Canada, a magnet for skilled professionals from around the world
Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments are working together to meet the nation’s labour needs through active immigrant recruitment.
Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) immigration ministers reiterated their commitment to actively recruit economic immigrants who have the skills the Canadian economy needs most.
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Alberta’s Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk co-chaired the meeting of FPT ministers responsible for immigration.
The ministers agreed to continue collaborating on building the new active recruitment model which is known as the Expression of Interest (EOI) system. It is intended to transform Canada’s immigration system into one that is more responsive to labour market needs.
EOI will provide governments and Canadian employers access to skilled foreign workers and expedite their entry into Canada for jobs that aren’t being filled by people already in Canada. Ministers agreed to engage jointly and intensively with employers on EOI prior to the new system launch in January 2015.
Immigration ministers also endorsed a plan to improve settlement outcomes for newcomers across Canada. It includes improved pre-arrival services, foreign qualification recognition, language learning for newcomers who are not in the workforce and ways to encourage newcomers to become more connected to their communities.
The ministers reiterated the continuing need to improve social and economic settlement and integration outcomes for newcomers to Canada.
• EOI will complement the Provincial Nominee Program which will continue to be a key mechanism to allow provinces, territories, and employers to meet regional labour market needs.
• FPT governments are committed to ensuring that newcomers integrate and contribute fully to the Canadian economy, and to their communities, as soon as possible. The government is investing almost $600 million in 2014-2015 to support newcomers’ settlement needs.
“Canada’s number one priority remains economic growth and job creation,” said Alexander. “Immigration plays a key role in Canada’s long-term prosperity and we are committed to seeing newcomers succeed across the country. With our provincial and territorial partners, we look forward to launching the Expression of Interest system together next year.”
“Immigration, and selection through Provincial Nominee Programs, plays an important role in building Canada’s permanent workforce and in addressing labour shortages and skill gaps across the country,” said Lukaszuk. “Provinces and territories will continue to work with the federal government towards developing an Expression of Interest immigration system that is responsive to our regional labour market needs.”
Posted: Apr 29, 2014