Canadian Consumers Won UBB

Canadian Consumers Won UBB (usage-based billing ) plan fighting.

Bell Shifts UBB Pricing Strategy
Proposes ‘Aggregated Volume Pricing’ for ISPs
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Facing angry consumers and stubborn political resistance, Bell has somewhat backed off their usage-based billing (UBB) plan, according to the Globe and Mail. Originally, in addition to the straight cost of connectivity, Bell proposed charging each wholesale ISP an additional fee depending on the amount of data consumed by individual users. Instead, Bell is now proposing an “aggregated volume pricing” scheme, where Bell would charge independent ISPs based on the total volume of data consumed by an ISP’s users. Our Canadian broadband forum has a little more detail (Bell’s government filings are here), though our resident Canadian users note this is still viewed as double dipping by smaller ISPs, is still a price hike, and doesn’t seem like much of a concession in the face of unprecedented backlash.

From Broadbandreports

And also, all consumer who sent email to government to ask “Stop UBB plan” received reply email from government today, the following is the email content:

Dear Sir or Madam:               
       
Thank you for expressing your concerns regarding usage-based billing (UBB)
for Internet services.  It is essential that I hear the views of Canadians
on the issues that matter.  Prime Minister Harper and I have been clear
that we cannot support imposing a UBB business model on wholesale Internet
service providers.
                       
Our government recognizes that the Internet and digital technologies are
an increasingly important part of everyday life—including driving
innovation, commerce and social interaction. As the government develops
Canada’s first comprehensive Digital Economy Strategy, we need to look
carefully at how issues like UBB affect the big picture.  We will be
guided by our long-standing policies of encouraging competition and
investment, increasing consumer choice, minimizing regulation and allowing
market forces to prevail.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has
chosen to examine these concerns that the government shares with a large
number of Canadians.  Details of the CRTC consultation are available at
www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2011/r110208.htm.

When the CRTC reaches a final decision following its consultations, the
government will carefully assess the CRTC position to ensure that it is in
line with the best interests of Canadian consumers and encourages
competition among internet service providers.  I will be recommending that
any decision counter to these foundational principles be reversed.
You can find the latest news on the government’s Digital Economy Strategy
and related issues at www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ic1.nsf/eng/h_00008.html.

Once again, thank you for writing.  I trust that this information is helpful.
                       
Yours sincerely,

Tony Clement


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2011 invite parents to visit Canada under new Policy

There was new policies issued after Oct 2010 for inviting parents to visit Canada.

For following we collect somethings under new policy, some content changed, but some content keep the same with old policy such as Invitation letter.

1: Letter of invitation:

Your letter must include the following information about the person being invited:

    * Complete name.
    * Date of birth.
    * The person’s address and telephone number.
    * Your relationship to the person being invited.
    * The purpose of the trip.
    * How long the person you are inviting intends to stay in Canada.
    * Details on accommodation and living expenses.
    * The date the person you are inviting intends to leave Canada.

Your letter must also include the following information about yourself:

    * Complete name.
    * Date of birth.
    * Address and telephone number in Canada.
    * Occupation.
    * Whether you are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
    * A photocopy of a document proving your status in Canada. For instance, a Canadian birth certificate if you were born in Canada or a Canadian citizenship card if you are a naturalized citizen. If you are Permanent Resident, you must send proof of your permanent resident status (a copy of your PR card or your IMM 1000 proof of landing).

There is a sample description on official website

Here is official Page about visiting Canada. There are new policy and new forms you have to read and fill.

More difficult: Immigrate to Canada

According to Citizen and Immigration Department figures, the government is planning to reduce immigration by five per cent next year. An application for a visa today could take a whopping 13 years to approve.

On Sunday, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that 2010 had been a banner year for immigration: Canada, he said, had welcomed more new immigrants than it had in more than 50 years. 280,636, to be exact.

What he didn’t mention – until he was asked about it – was that the government has plans to slash new immigrant visas by five per cent next year, according to information obtained by an access-to-information request filed by Vancouver immigration lawyer Richard Kurland.

