Ontario’s ‘long-overdue’ recognition of foreign credentials met with skepticism

The government is planning on finally recognizing foreign credentials of internationally-trained immigrants in Ontario. This would mean that newcomers would be able to practise their profession rather than be forced to take up unrelated, precarious employment, as has been the norm. But the move has been long overdue. So, why now?

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Precarious labour is a matter of government policy, will

Immigration advocates are criticizing the government’s “strategic” decision to allow failed refugee claimants to apply for permanent residence, calling the requirements “nitpicky” and “unfair.” NCM’s Fernando Arce continues our series on coverage of the 4th annual Metropolis Canada conference.

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50 years of multiculturalism: Has the dial moved forward?

After a year of increasing racist attacks, the question critics are asking is, “Has the progress of diversity and multiculturalism in Canada been at the expense of immigrants and people of colour?” NCM’s Fernando Arce reports on Wednesday’s welcoming plenary at Metropolis Canada’s @50: Diversity, Inclusion and Eliminating Racism conference.

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Friday Round-up: New (Same) Government, New COVID Passports, Same Ol’ Bernier

Canadians have voted. And after a $600-million election, we are right back to a minority Liberal government, virtually the same as the previous one. Meanwhile, COVID passports have kicked into effect, flights from India have resumed, and divisive People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier takes aim at journalists.

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Current Housing Crisis will Hobble Arriving Afghans for Years to Come

While public and privately-led community and volunteer efforts to help Afghan refugees have been swift, some critics note the striking similarities in response between now and the Syrian refugee crisis of 2015-2016. They worry nothing has been done in the interim to address the structural barriers to finding adequate, affordable housing that immigrants and refugees systematically come up against.

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Asian-Canadian Frontline Workers Face Rampant Discrimination: Report

A Chinese Canadian group has just released a new report outlining the ways Asian frontline workers are discriminated against and the increased health risks they face as a result. It is allying with other diaspora groups to ensure that anti-Asian racism is front and centre in the current election campaign.

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Toronto’s ‘Undocumented Residents Day’ – Nice, But Not Enough: Critics

There may be up to half a million undocumented residents in Canada, according to some estimates, with the majority settling in Toronto. While critics welcome the City’s new initiative to raise awareness of this population group’s lives, hardships and contributions, they say politicians at all levels need to address root causes of poverty and homelessness in immigration debates.

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