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Kenney announces funding for local Jewish community organizations

September 2, 2009

Jason Kenney, the Conservative citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism minister, held a press conference Friday on behalf of the federal public security ministry to announce more than $220,000 in funding to enhance security for local Jewish community organizations.

“Crime prevention is a priority for our government and we recognize the particular importance of preventing hate-motivated crime,” Kenney said to reporters at Federation CJA headquarters. “The reality today is that Canada isn’t immune from violent acts that targets individuals or groups based on their race, ethnicity, culture, religion or identity.

“According to Statistics Canada, nearly 800 hate crimes were reported across Canada in 2007 alone… Hate-motivated crime often leaves more than just physical damage — it can put an entire community into a state of fear or anxiety.”

The funding is part of the $3 million, three-year Communities At Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot Program (SIP), which has provided funding to communities that are especially vulnerable or have been attacked by racists and anti-Semites . Over the past few years, Jewish schools like United Talmud Torah in St. Laurent and institutions like the YM-YWHA Jewish Community Centre have been attacked. Other targets here and across the country have included mosques and First Nations institutions.

This year, the federal government is providing funding to Beth Jacob de Rav Hirshprung School in Outremont ($47,000), the girls’ school Beth Rivkah Academy ($9,750), Centre de la Petite Enfance des Écoles Juives populaires et des Écoles Peretz in Côte St. Luc ($14,700), Communauté Sepharade Hekhal-Shalom Synagogue in St. Laurent ($9,550), Congregation Beth Tikvah in Dollard des Ormeaux ($14,618), Hebrew Academy in Côte St. Luc ($25,400), Rabbinat Sépharade du Québec ($12,400), Shaare Zedek Congregation in NDG ($7,285), Solomon Schechter Academy ($11,700) and the YM-YWHA JCC in Snowdon ($70,600).

The government provides part of the funding, while the rest come from the organizations themselves. The funds are for security assessments (25 percent of the total cost), security equipment and hardware, minor construction costs and security training costs.

Adam Atlas, president of Quebec Jewish Congress (formerly Canadian Jewish Congress, Quebec region), praised the funding, saying it made him “especially proud to be a Canadian”.
“We are grateful your government has chosen to invest in the safety and security of all of its citizens. We see this as an expression of a commitment to freedom and liberty.”

article by Joel Goldenberg

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Temporary Work Permit Process May Be Streamlined

July 16, 2008
In Ontario, the tourism industry is lobbying the federal government to facilitate the hiring of temporary foreign workers in the hospitality and restaurant sectors as popular vacation areas such as the Muskoka region have a high demand for workers. Currently, the process for small business owners to apply for temporary foreign workers is viewed by many to be cumbersome and slow, however the process is attempting to safeguard jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents first before offering temporary work permits to foreign workers. An agreement between the province of Ontario and the federal government may streamline the process and make it easier to obtain the work permits, however the agreement has yet to be signed.

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Work Permits for Foreign Live-in Caregivers

May 21, 2008

In Ontario, employers wishing to employ foreign live-in caregivers are currently not required to advertise as there is no need to demonstrate to HRSDC that the employer is unable to find a suitable employee from within Canada before submitting the application to HRSDC. Once the signed offer of employment with a signature of acceptance from the employee is obtained, the application can be submitted to HRSDC for review. Once the offer of employment is confirmed by HRSDC, the foreign live-in caregiver may apply for a work permit at the visa office responsible for his/her country of citizenship. After working in Canada for two years as a live-in caregiver, an application for permanent residence can be submitted from within Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

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Government of Canada introduces changes to work permits for international students

May 5, 2008

On April 21, 2008, The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced changes to work permits for international students who graduate from eligible programs at certain Canadian post-secondary institutions, making it easier to attract foreign students to immigrate to Canada.

Effective immediately, and for the first time, these international students would be able to obtain an open work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, with no restrictions on the type of employment and no requirement for a job offer. In addition, the duration of the work permit has been extended to three years across the country. Previously, Canadian immigration work permits for international students only allowed them to work for one or two years, depending on location.

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Study Permits and Postgraduate Work Permits

February 11, 2008

Persons who have studied in Canada with a valid study permit may apply for a postgraduate work permit following the completion of their course of study. Those people who have attended postsecondary institutions outside of the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver areas who intend to work outside of those areas can obtain postgraduate work permits for a two year period of time. Persons who have studied in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver or who intend to work in one of those cities can obtain postgraduate work permits for a one year period of time. Prior to the expiration of the postgraduate work permit, a person would require a labour market opinion from Human Resources Skills Development Canada before being able to extend the work permit.

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