By targeting younger and more language-proficient immigrants, a “transformational” package of immigration reforms promises to end the “vicious circle of unemployment” for newcomers, says Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.Alberta is crying for skilled labour. It's time for companies to help determine who is qualified, not the government. Maybe all those skilled machinists who were just protesting at the airport, might want to look westward. We don't bite, but we do hunt, with gasp.....GUNS.
“For too long the story of immigration to Canada has been summed up by the frustration of the highly trained professional who arrived with the expectation of being able to work at his or her skill level,” he said, addressing the Canadian Club of Toronto on Monday.
“We’re going to stop this practice of inviting highly trained people to come to Canada if they don’t have jobs or they’re not likely to succeed in the labour market.”
Be forewarned, something in the air in Alberta causes lefties to grow up and realize the error of their ways. It might be the smell of freedom to achieve what you want with no limits, or it might be the feeling of knowing that your good hard work is keeping the country going. It's an attitude, and anyone can succeed, with a little work.
Alberta would much prefer to hire skilled Canadians rather than foreign workers. If Canadians are not willing to relocate, we will have no option. So put down those protest signs, grab your family and head west.
Jason Kenny is on the right track.
Among the changes proposed: adjusting the points system for Federal Skilled Workers; focusing on skilled tradespeople; and boosting the minimum amount required for investor immigrants, which stands at $800,000. Canada needs to get the “biggest bang for its buck” in attracting investor-immigrants, said Mr. Kenney.Welders, machinists, electricians, just about any trade you can think of are needed in Alberta and Saskatchewan. It's nice to see that government policies are going to reflect that need. Immigration is not about votes like the Liberals made it, it's about bringing skilled people into Canada to help build this country.
Once the changes take effect, all applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will undergo pre-assessment of their credentials to ensure they are a good fit for the Canadian market.
Language proficiency will take precedence. “The number one factor for success in immigrants is language proficiency. No point in bringing folks here if they don’t have language proficiency,” said Mr. Kenney.
The points system is being changed to allow a skilled labourer, such as a welder, to enter the country with less English or French than a regulated professional, such as a doctor or veterinarian.