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Canada’s immigration selection model should focus on long-term labour market needs

posted Feb 10, 2012, 9:14 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 10, 2012, 9:15 PM ]
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2012 7:30PM EST
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012 5:00AM EST

Canada's immigration program is admired around the world, and has inspired copycat versions in Sweden, Germany and Japan.

But to stay ahead of the curve, Ottawa needs to address one glaring weakness – the inability of newcomers to get jobs that reflect their education and expertise. A new report by Toronto Dominion Bank says the government can overcome this obstacle by making the federal skilled worker program more flexible. Two-thirds of Canada’s annual 250,000 immigrants enter through this stream, which is already under review by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

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