Premier Wynne meets India's High Commissioner as Ontario creates opportunities for newcomers
Ontario’s birth rates are low and baby boomers are retiring. Over the next ten years alone, there will be more than 2.5 million job openings in Ontario. Immigration will be crucial in meeting this demand.
“We need to make our immigration system work better for newcomers and provide the skills Ontario’s economy will need to stay strong and prosper,” said Michael Coteau, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “Ontario has many immigration programs in place to help skilled newcomers get the training and workplace experience they need to be successful – everything from language training to our Ontario Bridge Training program, which helps internationally-trained individuals get licenced and get jobs,” he said.
He added: “It is ultimately employers, however, that we count on to help newcomers find employment, so that they can start contributing to the economy. That makes job creators a key figure in the immigration equation and the focus of a recent milestone in the implementation of our immigration strategy.”
“Our Employers Table is a commitment to working with business leaders across the province to gather information that will help shape the future of the immigration system. Our goal is to better understand our employers’ labour market needs and develop new partnerships to work together. If we can do that, we can generate ideas for improving labour market outcomes for newcomers and create a better system overall. Research continues to show the critical importance of immigration to our economy. As proof of the positive impact immigrants are having on the economy, almost half of Ontario’s wealthiest residents are new immigrants or the children of immigrants.
“All of Ontario’s newcomers came here seeking hope and new opportunities for themselves and their families. I am proud that, with our new Employers Table, our government is joining forces with job creators, so that future generations of immigrants can realize their dreams of a better life in Ontario as well.”
Posted: Jul 31, 2013