More detail please read here

2011 Low Income cut-off for Canada Sponsorship of parent

Sponsorship of parents, grandparents, adopted children and other relatives — The sponsor’s guide (IMM 5196)

Tables and charts

1: Federal Government:

 Low Income Cut-off (LICO)

Effective until December 31, 2011

Size of Family Unit Minimum necessary income
1 person (the sponsor) $22,229
2 persons $27,674
3 persons $34,022
4 persons $41,307
5 persons $46,850
6 persons $52,838
7 persons $58,827
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $5,989

 

2: Quebec Province:

Effective from January 1 to December 31, 2011

Table 1 – Basic Income Required by Sponsor to Meet Basic Needs of Own Family

Total Number of Family Members Basic Annual Income Required
1 C$20,975
2 C$28,315
3 C$34,958
4 C$40,205
5 C$44,747
The gross annual income is increased by C$4,542 for each additional dependant.

Table 2 – Additional Income Required by Sponsor to Meet Basic Needs of Sponsored Person and His/Her Family Members

Persons 18 and over Persons under 18 Gross Annual Income
Required by Sponsor
0 1 C$7,261
0 2 C$11,507
The gross annual income required is increased by C$3,837 for each additional person under 18.
1 0 C$15,343
1 1 C$20,614
1 2 C$23,276
The gross annual income required is increased by C$2,660 for each additional person under 18.
2 0 C$22,499
2 1 C$25,204
2 2 C$27,207
The gross annual income required is increased by C$1,997 for each additional person under 18 and by C$7,153 for each additional person 18 or over.

 

(From cic.gc.ca)

Apply to visit Canada

Do you want to visit Canada ? Let us research and follow the steps provided by Canadian Official Immigration Department:

1: Are you eligible to visit Canada ?

Please make sure you are in good health currently, I don’t think Canadian government welcomes anybody who has bad sick;

If you think your body no problem. OK, the go to find your passport;

You have enough proofs to let a Canadian immigration officer believe you will go back to your country on time without exceeding the time limit ;

Bring enough money for your stay and visiting in Canada

Under some conditions, you might have to pass the medical examination and a letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada. (I think for some Asian countries, the visitor better to get an invitation letter for your applying to visit Canada)

2: Start to apply for your Temporary Resident Visa in Canada

   a). Download and print the application package. Read the guide.
   b). Complete the application form and attach the necessary documents.
   c). Pay the fee and get the necessary receipt. (Current: The fee per person is $75 for a single entry visa, $150 for a multiple entry visa or $400 for a family (multiple or single entry).)
   d). Submit (Mail or In Person or use a representative) the application form and necessary documents.

For China visitor, they might have to read the information from Visa Center

About Letter of invitation

A letter of invitation does not guarantee that a visa will be issued.

Some visa offices may require that your letter be notarized by a Notary Public.

You must give truthful information and intend to keep the promises you made in the letter.

Send your letter (notarized if necessary) to the person you are inviting to Canada. They must then submit this letter to the Canadian Embassy or Consulate outside of Canada when they apply for their Temporary Resident Visa.

Your letter must include the following information about the person being invited:

    * Complete name.
    * Date of birth.
    * The person‘s address and telephone number.
    * Your relationship to the person being invited.
    * The purpose of the trip.
    * How long the person you are inviting intends to stay in Canada.
    * Details on accommodation and living expenses.
    * The date the person you are inviting intends to leave Canada.

Your letter must also include the following information about yourself:

    * Complete name.
    * Date of birth.
    * Address and telephone number in Canada.
    * Occupation.
    * Whether you are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
    * A photocopy of a document proving your status in Canada. For instance, a Canadian birth certificate if you were born in Canada or a Canadian citizenship card if you are a naturalized citizen. If you are Permanent Resident, you must send proof of your permanent resident status (a copy of your PR card or your IMM 1000 proof of landing).

(Above content from Canadian Official site)

list of countries and territories whose citizens require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada.

Question:  Do my spouse or common-law partner and dependent children need to apply separately?

Your spouse or common-law partner and children who wish to visit Canada must apply for permission to do so. As long as you all apply together it will not be necessary for each person to fill out separate application forms. List the names and other information about your family members in the appropriate space on the application. If you require more space, attach a separate piece of paper and indicate the number and letter that you are answering. Children 18 years and over must complete their own application form.

Question: When should I apply?

Government site strongly suggests that you plan ahead and apply at least two (2) months before your intended departure date. Please review our processing times.

Anyway,  If you want to visit Canada, your best guide is that reading information from Citizenship and Immigration Canada Official site