As published in the May Canadian Immigrant magazine: In November 2011, the Auditor General of Canada Michael Ferguson released a report criticizing the Canadian government for having what he essentially described as a completely inadequate screening process for detecting people who pose a security risk to Canadians. As one might expect, this did not go over too well with a Conservative government that spent much of the autumn session pushing a public safety agenda. It responded to the auditor general’s report by promising to comply with his recommendations, and stating that […]

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Comparing Immigrant Assimilation in Canada and the United States

The Wall Street Journal was out with a piece over the weekend titled Immigrants Are Still Fitting In.  It is a summary of a recent study by the Manhattan Institute which compared immigration assimilation in North America and Europe. The WSJ produced the following chart which summarizes the study’s findings: As the chart shows, the study found that Canada ranks highest amongst Western democracies in terms of assimilation. The study cited the following possible reasons for why Canada might rank ahead of the United States in this regard: Two facets of […]

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada has released Operational Bulletin 226, which discusses the sharing of biometric information further to the Five Country Conference (FCC) High Value Data Sharing Protocol. The FCC (Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand) meets annually at the Deputy Minister level to discuss ways to improve immigration. In 2007, Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia (New Zealand was not yet a member) to committed to work towards the systemic exchange of biometric data for immigration purposes.

Biometric sharing has now commenced.

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A person who is a Canadian tax resident must pay income tax on his/her worldwide income. As previously noted in this blog, people who try to evade paying taxes in Canada on income earned abroad face heavy penalties.

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