Slight shift signaled in immigration policy

Conservative government mulls tying immigration to labour market demands
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/15/2006

Meeting labour needs appears to be the top priority in the new Conservative government’s immigration policy, a shift in direction from past federal policies that some observers say they welcome.

Although the new federal government has remained relatively quiet on policy announcements, Monte Solberg, the new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, said he’s open to working with provinces and employers to get the workers Canada needs into the country using temporary work visas. And, once they’re here and “doing a good job,” then they may be permanently landed, he said.

He also said Ottawa might change the mix of people arriving through family reunification, refugee and other categories.