Minister visits Ireland to encourage young people to move to Canada

by Ray Clancy on October 5, 2012

Minister is promoting Canada’s strong economy to young people in Ireland

Canada is actively encouraging young people in Ireland to consider moving across the Atlantic to work and live.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney arrives today (Friday 05 October) in Dublin on an official visit to promote Canada as a destination for international talent.

He is visiting the Working Abroad Expo recruitment fair and promoting Canada’s strong economy and encourage talent from Ireland to apply for jobs to work in Canada.

‘The government of Canada is committed to building an immigration system that actively recruits talent rather than passively processing all applications that we receive,’ he said.

‘That’s why I’m visiting this job fair to personally market all the opportunities that Canada has to offer to talented individuals from around the world,’ he added.

His visit comes as official figures show that more and more people are leaving Ireland to work abroad due to the high cost of living and high unemployment.

Kenney said that the government of Canada is building a fast and flexible economic immigration system whose primary focus is on meeting Canada’s labour market needs. The government is exploring with provinces, territories and employers approaches to developing a pool of skilled workers who could be selected to immigrate to Canada.

‘This is the next frontier in Canadian immigration: looking at opportunities to attract the best talent and going out there and getting it,’ said Kenney.

In recent years, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has undertaken reforms to strengthen Canada’s immigration system and better support the country’s economic needs. Kenney explained that the creation of a modernised, efficient economic immigration programme for Canada provides an opportunity for an increased role for employers in identifying economic immigrants that could make a contribution to their workplace.

He believes that such a role could help achieve a better match between skilled immigrant supply and labour market demand, which is of concern to Canadian employers.

During his trip to Ireland he will also discuss opportunities for young people from Ireland to work in Canada as part of the International Experience Canada programme.

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