Ontario plans to attract more immigrants
Ontario is taking steps to strengthen its role in immigrant selection by introducing legislation that, if passed, would help meet the province’s future labour market needs and support economic growth.
Building on the government’s immigration strategy, the proposed Ontario Immigration Act would assist the province in working with the federal government to maximize the social, cultural and economic benefits of immigration by:
• Helping meet future labour needs by legislating the province’s ability to set immigration targets to attract more skilled immigrants.
• Preventing fraud by improving compliance and enforcement measures in the immigrant selection process, such as introducing penalties for applicants who misrepresent personal information or for those that may take advantage of immigrants.
• Enabling Ontario to work more closely with the federal government on recruitment, selection and admission of skilled immigrants to the province.
The province will also redesign the Provincial Nominee Program to help facilitate expected increases in the federal government’s allocation of economic immigrants. Ontario has called for an increase in its provincial-nominees allocation from 1,300 to 5,000 to support its skilled workforce.
“Ontario needs a talented, educated and entrepreneurial workforce to secure its future,” said Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree Foundation. “The proposed legislation shows that Ontario is committed to developing the right tools to help meet future labour shortages, and to bringing immigrants here who can hit the ground running and reach their full potential.”
Over the next 25 years, immigration will account for all of the increases in Ontario’s working age population and is expected to be a major source of future labour force growth.
“We are going to introduce legislation that would lay the necessary foundation for us to operate a larger and more robust immigration program in Ontario, now and in the future,” said Michael Coteau, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
“Ontario needs immigration to remain competitive in today’s global economy,” said Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment.
Posted: Apr 1, 2014