5 Things Canada Can Do to Attract Needed Immigrants

5-things-canada-can-do-attract-immigrantsThis September it was announced by Ottawa that temporary foreign workers applications had dropped by 74 per cent for the period of July and August, compared to 2012’s application numbers.

The government claims these figures show its reforms to the current immigration program has been “successful”, although in the long-term it could create a problem for future recruitment in the area. It’s also at odds with the government’s other goals such as protecting Canadian jobs, as well as the investment of employers that goes into temporary foreign workers.

5 Things Canada Can Do to Entice Temporary Foreign Workers

So, what can Canada do to ensure enough immigrants are attracted to the country while still protecting Canadian jobs and the investment employers put in? Winnipeg immigration lawyer R. Reis Pagtakhan (who has over 18 years of experience in his chosen field) had a few things to say (five, in fact) on actions the federal government can take to ensure the best results for immigration in Canada, via an opinion piece for CBC news.

Probationary Permanent Residency Program

Pagtakhan started by saying:

“First, it is time that the federal government should call the temporary foreign worker program what it really is – a probationary permanent residency program.”

In his article, he suggests that referring to people as temporary foreign workers sets the impression that these workers are merely temporary, when in fact some could in fact have a bright future in Canada, if they wish.

Federal Government Needs to Backs Up Changes with Action

“Secondly, changing the name of these types of employees will only work if the federal government backs up any changes with action.”

The government has actually been promoting the temporary foreign worker program for probationary permanent residency via something called the Canadian Experience Class, which Pagtakhan suggests should be expanded. This would help to protect Canadian employers’ investment in foreign workers.

A Change to the Canadian Experience Class

“Thirdly, the federal government should change the Canadian Experience Class to allow all temporary foreign workers the ability to apply for permanent residency.”

Currently, the Canadian Experience Class is very restrictive and only allows those with a certain skillset to apply. Pagtakhan recommends opening this up to all temporary foreign workers.

Allow Probationary Permanent Residents to Apply for Permanent Residency

“Fourthly, the federal government should allow probationary permanent residents to apply for permanent residency immediately upon arrival, as opposed to waiting for one year.”

According to Pagtakhan, temporary workers have already been triple checked by the time they arrive in Canada, and should be allowed to apply for permanent residency as soon as they set foot on Canadian soil.

Government Should Stop Mixed Messages Regarding Immigration

“Finally, the federal government should stop its mixed messages on immigration.”

Saying one thing and doing another seems to be a by-product of the Canadian federal government, and moving forward the government needs to have a clearer message that immigrants are welcome to the country and are necessary for economic growth.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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