Manitoba is putting together a panel of professionals to come up with new suggestions for the province’s immigration laws.
The new Immigration Advisory Council will propose changes to boost immigration and attract qualified foreign workers. The province’s leader, Heather Stefanson, stated that a bold plan is already in place.
“We know immigration and a diverse workforce contributes to a strong economy,” said Stefanson in a release.
The new advisory council will assist in looking for new and innovative ways to remain a welcoming new home for all newcomers, including refugees and international students, a dynamic destination for immigration and business investors, and an appealing place for people to come to build a life of opportunity and prosperity for the immigrants and their families.
This new program, according to Minister Jon Reyes, builds on Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program, which attracts thousands of workers to the province each year. Since the program’s inception, more than 165,000 nominees and their families have come to Manitoba from all over the world.
“This year’s number of nominees is the highest since the program was established, and we know these new Manitobans will use their skills and training to contribute to the long-term economic recovery and growth of our province”, said Reyes.
The expert council’s goal is to improve the program while also bringing in new investors, boosting Manitoba’s settlement and integration services, and encouraging those who come to stay. Manitoba was a forerunner in adopting creative improvements to Canada’s immigration system with the provincial nominee program, and it has always been at the forefront of implementing innovative changes to Canada’s immigration system.
“While we’re very proud of these results, we know there are different areas of the labour market that need people with very specific skills to enable them to grow further”, said Stefanson.
The advisory committee will evaluate the recent Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program criteria and provide recommendations to help streamline processes so that people can move to Manitoba and begin working and living in their communities as quickly as possible.
The Immigration Advisory Council, which will be co-chaired by the minister and Dr Lloyd Axworthy, will examine the entire immigration process, from attracting newcomers to the retention of arrivals.
It will make specific recommendations and take meaningful steps to the Manitoba government, such as enhancing the Canada-Manitoba Immigration Agreement by considering new annexes or memorandums of understanding. Furthermore, the advisory committee will concentrate on:
- Increasing promotion in order to attract and retain more immigrants and business investors to the province
- Streamlining the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, particularly in terms of striking the appropriate balance between the province’s regional labour market, economic development, and community needs
- Promoting Manitoba’s settlement and integration programs and services, as well as foreign credential recognition programs, in order to boost labour market attachment, enhance foreign credential recognition, and increase immigrant retention
The advisory board will be comprised of professionals with expertise in immigration services, governance, economic development, analysis, project management, and community integration, according to the co-chairs.
It will include urban, regional, and francophone representation, as well as front-line immigration service providers, ethnocultural community leaders and organizations, and members from Manitoba’s business, industry, and academic sectors.
The premier stated that work will begin immediately to finalize the council’s membership, with a final report due by the end of the year.
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