Improvements have been made to Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Programme aimed at making the country more attractive to highly skilled workers from overseas. ‘The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth and long term prosperity,’ said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
‘Our changes ensure not only that Canada can select the immigrants most needed by our economy, but that they are best positioned for success,’ he added.
With the changes in place, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is now accepting applications to the new and improved Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP).
Improvements to the FSWP points grid are based on a large body of research, which has consistently shown that language proficiency and youth are two of the most important factors in the economic success of immigrants, said a CIC spokesman.
‘The FSWP has been modernised as a result of thorough research, an extensive programme evaluation, stakeholder and public consultations, and a study of best practices in other countries.
The goal of the updated selection criteria is to improve economic outcomes by selecting immigrants who will be able to integrate more rapidly and successfully into Canada’s economy,’ he explained.
He also pointed out that the changes also support Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 by building a fast and flexible immigration system whose primary focus is meeting Canada’s economic and labour market needs. Among the changes is the introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment, so that foreign credentials are evaluated based on their true value in Canada, thereby ensuring that newcomers can make an informed decision before immigrating.
The spokesman said that in order to prevent ballooning backlogs and lengthy wait times, there is a list of occupations with a set number of applications that will be accepted this year.
Previously, the application backlog for the FSWP was on track for an unacceptable 15 year wait time by 2015 with over 1.5 million applicants in the backlog.
‘As a result of the Action Plan for Faster Immigration and Economic Action Plan 2012, the backlog for the FSWP has been nearly eliminated, and new applications are being processed in approximately one year,’ the spokesman added.
JUNE 3, 2013