The president of CAPP, David Collyer, said that the agreement will focus on training and employing people who are currently underrepresented. This will in turn imply a need for immigration. It is estimated that this industry would employ over 2 lakh jobs by 2018 and also around 2 lakh workers would be at the verge of retiring.
- 3. Changes in Procedures as Well as Closure of Extra Visa Offices:
Around nineteen CIC local offices have closed their doors as on the first of June, 2012. Also, front counter services are to be removed from the left over open offices. Visa offices at Kelowna, Prince George, Victoria, Rgeina, Barrie, Oshawa, Sudbury, Quebec City, Saint John, Charlottetown, Nanaimo, Lethbridge, Kingston, Sault Ste-Marie, Thunder Bay, Gatineau, Moncton, Trois-Rivieres and Sherbrooke are now closed. All those who wish to receive services from the open office can do so only by an appointment. The Moncton CIC will process files till October 2012 while other offices will remain entirely closed for the public. All the processing will be given to Canadian Immigration and Citizenship Frederiction in October 2012.
The three most important news headlines of Canada which occurred during the middle of June have been summarized briefly.