Yukon granted foreign worker exemption
WHITEHORSE — The Yukon government is now able to recommend the entry of some temporary foreign workers without requiring a labour market opinion (LMO). Under an agreement struck with the federal government, it will be able to bypass the Service Canada assessments that look at whether there are Canadians or permanent residents available to fill vacant positions. These exemptions will be determined according to criteria set by the territorial government, in line with its economic plans and priorities.
Canada ranks third in integrating newcomers
OTTAWA — Canada’s immigration policies rank third in the world, according to the latest international Migrant Integration Policy Index by British Council in Brussels, which connects people to learning opportunities. The country’s efforts to recognize the credentials of internationally educated professionals and offer inclusive, accessible education put the country just after Sweden and Portugal. The index measures a range of nearly 150 indicators, including political engagement, public education, access to citizenship and equality laws. The United States and Canada tied for first in the legal category for their programs and laws in fighting discrimination and promoting equal opportunities. Canada ranked second in the family reunification category for its efforts to reunite immigrants with family abroad and provide their children with access to education. However, Canada lost points for its failure to give voting rights to newcomers and seek immigrants’ input on policies.
Clean power projects to create 7,000 jobs
TORONTO — Ontario has approved 40 large-scale renewable power projects it said will create 7,000 jobs and attract $3 billion in private sector investment. This second round of projects, which will generate enough power for more than 200,000 homes, follows the April 2010 announcement of 180 projects that will generate 2,400 MW of clean energy. The European-style feed-in tariff program was launched by Ontario in October 2009 with the aim of creating jobs, cutting pollution and replacing power lost by the government’s plan to shut down all coal-fired generators by the end of 2014.