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Canadian Province Seeks Permanent Immigration Solutions not Temporary Workers

March 2017, 16
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Canadian Province Seeks Permanent Immigration
The Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador have a number of routes to permanent residency open to applicants. The Newfoundland Federation of Labour has countered the Gander and Area (within Newfoundland and Labrador) Chamber of Commerce after they said businesses wanted more access to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program to fill their vacancies.

The Vice President of the Newfoundland Federation of Labour says people are not looking for temporary opportunities but are looking for secure jobs, higher wages, and health benefits in uncertain economic times. Vice President Jessica McCormick suggests the provincial government should look for a real job strategy that makes existing jobs better or creates new jobs. She says some type of immigration strategy will help but that the provincial government should focus on quality employment too.

Businesses in the Gander area of Newfoundland and Labrador are looking to attract people to the low-wage service sector. With a low response to vacancies advertised they are looking to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

Jessica McCormick suggests that immigrants should come for decent jobs, not uncertain employment prospects. She has called on the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government to increase the minimum wage to address the economic challenges faced.

The TFWP (Temporary Foreign Worker Program) for Canada allows employers to hire overseas nationals to fill temporary labour and skill shortages when qualified Canadian residents are not available. Though these vacancies are the short term they can be a route to permanent immigration if the candidates meet certain requirements. The Canadian Experience Class is one route open to foreign nationals who have been working in Canada as tradespeople or managerial and professional occupations and meet the criteria. For eligible candidates, the Provincial Nominee Program is another option.

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