Through Economic Action Plan 2012, we’re taking action to build a faster and more flexible economic immigration system.  Our Government will:

  •  better align the Temporary Foreign Worker Program with labour market demands, ensuring that businesses look to the domestic labour force before accessing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  •  further support foreign credential recognition, and work with provinces to identify the next set of target occupations for inclusion in the Pan-Canadians Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
  •  return applications and refund up to $130 million in fees paid for federal skilled worker applicants who applied under the previous criteria, established prior to February 27, 2008

Meanwhile, our Government has previously taken concrete action to uphold the reputation of Canada’s generous immigration system.  Since 2006, the Harper Government has:

  •  welcomed the highest yearly average of immigrants in Canadian history (including the highest in almost 50 years in 2010)
  •  cut the “Right of Landing Fee” in half, saving millions for new immigrants
  •  tripled funding for settlement services
  •  improved recognition of foreign credentials, including the establishment of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) in 2007
  •  established the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, whereby foreign trained professionals in priority occupations will have their qualifications assessed within one year
  •  dramatically reduced wait times for federal skilled workers, from five years to less than one year on average
  •  reformed the Live-in Caregiver Program to provide more protection for caregivers
  •  delivered Phase I of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification:
    •  increased the number of sponsored parents and grandparents in Canada in 2012
    •  delivered a parent and grandparent multiple-entry Super Visa, valid for 10 years
    •  delivered a temporary pause of up to 24 months on new sponsorship applications
  •  launched the Federal Internship for Newcomers program, which helps newcomers gain valuable Canadian work experience, a significant hurdle for many immigrants
  •  delivered a new and updated citizenship guide entitled “Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship”
  •  passed the Balanced Refugee Reform Act which leads to faster protection for victims under Canada’s refugee system, as well as faster removal of failed asylum claimants who abuse Canada’s generosity
  •  cracked down on crooked immigration consultants that undermined the integrity of the immigration system
  •  worked to protect those at risk of human trafficking through the Preventing Trafficking, Abuse and Exploitation of Vulnerable Immigrants Act, and Canada’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking
  •  delivered the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act, to ensure law enforcement have the tools they need to crack down on human smugglers
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