Canadian Prime Minister Lays Out His Vision For Immigration To Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the Globe and Mail that Canada will need to compete for high value immigrants as other country look to immigration to solve their fiscal problems

In an interview on Saturday with the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest national newspaper, Prime Minister Stephen Harper expounded in length on his vision for Canada’s immigration programs.

He told the Globe that competition for skilled international workers would heat up over the coming years, as “the demographic changes .. the aging population, start to bite, in many developed countries”.

He trumpeted his government’s achievements in reforming what he called the old “passive pro-immigration policy” which “operated on receiving applications and processing them in order” and had left his government with “backlogs of hundreds and hundreds of thousands of applications”.

He said his government is trying to shift to an “activist policy” where Canada goes out and recruits the immigrants it needs, and when it receives applications, “prioritize them to the country’s objectives.”

The Prime Minister said that as the rest of the developed world increases its immigration intake, Canada would need the activist immigration policy to “compete, and make sure we get the immigrants both in terms of volumes and particular attributes: skills, expertise and investment capacity.”

Under the Conservative government, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has legislatively wiped out the 280,000 application Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program backlog, and frozen acceptance of new applications under both the FSW program and the Federal Immigrant Investor program as it re-designs the programs and reduces the backlogs.

CIC has also suspended the parent and grandparent sponsorship programs and replaced them with a ‘Super Visa’ that allows foreign parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and landed immigrants to visit Canada for up to ten years.

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2 Responses to Canadian Prime Minister Lays Out His Vision For Immigration To Canada

  1. Stan says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks for accepting us to migrate to Canada changing from passive policy to active policy. However, I would like to highlight to you that, we as human and we are not things to buy or use to develop something. If you do not need us you put us in the queue and when you need us, you take us from the pool. How can we trust your policy as we are treated like products. May GOD be with you and your people.

  2. Stan says:

    Dear All Immigrants,

    Our fight, our sweats, our knowledge and our skills belongs to our mother country. If we are keep on running away to fight for our country, because we are scare, because we are afraid, because we are incapable of, then we will always be running away from revolution to our own government and we will never develop our own country. We will lost faith in our own country and our own people.
    Think for a second, today you and your family migrated to another country because you are afraid of fighting back your unlawful government. But you left behind your brothers, sisters, relatives and your friends. Furthermore, you left behind your own land which is full with blessing. Think for long term, not just for now.

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