Provincial Ministers Consensus on Increasing Immigration Levels

Federal, Provincial Ministers Reach Consensus on Increasing Canadian Immigration Levels

Provincial Ministers Consensus on Increasing Immigration Levels

Provincial Ministers Consensus on Increasing Immigration Levels

Provincial Ministers Consensus on Increasing Immigration Levels

Political leaders responsible for immigration issues in Canada have agreed that increasing immigration levels and establishing multi-year targets would help meet labour market needs across the country.

The consensus was reached at a meeting of the Forum of Ministers responsible for Immigration (FMRI), which met in Toronto last week. This FMRI includes members from the federal, provincial, and territorial governments.

Currently, Canada’s annual immigration levels plan for 2017 sets a target of 300,000 new permanent residents for the year. Earlier this summer, federal Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen confirmed that this figure would form the new ‘baseline’ for immigration targets under the current federal government. The government had previously alluded to moving to a multi-year plan — instead of the current annual model — in order to provide certainty and help inform long-term planning.

Under the current plan, around 57 percent of new permanent residents settle as economic migrants. This share includes newcomers who apply through one of the economic programs managed under the Express Entry system, as well as skilled workers destined for the province of Quebec and applicants to one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The plan also allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor family members, including spouses and common-law partners, while also maintaining Canada’s international obligations and humanitarian tradition with respect to refugee resettlement.

The government’s annual immigration plan is usually presented to Parliament in the preceding fall. It remains to be seen exactly what the next plan may include; the fact that the Ministers have reached a consensus — and publicly affirmed that they have done so — may be a prelude to a multi-year plan.

“Canada has welcomed generations of newcomers who have contributed to Canada’s well-being, economic prosperity, competitiveness, and success as a nation. We are committed to ensuring that newcomers, including refugees, integrate and contribute fully to the Canadian economy and society. We continue to help newcomers find jobs and make lasting connections within their communities,” said Minister Hussen.

Another important agreement to come out of the meeting is the development of a federal-provincial-territorial plan to clarify how settlement priorities are set, and how information is shared among all orders of government. In a statement following the meeting, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated that enhanced collaboration across governments is needed to support the delivery of high-quality settlement services and successful outcomes for all newcomers.

Ian Wishart, Manitoba Minister of Education and Training and FMRI provincial-territorial co-chair, spoke of a shared commitment to “maintaining an open dialogue and working together to achieve our shared immigration objectives in building a stronger, more prosperous and united Canada.”

Finally, the Ministers discussed the promotion of Francophone immigration to communities outside Quebec with the goal of increasing Francophone immigration. Currently, some federal initiatives support that goal. Last June, IRCC changed the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) so that Francophone candidates could be awarded additional points. The federal government also recently launched a temporary work stream within the International Mobility Program called Mobility Francophone, making it easier for employers outside Quebec to hire French-speaking skilled workers.

In addition, Canada’s most populated province, Ontario, offers a French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, aligned with the Express Entry system, for candidates with ability in French and English.

The FMRI also discussed a pan-Canadian approach to dealing with the current arrival of asylum seekers into Canada through irregular means (i.e. not through official border crossings). This approach would include enhanced intergovernmental collaboration to support orderly migration and scenarios planning while protecting Canada’s border and the safety and security of Canadians.

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Political leaders of Canada agree to accept more immigrants

Political leaders of Canada agree to accept more immigrants

Political leaders of Canada agree to accept more immigrants

Political leaders of Canada agree to accept more immigrants

The FMRI (Forum of Ministers responsible for Immigration), which comprises the members of the provincial, territorial and federal governments, met in Toronto in the second week of September. The forum, which includes political leaders responsible for immigration issues in Canada, have agreed to increase immigration levels and set up multi-year targets to help to meet the needs of the labour market across Canada.

Meanwhile, annual immigration levels plan for 2017 of Canada was set at a ceiling of 300,000 new permanent residents. In summer of 2017, Ahmed Hussen, federal Minister of Immigration, clarified that this number would be the new standard for immigration targets under the present federal government.

As per the current plan, about 57 percent of new permanent residents are economic migrants. Included in this are newcomers who apply via an economic program managed under the Express Entry system, besides skilled workers headed to Quebec province and one of the PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs) applicants. The plan also lets citizens and permanent residents of Canada sponsor family members such as common-law partners and spouses.

Hussen was quoted by CIC News as saying that their country has welcomed for decades newcomers whose contribution to Canada’s welfare, competitiveness, economic success and so on is established. He said that Canada was committed to seeing to it that newcomers integrate and fully contribute to their economy and society. Hussen said that they would continue to support new entrants of Canada to find employment and forge memorable connections within their communities.

Ian Wishart, FMRI provincial-territorial co-chair and Manitoba Minister of Education and Training, said that they had a shared commitment to continue to have an open dialogue and work jointly to attain their shared immigration objectives of building a Canada, which is united, stronger and more prosperous.

In June 2016, IRCC modified the Express Entry CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) in order that candidates whose native tongue is French could be awarded additional points. A temporary work stream within the International Mobility Program known as Mobility Francophone was also introduced by the federal government to make it easier for employers outside of Quebec to recruit French-speaking skilled workers.

Moreover, Ontario offers a Skilled Worker Stream for French speakers, which is adjusted with the Express Entry system, for candidates having the ability to speak English and French.

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Five countries most popular with Indians for study

Five countries most popular with Indians for study

Five countries most popular with Indians for study

Five countries most popular with Indians for study

The number of Indians Studying Abroad has been rising exponentially. One of the reasons is that Indian employers find students who have been educated in international universities a better fit.

The five most popular countries for Indian students are Canada, Germany, Australia, the US and the UK.

Canada has been attracting many Indian students because it is one of the most accommodating among the developed nations. Statistics state that about 14 percent of all Overseas Students Studying in that country are Indians. In addition, the liberal immigration policies offered by Canada attract Indian students. The other benefits are that it is an English-speaking nation, is multicultural in nature and offers a high quality of living.

The University of Toronto, York University and the University of Winnipeg are the top-ranked universities in Canada.

Germany attracts many international students as it offers various courses in English language, tuition fees is free or nominal at many universities. In addition, Indian students can avail German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It also offers various scholarship programs and German Universities have tied up with local and international research institutes, providing students with an opportunity for research.

Its top-ranked universities include Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Bonn and Justus Liebig University Giessen.

After Australia made its visa process easy for Asian students, Indian students now comprise one of the largest contingents of foreign students there. Besides a cosmopolitan culture, it also offers fabulous opportunities for students to work after graduation.

Some world-class universities in Australia are Charles Darwin University, University of Tasmania and University of Adelaide.

The United States has been decidedly the dream destination for most Indian students since the last four decades. Education provided here is of high quality and opportunities for obtaining scholarships are numerous. To add to it, an American degree is one of the most coveted qualifications in the world.

Harvard University, Stanford University, UCLA, Princeton University, etc., are some top-ranked universities in the US.

The United Kingdom has also been a very popular destination for Indian students for a long time now.

Business World quotes statistics to state that the number of Indian students enrolled in UK universities has grown by 10 percent until 2016. The benefits of studying in Britain include top-quality education programs and better exposure.

Oxford University, Cambridge University and London School of Economics are its top-ranked universities.

If you are looking to study in any of the aforementioned countries, get in touch with Global Gateways, a leading consultancy for immigration and Study Abroad services.

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