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‘Unprecedented’ changes to immigration system
By Howard Greenberg and Naumaan Hameed
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2013

For the Canadian immigration system, 2012 was a year of unprecedented reform. About 100 operational changes were introduced by Jason Kenney, minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism. Since taking office in 2008, the minister has introduced more than 400 operational changes, a stark comparison to the 80 changes made by his predecessors between 2002 and 2008.

In accordance with the federal Economic Action Plan 2012, a number of initiatives and policies were announced, focusing primarily on addressing Canada’s economic and labour market needs while protecting the integrity of the system.

In working toward a “just-in-time” model that facilitates immediate access to key global talent, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) made significant changes to its temporary and permanent immigration programs.