26 Mar Canada announced a new International Education Strategy
Canada announced a new International Education Strategy
The post-secondary education system of Canada is famous globally for the quality of its educational institutions and the great results of its students. Nevertheless, in an increasingly global economy and labour market, Canadian youth need to develop a range of skills. Among those skills, the emphasis is given on adaptability, fluency in several languages and inter-cultural skills. In the new International Education Strategy, the Government proposes to invest $147.9 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, and $8.0 million per year ongoing for International work/study opportunities and Promotion of the merits of Canadian education. This new Strategy will be delivered in coordination with provinces and territories, as well as colleges, polytechnics and university educational institutions and other key partners.
Mexico will send 26,000 workers to Canada in 2019
The government of Mexican President López Obrador announced that it was sending 26,000 workers to Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). The Mexican government guaranteed that they would be accompanied to ensure their human and labour rights were respected. The announcement was made by Mexican Undersecretary of Employment and Labour Productivity Horacio Duarte at a farewell ceremony at the Mexico City airport for 254 workers travelling to British Columbia on 21 March. He said ensuring safe and organized labour mobility was one of the Mexican government’s priorities. Several Mexican government departments are in touch with the Canadian government to ensure human rights and labour rights for the Mexican workers. Ambassador Jacob Prado González, director general for the protection of Mexicans abroad, encouraged Mexican workers to report irregularities in the workplace or in terms of benefits, as well as any accidents. The author expressed hope that the Mexican government will demand better fulfilment of labour standards by Canadian employers through the Canadian authorities, as SAWP has frequently been criticized for abuse and poor working conditions.
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Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Workers program
The Manitoba Immigrant Centre informs newcomers about the Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker (NISW) program, which is available at the centre. This program operates across Winnipeg and is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Manitoba Immigrant Centre says that hosting this program at the centre has ensured that a consistent message is given to all newcomers, along with providing a professional standard of practice and training among Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Workers. The objective of the NISW program is to provide ongoing settlement support in newcomer communities, facilitating their initial transition and long-term integration into Canadian society. The efficiency and success of this program are already being recognized and welcomed by other service providers and the wider community. Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Workers provide settlement information and orientation to newcomers, connect them with programs and services, host special events for newcomers to meet their neighbours, and promote public awareness about immigrant issues.
The free app launches to help immigrants and refugees as they settle in BC
A free app has just launched that aims to help immigrants and refugees access services as they settle in British Columbia. The app, called Arrival Advisor, strives to assist newcomers as they “plan their settlement journey” and is “customized to fit their needs.” The app is described as a “one-stop shop” for immigrants and refugees in finding reliable information on a variety of topics, including employment, healthcare, banking, government programs, housing, education and more. In 2018, there were more than 70,000 newcomers to BC.