This is such a frustrating topic for most potential immigrants to hear about. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney, says that Canada needs to up its annual immigrant quotas to about a million just to make up for our dwindling and aging work force.
If that happened it would mean that the one million currently in the immigration queue would all be let in this year.
That is not going to happen of course. Firstly I just cannot see the immigration officers working that quickly!
Secondly, it takes a lot of money to settle immigrants into Canadian society. We give them medical services. We run settlement services. These include language skills and job search techniques.
You can see how much it could cost before Canada gains a productive citizen.
I know that there is no easy answer to this. And I guess that the emphasis on specific job skills and the Provincial Nominee Programs are all steps towards getting the right people into Canada – the ones we need to support our economy.
From what I hear though, the jobs that we say we want are not always the ones that we really need. If we’d got it right people would not be struggling to get jobs.
The CIC is at least looking to raise the issues about how immigration is handled. I doubt that this will result in significant changes. But at least people are asking questions about who should be allowed in, how are we to pay for their support and indeed how are we to integrate them into Canadian society – and keep true to Canadian values.
Let’s keep the discussion going. Expressing our views, politely, is Canadian after all.