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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
Alexander said Canadian employers would be able to bring in workers through the Express Entry system with the long-term view that they would remain in Canada. "You can bring your labour market opinion, your job offer, to the Express Entry system and ensure that the person you need comes to Canada as an immigrant, not as a temporary foreign worker. Not as someone who is here with an uncertain future and likely to go back, but as a full immigrant to Canada," Alexander said on Tuesday.
The government will invest $14 million over two years and $4.7 million per year ongoing to ensuring the successful implementation of Express Entry. Qualified applicants can expect faster processing times of six months or less when invited to come to Canada, down from a wait of up to two years.
First off, I applaud you and your office for tackling this issue that has been going on for quite some time, and has caused many Canadians adverse feelings towards our government, it's policy on foreign workers, and sadly on the immigrants themselves in some cases. I would like to report a personal experience with a McDonald's location in Nova Scotia. I am sure you are aware that our province is already struggling with a high rate of unemployment, and it is most disturbing to us that our local government has sought out to increase the cap size of immigrants coming into our province to deal with the high rate of locals leaving for employment opportunities elsewhere in Canada. Our youth here, have zero job opportunity, due to most of the jobs in fast food industry, part time retail, and even seasonal farm workers being given strictly to foreign workers. These workers are definitely TEMPORARY, because they stay in Nova Scotia long enough to realize the grass is greener in Alberta, and they move on. Just as quickly as they leave, new ones take their place, and locals are left in the cold. The people of Nova Scotia have become quite jaded to outsiders, even those who come from other parts of Canada. I was told, in person, that the McDonald's location in question EXCLUSIVELY hired immigrants. No locals..NONE. In a province with one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country Mr. Minister that is utterly unacceptable.Neither my husband or I are intolerant of immigrants in any way, racially, or religiously, but certainly demographically speaking,that is our issue. In closing I sincerely hope that your inquiry leads to radical changes to the foreign worker program, not just for McDonald's employees, but straight across the board to employment for all natural born Canadians. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak out,
Because it's good for business, and Dear Leader Steve is all about that because our blessed job creators have taken a real hit in this economy.
originally posted by: AccessDenied
Is there anyone on ATS, that can explain to me WHY our government is making these decisions which they say overall benefit Canada but certainly do not benefit it's people.
That would make the inquiry into it's abuse a farce then? All for show perhaps to convince people that hiring permanent skilled workers is better. Pffft.
originally posted by: masqua
a reply to: AccessDenied
Research what the federal government takes in as fees from both the temporary workers and those employing them.
You might then have an answer as to why it's being pushed.
As for Bieber,put him on the next shipment to the space station.
To be honest on the world stage Canada doesn't contribute much, not achieved much and doesn't compete much with any great success.