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Harper Government to introduce new model of “inviting” immigrants from 2015

Posted on 31 October 2013 by admin

Canada is moving from passive economic immigration to active recruiting under a new intake system tentatively titled the Expression of Interest System (EOI). Our plan for 2014 takes that change into account and works toward a successful launch on January 1, 2015.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander calls this approach “reactive and responsive”. He announced an immigration plan that will drive economic growth in 2014 and position Canada for success in the years ahead.

“Securing economic growth is and will remain our Government’s top priority,” said Minister Alexander. “Canada is in a global competition for the best and brightest immigrants, and this plan is crafted with attracting the people we need for Canada to succeed.”

In his opening remarks at a teleconference with the reporters, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander stated that “when done properly,” immigration “can help further our economic interests.” EOI system, he stated, will allow “the best and the brightest of the world” to come to Canada in as little as six months.

After tabling the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, Alexander said Canada plans to welcome 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in 2014, with record admissions forecast in both the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Provincial Nominee Program.

“While Canadians will continue to get the first crack at available jobs, getting the right people in the right places is key to addressing regional labour needs and fueling Canada’s long-term prosperity,” said Minister. “We need newcomers willing to put their skills, ideas and energies to work.”

Minister Alexander stated that there are 200,000 jobs in Canada that go unfilled each year because of various reasons like less population in a certain geographic area or in a particular sector of the Canadian economy. To fill these jobs, Canada needs “to recruit the best and the brightest” of the world.

In response to a question from Generation Next about the reports that suggest that labour shortages in Canada is overblown, Minister Alexander said that whenever there are analyses about labour shortages in Canada, “an argument is not made against immigration.”

He further said that big banks and other major organizations analyzing immigration take “strong, sustained levels of immigration for granted.”

The government, he said, is making sure that “we have the right immigrants to do the jobs that are available in Canada right now and reforms we are making are aiming to do just that.”

Economic immigration is slated to increase to 63 per cent in 2014. The remaining 37 per cent will consist of family class immigrants, refugees and others admitted under humanitarian programs.

 “We will continue to drive down backlogs, reduce wait times and improve service. We will continue to reunite families. We will continue to give refuge to the world’s most vulnerable,” he said.

Minister Alexander reminded that Canada’s skilled worker program has improved tremendously as it invites “economic immigrants” to come to Canada “long before they come to Canada” by having their credentials recognized.

 He stated that by having credentials recognized ‘immigrants’ can avoid having an “illusion” of getting a job when they come here.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration said that since provinces and territories regulate professions, the federal government has been working with provinces and territories, so that immigrants’ qualifications can be evaluated before they come to Canada. In Ontario, however, not all professional regulators evaluate credentials before immigrants’ arrival into the country.

What would family reunification look like under the new EOI program in 2015, we asked?

To this Minister Alexander responded that the government understands that economic immigrants succeed when they have their spouses and children with them. With regards to parents and grandparents, he noted that super visa has been very popular. He said that super visa has overall approval rate of over 84 per cent and it is “the right policy response” for Canadian families. Canada has issued over 20,000 super visas till October 2013.

Minister Alexander also noted that Canada does not plan its immigration system based on countries from where it will take economic immigrants. “We go after skills we go after talent,” he said. However, in 2012, the largest source countries of economic immigrants were India, China, Philippines, Pakistan, United States and United Kingdom.

Every summer, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) consults with provinces, territories and stakeholders across Canada to develop a balanced immigration plan. This year, CIC received over 4,700 responses between June 21 and August 31, 2013.


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