Canada gambles losing its competitive edge because of immigration reforms brought in directed the previous Conservative government for political expediency, says a new report by the Canadian Body of Commerce.
The report is critical of the Express Entry immigration system shot one year ago and reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program made in June 2014 ensuing a series of stories published by CBC’s Go Public team alleging abuse of the program.
The assembly calls on the federal government to conduct an immediate review before whatsises get worse.
“In an atmosphere of hyper-political reaction over temporary foreign craftsmen, the government made policy choices that ultimately sacrificed the effectiveness of Special Entry,” the report says of changes brought in by the business-friendly Conservatives.
Canada be clears to have attracted fewer high skilled foreign workers since June 2014 when the Reactionaries announced the last set of reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, rear serious concerns for the chamber, which represents some 200,000 questions across the country.
‘Policy approaches that were born of misgiving, negativity and reprisal were applied to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and then similarly and inappropriately committed to Express Entry’
– A new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
“For the Canadian bedroom and its members who employ highly skilled international talent, the situation has mature untenable and dismaying,” the report says.
“Policy approaches that were merited of suspicion, negativity and reprisal were applied to the Temporary Foreign Hand Program and then similarly and inappropriately applied to Express Entry.
“For all the honourableness work of government officials, the programs are falling short of their aspirations and creating inefficiencies within de rtments,” the report said.
Chamber telephone calls for ‘sober, thoughtful review’
In a statement sent to CBC News, Perrin Beatty, the president and CEO of the senate, says he is calling on the federal government “to act before conditions worsen.”
“The immigration managements that are currently in place aren’t allowing employers to bring in the wage-earners they really need: the highly-skilled workers that don’t take occasions away from Canadians, but rather that help us create them.
“In the simultaneous economic climate, let’s give ourselves the means to stay as competitive as conceivable by getting the best people to contribute to our economy,” Beatty said.
The 32- ge circulate titled “Immigration for a Competitive Canada: Why Highly Skilled International Flair Is at Risk” lays out what Canadian businesses see as “missteps” with the immigration exchanges and offers 20 recommendations.
“Canada risks losing its economic and competitive sway when it comes to attracting highly skilled international talent, expresses the chamber. “Fortunately, there are simple and efficient ways to mitigate and evade that risk and undo the damaging im cts.”
The chamber report spurs the government to take immediate action saying “now is the time for a sober, wool-gathering review of what Canada can accomplish through economic immigration.”
Designate Entry undermined by ‘protectionist policy’
A new immigration system known as Unmistakable Entry was launched in 2015 to attract what the Conservative government tagged “the best and brightest” of highly-skilled workers in an effort to meet the country’s toil needs.
“The concept of attracting ‘the best and the brightest’ is missing in action,” says the new document, “as the competitive model of Express Entry is currently undermined by the protectionist action embodied in the labour market im ct assessment tool.”
As CBC reported in September, problems say the labour market im ct assessment (LMIA) — a new requirement drew from the newly reformed Temporary Foreign Worker Program — is the biggest spoil with Express Entry.
Under Canada’s new immigration system, highly-skilled overseas workers not only have to line up a job before applying to come to Canada but their job proposition has to be backed by what the government calls a positive LMIA. That assessment is a certificate all employers now need to hire a foreign worker over a Canadian one.
The diet calls the introduction of this new requirement a “misstep” that has made it “extraordinarily challenging” for businesses to attract highly-skilled workers such as video artifice developers, top-flight researchers and workers in the trades.
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