WEB - Van People - Vancouver, 27/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: Canadian Students' Union - In comparison to other countries, Canada’s method of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic was very interesting. Since the start of the outbreak, the federal government has not forced individuals displaying minor symptoms to self-isolate. Instead, the federal government focused its effort on handing money out to Canadians. In addition, Canada has been depending on immigration to stimulate economic growth. The economic recession caused by the pandemic has pushed Canada to bring in more immigrants. During the pandemic, Canada’s immigration system continues to reduce the immigration requirements, and the score for the Express Entry portal has continued to decline. Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino also emphasized that the pandemic will not cause Canada to reduce its immigration target, because accepting more newcomers will be the key to recover Canada’s economy.
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PRINT - Nawa-i-Pakistan - Montreal, 25/06/2020 - NEWS, p. 7, Urdu
Summary Translation: Nawa I Pakistan News - Toronto was the fastest growing city in Canada and the U.S. last year, thanks to immigration. A recent analysis out of Ryerson University concluded that Toronto saw the most growth in terms of the city and the metropolitan area, which includes municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Metropolitan Toronto grew by approximately 130,000 people in the 12 months leading up to July 1, 2019. Most of these gains were led by immigration. Though the coronavirus has seen Canada’s immigration numbers fall in recent months, Toronto is still expected to see growth driven by immigration once Canada’s newcomer levels recover. Immigrants are attracted to a particular community based on a number of factors including jobs, community, settlement supports, and infrastructure such as transportation, access to housing and education. Jobs, community, and family ties, are the most important drivers, according to the Conference Board of Canada.
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WEB - Ahram-Canada - Toronto, 24/06/2020 - News, Arabic
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Summary Translation: The Ontario Premier Doug Ford said at his daily press conference that “an immigrant worker who has been wronged to contact my office, and I will take care of the issue myself.” The press conference today witnessed a long discussion about the inhumane conditions that immigrant workers are exposed to on Canadian farms in Essex-Windsor. The issue had been raised due to the spread of Coronavirus in the region, which also caused the delay in its transition to the second stage. It is reported that the Coronavirus spread occurred among immigrant workers on the farms. Ford said that a foreign worker will not be allowed to be humiliated and that they are protected just like Canadians, adding that any worker who feels wronged should contact Ford's offices and he will take care of the matter himself. It is known that there are temporary immigrant workers who come to Canada for seasonal work on farms and these are not entitled to permanent residence in Canada and will return to their country upon the end of their contract.
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PRINT - Hamdard Daily - Toronto, 23/06/2020 - News, Punjabi
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Summary Translation: The majority of international students did not receive the federal aid package for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian government notes on its website that CERB is available for those residing in Canada who are at least 15 years old, have stopped working for COVID-19-related reasons, have earned at least CAD $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application, and who have not quit their job voluntarily. However, international students do not earn enough from their part-time jobs to make them eligible for the scheme. Only 20% of foreign students have received the benefit. Akash Sharma, who came to Canada three years ago on a study visa, said that the government had allowed international students to work for 40 hours a week after the spread of the coronavirus. However, he said that businesses closed due to the pandemic and many international students have lost their jobs. Foreign students who do not qualify for the COVID-19 emergency benefit are expressing their dismay over the lack of support because they have to pay rent and get groceries.
WEB - 51.ca - Toronto, 23/06/2020 - NEWS, Chinese
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Summary Translation: In 2016, 245,500 people were employed as nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates in Canada. Of these workers, more than a third (87,925) were immigrants. Furthermore, the share of immigrants among nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates varied significantly from one province to another. In 2016, half of the workers in these occupations in Alberta were immigrants, compared with only 2.9% in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Link to original article: https://m.51.ca/info/news/canada/2020-06/900467
TV - OMNI 1 TV 8:00 PM Italian News - Toronto, 17/06/2020 - FEATURE, Italian
Summary Translation: Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino addressed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Immigration to address how his department has been affected by the pandemic. He spoke about the refugees and asylum seekers who worked on the front-line in the fight against COVID-19. He said these uncommon acts of sacrifice and heroism should embolden us to fight against the stigma that refugees and asylum seekers are merely a burden. They are not. They are here to contribute. He said they are putting forward in the supplementary estimates proposed $102.5 million reprofiled from the previous fiscal year for the interim housing assistance program.
