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Newcomers' global connections boost Ontario's economy


Ontario is reintroducing its first-ever Immigration Act that would, if passed, assist the province in working with Ottawa to maximize the economic benefits of immigration.

Immigrants help grow a stronger economy by leveraging their networks and forging new global connections that will keep Ontario competitive in international markets.

Building on the government’s immigration strategy, the proposed Ontario Immigration Act would:

Facilitate Ontario’s work with the federal government on the recruitment, selection and admission of skilled immigrants.

Strengthen the province’s ongoing efforts to reduce fraud by protecting the integrity of the immigrant selection program and improve accountability.

Increase transparency and information-sharing with immigration partners.

The province will also redesign the Provincial Nominee Program to respond to expected increases in the federal government’s allocation of economic immigrants.

A few quick facts:

Ontario remains the number one destination for newcomers to Canada, receiving more immigrants than the combined total of all the provinces and territories west of here.

Newcomers make up 30 per cent of Ontario’s labour force.

Over the next 25 years, immigration will account for all of the increases in Ontario’s working-age population and is expected to be a major source of future labour force growth.

In 2011, 97 per cent of Ontario’s provincial nominees remained in the province.

“This proposed legislation is about making Ontario’s economy stronger through immigration,” said Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. “Immigrants bring with them connections to international economies, which is why International Trade was reassigned to the immigration ministry. It’s important that we recognize not only the value of a diverse workforce but also the advantages of having an Ontario economy that is globally connected.”

“The diversity of our people is one of Ontario’s strengths,” said Matthew Mendelsohn, Director, Mowat Centre. “Capitalizing on this advantage is vital to our economy’s future growth. Immigrants connect people, ideas and understanding. Ontario is showing its commitment to ensuring that the economic opportunities immigrants expect are delivered.”

Posted: Jan 4, 2015

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