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Have your voice heard on immigration policy

Published by Stephanie Brooks on August 16, 2012

As part of Citizen and Immigration Canada's (CIC) consultations on future immigration needs, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is seeking valuable member input on the importance of immigration and skilled labour to industry.

Given the significance of people and skills issues for Canadian companies and increasing reliance on immigration and other foreign workers to fill labour gaps, this is a prime opportunity to provide feedback to the government.

The department's consultations will be held both regionally and online, focusing on the appropriate level of immigration for Canada, and the most suitable mix among economic, family, and refugee and humanitarian classes.

CME will be providing a submission, with your input, on the following questions. Our submission will concentrate on using the immigration program to strengthen Canada's economy (number three).

The deadline for your input and direction on the consultation questions is Wednesday, August 22. Please provide them to In addition, you can submit comments directly to CIC here

CIC's consultations are asking three specific questions:

1. What is the appropriate level of immigration for Canada? Should the number of immigrants admitted per year change?
2. What is the appropriate distribution - or mix - between the number of economic immigrants, family class immigrants, and refugees/persons admitted under the humanitarian class?
3. Economic immigration is recognized as a key immigration objective for Canada's long-term economic growth. What role can immigration play to support Canada's economy?

The announcement and background information is available here.


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