A report based on a study conducted by the World Education Services (WES) society says that more than 80 percent of skilled immigrants to Canada are successful in finding a job in the new country. More importantly, a vast majority of them are able to find permanent jobs, according to the report.
Two-third of the skilled immigrants find jobs within three months after arriving in Canada and 74 per cent of the new skilled immigrants get placed in six months. The WES society prepared the report after conducting a survey of more than 6400 skilled immigrants in Canada. The successful transition of Canada’s immigration system from the one based on labour market shortages to the one that focuses on selecting highly-skilled and well-educated immigrants to the country clearly reflects in the results of the study, which was completed in 2018. The Express Entry system, launched by Canada in 2015, has played a major role in this transition as it focuses on selecting immigration candidates based on their potential to economically establish in Canada.
The 6402 skilled immigrants who took part in the survey conducted as part of the WES study were those who had applied for an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) between 2013 and 2015. The study has found that younger candidates with prior Canadian experience are more likely to find a job than older candidates with no prior experience.
The study has also found that the highest rate of employment was recorded among those who had migrated to Canada under the Canada Experience Class (CEC) immigration program. The employment rate among them was 2.4 times higher than those who migrated under other immigration programs.
A high proportion of the CEC candidates who got placed in Canada had previous experience in food industry. But most of the Federal Skilled Worker candidates who could find a job in Canada had previous work experience in health sector.
The WES study report appreciates Canada’s move towards ‘profession-specific bridging programs’ provided by provinces. It also points out the need for efforts to find out what kind of help immigrants need to get placed in a regulated occupation. The report says, “All those working toward the integration of skilled immigrants need to collectively identify which specific employment services and service delivery models lead to the best results for skilled immigrant job seekers.”
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