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Ontario’s concerted plan to attract skilled immigrants


 Ontario is launching its first immigration strategy to help build a strong, globally-connected economy.

The strategy sets a new direction for how Ontario selects, welcomes and assists immigrants to the province.

It emphasizes the critical role skilled immigrants play in Ontario’s economic development, as workers and job creators, in addressing labour market gaps due to the province's aging population and low birth rate.

The strategy also highlights how to better support immigrants and their families so they can succeed and contribute fully to Ontario’s prosperity.

Recommendations from Ontario’s Expert Roundtable on Immigration and consultations across the province helped shape the strategy.

With this new direction for immigration, Ontario is focused on attracting highly skilled workers and their families, supporting diverse communities and growing a globally connected economy.

“This is a bold new direction for immigration in Ontario,” said Charles Sousa (He has since resigned from his post to pursue the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in the wake of the unexpected resignation of Premier Dalton McGuinty.)

“It sets a path so we can attract the highly skilled immigrants and investors that we need to fuel economic growth and help build stronger communities.”

Posted: Dec 4, 2012

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