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Tories pitching 'significant' immigration reform

posted Feb 10, 2012, 5:15 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 10, 2012, 5:25 PM ]
By Daniel Proussalidis ,Parliamentary Bureau

First posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 03:00 PM EST | Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2012 03:07 PM EST

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told Sun News Network on Thursday one of the biggest changes will be to "invite businesses to go overseas, recruit the people who they think will work well in their companies, give them those job offers, and then we'll bring them in (to Canada) on a super-fast basis."

But the Tories will also change the system that grades prospective immigrants on their language and work skills, among other factors, to determine whether they'll be allowed to come live in Canada.

"In 2012, we will be reforming our federal points system, called our Skilled Worker Program, to attract those people who we know, based on research, are most likely to succeed - younger immigrants, people with pre-arranged jobs in Canada, folks with higher levels of income," said Kenney.

Those kinds of changes could make Canada increasingly tempting for young people from countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland as they deal with high unemployment and debt crises.

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