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  • Skilled immigrants to be offered 'express entry' to Canada in 2015

    The Canadian government is forging ahead with a new immigration system that will offer "express entry" to qualified immigrants starting in January 2015 as a way to help fill open jobs for which there are no available Canadian workers.

    Express Entry, formerly known as Expression of Interest, will be "a swifter path to Canada that will select immigrants based on the skills and attributes that

    Canada needs based on those identified by government but also by employers," said Immigration Minister Chris Alexander during a news conference in
    Richmond Hill, Ont., on Tuesday.

    While the change in the name of the program was quietly announced in a news release two weeks ago, the government has been remodelling Canada's immigration system for the last 18 months or so.


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    Replace Temporary Foreign Worker Program with immigration, say experts

    How to solve a problem like the federal government's scandal-plagued Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

    Economists and immigration experts say there are solutions at hand as the Conservatives grapple with yet another controversy involving temporary foreign workers.

    "We have to figure out what we want as a labour market in the end," David Green, an economics professor at the University of British Columbia who specializes in wage and employment issues, said in an interview Tuesday.



    • #3
      Skilled immigrants recruited in 50 occupations ahead of 'express entry' launch

      The Canadian government is reforming the immigration system to offer "express entry" to skilled immigrants who want to come here as permanent residents, as a way to fill open jobs where there are no available Canadian workers.

      The government says express entry will do what the Temporary Foreign Worker Program can't: it will ensure that skilled immigrants are able to settle in Canada permanently to help meet the country's labour needs.

      Immigration Minister Chris Alexander told a committee of MPs this week that express entry is "the top priority" for his department.



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        'In demand' immigrants will be in Canada within 6 months

        With one month left to the launch of a new immigration system that will give skilled immigrants express entry into Canada, the government has made public for the first time the details of the points system it will use to select foreign workers.

        While the government is promising the new system will have "in demand" immigrants in Canada within six months, critics have expressed concerns about express entry being akin to a job bank serving government and industry.



        • #5
          Immigration express entry: 5 things you need to know

          A coalition of food, retail and tourism industry groups is calling on the government to give entry-level temporary foreign workers the same quick access that skilled immigrants will get under a new system known as express entry.

          Starting Jan. 1, the Canadian government will fast track permanent residency for skilled immigrants who will be matched with jobs that can't be filled by Canadians.



          • #6
            Apprenticeship ad's claim of skilled trades shortfall open to question

            A government ad to promote the new Canada apprentice loan program claims the Canadian economy will need "one million skilled tradesmen and women" over the next decade.

            But independent forecasts and even the government's own projections tell a different story.

            The government pointed CBC News to "a combination of industry estimates," several of which were written by Rick Miner, the president of Miner & Miner Ltd., a management consulting firm specializing in labour market issues.

            Miner concluded that Canada will face a "major problem" with skilled worker shortages if nothing changes over the next 16 years.