A review conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) indicates that Canada is doing a great job in managing the immigration system that selects and welcomes foreign workers from all over the world, including the Philippines.
WHAT IS THE OECD?
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organization that was founded in 1961 to help create policies that would stimulate economic progress and world trade.
The OECD has 36 member countries, including Canada. Member countries are considered high-income economies are are generally seen as developed countries.
As an organization, the 36 countries that comprise the OECD makes up 62.2% of the world’s nominal GDP.
The OECD is an official United Nations observer.
OECD REVIEW COMES DURING AN ELECTION YEAR
The OECD review comes at a time when the province of Quebec is considering decreasing the number of immigrants that it will accept, and in an election year where immigration is sure to be a major talking point during debates.
The OECD review looked at how the Government of Canada recruits foreign workers, including the Express Entry program that invites qualified applicants to come to Canada as Permanent Residents, as well as the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that saw thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) come to Canada under different programs, including the incredibly popular (and now-defunct) Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP).
The OECD found that the Government of Canada’s approach to immigration is largely effective, but that there is room for improvement.
One of the areas for improvement includes improving the screening process which allows for too much political interference.
The report also pointed out that Canada’s immigration system was taking in too many professionals whose credentials are not recognized when they arrive in the country.
The Government of Canada’s immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, gave remarks after the release of the OECD review in a press conference hosted by WattPad.
OECD REVIEW LOOKS AT EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM CHANGES
The OECD commended changes made by Justin Trudeau’s government, including reducing the number of points awarded to an applicant for having a valid job offer, which helped better match the country’s labour requirements with the most eligible applicants.
QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT CANADIAN IMMIGRATION
Canada accepts over 85,000 applicants as economic immigrants. The question of whether or not that number is too low or too high is a topic of frequent debate.
There is also the question of how effectively newly arrived immigrants are able to successfully integrate into Canadian society.
QUEBEC GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING CUTTING NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS COMING TO ITS PROVINCE
The Government of Quebec is considering cutting the number of immigrants it takes in, wanting to further study how it matches applicants with their province’s needs.
Advocates aren’t happy at the direction the Government of Quebec is taking, saying that it’s all part of an anti-immigrant push that includes subjecting newcomers to a values test.
While the OECD doesn’t single out the Government of Quebec, it finds that provincial governments generally do a better job at welcoming immigrants than the federal government.
The OECD review acknowledged that the Government of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy achieves the goals it set out to do, and that it should be used as a template to help improve other immigration programs to better address the country’s labour shortages.
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