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Canada is working to make it easier for skilled newcomers

The Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA), signed by Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Laura Albanese, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, creates a new framework to strengthen the long-term partnership between Ontario and Canada to welcome and settle immigrants, boost the economy and address shared humanitarian responsibilities. The agreement outlines the respective roles and responsibilities, and shared immigration priorities in selection policy, program integrity, attraction of French-speaking immigrants, and newcomer and refugee settlement. 

A joint effort to help internationally-trained newcomers meet provincial requirements to work in their profession was also announced. A total investment of up to $91 million in bridge training programs over the next three years, including $70 million from Ontario and up to $21 million from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, will help newcomers get the training they need to meet provincial requirements to work in their occupation.

“Ontario is the top destination for new permanent residents settling in Canada each year, typically exceeding 100,000 newcomers,” said Hussen. “With the ambitious three-year levels plan we’ve established on immigration, the time is right to put a new agreement in place that defines how Canada and Ontario will work together to achieve our mutual goals.”  

“Immigration is good for Ontario and good for Canada,” said Albanese. “The Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement strengthens Ontario’s ability to partner with the federal government to attract skilled newcomers who will benefit our shared economies and contribute to Canada’s future prosperity.”

Canada’s new multi-year levels plan will see almost one million new permanent residents welcomed by the end of 2020. Ontario is the top destination for newcomers to Canada.

COIA takes effect immediately, including annexes that detail specific arrangements on provincial nominees and foreign workers. In the months ahead, additional annexes are planned that will set out Canada-Ontario collaboration on French-speaking immigrants, international students, and the role of municipal governments as partners in immigration.

Canada is investing more than $334 million in settlement services for newcomers in Ontario in 2017-18.

Posted: Jan 3, 2018

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