02 Apr, 2010
The immigration system of Canada is geared towards attracting skilled workers who will be able to contribute to the economy of the country. Therefore, there are more chances for handymen to secure employment than professional workers, says Adele Dion, the High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa with accreditation to Mauritius.
“Canada already has professional workers. Yet there is still a strong demand for qualified personnel to work in the Canadian economy as there are skill shortages in many sectors. Mauritians, being bilingual, have better chances than on other nationalities since Canada is also a bilingual country,” she says.
She warns that Mauritians should be prepared to work flexibly and have to be committed to advancing Canada’s dynamic economy. She points out that migrant workers have to adapt to the Canadian work culture to be able to stay there.
“Immigration to Canada has no fixed criteria and each province has its own criteria. Skilled workers are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada. Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects
immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec.
If you are a temporary foreign worker or a foreign student who graduated in Canada, you often have the qualities to make a successful transition from temporary to permanent residence; as you would be familiar with Canadian society and can contribute to the Canadian economy. Applying to stay in Canada can be done under the Canadian Experience Class,” says Adele.
“If a person applies to go to Quebec as a skilled worker, they must first follow a separate selection process before their application is finalised by Citizenship and Immigration. If a foreigner wishes to invest in Canada, the Business Immigration Program will be their point of call.
Canada seeks to attract experienced business people who will support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy. Business immigrants are expected to make a C$400,000 investment or to own and manage businesses in Canada,” she says.
She adds that Canada has three classes of business immigrants: investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed persons.
“Persons who emigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program have the skills, education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that nominates them. They are ready to establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in Canada,” she adds.