Visible minority population on the rise

A new report from Statistics Canada indicates that Canada’s visible minority population will soon be the majority in some cities. The report shows that in 20 years, about 30% of Canadians will be visible minorities and in Toronto and Vancouver, about two thirds of the population will be non-white. StatsCan says Calgary’s visible minority population […]

Economists boost growth forecasts

A string of stronger-than-expected reports are prompting some economists to revisit their forecasts for the strength of the recovery. Some are now pencilling in higher forecasts after recent reports showed strength in manufacturing and wholesale trade, while retail sales continue to climb. Bank of Montreal, for example, boosted its forecast for Canada’s first-quarter gross domestic […]

Possible Changes to Skilled Worker Category?

On March 16, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney launched consultations to identify how immigration can best respond to Canada’s new and emerging labour market needs. The Government of Canada is seeking the views of Canadians on how to help lead Canada to full economic recovery from the global recession. These consultations will look […]

Canada’s growth gears up from sub-par to ‘astonishing’

After struggling to achieve takeoff last summer, it turns out that Canada’s economy blasted ahead in the fourth quarter at a pace that defied all expectations. Its five-per-cent annualized growth rate was the strongest in nine years, said Statistics Canada Monday. This surge of growth, which eclipsed the 3.3 per cent advance expected by the […]

Canada’s prospects outshine realities challenging U.S.

Canadians have long tended to define themselves by what they are not: Americans. As Finance Minister Jim Flaherty prepares to deal with the fiscal cost of the recession, that distinction is taking on new meaning. Facing the biggest budget deficit since the Second World War and none of the spirit of political compromise necessary to […]

Downtown to become a fortress for G20 summit

In four months, Steve Bovair’s downtown neighbourhood will be transformed from cosmopolitan high life to a barricaded no-man’s land. On a normal day, the network engineer can look outside his 17th-floor window to find a typical urban scene. Cars drift through his intersection at Lower Simcoe St. and Bremner Blvd. Customers dash into take-out restaurants […]