The province or territory where you lived on Dec. 31, 2013, determines how much income tax you owe.
Provincial and territorial income tax rates and tax brackets — and therefore overall tax bills — vary widely from one part of the country to the next.
The graph below shows how much federal and provincial income tax Canadians pay in each province and territory at eight different income levels: from $25,000 to $130,000.
Mobile users can follow this link to see the charts http://www.cbc.ca/news2/charts/js/line/incometax2013-new.html
Offering “Express Entry” to Qualified Economic Immigrants
Actively Recruiting Talented Newcomers For the Benefit of Canada’s Economy
April 8, 2014 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that Canada’s active recruitment model for economic immigration will officially be called “Express Entry.” Set to launch in January 2015, “Express Entry” is a major step forward in the transformation of Canada’s immigration system into one that is fast, flexible and focused on meeting Canada’s economic and labour needs.
“Express Entry” will allow for greater flexibility and better responsiveness to deal with regional labour shortages, and help fill open jobs for which there are no available Canadian workers. “Express Entry” candidates who receive a valid job offer or nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be quickly invited to apply for permanent residency – a key distinction between “Express Entry” and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which is only used to fill temporary labour and skill shortages.
Formerly referred to as “Expression of Interest”, “Express Entry” will be open to skilled immigrants and allow the government to select the best candidates who are most likely to succeed in Canada, rather than those who happen to be first in line. It will also prevent backlogs and allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to better coordinate application volume with the annual immigration levels plan.
Qualified applicants can expect faster processing times of six months or less when invited to come to Canada in four key economic streams: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the PNP.
With “Express Entry,” employers will have a key role in selecting economic immigrants and providing advice to the Government of Canada. To this end, Alexander also announced that over the course of spring 2014, CIC will work with provincial and territorial governments to hold a series of cross-Canada information sessions to provide employers with more information about this exciting new system.
Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014 will invest $14 million over two years and $4.7 million per year ongoing to ensuring the successful implementation of Express Entry.
With Express Entry, Canada will be able to select the best candidates who are most likely to achieve success in Canada, rather than the first person in line.
The Government of Canada’s new and improved Job Bank will help facilitate matches between Canadian employers and Express Entry candidates.
Having a valid job offer or provincial/territorial nomination will guarantee Express Entry candidates an invitation to apply for permanent residence.
New Canadian citizens in March 2014 almost double compared to one year ago
April 1, 2014 — Ottawa — Approximately 33,700 people from 199 countries became Canadian citizens at citizenship ceremonies held across Canada in March 2014. This is almost twice as many compared to March 2013 when 17,089 people were granted citizenship across Canada.
Canada’s new citizens were welcomed at 312 citizenship ceremonies held across the country, from college campuses to Citizenship and Immigration Canada offices, to special ceremonies at railway stations and designated heritage sites.
These high numbers demonstrate that changes and improvements in effect over the past year have already made the system more efficient and resulted in a decreased backlog, helping more people realize their dream of becoming Canadian sooner. The government’s proposed changes in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, will further reduce wait times by streamlining the decision-making process for citizenship. It is expected that these changes will bring the average processing time for citizenship applications down to under one year and that the current backlog will be reduced by more than 80 percent by 2015-2016.
So far in 2014, Canada has welcomed more than 75,900 new citizens at 759 ceremonies across Canada. Comparatively, in the first three months of 2013, Canada welcomed 35,320 new Canadians.
In 2013, 128,936 people were granted Canadian citizenship—an average of 10,745 each month.
Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history—an average of 257,000 newcomers each year. Accordingly, the demand for citizenship has increased by 30 percent.
Canada has the highest rate of naturalization in the world—85 per cent of eligible permanent residents become citizens. Citizenship and Immigration Canada received 333,860 citizenship applications in 2013, the highest volume ever.
What are the social and ethical implications of surveys that show 700 million people are keen to permanently leave their countries?
And what does it mean that 45 million of them want to come to Canada, which makes this northern country the second most popular immigration destination in the world after the U.S.?
OTTAWA - Millions of visitors to Canada would be charged a new fee under a proposed electronic security screening plan.
The federal government is soliciting public comment on the plan to introduce online travel applications as part of the sweeping perimeter security pact with the United States.
Foreign nationals who currently do not need a visa to visit Canada — including people from Britain, France and many other countries — would have to successfully apply for an electronic travel authorization before arriving by air.
U.S. citizens would be exempted from the new requirement.
Records released under the Access to Information Act say Canada expects approximately 3.5 million electronic travel authorization applications annually beginning in April 2015.
It would align Canada’s approach to screening visa-exempt foreign visitors with that of the United States, which already has a similar electronic system in place. The idea is to identify possible security threats before they reach North America.
Canada is one step closer to forcing visitors from almost every country in the world to obtain authorization before flying into the country.
The proposed changes to the law would require citizens from countries that currently don’t require visas—such as the United Kingdom and most of the European Union—to obtain an “electronic travel authorization” before traveling to Canada by air, according to recently-released details.
The move to collect and share travellers’ information, including background and “biographical” notes, is part of Canada’s Beyond the Border agreement with the United States, signed in 2011.
Newcomers (instead of immigrants)
Always the politically-correct nation, official Canadian government documents have stopped referring to people as “immigrants” and instead uses the very warm and fuzzy “newcomers.” Sure beats the US calling people “resident aliens.”
Calgary, July 2, 2013 — Canada’s new and more secure 10-year ePassport is now available to Canadians, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
“The new, 10-year ePassport provides more convenience for Canadians, and facilitates safe, secure travel which, in turn, helps create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians,” said Minister Kenney. “The Canadian passport is not only a privilege of citizenship, but a reflection of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.”
New Brunswick Bilingualism
A satirical snapshot of Canada’s only officially bilingual province
Bill 14 and Bilingual Status of Quebec Municipalities
The City of Côte Saint-Luc explains bilingual status of Quebec municipalities and how Bill 14, if adopted, will reduce local bilingual services