Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Immigration Reforms in Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013

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Economic Action Plan 2013 confirms the Government’s intention to:
  • Improve the foreign credential recognition process for additional target occupations under the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.
  • Create a new “Expression of Interest” immigration management system which will allow for Canadian employers, provinces and territories to select skilled immigrants from a pool of applicants who best meet Canada’s economic needs.
  • Reopen the Federal Skilled Worker Program with an updated points system that gives more weight to factors that are directly related to economic success, such as language proficiency and youth.
  • Reform the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to ensure Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs:
  1. Work with employers to ensure that temporary foreign workers are relied upon only when Canadians genuinely cannot fill those jobs.
  2. Increase the recruitment efforts that employers must make to hire Canadians before they will be eligible to apply for temporary foreign workers, including increasing the length and reach of advertising.
  3. Assist employers who legitimately rely on temporary foreign workers, due to a lack of qualified Canadian applicants, find ways to ensure that they have a plan to transition to a Canadian workforce over time.
  4. Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to restrict the identification of non-official languages as job requirements when hiring through the Temporary Foreign Worker process.
  5. Propose to introduce user fees for employers applying for temporary foreign workers through the labour market opinion process so that these costs are no longer absorbed by taxpayers.
  • Test new approaches to attracting immigrant investors through the new Start-Up Visa for immigrant entrepreneurs.
  • $42 million over two years to meet growing demand under the Temporary Resident Program.
  • $44 million over two years to support improved capacity and client service in the Citizenship Program.
  • $ 23 million over two years for Canada’s International Education Strategy to strengthen Canada’s position as a country of choice to study and conduct research.
Source: Government of Canada

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