Canadian Immigration is undergoing some Major transformations
By Author: Admin | February 29, 2012
Canada is in the process of re-examining some of their immigration regulations. No one is saying for sure what is going to be changed. Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper outlined a plan for broad and lasting economic change in Canada at the World Economic Forum this past week. Included in this economic change was a reorganization of the Canadian Immigration Program.
Harper went on to state that, “We will ensure that, while we respect our humanitarian obligations and family reunification objectives, we make our economic and labour force needs the central goal of our immigration efforts in the future”. While no specific details about the changes in the immigration policy were included, Harpers word did hint at some of the changes that may be seen in the future.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney later expanded on some of the ways that the immigration program could be reorganized to address the economic issues Harper mentioned. He made a point of mentioning that Canada had no intention of reducing the number of immigrants they accepted. One of the possible changes to the immigration process that he expanded upon was the point system that is presently used in the skilled workers program. He said that in future the skilled workers program would be looking more closely at younger workers, people with pre-arranged jobs, and that the system would become more proactive.
Kenney said that in future the skilled workers program would be looking at applicants with skills learned through experience on the job rather than just at those with higher education degrees. At present the skilled workers program has been selecting based on education as opposed to experience. While there will still be opening for those applicants with higher education, there will now be more openings available to skilled trades that are learned through on-the-job experience.
This will open up many new areas and skills for people applying for immigration under the skilled workers program. It will also allow Canada to benefit from immigrants that have the skills that are missing at the moment. Many of the Provincial Nominee Programs are already focusing on this sector of the immigration population and it has been working very well for them; allowing them to build a strong and healthy economy.
Kenney also mentioned that changes would be made in the entrepreneurial and investor programs, as well. It is believed that businesses and investors who are interested in moving to Canada to set up high tech and research and development-based companies will find a welcome. These are seen as the businesses of the future and will help to promote the image that Canada is seeking to establish. More is expected to be announced about the changes to the immigration program in the near future.
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