Regina new immigrants feel stuck in the system
New immigrants living in Saskatchewan have found many aspects of Canadian life to enjoy, but some think the process should be simpler and faster so their new home can feel like home.
Ukranian ex-pat Halyna Bylen arrived in Saskatchewan two years ago, is married to a Canadian, and continues to experience delays in her permanent residency application.
"I know the Canadian government wants newcomers here," said Bylen.
"I think they have to simplify this process somehow."
After working at a Subway store for the first eight months she was in the province, she's currently improving her English language skills at the Regina Open Door Society in the hopes of finding better work.
Bylen is worried because as delays in her residency application continue, she is unable to get a health card.
A new report from the City of Regina shows that immigration has increased substantially, estimating that new immigrants will make up at least a third of Regina's population by 2030.
City spokesperson Bruce Rice said that a lot of the new immigrants are young, highly educated people from Asia, Europe and Africa looking for good jobs.
"Many businesses were being held back by the lack of the skilled labour force and could easily have grown, but we just couldn't recruit them there," said Rice.
"Everybody needs to get on the same page and coordinating what we're doing."
The City of Regina report showed that 10,000 new Canadians have immigrated to Regina in the last decade.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Jared Knoll.