‘Renewed’ vision will help Canada compete: Finley

Immigration changes give minister too much discretion, say critics
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/15/2008

Proposed changes to Canada’s immigration laws have come under fire for the power they would give federal Immigration Minister Diane Finley to place immigrants whose job skills are in demand ahead of the queue.

Critics say the changes would give the minister too much power and risks shutting out talented immigrants.

But Finley said the changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act are necessary because, without them, the backlog of immigration applications could grow to 1.5 million by 2012, up from the current level of 925,000. And newcomers would also face a 10-year wait, she told a Commons committee, adding that Canada needs a “renewed” vision for immigration if it wants to compete internationally for talent and skills.