Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced Ontario’s immigration strategy.
To help build a stronger economy, Ontario will develop its first-ever immigration strategy. A new expert round-table, led by Julia Deans, will help develop the strategy and examine ways that immigration can best support Ontario’s economic development and help new Ontarians find jobs.
Ontario remains the number one destination for newcomers to Canada. Yet, it is the only province currently without an immigration agreement with the federal government. The new provincial immigration strategy will help to inform and shape discussions with the federal government towards an agreement.
Skilled new Ontarians are fundamental to Canada’s economic future.
“Both Ontario and Canada have a shared responsibility when it comes to immigration and helping new Canadians find jobs,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “When Ontario grows and prospers, so does Canada. That’s why the new expert roundtable will help us develop the first-ever Ontario Immigration Strategy to support our case for an immigration agreement with the federal government and build a stronger economy.”
“As chair of the expert roundtable, I look forward to exploring ways to maximize the economic benefits of immigration to Ontario and improve the social and economic integration of our newcomers,” said Julia Deans.
Ontario receives more immigrants than all the Western provinces, all the Atlantic provinces and the three territories combined. Newcomers make up 30 per cent of Ontario’s labour force. In 2001, the Federal Skilled Workers Program accounted for 77 per cent of economic landings to Canada. By 2010, that number had fallen to 46 per cent. More than 60 per cent of these newcomers have historically landed in Ontario.
The roundtable will consist of business people, employers, academics and other experts within the field of immigration and labour market needs and will provide its recommendations to the government in summer 2012.
Members of the Expert Roundtable on Immigration include Karna Gupta, President and CEO, Information Technology Association of Canada; Rayudu Koka, Medical Director, Mental Health and Addictions Program, Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital; and Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree Foundation.