Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney
Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney

Minister announces new skilled worker program criteria

By Admin Thursday January 03 2013 in News
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Based on research, language proficiency and youth are two of the most critical factors in the economic success of immigrants.


The Federal Skilled Worker Program’s (FSWP) new selection system that will take effect on May 4 will take those features into consideration when accepting applicants under the re-worked program.


“The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney. “The new Federal Skilled Worker Program’s criteria will ensure Canada is selecting the skilled immigrants our economy needs who are the most likely to succeed and fully realize their potential in Canada.”


As a result of the changes, there is an increased emphasis on younger immigrants who are most likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience and who will spend a greater number of years contributing to the Canadian economy, a boost in the minimum official language thresholds and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection.


In addition, education points will be awarded that reflect the foreign credential’s true value in Canada, and changes have been made to the arranged employment process, allowing employers to hire applicants quickly if there is a demonstrated need in the Canadian labour market and there are additional adaptability points for spousal language ability and Canadian work experience.


Applicants will have to demonstrate that they meet the minimum language threshold, which is Level Seven of the Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment System. They can secure an assessment from agencies designated by the Minister and listed on the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website. They will also have their education credentials assessed prior to coming to Canada. A list of assessment organizations will be posted early in the New Year.


Kenney said the changes were necessary because too many immigrants have experienced underemployment and unemployment for far too long.


“This has been detrimental to these newcomers and to the Canadian economy,” he said. “Our transformational changes to the FSWP will help ensure that skilled newcomers are able to contribute their skills fully to the economy as soon as possible. This is good for newcomers, good for the economy and good for all Canadians.”



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