Canadian immigration trends benefit skilled workers, entrepreneurs and investors

Published:  16 Feb at 6 PM
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Noticeable trends in Canada’s immigration rulings over the past decade have shown a more favourable attitude towards workers with specific skills, investors and entrepreneurs.

Historically, Canadian immigration laws have favoured workers eager to take on jobs in which Canadian nationals have little interest. The majority of those granted visas prior to the turn of this century were not given the opportunity to become permanent residents.

Successive governments since then have realised the need for talented immigrants willing to commit to Canada in the long term, and have brought in new-style visas to help suitable applicants settle. However, at the same time, the number of unskilled migrants in the manufacturing, food processing and service sectors has risen by 200 per cent, and the current government has passed laws allowing employers to pay lower wages to immigrants at all levels.

The constant changes brought about since the 2006 election returned a Tory government has seen immigration from Asia drop sharply, with the Philippines now the top source country. Recently, there has been an increase in applications from highly-skilled workers in France, Ireland and Britain, all of whom are escaping high unemployment and economic uncertainty.

It’s too early to say whether the changes in Canada’s immigration requirements will benefit the country in the long run. One thing is certain in that, for refugees and unskilled workers who lose out due to the new rules, the bar against permanent residency is being raised even higher.
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