WEB - Van People - Vancouver, 16/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: Career Engine - Immigration Canada has recently announced on its official website that apart from the Wuhan visa centre, 11 Chinese visa centres in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Shanghai and Shenyang will resume operations. Applicants can complete applications for study visas, work visas, travel visas and permanent residency. On June 8, China implemented a policy allowing airlines to fly to China. Permitted airlines include Air Canada, but no aircraft were seen in China from the airline. Currently, the only Canadian airline that can fly directly to China is Air Canada. If there are no flights in operation, then what is the purpose of reopening the visa centres? The author did a quick search on flights from Canada to China on Air Canada’s website, but found nothing available. The author also found that Chinese media are not optimistic about the full restoration of China-Canada routes and China-Canada relations. Statistics showed that Canada's exports to China amounted to $24.4 billion in 2019, a drop of up to 16% compared to 2018. The data for 2020 has not yet been released, but the author can imagine how bad it might be. The Chinese media pointed out that the United States is the source of uncertainty in China and Canada. But Canada clearly cannot balance the relationship between the world’s largest economy and the world’s second largest economy. Canada still chooses the United States as their first choice. This imbalance is destined to be reflected in details such as the resumption of the China-Canada flight route. The author was optimistic about the full restoration of China-Canada flights half a month ago, but now it seems like their prediction was wrong.
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WEB - Torontovka.com - Toronto, 16/06/2020 - NEWS, Russian
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Summary Translation: Mexico's ambassador to Canada said that Mexico won't send any more temporary foreign workers to Canada until it has more clarity on why two died due to COVID-19. That means as many as 5,000 temporary foreign workers expected to arrive in Canada in the coming months are being held back, for now. "It's so we can reassess with the federal authorities, provinces and farmers why this happened and if there is anything to correct," said Juan Jose Gomez Camacho. The two men were employed by different farms in the Windsor, Ont., area, a farming heartland in southwestern Ontario that has seen ongoing outbreaks. The article says that the decision to hit pause is a further blow to the agriculture industry, which has been struggling to find enough labour to handle this year's planting and harvest season. Mexicans make up about half of the temporary foreign worker population employed in the agriculture sector, which in 2018 meant there were 25,060 people employed on farms, in greenhouses and other related jobs.
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PRINT - Iran Javan - Toronto, 11/06/2020 - NEWS, Farsi
Summary Translation: They call them the “guardian angels,” the thousands of personal support workers (PSWs), orderlies, cooks and janitors who have been toiling for months in Quebec’s beleaguered and often overwhelmed long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent days, one subset of this overworked, underpaid work force has received a lot of attention – asylum seekers. Why? Because, despite doing essential work that no one else would do and literally putting their lives at risk, juggling multiple part-time gigs for as little as $13 an hour, many of these front-line workers could face deportation. That is disgraceful and un-Canadian.
WEB - Vansky - Vancouver, 13/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: No Byline - The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the diplomatic tension between Canada and China, has caused the number of Chinese students studying in Canada to fall sharply by 44% in the first quarter of this year. The number of visas issued to Chinese students in the first quarter of this year decreased by more than 50% compared to the same period last year. According to the Vancouver Sun, although Canada’s relationship with China was tense due to the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese government did not publicly tell young people in China to avoid studying in Canada. Some close allies of Canada, such as Australia and the United States, have requested an independent investigation into China and the WHO's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada has applied some pressure in this regard but not as aggressive as the aforementioned countries. In 2019, more than 150,000 Chinese citizens studied and worked in Canada, making it the second largest group of foreign students after India. Last year, 53,000 students in the Greater Toronto Area came from China, while 34,000 students in the Greater Vancouver Area came from China, and 4,000 students from Victoria came from China. International students, including Chinese students, have been the main source of funding for many educational institutions in the country. However, since the COVID-19 outbreak, tense diplomatic relations, border restrictions, the transition to online classes and the high unemployment rate, the number of Chinese students studying abroad has decreased.
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