Canada’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration is planning to increase the number of immigrants under the Federal Skilled Workers programme in 2012. The number is to increase from 47,000 in 2011 to between 55,000 and 57,000.
This increase will help meet the demand for skilled foreign talent as well as alleviate the backlog of applications, says the Department. In 2010, Canada admitted 280,000 immigrants, with about 67% being economic immigrants and of these, 40% being part of the Federal Skilled Workers programme.
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney said that officials recognise the importance of immigration to Canada’s labour market, and the country values the contributions of skilled immigrants who add to its international competitiveness.
The programme, which was reviewed in 2010, was deemed successful, as of the immigrants who were allowed in to contribute to the economy, 89% were self-employed or employed within three years of arriving.
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