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canada's immigration minister volpe is aiming to both improve dealing with the huge backlog, and to increase immigration per year to 300,000.

"We have to start thinking about the Immigration Department as a recruiting vehicle for Canada's demographic and labour market needs . . . we are the lungs of the country," said Mr. Volpe in an interview with The Globe and Mail. "We are producing more jobs than the labour market has workers for. . . . We're desperate for immigration."

we'll see what happens. he promised new measures for dealing with the backlog back in april, but i've yet to see any specifics as to how he plans to do it.

in any case, this is bound to be good news for skilled workers who'd like to come to canada. from what i understand, the trades are desperate for those, and temporary work permits are likely to get a big boost (and then immigration will be eased for people who have worked in canada as temporary workers for a period, allowing application from within the country).

on 2005-11-01 16:57 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] the-siobhan.livejournal.com
My impression for a long time has been that a big part of the the problem is that once the needed skills are in the country, the professional associations won't let them work. I work with people who are doctors and pharmacists in India and the Phillipines, and are now hauling boxes of blood for a living.

That needs to be sorted out. We are losing out on a lot of valuable skills, and people are immigrating here under false pretenses.

on 2005-11-01 17:00 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kalmn.livejournal.com
that happens in the us, too. i worked at a plasma bank with people who were doctors in other countries, and were phlebotomists here. i don't know if there's the same immigration advertising, but i was pretty sad about it.

on 2005-11-01 21:27 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
yes, i think that's a big problem -- i knew about it even before coming to canada (though i am not affected), but i think people are left with the impression that it would be relatively easy to get canadian accreditation for their professional skills, when in fact it is excruciatingly difficult -- time-consuming and expensive. it's not the same for all professions though; i have the impression that it's mostly medical and legal ones (and for legal ones it actually makes sense).

it definitely needs to be dealt with, and it's probably a good time to push the issue (it did get mentioned in a couple of articles i read on the new immigration measures).

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