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Immigration for dummies: What transformational change means for newcomers

posted May 21, 2012, 3:56 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated May 21, 2012, 3:57 PM ]
By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News May 15, 2012 Montreal Gazette

What kind of immigration system does the federal government want?

The government wants to implement a fast and flexible, just-in-time system that's focused on the bottom line and attracts workers with the language skills needed to hit the ground running, employment credentials the labour market demands and Canadian experience. Canada's first-come, first-served system appears to be on its way out.

Canada would remain open to those facing persecution but seeks more control over who is granted asylum and will not tolerate those who jump the queue by arriving at the border illegally, en masse and via human smuggling operations.

Family reunification remains important but there's a sense it can be achieved in a way that doesn't burden Canada's health care system.

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