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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Examining the "Top 20"

"Best Employers for New Canadians is a new national awards competition conducted by Mediacorp Canada, editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers, in partnership with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

"The award recognizes employers who offer leading programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace, and a new life in Canada."

Here are the Top 20 Firms:

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA - Montreal - finance/banking
CAE INC. - Montreal - manufacturing
CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS CANADA INC. - Waterloo, Ont - manufacturing
CIBC - Toronto - banking
ENBRIDGE INC. - Calgary - natural gas
ERNST & YOUNG LLP - Toronto - finance
ISLAND HEARING SERVICES - Victoria, B.C. - professional medical services
KEANE CANADA INC. - Halifax - information technology
KPMG LLP - Toronto - accounting and professional services
MDS NORDION INC. - Ottawa - medical manufacturing
MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP. - Toronto - financial services
PROVIDENCE HEALTH CARE - Vancouver - medical services
REPLICON INC. - Calgary - information technology
ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL - Toronto - medical services
TD BANK FINANCIAL GROUP - Toronto - financial services
TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION - Toronto - public transportation
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN - Saskatoon - education
WARDROP ENGINEERING INC. - Winnipeg - engineering and information technology
i3DVR INTERNATIONAL INC. - Toronto - manufacturing

Ontario really leads the way in this list, which isn't much of a surprise given the number of immigrants the Province absorbs each year. Let's hope that recognition of these firms will lead to others in their industries stepping up to the challenge of providing opportunities for all Canadians, old and new.

For more details on each firm, read the Star article here.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Movement at last

Just a quick post to note that we were assigned a case number in early January - our lawyer didn't pass the information until now. So it's nice to know that the clock really is ticking and the process really has begun. I'm excited and hopeful that our case will find mercy this time around. I want to come live with my love in Toronto. I want to become a Canadian,

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bad Timing, that's all

I love that Blue Rodeo song.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the latest statistics on immigration processing wait times and my own application, it seems to be an applicable title.

Since 2004, wait times are up 20%. Yikes. I wondered why I hadn't heard anything yet from my lawyer, and this information released by the Liberals gives me a good reason. Our application is probabably still in the in box.

The Tories say they inherited big backlogs upon taking power. Oh poo - I don't buy that. The numbers were what they were and they are what they are. Everyone at the time knew Canada was actively trying to attract more skilled workers, as well as opening up new options for the family class. Did they think they would get through all these new applications without applying some increased manpower to the processing? In the US, we call that an "unfunded mandate" - in Canada, it's still the Liberal's fault.

Come on Stephen - this is the essence of managing growth.

Read the Star article here