New Immigration project boost rural Ontario Population

Could the new Immigration project boost Rural Ontario’s Population?

New Immigration project boost rural Ontario Population

New Immigration project boost rural Ontario Population

The province of Ontario accepts more immigrants than any other Canadian province. However, most of the immigrants who come to the province decide to settle in the province’s major urban areas, like Toronto. The towns in rural Ontario and northern parts of the province, which might have many jobs that need to be filled, don’t necessarily benefit from immigration. But soon there might be a way to change that!

Charles Cirtwill, of the Northern Policy Institute, has devised a plan to make sure that rural communities in Ontario can reap all the benefits that Canadian immigration has to offer. He has suggested adding a rural pilot project to Ontario’s already existing Provincial Nominee Program.


An immigration pilot project targeted specifically towards rural and northern portions of Ontario could level the playing field in terms of distribution of immigrants in the province. Rural towns would be able to expand their populations and develop their economies. Helping these communities fill vacant job opportunities is one of the primary goals of the proposed project.


The pilot would provide significant benefits to immigrants who participate. Potential immigrants can be matched to jobs in rural Ontario towns that reflect their skills and experience. They would then receive invitations to come to Canada.

Immigrants who come through the program would have an easier time settling in Canada as they would already have a job in the country. Additionally, the program would target immigrants who are skilled in trades or do not meet the high-skill requirements of other Canadian immigration programs. These immigrants will be able to fill the jobs and provide the skills that town in rural Ontario need.


The program that Mr. Cirtwill has envisioned for Ontario is not unheard of. Different regions of the country have used very similar immigration programs to boost their populations and expand their labour forces.

One of these is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador use this program. The program matches potential immigrants with available jobs in these provinces. The program helps to fast-track settlement in Atlantic Canada while giving the region a boost to its declining population. Prince Edward Island is also incentivising immigrants to move to rural parts of that province.

A similar project was started in the prairie province of Manitoba over ten years ago. Mr. Cirtwill gave the example of one small Manitoba town that was able to increase its population through the province’s program. Morden was able to grow by thirty-two percent between 2006 and 2016.

These programs offer significant evidence that the proposed program in Ontario could be highly effective and beneficial to rural communities in the province. A pilot project like this in Ontario might open up new, valuable opportunities for both immigrants and Canadian communities.

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Ontario plans to reform higher education for international students

Five ways Ontario plans to reform higher education for international students

Ontario plans to reform higher education for international students

Ontario plans to reform higher education for international students

New provincial strategy targets economic impact of international education and student learning experience

The Government of Ontario has released a new post-secondary education strategy that aims at creating more synergy between the province’s labour market needs and the needs of domestic and international students in the province.

Titled “Educating Global Citizens,” the strategy acknowledges the positive impact international students and study abroad programs are having on economic innovation in the province.

Based on the proposed strategy, which was released in the first week of May, Ontario plans to take the following five steps:

  1. Improve the experience of domestic students by creating opportunities for international education

The Ontario government will provide funding to academic institutions to support the advancement of intercultural understanding between domestic students and international students.

Additionally, government funding and support will help establish scholarships and annual targets dedicated to study abroad programs.

  1. Enhance the international student experience by promoting transparency and developing support services.

Academic institutions will be encouraged to include detailed information on tuition fees as part of offer letters sent to prospective international students.

Ontario also aims to provide more support for services such as international students’ health care and conduct regular surveys to measure the experience of international students in Ontario post-secondary institutions.

  1. Promote balanced international growth by increasing financial support for Ph.D. programs and attracting francophone international students.

Through collaborative efforts with provincial organizations, such as the consortium Advantage Ontario, the government will promote Ontario as a study destination where French-speaking students can learn, work and settle.

  1. Encourage the retention of international students by easing pathways for settlement and work after graduation.

The Ontario government will work with stakeholders and academic institutions on programs to address issues international students may face during their initial entry into the country and/or their integration into the province’s workforce after graduation.

  1. Draw students from a wide range of nationalities through various initiatives to build a healthy and viable post-secondary education system.

Working with the corresponding stakeholders, Ontario will identify and elaborate on best practices that benefit international students across various sectors. For example, the introduction and support of orientation programs dedicated to helping international students once they arrive in the province.

Speaking of the strategy, Ontario’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Mitzie Hunter, said, “It’s a plan that responds to the growth of international education in Ontario and the increasing internationalization of our campuses. One that will provide domestic learners with more opportunities to access worldwide experiences, and one that enhances supports and opportunities for international students studying in the province.”

Building on current efforts

In recent years, there has been a recognizable increase in the number of international students choosing Canada.

Ontario is among their top destinations of choice. According to Canadian Bureau for International Education, nearly half of all international students in Canada are studying in Ontario.

In addition to hosting some of the top-performing universities and colleges, Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program offers international graduates with enticing options for permanent immigration after graduation, such as the Masters Graduate Stream and Ph.D. Graduate Stream.

