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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MULTICULTURALISM @50: Everybody benefits from overcoming discrimination

Canada has come a long way in 50 years of official multiculturalism. Around the world, it is considered a beacon of diversity. But was that always so? Is it even so now? As we begin delving into the Metropolis conference on multiculturalism, the NCM’s News Desk looks at the battles immigrants have had to fight to overcome discrimination and forge their place in Canadian society.

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MULTICULTURALISM @50: Racism plagues Canada’s institutions, with dire consequences

While many people from around the world continue flocking to Canada for the opportunities it offers, many realize that the reality is somewhat different on the ground and that opportunity is not afforded to everyone equally. The consequences, as the NCM News Desk reports, are dire.

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MULTICULTURALISM @50: “Inclusion is the opposite of assimilation”

Yes, Canada is diverse. Yes, for the most part, people are free to enjoy and practice their culture and religion. But is that all ‘inclusivity’ means? This year’s Metropolis conference dived into the meaning of that word by looking at whether immigrants have enjoyed the same access to supports and services as the rest of Canadians.

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Time to expand international student work permit program: experts

As a series of recent global surveys show Canada dominating the international student destination rankings, calls are mounting for the expansion of the country’s Post Graduate Work Permit program.

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Fighting systemic racism using her “immigrant experience”

The new independent commissioner on systemic racism in New Brunswick, Manju Varma, is taking a very different approach to her mandate. For example, she wants to ensure that foreign credentials are privileged — not discounted — for immigrants arriving in her province.

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Governments ignore ethnic media at their own peril

Immigration has fuelled what is perhaps the most thriving ethnic media scene anywhere in the world. Experts at the 4th Metropolis conference on multiculturalism stressed that supporting ethnic media is a public good, including for citizens, governments and democracy itself, Tazeen Inam reports.

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Hate crimes direct threat to Canadian multiculturalism

Hate crimes have risen exponentially over the last five years, largely fueled by minsinformation, divisive identity politics and conspiracy theories. What effect is this having on Canada’s multiculturalism as both a policy and a lived reality? NCM’s Baisakhi Roy reports.

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