Independent research supports the government’s claims that younger immigrants perform better financially, but some say there shouldn’t be hard and fast rules. “The next Frank Stronach could be 38 years old, and then what do we do?” said Ratna Omidvar, president of the immigration-focused Maytree Foundation and board chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant and Employment Council. “I think a little less rigidity would be preferable.”
By Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail
The federal regulations reveal a sweeping overhaul of the points system used by Canada for approving foreign worker applications.
The new points grid provides details that are in line with previous government pledges to gear the immigration system toward younger workers with strong language skills in English or French who already have a job lined up in Canada.
Under new rules that will take effect next year, workers aged 47 and over will receive no points for age, compared with 12 for those between 18 and 35, the most coveted age group under the Federal Skilled Worker Class of immigrants.
The available points for applicants decreases by one for each year above 35.
The government says the change, announced over the weekend, is based on clear evidence that older immigrants are much less likely to succeed in the work force, although that position is not without its critics who say that the government points system should be more flexible.
Driving the change is the concern that the ratio of working-age Canadians to retirees is shifting dramatically.