British Columbia Looks to Boost Skilled Immigration in the Province

The British Columbia government in now looking into ways to encourage an interest for skilled workers to immigrate to the province.

As recently stated by BC Premier Christy Clark:

With a million job openings and only two-thirds of the people available to fill them, we have a looming problem and we cannot grow the economy if we don’t have people to fill the jobs that we hope to create in the province.

Clark concluded that it was of “crucial importance” that immigrants were the key to bridging that gap and allowing the economy to work effectively.

The province will begin by examining Canadian immigration programs including the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the Federal Skilled Worker program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Immigrant Investor program.

It is important to note that there are some important changes that you should be aware of regarding the Skilled Workers Program. In an effort to expedite backlog processing, some restrictions have been placed on the applications.

Processing Skilled Worker Applications

Those who may still be eligible for processing despite the changes to the Skilled Worker program, must fulfill one or more of the following:

  • You have an offer of arranged employment
  • You have already been living legally in Canada for one year as a temporary foreign worker or international student
  • You have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in one of 29 specific high-demand occupations.

It is still advised that consulting the expertise of a skilled immigration attorney may increase the chances of an accepted application.

Clarke would go on to conclude that:

This is a province and a country that was built on immigration, and that hasn’t changed.

In this vein, a task force has been implemented by the BC government to further investigate this immigration issue and present the best means to go about cultivating their resources.

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