Canada Must Improve its Immigration Policies, Says Report!

According to a new report brought out by the Conference Board of Canada, the policies for immigration have to be modernized in order to avert the suppression of the growth in the economy of the nation which could come about due to the shortage in labor. The Board based in Ottawa hints that it is important to match the skills of the foreign skilled migrants walking into the nation with those that are required by the nation. The report has been written by Glen Hodgson, who is the Chief Economist at the Conference Board.

Hodgson has also predicted that the supply of workers would soon be an issue. This is especially pertaining to the economic development of the nation as steady job growth being the norm with the population consisting of baby boomer generation and people close to the retirement age. As per him, without catering to better policies for immigration, the nation would be a shortage of the necessary workforce.

It has been recommended by the Conference Board to give more importance to the skills of the applicant while assessing their applications for immigration. This has to be done keeping in mind the skills required by the nation. These policies should be implemented at all levels including the government, more usage of the temporary foreign workers to cater to the short-term needs. With this, the employers should also be included in the process of selecting the applicants for immigration. Also, making it easier for all the foreign students as well as the temporary foreign workers applying for permanent residence was one of the suggestions. Improvised recognition of professional credentials which have been earned abroad was another suggestion.

At the same time, it would be easier to achieve the economic objective by the maintaining the number of immigrants coming to Canada on an annual basis catering to the social objective. This could be increased steadily.

The current rate of immigration is 265,000 per year. It is being assumed by the report that this rate would grow to 350,000 on an annual basis by 2030. However, the Conference Board does not recommend the Federal Government to have a monopoly especially when it comes to this area of public policy.

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