Immigrants have made important gains in Canada’s workforce over the last 10 years and more than 50 per cent have a bachelor’s degree or higher, new statistics from Canada’s 2016 census show. Released Nov. 29, the figures show that immigrants accounted for 23.8 per cent of Canadian workers in 2016, up from 21.2 per cent in 2006. During that same period, Canada introduced major changes to its immigration system to address skilled labour shortages, namely the introduction of the Express Entry system in 2015. Statistics Canada defines an immigrant as a person who is, or who has ever been, a landed immigrant or permanent resident.
The workforce gains are even more impressive when looked at regionally: In 2016, immigrants represented half of all workers in the Toronto, Ontario, metropolitan region. Vancouver, British Columbia, had the second-highest proportion of immigrants in its labour force at 43.2 per cent, followed by Calgary, Alberta, at 32.5 per cent.
A key goal of Canada’s Express Entry system is to help offset what is expected to be a decrease in the pool of available labour due to Canada’s aging population. The system classes economic immigrants under three categories: the Federal Skilled Workers Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class. A number of Canadian province’s also have Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Programs designed to address their labour needs.
Since January 2015, 145,368 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence have been issued through programs under the Express Entry system. As part of its plan to welcome nearly one million new permanent residents between 2018 and 2020, Canada has established targets to admit 250,000 of these newcomers through the Express Entry system.
In order to enter the Express Entry pool, interested candidates must first establish if they qualify for one of the Express Entry programs. Candidates are assessed based on their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other personal information.
To find out if you are eligible to immigrate to Canada permanently, fill out a free online assessment form.
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