2014 Immigration Plan Released

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration CanadaA news release that came out on Monday October 28, 2013 declared Canada’s immigration plan for next year.

Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration for Canada made the announcement and also made some statements about the purpose of the immigration plan.

“While Canadians will continue to get the first crack at available jobs, getting the right people in the right places is key to addressing regional labour needs and fueling Canada’s long-term prosperity. We need newcomers willing to put their skills, ideas and energies to work,” Alexander said in the news release.

It has long been supported that immigrants contribute a great deal to the countries to which they travel.

In the past, the Canadian immigration system was rather passive in that Citizenship and Immigration Canada would accept applications from family members, refugees or workers, providing customer service to people from all over the world.

“We will continue to drive down backlogs, reduce wait times and improve service. We will continue to reunite families. We will continue to give refuge to the world’s most vulnerable,” Alexander said.

However, the newest plan for Canadian immigration is that the CIC will start an immigration recruiting program called the Expression of Interest system.

“Every summer, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) consults with provinces, territories and stakeholders across Canada to develop a balanced immigration plan. We also seek feedback from the Canadian public,” the official CIC news release said.

This year, CIC opened up its doors for suggestions from June 21 to August 31. They received almost 5,000 responses from Canadians interested in the immigration system.

A greater number of immigration visas will be granted to economic type classes next year. However, a third of immigrants will be able to apply under family visa types and humanitarian programs.

“Canada is in a global competition for the best and brightest immigrants, and this plan is crafted with attracting the people we need for Canada to succeed,” the news release said.