Saturday, May 12, 2012

Essential resources for immigrating to Canada


Globe and Mail Update

This list of resources represents only a small collection of websites, groups and organizations dealing with immigration in Canada. Add to this list by submitting your suggestions at the bottom of this page.
National
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada: The Government of Canada's online immigration portal with information on moving to Canada, applying for citizenship and multiculturalism.
  • The Maytree foundation: A Canadian charity focused on reducing poverty in Canada by offering training, networking and other resources.
  • Metropolis Canada: An international research and public policy network focused on immigrant integration in Canada with several provincial divisions.
  • International Experience Canada (IEC): A partnership program with many countries allowing youth to travel to Canada to work, study and explore. French citizens between 18 and 35 can see this program- Suggested by Davor Miskulin and Rob Vineberg, members of the Globe and Mail Advisory Panel on Immigration
  • Canadian Council for Refugees: A non-profit umbrella organization focused on the protection and settlement of refugees in Canada.Suggested by Lori Wilkinson, a member of the Globe and Mail Advisory Panel on Immigration
  • Institute for Canadian Citizenship: A national, non-profit organization focused on helping new citizens by connecting them with established citizens and promoting Canadian experiences.Suggested by Globe reader Jess Duerden.
  • Immigration Business Network (ib2ib): A Canada-wide interactive website for business immigrants settling in Canada. Located in Quebec. Suggested by Globe reader Patricia Rimok.
Ontario
Alberta
  • Government of Alberta immigration: The main resource page for living and working in Alberta.
  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program: Designed to attract skilled immigrants to the province, these nominee programs work with the federal government, which makes final decisions about applicants.
  • Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council: Works with employers and immigrants in Calgary to help new Canadians find work commensurate with their skills and experience.
  • Catholic Social Services: An agency based in Alberta offering settlement, educational, language, employment and outreach services for free in more than 35 languages. Suggested by Rob Vineberg, a member of the Globe and Mail Advisory Panel on Immigration
British Columbia
  • British Columbia immigration: The main resource page for immigrating to B.C., including information about living, working and studying in the province.
  • Settlement services map: An interactive map containing resources and services for new immigrants in the province.
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.: A large social service agency in B.C. providing settlement services, ESL training, employment counseling and community development services to new immigrants.
  • Metropolis British Columbia: A research centre focused on immigration and diversity in B.C.
  • Immigrant Employment Council of B.C. (IEC-BC): Works with businesses to promote the benefits of integrating immigrants into the province's labour market. Helps businesses attract, hire and retain skilled immigrants. Suggested by Globe reader Roley Chiu.
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
  • Immigrate to Manitoba: The Government of Manitoba's official web portal for information about immigrating and settling in the province
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program: A partnership with the Government of Canada intended to recruit skilled workers to the province.
  • Immigrant Centre: A resource and training centre in Winnipeg focused on helping new immigrants integrate within the province.
  • Business Council of Manitoba: A group of professionals in Manitoba focused on the province's economic and community growth, including immigration policy. Suggested by Rob Vineberg, a member of the Globe and Mail Advisory panel on Immigration
Quebec
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Yukon
Northwest Territories
  • NWT Nominee Program: A program allowing qualified individuals, business owners and self-employed immigrants to obtain permanent residency in a shorter time than the usual process.

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