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Desperate for Workers, West Seeks Immigration Powers

SOURCE: THE GLOBE AND MAIL Canada’s Western premiers are seeking to wrest control over immigration away from Ottawa to help the West manage its growing skills shortage. “We are well-positioned but we need to have a national discussion about what further tools provinces need to grow the national economy,” said B.C. Premier Christy Clark, who is leading the group, in an interview. “The biggest … [Read more...]

B.C. Hopeful Ottawa Will Increase Immigrant Quota

B.C.’s jobs minister is still hopeful the federal government will allow the province to hand-pick an increased number of skilled immigrants, despite the Citizenship and Immigration minister’s refusal Wednesday to grant a similar request to Alberta. The provincial nominee program allows provinces to choose skilled immigrants who are best qualified to meet shortages in the regional labour market. … [Read more...]

Foreign IT Specialist Program Extended

The Canadian government has extended for another three months the system that allows British Columbia to bring in foreign IT specialists without going through the usual work permit process. According to a statement by the Human Resources and Skills Development – the federal ministry that deals with human resource development – employers who want to bring in specialists to fill in positions in … [Read more...]

Atlantic Canada Looks for Immigrants

Four provinces in Canada’s east coast, commonly known as the Atlantic Provinces, have launched major initiatives to boost immigration. As part of the strategy, the Premiers (who are the elected leaders of the provinces in Canada) of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island (PEI) want to talk to Canada’s federal government about relaxing the cap on the … [Read more...]

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