In 2023's first Express Entry draw, Canada invites 5,500 candidates
The minimum CRS score -- which is used to rank skilled worker candidates who want to immigrate to Canada via Express Entry -- was 16 points higher than the previous draw, which took place on November 23. The November 23 draw, which invited 4,750 candidates, saw the lowest minimum CRS score at 491.
Canada finalises agreement to buy 88 F-35 fighter jets
The first deliveries of the aircraft are anticipated to begin in 2026 and a fully operational fleet is expected between 2032 and 2034, Xinhua news agency quoted a statement issued by the Public Services and Procurement Canada. Estimated at C$19 billion ($15 billion), this is the largest investment for the Royal Canadian Air Force in the past 30 years.
38 dead as severe Arctic storm batters US, Canada
Of the 38 victims, 34 were reported across the US, majority of them being in Buffalo, New York, the BBC reported.New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, a native of Buffalo, said : "This will go down in history as Buffalo's most devastating storm."Storm-related deaths were also reported in Vermont, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Colorado.
Khalistan issue remains a major irritant between India and Canada
Canada said it supports India's integrity, but it won't stop the referendum as its citizens were free to protest. Though Ottawa is trying to warm to India as outlined in its recently announced Indo-Pacific Strategy in which it calls India "a critical partner in Canada's pursuit of its objectives under this strategy," Khalistan will continue to be a major issue in India-Canada bilateral relations in 2023 and beyond.
Canada issues record-breaking 4.8 mn visas in 2022
On a monthly basis, Canada is now processing more visitor visa applications reducing its pandemic backlog by nearly half-a-million applications in just four months. In November alone, over 260,000 visitor visas were processed, in contrast to the 180,000 applications that were processed in 2019 at the same time.
Number of Chinese seeking to move to Canada spikes as discontent grows
Canada's Department of Immigration and Citizenship received 9,925 applications from Chinese people for permanent residency during the third quarter, up 15 per cent from the same quarter of 2021. The exodus, mostly of middle-class families and high-earning corporate professionals who have the wherewithal to relocate, has been dubbed the "run" phenomenon, using a Chinese character that sounds a little like the English word "run", RFA reported.
Punjab-origin Rachna Singh becomes first South Asian minister in Canada
She is the second Punjabi after Moe Sihota to handle the portfolio, but the first South Asian woman to be appointed to such an important position. "I am proud to be a part of the government that listens and care for the people. We are committed to free and accessible education to everyone," Rachna Singh told IANS in a phone interview on Thursday.
Sikh woman shot dead outside gas station in Canada
Pawanpreet Kaur, a resident of Brampton, died on December 3 at th Petro Canada gas station in the Creditview-Britannia roads area around 10.40 pm. "Upon arrival police located the victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.