A newly released government study suggests newcomers to the country have misgivings about Ottawa’s intention to ensure would-be immigrants possess skills that are in demand in Canada.
The respondents to the study wondered why Ottawa isn’t doing more to find jobs for qualified immigrants already here but who “have been frustrated by the lack of recognition of their credentials and their inability to acquire a sufficient amount of Canadian experience.”
The government’s new express entry system, launching in January, will allow Canadian employers to select skilled candidates from abroad if there are no Canadians or permanent residents available for the work.
Express entry candidates who are offered jobs or nominated under the so-called provincial nominee program will be invited to apply for permanent residency.
The government hopes the new system will reduce the need for temporary foreign workers and help address the country’s supposed skills shortage. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has called express entry a “top priority” for his department.
"Express entry promises to be a game-changer for Canadian immigration and Canada’s economy," he said recently. "It will revolutionize the way we attract skilled immigrants and get them working here faster."
But the Ipsos Reid study, commissioned by Citizenship and Immigration earlier this year, suggests newcomers in 14 focus groups located in seven communities across the country weren’t sold on the new system.
"A number of participants in all sessions wondered why the government was focusing on those who have yet to immigrate to Canada rather than those who have already immigrated," the study states.
The respondents, from a mix of ages and socio-economic backgrounds, also questioned the integrity of the process.
They were “quick to caution that the potential for fraudulent behaviour” was real, whether on the part of applicant or the prospective employer.
"Participants expect that certain steps would be taken to guard against such behaviour," the study says.
Alexander has been meeting the stakeholders and business leaders for months in advance of the launch of the express entry program on Jan. 1, 2015. His department didn’t immediately respond to a request for a comment on the Ipsos Reid study.
As CBC News first reported in June, the government has begun accepting 25,000 applications under the federal skilled worker program ahead of the launch of the new system, and is actively recruiting skilled immigrants in 50 occupations that include financial managers, auditors and accountants, civil engineers and psychologists.
But another government study suggests that skilled newcomers already in Canada — including doctors, pharmacists and engineers — face “huge obstacles” preventing them from finding jobs even when their credentials are in order.
The participants in that study, conducted by Environics Research, said language barriers and requirements for Canadian experience on some job postings pose the biggest problems in their attempts to find work.
A spokesman for Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the government plans to address those complaints this fall.
Alberta already has a similar program in place, you can hire people from abroad if you can find no one to fill the places… and it’s been so badly abused it’s ridiculous. There was even an incident where a place fired all it’s current workers and replaced them with lower paid foreign workers under the program after lying and saying it could find no one to fill the positions.
Work on recognizing the credentials of the immigrants already here, get the people already here jobs and then you can worry about finding workers from outside the country if you genuinely can’t find anyone(I’m willing to bet you can), but frankly this program is going to fail and it’s going to be abused badly.
I’m Chinese, so I wonder if non-Chinese understand
that in the Chinese version of Disney’s Mulan, the fake name she gives is “Ping”, but her family name “Fa” in English is “Hua” in Chinese, therefore her full name is “Hua Ping”, which is literally “Flower Vase”, and that’s why Shang is so bewildered because it’s a silly name.
but OP how could you not tell them the best part
“hua ping”/flower vase is chinese slang for “camp gay”
Pros of focusing a story around friendship instead of romance
- Less danger of writing awful purple prose
- Friends can survive without constantly being around each other
- Friendships are really cute
- It’s easier to write healthy friendships
- Somebody can be friends with two people without it turning into an annoying “friendship triangle”
- Positive female-female friendships are underrepresented
- Female-male friendships without romantic undertones are underrepresented outside of children’s books
- Most people don’t collapse into irrational heaps of strong emotions whenever they see their friends, which makes it way easier to fight off attacking ninjas
- More stories about online friends would be nice
- Friends don’t have to be conventionally attractive in order to sell books
- Did I mention the cuteness factor?
Bolded for emphasis. -Alex