OTTAWA — An international review of Canada’s economic immigration system says the country is doing well when it comes to how it selects and welcomes foreign workers.
But the report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development suggests that some tweaks would be helpful to ensure the needs of the economy are actually being met.
The OECD study comes as Quebec debates whether to slash the number of immigrants it accepts, and ahead of a federal election in which the immigration file is expected to be a major point of discussion.
The organization reviewed how Canada recruits foreign labour — from the Express Entry program that sees the government effectively “invite” people to come to Canada permanently, to programs geared towards temporary workers.
They conclude that the system is largely working, but point out flaws such as the fact that the screening policy leaves room for political tinkering and that too many professional credentials from outside the country are not recognized in Canada.
About 85,000 economic immigrants a year settle in Canada and whether that number is too high, too low or just right is a frequent political flashpoint, linked at times to whether newcomers integrate successfully into the country.
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