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Summary Report: Consultations with Employers on the Development of an Expression of Interest Application System (Gov Canada, 2013)

In fall 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) held consultations with Canadian employers on a major next step in building a fast and flexible immigration system – the creation of a pool of skilled workers ready to begin employment in Canada – a commitment made in Economic Action Plan 2012.

Inspired by an approach developed by New Zealand – and now also being used in Australia – an Expression of Interest (EOI) application system is the model the Government of Canada plans to
use to create this pool of skilled workers.

Roundtable meetings led by CIC Deputy Minister Neil Yeates and other senior officials were held with employers to discuss how such a system could help meet employer needs. The following
meetings were held:

  • September 24, 2012 – Ottawa, Ontario
  • October 2, 2012 – Toronto, Ontario
  • October 9, 2012 – Calgary, Alberta
  • October 11, 2012 – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • October 12, 2012 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • October 25, 2012 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • November 22, 2012 – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

The roundtable meetings were attended by a total of approximately 70 employers1 representing a range of perspectives, including large firms, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), manufacturers and exporters, chambers of commerce, sector councils, universities and community colleges and immigrant employment councils. Represented sectors included oil, gas and hydro electrical energy, mining, construction, engineering, information and communications technology (ICT), entertainment software, health, tourism and hospitality, the food and restaurant industry, agri-food, seafood processing, retail, trucking and the garment industry. Also in attendance were the representatives of provincial and territorial governments with whom CIC is collaborating on elements of the EOI design and implementation.

In advance of the meetings, CIC provided participants with a background document2 to explain the proposed skilled worker pool and identify key questions in system design, pool eligibility and
the role of employers.

Following is a summary of feedback received during the roundtable meetings. Further consultations with employers are anticipated to be held in spring/summer 2013.

Download the report by clicking here, or view it below.

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