October 5, 2012
Canadian immigration minister visits Ireland to recruit workers
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney arrived in Ireland today for an official visit to promote Canada as a destination for international talent.
“The Government of Canada is committed to building an immigration system that actively recruits talent rather than passively processing all applications that we receive,” said Kenney.
He will visit Dublin’s Working Abroad Expo recruitment fair, where he will promote Canada’s strong economy and encourage talent from Ireland to apply for jobs to work in Canada.
The Construction Sector Council forecasts that Canada will need an estimated 319,000 new construction workers between 2012 and 2020 as resource projects peak and retirements continue to rise across the country.
The forecast estimates a need for 100,000 jobs due to expansion demands in the mining, oil and gas, electricity and transportation sectors.
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 and who are ready to begin employment here.
“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.
During his trip, Kenney will also discuss opportunities for young people from Ireland to work in Canada as part of the International Experience Canada program.
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