Statistics show that 25% of Canadian workers are immigrants.
During the last few years Canada introduced major changes to its immigration system to address skilled labour shortages, namely the introduction of the Express Entry.
November 2017 had four draws for Canada’s Express Entry system. A total of 5,545 Invitations To Apply have been issued in November alone, adding to an already record-breaking 2017 on the Express Entry front. A total of 28 draws so far this year have seen more than 80,500 Invitations to Apply.
As a result of skilled worker oriented programs, in 2016, immigrants represented half of all workers in the Toronto. Vancouver, British Columbia had 43.2% of immigrants in its labour force, Calgary – 32.5%.
A key goal of Canada’s Express Entry system is to help offset what is expected to be a decrease in the pool of available labour due to Canada’s aging population. The system classes economic immigrants under three categories: the Federal Skilled Workers, the Federal Skilled Trades, the Canadian Experience Class. A number of Canadian province’s also have Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Programs designed to address their labour needs.
In order to enter the Express Entry pool, interested candidates must be qualified for one of the Express Entry programs. Candidates are assessed based on their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other personal information.
The new census data also revealed that more than 50 per cent of recent immigrants to Canada have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Education is a key qualification under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System and international post-secondary students studying in Canada are beginning to benefit from new programs that make it easier for them to integrate into the Canadian labour market after their studies and eventually gain permanent residence.
Immigrants are also more than two-times likely to hold a master’s degree or PhD than the Canadian-born population. Among immigrants aged 25 to 64, 11.3 per cent had a master’s or doctorate degree compared to just five per cent of those born in Canada. The number is even higher among immigrants who arrived in Canada over the last five years, with 16.7 per cent holding a master’s or doctorate degree.
Canada’s immigration system is paying off in terms of the number of skilled and highly educated immigrants that are being invited to build a new life in Canada.
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