Jason Kenney, the Canadian minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, visited the UK and Ireland at the end of October 2012. He was trying to persuade skilled workers to consider a new life in Canada. While he was in the UK and in Ireland, he took the time to address audiences of Poles who are resident in the two countries.
told UK-based Poles 'Many of you would find a better job in Canada.' He
also told them that the cost of living is lower in Canada.
spokesman for Mr Kenney's department, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
(CIC) said that there are skills shortages in Canada in four sectors of
the economy; construction, manufacturing, transportation and service
industries. He added that 40-50% of job vacancies are to be found in the
In the UK, Mr Kenney held meetings in the
Canadian High Commission in London with leaders of UK Polish groups and
associations. Mr Kenney believes that Poles resident in the UK and
Ireland will have an advantage over their fellow countrymen who still
live in Poland because many of them will have learnt enough English to
integrate more quickly into the Canadian workforce.
While he was
in Ireland too, Mr Kenney met with Polish groups. He gave a speech in
which he told his audience 'The government of Canada is committed to
building an immigration system that actively recruits talent rather than
passively processing all applications that we receive.' Mr Kenney said
that there were 200,000 Poles living in Ireland, many of them with
exactly the skills that Canada wants.
Mr Kenney told UK Poles that
the Canadian economy was thriving. This is partly because Canadian
banks had not suffered due to the credit crunch of 2008 when the banking
systems of many western countries, particularly the US, the UK and much
of western Europe were nearly destroyed. Banks in many of these
countries invested in bonds which were dependent on the value of the
American housing market. When house prices fell in the US, many banks
became virtually bankrupt. Many had to be rescued by governments around
the world. This caused a recession in many countries which continues to
However, Canadian banks did not invest in investments
because regulation in Canada did not allow them to do so. This protected
the Canadian economy which is now growing faster than any other in the
G8 group of the 8 richest countries in the world. Therefore, there were
plenty of job opportunities for skilled workers who spoke English in
Mr Kenney also told Poles that, because there are already
more than one million Canadians of Polish descent, they would feel at
home in Canada.
Mr Kenney, a dynamic minister who is often in the
news, has also announced that his department, CIC will hold a publicity
event in Manchester in 2013 which will again target Poles, this time
those settled in Manchester and the north of England.
2012, Mr Kenney announced that he would establish the new Federal
Skilled Trades Program which would enable skilled tradespeople to prove
that they had skills useful to the Canadian economy and would not assess
them on formal, academic educational criteria.
In July 2012, Mr
Kenney suspended the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the main
immigration programme for skilled immigrants into Canada apart from. The
good news is that those with a qualifying job offer from a Canadian
employer or those who can come under the PhD stream can still apply.
August, Mr Kenney announced that the skilled worker programme, with a
number of major changes, will probably reopen in January 2013. He said
that youth and the ability to speak either English or French would be
more important factors in future when deciding whether workers qualified
for a permanent resident permit under the Canadian points-based
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