Ireland’s First Ever Diaspora Policy

Irish Times: “Ireland’s first ever diaspora policy was published yesterday to much fanfare by the Government. It consolidates existing policies such as the Emigrant Support Programme funding for Irish organisations abroad, and introduces some new initiatives such as a new online information hub for emigrants, a cultural exchange programme for children of the diaspora, and.. read more →

Invitation to Members: A Belfast Breakfast

YOU ARE INVITED TO A BELFAST BREAKFAST 7:45AM FRIDAY JANUARY 30th THE HOT HOUSE 35 CHURCH STREET, TORONTO WITH ALISON METCALFE, HEAD OF NORTH AMERICA, TOURISM IRELAND AND MÁIRTÍN Ó MUILLEOIR MLA, HOST OF THE BELFAST HOMECOMING 2015 HOSTED BY, THE AMBASSADOR OF IRELAND TO CANADA, RAY BASSETT RSVP CONNLAMCCANN C.MCCANN@AISLING-EVENTS.COM read more →

Tory Unveils 2015 Budget

CBC: “Toronto Mayor John Tory tabled an operating budget Tuesday morning he says balances ‘prudence’ and ‘caring investments’ and includes a 2.25 per cent property tax increase. The increase for 2015 amounts to 2.75 per cent when the levy for the $3.4 billion Scarborough subway expansion is taken into account….The mayor touted the property tax.. read more →

Irish Person of the Year

The Chamber board congratulates Eddie Brett–Irish Person of the Year 2015. Eddie hails from Colligan, Dungarvan Co. Waterford and immigrated to Canada in 1964. With a degree in Agricultural Science and Economics from University College Dublin, he joined the Canadian Department of Agriculture. In 1965 he changed career direction and opened a physiotherapy clinic; today,.. read more →

New Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Named

CBC:  “Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms who became a household name in October after his confrontation with a gunman in the hallway on Parliament Hill, will be Canada’s next ambassador to Ireland.  Vickers replaces Loyola Hearn, a former Conservative cabinet minister from Newfoundland and Labrador, who held the post from 2011 until last August.”  .. read more →

Happy New Year: Economic Outlook 2015

Happy New Year to You All! Invest Toronto and the Economic Club of Canada have organized a panel of chief economists to share their thoughts about the year ahead. January 6th 7:30AM Sheraton Centre Hotel – Grand Ballroom – 123 Queen Street West Featuring: Craig Wright, Chief Economist, RBC Warren Jestin, Chief Economist, Scotiabank Paul.. read more →

Express Entry: Canada’s New Immigration Program

Express Entry opens January 1st 2015 at 12 noon EST. In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will launch a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs. Overview: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/express/express-entry.asp FAQ: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2014-12-01.asp read more →

Complete Canada-EU Text Reached

Complete Canada-EU Text Reached On Tuesday, August 5, Canada and the European Union announced that officials have reached a complete text, allowing translation and final legal review to commence. The news published on the website of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada has been confirmed by Mr. Karsten Mecklenburg, Head of the Economic and Trade.. read more →

Chamber Summer 2014 Communique

Board Update From President Matthew Cotter With our long overdue summer finally in full swing we wanted to bring you up to speed on all things Chamber related. read more →

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Exchange of Driving Licenses between Ireland and Ontario

Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism Leo Varadkar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow the exchange of driving licenses between Ireland and Ontario. This agreement comes after much negotiation. Negotiations with other provinces across Canada are ongoing. Read the Minister’s comments here: http://leovaradkar.ie/2014/07/varadkar-announces-breakthrough-on-irish-driving-licences-in-ontario/ read more →