Thoughts on current Canadian immigration reform

Since Mr. Jason Kenney took the office in 2006, he has been tirelessly reforming the Canadian immigration policies. He has been boasting to transform the immigration system in Canada to make it faster, more flexible and focused on jobs to promote national economic growth and prosperity that can benefit all regions of Canada. However, has he been doing in the right way?

On July 1, 2011, the Minister introduced a cap of 700 on new federal investor applications. At the same time, the federal Entrepreneur Program was on temporary moratorium undergoing review. Is this change helpful for our economic growth and prosperity as our minister claimed? The investors and entrepreneurs are those people who have been successful in their home country with capital funds and business experience, their integration into Canada is deemed to make more funds available, more business and more jobs. On the other hand, for the investors, before they were issued the permanent resident visa, they are required to either contribute $125,000 or lend $400,000 with no interest charge for 5 years to our government. During the past couple of years, the government has accumulated billions of funds available in their hand, but the shame is that our government just kept those huge amounts of money on behalf the investor immigrants without making any good use of it and then returned to the investors after 5 years. Will it be a better way to use this money to create a better business environment, more business opportunities or sponsor some profitable projects to attract more investors and entrepreneurs? Or to help the investors settle down in Canada? How can the government not introspect themselves but blame the immigration policies or the new immigrants, and shut door to the excellent people?

Another lousy change happened on April 10, 2012, the minister is putting more emphasis on practical training and work experience rather than formal education. Is it not strange for a country to ignore the education of his people? A professor can easily find and adapt to construction work, even though it might be a huge human resource waste, but can a construction worker easily turn into a professor? Right, our employers are short of low-skilled workers, but on the other hand, there is around 8% unemployed population in our country, is there anything that our government can do to make the employers and the unemployed connected and then cooperate? Why does our government encourage the employers to find cheaper employees from outside to compete our fierce competitive labor market and the turn this country into a slavery country finally? Personally, I believe a country is thriving with educated people, a country who is only see the short-sight benefit and let ignore the importance and prospect of good education is dangerous.

Our minister has been working very hard and has been reforming the immigration policies constantly, however, so far, I don’t agree with his reform and I am not comfortable with the place he is leading us to.

Jolly Yin
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku

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