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Immigration, particularly concerns about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, has been in the news lately. But there is a lot more going on in immigration reform in Canada, some of which has the potential to greatly improve the speed and efficiency with which business can get the skills they need from abroad. Immigration is expected to account for 80 to 90 per cent of Canada’s population growth within a few years, meaning that an effective and efficient system will be increasingly crucial to Canada’s competitiveness.

One innovation that promises a smoother path to getting skilled workers into Canada is the new expression of interest system, a new application management approach starting in January 2015. The EOI will linkprospective immigrants with Canadian employers. People hoping to immigrate to Canada would indicate their interest by providing information online about their language ability, education, work experience and other attributes. If they meet certain eligibility criteria, their “expressions of interest” is placed in a pool and ranked against others. Citizenship and Immigration Canada would then invite only the best candidates, including those with high point scores, a qualifying job offer and/or provincial or territorial nomination, to apply for permanent residency through one of three programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.

This episode features a brief chat with Sarah Anson-Cartwright, our Director of Skills Policy, about the key information any business needs to understand the government’s new expression of interest (EOI) system and how they might benefit.

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