The Department of Citizenship and Immigration has announced it will increase the number of immigrants under the Federal Skilled Workers programme in 2012. The number is set to increase from 47,000 in 2011 to between 55,000 and 57,000.
A spokesperson from the department said the increase will help meet the demand for skilled foreign talent as well as alleviate the backlog of applications. In 2010, Canada admitted 280,000 new immigrants, of which 40% were part of the federal skilled workers programme.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney commented that the department recognises the importance of immigration to Canada’s labour market, and the country values the contributions of skilled immigrants who add to its international competitiveness.
The programme, which was last reviewed in 2010, was deemed widely successful: from the total pool of immigrants who granted work rights, 89% were self-employed or employed within three years of arriving.
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