Gearing up for the launch of Express Entry - Minister Alexander meets with key employers on Canada's economic immigration system
TORONTO, July 14, 2014
TORONTO, July 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration
Minister Chris Alexander met with stakeholders and business leaders
today about the January 2015 launch of Express Entry: a faster and more
effective way for Canada to welcome skilled economic immigrants.
The Government of Canada, in partnership with provincial and territorial
governments, has hosted a number of information sessions on Express
Entry with employers across the country in recent months.
The Express Entry electronic application management system will apply to
four existing economic programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program,
Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a
portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Through Express Entry,
foreign nationals who meet the criteria for one of the federal
immigration programs will be placed into a pool, from which employers
will be able to consider candidates who meet their needs when they
cannot find a Canadian or permanent resident for the job. The
Government of Canada's new and improved Job Bank will help facilitate
matches between Canadian employers and Express Entry candidates.
Express Entry candidates who receive a qualifying job offer from a
Canadian employer or nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program
will be invited to apply for permanent residence soon after - a key
distinction between the Express Entry system and the Temporary Foreign
Worker Program, which is only used to fill temporary labour and skill
shortages. Job offers will be subject to Employment and Social
Development Canada's Labour Market Impact Assessment in place at that
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2014 will invest an initial $14 million
over two years, followed by $4.7 million per year ongoing to ensure the
successful implementation of Express Entry.
Express Entry will transform Canada's immigration system into one that
is faster and more responsive to economic and labour market needs.
Express Entry will allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada to select
the candidates who are most likely to succeed economically in Canada,
rather than passively process all applicants in a queue.
Express Entry candidates who are invited to apply for permanent
residence can expect faster processing times of six months or less.
"Our government is reforming Canada's economic immigration system to
make it faster, fairer and more flexible to ensure that Canada's labour
market needs are met. Express Entry will connect candidates for
permanent residence with employers who have been unable to find skilled
Canadians or permanent residents for the job, and bring them here
quickly. Our government is working closely with provincial and
territorial partners, as well as employers to ensure that January's
launch of Express Entry is a success."
Chris Alexander, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister