Public consultations have been launched by Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and the proposals are likely to get formalized by the end of this year.
The proposed changes are aimed to provide the new immigrants a better opportunity of succeeding in Canada. Kenney hopes to change the points system in Canada on the basis of which foreign skilled immigrants are provided entry into Canada.
Addressing a gathering of MPs, Kenney clarified that Canada must aim to select immigrants who have a high probability of succeeding in Canada. It must focus on attracting the best and brightest into the nation.
Preference for immigrants with high language proficiency—
Since proficiency in either of the two official languages of Canada has been the major factor in the financial success of majority of immigrants in Canada in the recent past, hence, Kenney has urged for giving increased points to those having language proficiency.
Agrees Naomi Alboim, a professor at Queen’s University, Kingston. It’s indeed a fact that language is the key to immigrants’ success in Canada. Hence, it will be favorable to give due importance to this factor in the points system, she maintained.
Younger immigrants have higher chances of getting employed—
Another factor revealed by the findings of the government research is that younger immigrants coming to Canada seem to have a higher probability of getting jobs in Canada as compared to the older immigrants. No wonder, Kenney wants 12 points for immigrants below 35 years while suggests no points for newcomers above 49 years for their age.
Meanwhile Alboim seems to disagree with Kenney’s suggestion regarding lowering down the criteria of educational qualifications. Higher education plays a key role in making the newcomers better adaptable to changing workforce markets, adds Alboim.
Current points-based criteria--
The current points-based system of Canada allows immigrants getting a minimum of 67 points on a 100-point scale to get entry into the nation. It favors those having higher qualifications.
In the year 2010, around 85,000 immigrants had come to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Visa Program excluding their children and spouses.
The government has a target of allowing nearly 47,000 immigrants under this category in the year 2011.