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Business Leaders Call For Enhanced Canada Immigration System

Business council pushes for increased skilled immigration in Canada

In a lead up to Canada’s federal budget for the upcoming financial year, top business leaders in Canada have sent a list of pre-budget recommendations to the federal government on how to support economic recovery. 

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In an open letter by the Business Council of Canada to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, the author, Goldy Hyder, outlined seven key recommendations to promote economic recovery. They call for a focus on long-term growth and job creation by facilitating easy immigration for skilled foreign workers.

 

The letter reads: “We need to cultivate and enhance our human capital by developing a more agile and adaptable workforce, doing more to help young Canadians build rewarding careers, and enhancing our immigration system to make our country an even more powerful magnet for international talent.”

 

Businesses want the federal government to remove barriers to labor market integration. The letter draws attention to foreign credential recognition, which prevents some skilled workers from working in their fields. 

 

Higher-order sources from the federal government responded positively to the open letter by citing positive contributions to the immigration system in recent times by the federal government. 

 

The present Liberal government has already committed to invest $15 million in 2021 and 2022 to scale up and expand existing supports for the labor market integration of skilled newcomers. In-demand sectors, such as health, IT, and skilled trades will be in focus for immigration in the coming years. 

 

In a move to improve the present immigration system, Canada recently allotted $72.1 million to the federal immigration department to modernize their processing system away from paper-based applications. This would mean quicker, faster, and efficient nomination and processing of applications. 

 

Additionally, the nomination draws in the month of January 2021, and February 2021 remained in line with the record target of 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. 

 

Attracting talented workers from around the world is an essential part of growing our economy and supporting Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 recession,” a spokesperson of Deputy PM told CIC News. “Canada will continue to welcome newcomers with skills to help grow our economy.”

 

Here is the predicted list of top demanding jobs in Canada in 2021. 

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IT Giant Expands Presence in Canada: More Opportunities For Immigrants

In a parallel development, Indian IT company Infosys is strongly looking to expand its tech consulting & digital services presence in Canada. 

 

The company is keen on adding 500 more jobs in Calgary and double its Canadian workforce to 4,000 by 2023. In a run-up to its target, about 2,000 jobs have been already created across Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal. 

 

Further, international students have a tremendous advantage as the company is set to hire talented tech individuals from 14 Canadian education institutions. These would include the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. 

 

If you are interested in working or studying in Canada or setting up your business, contact CanApprove to know your best chances based on your profile. 

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