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New rules to strengthen Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

New rules to strengthen Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program were announced by Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Changes that were initially published in the Canada Gazette Part 1 on October 9, 2009, are now being implemented.

“The government is taking action to protect temporary foreign workers, including live-in caregivers, from potential abuse and exploitation,” said Minister Kenney. “We owe it to them, their employers and all Canadians to ensure that the program is fair and equitable. After all, they are an essential element of Canada’s economic success.”

Canada and the World in 2010, an online survey of over 18,000 people in 24 countries, conducted by Ipsos Reid, shows that 53 per cent of people, including 77 per cent of respondents from China and 68 per cent of respondents from India, say they’d live in Canada if they had an opportunity to move. Interestingly, almost 30 per cent of Americans polled would also choose Canada. Other key findings include:

• Eight in ten (79 per cent) respondents think that Canadians enjoy one of the best qualities of life anywhere in the world. Nine in ten (89 per cent) Canadians believe this.

• Most respondents (72 per cent) believe that Canada is welcoming to immigrants, including 86 per cent in China and 84 per cent in India, while almost all (94 per cent) Canadians think so.

• Eight in ten (79 per cent) of respondents describe Canada as being tolerant of people from different racial and cultural backgrounds – equal to the proportion of Canadians (81 per cent) who say the same thing.

“Canadians have long considered ourselves a multicultural success story,” says Andrew Cohen, President of the Historica-Dominion Institute. “The world seems to agree.”

A ‘Told ya!’ seems to be in order!

The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.

For more info on the Institute, visit www.historica-dominion.ca.

Posted: Sep 3, 2010

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