New immigrants must be employable, have ‘language proficiency’: Jason Kenney

Originally posted on National Post | News:

By targeting younger and more language-proficient immigrants, a “transformational” package of immigration reforms promises to end the “vicious circle of unemployment” for newcomers, says Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

“For too long the story of immigration to Canada has been summed up by the frustration of the highly trained professional who arrived with the expectation of being able to work at his or her skill level,” he said, addressing the Canadian Club of Toronto on Monday.

“We’re going to stop this practice of inviting highly trained people to come to Canada if they don’t have jobs or they’re not likely to succeed in the labour market.”

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In advance of the March 29 federal budget, Mr. Kenney was in Toronto to announce immigration reforms aimed at boosting economic growth. “We’ll be reforming our immigration programs to do more in ensuring that our historic openness to newcomers works to fuel…

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