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The latest Canadian Think-tank report issued on Thursday declared that the bulging recognition of the temporary foreign workers program for business community might result in elimination of the Canadian immigrant workers data pool. The point to be noted is that most people that are chosen for permanent residency program belong to the federal program.
Figure 1: An average of 79% of PNP nominees was from the temporary worker program from 2005, while in 2010 the average nominations from PNP were 93 percent for British Columbia.
The study focused on how the provincial governments of Canadian provinces progressively assist the temporary foreign workers in being a part of the Provincial nomination program (PNP) to secure the permanent residency status. The study eliminated the province of Quebec as that has an altogether separate immigrations system.
The assessment focused on the employment of Ottawa’s records for temporary foreign workers to fulfill the requirement of various businesses. The Montreal-based Institute scrutinized the immigration policies of Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba for research on the Public Policies.
Provincial nomination program, introduced in the late 1990s, fetches 1 in 4 economic immigrants and is thus, a favorite of all Canadian provincial governments as well as accounts.
Leslie Seidle, one of the think tankers from the IRPP opines that the program has quite a few benefits as the applications are processed fairly quickly. PNP also takes into account the local needs and it did result in less foreign concentration in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.
One major concern that he came up with was that the extensive popularity of the PNP program might lessen the interest of the employer’s in local Canadian employees. There is no need to hire or train the local employees when they can hire trained and experienced foreign labor, fears the IRPP.
The one concerns raised by the IRPP was that the screening process of other provinces was not as exclusive as that of Ottawa for the federal skilled workers program. The other concern was that after obtaining the PR the so-called temporary foreign labor would prefer to migrate to the provinces that offer better opportunities.
In 2009, PNP accepted 17065 applications and 3000 were for British Columbia. In 2010 and in following two years out of 20,665 applicants 3,500 were for British Columbia. This year the number of applicants admitted is 22,315 out of which 3,800 goes to British Columbia. The number of temporary foreign labor that cane to Canada in 2012 was 213,573 which was 110,613 in 2002.
In an earlier report released by the IRPP in October they recommended that there should be an annual cap on Temporary Foreign Worker’s Program. Ottawa is considering the reforms in order to ensure that the foreigners should not grab jobs that belong to Canadians.
An official from the office of Immigration Minister Chris Alexander declared that the Temporary foreign workers program is under review and any changes that take place will be to complement the needs of the Canadian employers and not to slash to Canadian citizen’s recruitment.
While British Columbia has been taking a fairly disproportionate share of the entire mass of foreign labor the Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says that they have noted that there will roughly be a million more openings by 2020 in British Columbia alone.