Canada’s immigration system is changing rapidly. The changes will affect the future labour pool and the way you manage skilled immigrant talent.
On December 5, 2012 hireimmigrants.ca hosted a webinar with employer champion Kirk Dudtschak from RBC Royal Bank and immigration expert Naomi Alboim from Queen’s University and Maytree Associate. Naomi unpacked the various immigration policy changes and discussed their affects on sourcing the future labour pool.
What Employers Need to Know
Among others, the federal government has made or proposed the following changes to the Canadian immigration system:
- how immigrants are selected and who is allowed to immigrate permanently to Canada
- awarding more points to younger applicants and those with higher language ability in the Federal Skilled Worker Program
- creating an immigration stream for skilled tradespeople
- changing how employers can hire temporary foreign workers and the rules about workers remaining in Canada
- changing powers and roles: more centralization and more role for third parties
- Shaping the Future: Canada’s rapidly changing immigration policies – In this Maytree report, Naomi Alboim and Karen Cohl describe how from 2008 to July 2012 the federal government has made changes to every aspect of immigration policy, including the way in which reform is undertaken.
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Home page of the Government of Canada’s ministry.
- Changes to Immigration Policy Will Affect Nearly all Aspects of Canadian Life by Ratna Omidvar – The Canadian immigration landscape is shifting beneath our feet. When the dust settles, where will Canada be?
- Five Myths About Canada’s Immigration System by Alan Broadbent – Recent media reports have characterized Canada’s immigration system as “broken,” and so ridden with problems that the only solution is a set of heroic measures, such as the current federal government changes, to set it on the right path. This view is largely false, and is only held up by the constant perpetration of a set of myths.