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New OECD report lauds Canada’s immigration policies

New report from OECD calls Canada's economic immigration system a benchmark for other countries.


A new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) touts Canada’s economic immigration system as one of the most successful in the world and a benchmark for other countries.

The 200-page report, titled “Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Canada 2019,” takes a close look at all elements of Canada’s skilled labour immigration program.

The report states that Canada has the largest, most elaborate and longest-standing labour migration system in the OECD, and that most indicators suggest Canada’s labour migration efforts have been largely beneficial.

After many decades of managed labour migration more than one in five people in Canada is foreign-born and 60% of Canada’s foreign-born population is highly educated.

The new Express Entry system receives particular credit for Canada’s standing as a leader in labour-focused immigration policy, helping to ensure that highly-skilled talent looking to come to Canada have many barriers to entry removed, which in turn helps maintain a high-skilled labour pool for employers.

This program should not be confused with the Global Talent Stream program, another program that helps gain work permit and permanent resident visa in as little as two weeks, for talent that have job offers from Canadian tech companies.

The report also notes that Canada’s programs for international students provide favourable conditions to work and stay in Canada.

To read the full report, visit the OECD website.

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