“The government’s number one priority remains the economy. We recognize the importance of immigration to our labour market and we value the contributions of skilled immigrants who add to our international competitiveness,” said Minister Kenney. “We are committed to facilitating the arrival of the best and the brightest to our country.”
These were the words of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney after he announced on November 03, 2011, that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) was planning to welcome more skilled workers in the year 2012. The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is one of the primary avenues of immigration to Canada. The CIC is planning to increase the number of visas in this category from 47,000–47,400 to 55,000–57,000 in 2012.
An extensive evaluation of the FSWP carried out in 2008 by the CIC, revealed among other things, that there was a continuing need for skilled workers. With the economy being the government’s number one priority, the CIC was working towards bringing in more skilled workers to the country. The contributions of the immigrant community towards Canada’s international competitiveness was also factored in when considering the increase in number of the visas. The CIC is still working on ways in which to improve immigration through the FSWP.