Canada’s Immigration Minister Focuses on an Aging Population and Approaching Labour Shortages

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Canada will greatly expand immigration past its current record level as an approach to fill the nation’s work needs, that’s if Immigration Minister John McCallum gets his way.

Indicating a maturing population and approaching labour deficiencies, McCallum made the observation  in Manila during a speech to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines on Friday.

“So why not substantially increase the number of immigrants coming to Canada? And that is, I think, I hope, what we are about to do,” McCallum expressed according to records obtained by CBC News. Prior to that, McCallum was in Beijing, where he tried to open more workplaces where Chinese can apply for visas, hoping to attract more high-skilled workers.

The Trudeau government is as of now trying to concede somewhere around 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents in 2016. This is a record increase from the 260,000 to 285,000 newcomers that the past Conservative government had initially wanted to welcome before the end of 2015. The key to the Liberal government’s bigger arrangement to promote development and grow the economy is McCallum’s three-year migration plan, which he wants to disclose this fall.

McCallum said no official decision on immigration has been made and that he needs to get his bureau partners ready regarding his new plan and persuade Canadians it’s the proper thing to do. “But the direction in which I would like to go is to increase substantially the number of immigrants,laborers” McCallum said.

Cutting immigration barriers- The Express Entry system dispatched under the past Conservative government guaranteed transformative changes to Canada’s economic immigration arrangement. McCallum will facilitate a portion of the rules to make it less demanding for international students to come to Canada and become permanent residents. He is additionally auditing what is known as a labour market impact assessment (LMIA), an archive all businesses need to hire foreign nationals over Clabourers.

Organizations have said it is the greatest flaw with Express Entry, a prerequisite the previous government acquired from the temporary foreign worker program. “So we’re going to make it easier for international students, we’re going to reduce some of the barriers in our immigration system … we don’t think that every immigrant needs to go through what we call a labour market impact assessment process. We think it can be simplified. We think there are some rules which are no longer necessary,” McCallum said.

The Liberal government additionally entrusted a parliamentary committee with a survey of the disputable foreign worker program, however, Parliament deferred before the report was tabled. It will now be made public in the fall. McCallum, who filled in as a chief economist at one of Canada’s Big Five banks and a teacher of economics before he entered politics, additionally recognized he has a challenging situation to deal with.

“Not every Canadian will agree. But I think with our mindset of welcoming newcomers in the beginning, with the facts of the labour shortages, ageing population, we have a good case to make, and I think we will be able to convince a higher proportion of Canadians that this is the right way for Canada to go.” The Philippines is presently the main source country for permanent residents in Canada. The Liberal Canadian government has sworn to reduce processing wait times in all categories.


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