Change for Newcomers to Canada

Trial and error. The two words to best sum up the Canadian immigration policies, procedures and processes currently in place today. The Canadian government has been struggling for years now to meet the challenges of a demanding labour market in both skilled and low skilled categories, as a reactive result several programs were put into place to assist and meet the requirements. However, the Canadian government’s plan to ease the immigration into Canada has become an ever changing challenge.

To address several issues, back log of applications, meeting the demand of labour market shortage and building an economical competitive Canada has left the government with difficulties attracting the right individuals. Therefore new strategies to attract and retain individuals have been put into place so not only will contribute to the success of Canada’s economy but overall be financially secure and adapt to the Canadian ways of life.

First off a new language requirement will be essential to assess the applicant proficiency in reading, writing and speaking which will support the on the job communicate and understanding lower health and safety claims.

Secondly, the backlog of skilled workers applications no longer being processed is the right step as the need for the labour shortages in certain vacant position may no longer exist. Rather individuals who’s application would be processed would result in high unemployment and hardship.

Another focus of the Canadian government is to recognize and credit foreign workers educational and professional qualifications. Rather than losing the skills and experience of an individual to a lower skilled job use this talent and assess the individual’s ability focusing on work experience from international competitive markets. One program which can be utilized by immigrates is the provincial nominee programs available throughout Canada. Most PNP programs are geared towards a skill or trade workers in Alberta which we lack. By capping this program it eliminates the lower skilled workers who have no experience or skill set to immigrate to Canada. The cap will allow the individuals who apply to be financial secure and not a burden on the Canadian government.

Uniting family members is still a key component of the immigration process in Canada therefore the Super Visa was introduced to reunite family members. The onus is still now on the sponsor to ensure all medical insurance and liabilities are covered. If all is in order family members are receiving an open ended Super Visa. However, more needs to be done to ensure fraudulent claims are not being submitted through marriages and sponsorships to reunite family members. The government has regulated a new five year sponsorship bar binding the two individuals responsible financially and personally for the applicant.

The Canadian government has always faced the pressures of immigration related processes and decisions, therefore as the government tries to streamline processes, respond to the economic demands and analyze the effectiveness of the Canadian immigration programs in place in the future we need the government to be more proactive versus reactive.

Monica Kaura
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku


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