Federal pre-Budget online consultation

The Federal government has launched an online consultation, seeking feedback for their upcoming budget. Questions are asked in five categories: 1. How Canada should address an increasingly aging population. 2. Economic policy. 3. Resources and re-directing resources. 4. How to keep Canada competitive internationally, and 5. “What tax and other measures should the Government take to ensure that Canada keeps its best and brightest, attracts highly skilled immigrants, encourages as many people as possible to enter the workforce, and rewards Canadians for their hard work, while respecting the Government’s fiscal goals?”.

Here’s our chance to respond and raise issues! Please visit and participate in the online pre-budget consultation.

Deadline is February 11, 2008.

CPRN’s leadership summit – will immigrant children’s issues be raised?

On Wed. Feb 13th, the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) will bring together “more than 100 community, business, and youth leaders” to launch their public policy research agenda as part of the CPRN Leadership Summit. (Source: CPRN E-Network bulletin, Feb 7/08).

Five challenges, identified through a consultation process lead by CPRN across Canada, will be addressed at the Summit, including: Citizenship, Diversity, Productivity, Health and our aging population and the Environment.

From the Feb 7th CPRN e-Network bulletin:

“… we want advice about what the public policy needs are to shape Canada’s response to these challenges so that we can shape our research to meet these needs” says Manson Singer. CPRN is committed to working with Canadians to find innovative policy approaches that will strengthen Canada and contribute to making it the fair, prosperous and inclusive society we seek.

“Canada has had great success as a nation and is a leader in the developed world. But, we have much to do to ensure that all our citizens share our great potential and future success. CPRN believes that citizens can make an important contribution to shaping Canada’s future through Connecting with Canadians research and dialogue”.

Of the more than 100 participants, surely issues of importance/relevance to immigrant children and families will be raised. Watch the CPRN for updates/reports coming out of the summit, promised in next week’s E-Network bulletin.

Canadian Council for Refugees winter working group meetings

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) winter working group meetings will be held February 22-23, 2008 in Toronto.

The working groups provide a forum for CCR members and other refugee and immigrant rights advocates to come together to share information and to work together in areas of common concern.

The CCR working groups meet four times a year. Two of these meetings take place during the semi-annual CCR consultations. The other working group meetings take place in February (in Toronto) and in September (in Montreal).

From the CCR website: “The working group meetings offer an excellent opportunity to:

  • Participate in efforts to promote refugee protection and resettlement, and the settlement of refugees and immigrants
  • Discuss in depth pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada
  • Share information and strategies with others from across Canada”.

Fri. Feb 22nd meeting: Inland protection working group & Immigration and settlement working group.

Sat. Feb 23rd meeting: Overseas protection and sponsorship working group.

HRDSC funding for national organizations – children and families component

The Social Development Partnerships Program of Human Resources Development and Skills Canada have issued a call for proposals for their children and families component.

From the website:

“The goal of this Call for Proposals (CFP) is to offer three years of results-based grant funding to national organizations that have local chapters/agencies/offices that deliver front line programs and services to children/youth and their families in communities across Canada.

“The priority of this CFP is to enable national organizations to continue providing leadership in program development and supports to their local affiliates.

“The maximum amount of funding available is $200,000 per fiscal year, for a maximum of three years”.

The closing date of the call is February 8, 2008.

For more details, including eligibility requirements; FAQs; terms and conditions and more, see the HRSDC website.

Census 2006 & immigration stats

Statistics Canada has released several data sets of interest. The news yesterday focussed on the increase of immigrants and the type of immigrants Canada is receiving. It’s important to flag the issues that immigrant parents and children are experiencing. An op-ed, anyone?


See the Statistics Canada website for:

Immigration and citizenship highlight tables

Language highlight tables

2006 community profiles.

Customized views of data sets are available and, for our purposes, allow us to look at the numbers of immigrant children coming into Canada. Age breakdowns: 0-4 yrs, 5-9.

Also of interest is mother tongue and language spoken most often at home.