Minister Alexander discusses Canada’s economic immigration system with important employers
July 14, 2014 – Toronto – Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has recently met with stakeholders and business leaders regarding the launch of the Express Entry system in January 2015. Express Entry is a quicker and more efficient route for skilled economic immigrants to come to Canada.
During the last months, he Canadian Government has partnered with provincial and territorial governments to host a nation-wide series of information sessions on Express Entry for employers.
The Express Entry electronic application management system will be available for four current economic programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a part of the Provincial Nominee Program. By using Express Entry, applicants of foreign nationality meeting the required criteria of one of the federal immigration programs will be entered into a database, which employers can access to select suitable candidates when Canadians or permanent residents are not available for the job. This newly renovated Job Bank will help ease the matching process between Canadian employers and Express Entry applicants.
A prime distinction between the Express Entry system and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is that Express Entry candidates with a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or nominated by the Provincial Nominee Program will be shortly invited to apply for permanent residency, while the later is only used to meet temporary labor and skills shortages. Job offers will be evaluated under the Employment and Social Development Canada’s Labor Market Impact Assessment in place at that time.
- Initially, Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014 will invest $14 million over two years, followed by $4.7 million per year ongoing to assure the successful application of Express Entry.
- Express Entry will help turn Canada’s immigration system into a faster and more responsive one to meet economic and labour market demands.
- Express Entry will enable Citizenship and Immigration Canada to choose applicants with more potential to succeed economically in Canada, rather than passively process all queueing application.
- Express Entry candidates eligible for permanent residence can expect a faster processing times of six months or less.