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2018 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently tabled the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration. The report includes data on recent permanent resident admissions and temporary resident volumes, and it also includes 2019–2021 Immigration Levels Plan. In 2019, Canada expects to admit between 310,000 and 350,000 new immigrants. If trends hold, 2-3% of these new immigrants will choose to live in Hamilton. 

For the first time, gender-based analysis (GBA+) is integrated throughout the report. The “plus” acknowledges that GBA goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences to consider how race, ethnicity, age, disability and sexual orientation affect people’s experience with policies, programs and initiatives.

Immigrants continue to make important positive contributions to Canada’s economy and the vibrancy of communities across the country. The Government of Canada is gradually increasing Canada’s annual admissions to nearly one percent of the population by 2020. Close to 60% of this growth will come through various departmental economic programs.

Harry's Last Stand: A Legacy Of Compassion and Activism 
Harry Leslie Smith was a World War veteran, author, and an activist that brought hope to the world through his travels, talks, and twitter diaries. Originally from the United Kingdom, Harry emigrated to Canada in 1953. He spent the later years of his life advocating for the rights of refugees, proving that it's never too late to make a difference in the lives of others. At 95, Harry was often referred to as "the world's oldest rebel". His message to young people worldwide was that -- no matter the difficulty -- things can improve if we have hope, optimism, and take action. 

Harry passed away on November 28, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and activism. You can read a powerful tribute for him by Lorey Campese, global social media officer for UNHCR, and an obituary in The Guardian honouring his achievements. 
Succession Planning: An Opportunity for Newcomer Entrepreneurs?
A recent article published by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) states that almost 75% of small business owners plan to exit their business within the next 10 years. This will result in a "huge wave of business transfers" and will present many challenges. 

The CFIB found:  
  • $1.5 Trillion in business assets will be turning over in the next 10 years as 72% of current small business owners will be retiring/exiting their business
  • Only a fraction of those business owners have started planning their departure
  • Most plan on funding their retirement from the sale of their business
Knowledge of the economic landscape is instrumental for newcomers and service providers alike. Many newcomers arriving to Canada embark on a journey of entrepreneurship, this often means starting a new business from scratch, an uneasy path paved with challenges such as capital and cash flow, hiring employees, and coming up with a marketing strategy.

Business transfers maybe a less conventional path. It presents many opportunities for newcomer entrepreneurs such as:
  • Purchasing an established business
  • Opportunity for mentorship from outgoing business owners and incoming new business owners
  • Entrepreneurship as an alternative for job seekers
Considering the CFIB report, could there be an opportunity for newcomer entrepreneurs to consider an unconventional path to entrepreneurship? 
Announcements 
  • HCCI presents #HamiltonForAll Agencies, Boards and Committees: Resident Application Support Workshop on December 6, 5:30-8:00 PM at the Hamilton Central Library. 
  • The Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) is hosting "Let's Talk Racism" event on December 6, 6:00PM at Hamilton Central Library. 
  • Introduction to Private Sponsorship hosted by Wesley on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 4:30 PM - 52 Catharine Street North, Hamilton. Connect with 
    Lisa Magliocco for further details. 
  • Mohawk College will be offering a new, FREE, online course in January for newcomers with a background in the health care field. 
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If you would like your work to be featured and shared with the community, please email us your events, announcements by the first Monday of each month using this form. 

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