Also, international graduates of participating Ontario academic institutions may stay for up to three years in Canada and work for any employer in order to gain skilled work experience and build professional connections in the country.

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EU Ambassadors Approve Electronic Travel Authorisation System for Third Countries

EU Ambassadors Approve Electronic Travel Authorization System for Third Countries

EU Ambassadors Approve Electronic Travel Authorisation System for Third Countries

EU Ambassadors Approve Electronic Travel Authorisation System for Third Countries

The European Parliament representatives and the European Council Presidency have reached an agreement on the proposal for the establishment of a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). According to a press release published today on the official website of the European Council the agreement has been confirmed by the EU ambassadors.

As stated in this release, the Bulgarian Minister of Interior, Valentin Radev, assessed that this agreement is just another very important step in the protection of the external borders of the European Union.

“By knowing who is coming to the EU before they even arrive at the border, we will be better able to stop those who may pose a threat to our citizens,” Radev is quoted to have said.


ETIAS, which acronym stands for the European Travel Information and Authorization System, is a visa waiver pre-screening program proposed to be created by the European Union for visitors wishing to enter this area. The main purpose of the establishment of such system is protection and strengthening of the EU external borders.

The European Council proposed the establishment of this program on June 2017, after a few years during which the European Union countries faced continuous terrorist attacks and immigration flows among others. The program is foreseen to start its implementation on January 2020.

It is a system very similar to the United States Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), while many other countries have established similar schemes.

Currently, the nationals of 62 non-Schengen area countries are allowed to enter the EU without a visa, for up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

Next Steps

The next step to be taken in this regard, after the agreement has been confirmed by the EU ambassadors on behalf of the Council, the regulations will be submitted to the European Parliament. If the regulation gathers the necessary votes at first reading, then it will be passed to the Council for adoption.

ETIAS in a post-Brexit UK

After the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in March 2019, and the ETIAS starts its implementation in 2020, Britons will most probably fall under the category of the countries the nationals of which will have to obtain an ETIAS before getting permission to enter any of the European Union member states.

Though it has been unclear how traveling of UK nationals to the EU will be organized in a post-Brexit Europe, few of the EU nationals have claimed that Britain will automatically fall under the category of third world countries, once it finally leaves the EU, which means the UK will fall under the ETIAS Europe Form. Whether this system will be applied to the UK or not, will only be known after it definitely leaves Europe, or about that time.

European Travel Information and Authorisation System

There are many countries who are not in the European Union (EU) whose citizens can enter the EU Schengen Zone without needing a visa. Specifically, there are currently 62 countries who are not in the EU but are visa-free.

Citizens of these countries are allowed to go into countries in the Schengen Zone for business or travel purposes for up to 90 days. During these 90 days, these visitors are not allowed to work or study but can engage in business and tourism activities.

In addition, recent security concerns with terrorism and the migrant crisis have called for a better management of who is entering EU borders. The EU has continuously declared its goal of making travelling within its borders a more secure experience.

To reduce procedures and wait times, as well as address the security concerns, the European Commission (EC) has come up with a solution – ETIAS.

This article will contain all the information you need regarding this new system and whether you qualify for it.

What is ETIAS?

ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. It is a completely electronic system which allows and keeps track of visitors from countries who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Zone. In a way, it resembles the U.S Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which serves a similar purpose. The legal procedures to pass the ETIAS have started in 2016, and the system is expected to be in place by 2020.

The ETIAS will undergo a detailed security check of each applicant to determine whether they can be allowed to enter any Schengen Zone country. Since citizens of countries who do not need a visa for travel purposes of up to 90 days in the EU do not need to go through a long process of applying for the visa, the ETIAS will make sure that these people are not a security threat. This travel authorization system will gather, keep track of, and update necessary information regarding visitors to determine whether it is safe for them to enter Schengen countries.

The ETIAS, besides being used for business and tourist purposes, will also allow people to visit the Schengen countries for medical and transit reasons. In addition, it will be mandatory for all countries who are Schengen visa-free.

Why ETIAS Authorization?

In his 2016 State of the Union Address, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has said the following:

The main reason for the approval of the ETIAS authorization is security. With the increased risk of travelers worldwide, the EU wants to ensure safe travels in its countries. The ETIAS will decrease security concerns substantially through its information and data gathering systems. What this means, is that the ETIAS will detect if a person is a threat in any way to the security of Schengen countries. This will lead to the person being denied entry and avoiding the threat from being present inside EU borders. It will basically deal with a problem before it is even there.

However, besides making travelling more secure, the ETIAS authorization will also assist the EU countries and all travelers in the following ways:

  • Reduce procedures and application times
  • Improve the management of EU country borders
  • Assist in detecting and decreasing crime and terrorism
  • Impede irregular migration
  • Reinforce the visa liberalization policy of the EU
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