Canada wants more PhD graduates

by Ray Clancy on November 11, 2011

PhD graduates seen to drive research and encourage innovation

Canada intends to accept up to 1,000 international PhD students per year as permanent residents through its Federal Skilled Worker Programme, it has been announced.

‘Doctoral graduates play a unique role in the economy. They drive research, encourage innovation and pass on their knowledge through teaching and quite simply, Canada needs more of them,’ said Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear.

From now many international PhD students will be eligible to submit applications for processing as federal skilled workers. To be eligible, they must have completed at least two years of study toward the attainment of a PhD and remain in good academic standing at a provincially recognized post secondary educational institution in Canada.

Those who have recently graduated from a Canadian PhD programme will also be eligible to apply, provided they do so within 12 months of their graduation.

‘This initiative will provide Canadian universities with one more competitive edge in attracting and retaining top international talent to pursue their doctoral studies in Canada,’ said Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Attracting and retaining immigrants with high levels of skill will help Canada compete in the knowledge based world economy, explained Goodyear.

‘With this initiative, we are telling the innovators of tomorrow that Canada is ready to welcome them and their ideas,’ he added.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney also announced that the government is planning to welcome more federal skilled workers in 2012, some 55,000 to 57,000 federal skilled workers, up from 47,000 to 47,400 in 2011.

‘The government’s number one priority remains the economy. We recognize the importance of immigration to our labour market and we value the contributions of skilled immigrants who add to our international competitiveness. We are committed to facilitating the arrival of the best and the brightest to our country,’ said Kenney.

An important milestone was reached this year when the backlog of FSW applications prior to the launch of the 2008 Action Plan for Faster Immigration was reduced by more than 50% two years ahead of schedule.

CIC completed an extensive evaluation of the FSWP in 2010, showing that the programme is working well and selecting immigrants who perform well economically. The report found that 89% of FSWs were employed or self employed three years after arriving.

Also 95% of the employers surveyed indicated that FSWs were meeting or exceeding their expectations. The evaluation indicated a strong continuing need for skilled immigrants in Canada.

‘CIC will continue to ramp up efforts to modernize our immigration system to make it more nimble and responsive to labour market needs. Following nationwide consultations this past spring on proposals to improve the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, we are actively exploring policy options on the way forward,’ added Kenney.

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