Ontario Developing Its First Immigration Strategy

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March 2, 2012 – To help build a stronger economy, Ontario will develop its first-ever immigration strategy.

A new expert roundtable, led by Julia Deans, will help develop the strategy and examine ways that immigration can best support Ontario’s economic development and help new Ontarians find jobs.

“Both Ontario and Canada have a shared responsibility when it comes to immigration and helping new Canadians find jobs. When Ontario grows and prospers so does Canada. That’s why the new expert roundtable will help us develop the first-ever Ontario Immigration Strategy to support our case for an immigration agreement with the federal government and build a stronger economy,” says Charles Sousa, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (pictured above).

The roundtable will consist of business people, employers, academics and other experts within the field of immigration and labour market needs. It will provide its recommendations to the government in the summer of 2012.

Ontario receives more immigrants than all the Western provinces, all the Atlantic provinces and the three territories combined, and newcomers make up 30 per cent of Ontario’s labour force. Ontario remains the number one destination for newcomers to Canada, yet it is the only province currently without an immigration agreement with the federal government. The new provincial immigration strategy will help to inform and shape discussions with the federal government towards an agreement.

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